Reunions can be a lot of fun in and of themselves, but they are especially coveted as we look ahead to post COVID-19 and we want to reunite with our loved ones. Making a reunion a vacation rather than just heading to someone’s house can be a great way to insure everyone gets together without having the pressure of hosting put on one person. And a weekend full of waking up in your PJs, late night chats and exploring together is better than a simple dinner party one night during the week.
We’re not suggesting you need to do anything drastic like a road trip to Disneyland or taking a cruise to Ensenada (although both are great options). The important thing is everyone spends time with one another.
So whether your friends are near or far- plan a friend reunion to bring everyone together for a great time! Here is what you need to know.
How to plan a friend reunion
1. Figure out availability
The most difficult part about arranging a friend reunion is finding a date and time that works for everyone. One way to do this is with a survey tool that way you don’t have to individually poll everyone for their availability. There are many great tools out there like Doodle and Free Busy.
2. Buddy up
One of the best ways to make sure that the reunion runs smoothly is to make sure that every attendee is buddied up with someone else. That way, you make sure that no one is accidentally left behind or kept out of the loop. And let’s be real- not everyone is going to want to do the same thing. This will insure that everyone gets to do what they want while still having someone to enjoy it with.
3. Give out gifts/souvenirs
You might want to check with people before this one to make sure that there aren’t any unpleasant surprises in store, as some people might not be comfortable receiving gifts. Still, giving out gifts and souvenirs can be a great way to give people a way to remember the reunion, as long as people make sure that they pack light so they have room to bring them back with them.
4. Find the perfect venue
Finding the perfect venue for your reunion isn’t easy but Airbnb and Vacasa are great places to start. Even once you’ve identified the most appropriate venue, you need to make sure that all the other attendees are happy with it and it fits within everyone’s budget.
Now that you know how to get started, it’s over to you to make your reunion a reality. Sure, it can take a little work, but it’s always worth it to see some familiar faces. And if you’re still not sure how to get started, you can always ask a friend for some help. Have fun!