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While at the library with my g-baby today I checked out a book on Family Reunion Planning Kit for Dummies, not that I don’t know how to plan things because I am a party planner but in my opinion a family reunion is a bit different, has anyone here ever planned their family reunion, and how did it turn out? Were there any dis gruntled family members that attended or any fights break out?

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      Kyah wrote Jun 17, 2011
    • I used a little known site called African American Family Reunion Primer. Google it and see what comes up. There’s a lot of planning involved so I was like the last leg of the planners, designing the t-shirts and selecting the location. The main work was done by my mother and brother because they knew all them ‘Bama peeps I never knew. No fights, no disgruntled members, just a couple of awkward moments, but that was it. Even now a cousin has decided to do the family reunion thing, but she’s dragging her feet enough to exasperate the northern branches. Hasn’t selected a date or location yet and here it is a few days before summer actually starts and I’ve already had my July & September vacation weeks ok’d.




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      Denise Richardson wrote Jun 18, 2011
    • Kyah, that’s good to know it wasn’t a brawl with your family reunion. I’m thinking about tryin to host ours for next year. We haven’t had one in ages and we only have one living relative from my mom’s side left which is my mother’s baby sister all of the other 7 siblings are deceased but there are a slew of cousins from generations to generations and seeing many of us are grand parents the grandchildren don’t really know who their family is this is one of the sole reasons why I wantto do it because my grand daughter doesn’t know who her cousins are.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jun 18, 2011
    • Neicy...my sisters and I had a reunion of our first cousins and their children on my mother’s side last summer.  We had it at my sister’s lake house.  My brother in law grilled some awesome BBQ chicken and the sisters made all the side dishes to go with it....and desserts.  All of our cousins paid a certain price...I think $8...and we ate out on their awesome shaded deck at the lake.  Now this was not a huge reunion and we don’t do the t-shirts..and all that extra stuff.  Our main goal was to bring the cousins together to fellowship and connect.  

      My suggestion...don’t do all the extras that so many people are doing at reunions.  One...it’s costly...two...those things really don’t matter...it’s the time that is important.  Times are hard for so many and I think when you make things affordable for people to attend...your attendance is bigger.  Just my opinion...

      **I will add...when we did ours...all of our cousins live within a day’s driving distance to where we held it so securing hotels were not an issue.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 18, 2011
    • I have never done one! Besides that would be up to my perfect most thoughtful oldest sister estatic




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      Kyah wrote Jun 18, 2011
    • I spoke too soon, the cousin finally came up with a date, but naturally no location. It’s a problem for me because there’s a mini-conference with my local RWA-NYC chapter on the same day. Luckily I haven’t paid for either.

      I wish it was one of those small reunions, but there are so many cousins in my family it’s ridiculous. We were able to book space at a popular reunion spot Brandywine PA, think it was all you can eat (and good God can we eatestatic tongue out) for like $25 (probably more now). There is a few rides the kids could get into and a few things the adults could enjoy besides the food (we brought our own drinks cheaper that way). Nice huge tent endless food, bathrooms clean and close by, they clean up after your party, couldn’t ask for a nicer place. We even passed the Brandywine battlefield on the way to the reunion park. That was freaky with those 3 century old stone houses along the way. Ride was long but worth it.




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