Family Rules! Tips & Ideas to Plan a Family Reunion

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to get the family together, so plan a reunion! We've got some family-friendly recipes, easy DIY decor ideas and tips to plan the perfect family party that's laid-back and fun.

Check out the gallery to get inspired - and don't worry, we've got some top tips to make sure your planning process is easy as 1-2-3!


  • Planning a family reunion may seem intimidating, but these planning tips will make the process a whole lot easier. And as far as the menu or decor details go, just use your invitation to inspire like Meredith did! Her Family Rules Family Reunion Invitations from Pear Tree Greetings were a big source of inspiration throughout the creative process!

  • Save the complicated party decor for the holidays or a themed birthday. Family reunions are about the company! Accent focal points of your space with basic party banners you can DIY, simple centerpieces and family photos.

  • Add pops of color to your space using your food and drink like Meredith did here with her homemade summer tea punch . The golden hue of her signature drink accents the simple wildflower mason jar centerpieces she scattered throughout her space.

  • Pasta is always great for feeding a crowd on a budget, so try to work it into your menu like here. Meredith's mac and cheese on a stick recipe is absolutely delicious, satisfying and a bite the whole family will love.

  • Budget is one thing to consider with your family reunion menu, but easy prep is another important part of planning. You'll want recipes like these stuffed peppers to serve family-style at your party - they're simple, satisfying and something everyone will enjoy.

  • Don't limit yourself to store-brought sheet cakes when it comes to dessert. Ask guests to bring something with them for a potluck dessert so there are a few special options to go around - we're big fans of mini recipes like these simple cherry cranberry Jell-O desserts and pistachio cake pops .

  • Though your guests are sure to be content with lots of catching up and reminiscing with other family members, consider having some activities planned. Corn hole, Bocce Ball, Badminton or even a good game of softball are just a few of the games usually played. We also worked in a family-themed Bingo game for some downtime fun.

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