Reunited and It Feels So Good: The Perfect Family Reunion
Figure Out the Budget
How you approach money depends on the event, but for any gathering food will be a big expense. One easy way to cut down on costs -- and enjoy some of Grandma's cookies -- is to make your reunion potluck. Ask everyone to bring one type of dish, plus their own drinks. If you're renting a space or having the event catered, decide how people can contribute before hand. It won't come as a surprise when you include an amount for each family and a deadline in your invite if you get every one's input while planning.
Be straightforward (but tactful!) about the costs to avoid awkward situations and to make sure you don't get stuck footing the whole bill. If you're going to make favors (like cute shirts from zazzle.com or a family cookbook from blurb.com), don't forget to add in those costs. For destination reunions, each family can pay expenses individually and just chip in for one big group meal or activity.