A family reunion can be a great way to reunite with family members you have not seen in years. Planning a family reunion does not need to be overwhelming. Here are five steps to simplify the process.
1. Choose A Fun Location
Try to choose a fun location for the family reunion. A nearby amusement park or beach will encourage family members to come to the event. A central location will make transportation arrangements easier, so keep this in mind as well.
2. Keep Accessibility in Mind
If you have family members who have disabilities that make it difficult for them to get around, make sure that whatever venue you choose is accessible. Ask the venue what accessibility features they have, and make sure you inquire if there is a handicapped bathroom facility available.
3. Have A Back-Up Plan
If you have picked an outdoor location for the family reunion, make sure you have a back-up location in case it rains. One possible back-up location is the ballroom at your hotel.
4. Schedule Plenty of Activities
Keep the fun going by scheduling plenty of fun activities. Younger children especially will get cranky and bored if conversation is the only activity. Games such as three-legged races, and bean bag tosses will help the kids occupied, but you should encourage the adults to join in on the fun as well. Consider purchasing a few small prizes to give out to the winners.
5. Reserve Accommodation and Transportation
Most hotels let you reserve a block of rooms for a large event. Some will even give you a discount on the price. If you find a hotel close to the location of your family reunion, go ahead and reserve a block of rooms. You will not need to pay anything to reserve them, and it will help out family members who might not have the time to find a convenient hotel. If you will have a lot of family members who will be flying to the event, try to find a town car or shuttle service for them. You should also encourage them to carpool from the airport, which will help save them money.