Going away parties are bitter sweet gatherings where guests reminisce about the past, and make new memories that will be cherished in the future. Our banquet hall in Orange County has hosted several going away parties over the years, and we’ve asked some of our favorite event planners to give us their tips for planning a memorable event that will be a fitting goodbye for your loved ones. 
It’s always fun to give the guest of honor a taste of their future destination during their party. One event planner in Tustin said “I recently threw a going away party for a married couple who were moving to Texas, so naturally our theme was the Wild West! Everyone dressed up like cowboys and cowgirls, and we had a caterer that specialized in delicious BBQ food. We decorated the event venue with just a few bales of hay and a couple checkered tablecloths, and it made for a really fun theme that was very reasonably priced”.
Gifts for a going away party can be tricky, because if the guest of honor is moving far away, they may be looking to lighten their load, as opposed to adding to it. Our event specialists recommend trying to go with a small gift that will have sentimental value. Perhaps a framed photo of you with the person moving away, or a photo album of your time spent together.
If you intend on buying them a gift, we suggest checking in with them first and asking if there’s anything they might need for their new home to avoid giving them another item to get rid of before packing up.
Photo Booth
Going away parties are all about making memories, and a photo booth is the absolute perfect way to achieve that. Not only will your guests have a blast using the props and taking the pictures, but your guest of honor will get a digital copy of all the pictures taken, and those photos will serve as a fond memory for years to come.
For added fun, you can put a guest book by the photo booth where people can paste their photo in the book and then write a message next to it.
Speeches & Toasts
One of our favorite event planners had the following to say about speeches and toasts. “I usually try to coordinate with close family and friends to see who is going to want to say a few words. Judging by how many people want to speak, you can then decide the order of the speakers, and whether or not you’ll want to open the floor up to extended friends and family. I’ve seen some unfortunate situations where a long winded acquaintance takes a long time to give a toast, and then someone close to the guest of honor doesn’t get the opportunity to speak.”
We hope these tips have been helpful, and we wish you luck in planning your farewell party. Cheers!