Planning a family reunion starts with a determined family reunion planner. From family reunion themes to summertime recipes, find everything you need for planning a successful event.
Planning a family reunion is fun and challenging, even with the right tools and resources.
If you're lucky, you might have a committee or several other family members to help you with the work. Or perhaps be in charge of just one portion of the event.
If you're a little less lucky - or perhaps generously blessed, depending on how you look at it - you might be in charge of the entire event.
Regardless, whether you're planning a family reunion by yourself or with others, the same basic approach remains the same.
1. Identify the type of gathering you want.
2. Determine a date
3. Decide on a location.
Resist the urge to become overwhelmed! From family reunion themes to free party invitation templates to quick and easy crafts to fun group games, I've provided the resources on this website for you to SUCCEED! You can do this!!
Determine your style
Begin the planning process by identifying your family's level of interest and generating excitement. Plan activities that will build upon your family's unique talents and characteristics.
Does your family enjoy performing? Coordinate a variety show. Does your family enjoy the outdoors? Plan a camping trip. Is yours a proper family that enjoys fine dining? Arrange a formal banquet at a fancy hotel. Are you athletically inclined? Center your reunion around a community 5K or basketball tournament. Think outside the box.
Use an informal survey to gather input and feedback from relatives. Find out what they want to do and what they think would be fun. Ask questions that will help identify family priorities and interests. The more information you have, the easier it will be to plan a reunion that everyone will want to attend.
Consider various family reunion themes and the general feel that you want the reunion to have.
All family reunions should include:
Take a look at the calendar.
Planning a successful reunion starts 1 to 2 years in advance. Don't kid yourself - it takes a long time to gather input, negotiate contracts, assemble mailing lists, print materials and plan for fun. Plus, your family will appreciate advanced notice so they can prioritize activities and make necessary travel plans. Keep an eye on your overall planning timeline.
choosing a date, think first about what will work best for YOU, as the
family reunion planner. Next identify 2-3 different dates that would
work well so you can give others choices.
reunions are held during the summer when school's out. However,
gathering around the holidays, during spring break or in conjunction
with another family event is a viable alternative. Many times your date
will be contingent upon location availability.
Get out the map.
Before you can reserve an adequate facility, you must know:
family reunions are held in either a central geographic location or the
town of the reunion planner. Meeting at "Mom and Dad's" or the family
homestead is also a logical choice (if there's enough room for
The first few baby steps to making family memories are:
Now, it's time to move along the event planning timeline and make more decisions. You will decide length of time, who should be invited, what activities you want
to do, how to handle the financial aspects of planning a family
reunion and more.
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