Planning family events can be stressful and time-consuming, particularly if you have a big family. There are so many things to consider: Who should you invite? Where will it be held? What activities will there be ? board games or charades? And, most importantly, how can you make this event more fun than the last one? Family events don?t need to be dull affairs, especially if you plan them in such a way that everyone feels excited about coming back. With a bit of forward planning and some creative thinking, you may just find that these get-togethers become less of a chore and more of a joy. Family events are an essential element of any relationship with siblings or parents. They bring people closer together and provide opportunities to invest in each other?s lives and grow as individuals. Here are some ideas for making your family events more fun.
Parties are more fun when you have a theme?the more creative, the better. You could have a Disney Family Event, a Rock & Roll Party for the music lovers, a Retro-themed party for the oldies but goodies, or go for a Tropical Family Event for when the family gets together on vacation. You could even have one event for the grown-ups and one for the kids. This can help keep things organized and fun for everyone.
Nothing says family togetherness like some friendly games. Decorate the space with streamers, balloons, and pictures from your family?s past. Make it feel like the family reunion you once dreamed of as a child. It?s a great way to appreciate the family members you have with you right now. Music can bring memories flooding back and add an extra layer of fun to any family event. Make a playlist of your family?s favorite songs or songs that remind you of your family members. Alternatively, you could have a family karaoke session. Make things interesting by having each family member perform a song they aren?t so proud of.
Keep in mind that kids have much smaller stomachs than we do and don?t have the exact eating needs as adults do. Younger kids, especially, may have a hard time sitting through a long dinner. Keep the menu simple and try to avoid foods that are difficult to eat or messy. A few ideas include pizza, burgers, BBQ, baked potatoes, chips, and soft pretzels. When it comes to drinks, there is a variety. Water, juice/smoothies for everyone, including kids. And set aside some wine/beer for people who prefer alcoholic beverages. Consider acquiring some koozies?to keep the beer insulated as most people prefer it cooler. This will help keep your guests hydrated while they eat. Make sure that the kids in the family know that alcohol isn?t on the menu at their dinner. Keep the drinks simple too.
While offering a few different flavors of soda and some juice is nice, you don?t need to make a big production out of it. Moreover, ensure to?add some healthy food options. Healthy food options don?t have to be boring. You can make a delicious lasagna with a low-fat, low-carb lasagna recipe. Consider adding baked beans or Waldorf salad to the menu. You could even make a fruit salad bowl with strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, and bananas. Healthy food options are also something that you could offer the kids at the dinner table. Nothing says that the grown-ups get first dibs on the good stuff.
This can vary depending on the ages of your children, but the general rule of thumb is to add something that will keep their attention for about 10?20 minutes at a time. This could be something as simple as coloring books and crayons. You could also try bringing along a few board games that don?t require a lot of attention. Regarding outdoor activities, a frisbee and a soccer ball can be a lot of fun for kids and adults. If you want to get creative, you could host a family scavenger hunt. Depending on the ages of your children, you can make it as easy or difficult as you want.
If your family invites guests on a regular basis, this could be a great investment. You could charge your family members a small fee for the night or offer to cover the cost. This way, your guests will be able to relax and enjoy themselves without worrying about cleaning up after the event. On the other hand, if you have a particularly messy family, this could make things even easier. Consider your guests and their needs before hiring a professional organizer.
If you?ve had the same old family event at the same old place for years, try to spice things up by going somewhere new. You could try hosting your dinner at a nearby park, or you could go for an indoor event at a nearby hotel. Maybe try hosting an indoor picnic in a nearby park or a dessert party at someone?s house. The possibilities are endless.
Family events can be stressful, especially if there are a lot of expectations. The most important thing is to have fun. If you enjoy it, you can?t help but have the guests around you enjoy themselves too. There is no rule that says family events have to follow a strict format. They are unique in that they combine the love of family. Make them more fun with these ideas.