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5 Tips For Getting Your Family Together For A Reunion

There is definitely nothing better than being able to be with your loved ones and make great memories together. However, sometimes getting everyone together isn’t easy. Luckily, although many families are scattered throughout the country, there are still ways to get together and remain close after a busy year apart. To ensure that you convince your family to visit and make the necessary arrangements, there are a few important tips to follow.

Plan in Advance

It can be difficult for families to plan a get-together if everyone is informed of the details at the last minute. Make it a point to give each family member enough notice to ensure that they haven’t already made plans and can book their flights ahead of time, according to grouptravel.org. Opt for communicating with your loved ones during the summer or fall season, which will allow more people to take time off of work or plan accordingly.

Create a Custom Invitation

You can entice your family to get together during the holidays by creating a custom invitation that catches their attention after you send it in the mail, according to familytreemagazine.com. Create a card that features a photo of everyone or a special message that is unique to the family unit with plenty of bright colors.

Find a Place to Host the Event

If you have dozens of family members who plan on visiting, you’ll need plenty of space to host the event to ensure that you have room to eat, play games and chat with one another. Whether you decide to host the get-together at your home or in a venue, you’ll need a spacious place where everyone can relax and enjoy bonding together.

Offer Assistance With Transportation

One of the most common challenges for getting everyone together is the cost of transportation or flights that are already sold out. Do your best to help your relatives find discounts or deals when they need to rent a car, take the train, or fly. You can also designate certain people to pick up each family member from the airport. As long as you start planning things far in advance you shouldn’t have any problems with your families’ travels.

Plan Activities

You’ll want your family to stay busy and have plenty of fun by planning activities during the days or weeks that you get together. Instead of creating a busy itinerary, make a list of plans that you can loosely follow and schedule time for relaxation. You can plan to go bowling, to the movies or even just play games. As long as you are all together there is no activity that won’t be fun.

For those who are looking to strengthen the bond that you share with your family there are several ways to plan a reunion with your loved ones. By taking the right steps, you can host a special gathering that makes it easy to feel close to one another. By having reunions like this you can always be building your relationships even when you are far apart.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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