Does it feel like the wheels are always spinning?
Well don’t let added chaos drive you over the edge, because we’re not talking about spring cleaning here, we’re talking about the fact spring time for many is family reunion time. For some, the very thought of reunion makes spring cleaning look not all so bad.
Remember, reunions are a time to gather around with the people you love and have shared so many memories with, and to really take the time to see what’s been going on in their lives. Now granted this may sound a little over the top for some, but the key to having an enjoyable time is planning, planning, planning. Follow these 10 simple steps to make your next reunion a success!
1) Select the date(s). Whether you plan your family reunion to coincide with a family milestone or a special day, a summer vacation, or a holiday, it helps to poll family members to avoid date conflicts.
2) Pick a location. Preferably within driving distance, although not always an attainable goal.
3) Create a guest list.
4) Form a reunion committee. I know it sounds a little silly, but a reunion committee is essential to planning a smooth, successful family reunion; not to mention it puts less stress on you!
5) Develop a budget.
6) Determine the menu. Hire a caterer, or organize a group of family members to prepare the food for the reunion
7) Plan social activities. Don’t let the only activity consist of standing in line at the buffet table. Get moving! Water polo anyone?
Say cheese! Nothing says family reunion more than photographs and recordings of the event.
9) Decorate for the big day. Create catchy signs to point arriving guests to parking, etc. Planning a reunion is hard enough, so don’t make your brain go into overdrive, purchase pre-made name badges, or print your own.
10) Keep the fun going. Designate a volunteer or volunteers to create and send out a post-reunion newsletter with stories, photos and news items from the reunion.
Most of all, remember that these people are your family, and no matter how the reunion turns out, they’ll always remain family. Group hugs everyone!