What better way to celebrate who you are and where you came from than with an old-fashioned family reunion? Here are some menu ideas featuring top-rated recipes.
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- Summer might be the only time available for families with kids.
- Form a planning committee to iron out details. Decide the specifics: reunion theme, location, time, and budget.
- Key questions: How many people might attend? Will the event be catered or will family members prepare food? Are you talking about one afternoon or a weekend event?
- Once the basic details are decided, send out invitations. Ask for volunteers to organize food, entertainment, and extras like keepsakes.
Reunions for Every Budget
- No-Cost: Choose a free location -- try a picnic shelter area in the park, gather at the beach, or have a backyard get-together. Make it a potluck and ask everyone to bring games.
- Low-Cost: Reserve a campsite or other community space. Hire entertainment for the kids. Rent a karaoke set up or a DJ.
- Splurge: Pick a travel destination (amusement park, big city, secluded getaway, spa, or resort) that appeals to family members and book a group package for a weekend stay.
Invitations, Keepsakes, and Activities
- Check online and local printers for creative invitations.
- Or, design your own invitations. The more fun and personalized the invitation, the better the response.
- Have special T-shirts or key chains made to celebrate the day.
- Ask family members to mail photos for a commemorative album.
- Assign a few family members to take pictures with a digital camera. Place photos on a free exchange website or create your own family website.
- Bring games to get families playing together.