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Posted on March 27, 2024 by Pat Burns in Family, family vacation, fun, kids, REUNION

Check List For Planning A Family Reunion

Check List For Planning A Family Reunion

  1. Set a Date

  • Choose a date that works for the majority of family members.
  • Consider holidays or long weekends for better attendance.
  1. Create a Budget

  • Determine the overall budget for the reunion.
  • Break down expenses such as venue, food, decorations, and activities.
  1. Compile a Guest List

  • Create a comprehensive list of family members to invite.
  • Gather contact information for easy communication.
  1. Choose a Venue

  • Select a location that accommodates the expected number of guests.
  • Consider accessibility, parking, and facilities.
  1. Accommodations

  • If necessary, arrange hotel accommodation for out-of-town guests.
  • Negotiate group rates if booking multiple rooms.
  1. Plan Meals

  • Decide on catering, potluck, or a combination of both.
  • Consider dietary restrictions and preferences.
  1. Activities and Entertainment

  • Plan games, activities, or entertainment suitable for all ages.
  • Include icebreakers and team-building activities.
  1. Send Invitations

  • Design and send invitations well in advance.
  • Include RSVP details and any necessary information.
  1. Decorations

  • Plan simple decorations to create a festive atmosphere.
  • Consider personalized items like family banners or photos.
  1. Create a Schedule

  • Outline a schedule of events for the reunion.
  • Include time for socializing, meals, and organized activities.
  1. Communication Plan

  • Establish a communication plan to keep everyone informed.
  • Utilize social media, email, or a dedicated website for updates.
  1. Capture Memories

  • Arrange for a photographer or set up a designated photo area.
  • Consider creating a family scrapbook or video montage.
  1. First Aid and Emergency Plan

  • Have a basic first aid kit on hand.
  • Know the location of the nearest medical facilities.
  1. Plan for Kids

  • Organize activities specifically for children.
  • Ensure there is a designated area for kids to play.
  1. Plan for Inclement Weather

  • If your event is outdoors, have a backup plan for bad weather.
  • Consider renting a tent or securing an indoor venue.
  1. Transportation

  • Provide information on local transportation options.
  • Arrange carpools if needed.
  1. Souvenirs and Favors

  • Consider providing small souvenirs or favors for attendees.
  • Personalized items can make great keepsakes.
  1. Clean-Up Plan

  • Arrange for a clean-up crew or volunteers.
  • Ensure the venue is left in good condition.
  1. Follow-Up

  • Send thank-you notes to attendees and volunteers.
  • Collect feedback to improve future reunions.

Lastly, don’t forget to plan for older and other people who may have special needs.



Pat Burns

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Pat Burns is the co-founder of the Orange County Children's Book Festival, a celebrity journalist, film reviewer and a consultant for nonprofits

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