Planning a family reunion can be an overwhelming, stressful task. There are so many factors to consider, and choosing a date and a location are just the tip of the iceberg! That said, planning a family reunion can be made easier when you know exactly what tasks need to be completed.
Choosing a Location
There are several options when choosing a location for your family reunion. Think about places that are central to the family members attending. Often, families reserve a block of hotel rooms and hold the reunion at the hotel. Another fun idea might be to have the family gather somewhere, such as Broken Bow cabins, where everyone can enjoy plenty of activities out in nature as well as have a place to rest once the events of the day are finished.
Feeding the Family
Great food can make or break a big event, family reunions included. A financially conscious yet popular way to plan a meal is to have a potluck. Have everyone bring a dish that has meaning to them. Perhaps there are old family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation that can be incorporated into the potluck. Sharing the stories behind the food can also serve as an icebreaker to ease the awkwardness that can be present when large groups get together.
If your family reunion is taking place during the warmer months, have a cookout! Typical barbecue fare such as burgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob are all simple to prepare as well as inexpensive crowd-pleasers. Pair the grilled food with a fun dessert option, such as an ice cream sundae bar.
If your budget allows, another way to make food planning easy is to hire a caterer. A caterer can handle every aspect of a meal while letting you be free to deal with planning the rest of the event.
Making It Fun
When it comes to extended family members, you don’t always know each other very well. Games and activities can really enhance the event by helping everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Is your family athletic? Maybe a family field day is in order. Put together some popular field day activities, such as tug-of-war, egg toss and a potato sack race. These simple activities can really help family members bond.
You may also consider creating a family map. Place a large map on a wall or bulletin board, and have each person who attends the event put a sticker or thumbtack to mark where he or she is from.
One great way to get to know your extended family is to have a talent show. Perhaps Uncle Lester juggles, or maybe Cousin Susie plays a mean mandolin. Let everyone get an opportunity to showcase a little something special about themselves.
Take a few of these suggestions and get creative with them. Your family reunion is sure to be a success that is fondly remembered for years to come.