With summer comes endless days of making memories, and some of those days will include your family and even your extended family. The warmer months of summer are a perfect time to have your family reunion, but it can be stressful planning the food, schedule, activities, and more. It can seem like an overwhelming amount of things to plan! But don’t fret! Let me share some helpful planning tips and an activity idea guide on how to create a fun-filled family reunion!

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Planning a Family Reunion

  • Plan a date, time, and location well in advance: You’ll need to plan a date and time that works for everyone, and with so many schedules, that can get tricky, so plan to figure out these details several months to a year in advance. This gives everyone enough time to arrange vacation leave and to prepare. Send out a mass text or create a Facebook group (that’s the method I use) to take a poll. Find out what works for everyone, or for as many people as possible. As far as location goes, find a place that can host everyone–good examples are a park, lake, or outdoor space where you can hike, swim, or play together. It is always fun to have everyone all in one place, and it is helpful to have a recreational activity to do outside. See if there are any locations nearby that are convenient for the most people. If not, no worries. Some or all or you may need to travel a long distance and stay in hotels–another reason why you should plan it well in advance: so that everyone can starting saving up money for the trip.
  • Have each family be in charge of certain meals: Let each family be in charge of planning and preparing either breakfast, lunch, or dinner on specific days. This gives shared responsibility and also helps with keeping the vacation affordable. Another idea is to have each family be in charge of their own breakfast each day.

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    • Make up a theme/outfits: Having a theme can be so much fun! It doesn’t have to be for the whole trip, but it can be for one special day. Have an Olympics day, 90s theme, or even reuse/make some funny costumes. Find someone to make matching shirts for the whole family or for each individual family. As an activity, have each family bring their own same color shirts and have fun tie dying them!
    • Split tasks: Don’t put all the planning load on just yourself or on one family. Divide responsibilities up, like food charts, activities, taking photos, cleaning up duties. Let the load be shared. This will definitely keep one person or family from feeling stressed out and let everyone get involved.
    • Ask for ideas: Ask what others are interested in doing. Get everyone’s input on what they would like to eat. Have everyone pitch in their ideas for activities, or even what the realistic budget should be. Every family is different, and what works for one family may not work for another, so it is important that everyone is on the same page. 

    Activity Ideas

    • Minute-to-Win-It: Play Minute-to-Win-It games such as balancing an egg on a spoon race, tossing a water balloon between two partners, getting an Oreo from their forehead to their mouth without using their hands, or even finding a piece of gum in a plate pile of whip cream (without using their hands; the ideas are endless! Check out this article for even more! Have siblings against siblings, cousins against cousins–teams are always a blast!
    • Trivia night: Have each family go against the other family to see how much they know about TV shows, celebrities, music, sports, and other categories.