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10 Creative Ideas To Make Family Reunion Unforgettable

10 Creative Ideas To Make Family Reunion Unforgettable

Family reunions aren’t always relaxing. In fact, oftentimes they’re downright stressful. With dozens of family members coming together and asking for entertainment, food, and a comfortable place to sleep – not to mention the usual arguments that are bound to arise – it can definitely be a little overwhelming at times.

But it doesn’t always have to be that way. Summer is coming up and it’s time to plan that enjoyable family reunion. With these ideas, you can have a successful family get together that’s at least tolerable – if not a blast!

1. Find a Large, Family-Friendly Location

Don’t try to squish all of your family into one house. That will only add to the stress and chaos. Instead, find a location large enough to host the entire family. For example, you might rent a series of cabins near a water park or reserve a large campground near a lake.

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2. Get Everyone Involved

To take some of the stress off your shoulders and make everyone feel they have a say in the family reunion, give each family a job and hold them accountable. Likewise, plan a variety of activities so that everyone has a way to participate. This will make everyone feel included and hopefully minimize the number of arguments.

3. Do Crafts

There are bound to be a few hours during the day when the kids won’t have much to do and they’ll drive the adults crazy. The solution? Plan a few crafts they can do in their spare time. It’ll keep them busy for hours!

4. Make a Family Movie

Unite the families by creating a family movie beforehand and reserving a night to enjoy it together. Collect photos and videos from each family and then use a free online video maker to put it together. Provide popcorn and theater candy for the family to munch on while they watch and enjoy the memories.

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5. Incorporate a Theme

Create a simple theme family members can refer to as they plan their reunion assignments. It doesn’t need to be wild or decadent, but it does need to be fun! Click here for some great family reunion theme ideas.

6. Give Out Silly Awards

Have a night devoted to being a little goofy, and hand out awards for silly things you’ve observed about particular family members. For example, you could hand out an award to the person who ate the most pie and one to the person who used the most duct tape. Just keep it light and fun and include as many people as possible.

7. Plan a Dynamite Menu

Food really is the key to bringing everyone together, and if the food is good, chances are people will be happy for the most part. If it’s in the budget, have it catered so that you don’t have to worry about it. Otherwise, spread the responsibility among various family members. Make sure there are plenty of snacks between meals as well!

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8. Make T-Shirts

Nothing unites a family like matching t-shirts, right? Maybe not, but it is fun. Ask everyone to wear them on one day of the reunion and take a group photo to commemorate the occasion.

9. Have a Treasure Hunt

This one doesn’t just have to be just for the kids. Whether you hide clues that lead to a big “pot of gold” or make a list of items to find on a scavenger hunt, family members young and old can delight in this silly, but thoroughly entertaining game.

10. Display a Family Tree

Finally, offer guests something both interesting and educational to enjoy in their spare time by displaying a family tree. Do a little family history research and present the photos and names of each generation on a large photo of a tree. Provide anecdotes to accompany the names and get all the family members involved. Learning about your heritage can be pretty entertaining!

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The success of your family reunion truly revolves around solid planning. With just a few great ideas for keeping the family entertained, this year’s family reunion could be the best one yet!

Featured photo credit: Horse Shoe Canyon Dude Ranch via horseshoecanyonduderanch.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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