Ways to Make Your Family Reunion a Success
The holidays often serve as a time for families to reunite and spend time together for the first time in a while. These special occasions where members of the family all get together rarely happen often, but they serve as a great opportunity to catch up on life events with members of all generations while laughing and making memories.
Typically, family reunions over the holidays are centered around sharing stories, photo albums, having conversations, and preserving the family history for generations to come. By following these tips, you can ensure that your family reunion is a positive experience for all attendees.
While a spur of the moment visit with a family member is great, for a successful family reunion to occur, some pre-planning must take place. Start thinking about the event anywhere from a year to six months in advance and put potential dates out to guests. Once you have a date locked down, this allows attendees to begin making their travel arrangements if needed and ensure they are free that day, weekend, or week.
Establish a mini-committee of members of the family to assist in the planning process, giving each person a role. Depending on the scope of the reunion, there may be a lot of things that need to be ordered, planned out, and executed and having a team to help will make this go off without a hitch.
A digital communication option is a great idea as well. Whether it be a website, blog or a communal email address that all members can reach out to with questions, this is a simple way to ensure everyone stays in the loop.
Share Old Memories and Make New Ones
Once you have all of the arrangements made and it comes to be day (or days) of the event, there are a few things to do to make it a great memory. The best way to enrich and enliven family reunions for any aged attendee is to drum up past memories and stories. You can do this a few different ways:
- Use documents, old photos and albums, yearbooks, and other memorabilia to stir a senior loved one’s memory and get them talking about important or interesting stories or family facts. Lay these items out around the reunion to get those conversations started.
- Set up a video camera and tripod and designate a family member to serve as the photographer of the event to commemorate it for future family members.
- Showcase important memories and share stories with the group. Use a projector to have a slideshow with photos and videos submitted by attendees running in the background through the duration of the event. Allow guests to take a few moments to come on a microphone and give a toast or share a special story to them with the group.
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