Reunited and It Feels So Good: The Perfect Family Reunion

Our tips will make your next family reunion way more fun and way less work.
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Plan Ahead and Pick a Location

It's been ages since you've seen your extended family. In fact, you're pretty sure your 11-year-old son was wearing diapers the last time you had a real reunion. It's clearly time to unite your relatives, so use these tips to plan an event that will make everyone want to get together more often.

Brainstorm about when and where to hold your reunion event, and make sure to start at least three to four months ahead of time. You might pick a date that's significant in your family's history (the day great-great-grandpa landed at Ellis Island?) or choose a set weekend to get together every year (that way everyone will know in advance next time). Dole out planning duties to make sure you don't burn out before the big day -- and to be sure that all sides of the family will be happy with your event. Sites like are also a good source for tools and ideas.

First, think about your group size and resources -- is this a huge gathering with lots of extended family members coming from all over the country? A hotel banquet space or an amusement park might prove a good option. Or is it a smaller group of relatives who mostly live near you? Then perhaps your home or a local park or restaurant is the way to go. If everyone has to travel and you can swing it, how about a weekend cruise? Or to save money, go camping, rent cabins, or find some affordable condos at the beach. Just be sure to keep your whole family's tastes in mind and consider older relatives' comfort. Or to keep it really simple, rotate hosting duties among family members from year to year.

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