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Planning a Family Reunion -- A Checklist
A family reunion is a fantastic way to reconnect with
loved ones you may not have seen in awhile. Celebrate
your family pride and have fun with your relatives at one
of these gatherings. If you're planning a reunion, here's
a helpful checklist to assist you.
1. Find a location. Locations that you could choose
include your home or the home of another relative, your
local park, hotel, or recreation center, to name a few.
If the weather's nice, outdoors is always a popular
choice. Many people choose an outdoor location because
not only can you utilize a grill to cook with, there's
plenty of room for children to run and play.
2. Write a guest list and gather all contact information.
This may be a time consuming task, or not, depending on
the size of your family.
3. Send out the invitations! You don't have to go
overboard with these...a simple, cost-efficient
invitation like a plain white card will do. You can even
utilize the power of the Internet and invite some of your
clan via email. On your invitations, just announce the
reunion along with location, date, and time. Request
RSVP's so you will know how much food to get.
4. While you're waiting for the RSVP's to come, you can
start planning the other aspects of the reunion like the
menu, activities, and decorations. It's a good idea to
have fun activities for children to do, because most kids
just aren't going to sit quietly while the adults talk.
Some ideas are balls, games, coloring books and crayons,
hula hoops, badminton or volleyball, blowing bubbles, or
even a little wading pool for them to splash around in.
Happy kids mean happy parents!
5. Decide if you're cooking or having your food catered.
Many people choose to hold an outdoor barbecue, with
foods like burgers, hot dogs, steak, chicken and grilled
veggies like corn on the cob. Fill coolers with bottled
water and soda, and have a few desserts like a cake and
perhaps a cool gelatin treat.
6. Plan fun activities and the decorations. A festive
tablecloth, as well as some balloons or streamers, will
suffice. Activities can include games like volleyball,
softball, or even touch football.
7. Don't forget the photographs! It's not every day that
your entire family gets together to enjoy a day of
carefree fun -- you'll want to preserve these memories!
One good idea is to give each attendant a disposable
camera so they can take their own pictures. Be sure to
take at least one picture of everyone together. You can
hire a pro to do this or do it yourself. When you get it
developed, mail a copy via email or snail mail to each
person that attended.
With some planning and creativity, you can host a family
reunion that will be remembered for years to come!