Time flies by at a good family reunion. You have so many people you want to meet, and so many stories you want to hear. No matter how many hours you spend together, it may not seem like enough. That’s why you want to get off to a good start so you don’t waste a single precious minute. Try these 5 ideas for breaking the ice quickly, and helping family members to start mingling immediately.
Pick a beautiful space: The conversation flows with ease when you have lots of room, and natural beauty surrounding you. That’s one reason why Chandler’s Gardens is so popular for family reunions, weddings, and other events. Our 250 acres can also accommodate a wide variety of activities so your guests can sit and talk, take walks or play outdoor games
Appoint a welcoming committee: Greet your guests warmly, and hand out name tags, gift bags, and your agenda. They’ll feel secure and cared for instead of worrying where the closest bathroom is or how long they have to wait for lunch.
Hand out name tags: Speaking of name tags, get creative with them. In addition to names, invite people to add an interesting fact about themselves, where they’re from, or their favorite movie or vacation destination. You can print them out in advance or leave out markers for people to do it themselves.
Install activity stations: Sometimes it’s easier to talk when you’re doing something together. Set up a family tree people can fill in, along with a message board, board games and cards, a variety of puzzles, and balls and Frisbees.
Serve snacks: Food helps too. Stock some stations with healthy and tasty snacks and beverages so people can congregate.
Chandler’s Gardens in the rural countryside of McKinney, Texas is an ideal venue for your family reunion. Contact us to learn more about our wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces, and affordable pricing.