FOR SMALLER GETS TOGETHER, SOMETIMES THE GOOD WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH FAMILY IS TO COME UP WITH A SIMPLE HOME HOSTED REUNION. THESE ARE USUALLY INTIMATE OPPORTUNITIES TO ALLOT QUALITY TIME WITH THOSE MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY THAT YOU DO N’T GET TO SPEND TIME WITH ENOUGH. ALL OF THESE TIPS WILL LET CALIFORNIA FAMILIES WITH PLANNING AN EVENT SUCH AS THIS.
Best for: Smaller groups, families with elderly relatives, or families settled in one geographic area.
Pros: Typically saves serious money. Very private and intimate. Usually can be put together easily and with much less planning than other kinds of reunions.
Cons: The host family normally gets stuck footing the major part of the bill. It can be best to collect money before the event, or hold a raffle or a silent auction at the reunion with each family donating something valuable, whether it’s a homemade quilt or a framed painting. The hostess can then take the money to replenish her pantry, pay the caterer, or enlist a maid service that can help with the cleanup.
If you have more than one option, it can pay to check out the airline hubs that numerous family members live near. If you are going to do a multi-day event, look for local activities or locations where you can break and go up the time at the house. Find a charter bus to move your family from one place to another and keep the party going even on the road.
It’s important to understand your limits as far as togetherness go and to know that everyone needs his privacy at some point. Usually planning offsite events can be a good way to keep people from getting antsy.
Organizing meals: If a majority of the guests live within an hour’s drive, consider a potluck. If you opt to cook, seek to the internet for quantities and menu plans. Try to incorporate your family history in the menu and turn the meals into journeys into your families past. You may want to try to outside help here as well. When you look at the expense of ingredients and the time it can take to cook for a group, caterers can be a great help and often are very reasonable. An additional option is to research take out options. This may sound like the easy way out on the surface, it can be a great way to make sure that no one gets stuck in the kitchen for the weekend, and everyone can just enjoy being together.