Ah, family—or in the words of novelist Dodie Smith, “that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.” Whether you live in your home town or across the world, making time to reconnect with your family can be good for the soul. People are more mobile than ever these days, but with the wonders of technology and the occasional family reunion, siblings, cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles can still keep the family bond alive. Read on to learn how to throw a successful family reunion and where to host the best family reunions in Charleston!
3 Ways to Make Your Family Reunion Successful
Plan as far ahead as possible.
There’s a reason you probably don’t get multiple generations of grandparents, great aunts and uncles, second cousins, etc. together very often—organizing a large group can be challenging! People have to plan for time off work and school, not to mention sports, social commitments, arranging pet sitters, etc. If anyone is traveling from out of town the logistics of planning a family reunion are even harder.
Give your family plenty of time to plan for the family reunion and make sure the information sticks! You may want to consider mailing save-the-dates, creating a private Facebook group or event, sending out e-vites through email, and calling or texting. Using a combination of old school and high tech forms of communication will ensure that grandparents and grandkids alike will get the message.
Choose a venue that can handle a crowd.
Generally the thought with family reunions is “the more, the merrier,” but once you actually count up the potential guests, you may realize that the list is bigger than you initially anticipated. Remember, your cousin Donna has 3 married kids with spouses and 5 grandkids now; will you be able to accommodate them if they all come?
Contact local hotels to see about reserving blocks of rooms at discounted rates, and be sure that the event venue where you’ll hold the reunion is capable of handling large group events. At Charleston Fun Park, we’re pros at hosting group events, from company parties and birthday blowouts to fundraisers and church events.
Include fun activities that everyone can enjoy.
No family reunion is complete without some activities to keep everyone entertained! Especially when people haven’t seen each other in a long time (or maybe ever!), you’ll need some icebreakers and games to get everyone comfortable with each other and ready to bond.
If you host your family reunion at a venue with built-in entertainment, you’re already on the right track for a successful family reunion. At our Charleston family entertainment center, we have something for everyone, from go kart racing, putt putt, and a climbing wall, to bumper cars, arcade games, and virtual reality activities.
Feeding a crowd is no problem, as we offer a range of catering options and outdoor dining areas where your group can eat, hang out, and mingle.
Are you ready to plan an awesome family reunion in Charleston? We’d love to help, so give us a call at 843-971-1223 or fill out our online contact form to get in touch.