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Fun Family Reunion Ideas

June 30, 2009

Submitted by: Heidi Arave

Do you have a family reunion this summer? Here are some great ideas of fun things you can do at your family reunion to strengthen your family’s heritage!

1. Family Treasures Card game: This is a fun family game that has a playing board (laminated poster) that goes with it. To view the instructions click here.

2. I AM a Heritage Maker Activity Book: This is a great way for your kids and their cousins to get to know their heritage in a fun activity book.

3. Personalized Card Deck: Does your family like to play card games? Create your own custom deck of cards with pictures of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. There are lots of templates to choose from in the gallery (rook, old maid, go fish, face cards, etc.)

4. FAMILY LAND: This fun game is just like Candy Land, but with your family name and the family activities you enjoy doing together. It will keep the kids entertained for hours! Also, it has a deck of cards to go with it.

5. Family Cookbook: If you have time before the reunion, have family members send you a favorite recipe and a picture. Put together a family cookbook. Take the cookbook to the reunion and if family members would like a copy, you can take orders. If you don’t have time to put it together before the reunion, have your family bring their picture and favorite recipe to the reunion. Then put the cookbook together later.

6. BINGO: Create your own Bingo cards with pictures of grandparents and other relatives. This is a great way for the young kids to learn the names of their great grandparents.

Make and Take:

Do you need fun craft ideas? Here are some that are simple, fun, and affordable!

Special Memories Box: This is a great way to keep all your favorite cards, notes, letters, etc. all in one place. This is made using 2 12×12 pages and a 7 inch craft box ($2 at Walmart).

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Family Clock: Super easy and a great addition to your home. This is made using 1 8×8 page and a 9 inch clock ($4 at Walmart).

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Blocks: Create your blocks to say whatever you want. Does your reunion have a theme? If so make a block per family or per kid with the theme or family motto. 1 12×12 page will make 5 blocks. Cut a 2×4 into 7 inch blocks.

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Tiles: Create a tile with a picture of an ancestor or of grandma and grandpa that includes one of their favorite sayings. 1 12×12 page can make 4 tiles. Get 4 6×6 tiles at Home Depot or any home improvement store.

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Scanning: If you have a scanner, offer scanning services to clients in your area who will be attending reunions. Have them ask each family member to bring the pictures they have of great grandma, great grandpa, etc. (The pictures don’t leave their sight). You can scan everyone’s pictures while at the reunion and then everyone gets a copy of everyone’s pictures. It’s a win, win for everyone!

3 Comments
Sherrie Wright
July 12, 2009 at 8:44 am

This is an idea we did for our family reuion. My Great Grandparents are no longer alive. Most of my Great Aunts and Uncles were still alive at the time. My great grandpa was a gas station owner in the 30′s and 40′s, so my great anuts and uncles even their kids remember all the stories about the gas station. So for a keep sake we took a very old picture of my grandfather at the station. I touched up the old photo and scanned several copies of it, framed them in shadow boxes. I put a miniture old time gas station pump and minuture oil canand some minutre tools aranges them in the shadow box and presented it to the oringal children of the family. It was a huge success! It brought many tears and laughs to our reuion. That was about 7 years ago and our reioun is still talked about today. It’s all about memories and sharing them.

July 13, 2009 at 7:51 pm

What terrific ideas for families! Even after all the reunions are over! I am blown away by the potential for gift ideas. Keep these kinds of ideas coming, please.

Danielle Born
June 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

Hello all,

I published my first project in Sept of 2009. It was an 8×8 book for my sister for her 25th birthday. My sister is an amazing poet. I noticed that you have a tab for quotes, but what about poems. I have sopken to my sister and she has agreed to allow HM to use her poem that she has written for birthdays, friendship, weddings, in memory, funerals etc. She has also said that she would be willing to write exclusively for Heritage Makers. Please let me know if this is something HM would be interested in considering. I do have samples of her poems if you would like to see her amazing talent.I have had many people asking me if they can use her poems in with their books. Please get back to me regarding this message and we can discuss thigs futher.

Thank you

Danielle Born
Publishing Consultant for Heritage Makers

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