Family Reunions Create Lasting Memories

By Olivia Cox

Family reunions are where some of the most cherished memories are made, whether it’s reuniting with your favorite cousins, savoring the taste of your Grandma’s famous 12-layer caramel cake or laughing at your crazy uncle’s silly jokes. Planning the event starts with the basics: who to invite, when it will take place, where it will be held and, of course, what to eat.

First, decide who to invite and stick to it. If you want to invite second cousins and extended family, you’ll want to invite everyone on that branch of the family tree.

Once you decide whom to invite, deciding on when and where the reunion will take place comes next. With everyone’s schedules being so hectic, it’s recommended to set your date as far in advance as possible so everyone can plan around your dates.

Location is key for this type of event. A family reunion should either be centrally located or choose a destination location. Should it be an afternoon at the family farm, a weekend camping trip to the mountains, a cruise to the Bahamas or a week at a Pawleys Island beach house? For annual reunions a weekend might suffice; although for less frequent reunions, you might consider a longer stay. When deciding on location and length of stay, be sure to keep family budgets in mind.

Finally, the most-asked question: “What are we going to eat?” Once you have the total number of family members attending, the location, the date and the time; you’re ready to start thinking about food, everyone’s favorite part of a family reunion (besides seeing your family of course!). When designing a menu for a family reunion there are several factors to consider: Are there any family members who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free or downright picky eaters? Would buffet stations or a plated meal be best? What style cuisine would best match your family?

Planning a family reunion might seem overwhelming, but once you gather the basics it’s easy to move forward. If you start to stress just remember there are plenty of people willing and ready to help you make your family reunion unforgettable!

About this writer

  • Olivia Cox

    Olivia Cox

    Olivia Cox is the Public Relations Manager for Inlet Affairs Catering across from the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet. Catering both on-site at our event location and off-site at your venue of choice, Inlet Affairs can help you design your perfect event. Contact Inlet Affairs by calling 843-651-2904, emailing or visit their website at

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