Type n. A kind, class, or group as
distinguished by a particular characteristic.
Mister Spiffy Says: "Back
then, we only had two types of reunions Yes, were having a
reunion and You expectin a reunion?. What I wouldnt do
for the good old days."
The first problem for which you must find a
solution is just what type of reunion you want to hold. Do you want to deal with the
whole extended family (BIG reunion), or just your own little bitsy branch (you know, the
Spiffy branch of the family)? Do you want an annual gathering (once a year), once
every few years (which would be
uh, once every few years, obviously), or a
once-in-a-lifetime event? Perhaps a once upon a time. Oh, the
Which Part of the Family Do
The decisions on which side of the family to invite, and what type of reunion go hand in
hand. Mister Spiffy advises against inviting all 300 descendants of Great Grandpa
Jones to a pool party reunion, unless you have a really big pool.
The least planning intensive family reunion is simply invite those living in your own
household ("Kids... think of dinner tonight as our family reunion"). OK,
so that's not really a reunion since nobody is being "reunited". This
means you need to figure out "who else" to invite. Start with your closest
relatives and work out. Then stop when you've reached your limit.
- Mom and dad (who may also be known as grandma and grandpa)
- Brothers and sisters (Mister Spiffy says you better invite their families too!)
- Then work your way up the ancestral ladder... grandparents, great grandparents, etc.
But remember, every step back on that ladder adds a ton of new
potential attendees. In fact, you will probably come to a point where you don't have
any idea who all the descendants are. This is the type of reunion that is especially
important to announce in our Family Reunion Registry, so that
those relatives can find you instead of the other way around.
Regardless of how you decide which branches to invite, make sure you don't invite only
some people in the branch and not others (even if there are hard feelings
involved... this will only make them worse).
What Type of Reunion Should
The simplest reunion to host (and fairly cheap, if you have one every year) would
be a picnic or barbecue at a familys home or a nearby park. If youve
never held a reunion before and are a rookie to all of this, Mister Spiffy says this could
very well be the way to go. It takes less time to plan and doesnt cost a whole
lot. Its the easiest to spring for, too. It can be rotated between the homes
of various people over the course of years or you can just find a nice park and hold it
there each year. Just make absolutely sure that there are plenty of trees to sit
under for shade and for the smaller folk to climb on. Mister Spiffy understands
children very well and that they like to climb things and he would prefer if it
were not the rose trellis leading up to the roof.
Other relatively easy-to-plan reunions include a nice dinner and reception at a
good restaurant, or maybe a nice hotel and resort. These dont require a large
amount of planning on your part (which has always been a plus for Mister Spiffy). All you
need to do is make reservations, plan a few activities for people to enjoy, and notify
relatives of the address of wherever you happen to be going.
If your family is the outdoors type, try out a family camping trip. Make sure
the campsite you reserve is large enough for the family and that everyone knows to bring
their own accommodations (RV, trailer, tent, or just a sleeping bag). If everyone
brings his or her own food (you know, sharing and creating a massive smorgasbord), this
becomes very easy to plan and carry out.
But, Mister Spiffy feels obligated to mention dont plan this during the
winter or rainy season when there will be snow or six-inches of mud on the ground up there
in all the campsites. Thats usually a damper on the occasion. Literally.
Big reunions need to be announced very far in advance to give everyone enough
time to plan around it and save up. This would include, but is not limited to, reunions at
theme parks (like DisneyWorld
Mister Spiffy likes going there), or larger reunions
where massive swarms of relatives descend like locusts upon an old family homestead for
several very long days. You can also take one of those family cruises if your family
wants to pay for it (and pay for it they will).
Most of these larger reunions will require a
significant amount of planning by those in charge and can demand quite a
significant outlay of cash from those members attending. Make sure you are ready to
spend Mister Spiffy-like hours planning one of these.
Mister Spiffys Helpful Hints If this is your first attempt at planning a family reunion, send out
a survey asking the relatives what they would like to
do. This can help you avoid some obvious rookie mistakes.