When was the last time your whole family was together in one place? If it’s been a while, then a summer family reunion might be just what your family needs! Here are some tips to help you plan a perfect family reunion this summer:
Step 1: Organize the Invitees
First, make a list of the family decision makers. Put together a list of family members and their contact information, which may require some digging. It helps to recruit another family member or members to help you with this task.
Step 2: Set a date/ location
After you have compiled a list of people who are attending, the next task is to set a date for everyone to meet. A great tool to use for scheduling with a group is the website Doodle. Summer schedules can be busy, that’s why it’s crucial to get an early start on planning. Choose a date that the majority of family members are available. Remember, not everyone will be able to make it and that’s okay!
Next, find a location that can accommodate your family. Someone may volunteer to host it at his or her house. Another option is to search for a venue in the area. An outdoor venue with a lot of open space would be ideal for the warm summer weather, and very convenient if you have a large family. Parks are always a great option. If you would like to make the reunion more formal, consider finding a restaurant that will reserve a room and cater the event.
Keep in mind that it is important to find a location that is central to everyone. If your family is scattered around the country, find a central meeting point so the travel time is equal. It’s also important to consider who will be traveling. For instance, if Grandma and Grandpa can’t travel, it might be best for everyone to travel to them. If you do decide to travel and need to book accommodations for your entire family you may want to consider contacting nearby hotels before the visit and block off rooms.
Here are some fun theme ideas for your family reunion:
- 4th of July Party– Celebrate reconnecting with family in red, white and blue! Have an all-American barbeque with hot dogs and hamburgers. You can even have a family 4th of July parade.
- Camping over Memorial Day Weekend– For a longer family reunion, plan a camping trip over the long weekend. Roast marshmallows over the fire at night and go hiking during the day!
- A Hawaiian Luau– Get festive with the dress code! Tell your family to dress in Hawaiian shirts and leis! See who can hula hoop the longest and get the lowest in a limbo contest!
We hope these tips help kick-start your family reunion planning. Have a safe and fun-filled summer!