With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we’d like to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day!
Nothing makes a mother happier than gathering the family, but have you noticed that only close families often sit together and talk to each other at family reunions? With three or more generations attending, some people have no idea who most of those at the reunion are or how they are related to them. Here are a few ideas on how to get people mingling and talking to each other.
Color-coded T-shirts or name tags. Imprinted shirts that designate you as part of “Joe’s clan” or “Mark’s kid” are nice but cost money. Name Tags that are color-coded for various branches of the family can serve the purpose.
Photo projects. Encourage people to bring historic photos of family members, churches, cemeteries, and old family homes. The images should have a name and date on the front and the owner’s name on the back.
The photos should be arranged on cork boards for all to see. Family photo albums can be placed on a table.
Story hour. Designate a time for people to share stories from family history. Mention on the invitation or at the sign-in table that there will be a time to share stories.
Quiz project with a prize: print out a quiz about family members in history. Ask things like great-grandmother Jones’ first name, where aunts and uncles were married, which aunt had twins, and in what state Uncle Joe was born? Set a time limit and give a prize for the most correct answers.
Take a tour. If the reunion is in a town that is important to family history, arrange tours of homes, churches, and courthouses where people bought marriage licenses or the park.
We hope these ideas make your family reunion memorable. Now, go and make some happy memories.
If you are hosting a reunion, please contact us to help clean your home.