When it comes to get togethers, there is nothing quite like a family reunion. When we get together with family members, we can connect in a way that isn’t possible with the other people in our lives. These are the people who share a common history with us, the ones who can reminisce with us even as we make new memories.
There was a time when most members of a family stayed close by even as they grew up, got married, and added new branches to the family tree. But in today’s world, the branches of the tree can spread across the country and even around the world. Family reunions provide an opportunity to bring everyone together to reconnect and keep the bonds of family strong.
While some family reunions are simply a picnic in a park, many families have to put a lot of time, effort, and planning into their event. If people are coming from long distances, your family reunion may last for several days and will require things like meals, lodging, and transportation. If you have never planned this type of event before, it can be quite daunting. To help, here are some great resources on planning a family reunion.
How to Plan a Family Reunion from Fox News – Great overview of the planning process, provides numerous options for location selection, offers excellent ideas for take-away gifts
A Step by Step Planning Checklist for a Family Reunion from Familydetails.com – Site full of great information including suggestions for activities, planning guides, choosing food and drinks, and even a section on how to avoid family tension.
Family Reunion Planning from Reunions Magazine – Ideas for themes, resources, activities and more.
Steps to a Successful Family Reunion By Kimberly Powell, About.com Guide – Step by step guide to planning the perfect reunion from beginning to end.
Do’s and Don’ts of Family Reunions from The Grio – Good overview of the initial planning steps, list of things to avoid, and a breakdown of some of the biggest challenges you might face while planning your perfect reunion
Family Reunion Planning Checklist from MyFamilyReunionIdeas.org – Provides the details you need to make your own checklist beginning with tasks 18 months out. This site also provides good information on other topics like family portrait ideas, themes, and favors.
Family Reunion Planning from FamilyReunion.com – Let Mr. Spiffy help you plan your reunion with step by step instructions guaranteed to help you make it through without missing a thing.
Family Reunion Planner from Real Simple Magazine – Helpful overview and great ideas for picking locations and planning the entire event.
Party Planning Tools from Punchbowl.com – Free party planning tools, full of fun creative ideas, helpful in finding vendors
Plan a Family Reunion from Gatherings.com – Helpful tips, checklists, and a planning timeline to get you started and help you stay on track from beginning to end.
Family Reunion Planning Tools from Eventbrite – Create your own family reunion website and other tools tailor made to keep everyone informed, stay organized, collect money, and pull off the perfect family reunion.