For a more relaxed type of retirement party, many people choose lighthearted wording or even jokes. Having a laugh at the idea of getting older, being too old to work the job they are retiring from, and getting out of the rat race, are fun ways to play with casual retirement invitation wording.
In the image shown to the left, you can tell the difference in tone from the image used for elegant wording. The colors are brighter and the wording is shorter. The particular phrase shown comes from Abe Lemons, who was a popular college basketball coach. As with all quotes when you use them, always give credit where credit is due.
“Retired is being twice tired, I've thought first tired of working, then tired of not." ~ Richard Armour
“The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does." ~Anonymous
“Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money." ~Jonathan Clements
More direct and casual wording for retirement invitations would include the following:
"Come party with (person's name) as we celebrate their freedom from work."
"You're invited to the retirement party of (person's name). Eat, laugh and share memories as we finally get them out of the office."
"Celebrate the retirement of (person's name) as they leave the rat race."