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Employee Retirement Series. Part 2: Planning the Right Celebration

by Allison
20. August 2014 08:54

As I mentioned in my first post in this series, in the next five years many members of the Baby Boomer Generation will be retiring. They could be leaving companies they've been with for 40-plus years or five years—and, while honoring them in a meaningful way is a must, the way they are celebrated will likely be different depending on their years of service. 

The Informal Get Together. Over the years, in your working life, you've probably had colleagues leave your company for new opportunities. How do you send those folks off? Maybe you host a happy hour or afternoon party with close coworkers and present a casual parting gift with hearty well wishes. Consider a similar retirement celebration for your retirees who don't have as much longevity with your company. Make sure to have a card signed by everyone and an appreciation gift as a memento of their time with your organization. Our Dedicated Service Award Card Gift Pack makes an ideal gift, and comes (conveniently!) in graduated card values. They'll appreciate the gesture and you'll give them a proper goodbye that's befitting the situation. 

The Semi-Formal Celebration. For somewhat longer-term employees, consider a more involved retirement celebration. If you have a large meeting area or lunchroom, you can plan an onsite catered event or potluck (and there should definitely be cake!) with everyone in the company invited. You'll want to have some structure to your party—with a welcome announcement and a presentation with a prepared speech and keepsake award for your retiree. Our Jade Glass Trophies are a customer favorite that are priced just right for the occasion.

The Elaborate and Formal Ceremony. Imagine what it would be like for those who have worked for your company for most of, or their entire, careers. They probably started in entry-level roles, and, over the years, established themselves as mainstays of your organization—and contributed a great deal to your success as they grew. These are your most important honorees, as they represent loyalty and dedication you want others to emulate. The location of these types of retirement celebrations should be offsite at an upscale venue, and involve not only colleagues, but the retiree's friends and family, as well. Our Event Planning Checklist will help you with the fine details, but also schedule in extra time for a speech from the retiree and any attendees who want to say a few words. Remember, this will be a proud and memorable moment, and the retirement award you give from your company will communicate respect as well as the weight of the occasion. Baudville offers a beautiful selection of premium trophies —many of which are exclusively designed by our talented artists.

However and whomever you commemorate, take these ideas into consideration as you plan your retirement celebrations. And, don't forget: our recognition specialists are at your service if you need help! Give us a call today at 800.728.0888!


Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville’s Senior Content Writer. She’s here to tell you everything she’s learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She’s wordy like that!

The wait is over, new trophies are here!

by jenny
19. August 2014 09:22

And the winner is…



OK, OK, just kidding – but I tell you what, we are coming out with some fantastic trophies and awards. 

One of my favorite parts of my job is being "behind the scenes" for much of the product development cycle—from the first idea, to the drawings, to the samples, all the way to the final production! Though I have absolutely nothing to do with developing new products, except a few "that's awesome" or "nice works" here and there, I have a front-row seat to our designers and creative team at work, every day. (Perks to working in the creative suite!)

September 19th, we have a gorgeous new trophy catalog that will be coming your way, but if you promise not to tell, you can get a first look as I share my new favorites!

Our Royal Blue Crystal Accent Trophy – Diamond is stunning! You can choose from our pre-written verses or completely customize this trophy.

Our best-selling Crystalline Tower Trophy is now available in blue, and seriously my favorite! It'll arrive packaged in a beautiful gift box, ready to give.

Looking for a lower price point? I highly recommend our new Star Acrylic Trophy - Circle.

I've heard there are even more to come. So, I guarantee Baudville's the place you'll want to look for all your award and recognition needs!

Oh! Did I mention, we engrave and ship in the same day! Read about this Baudville bonus here.


Jenny became a Baudvillian in 2013 and started out as a member of our sales team. She seemed to have a creative knack for Marketing and joined ranks with Krista in 2014 as Baudville's second Web Marketing Coordinator. She loves our products and probably owns every piece of drinkware we have to offer! Equipped with great knowledge of our customers and products, she's excited to help make your web experience even better

SHRM Booth 1379 is the Place to Be if You Want to Talk Big Moments!

by Allison
12. June 2014 09:41

What's a big moment at Baudville? Well, it can be a lot of things, but the biggest of big is winning either the management-nominated Inspire Award or the peer-nominated Luminary Award. They winners are always kept a surprise up until the time they're announced at our Year-End Party, which means this first one was quite the feat to pull off!

"As the Leader of the Spirit Committee, I have my hands in every detail of the Year-End Party. I request and receive nominations for two prestigious awards, which we present at the party. I typically tallythe results for both awards, but I was out of the office the day that the manager's voted on the winners of the Inspire Award. After the meeting, I received the names and asked an employee in our laser engraving department to secretly engrave their trophies so it would be a surprise when they were presented. Fast forward to the night of the event… I was pulling out the last trophy to present when the game suddenly changed. Brad Darooge, our CEO, was about to announce the final name when David Pezzato, our Sr. VP/CFO, came walking up to me carrying a trophy. I soon discovered that the trophy I had in my hands was an imposter and I had been duped. I was at a total loss for words as I was presented the Inspire Award. I received a standing ovation from all of the employees, which made the moment even more special. What an honor to be nominated and selected to receive one of our treasured, prestigious awards, a beautiful Crystalline Tower Trophy. David told me after the party that it was very challenging to pull off the surprise. It took a lot of masterminding and thought, but they created for me a wonderful lasting memory for years to come!"

 - Cindy, HR Manager & Inspire Award Winner

"When I first saw my name nominated for the Luminary Award, I was surprised. I take pride in my work, so it was a very good feeling to know that my peers took notice in what I do. In the days leading up to our Year-End Party, where the winner would be announced, I had been secretly crossing my fingers hoping to win; I've never been nominated for something like this before, much less win. When Brad, our CEO, announced my name it was very exciting, I practically jumped out of my chair to accept the award. It wasn't until Brad read a few quotes from the nominating supporters that I understood how humbling an experience this would be. Since that moment I have been inspired to do better. I now appreciate what I do can affect more than just myself and I feel like doing anything less than my best would be an insult to those who nominated me."

- Jason, IDville Inside Sales Rep& Luminary Award Winner

"It happened in slow motion, just like you see in the movies. Brad was reading about someone who'd accomplished all of these fabulous things that year and then it clicked that he was talking about me! I was filled with so many emotions: excitement and delight to extreme appreciation. It took a lot not to cry! It meant so much that my work was being recognized by others in the company, not just in my own department. I've always been proud of the work that I do, but after winning that award, it took my pride and my self esteem to a whole different level."

- Andrea, Recognition Specialist & Inspire Award Winner

Wow, that's a lot of mileage to get out of one moment! Are you celebrating big moments at your organization? If you are: woo-hoo for you! If not, come chat with us at SHRM, or read these helpful tips:



Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She's been writing for Baudville for five years and has worked in a variety of business settings for 20 years. Before becoming a professional writer 13 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She's what we call a true believer!

The 2013 Year-End Party Wrap-Up: Leg Warmers, Giveaways, Awards & More!

by Falon
16. December 2013 16:23
FalonLast Friday (the 13th - yikes!!) we celebrated 2013 at our annual Baudville Year-End Party. This was my 8th foray into the year-end festivities. I speak from experience when I say of all the parties at the 'ville throughout the year, this is the one you don't want to miss; it's filled with great prizes, good food, lots of laughs, and of course some sincere recognition and appreciation. And this year did not disappoint! Here are some highlights:

- In celebration of our 30th Anniversary as a company, our party theme was built around the year Baudville began: 1983. Our tables were named after popular 80s movies, the centerpieces were filled with popular 80s candy, glow sticks, and fluorescent fingerless gloves. We played 80s trivia as a table and guessed if our co-workers were born before, after, or in 1983 – a great way to break the ice and get to know each other better!

- The prizes at the Year-End Party are always top-notch. This year the big ticket items were a PS4 and an Xbox One. Altogether there were about 20 prizes given out, and watching our CFO dash back and forth across the room with prizes and drawings is almost as fun as winning something!

- Each year at the Year-End Party, we present our INSPIRE award to two manager-nominated individuals who best exemplify our core values. This year, the first award was presented to a very deserving individual who has been with the company for many years. She's a team player, always willing to help, and does her job with great attention to the details. Our CEO and CFO surprised our second winner (the HR Manager who plans the event!) – complete with a dummy trophy to throw her off from what was actually happening that evening. It was fun to see the shock on her face! The fact that they would go to such lengths to make it a special evening for both of the winners is proof of the leadership's admiration and appreciation for these two individuals.

As always, the Baudville Year-End Party was a great time to let loose, enjoy some time with co-workers and friends, and applaud another year well-done. Cheers to a great 2014!


As a team member since 2005, Falon has worn just about every hat the 'ville has to offer. She's seen both sides of working life — as an employee and as a manager — so if it sounds like she knows what she's talking about, we're pretty sure that's why. When she's not juggling between the IDville and Baudville brands, she's been known to whip up a mean diorama - just like that!

Getting Ready for Your Award Ceremony? Read Our Expert Award Presentation Tips!

by Allison
4. December 2013 17:08
AllisonAward season is upon us, and, here at Baudville, we're preparing for the presentation of our two most coveted awards: the Inspire Award and the Luminary Award. Selected by our top leadership, Inspire Award winners have performed at such a high level that they have caught the attention of and thoroughly impressed the CEO, CFO, and VPs alike. It is quite the honor!

No less significant, our Luminary Award is a peer-nominated award given to the individual who best exemplifies Baudville's core values. We know that acknowledgement by colleagues is a key element to any successful recognition program, as it fosters mutual respect, appreciation for others, and camaraderie among all team members.

Both awards will be announced at our Year End Party, and our presenters are busy getting all the details in place.

Why prepare? Well, if you're going to go to the trouble of selecting your honorees and choosing the perfect awards to highlight their important achievements, you need your award presentation to match the momentousness of the occasion. Here's how we do that here at the 'ville.

Gather Information. For the award presentation to feel meaningful, the presenter should share some personal notes about the recipient. Knowing his or her history with the company, including milestones achieved, is a good start. But what about outside of work? What fun facts can you divulge that will show everyone you know what's special about your awardee?

Spotlight the Achievement(s). Giving a clear reason for the award is essential. "She's just great!" or "He's the best!" just won't do here. By focusing on the specific behaviors and accomplishments of the individual, you send a message of what's important to your organization. Your recipient will know what to keep on doing, and his or her colleagues will know what to do to be the next big honoree.

Say Thank You. In the end, it's all about the appreciation. Your award recipients are being recognized because they have benefitted your business in a tangible way. Their success is your success, after all. Show your heartfelt gratitude with a smile and a handshake and you have the perfect end to what will surely be a perfect award presentation!

For more tips and ideas, download our free Award Presentation Guide!


Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She's been writing for Baudville for four years and has worked in a variety of business settings for more than 19 years. Before becoming a professional writer 12 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She's what we call a true believer!

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