A family reunion is a great time for family members to gather together in one location and catch up on old times. You might meet some family members for the first time, meet new babies and new spouses, catch up on old times, and see children growing up. They can be small or very, very large. People can travel from near or far. Family reunions are as unique as the different families who celebrate them. When planning your own family reunion, you can take guidelines from other families but it really pays to personalize it and make it your own. Think about your family, what they like to do, how they interact, and this will help you plan a great event.
Here are some tips for planning a family reunion:
- Start early – You should start the planning process as early as you can. It’s recommended that at least 6 months out, you start planning your family reunion. You will need to send notifications and invitations and give your family plenty of time to prepare.
- Choose a venue – One of the most important decisions you may make is in regards to where you will hold the event. You could find a park, beach, or some other outdoor location. Make sure you choose a place that is big enough to accommodate everyone you plan to invite.
- Plan activities – You want to plan some activities and icebreakers so that your family members don’t get bored or uncomfortable at the event. You should try to plan a variety of activities and things that are suitable for different age groups.
- Plan food and drinks – Any time you have a big gathering like this, people are going to expect to be fed. How many people will you be feeding? Will it be buffet style or will you do catering? Maybe you could grill your own food. There are many different options but it’s up to you to decide what will work best for your needs.
- Consider a theme – Many people decide to create a theme for their family reunions. You will need to decide if you want to use a theme and then plan around that theme if you do.
With these ideas, you’re ready to start planning your family reunion. Remember, you don’t have to do this alone, and you probably shouldn’t. You should enlist other family members to help you when possible and you should also ask for volunteers on the day of the event. Have fun!