We Know: How to Plan a Family Reunion

Who is Family and Do They Want to Help?

When planning a family reunion, the obvious first step is to start a guest list. The more specific the list, the more tailored and customized the reunion can be. For example, are all living relatives invited, such as second and third cousins and “twice removed” family members, or is it just going to be direct descendents, and which side of the family is included or are both?

After pinning down a list, it helps to recruit family members to help with the planning. One way to address this issue is to send an initial survey to the group. Various family members can express their preferences, offer help and ideas, and simply help set a gauge of who is interested in attending. After that initial survey stage, some members can get together and form a reunion committee and subcommittees to plan the big day.

What are Some Important Day-Of Factors?

In addition to date, time, and place, a family reunion involves complex factors that influence the planning process such as a budget. Depending on who attends, the money will affect nearly every aspect of the reunion from food, to decorations, and especially travel and accommodations. It is also important to make sure there are a variety of games and activities throughout the party, especially icebreakers. These can be geared towards all ages, and besides, a little fun and friendly competition can help attendees to become more comfortable with one another.

What are Some Inexpensive and Casual Party Ideas?

Often times, especially when large numbers of people are involved, families choose to have picnics for their reunions. A picnic is simple to host and fairly cheap to do, and they can take place anywhere from a park to Grandma’s back yard, while catering to all ages. Camp outs are another way to host reunions and still be casual and outdoors. State parks across the country offer acres and acres of land to camp in RV’s, and families can hike, bike, boat, etc. Both picnicking and camping out are casual ways to promote family bonding.

What are Some More Formal Options?

There are a variety of ways to host more formal family reunions than picnics and campouts. These usually occur during special occasions, such as milestone birthdays and anniversaries, and can draw people from all across the country. Families can arrange to rent out restaurants, hotels, and even resorts to ensure that their event’s every detail is taken care of. This is a bit more expensive than other casual reunion ideas and take more detailed planning.

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