Are you in charge of organizing a family reunion soon but worried about the creative hassle and expense involved? It doesn’t have to be a headache and drama-filled. If you don’t have to go anywhere exotic, check out homeaway.com for great and reasonably priced destinations your family may love. Follow these tips from families that have had wonderful, memorable and relaxing family reunions and want to share what they’ve learned for future reunions. Hey, it must have been a good time if they are planning future reunions!
- Give your family/group at least a 3 month’s notice so everyone has time to make the appropriate work and travel plans.
- Stick with simple pleasures, like a scavenger hunt or a classic game like horse shoes or toss the balloon.
- To avoid potential expense issues, tally the group expenses before the reunion,such as T-Shirts shared meals, etc. Divide by the number of people attending, and ask each family unit for the checks in advance.
- If your family is scattered across the country, go to familydetails.com and create an exclusive site for everyone to communicate with each other prior to the get together. This will help with keeping the back-and-forth to a minimum.
- Host an outdoor movie night! Rig up a big white sheet and either rent or borrow a projector. Show a crowd-pleasing movie that is appropriate for all ages. This is a great way for everyone of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and cozy up with your family under the stars.
- Ask your family to bring photos of all stages of their tightly-knit group, then string them up with a clothesline or wire for everyone to enjoy. Search for “photo clothesline kit” on etsy.com.
- Ask family members to print out several copies of favorite family recipes on index cards, and put these together in a small heirloom-worthy keepsake basket or box each family to take home with them.