Your mom is from the East Coast, your Dad from the Southwest, but somehow those two met, fell in love, moved to Texas and started a family. Now, many years later, children and grandchildren dot the map from coast to coast. When you factor in the multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins your family could easily fill a small town.
No matter how far apart your family is, or how many members there are, it’s essential to gather together. Whether annually or every few years, a family reunion is a necessity to reconnect as a family unit. For planning your next reunion, the following tips should help you create a fun and memorable event:
Location and Date. Securing the right location and date for your reunion is the first step. Be sure to accommodate any particular needs family members may have (handicap access, babies, and young children, etc.) especially when picking a location. Ideally, a weekend should be long enough for your family festivities.
Don’t do it all yourself. Nothing will ruin a reunion faster than pre-festivities burnout. Work with your family and spread out the planning responsibilities. Delegating tasks like invitations or meal prep will simplify the workload so no one-person is stuck doing everything. This also ensures that family members will play a part in making the reunion a hit.
Activities are a must.Keep activities simple but have some options to suit family interests and abilities. Three-legged races may be a blast for the kids, but grandparents might have a difficult time participating. A variety of simple activities like dancing or crafts keeps everyone involved and having a good time.
Finally, leave time to talk. The best part of gathering as a family is communicating. Whether sharing family history, catching up, or re-visiting the good old days, having time to talk to each other strengthens family bonds. Make time to just be together and connect.
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