July 18, 2013

Host a Family Reunion: 5 Ways to Make it Memorable

Filed under: Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 11:18 am

Courtesy of Kathrine Kreger [kathrinekreger@gmail.com]

For many families, reunions do not happen very often. With busy work and school schedules, people living all over the country, and the expense of having a gathering, most families do not get together as often as they would like. When a reunion does happen, it is important to make it as memorable as possible. There are a few things that the reunion host can do to make sure that every member of the family has lots of fantastic memories of the event.

Bring along lots of photographs

Nothing gets discussion going like looking at old photographs. Sharing photos makes identifying people in the pictures so much easier, and creates lasting memories. This is a low cost activity that everybody is sure to cherish.

Host a Family Reunion 5 Ways to Make it MemorableGames are always a great icebreaker

When people haven’t seen each other for a long time, shyness can be a problem. Also, for reunions that have many generations, it can be hard to find activities that can be enjoyed by all ages, from grandparents to grand kids. Board games give people a great excuse to talk to one another, and appeal to the competitive side of everyone.

Field trips can be fun for the whole family

Many family reunions suffer because people feel cooped up in a hotel or conference center. Getting out and exploring can add a spark to a reunion. Trips don’t have to be far. Just going to the nearest shopping mall or golf range can be a fun filled outing, and can prevent tensions from rising at the main reunion venue.

Keep things simple

Nobody wants to be stuck chopping food or doing dishes when the rest of the family is laughing and catching up with each other. Although it is not the most frugal option, many families think eating out is worth it, since they are able to spend more time with their loved ones. High end restaurants, catering delivery Fort Worth has many great dining options.

Prevent disasters before they happen

A hotel with dirty rooms or a restaurant with horrible service can create memorable moments, but they won’t be pleasant ones. If possible, visit the venues where the reunion will be held prior to the event. This way, things can be changed before they ruin precious time with family. This is especially important if family members have mobility limitations or other disabilities.

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