If you’re thinking about coordinating your next family reunion, be prepared to have some fun—and forget about the stress. All you need to start making your next family get-together a success is a computer, a few basic supplies, and some planning.
Set the Date
First, contact your family members and figure out a date that’s good for everyone. If your family members live far apart, you’ll need to find a good location that works for your family. Also, make sure there will be accommodations for those who will be traveling. Once the date is set, the fun part begins—it’s time to get creative with the event theme and invitation design.
Create the Invitations
Looking for inspiration for your invitations? Avery has tons of ideas, including free pre-designed templates and clip art you can download straight to your computer. We'll help you create invitations, banners, and other event materials, and you’ll get to choose from a wide range of fonts, graphics, and colors. Our projects come with easy-to-follow instructions, and also provide suggestions on what products you’ll need for each project.
“I love putting personal touches on cards—text, graphics, and photos—that you won't find on a store-bought card,” says Jacquelyn Thompson, an administrative assistant at Rohm and Haas Company in Spring House, Pennsylvania. “I've become the unofficial invitation creator at my office, and not just for work-related events. I've used most Avery card products, from Matte Quarter-Fold Cards to White Embossed Note Cards to Half-Fold greeting cards. I love the way colors 'pop' on Avery cards, making it easy to print something really special!"
Set up a Timeline
Professional planners also suggest creating a timeline like one you use for office meetings, which can help make your family reunion a success—without the stress.
- Once the date has been set
Send a "Save the Date" postcard or magnet so family members will have time to make travel arrangements.
- A month before the reunion
Send out your invitations.
- 2 to 3 three weeks before
Confirm your RSVP list, plan the menu, create your food list, and purchase or begin making favors. Here’s a fun party favor you can make for your reunion attendees: Create specially designed t-shirts with Avery T-shirt Transfers. You can include the reunion date, photos, or whatever you want to make it just as memorable as your event.
- 1 week before
Purchase non-perishable food items and call invitees who haven't RSVP’d. If you're planning on background music, make your selections.
- 2 to 3 days before
Buy any fresh food you'll need.
- The day before
Prepare food that can be stored overnight. Set the table. And put beverages on ice.
- The night before
Get a good night's sleep!
- After the event
Download the pictures you'll take with your digital camera or scan developed photos so you can share pictures via email, or even create a digital scrapbook to burn on CDs and send to family members as a souvenir.
Now you’ve got the basics to planning a family reunion. And with your skills, creativity, and even some extra help from family, you’re on your way to making your event a big hit.
Fun Projects for Your Family Reunion
- Plan your family reunion with projects from www.avery.com/ homecorner.
Above: Create coordinating banners and invitations that will impress your guests using Avery banner paper and greeting cards.
Below: Personalize t-shirts with Avery T-shirt Transfers for all your family members to wear at the reunion, or as memorable favors.