Family reunions come in all forms and sizes. One thing they share is that they all require advance planning. In fact, some families need to plan one to two years ahead, depending on the size of the clan and distances people need to travel. The more organized you are, the more smoothly things will run. One rule of thumb: After choosing a date, be prompt in reserving the site. After that, all other elements should fall into place.
Thinking of planning a reunion? Consult our suggested timeline and tailor it to your individual needs.
*Note: This much time is generally required for larger reunions or for those in which family members are scattered around the globe. For smaller reunions, such as backyard barbecues, you could condense the timeline and start planning about 6 months ahead.
Buy (or assign a volunteer to buy) nonperishable items (e.g., name tags, raffle tickets, craft supplies, decorations, etc.). For picnics and barbecues, be certain to include paper goods, trash bags, etc.
For picnics and barbecues, decide on menu. Divvy up potluck assignments.