For many families, family reunions are a once a year thing. For others they only happen once in a great while. Even if it has been a long time since your whole family got together, there is never a better time than now to plan a family reunion.
Planning a family reunion isn’t an easy thing. You’ll have family coming from all over and some will need a place to stay. That means you want to take some time to find out when it’s good for the majority to be able to be there.
You also want to give your family enough time to request time off of work, book rooms, and maybe even save up some money for the trip. After you’ve worked all of that out, here are three other things that can help make it a smooth running success.
Help With Places To Stay
If you have an idea of how many people are coming long distance and will need motel/hotel rooms, you can call the local inn and have them block off a certain amount of rooms on hold until a certain date, so your family can all stay in one air.
If your yard allows it, you may want to offer up camping or RV parking in your own yard, which will help some family members save a little money.
Make Sure You Have The Right Venue
If the weather is good maybe you’ll want to have the reunion in the great outdoors. You can rent out a park for a day or have it in your own yard if it’s big enough. You’ll want to have a party tent so that there’s shade, and protection – just in case the weatherman was wrong and it starts to rain.
If you want to have your reunion indoors you’ll need a big enough space for the amount of guests you are expecting. Smaller families may get away with having a barn party, while larger ones may need to rent a hall.
Have Something Special For Your Guests
Sending your guests off with some sort of gift bag is just a great way for them to remember this little (or big) family get together. There are t-shirts and sweatshirts you can get made with your family name, but if you’re looking for something more affordable keep reading.
Throw together some mini-family photo albums with pictures of the past for a great walk down memory lane for all guests.One even greater idea is to make a family cookbook to pass out. This is wonderful for anyone that cooks and would be filled with family recipes, old and new.
While there is a ton more that goes into planning a family reunion, this gives you a jumping point. For most family members what really matters is just getting the time to spend with their relatives and catching up.
It’s a family reunion, it doesn’t need to be perfect. They’re family, they’ll forgive you. However, instead of taking all the blame (or credit if it’s a wonderful party) enlist some help from other close by relatives so you don’t have to do it all on your own.