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Posts tagged ‘family reunions’

Cheap and Inexpensive Family Reunions Close To Home

Family reunions and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. Without the time restraints of school, family reunion plans come out in full force.

Family reunions might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are a part of a family that regularly hosts a reunion, get used to it. Attendance is expected, so get on the bandwagon.

Family reunions do not have to be a big to-do at some far away destination. With high travel and food costs, many families are centering their gatherings closer to home to save money. If you are planning a reunion close to home, consider these tips to help keep the reunion inexpensive and chaos free.

  • Sleep at home. Yes, the cheapest way to host a family gathering is to stay at home. By staying at home, this will eliminate expensive hotel rates and you will have the everyday luxuries like a closet full of clothes, a full kitchen and hot water whenever you need it. This can also help out of town guests cut costs by couch surfer or staying in extra bedrooms. It creates an easy home base for other activities, but with the ease of having everything that you need.
  • Turn family reunion into a stay-cation. Sure, Disneyworld would be nice with all of the family members, but with the increasing entrance fees, that is not reasonable for most families. Pick local events, museums and activities close to home to give your wallet a break.
  • Change the definition of family reunion. Family reunions for most people mean spending every waking hour with strange family members (aunts who are too cuddly and cousins with bad breath) with no chance of respite. Who says that family reunions must be an all day affair? An easy way to keep your own personal space and cut down on costs is to do an evening reunion. Plan a week full of evening activities: picnic in the park, murder mystery party, flag football, seeing a play, etc. and ask family members to attend then. This is ideal for families that live close by each other and with members who have a difficult time getting work off. No family overload and no work missed. Win, win.
  • Head to the woods. Don’t outdoors and family reunions just go together? If you must go somewhere for the reunion, head to into nature. Camping is a no-frills, cheap alternative for a family reunion. Tell attendees to bring tents, tin-foil dinners and outdoors-y gear (fishing poles, guns, four-wheelers, etc) for activities. And for those needing a little pampering, don’t forget the air mattresses. Since most activities in nature, such as hiking, are free, you can plan a relatively cheap family reunion.
  • Host a one-day reunion. If your family is extremely large, host a one-day reunion with a pot-luck lunch and lawn games (think frisbee). Large groups are difficult to accommodate overnight, but are perfect for an afternoon up the canyon or in the park. Do what works for your family.

Happy reunions!

Get Away From Home: Family Reunions

Summer is months away but now is the time to start planning if you want to have a family reunion. Nothing screams summer like a family reunion. With the kids out of school and the summer sun beating down, family reunions are almost inevitable.

But putting together a family reunion is a beast of its own. Rarely can you just whip one up together and expect everything to go off without a hitch. It requires time, planning and dedication to make a family reunion successful.

Family reunions are not one size fits all. Each family has different desires and needs. If you are helping to plan a family reunion this year, here are some things to consider.

  • Size of reunion. This should be the first consideration. You should first decide how many people your family reunion will encompass. Will it be just your immediate family or extended family? The size of the family will greatly impact the type of family reunion you have. The larger your family, the most restraints you have on your reunion. My grandma’s siblings still get together for a reunion every year. Now we are almost four generations down. And after our first cousins, no one really knows each other so we sequester into our families. Hardly seems worth it for the whole gang to get together. Determine what size works best for you and cut down if necessary. Do you really care about spending a week with your second cousin twice removed?
  • Length. After you have determined the size of your reunion, it is time to establish how long the reunion should be. My grandma’s extended reunion is a half-day picnic. But an immediate family reunion might want to get together for 5 to 7 days. Also consider how much time people will have to take of work to attend the reunion.
  • Time of year. Summertime is ideal for a family reunion because kids will not have to miss school, however adults will have to miss work. If you can, tack the family reunion onto the a holiday weekend. And try to avoid the first and last week of summer- most family reunion locales are packed.
  • Location. After you have the size and length of your reunion, it is time to find a place. For a short, one day affair, a local park or a park up the canyon (if you are lucky) is a great way to spend the day. The outdoors will give you the space you need for a large group, plus you can have different activities for all age groups (frisbee, toss a ball, relax). For a longer reunion, try looking for a place that has cabins or a campground that will fit many people. Ideally, the location will be in a place where the least amount of people have to travel
  • Activities. The actual activities are what make or break a reunion. Have a lot of different options that will entertain all sorts of age groups. Family competitions, game nights and relays are all family reunion standards.