Easy Games to Put Life Back in Your Family Reunions

Ahhh, yes. The picturesque family reunion

what a great way to catch-up with family who never call or write. And why not enjoy this trip down "memory lane," by having your reunion in a place like this?
what a great way to catch-up with family who never call or write. And why not enjoy this trip down "memory lane," by having your reunion in a place like this?

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There is always a colorful uncle or two who love to entertain people attending a reunion.
There is always a colorful uncle or two who love to entertain people attending a reunion.
Some reunions feature amateur musicians who love to get themselves noticed as a true musical talent.
Some reunions feature amateur musicians who love to get themselves noticed as a true musical talent.
What reunion would be complete without a table or two filled with delicious "eats"?
What reunion would be complete without a table or two filled with delicious "eats"?
A good family reunion has things for the children to play with and burn energy.
A good family reunion has things for the children to play with and burn energy.
Playful mischief by youngsters make any family reunion memorable.
Playful mischief by youngsters make any family reunion memorable.
New babies are always the "stars" of any reunion.
New babies are always the "stars" of any reunion.
Family members are always talking to  catch up on what's new with what family.
Family members are always talking to catch up on what's new with what family.

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO HIS STORY

Let's break-down the word "reunion," for a moment.

The prefix "Re" simply means to do again. Re-run; repeat; re-do. And the suffix, "union," simply stands for a group of people that are unified as one group--in the workplace, school, church or family.

And when these groups of family or non-family members of a group get together mostly once a year, the event is called a "reunion." I bet you didn't think that I was an English wizard, did you?

Reunions, for the most part, are big fun. Games, good talk, good food, sharing warm memories and showing photos of those attending the reunion when they were younger.

Some reunions are not fun at all. And it's not really anyone's fault. Coordinating a fun reunion is hard work. I should know. I've sat back and watched a lot of my friends plan and coordinate many a reunion. And just watching these people work like fire ants on honey, tuckered me out. I had to lay down when I got home and rest.

Take it from me, some reunions cannot be described but with one word: DULL. Notice I didn't say boring, drowsy, or just plain not worth the gasoline to drive to one of these "snoozers."I wanted to show compassion and understanding.

But you, if you are a daring soul, can use the following "games" to help put some fire into the sleepiest of reunions. You can take off that dull edge and make everyone happy and alert with these various "Reunion Games." But do be warned. Some of these will only work at reunions where the people do not know you.

So keep that in mind as we look at . . ."Easy Games to Put The Life Back Into Your Reunion."

GET CONTROVERSIAL RUMOR started. Walk up to some cousin that you will never see again, and say something like, "I hear that the ground beef down this way is being monitored by the U.S.D.A., but don't tell a soul." Of course the U.S.D.A. grades beef, steak, rump roasts and all commercial meats. But the fun is that "this" cousin only heard the official-sounding "U.S.D.A." and his imagination will run wild telling everyone what "he" has just heard while you sit back, sip your iced tea and laugh.

MAKE OLDER WOMEN happy. Pick out an attractive older lady between the ages of 38 and 40 and just say to her, "May I just say that you are without question, one of the prettiest ladies at this reunion," tip your hat and blend into the crowd. Her had has been made. And will spend many days in the near future wondering who you are.

DO CHEAP MAGIC tricks for the kids. Put quarter in one hand, get their attention and pull it from behind their ear. They will be amazed. Why do this for the kids? For the hot single mom's who are taken-in by your sensitive ways.

DO THE UNOBVIOUS and ask for everyone to listen for a moment. Then whip out a book of vintage poetry. Read one or two heart-touching poems and then sit down. Some single woman who loves this side of you will definitely seek you out and find out more about your sensitive side.

MAKE IT UP AS YOU GO when talking to uncles whom you have never me. If they ask, "aren't you Jason Guttson's son?" Look happy and reply, "well, not his legal son, sir," and walk away. These shocked uncles will certainly have a lot to say about "a" Jason Guttson.

SHOW PICTURES of your super-model wife, which is a picture that comes in a picture frame you get in a department store. This will always work for most of these people have never met you. Have a "gal pal" to call you at a strategic time and say sensuous things to you on your cell phone. "she won't leave me alone," you tease. Then allow girls at this reunion to listen in as she, "gal pal," talks more sexy things to you while the girls listening to her every word will want you more than a plate of southern fried chicken with potato salad. Why? It's a sociological fact that most girls want what other girls have. And there you go.

THE PATIENCE GAME is always fun to play with people at reunions where you have never met the people who are supposedly related to you. Get into a conversation with a "know-it-all," and believe me, there will be one of these "windbags" at most reunions. You simply ignite his fancy tales about himself by asking, "now what is it that you do?" and off he goes for hours on end--telling one over-exaggerated tale about his successes in life after another. But you can wear him out by saying three words, "so, then what?" Sooner or later "windbag," will literally run out of wind. And then you can stand victorious as the one who "broke him" like in the breaking of a bucking bronco.

TELL A BIGGER LIE than the person who is the center of attention. This is too easy. If "John Browder," retired bass fisherman, says, "my last bass weighed-in at 44 pounds," you simply wait for a moment and share "your" bass story about a 60-pounder you snagged in Lost Bayou, Louisiana. What is "Browder" going to do, say, "my mistake. It weighed 70 pounds," You can take down most good-hearted liars by just upping the size, speed or taste of whatever the "liar" is bragging about.

GIVE BAD ANSWERS to nosy reunion attendants. This is my favorite game of all. Just stand or sit and wait. The nosy people will seek you out. Then hit you with all sorts of personal questions. Example: Nosy: You here for the food? You: Nope, the strippers. Nosy: Strippers? We don't have that vulgar stuff at these reunions. You: My mistake. I meant the dog show. Nosy: Are you trying to be a smart alec? You: Trying? You get how it's done. Soon the nosy people will leave in frustration.

CAUSE A STIR by holding up a twenty-dollar bill and gasping, "Hey, look, folks, what I found! Who lost this twenty-dollar bill?" Probably no one will claim the bill. But one curious person will surely ask, "where did you find it?" "In the trash can," you reply in a stern tone. Before long, people will line-up to go through the trash cans in hopes of finding more money.

As the people are clamoring for the money in the trash can, you can silently slip-away undiscovered.

But you can always live with the fact that someone will eventually ask, "just who was that strange man?"

"I thought he was kin to you," others will reply. "No, I thought he was with your family," others, with stunned faces, will say.

The Lone Ranger never had it this good.

This, my friends, is a lively family reunion

see all the smiles on the various faces? This is how reunions should be. Full of life.
see all the smiles on the various faces? This is how reunions should be. Full of life.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Do you mean a young lady between the ages of 38 and 40? Jane Fonda said -- years ago -- 45 is the absolute prime of life for a woman. 85....now that's an older lady and there might be some attractive 85 year old women at a reunion you could play your trick on. But older women are awfully wise.

There are usually some really good activities to enjoy at reunions to help connect people.


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YogaKat 4 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

Voted Up and Funny . . . but I have to agree with Pamela about the older women trick.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Yea, I'm also a little bit tweaked by the older lady aged 38-40. Good for a smile, but everything may create a laugh. Good job!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

16 children in the photo so I need to send this to our brood who will be bringing 16 to our July reunion. We planned it to be at a resort this year for the maid service which includes doing the dishes and making the beds! Lots for the kids to do and plenty for the older folks, too. Best part? All the kids are already toilet trained, and the oldest (15) cousin is a wrestler (enforcer?) It is a reunion of our "nuclear family" but the first time we will have all been in one place in years. Our reunion will have to include different "games" than this Hub is suggesting, but this Hub's "games" would be great for crashing someone else's family reunion for the fried chicken and potato salad and for enjoying these "games"!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Dearest Kenneth,

"so, then what?" Good one!

Older lady aged 38-40. Maybe to a 16 year old. lol

Voted up across the board.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Very funny...some great ideas that will certainly make the reunion less boring! I have the same wicked sense of humor it seems.

I knew your older lady remark was going to get you in trouble, Kenneth...haha.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Pamela, thanks for the correction. I was writing FOR A CHARACTER, 20 YEARS OLD," not me, and this comment made to a woman I mentioned, if said sincerely, would make her feel good. I thought. And maybe I should have used your analogy, use my 20 year old guy and compliment a lady of 85. That would be great. Thanks again for the read and time you invested.

I appreciate you for that.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear YogaKat . . .this was NOT a serious phamplet for family reunions, but a comedy look at reunions with the guy, the now late John Belushi, star of Animal House, as the uninvited guest who only wanted to eat. I thought this was funny in places. Humor. I could have written a SERIOUS hub about reunions, but I do not want to bore anyone.

Thanks again for your comment.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thanks, MsDora for your warm comments and I am sorry that you felt this way about the older lady item. Like I just old Pamela, this was all in comedy and through the eyes of a 20 year old guy who only wanted to eat and impress people to make friends for he was desperately lonely.

Thank you, and Pamela for point out my errors.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

@ YogaKat . . .sorry, I forgot to thank you for your votes. I do appreciate that very much.

Have a great day.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Perspycacious - -thank you for sharing about your reunion which does sound great. And very rare to have things so planned and in place. My mom's family reunion is the 2nd Saturday in June, and I may go to this event. I know at least two people on mama's side. The rest are those who only talk to each other for they are all from the same big town and me, although I was mama's son, and still am, is seldom spoke to, talked to or invited to sit and talk with them and this is when I USED TO ALWAYS MAKE THE FIRST MOVE OFFERING MY HAND TO THEM AND SUCH CORDIALITIES.

I never intended for YOU to use these games, which, like you said, would be good to use if you wanted to break into show business and get a good eat.

Thanks!

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Sueswan,

"The Patience Game," may be a classic by this time next year. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it. I was close. I was writing for a man 20 years old . . .wish I had used the 16 year old now LOL!

Have a good day, Susan!

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest catgypsy,

Glad that YOU and I have the same style of humor. And with some serious evaluating, if "I" had been the one at this reunion, and complimented a lady 38-40, she could have me arrested for sexual harassment. I always thought that a woman 38-40, complimented by a guy 20 years old was appreciative, but then again, I have, in my past, watched too many black and white classic films. Oh how society has changed.

Makes me so glad at this time in my life to just be a hermit with my cat sidekick, Festus.

Thanks, catgypsy, for all of your comments that always make my day. This one included.

May this day be the day that something good happens to you.

Kenneth.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

What a beautiful family and a fun read! You've been duely corrected on your older woman comment! Come on, Kenneth, you know better than to goad us! We're your fans!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Kathleen . . .yes, I do know better, but I wasnt writing as myself, but a rather brutish character who has no friends. I have learned my lesson. No more 38-40 references in future hubs, except those about guys. And Kathleen, I give you my word on this.

I am grateful to have YOU as a Friend and Follower too.

Sincerely,

Kenneth


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Makes it worth it, doesn't it?


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Yes, Kathleen, it sure does. But you know me well enough that I wouldn't intentionally offend you or anyone on hubpages. Right?

At any rate, seriously, forgive me. Id appreciate it.

Kenneth


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Roger that.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Kathleen,

:) Thank you sincerely, my friend. You made my day a lot brighter.

Hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Kenneth


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Ken, Ken, Ken...did you not know 60 is the new 40? Anyway, this hub follows your usual, humorous style. You never leave us wanting that's for sure. I was very impressed with your English wizardry too ;) Voted up, funny and interesting (for your good suggestions).


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Dear tillsontitan,

I am so sorry. I did NOT know that about the 60-40 shift. I apologize. Thank you so much for stopping by to comment. YOUR comments are always classy and very exciting. May I ask you "where" you read the English wizardry? YOU are the FIRST and ONLY person to EVER say tis about me. I hate to sound vain, but that comment touched something in my soul. Thank you.

Have a happy day and come back soon.

Kenneth

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