Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Five Fabulous Family Reunion Ideas

Summer is here and it’s the Family Reunion High Season. It feels almost like Christmas, doesn’t it? Well, just like any holiday season, a successful—not to mention happy—family reunion requires some extra planning and behind the scenes preparation to make the magic happen. Our goal is for a seamless magic that no one really notices but they can see the sparkles just on the edges as they think, “Wow, this is really special.” I’ve been posting some great ideas to pinterest lately that will give you great ideas for your next family gathering. Check out my “Top Five Favorite” Pinterest pins for great family activities that will have both young and old experiencing “sparkly moments” at your next family reunion.
  1. Pictures with Captions: This one comes from History Tech  and the original idea suggests placing comment bubbles on a historical picture in order to get some funny quotes going about a specific event. Let people mingle about, review the pictures, and add a saying or two wherever they feel inspired. Can you imagine what some of your family members will come up with? It’s sure to be side-splitting entertainment. 
  2. Story Telling Contest I shared this tip from a reader on my Zap the Grandma Gap blog  a little over a year ago but I think it is worth revisiting. For a reunion, you would let the adults know in advance that they should be prepared to present a family story in an engaging and fun way. The real fun, however, will come in when you make the kids at the reunion the judges! Kids are about the most honest people I know and if you stink at storytelling, they won’t hesitate to tell you. Everyone will want to step up their game for this one! 
  3. Family Crest Artwork  Look up your family crest in advance to place on display. You could then provide paper and pens/crayons to see who can draw the closest likeness. Or, find a template of a blank family crest and see what kind of imagination runs through your family as people create how they think your family crest should look. Save the artwork for review at your next family reunion while you are at it. 
  4. Create a Keepsake This one comes from Lynne Palazzi for Country Living  and let me tell you, it’s one for the generations. A tablecloth that everyone signs when they arrive that is then embroidered over to keep the memories from fading. Pull it out for every family reunion so the list of names can grow right along with your family. 
  5. And of Course, A Chart : How could you go wrong with this one? Imagine welcoming your family with a beautifully crafted, personalized Family Chart from Family ChartMasters . If you purchase a decorative chart, we’ll make it possible for the members of your family to purchase copies of that chart for 50% off. A really great deal! Or, order a working chart for a more utilitarian purpose. One of my favorite charts we’ve done recently was a large working chart where everyone in attendance had a space to sign their name under their place on the family tree. Much better than a boring guest book and such a creative idea! 
So there you have it, folks. My top five Pinterest inspired family reunion ideas. I hope it gets the creative juices flowing for all of you. If you have a great idea, please share it with me in the comments below. In the mean time, I hope you are all enjoying the magic and “sparkles” of the Family Reunion season.


Lisa said...

I love the Pictures with captions idea! My cousins have quite a sense of humor and a lot of family knowledge that will all equal FUN!

Janet Hovorka said...

That was a really fun one, wasn't it? I love it too!

Jana Last said...


I want to let you know that two of your blog posts are listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/07/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-july-18-2014.html

Have a wonderful weekend!