Do it Right: Fast Family Reunion Ideas

Do it Right Fast Family Reunion IdeasMany people avoid hosting or planning family reunions because they think it has to be expensive, elaborate, or complicated and time-consuming. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be any of these things. The point of a family is to get together with family, and to enjoy time together, not to earn a second bachelor’s in event planning. So if you’re looking for a few quick and fun ideas for a family-centered family reunion, here are a few you can start with.

Potluck Picnic in the Park

No need to cook ten courses and host a family reunion in an expensive hotel ballroom. Instead, have everyone bring a favorite dish and gather in the park. Parks are community space, so unless the park has a small fee for car entrance, it’s free to gather there. Since everyone is bringing a dish no one person has to do all the cooking, and there’s plenty of room for kids to play and people to mingle.

A Beach Bash

Live close to the beach, or within a reasonable driving distance of one? Have everyone gather there. If you want to make sure it is a private party, consider renting a beach venue at DB’s. You can use the same potluck idea, or you can delegate a few people to bring hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, etc., and have a make-your-own family style bonfire barbecue. Roast the meat over the campfire and bring a volleyball net and a couple of footballs along with water sport equipment and you’re set for a day of family fun, all for a low price.

Waffle Breakfast Feast

Whipping up some waffles and pancakes and setting out some berries and syrups for toppings isn’t that difficult to do, it’s not expensive, and it’s a great way to get the family together. If someone in the family has a large backyard, you can do this at someone’s home. Alternatively, you can use a community center or public land, you’ll just have to make the waffles at home and bring them with you. Either way it’s fast, affordable, and a great way to get everyone together. It is also a great morning activity that won’t last all day if you’re eager to get in and out.

Buffet Style Meals

If you have a smaller family, or someone who has a large home or cabin, you can gather for a buffet-style meal. If your family opts for an in-home gathering, don’t feel the need to spend hours over the stove. Instead, create a buffet, or bar-style system. Some good ideas are a taco bar, nachos bar, panini bar, and/or sundae or ice cream bar. Line up the toppings and let people grab their own. It’s simple and allows the focus to remain on the family.

These are just a few of the many great family reunion ideas for those who want a fast, easy-to-plan, and inexpensive reunion. Remember that the point of the reunion is to see family. As long as there’s food and enough space, you’re set to go.

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