A family reunion is a timely gathering of the members of the family at one place so that everyone is able to meet each other and spend some fun quality time. For some people, a family reunion is a monthly or a yearly affair and for some, it just happens after a very long period of time. Some families are really big and some very small. It is easier for the smaller families to meet up once in a while and catch up on all the stuff whereas with a bigger family it gets really difficult for everyone to take out time from their busy schedules and meet just at one time.
Evidently, there are a lot of benefits of having a regular family reunion. The most important reason is to keep in touch with every member of the family. Humans are social animals and families are a big part of their lives. So, staying in contact with your family is very important for you to survive in a society. The second reason for attending or having a family reunion is to rekindle the relationships that have been forgotten. People are most likely to keep in touch with their immediate relatives but they really do not keep in touch with the people that have a long distance connection with them. For example, you are more likely to be in contact with your first cousin than your distant cousins. The family reunions are a great way for all the people to meet and get to know each other.
The second reason for attending or having a family reunion is to rekindle the relationships that have been forgotten. People are most likely to keep in touch with their immediate relatives but they really do not keep in touch with the people that have a long distance connection with them. For example, you are more likely to be in contact with your first cousin than your distant cousins. The family reunions are a great way for all the people to meet and get to know each other.
Another reason for a reunion is to teach the younger generation the values of their culture and their family heritage. Your family heritage gets passed from one generation to another and a family reunion is a great way to sit everyone down and teach them about the ancient culture and how they can take it forward.
If you are planning to organize a family reunion for your big family, there are lots of things that you need to arrange. The bigger the family, the harder it is to organize a reunion, especially for a newbie. But you need not worry because we are here to help you. Here are some tips you can use to organize an amazing and successful family reunion.
Decide The Family Members And Make A List
First thing first, decide which family members you will invite to the reunion. Do you want it to be just close family or the whole family? Make a list of all the members that you want to invite for the family reunion. Make sure you do not miss out anybody. Mark one member in each of the families that will serve you as the center point to contact all the other members.
Give Everyone A Call
At first call the person that you have selected from each of the families. If it is a very close family reunion, call all the people and let them know about your plan and what is expected out of them. This procedure is going to take some time so start early.
Set A Date
While confirming the attendance of the people, ask them about their schedules and whether they will be available on the said dates. Try and plan the reunion during the holidays so that the people are actually free. For the working people, try and set the dates of the weekends, so that they do not have to take an off from work and attend the gathering. Decide the dates after confirming from everyone. This can be a really tricky task but it is one of the most important ones.
Pick The Venue
Depending on the number of people attending the reunion and the kind of activities your family likes to do, decide a venue. Arrange a small vacation for the smaller crowd. For a bigger crowd, a cruise or a house party is a better option. Rent a huge villa or a guest house if your house is not big enough to fit all the people. If you can accommodate all the people at your own house, it is the best thing possible. Just make sure everyone is fine with the arrangements.
How Long Will It Last
Decide the time duration of the reunion from the beginning. Most reunions last for a couple of days but if you are going on a vacation, it might get extended to an even longer time.
Decide A Budget
Inviting too many people at one place will need you to have a big budget. The accommodation, food and activities cost a lot of money. The best way to go about it is to ask each member to take care of their expenses. Let them know the venue and the date. Ask them to make their own bookings or make bookings for them and they can pay you later. If the reunion is at your house, you have to set aside a budget for food and services on your own.
Plan The Food
A family reunion vacation does not require food and beverage planning. The reunion at home does require a lot of food planning. Depending on the number of days the guests are staying at your place, make a menu. Ask everyone about their allergies and medical conditions in advanced. Plan all the food accordingly.
Send The Invites
Send the invitations over email or through postal mail way ahead of the date. Do not forget to give everyone a call and let them know of the arrangements and ask them to confirm their attendance.
Keep one thing in mind while planning everything- this is your own family! Even if something goes wrong, these people will understand and you can take your time to make things right. Also, do not forget to have fun yourself. Just keep these tips in mind and enjoy.