Family Reunion Ideas
Holding annual or biannual family meetings is a remarkable tradition, where everyone can kill their homesickness, monitor the progress of their children and grandchildren, and learn about each other’s news. Family meetings also allow family members to make the bond stronger.
Some large families have a tradition of holding annual meetings, where all members come from afar, meet, and keep up to date, know the news about everyone who is part of it. Some prefer extended holidays like Christmas or Easter.
Some tips for organizing an annual family gathering:
1. The reason may be to get everyone together, or even the grandparents’ wedding anniversary, someone’s wedding, a child’s graduation, etc.
2. Talk to those involved, especially direct relatives who can help with the organization of the event.
3. Make invitations and send them to family members in advance, especially those who live far away.
4. Rent a farm or a sports or events center.
5. Distribute the tasks, for example, who will take care of the barbecue, the salads, and someone else who takes care of the desserts. Someone takes care of the children’s games, and someone else can develop games for adults, activities, and decorations.
6. Check everyone’s papers one month before, and two weeks back to see if everything is in order.
7. The day before, check with those who have chores regarding the food to be served, as well as for decoration, activities, and see if anything is missing, which needs adjustment in the last hours.
8. On the day of the meeting, ask several people to go to the place early to prepare everything and wait for the members’ arrival, where everyone can collaborate and bring something.
9. Enjoy, catch up, catch up with your family, and be very careful not to hurt anyone.
10. The order is to make unforgettable memories.
Some tips on activities to do with adults and children at these meetings:
Sometimes someone, or more than one member of the family, works for companies that sponsor and like to advertise their products at parties and gatherings of people. Take advantage of the samples that can be used as prizes for the winners of the games.
Assemble some scrapbook kits, collages, bags of candies and chocolates, to distribute to the winners of bingo or other activity.
You can have T-shirts made of the same color written on the family surname, or even regular white T-shirts, where everyone can sign with a pen for printing on fabric, which will be a funny souvenir. Make dolls out of paper or plastic and put names like “the funniest person,” “the best deck player,” “the best barbecue,” “the one who has traveled the longest,” “what has changed the most since the last meeting,” and at the end distribute the prizes to everyone.
Organize a family tree, pasting one or more cards on a wall and marking everyone who arrives, whose children they are, or grandchildren, great-grandchildren, spouses. Do not forget to use different colors; you can make drawings of men or women, and write all the names, birthdays, and place of birth at the end, clearly marking wherein the tree they stand. You can even make a secret friend among all participants: the more people, the better. If you can’t do it before, ask everyone to bring a small gift, like $ 10.00 each, and at the beginning, as they arrive, give them a number. Make a numbered presence list, and each one who comes signs a name, and whoever took that number will give that person the gift.
Most important: Take pictures, lots of pictures! Family together, couples with children, children, whole families. The more, the better. Putting together an album or even a book from these family gatherings with stories and stories will be quite a gift for the participants.
Anyway, enjoy each other’s company and build unforgettable memories!