2017 Reunions Workbook

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The 17th edition of Reunions Workbook, the leading resource for planning family reunions, offers practical tips for organizing your big gathering, with brand new, inspirational features written by experts in the field.

A surefire way to get off to a good start is to wrap your event around a driving narrative, writes family reunions authority Marilynn Stewart in “7 Themes to Spice up Your Reunion.”. How about a circus-themed reunion or one with a Wild West touch? Perhaps a sports theme or beach party works best for your group.

An important—and sometimes daunting—responsibility of the reunion organizer is choosing a hotel and then working with the management on room rates, meal rates and securing meeting/hospitality space. In “7 Things Every Reunion Planner Should Negotiate with Hotels,” HotelPlanner’s Claudia Flores offers tips on getting the right hotel at the right price.

If cruising with relatives from near and far might be in your future, see what family travel expert Nancy Schretter has to say in “Set Sail for a Great Family Reunion,” a guide to family-friendly ships big and small. Amenity-packed megaships with all their bells and whistles are obvious choices, but European river cruises and small expedition vessels that venture to far-flung destinations should be considered, too.

Peppering your reunion with games will do wonders for enthusiasm and getting folks engaged, and Reunions Workbook offers a variety of fun possibilities, from pinatas and pickleball to bocce and bingo. Other articles will also help chart your course, step by step, through the planning process, providing advice and checklists on everything from establishing a timetable and choosing a destination to sending out invitations and keeping communication lines open.

The section on Site InSpections has profiles of cities, counties and resorts that want your reunion and will work with you to make it shine. Destinations include New Orleans, Fort Worth, Atlantic City, Greater Akron, Chicago Southland and the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.

With Reunions Workbook at your side, make this the year the whole gang gets together.