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How to Plan For a African American Reunion

Updated on July 15, 2013

Reunite With Your Family

Each year during the 4th July week, my family and I travel to Memphis to join my father's side of the family for a family reunion. I love being able to stay connected with my family!

Black reunions are so much fun because we eat BBQ all day, the party never seems to end, wear a custom made family t-shirts, talk about the good ol' days, listen to some old school music, and just leave all our troubles behind you. You also get to learn about how everyone in the family has been and who in the family is currently having a hard time.

In this article, I'd like to share with you how my family plans our family reunion and activities we like to do.

Photo Credit- Me with my Aunt and cousins. My youngest daughter by my leg.

The Purpose of Having Family Reunions

The purpose of family reunions is to keep in touch with your family. Also learn about your heritage, rekindle relationships, celebrate milestone anniversaries, and meet family you've never met before.

Some families meet every year like mines and some may have a reunion every few years. Family reunions keeps a strong bond going with families and continue to keep them together.

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How to Plan

Every year my family reunions has been in Memphis because the majority of my family lives there and it's easier for the older members of my family not to have to travel far. So the family get together and decide where in Memphis would we like to have our reunion.

We start name dropping places and the place with the highest vote wins. We decide a place a year in advance to give people in my family time to clear their schedules.

Throughout the year, my family starts saving up money to pay for foods, family reunion t-shirts, location where we're going to have our family reunion at.

Some black families like to create memory books filled with family photos and history about their family but since my family see each other every year we don't do that.

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Make Your Own Save The Date and Invitations

Create T-Shirts

Each year we have to decide what we'd like to have on our t-shirts. We usually decide to use someone that is having a milestone birthday and add their picture on the t-shirts with our family last name. And we like our t-shirts to stand out so we use bright colors like yellow, dark purple, and lime green.

Once we've decided what we want on our t-shirts, we get everyone's t-shirt sizes and collect money for their t-shirt.

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Custom Made T-Shirts

If your family is on a budget, you can make your own family reunion t-shirt at home.

Cre8 Cold Peel Iron On Transfer
Cre8 Cold Peel Iron On Transfer

Already have a logo you would like to use on your t-shirt? This product you can do it yourself and iron on your logo.

 

What To Have On The Menu

My reunion consist with nothing but BBQ foods. Yum! We keep are menu pretty simple.

Here is a list of foods and drinks that is served..

  1. Steak
  2. Hamburgers
  3. Hot Dogs
  4. Beef Ribs
  5. Chicken
  6. Corn on The Cob
  7. Sodas, Beers, Juice, and Water
  8. Potato Salad
  9. Chips
  10. Cakes and Pies
  11. Seafoods like Shrimps, Crawfish, Catfish, and Crab

BBQ Grills

Black Reunions are not complete without a BBQ Grill! Get yo' grillin' on!

Memphis Visitor Center

Memphis Visitor Center
Memphis Visitor Center

Places My Family and I Visited During Our Family Reunion - Memphis Attractions

My family usually all meet up at someone in the families house, eat and then go out on tours in Memphis. The places we've visited has been:

Games to Play With the Family

There are several games that keeps the adults and kids entertained throughout the day during my family reunions. Here is what we like to do.

  1. Play Dominos
  2. Play Card Games
  3. Water Balloon Fights
  4. Family Trivia
  5. Bounce House for The Kids
  6. Sports Games like Football or Basketball
  7. Karaoke
  8. Dance to Music
  9. Bingo
  10. Pop Fireworks

Family Reunion Games

Imperial Toy - KAOS Imperial 175ct Biodegradable Latex Water Balloon Bombs
Imperial Toy - KAOS Imperial 175ct Biodegradable Latex Water Balloon Bombs

It is so much fun having a water balloon fight on a hot summer day. Keeps the kids and adults cool.

 
Double 6 Professional Domino Tiles with Spinner in Wooden Box
Double 6 Professional Domino Tiles with Spinner in Wooden Box

A lot of the men in my family enjoys playing Dominoes.

 
Bounceland Inflatable Dream Castle with Ball Pit Bounce House Bouncer
Bounceland Inflatable Dream Castle with Ball Pit Bounce House Bouncer

Kids loves bouncing houses. Keeps them entertained for hours!

 

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    Planning A Reunion Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

    Getting family together for a reunion doesn't have to be stressful. Send out invites to let your family know when to start planning for the family reunion. Since my family does a family reunion every year, we don't need to send out invites.

    Also another great way to get the message out about your family reunion is using Facebook, email, and of course telephone.

    Also remember to hire a photographer to take picture or you and all your family together!

    If you're still thinking of a place to have your reunion, visit Memphis! It has great southern hospitality, great food, music, museums, and also it's the place where Elvis lived! You can do a tour of Graceland.

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    What Are Your Favorite Things To Do During Family Reunions?

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        Nightcat 3 years ago

        Watching the men play horseshoes. And in an Italian family this is supposed to be a man only thing. I swear it is some strange fertility thing because they do not want women even touching them, lol!

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        Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

        @Lady Lorelei: LadyMermaid you should really one day attend your family reunion. It's a great way to keep in contact with your family and always a way to meet new ones. I'm so sorry to hear about your father's mother.

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        Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

        My father's mother's side of the family holds a reunion every 5 years. They are quite far away and I have not attended one yet although I remember how excited my dad was when he went. My father's mother died giving birth to him so these reunions were of very special significance to him.

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        Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

        @birdsdword: Yes we love having family reunions!

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        birdsdword 4 years ago

        lol@Cari....black people sure love to do family reunions in the first week of July lol. I just received a call for one back home in the N.Y.

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        Kay 4 years ago

        I think I want to go to your next family reunion! Sounds wonderful :)

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        Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

        @game-cheats: That's my favorite part about my family reunions too is remembering the good times!

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        game-cheats 4 years ago

        Its always nice to get together with your family.

        You can do so many things with them. My interesting part is when we recall old good memories.

        What do you think ?

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        Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Thanks!

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        Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Thanks!

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        nice warm lens :)

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        Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

        @WriterJanis2: It is Janis!

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        lesliesinclair 4 years ago

        It sounds like you are having a ball with your reunions.

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        Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

        @lesliesinclair: Yes I am! Hehe..

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        WriterJanis2 4 years ago

        This looks like so much fun!

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        Louidam1 LM 4 years ago

        @srsddn lm: Sounds like a lot of family reunions do this. Thanks for visiting!

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        srsddn lm 4 years ago

        Involvement of elderly and the youngsters are altogether different. The former group may be more busy in recalling major events in life and remembering forefathers, but the latter one may be more involved in fun. Nice lens