Retirement can be a bittersweet event in a person’s life. After years or even decades of hard work, it’s so exciting for a retiree to focus on a little R&R, but leaving a company you’ve grown to love is still difficult. Coworkers who you’ve become close friends with over the years are equally thrilled for the retiree to have their well-deserved break but are never truly ready to say goodbye. Like many events in the South, what better way is there to celebrate a beloved retiree than with a party full of incredible homemade food? With these ideas in your back pocket, this retirement party will surpass the annual Christmas party as the favorite of the year. Your friend who’s retiring has worked hard, so show your appreciation with a beautiful layer cake or addicting appetizer. For some work parties, we don’t blame you for stopping by the grocery store and grabbing the nearest batch of cookies or tub of hummus (there’s not always time to make everything at home). But for your friend and coworker’s retirement party, leave them with the sweetest goodbye with these recipes. These delicious retirement party ideas will send your coworker onto his or her next adventure with a full heart (and stomach)!