3 Things to Do and 2 Things Not to Do When Planning Family Reunions

3 Things to Do and 2 Things Not to Do When Planning Family Reunions

Technology and social media can help families in different cities, states, or countries stay connected. Being separated by distance and having many responsibilities to handle, though, doesn’t allow families to reconnect that often. Family reunions allow everyone to catch up and spend quality time together. And they may be the only way to introduce a new spouse or baby. Lost Trails Ranch in Mulberry, Arkansas, is happy to provide tips for planning successful family reunions.

What to Do: Plan Your Family Reunion Around an Event

Family reunions are perfect occasions to celebrate events, like anniversaries and even new marriages, that only some could attend in person. They are a great way to celebrate the memories of family members who have been lost over the years. Getting together to celebrate an occasion in the family and relive precious memories will allow everyone to enjoy an up-building occasion.

What Not to Do: Skip Budgeting Discussions


Ensure a successful and affordable family reunion with budgeting

Be honest and upfront about budgeting from the get-go. If your family holds yearly reunions, you can use last year’s budget to determine more or less how much you will need for this year’s budget.

If not, start organizing how much you have to work with and how you will use those funds using a spreadsheet. There are many ways to save money, like sending out electronic invitations or renting a place with a kitchen to cook meals. Saving money in certain areas may allow your family to put more money into entertainment or more comfortable lodging.

What to Do: Consult With the Family

Before making family reunion plans, start talking with everyone who will be involved. Find out if there are any special requests regarding locations or dates. If your family has a yearly reunion, choosing the date will be simple. If not, it will take a little time to decide on a date that works for everyone. The summer months may be best for families with school-age children. It’s also a great time to enjoy outdoor recreation, like trail riding.

Ask the family about the duration of the reunion. Everyone may be able to set aside an entire week or weekend. Or the celebration may have to be limited to just one special day. 

Not to Do: Leave Entertainment Plans in the Air

trail riding

Families can enjoy quality time together out on the trails

While the family will likely have fun just spending time together and can determine some things on the fly, it’s best to plan some of the entertainment. You want to offer activities that suit everyone in the family. Additionally, remember that some venues provide more amenities than others, which you can include in your entertainment plans.

Be creative when thinking of activities everyone can get involved in. Here are a few ideas:

  • Card tournaments
  • Trail riding
  • Trivia
  • Yard games, like croquet and corn hole
  • Bonfires
  • Scavenger hunt

What to Do: Choose a Location

Choose a location that offers the most value for your money and will allow your family to have as much quality time together as possible. Choosing a place with party spaces, a large kitchen, on-site activities, and other amenities will make spending time together and creating memories as pleasant and hassle-free as possible.

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The Fireside Lodge is perfect for larger families looking to celebrate a special event

The Fireside Lodge at Lost Trails Ranch in Mulberry, Arkansas, is perfect for family reunions. It has dorm-style lodging, a large kitchen, an indoor and outdoor fireplace, and lots of indoor and outdoor space where your entire family can play games, eat meals, and spend time together in a serene location where you will get a beautiful view of Shimmering Lake from the patio. Take advantage of trail riding and other activities on the ranch as well. Contact our family hospitality team today to learn why Fireside Lodge is the perfect place for your next family reunion.

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Written by Taiye

Thursday, Jun 15

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