Family Reunion

What better way to celebrate who you are and where you came from than with an old-fashioned family reunion? Here are some menu ideas featuring top-rated recipes.

Crowd-Pleasing Appetizers

Herman Reunion Cheese Ball
Herman Reunion Cheese Ball | Photo by MrsFisher0729. MrsFisher0729

Salads on the Side

A bowl of potato salad made with Yukon gold potatoes, garnished with slices of hard-cooked egg
Old Fashioned Potato Salad | Photo by lutzflcat. lutzflcat

Grilling Greats

two colorful skewers of chicken, red bell pepper, zucchini, red onion, and yellow squash on a grill

Easy Beverages

Easy Raspberry Lemonade
Easy Raspberry Lemonade | Photo by Allrecipes.

Sweet Endings

Strawberry Trifle
Strawberry Trifle | Photo by Allrecipes.

Planning Tips

  • Summer might be the only time available for families with kids.
  • Form a planning committee to iron out details. Decide the specifics: reunion theme, location, time, and budget.
  • Key questions: How many people might attend? Will the event be catered or will family members prepare food? Are you talking about one afternoon or a weekend event?
  • Once the basic details are decided, send out invitations. Ask for volunteers to organize food, entertainment, and extras like keepsakes.

Reunions for Every Budget

  • No-Cost: Choose a free location -- try a picnic shelter area in the park, gather at the beach, or have a backyard get-together. Make it a potluck and ask everyone to bring games.
  • Low-Cost: Reserve a campsite or other community space. Hire entertainment for the kids. Rent a karaoke set up or a DJ.
  • Splurge: Pick a travel destination (amusement park, big city, secluded getaway, spa, or resort) that appeals to family members and book a group package for a weekend stay.

Invitations, Keepsakes, and Activities

  • Check online and local printers for creative invitations.
  • Or, design your own invitations. The more fun and personalized the invitation, the better the response.
  • Have special T-shirts or key chains made to celebrate the day.
  • Ask family members to mail photos for a commemorative album.
  • Assign a few family members to take pictures with a digital camera. Place photos on a free exchange website or create your own family website.
  • Bring games to get families playing together.

Ready to start planning your family reunion?

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