Family reunions are a great way to bond and re-connect with your extended family. Life moves quickly and attending a family reunion allows you to relax and catch up with your family. However, the idea of planning a family reunion that everyone will love can be daunting.
A well-planned family reunion should be an event that everyone will enjoy. Good planning and delegating responsibilities will ensure that your family reunion will go off without a hitch. Continue reading to learn how to plan a family reunion that’s fun for everyone.
- Give Yourself Plenty of Time Success or failure is in the details and for this reason you need to allow six months to a year for planning. You will find better choices for family reunion locations and rates for lodging accommodations if you are planning in advance. You will also have a larger turnout for the event if it is on everyone’s calendar well in advance. When making decisions about who to invite it is important to be as inclusive as possible. Old family arguments have no place at a family reunion. Lose the drama and use this event as an opportunity to move forward. Be sure to include all generations as the sharing of family stories is the highlight of any reunion.
- Choose a Location When looking for a location for the reunion, try to find a fair spot. A central location that is equidistant for almost everyone is the best choice. Also consider family budgets when picking the location as that will be a prime factor as to whether people will be able to attend. Find a location that offers a variety of activities for all ages and make family time the priority. To get the word out about a family reunion, you are primarily going to want to communicate electronically as this will be the most economical and fastest means of communication. For those attendees that are not on Facebook or do not have e-mail, you will need to assign close family members to keep them up to date.
- Choose a Theme Creating a theme for a family reunion can be helpful as it will help focus everyone’s efforts. If you are considering t-shirts, memory boards, games and other activities it will be more fun for everyone if they are working around a central theme. Be sure to delegate responsibilities among all family members. Although it is important to have one person at the helm, the workload needs to be shared and will ensure that everyone has a good time.
- Plan Activities Plan activities that will involve all ages but keep it simple. Relax and enjoy each other’s company. Share family stories and consider recording them for posterity. Reunions are all about sharing old memories and making new ones. Resist the urge to cram every moment with activity; everyone will appreciate some downtime.
- Plan the Menu Try to get a consensus from a variety of family members about how food will be handled. Perhaps there will be one large meal planned that everyone will participate in and then the rest of the meals are on their own. Or, your extended family wants to have at least one meal together every day. Assign a person to be in charge of the food that is familiar with this type of detailed planning and can prepare menus and delegate food purchasing and preparation accordingly.
Take time to be grateful. In the middle of the chaos, don’t forget to take a deep breath, look around, and think how lucky you are to be a part of this family.