Summer is a great time to get together with family and have family reunions, and a recent customer survey from CustomInk, the leading online provider of custom apparel and accessories for groups and occasions, found that nearly 67% of families are traveling 250+ miles to gather with their loved ones for get-togethers that last for an entire weekend (57%) or even an entire week (23%).
An entire week!? Would you go on your extended family on vacation for a week?
Well, whether you’re planning an afternoon, a weekend or a week away, and not sure where to start, I have some great tips!
1) Pick a theme. A theme will set the stage for the whole event. It’ll help you figure out the location, decor, games, and what to serve.
If you want to go all out, you can pick an elaborate theme like Olympics, The Circus or a Carnival. Or, you can do something simple and just do beach, bbq, or summer!
Once you pick a theme, choose a location that will work and create either paper or digital invitations with that theme. If its a beach theme, go to the beach! If its a bbq cook-off, find a place with multiple grills. You want to find a neutral location rather than someone’s backyard, this way, no one feels like they’re contributing too much.
Also, delegate a leader from each family to correspond with and create a ‘committee’ so every family has a say!
2) Get Custom T-Shirts! Nothing unites a family together quite like customized t-shirts! Whatever the theme or group size – you can get custom gear. Besides being super fun. No one is worried about what they need to wear and out-doing one another. Some options below are all from CustomInk – a great site for custom apparel and gear. But the best part is you can customize it to say anything!
3) Games, Games and more Games – Since there are people who might not know each other well, or just don’t have much to bond over or talk about, games are great ice breakers. You can force cousins who haven’t seen each other to be on the same team, so they can get to know each other better. Get some frisbees, balls, corn hole and other fun outdoor games. You can even customize the frisbees!
My favorite part of every party is the food! You want to make sure you have enough for a big crowd. Burgers and Hot Dogs are always easy! But ask every family to bring one side and one dessert. This way its not just on one person to buy or make everything.
Flip flop cookies are easy to make and a huge hit! Instructions
5) Set up a Photo Booth – The best part of the family reunion are the memories you share. And you want to make sure you capture those moments. An easy way to make sure you have enough pics of everyone at the event is by setting up a photo booth!
You can buy summer themed cutouts and tape them onto sticks, or you can download a template!Image Credit: http://www.kristendukephotography.com[/caption%5D
Are you throwing a family reunion this year? What other things are you doing?
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Disclosure: This blog post was sponsored by CustomInk, but ideas and opinions are my own