Your Big, Fat, Greek, Italian, Irish, Mexican Or Whatever, Family Reunion: 6 Things You Need To Make Sure It Doesn't Turn Into A
While the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was a huge hit at the box office, most families don't actually want their gatherings to be so comical and chaotic. In fact, if you're planning a family reunion, you want it to be as peaceful and uneventful as possible. Here are six things you need to make sure it does not turn into an unfortunate comedy of errors.
1. Enough Tables And Chairs, With A Thoughtful Seating Chart
As a rule, you should over-estimate the number of tables and chairs your family reunion will need, just in case people bring more guests than you anticipate. Keep the extra chairs aside, though, to avoid ending up with too many empty seats, if everyone doesn't show up, because that can be depressing.
Also, put a lot of thought into your seating chart, so that uncles who clash and in-laws who argue don't all end up sitting next to each other. A separate table may be needed for anyone who's particularly quarrelsome. Depending on your family dynamics, an area designated just for kids under a certain age could be beneficial, too.
2. A Party Tent, To Shield Against Sun And Rain
If your great-grandmother has an overactive thyroid, too much sun will definitely make her uncomfortable and since you don't want that to happen, you'll need a tent, sufficient in size to protect anyone who may need shielding from the sun. Rain could ruin the reunion as well, so even if the family is okay with abundant sunshine, if there's any chance of precipitation, rent a tent that will at least cover all the delectable dishes you'll serve.Contact a party tent rental services company for assistance.
3. Food To Satisfy Every Palate
When you send out your RSVP's, be sure to ask people if they have any food allergies, intolerance to certain food, or extreme dislikes. Once you have all your responses, build a menu that includes a little bit of everything, excluding the list of prohibited items. Especially with allergies, you don't want to take a chance on accidental consumption or contact, where someone may need to be rushed to the hospital. Plan on labeling all your dishes, too, so that it's clear what people are piling on their plates.
4. Dinner And Flatware And Linens For All
When you rent your party tent, inquire about dishes, silverware, and linen. If your family is large in numbers, paper items could mean considerable trash and environmental irresponsibility, not to mention the fact of light paper napkins blowing around the neighborhood. Renting what you need should be much more convenient and may also impress the hard-to-please members of your family (and, quite possibly, prevent them from having anything to complain about).
5. An Itinerary To Keep Everyone Occupied
Whether you have a close-knit family or members who are near strangers, you want to make sure everyone is kept busy, particularly the children. Plan on games around the yard or venue, like horseshoes, bocce ball and badminton. For the adults, including those who complain frequently or tend to argue, a deck or two of playing cards might be helpful.
6. A Clean Up Committee
So that one or two responsible people don't end up cleaning up after everyone, designate a few helpers, assigning them different tasks. You might put names in a hat and draw them, to resolve any potential disputes or disparities, but definitely don't let a handful of relatives handle the entirety of the cleanup, lest you all hear about it at the next family reunion.
Expect the best for your family reunion; however, it's good to be prepared for anything, especially if you have a motley crew of characters for relatives. Remember the love that makes up a family, but don't forget, too, that you hardly ever have to see these people, once the gathering is over. Keep your cool and see that you're ready with everything a group needs to enjoy good food, outstanding company and whatever weather the day happens to bring.