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Planning a Successful Family Reunion

Aug 17, 2007
You might be surprised at how easy it can be to host a fun and memorable family reunion. Whether most of your family lives close by or far away, a family reunion is a great way to strengthen the pride in a family and to help young children learn about their family history. The key elements to planning any successful event are supplying fun entertainment for everyone and having a way to capture the spirit of the event so that it becomes part of family history. This article will focus on some creative ways to address these key elements.

Keeping young kids occupied with inflatable rentals
Inflatable rentals are ideal for family reunions. While adults are busy catching up, energetic youngsters can become reacquainted while jumping on bouncer inflatable rentals or racing each other on an inflatable obstacle course. At a special event such as a family reunion, parents don't want to feel pressured to leave because their bored children are whining at their pant leg. Inflatable rentals give kids the opportunity to enjoy the social gathering just as much as their parents will.

While kids spend most of their time engaged in physical play, you'll want to provide things for them to do during their "downtime." Other ways to keep kids occupied are with craft tables filled with lots of miscellaneous craft supplies or a stage area with a trunk full of fun costumes. With different types of activities that promote interaction, kids can keep themselves entertained all day long and build long-lasting memories with their cousins and extended family members.

Fun with inflatable rentals: not just for the little kids
Who says kids get to have all of the fun with inflatable rentals? The variety of inflatable rentals available today extends far beyond the kid's bounce house. Planning a memorable family reunion means having a variety of fun activities for family members of all ages. An inflatable obstacle course or an inflatable rock wall offer great ways for attendees to let their hair down and have some fun. For those who prefer a less physical challenge, an inflatable slot machine provides hours of fun and great bystander entertainment.

Fun games that promote friendly competition like inflatable gladiator jousting or sumo wresting with inflatable sumo suits are a great way for those 2 uncles to relive their competitive youth and provide entertainment for everyone at the same time. Others like human bowling and human spheres will have your guests in tears with laughter and make for great photo ops.

Reunion mementos
Creative mementos from family reunions often become pieces of family history and are past down from generation to generation. Try incorporating all of those pictures from the family reunion into some truly remarkable reunion mementos like t shirts, greeting cards, mouse pads, mugs, etc.

For a really special gift, have each guest answer some question prompts on paper and work these and your reunion photos into a beautifully bound hardcover book. Designate someone or hire a photographer to capture candid shots of all guests being reunited, enjoying themselves with inflatable rentals, and posed group photographs.

Inflatable rentals and reunion mementos are great ways to enhance a reunion, but the most important part of any family reunion of course is gathering everyone together. There's no wrong time to have a family reunion. If your family doesn't currently have a tradition of annual family reunions, one fantastic event can certainly start a longstanding tradition and strengthen family ties throughout the generations.
About the Author
Author is a writer for All For Fun Rentals which specializes in inflatable
party rentals
for any event. For more information you can visit http://www.allforfunrentals.com.
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