For a lot of us, it’s been a while since the whole family got together. Planning a family reunion is a great way to get everyone in the same place to reconnect and have a good time. Logistically, there are a lot of details to handle and decisions to make. But, it should be a fun process. Whether this is your first time planning a family reunion or you’ve done it many times before, follow our tips for a successful event.
6 Tips for Planning a Family Reunion
1. Schedule a wide range of activities. Not everyone has fun doing the same thing, so be sure to plan a variety of activities. Consider everyone’s interest and plan a couple of activities that everyone can enjoy. Also, it’s a good idea to make activities optional so people won’t be forced into doing something they don’t enjoy.
2. Give people enough time to plan for the event. Plan your family reunion about six months to a year out so people have plenty of time to plan. It’s hard to gather a large group of people together on the same day. Giving people time to mark their calendars is key for a well-attended event.
3. Plan downtime throughout the reunion. If you’re meeting for a family reunion on just one day, be sure to plan downtime so everyone can mingle and catch up. And if you’re meeting for more than one day, it’s important to not over-pack your schedule.
4. Enlist other family members to help plan the event. One person can’t do it all! If you’re planning a larger event, enlist the help of a few other family members to coordinate activities and accommodations that work for everyone. Plus, other people will come with ideas and a fresh set of eyes.
5. Prepare a slideshow of photos. A slideshow of family photos from years past and present is a great opportunity for everyone to connect. This is especially fun when you can share photos from generations past, including loved ones who may no longer be physically present. Prior to the reunion, ask family members to submit rare and favorite photos.
6. Don’t forget to take photos. Be sure you’re continuing to add images to your family album. Get a few planned group shots to get the whole gang together. But don’t forget about candid photos throughout the event. Create a hashtag or open up a shared folder where everyone can add their images from the event for all to see.
Plan Your Family Reunion at Historic Acres of Hershey
If you’re planning a family reunion, consider Historic Acres of Hershey for your event. We offer a beautiful outdoor space and bonfire pit area for casual gatherings, as well as other event spaces to accommodate groups of all sizes. Give us a call to learn more about our venue spaces, check dates, or take a tour of the property.