A family gathering involves a lot of planning. It means a lot to everyone, and you want it to go well. It doesn’t have to be expensive, though. Here are four budgeting ideas for your next reunion. You can make it a success, and save money too.
Get in Touch Online
The fastest, easiest, and least expensive way to communicate with the whole clan is on the Web. Have a site everyone can visit, to find out the latest information and post comments of their own. Myevent.com gives you a free website, and a template especially for family reunions. You can set up a family page on Facebook and have everyone find you there. You can also organize an email list and send out regular updates.
Choose a Location
Have the reunion close to home, instead of at an expensive destination. Look around for accommodations at local parks. Summer is the most popular time for reunions. Good weather means you can host the event outdoors. You may be able to reserve a shelter or picnic area. Keep in mind that you may need an alternate venue in case of rain.
Get Everyone Involved
Don’t try to do it all yourself. Enlist the family to help, and you will add to their experience of the occasion, as well as relieving yourself of some of the responsibility. Have a potluck dinner. Relatives who driving to the reunion can bring their favorite casseroles, or cases of soda and juices. Keep a list, and keep track of what’s been covered. Of course, you can’t help it if someone cancels at the last minute. Stay flexible. Another possibility is to research local caterers and hire inexpensive help for the occasion. You can ask everyone to share the cost.
Make Your Own Entertainment
Family gatherings can be a lot of fun when they are informal. The kids will often go off and find something to do at the park. Bring some hula hoops, or a soccer ball to start them off. Have a swap meet. Let the generations pass along their old baby clothes, outgrown teenage sports equipment, or nostalgic toys. Set up a quality folding table or two for photo albums and other mementos. You can even have an auction to raise money for the next reunion.
Getting everyone together is the hard part. Make it easy to be together, and everyone will look forward to the next reunion. It doesn’t have to be expensive when you use these tips.
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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