Several years ago, I planned a large family reunion at our state church camp. Camping season was over for the kids, but we had many beautiful days ahead, and they rented the cabins with cots only for a nominal cost. We planned on "roughing" it, but there were counselor cabins that were available for people who's health would not allow the hard cots. It allowed for people who could get there on Friday through Sunday. This is right on a cove of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.
I wanted to keep the budget as low as possible, not really knowing what everyone's budget would allow.
For invitations I wrote my own cute saying, using the core family name. For paper, I tore brown paper bags into uneven pieces just a little larger than I needed. Then I burned the edges just enough to look like camping. I made my own envelopes from the rest of the paper and all I had to buy were stamps. Plus, they were really cute.
I then bought everything in bulk for the number of people who responded. I made a variety of huge casseroles that could be cooked there, and salads that could be easily made. The time in the kitchen was short, but fun! It worked great and was cheap for everyone!
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