Simplify your planning by using our Family Reunion Checklist!
As the sweltering days of Summer loom ever closer, families around the country are preparing for their annual Summer activities. Camp registration, beach trips, and of course, family reunions! Without the added challenge of juggling school calendars, Summer is the most obvious time for reunions to e
nsure a large turnout. To pull off a successful party for a large crowd, you need to be organized and forward thinking! Here is our Family Reunion Checklist to help make sure that nothing falls through the cracks!
1.) Update your address book (or e-mail addresses)
If there are relatives whom you haven’t spoken to since the last reunion, then there is a good chance some of them have a new abode.
2.) Make sure you have a complete list of family members
Which families have added to their brood? Whether it’s through marriage, birth, or adoption, families tend to get bigger. Make sure that all members are included on the invite.
3.) Send invites well in advance of the event
A large enough venue to accommodate the crowd is essential, and that can’t be secured until you have an accurate headcount.
4.) Have a Plan B!
Will this be an outdoor party? Have a rain plan to avoid day-of weather disasters!
5.) Gather photos to display at the reunion.
What better opportunity to make a trip down memory lane than a family reunion? If your family members are on Families Connect, they can give you access to their photos for all the family to enjoy! Check their archives for photos to be used on display.
6.) The Food!
Arguably the most important part of any gathering is the food! Decide how the food is going to be provided. Catering? Potluck? One awesome aunt who is offering to do all the cooking? Once that’s decided, send out a signup sheet if needed so that you don’t end up with 15 desserts and 1 bag of chips.
7.) Decide on additional activities
Will you have chalk games? A photobooth? An area for the kids to play? Think outside the box for fun activities to entert
ain attendees throughout the day.
8.) Delegate, delegate, delegate.
No matter how much you want to, you can’t do it all and still enjoy yourself. Delegate tasks for the rest of the party! Assign a set-up and clean-up crew. Find someone to do the decorations. That way one person, or a small group of people, don’t end up responsible for everything.
9.) Remember to take pictures!
When was the last time everyone was together? Make sure you capture it!10.) Upload your reunion pictures to Families Connect!
You have total control over who sees your photos. After uploading photos to your account, and granting family access to your page, everyone can view the pictures in one central location!
Make the most of your Summer!
Summers are meant to be spent outside, enjoying others company and stretching the days until you see the last firefly of the night. We hope this season is filled with community, sunshine, and your Grandma’s famous sweet tea!
Torrey Swan is a former pediatric nurse who now spends most of her time chasing two red-headed daughters. Her favorite hobby is cooking with a proclivity for Mexican food and margaritas. She has resided in Nashville since the age of 11 and has been married to her husband, a Blackhawk pilot for the Army, since 2008.