The best parties come with favors, and family reunions are no exception! Make a great first impression at your family reunion by handing your guests welcome packets as they arrive. Bags can be filled with both helpful information and fun treats. If your reunion has a theme, the contents of your welcome packet are like an introduction; they set the tone for the event. Here’s a helpful breakdown of what to include in your family reunion welcome gifts.
We suggest looking online for inexpensive sources for plain canvas tote bags. You can usually find ones large enough to house all your welcome info and more for between $.75 and $2.00 each depending on how many you buy. (We found some affordable options at Totebag Factory.) Use iron-on transfers or fabric paint markers and stencils to customize the bags with your event name and date to turn your bag into another memento. You can also look for a local shop or online retailer that can custom print on canvas bags to save yourself some time.
If your welcome bag materials are smaller, pick up some paper gift bags or even some brown paper sacks (typically used for school lunches). Dress them up with printed labels or tags tied on with ribbon or colorful baker’s twine.
You’ll definitely want to tailor the contents of your reunion welcome bag to meet your needs, but there are some basic ingredients that should almost always be included.
There are lots of fun things you can add to your family reunion welcome bags to make the event even more memorable. Depending on your budget, consider adding one or more of the following items.
Chances are you’re going to have young children attending your family reunion, so consider adding some things to your welcome bags to keep them entertained and busy. Here are a few suggestions:
As you’re gathering items for your bags, always ask about a volume discount when you order more than a half dozen of items sold singly or look for wholesalers who offer discounts based on how many of an item you purchase.
Freebies can stretch a tight budget, so hit up local businesses that may have promotional items (like pens, pads, and magnets) for large groups. Even though you may get a bunch of pens that say "Steve's Ice Cream, Newport, Rhode Island," you're getting free pens that offer some local flavor, and out-of-town guests will enjoy the free souvenir. For more complimentary treats or regional brochures, contact the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitors Bureau and tell them you are having a reunion.
Ultimately, you can make your family reunion welcome bags as simple or as robust as you like. Everyone will appreciate the effort you put into making the event a memorable one for all!