How to Make Your Next Family Reunion a Huge Success

Family Reunion
Planning a successful family reunion, no matter how many people you’re expecting, is a big undertaking. You want the experience to be fun and memorable for all involved, but that takes a lot of work. Make sure to follow these steps to ensure that your next reunion is a huge success.

Plan Ahead

Start planning for a reunion at least one year in advance. A good first step is to survey family members to get a sense when most are available and how far they are willing to travel. That way you can find a time that will work best for everyone. You can even vote on it. Then book a venue and a date, and send the info in an email to all invited so that they can save the date.

Delegate Tasks

Planning for such a big event on your own is a lot of responsibility, so single out trustworthy family members to help with certain aspects. Put someone in charge of drinks, task another to come up with game ideas, etc. Also keep in mind that you can hire out help for things like food, entertainment and cleanup.

Have a Family Reunion Budget

Keep in mind that different guests will have different budgets, so keep the costs low to be as inclusive as possible. Diligently track all expenses, and have a system to accept payment when the reunion rolls around. A great way to save money is to buy non-perishable food items and decorations when they are on sale.

Plan Activities

Every minute does not need to be planned out, but having a few scheduled activities can get everyone involved and make some great memories. When planning, have options for all age groups. Little and big kids have different interests, and seniors sometimes need a quiet space apart. Try to think of things that everyone can participate in, but have other options in case not everyone is interested.

Send Out the Invitations

Whether your send e-invites or hard copy invitations, ask that guests RSVP by a certain date. Have someone in charge of following through and keeping an updated guest list.

Planning a reunion is clearly a lot of work. So once the reunion day arrives, relax and enjoy the event you have worked so hard to pull together. Don’t forget that the reason you’re all there is to enjoy each other’s company and make memories. If you follow all the steps above, it should be a smooth and successful reunion.

Author Bio: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Kara recommends visiting Life O’ The Party if you would like more information on decorating with a budget.

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