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Entertaining is expensive and hosting a family get-together is no small task and one that often falls on Mom.
So before you whip out your credit card and start spending money, hold up. Family get-togethers should be about creating memorable experiences , rather than giving gifts or spending money. Your party theme will set the tone for the entire event. Depending on how big and how formal the event is a family reunion or graduation might be different than a casual summer celebration , you may want to send out invitations a few weeks or even a few months in advance.
If travel is required, be sure to give your guests enough time to plan their trip. On the other hand, if most of your guests are local or if the event is an easy family get-together, the invitations can be super-simple. Try electronic invites through Evite or Facebook.
You can create an event and invite people without sending out paper invitations for free! Try a few minute meal options that you can make ahead of time.
You can make Sloppy Joes or ham sliders , both perfect for get-togethers. Try Tex-Mex chicken wraps or meatball subs. The great thing about whipping up sandwich-type items is that the sides can be simple and easily made ahead. Depending on your menu, you can serve chips on the side, pasta salad, simple chopped up fruit, or veggies and dip. Kool-Aid is a cheap, fun drink that everyone loves. For dessert, try popsicles or ice cream with fresh fruit or served as root beer floats. Easy, simple, and everyone will love it!
For adults, the very act of getting together as a family can be enough for entertainment, but to have a really fun family get-together, you may want to plan a few cool activities besides simply eating. You know how active your family is, so plan accordingly. If your family is super-sporty, ask your guests to bring their favorite sports equipment. A badminton set or bocce ball game will really add to the free fun! Grandma might not love Ultimate Frisbee and some games can be too challenging for younger kids.
If your family is crafty, you could try letting everyone paint a watercolor or other little painting project they could take home with them afterwards. Decorating a picture frame from the dollar store or making a paper-craft that matches your party theme can also be fun.
Whatever activities you choose, try to keep them flexible and fitting for a wide-range of ages and abilities. Party activities should always be about having fun and building your family bonds. Grab paper lanterns from the dollar store, or consider recycled jars with tea lights in them for table decorations. For water-themed parties, pull out your kiddie pool and hang a few beach towels over the fence or lay them out on the ground.
To stick to your budget, get creative, and use items you have on hand to keep the decorations simple. Photos make great gifts as well as great decorations. The biggest rule of party planning is to have fun and let yourself enjoy the party, too! They just want to enjoy the company, laugh, and make memories.
Super simple party favors are just FINE. A baked dessert cookies, cupcakes is easy and cheap, and your guests can enjoy it on the way home. Your guests can also take home the item they crafted if you set up a craft station. If you have time, email your guests a simple thank you and include your favorite photos from the party. Family get-togethers are about really appreciating each other and connecting as a family. I always try to cook ahead as much as possible for family gatherings.
Trying to cook with lots of people standing in the kitchen trying to talk to you is stressful! Many of my cousins live nearby and we try to have regular family get-togethers, especially in the spring and summer. Each get together we hang up the panel and print out some different free photo booth props to tape to the dowels. The kids have a blast taking pictures. These are wonderful ideas. When it comes to party planning for families, simple is best! It makes life easier for the person in charge of planning and people can relax and enjoy themselves so much more at a picnic or barbecue rather than a fancy affair.
How To Save On Groceries. Thanks for all these great ideas, I especially like the idea about creating a theme. I think my favorite thing to do for family get-togethers is to go pot luck style. I always stress over parties! You make it sound a lot more doable than I ever think it is.
This summer, I am going to ask everyone to bring photo albums, especially older ones. Thanks for the great tips. Family get-togethers can be a lot of work. One thing I often do with my family is make the event a potluck. That way the costs are shared, but so is the labor! Since the party about enjoying time together as a family, my family is more than willing to pitch in and make it easy.
Many hands make light work, as they say! And going back to the event being more about the time spent together than taking something home, I just skip the party favors altogether — that alone takes out some stress for me.
Those are nice ideas that turn an otherwise stressful activity into a family-friendly fun event. The key is to be well-prepared and follow your budget. I can definitely use the ideas in your post to make sure it is a success! These are some great ideas! We do a weekly potluck with a good group of friends. It is really relaxed and enjoyable. After dinner the kids play and the adults enjoy a boardgame or cards. It is so important to make time for family and friends!
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I like to clearly address whether guests should keep their shoes on or take them off. Removing shoes keeps your place cleaner and it also avoids having one guest in stilettos stepping on the toes of their sock-wearing friend. Set the rules and be clear, and your guests will happily oblige. My last tidy tip is to have a cleaning station ready to go.
The food at a dinner party can be the most fun part, and the most work. To help with the workload I always make a set menu ahead of time. That way when someone asks if they can bring anything, I can say yes, and look at my menu for something they can contribute. Having the menu prepared also means I can think about the grocery shopping and cooking schedule way ahead of time, and streamline the process. Of course, not everyone wants to bring food. Wine is the classic hosting gift to bring to a dinner party, and when people ask me what wine they should bring I always give them a suggestion.
Otherwise just stick to the grape you fancy Pinot Grigio, please! If you are serving food you are going to need serving dishes, cutlery, plates, napkins, glasses… There is a lot to worry about. Less clean up work for later, score! If I need more serving dishes I will actually go to a thrift or consignment store like Goodwill.
I have a friend who scours shelves mind you, she has a baking YouTube channel so she always needs stuff like this and she finds GEMS. Investing in a good set of service pieces can go a long way.
We have been using the stuff we got for our wedding to this day, and it still works! You can get plastic cups with nameplates, create stickers for your guests, or use wine glass charms.
It saves you providing copious amounts of glassware or tossing countless plastic cups. Also, when people drink they tend to forget where they have put their cup among other things! I have a large beverage dispenser that I fill with water, ice and sliced cucumber or lemon at the beginning on the night. That way my guests can fill their glass with some refreshing water at their leisure. Having people over is indeed a commitment of time and effort.
It should reflect your own personal style. That means entertaining just the way you like. According to several caterers, accomplished cooks, and authors, as the host you get to decide how things are done. Guests have responsibilities, too. Get most of the work done before the party so you can socialize, suggests Janericco. Braised dishes are perfect. Shershow has a different style. She thinks it creates a more casual environment when guests see and smell foods cooking.
Worst is a host who points out all the flaws in the dish. On the other hand, Orenstein appreciates feedback from her guests. Creating the guest list Shershow enjoys hosting eclectic groups, composed of people who work in different fields, singles, and couples. Kafka finds the best gatherings are when guests have similar interests. Janericco suggests separating spouses at the table for more interesting conversation.
How you serve depends on the number of guests. If your table is large enough, Janericco and Clifton recommend passing platters family style for guests to help themselves. Or if you want foods plated a certain way, say, sauteed scallops on top of risotto, do this at the table.
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