Calling the clan for a gracious get-together? Rallying the relatives for a really good time?
Young and old alike will want to participate, if you plan a worthwhile family reunion program in an enticing environment.
Every three years, my clan gathers for a family reunion. We have enjoyed 100 percent participation every time. With engagements, weddings, and new babies, the group grows each time.
Choosing an appropriate location for a sizable group can be challenging. Our family has enjoyed reunions at a South Seas resort, a woodsy cottage, a skyscraper hotel, a beach house, and even a church camp.
How can you select a super spot for your own family reunion? What considerations are important?
Start With the Map.
Faraway family members will appreciate your consideration, as you select a spot for your reunion. Take a map, and plot out where everyone lives.
Unless you are flying the whole crowd to Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, or some other exotic spot (so that everyone must fly), then you will want to find a location that is somewhat of a compromise for everyone. Try to split the travel times as evenly as you can between those who must journey the farthest.
Consider the abilities of various family members to travel significant distances. Perhaps your location will be somewhat determined by certain special needs of specific relatives. If Grandpa requires local medical care, you may be bound to his hometown. If Cousin Katie resides in a special-needs community, you might choose to plan a reunion within driving distance of that spot.
Timing Is Important.
Yearly seasons can play a major role in the success of your event. Consider the projected temperatures and weather for your target location. Unless your entire family loves winter sports, you will want to pick a date and site that will likely offer mild weather for outdoor activities.
Select Appropriate Accommodations.
Motels, hotels, and inns can be ideal spots for a gathering of your kin. Consider the specific needs of your group. Will you have seniors or very young children? Do you have any individuals with special-access needs?
Reserve your rooms as much in advance as possible. Consider renting a camp, vacation cottage or an entire bed & breakfast for your event, if you can locate one that will accommodate everyone in your group. Family reunions need not be elaborate events.
Outline Recreational Opportunities.
Of course, the main purpose of any family reunion is simply to spend time together. In all likelihood, the ideal location will offer a private large-group gathering place.
In addition, you may wish to offer sports, tourist attractions, or another fun activity for the family. Individual interests vary. A golf course location may be ideal for some, while others may prefer to fish or hunt. What activities do your prospective spots offer for youngsters, teens, adults, and seniors in your clan?
Plan for Popular Provisions.
In any family, food is a huge draw. Shared meals are ideal times for family togetherness. Pick a spot with excellent food and a facility for serving your whole gathering at once.
Who will do the cooking for your family reunion? A family member may own a luxurious homestead in a fun setting, but your host will enjoy an opportunity to visit with everyone too. If you hold your event at someone’s home, you will want to devise a creative plan for feeding all your attendees. Hiring a caterer or dividing meals into attendee teams will make the event more fun for everyone.
How Often Should You Hold Family Reunions?
Loving families often plan periodic reunions. Every two to four years seems to be a popular interval. More frequent reunions may lead to attrition, particularly if relatives must travel significant distances, or if the celebrations are financially draining to participants.
Why not call your clan together, and gather for a great time?