Even if you’re not in school, the end of summer always seems to be a time of movement and new projects.
Have a friend relocating overseas for a job? Know students headed away for college? Or are you yourself taking off across the country for a long trip? Whatever the reason, celebrate it all with a farewell party that says bon voyage and best of luck. It’s the perfect occasion to reminisce about old times and look forward to the travels ahead with our food and going away party ideas! Arrividerci!
Is your friend bound for Paris? Send out invitations in the form of postcards from the City of Lights—or wherever the future home of your guest of honor (aka GoH) will be. If you can’t find postcards (check eBay), farewell party invitations that resemble passports or boarding passes also set a great tone for celebrating your world traveler. Check out Custom Paper Works
for a variety of destination-themed party invitations and paper details.
Décor and Food
Whether you’re sending a friend off to France or Florida, the new location is the perfect theme for your bon voyage party—though you want to start with a big banner at your door saying “Bon Voyage”…or a similar sentiment in whatever language your GoH will be using shortly.
Additional decorations, and your food choices, depend on where your GoH is headed. Off to Italy? Set up an Italian-inspired fete with Berry Bellini cocktails
, Caprese Skewers, Caprese Polenta Bites
and decorations in red, white, and green! Or how about Las Vegas? Then of course, you’ll host a casino party. Or China? Decorate with a variety of colorful paper lanterns and serve Asian cuisine. I think you get the idea. Use your new locale as a guide not only for decorations but also food.
Tablespoon has you covered for global eats. Check out these recipe collections for your Bon Voyage Party!Asian recipesMexican recipesItalian recipes
Enjoy the Party
Make new memories by snapping pictures of the GoH (perhaps wearing traditional dress for wherever she’s bound). Set up a station where guests can write a special message or memory for the GoH on a postcard, and then hang it up with a clothespin. This also makes a neat collection of messages your traveling friend can take along—and they barely take up any room in a suitcase.
While there will probably be some hugs and tears, close out the party and bid adieu with a bang by sending friends home with a little something to celebrate their destination country. Whether it’s fortune cookies, Parisian chocolates or English jams, your guests will appreciate a sweet something to take home!
How do you say a special farewell? What makes a good good-bye gift?