4 ways to make your family reunion a hit

4 ways to make your family reunion a hit

July 9th, 2013

By Aimee Heckel

Summer is the most popular time to hold a family reunion, because the kids are off school and schedules tend to be the most flexible. Just coordinating schedules can be challenging enough, but once you get everybody committed to one place and time, then what?

Here are four ideas of things to bring to your family reunion this summer, to make sure everyone is entertained, full and maybe even happy.

1. A potluck is the best way to assure there is a variety of food types for different needs and desires, and it’s also the best way to save money.

Ask each member to bring their favorite new food to share or bring longtime family recipes. It can be helpful to assign certain courses of the meal to different people, to avoid having 12 bags of chips and no veggies.

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2. Bring disposable, inexpensive to-go containers, like these potluck-sized plastic Gladware at Walmart, only $2.28. Before everyone leaves, pack each family a bowl of leftovers to enjoy the next day — avoid waste and leave on a positive note.

3. Consider family gifts, sort of like wedding favors. They don’t have to be expensive — maybe a small frame for a photo that you will take of the whole group later on. Then print a copy for each family member. Walgreens photo regularly runs print specials; sign up for the emails and you will save big. Walgreens often gives away free enlargements and collages.

Displays2Go.com offers small silver frames that you can buy in bulk for decreasing prices. Or try your local dollar store. The Dollar Tree sells a variety of styles of frames for just $1.

4. Consider going on a family cruise, which is full of different activities, from music to spas to dancing. Everyone will be in the same place, yet with their own agendas and preferences. This can take some of the pressure off. Check these coupons for deals on a family cruise. On your cruise, make sure you bring plenty of film for your camera (or extra cards for your digital camera) and a few activities that can bring everyone together. A celebratory cake is always a way to draw a big crowd, and have them leave smiling.

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Aimee's passion for storytelling has brought her around the world as a journalist, writing award-winning news articles about Haiti and Uganda. Aimee studied international journalism at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and she majored in journalism and German at Colorado State University. When she's not writing stories for a Colorado newspaper, she travels and volunteers for Think Humanity, her family's nonprofit that helps refugees and disadvantaged people in Africa. She's also a mom, a wife and a furious bargain-hunter. Reach out to her at AimeeHeckel.com, find her travel board on Pinterest, follow her on Twitter, or ping her on Google+.

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