How to Host a Family Reunion

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Summertime is usually the perfect time to get the entire extended family together for a family reunion. Depending on the family, this can either be a good or bad thing! Haha! Here are some tips for pulling off the perfect family reunion (even with crazy ol' Aunt Margo):



The Menu:

  • Have a potluck: That way, it's less stress on you and everyone can sample Grandma's famous potato salad and Uncle Ted's delicious barbeque ribs. To prevent repeats, you can set up a recipe box at Epicurious so everyone can upload their recipe for other family members to see.
  • If your family is anything like my family, it's best to avoid alcohol altogether (trust me on this one!) but if your loved ones can keep it in check, offer beer or wine (having a full bar will get very pricey) as well as various soft drinks.
  • How much to make: 10-15 percent extra is a good rule of thumb. Be sure to add a bit more if you have several hungry teenage boys that have a big enough appetite that they could probably eat a small elephant.


  • I hate those awkward situations where an old lady comes up to you and goes on and on about how cute you were when you were a baby, and you have no clue who she is. Nametags can at least assist in knowing the names of people if you have a super large family. To spark conversation, have each person write a little tidbit about themselves.
  • Games are a must. Fleurgate posted several good ideas in the Heartfelt Holidays group (must be a member). She suggests playing H-O-R-S-E, setting up a croquet course or playing a game of horseshoes.
  • Document the day by taking pictures. Set out several of the cheap disposable cameras so everyone can be a photographer. At the end of the day, round them up and get them developed. Post them on a free photo-viewing website like Flickr so everyone can see them.


  • Since it's a family reunion, you can't go wrong with using photographs of the family over the years. To keep photos from getting messed up, scan them and print them out on paper, then laminate it: instant placemat or coaster.
  • Most reunions are very casual, so disposable plates, napkins, and serving ware are usually the way to go.

The important thing is that the family is together and you're making memories. What do you do at your family reunions?

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