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Tips for Planning Your High School Reunion

There’s nothing like an impending high school reunion to put things into perspective about time is just flying on by! Rather than sulking about how it’s been 10 years since prom, get involved in planning your high school reunion to make it more fun.

It’ll be a good chance to get reconnected with old friends and reminisce about the good old days when you didn’t have any bills, laundry was miraculously done when you came home from school and how the boy bands of your day actually had some hair on their heads.

Before you begin planning your class reunion, consider some of our tips to get the ball rolling on organizing this type of event.

Connecting With Classmates and Setting up Committees

Start connecting with old classmates either through your high school alumni association, ads in local newspapers or through online reunion and social networking sites. Set up a page on Facebook for people to begin discovering the page and adding the event on their radar. Consider using Facebook for maintaining communication with your class as this is one of those most popular and easiest ways to get in touch with everyone at one time.

Set up a committee to help delegate tasks you’ll need help with. Some committees can include:

Guest List: classmate search, invitation and RSVP

Event Management: finding venue, décor, food and other vendors

Entertainment: finding bands, music groups and other types of entertainment for the guests

Day-of Management: guest name tags, finding and distributing reunion favors

Budget: guest ticket sales and managing cost of the event

By distributing the tasks among a few various groups, you’ll have less stress and more help in making sure the high school reunion goes off without a hitch.

Some Other Reunion Planning Tips to Keep in Mind

1. Pin down the time of year and location you are looking to host the reunion.

Also confirm the type of event it will be. Will it be an evening affair or an outdoor picnic or barbeque? The type of event will set the tone for everything from dress code to décor so choose wisely.

2. Incorporate elements from your graduating class into the reunion.

Think back to what were some of the hottest trends, music, movies and memorable events that took place while you were in high school. For a flashback into time, be sure to have some of these elements through your reunion to give people a little nostalgia of the good old high school days.

You could incorporate those years by hiring a band that plays hits from when you graduated such as Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears if you graduated in the early 2000s. Or set up a photo booth area complete with flare jeans, scrunchies, Adidas flip flops with the required white socks to wear for guests to take photos in and have photo mementos of them dressed in their embarrassing high school fashions.

3. Lastly, plan just a few activities to keep guests engaged throughout the event.

Too many events will take away from guests wanting to catch up and reconnect. Consider 1-2 activities to get the fun going. Plan an icebreaker game at the start of the event while people get their drinks and one game before dinner is served.

You can try setting up a projection screen with yearbook photos and have guests try to pick out how that person looks today for a fun idea. Or consider a dance contest game for guests to rock it out to their favorite high school tunes.

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