There’s no point in a family reunion if your family disowns you in the end
You agreed to help organize this year’s family reunion—and it’s become more work than planning a wedding! Sandy Clunies, author of A Family Affair: How to Plan and Direct the Best Family Reunion Ever, offers these helpful suggestions.
- Who's invited? Decide on the guest list ahead of time to sort out details, such as the location and type of reunion.
- If there are more than 15 people on your guest list, get help. You can delegate site selection, budget, correspondence and food.
- Have a lot of out-of-towners on your list? This will impact the location and length of your reunion. For instance, perhaps you want to book space at a campground for a two-day gathering, or get together on a single Saturday for a picnic.
- Send a "save the date" card as soon as possible. Next, mail or email a formal invitation about a month before the event. Remember to include a map to the venue, as well as what people need to bring.
- A blog or Web site can be an easy way to communicate with attendees and fellow organizers regularly.
- Ask each family to bring a potluck dish. Assign everyone a specific food category. Dishes like our Zesty Corn & Pasta Salad and our Grilled Chili Pork Tenderloin And Pineapple are perfect picnic fare.
- In a busy park or campground, you'll need to stand out. Put up signs and banners to direct people.