A private family reunion event is a special occasion that can help strengthen blood ties and create unforgettable memories. The rage right now is learning about genealogy. It can help track down a long-lost relative, and there is no better feeling than that of reconnecting with lost loved ones. Here are some ideas to make your family reunion unforgettable.
Planning a family reunion has its challenges, but finding a venue shouldn’t be too hard. Villa Ragusa in downtown Campbell boasts an exciting classic European style, with amenities to please every family member. The small town friendly atmosphere is perfect for an intimate gathering and can accommodate up to 650 people.
Villa Ragusa has a full-service on-site catering with entrees and classic American appetizers to tease the taste buds of everyone in attendance. Of course, we understand that there are general food preferences. Because we cannot accommodate every request, you are always free to use your own cater.
Our catering department and events manager are up to the task if you’d like an easier way than using your caterer. You can leave everything to them as you focus on getting to know everyone.
BREAKING THE ICE
Meeting your distant kinfolks for the first time will always feel awkward in a way, and you may not know how to start the conversation. However, you can ease the tension by engaging in particular games such as “Two Truths and a Lie,” among others.
Our banquet hall, dance floor, and the mahogany bar are perfect places to keep the conversation going. The fun doesn’t have to end after the delicacies. The outdoor balconies are also at your disposal and a great place to take a breather to enjoy the fresh air. Sometimes you need to get away a bit from that favorite cousin who won’t stop talking.
Planning your family reunion is a huge undertaking for most families. Here are some tips that will make the planning process a little bit smoother.
Event Space for Family Reunions
An event space can make your family reunion a lot more enjoyable. You’ll have a place in a busier, central location that is easy for everyone to find. Parking will be available and a staff that can help with a dance floor, serving food and many other options.
Start planning your event early if you want to get it ready on time. It might seem like you’ll just book a venue and you’re good to go, but it is never that simple. There are plenty of people to keep track of, organizing of events, meals, lodging and keepsakes! If you have a couple hundred people or more invited to the event then start earlier than 6 months from the date.
Have a Buffet
An easy way to help keep the family reunion affordable for everyone is to have a buffet meal(s). This is a good way to put out a wonderful meal and share the cost. Include with the invitation a request for donations for those who need helping paying for the day and invite those who need help to ask privately for assistance.
Games and Activities
Just because you’re all related doesn’t mean everyone knows everyone. It helps to have a shared activity to take the focus off of meeting people. While participating in games and other activities, getting to know each other happens naturally.
Let People Choose
Everyone has a different level of comfort with activities at a party. Allow members of the family to plan in which activities they’d like to take part. If they want to just sit and chat, then allow them that pleasure. It’s all about everyone having their own kind of fun.
Villa Ragusa is a favorite venue for area residents for weddings, family parties and reunions. We’d love to share our party planning tips with you. Give us a call.