How to Host a Family Reunion

By Erik Neilson , last updated August 31, 2011

Planning and hosting a family reunion is a great way to get the family back together for a shared experience, and doesn’t have to be as out of reach as it might seem. For those who have large families that are spread out around the country or the world, getting everyone together can seem next to impossible, especially given the fact that most people’s schedules don’t tend to coincide with one another. When properly planned, a family reunion can be an unforgettable experience.

Work Out the Logistics

First and foremost, you need to work out all of the logistics before inviting anyone to a reunion. If you’ll be hosting it, chances are you’ll want to hold it either at your own home or a rented vacation home. Try to choose a date that you feel will work for everyone in the family, keeping it somewhat flexible in case you need to accommodate a family member. Once the details have been nailed down, notify your family members either by phone, email or written invitation.

Prepare for Your Guests

Hosting a family reunion is far less stressful when you’ve planned ahead. Take into consideration everything that might have an impact on the reunion, including lodging accommodations, food/dining and activities. While many people may be tempted to let the reunion “evolve as it may,” this is often a recipe for problems, and is best avoided.

Consider Hiring Help

If you are planning a rather large reunion party, you may want to consider hiring help. For example, cooking a meal for 20 people while trying to entertain them all at the same time can be rather difficult, and would be made far easier if you were to hire a caterer. The more help you can get, the better the reunion party will go over with your family.

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