Start off your welcome packet with a few of these easy-to-find items:
- The reunion schedule or program of events.
- A copy of the house rules, if guests are staying with you.
- Maps and brochures for out-of-town guests. Place a big map near the sign-in table with everyone's locale marked on it, and enclose maps, similarly marked, with a list of attendees. You can find regional maps at bookstores, gas stations, or online.
- A master guest list, including where guests are staying and their phone numbers while they are in town.
- Single-use (disposable) cameras. Guests can use them at the reunion and hand them in at the end or take them home for processing. You can post the photos on your Web site or make albums as mementos. Photo stores and several Web sites carry these cameras.
- Autograph books, stuffed animals, T-shirts (a simple white tee will do), and fabric markers. A composition notebook makes a perfect autograph book. Look for autograph animals in gift shops and at Oriental Trading.
- Personalized pens and pencils, available online as well as at office-supply stores.
- Name tags. Make your own out of card stock, oak tag, or blank label stickers (small children should only receive stick-on nametags). Look in office supply stores and at Staples for label stickers and name badges you can customize. There are simple badge-making machines and button-design software to make name badges with pins or clips at several online sites.
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