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Tired of the run-of-the-mill birthday cake and birthday card? Want to do something a bit more special for your colleague? You’ve come to the right place!

Some companies set up birthday clubs and rotate the members every year so that everyone gets the chance to organize birthday parties. If your office does not have such a club, consider putting one in place. Having a team dedicated to that makes the planning and assigning of tasks easier. Consider setting up ‘departments’, such as food and beverage department and procurement department. Then, assign a point of contact for each of those departments.

If you are already part of the even party planning clubs or are part of a very small team, then go on ahead and read the post. If not, put up the team in place first, keep reading too and jot down the ideas you like. But you will have to brainstorm with your team before going ahead with one. Who knows? They may come up with an even better idea! If they do, do let us know in the comments below.

What Are Some Office Birthday Party Ideas?

Birthday parties can be planned in the office itself or can be an event held after your working hours. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

1. Throw a Pizza Party at Lunch

Who doesn’t love pizza! Since this can be held during your working hours, you don’t have to send an invite weeks in advance. The email can be sent on the same day or a few days in advance. We wouldn’t advise sending the invite on the same day though, considering that some people could already have lunch plans or already meal prepped something. We don’t want anyone to waste perfectly good food after all. Order many pizzas with different toppings and have it in the office kitchen for noon! Easy, simple and delicious!

On a side note, remember to take into account your vegan, vegetarian and gluten and/or lactose intolerant when ordering.

2. Plan a Happy Hour at a Local Bar

If it’s okay with the management, you can plan the birthday party at a local bar instead of the office. You have the option of planning a happy hour at a local bar for after-work or, even better yet, at a local billiard pool club. Invite your colleagues via email and ask them out for drinks for your coworker’s birthday. If you know your coworker prefers a particular bar to others, plan the birthday there and think of reserving a table. And hey, why not order a birthday cake as well?

3. Book Lunch Somewhere Special

If your colleagues won’t be available for happy hour, why not find a nice restaurant and book a table for lunch? This is easier if you have a small team. Again, find your coworker’s favourite local restaurant and try to snag a table there.

4. Organise Breakfast and Bring in Other Local Treats

Help your coworker start his day well! Order sandwiches, waffles, eggs and other local treats and invite them all to the kitchen. Maybe order coffee and milkshakes as well.

Before we end this post, let’s look at a few faux pas you should avoid at all costs.

1. Exclude Someone

There will inevitably be some people who will not be able to attend the party. This is more common in big corporations where most people have a crushing amount of workload and tight deadlines. Regardless, you don’t want to exclude anyone. Make sure that you include everyone in the office. Yes, even if you know that the colleague whose birthday you’re celebrating has had a falling out with another colleague.

Meaning that even if they can’t attend because of some prior obligations, does not mean that they can’t participate. This can be anything from ordering the cake to chipping in for a gift and writing a wish in the birthday card. You will therefore have to invite all of the departments as well as reach out to remote workers if your company employs any. Unless you are part of a very large company, of course. In companies that hire thousands of people, no one will expect you to invite the whole company. In these cases, focus on inviting only the colleagues in the same department.

2. Go Too Wild

Even if you want to make this special for your colleague, you don’t want to go over the top. This is still a work ‘event’ and will require a modicum of professionalism. This is a professional setting and you need everyone to remember this. Even if alcohol is being served, they are expected to drink responsibly and not create any scene that can potentially cause embarrassment to the company. You don’t want management to cancel all birthday events!

There you go! Now that you also know the don’ts you are ready to start your research. Happy planning!

Retirement planning should start from the moment you get your first job. It is not a simple process but is actually a multi-step process that evolves over time.

 For a secure, comfortable, and fun retirement, you will need to build the financial cushion that will fund everything you need and want. If you want your retirement to be stress-free and enjoyable, you will have to tackle the serious and perhaps boring part from the get-go: planning how you’ll get there.

This post will, therefore, cover the 10 things you must absolutely do (no matter what your age) to build a solid retirement plan.

Tip #1: Saving Starts Very Early On

If you are already saving, keep going! Whether it’s for your retirement or another goal, you need to save and keep saving. If you haven’t started saving yet, it’s time to get started. It’s a very rewarding habit, and the more you save, the more you’ll want to keep saving. The important part is to devise a plan, set goals and stick to them.

Tip #2: Know your needs

You have to be realistic when planning your retirement. Retirement is expensive and if you want to maintain your standard of living when you stop working, you will have to plan ahead and take charge of your financial future. Think about your spending habits and the things that you’d like to cross off your bucket list when you plan.

Tip #3: Check your employer’s pension plan

Check to see if you are covered by the plan and find out everything you can about the plan from your employer. You must understand how it works. You can even ask for an individual benefit statement to see what your benefit is worth. Also, remember to find out what will happen to your pension benefit before you change jobs.

Tip #4: Contribute to your employer’s retirement savings plan

If you are in the US, your employer may offer a retirement savings plan, such as a 401(k) plan, while if you are in Canada, the retirement plan they offer may be the Registered Retirement Savings Plan. The good thing about these plans is that they are tax-deductible. Sign up and contribute!

Tip #5: You Can Suggest that Your Employer Start A Retirement Plan

If your employer doesn’t offer a retirement plan, you can always ask them to start one. It will not only benefit you, as there are some simplified plans out there that can help both you and the employer. There is a wide range of retirement saving plan options available in almost every country.

Tip #6: Consider Investment Principles

Essentially, this means that you’ll have to calculate inflation and the after-tax rate of investment returns to assess the likelihood of the portfolio producing the desired income. Hence, how you save will be just as important as how much you save.

Tip #7: Consider Putting Money in an Individual Retirement Account

Individual Retirement Account (in the US) or Tax-Free Savings Account (in Canada) can be just as helpful. When you open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you have two options – a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. You can put up to $5,000 a year into the Roth IRA and the Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA).

Tip #8: Don’t Withdraw from Your Retirement Savings Until You Retire

This is pretty straightforward. Touching your retirement savings before you retire, you will not only lose principal and interest but you may also lose tax benefits. In some cases, you may even have to pay withdrawal penalties.

Tip #9: Don’t Be in a Hurry to Collect Your Social Security Benefits

In some countries, you can receive benefits as early as age 60 even though the retirement age is at 65. In other countries, you can start accessing your social security benefits at 62. While you may be tempted to start collecting them as soon as you can, it’ll be better to delay these benefits until you reach full retirement age.

Tip #10: Reduce Debt and Avoid New Debt as You Age

The more debt you have, the more interest you pay. So, not only will that mean one less monthly bill that you will have to worry about after you retire, but it also means you will be able to save more. Try the snowball method: you start by paying off the smallest of your debt and then gradually move to the largest ones.

Most Importantly: Do Not Be Afraid to Ask Questions

While the tips we outlined in this post are meant to point you in the right direction, you’ll most likely need more information. You can talk to your employer, your bank, your union, a financial adviser or an insurance company, such as Nonmed Insurance Inc. to get practical advice. Do not hesitate to ask them as many questions as necessary and make sure you understand the answers.

Planning to tie the knot soon with your soulmate? Well, mostly all of us have our dream wedding planned since we were small. Watching all the Disney princesses’ weddings make us want to have a royal one as well. Every couple wants their special day to be memorable for the guests but most importantly for themselves.

A wedding is a celebration of love. Two families becoming one is a special occasion. Planning your special day is a long process which should start months before the actual day. It takes a lot of time and adjustments to make your big day a perfect one. Sometimes, it can be a little stressful when you have to finalize little details.

Not to worry as we came up with some tips which are going to make your wedding planning a little more easier and stress-free! Read on…

• Guest List & Wedding Invitations 

It is important to have your guest list ready a few months before the wedding. Try to fit in close family and friends first before considering other people. Most importantly, you should review your budget before making your list. It is very important to choose who you want to be by your side for your big day. Along with your partner, make a list of people that you want to attend the ceremony and make sure that you both agree on the list made.

As long as wedding invitations are concerned, you might want to opt for DIY or save the date invitations. It is recommended to keep the invitation as simple as possible.

• Choosing the perfect location/venue

The location is one of the most important parts of the wedding. Whether you want to get married by the beach or in a church, make sure that you don’t need to travel much to reach there. You might as well plan a destination wedding and inform your guests in advance for them to make the necessary arrangements. A good location also guarantees perfect wedding pictures.

• Selecting a good caterer

People are certainly going to remember if they were well fed at your wedding or not. Make sure that your wedding menu stand out and people are pleased by the catering service. Food is definitely important for your guests. Apart from the main course, the guests are definitely going to ravish their taste buds on the desserts. The traditional wedding cake is a must but new kind of desserts such as macaroons or cupcakes are definitely going to steal the show.

• Place your bets on the perfect DJ

Making the perfect DJ or band play at your wedding is also an important thing as you don’t want your guests to be bored after the ceremony. Hire a group which is reliable and has a good reputation as you will want a DJ who will make your guests dance till they drop. Make sure that your DJ provides a variety of musical genres to please all the guests. Make sure you can request to listen to some of the music before booking the DJ.

• The dream wedding dress

Every bride wants to look like a princess on her big day. That is why it is vital to be patient and wait until you find your perfect wedding dress. If you have no idea what kind of dress you want to wear, don’t be shy to browse through the web where you will find thousands of options. I would suggest Pinterest where you can find the model that you would love.

• Choose a professional photographer

Photos are the best way to make your special day memorable. It is important that you choose a professional photographer to capture all your special moments. From photos with your guests till your cake cutting ceremony, every moment should be captured. Make sure that you hire a photographer for you to review all the funny and memorable moments captured on your best day.

• Share your best day on social media

Since social media forms part of our daily life nowadays. You can incorporate it into your wedding by using Hashtags, check-in, drones, and others. Many couples are creating their personalized hashtags which makes it easier to look at the photos which your guests posted.

• Come up with a theme to ease out things

Themed wedding is much appreciated nowadays. You can choose your theme through your hobbies, how you two met or favorite colors. It might make your guest’s lives easier as they know that they have specific color dress or suit to buy.

• Hire a great wedding planner

Hiring a wedding planner gets some burden off your shoulders. Simple decorations, perfect lighting, and flower arrangements are what your guest will be raving at. A wedding planner might help you with all that.

Planning your kid’s birthday party but don’t want to break the bank? We got your back! Being a parent as well, I understand that planning a birthday can be costly. Last year, I decided to try some methods which proved to be very cost-cutting. That’s why I decided to share my best tips with you to stick to a budget while planning your next bash.

1. Timing is important.

As Danielle Walker, the author of Against All Grain has rightly said,“ Plan your party from 2 p.m to 5 p.m.” It is indeed the best time to throw a party. Guests normally don’t expect a full course meal if you are hosting your party after lunch and before dinner. The message is quite clear that only snacks will be served.

2. Planning is vital.

Make a list of all the party supplies that you will be needing. It is important to go supply shopping early. You can opt to go for a month or weeks before the party. It will give you time to compare different prices from different shops plus it will save you from any last minute shopping. During the party, you will be at ease to know that you have everything set.

3. Go Digital.

I know that it can be fascinating to sit around and make your DIY birthday invitation cards. Paper invitations cost a lot of money and energy. For your next event, make use of awesome technology around us and choose a free electronic invitation with RSVP option that way, you can count your number of guests as well.

4. Opt for a Dual party.

Your kid’s friend’s birthday is right around the corner? Instead of planning for only one, you can collaborate with the other kid’s parent and have a dual party. This will help to split the cost and responsibilities. However, make sure that each child gets their own cake.

5. Avoid traps of party stores.

Sometimes, it is baseless to shop for things at party stores as you can find the same thing for a much better price in the wholesale supermarket. The goal is to cut down cost.

6. Make use of your networks.

Contact your personal connections or community resources for entertainment. Once my friends asked their friend who was a police officer, to come to the party in his uniform. The kids were pretty much excited to see a cop. Kids are easily entertained.

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