We are so sneaky!
Last night, my dad’s coworkers and my family teamed up to surprise him with a retirement party!
My dad is retiring at the end of the year and had absolutely no idea a surprise send off party has been in the works for him for months.
Sharon headed up the party planning and did such a nice job.
Sharon and my dad have worked together for years and my dad joked that they had a “retirement pact” and were supposed to go out together. Our family adores her and after talking with her for only a minute, you can tell she’s such a genuine person with a good heart. She planned a fantastic party!
The party took place at the Renaissance Vinoy hotel in downtown St. Petersburg – the same place where Ryan and I got married!
The hotel is all decked out for the holidays right now and looked gorgeous.
My dad’s party was held at Fred’s, a restaurant located within the hotel. The evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, featuring my dad’s favorite sushi and sashimi.
The food was great and there was a lot of it, so we were able to fill our appetizer plates a few times. Yum!
Dessert was also fantastic. I loved the mini crème brulee (which I apparently cut out of the picture) and chocolate mousse squares.
Toward the end of the evening, several of my dad’s colleagues spoke about my dad and my sister and I shared a poem we wrote with everyone. As my dad’s daughter, I only know the “at home” side of my dad, so it was neat he hear people talk about his character in a professional setting. I felt so proud to be his daughter and teared up at the closing remarks he delivered when he thanked the company and my mom.
It was a very special night!
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