Make your next reunion inexpensive, yet memorable
Affordably Fun Reunions
"My family is hosting our family reunion weekend this year. Each family contributes, so we have a small budget for games and food. Can anyone suggest ideas for food that everyone will like and won't cost a bunch? We'll have the whole weekend, so I need to plan two full days' worth of meals."Handling an Over-Priced Family Reunion
"How do people handle over-priced family reunions? My immediate family had a summertime family reunion. It was at an expensive resort with expensive amusement parks and attractions nearby for the kids. As a mom in a one-income family, we can't afford this level of vacation, while my siblings (dual-incomes) seemingly can. I felt pressured and angered that I was forced into spending money, and subsequently did not enjoy this vacation. How do other people handle these delicate situations?"
Planning a Family Reunion on a Shoestring
If you plan ahead, you can host a budget-conscious family reunion that everyone is sure to fondly remember. If you don't have the yard space to invite everyone to your home, consider using a public park that has restrooms and a playground nearby. Most are free. Ask attendees to bring lawn chairs and parts of the meal, such as a dessert, side dish or appetizer.Family Reunion Fun
"Our family is planning a family reunion and we need some ideas beyond a potluck and softball/volleyball games. About 100 would attend and it would be in a rural area and would take place in June or July. It would be most likely a one day event. Any ideas?"Family Reunion Fun Part 2
More TDS reader tips for having a fun, economical family reunion.Decorating for a High School Reunion
"I would like to know if you would have any suggestions for inexpensive table decorations for small rural high school reunion? Average age above 40."