Ideas for a Family Reunion

I'm working on our 1st family reunion. I'm the next to oldest of 10. I want to have each of the siblings wear a different color shirt and have all their children and grandchildren also wear their color. I'm looking for a way to personalize them. I may end up making about 75 in all. I need something that is inexpensive yet looks nice and washable. I'm also looking for games and crafts that could be done by a wide variety of ages and abilities.

I would welcome any cool ideas anyone would have to offer. My dad will be 84 and the oldest son will be 62 by then, just to give you an idea about the ages. The youngest is going to be 45 this summer. Most of us have grandchildren already and some even step-great-grandchildren. My son and his wife and their two sons live in Korea and will be here for the reunion. One other thing, my grandson really got the idea of the family reunion started by asking to know more about my family. Now we found out that he will be called up in May to go to Iraq.

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I feel so sad that he can't be here to meet all his aunts and uncles, cousins and even his great grandfather. He was under one the only time they met. Does anyone have any ideas how help make this better for him? Thank you for any ideas anyone can suggest.

Lou Ann

January 29, 20090 found this helpful
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We just had a family reunion in July. We had a potato sack race, a 3 legged race, water balloon toss. We also made a memory board ,one of those who had passed on and another of old pictures of all the guest that were there. We also did a raffle. Each guest brought an item to raffle, gift costing no more than 5 bucks. Tickets were 4 for $1. Place a brown bag in front of each item. Guest put their ticket in the bag of the item(s) they wanted to win. Then we called out a number from each bag, the person with the matching ticket won the prize. Cost of the raffle went toward the cost of the reunion. Also one cousin was in charge of all the pictures and another made up a family book of generations. It is a wonderful keep sake. We all had a blast. Best of luck planning yours.

Donna

Madison Heights , VA

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February 2, 20090 found this helpful

Hello

We have a reunion every year.We have a raffle also but for part of the money we take in we use for grave site upkeep and replacment(my husbands fathers head stone was broke and we replaced it from the kitty.we also use it for food we select a day for finger food and beverages the rest of the time we go out and each person pays for themself and on this same day we have the raffle and we also have a bingo nite and we have every one bring some kind of little trinkit like from dollor store and each year we have the reunion somewhere diffrent last year we went to Hot Springs Ar.This year we a are going to Texarkana we also have things outside like stay at a motel with one whole floor saved just for us that has a pool and the adults watch the young ones swim.We also have a movie man he has tons of family photos and puts up a sheet and we have a 3 day slide show.We have a shopping day if it is a big family like ours we have a email ALERT about the motel and how much per room ect and all the periculers you can even call a chamber of congress in the town for pamlets on good things to do and see.It sounds like you have big family as well.We have fishing and boating for the younger one again and the elders never pay for anything they have done their part at the end we each chip in and we even pay for the elders rooms too.you know mom and dad and their kids so you and all your brothers and sisters would be the elders(no offese)i am one of those also.When we get the alert email we all get out those credit cards and call and reserve our rooms and for the ones that can not make it to the party we all have video recorders and just shot away and its funny how you be in the same room and how every one gets stuff on video that you did not see(funny)Like our uncle Bob's wife has dementa and could not come but his kids did then we all lined up for photos and we downloaded it the same day and emailed it to him. ithink i am running out of space but we are working people and we can not afford a ritzy stay so we find a good clean motel on a good street you know we even have a motel scout we spend like around 400 for a 3 or 4 day trip.But we save for it because it is very important for the younger ones to know their familys.I hope I dident just ramble on. I hope we gave a few good ideas the main thing is just have fun.Oh yeah if you live near a state park you can even have a RV party we ive close to one and rent a cabin for us and our kids(roll a way beds)so we can have some down time with our grandkids.you can get me on my message thing if I can help you anymore. God bless and have a great day. connie

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February 2, 20090 found this helpful

We had a reunion last year in August. My niece was in Iraq but we wanted to include her too. I bought a small diary from the local dept. store and had everyone write a message to her. On the opposite page of the person who wrote the note I pasted a pic of them from the party.

We wrote Jokes, Riddles, Recipes, Family History ect... and sent it to her in a care package.

She's coming home next month for 3 weeks! We asked her to take pics over there and have her troop write in the diary also. A keepsake to pass around at future reunions.

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February 3, 20090 found this helpful

It will mean a lot to all the families if you gather each persons favorite recipe or their favorite meal "MOM" made/makes and put it with their picture in their genealogy. Family Tree Maker has a scrape book that holds at least 100 pictures and a "More"page for information, short stories and recipes. I didn't think of it before my mom passed,(sure would like to have her apple pie recipe) but I have started collecting for cousins and extended families. Do it now before your elders are gone.

Grandkids and great grans will bless you for the work you do now for them. As for your grandson,tell him we're proud of him and wish him a speedy homecoming And THANK him for his service. Maybe some one can take a video and have everyone tell a little about themselves, or a joke,a memory of theirs or one of the family. Have a great time, take lots of pictures and someone can put them on CD's to share.Are there music makers in your family? Tell them to bring their instruments and sing along.ENJOY & Best Wishes. GG Vi

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February 3, 20090 found this helpful

Hi, Lou Ann.

This post isn't about the reunion. I wanted to suggest you try to find a way for your grandson to see his great-granddad before he deploys. Not preaching doom and gloom, just know tomorrow isn't promised. If you can manage it, I'm sure they'd both treasure the experience.

I am the mother of a young man who served two Iraq tours with the Marines. Please thank your son for his service to his country for me. Thanks, and God bless your extended family!

PS: One suggestion about the reunion - if you have the ability to do a web-cam linkup, that would probably thrill your grandson. Perhaps his C. O. can help setting it up, if you tell him or her.

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February 3, 20090 found this helpful

I like the idea of a different color shirt for each branch of the family. I'd also suggest a (largish) name tag with "NAME,son/daughter/grandson/daughter-in-law of NAME" to quickly identify on sight and cut down on the lengthy verbal identifications.

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February 4, 20090 found this helpful

For shirts - check your local t-shirt company (the ones that make custom shirts). You'd be surprised how cheaply they sell - especially if maybe you add a family name on the back of the shirt and a name on the front. They can do either screen print or iron-ons.

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