What better way to celebrate who you are and where you came from than with an old-fashioned family reunion?
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- Summer might be the only time available for families with kids.
- Form a planning committee to iron out details. Decide the specifics: reunion theme, location, time, and budget.
- Key questions: How many people might attend? Will the event be catered or will family members prepare food? Are you talking about one afternoon or a weekend event?
- Once the basic details are decided, send out invitations. Ask for volunteers to organize food, entertainment, and extras like keepsakes.
Ready to start planning your family reunion?
Reunions for Every Budget
- No-Cost: Choose a free location–try a picnic shelter area in the park, gatherat the beach, or have a backyard get-together. Make it a potluck and ask everyone to bring games.
- Low-Cost: Reserve a campsite or other community space. Hire entertainment for the kids. Rent a karaoke set up or a DJ.
- Splurge: Pick a travel destination (amusement park, big city, secluded getaway, spa, or resort) that appeals to family members and book a group package for a weekend stay.
Invitations, Keepsakes, and Activities
- Check online and local printers for creative invitations.
- Or, design your own invitations. The more fun and personalized the invitation, the better the response.
- Have special T-shirts or key chains made to celebrate the day.
- Ask family members to mail photos for a commemorative album.
- Assign a few family members to take pictures with a digital camera. Place photos on a free exchange website or create your own family website.
- Bring games to get families playing together.