5 Tips For a Successful Family Reunion

How to Host a Successful Family Gathering Begins with Gathering Everyone’s Decades-past Pictures to Share at the Reunion


OK. The date and location have been chosen, you have lots of volunteers for various committees, and the save-the-date cards have gone out. Before you work on the invitations, start planning for the 5 elements below that will help make your family reunion successful:



family reunion decorated table

Food

Like any large event with high expectations (weddings, Thanksgiving, July 4th picnic), the food can make or break your family reunion. Find out what allergies and dietary restrictions need to be accommodated before you start planning the menu with your committee (if it’s potluck), the caterer (if it’s not) or the restaurant or resort that is hosting your family.



Favors

You don’t have to design, order, and hand out matching t-shirts to everyone who attends, but it is a nice idea to create a favor that is tied into the reunion. A softcover book that contains the family tree, a photo of families from each branch, and their mailing address and phone numbers would be nice. You could also create a photo book using archived family photos.

Family story presentations

Invite particularly good storytellers in your family to share their stories (or those of parents or grandparents) during an “official” part of the reunion. If this is a large family reunion, it will help the various branches get to know each other better. If it’s a small reunion, it will simply be a lot of fun to hear new or “untold” stories. Digitize all the guest’s pictures to show during the event.

ACTIVITIES

No matter how long your reunion is or where you’re meeting, plan activities that everyone can participate in. If this is the first time the extended family will be meeting, it’s probably a good idea to plan an ice-breaker during the first evening’s cocktail party.
If your family is gathering in a specific city or town, highlight a local map with parks, walking trails, coffee shops, and other points of interest. This will come in useful during downtime, for early risers, and for anyone who is from out of town.

Professional photographer

Everyone will be so busy during the reunion, it will be hard to capture all the big and small moments that make up the event. Hire a local photographer who has experience shooting large gatherings, especially weddings. Everyone will love viewing the photos online post-event.


Family Reunion Tips:

From The Photo Detective Podcast


BONUS: In the invitation, ask everyone to get their childhood, family vacation and other nostalgic photos digitized and then create a presentation on a TV during the gathering. Ask everyone to select their favorite songs so it’s engaging and gets everyone involved. Add the songs to your family movie. Even create a brief trailer to send out prior to the reunion to get everyone excited and begin the reminiscing.


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Photo Tip: Ask Guests to Share Decades-Past Scanned Pictures

How to make your next family party a hit!


At ScanMyPhotos.com, we often hear how customers around the globe enjoy the pictures we scanned for them. One popular and always trending reason is as an icebreaker at family gatherings, parties, and family reunions.  Are you planning on hosting an upcoming holiday party, or family reunion?  Well, we have a fun idea that will get all your guests mixing, mingling, and having a grand old time. The shared pictures help engage and get everyone involved, to find shared interests, who vacationed at the same locations and more.



pic6 300x199 - Photo Tip: Ask Guests to Share Decades-Past Scanned PicturesSet up a scrolling slideshow featuring decades-past photos of the guests who plan to attend. Ask each guest to submit scanned photo memories from their decades-past childhood and special pictures that share a story.  Great icebreaker tip.


You’ll want to set this up on a large TV or monitor in a location where everyone can easily gather around to watch and chat.


Not only will people love to see themselves on the big screen, but this is also a fantastic way to hear tons of stories as photos always trigger a trip or two down ‘memory lane.’ If you have any old print photos, now’s the time to get them scanned, digitized, and ready to scroll!


Family Reunion Tips:   

From The Photo Detective Podcast



We saw these wonderful questions by RootsTech to engage and help identify your family history. Provided by Maegan Kasteler:


This list of RootsTech questions should be thought provoking and open-ended. Be cautious, however, that you don’t get too attached to your questions. Let the conversation ebb and flow as naturally as possible.

 


 

To give you a jumpstart compiling your own list of questions, here is our curated list of suggested questions:


  1. What do you know about the day you were born?
  2. What was it like living where you grew up?
  3. What weekly rituals or traditions did your family have?
  4. What chores, if any, did you have around the home growing up?
  5. What was your schooling like?
  6. What would you and your friends do to have fun?
  7. What was dating like when you were young?
  8. What was it like living (where your relative lived) during (historic events, such as war, 9/11/2001, a specific political event, a natural disaster, and so on)?
  9. How did your family resolve familial conflicts?
  10. Were you ever involved in any accidents? What happened?
  11. Where was your first job, and what did you do?
  12. What were your hobbies? Is there anything you picked up when you were young that you still enjoy today?
  13. Did your family have any pets? What kind? How many? What were their names?
  14. How and when did you meet your significant other?
  15. What was your wedding day like?
  16. Do you remember any weird or crazy or wonderful gifts you received at your wedding?
  17. When did you know you wanted to have kids?
  18. How did you find out from or tell your significant other that you were going to be parents?
  19. What was early married life like? What struggles did you face?
  20. Have you been on any memorable vacations? Where did you go? What made them so memorable?

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What is National Parent’s Day? How To Celebrate #NationalParentsDay

Honoring Everyone’s Parents on Sunday, July 28


mom2 300x200 - What is National Parent's Day? How To Celebrate #NationalParentsDayThis upcoming Parent’s Day, which falls on the fourth Sunday in July, is a wonderful day to honor the special people in our lives. The idea is to add an extra day, beyond Mother’s and Father’s Day to celebrate parents.



Let’s take this holiday to look back on our lineage and roots, and to ask our parents about their lives and memories from growing up. 8 Ways to Celebrate National Parents’ Day.


mom3 300x200 - What is National Parent's Day? How To Celebrate #NationalParentsDayMany ScanMyPhotos customers do this after they’ve sent their old photos to us. They’ll then walk their parents through the digital copies and ask them questions about the past. Find those boxes of old photos in the attic to do the same this Parent’s Day. Together, we can ensure our parent’s lives and history are preserved for generations to come. Follow our Tales From the Pictures We Saved podcast for emotional, real stories from families who shared stories about their parents.



We encourage everyone to share #NationalParentsDay on social media.


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