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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Family Reunion Tips For 2014 - PART A

In today's modern, scientific and busy schedule of everyone including Oldies, Young and kids also are getting bored and expect from their family to start something new that can help all for reunion. Some kind of attraction that is buried in this changing life of technology. So by keeping in mind I have come to a point that every family needs some tips for reunion and refress their relations among their family members to start their life from a new end with positive thinking and positive energy. And for this I am writing this blog i.e. "Family Reunion Tips". See, this is a vast topic and I will share with you all in chunks because this is very interesting but a necessity of time when there is a race for acquiring more money, more land etc.

So read and follow below steps and try for your family reunion as a start of the new year 2014.

Preparation for Family Reunion

When you decided to reunion your family then you must be aware and ready for any challenge that may be come up in your way of preparation. First of all you should make a To Do Check List so that while family reunion something should not left and you miss that thing a lot while gathering together with your family for the same of reunion.

To Do Check List
  1.  Count family members who will be with you
  2. Decide in advance that where to go
  3. Decide what would be the season
  4. Decide what type of material would be with you
  5. What will be the mode of transportation
  6. Where to stay while travel
  7. How many days are required to restart your life with family members and so on....
 After the above check list just have a look on more check points with small explanation.

Make Some Stuff Ready

Stuff a goodie bag with all the important things like everyone who comes to the reunion might need, name tags, phone numbers, specialty of place where you are going for family reunion.

Water Bottles          

Consider providing water bottles for every family member at your reunion. If you like or your budget is allowing to do so then you can even have them printed with your family name. If this is not in your budget then too you can have this by using a permanent market to write each person's name on their own bottle and encourage family members to conserve paper cups and disposable plastic water bottles by refilling their personal bottle as needed. They'll help protect the environment and go home with a neat souvenir.

Create Groups for Each Task

If there are more than 4 members then it is further advisable that you should create groups for each and every task from your starting point to end point to organize the family reunion. A group for food, travel arrangements, games etc.

Reunion Souvenirs

You'll want to remember the fun of your reunion through some sort of special family souvenir. For this, arrange some nifty items that can be personalized include t-shirts, caps, water bottles, photo albums, picture frames, sweat shirts and whatever you love.

Be Ready To Tackle Any Emergencies

First of all, of course, a First-Aid Kit should be there with you bags and more than one first aid box is required because we can not estimate the danger. Especially if your reunion is on a weekend, it is important that one person be responsible for getting all the information ahead of time so you can get help immediately if the need arises.

Create a Memorable Thing

For this you can make any big painting, a statue or other sort of sign to remember your reunion. You can also make a large welcome sign on white paper that welcomes everyone and then have each family member dip their hand in paint and place a hand print on the sign so it has everyone's hands over the happy welcome.

Capture the Moment

Have a plan for taking pictures of your family gathering. For this you may hire a photographer for your stills and family video shoot while reunion. Designate people to take pictures of the event on alternate basis so that no one can left for adding into snaps. At the end of your reunion have the designated photographers get together. Or they can have all pictures developed at a nearby one-hour developer and sort through those. Individuals and families can then look through the pictures and decide which ones they want copies of. Make copies at the local developer or have digital copies sent to everyone via e-mail.

Take Care Of Everyone

Remember that there are three types of people who come to a reunion: people who want to renew family ties, those who are new to the family and are maybe a little shy but interested in getting to know the family, and children. It's only the kids who are going to be bored if you don't schedule activities for them. On the other hands, the adults want and need to do a lot of talking since that's the best way to get to know each other, so make sure you plan for time in the schedule and enough comfortable space to just hang out.

Establish a Clean Environment

While you are enjoying your family reunion, make sure there are people who will volunteer to do the cleaning up of the party and around the area you visited and enjoyed by throwing things like an empty cane, paper plates, etc. That's a big job and a lot of work but it's a necessary evil.

Prayer and Reflection

Some families like to have a more somber time during their reunion to reflect on past difficulties and how they have come through them, members who are no longer alive and the contribution they made to the family, and current difficulties and how they can help each other through them. You also might consider having a time for a family devotional and prayer.

Make Memorable Belongings for Family Reunion

For this purpose you can have t-shirts, caps, cups printed that say the name of your family as well as "family reunion" and the year. Give these out. You can print family group photo while reunion. This will be a pretty one for remembering this family reunion event.

Choose Venue for Family Reunion     

When choosing a location for your reunion, consider the ages, interests, and limitations of your family members. Is there a playground for the little tots?  Are there tables for games and crafts? Is there a pool for the teens? When you send out invitations or announcements about the upcoming reunion, mention the features of your venue that would be of value to different family members and you are more likely to get participation from across the board.

Budgeting Basics         

While planning for family reunion, the basic and most urgent topic is setting your budget so that everyone can enjoy and remember this reunion. You may choose to finance your family reunion in a variety of ways. Depending on the type and length of reunion your family is having, you could establish an overall budget and ask each family to contribute a set amount, allow each family to finance a different aspect of the reunion, or have each family finance only their portion (their own tickets to the amusement park and meals, for instance). However you choose to finance the event, it is best to at least give each family a good estimate of their expenses. No one enjoys being surprised as they're leaving! Give families and individuals as much advance notice as possible about what and how they will be expected to contribute to the reunion financially.

I hope you enjoyed while reading this article. Now I am going to end this Family Reunion Tips 2014 - Part A. And for second part, you may revisit this blog as soon as we will publish the second part will let you know via email if you subscribe to our blog.  

Have a Happy and Health Family Reunion  2014.

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