|The four remaining Saluta siblings!
2. Choose a communication system to best deliver information. For our family,it was Facebook (FB). I would say 90% of our family is on it, so I just decided to create a Facebook group and post information and update documents there. I did print out about ten paper invitations for those families not on Facebook. I created a document in the FB group for people to sign up for the potluck and to head committees for the t-shirts, the games, the talent show, the set up and clean up, etc.!
I regret not adding a document for people to add their phone numbers and addresses so that everyone could keep in touch after the reunion, but like I said, most everyone is on FB!
Our reunion week activities included the following:
Wednesday: Welcome Dinner
Thursday (July 4th Holiday) Family Mass at Mater Dei Catholic Parish. It was also my paternal grandfather's birthday. This was a special way to celebrate the head of the family. We attended mass in the early evening and my cousins, Alex and Rhoda hosted dinner afterwards in their home.We watched fireworks from a spot in my cousin's neighborhood!
|Family attending mass together!
Saturday: Day of the Reunion! Here was our program
Sunday: Lunch hosted at cousins Ariel and Elma's house and a Farewell Dinner at our house.
|Lunch is served
|Family tree history provided by cousin Alex and Rhoda
|Third generation of Saluta's.
|Talent show act!
|One of the fun games!
5. Get to know your out-of-towners and what they enjoy. Our family from Texas stayed with us. Now that I know my cousin is into classic cars, I could've looked into a car show or something. Our nephew is a gym rat, so luckily his cousins were able to accompany him to the local gym every day. Whatever it is, street food, musicals, museums, it would be nice to have them see what they love here in San Diego. After hearing my cousin tell some jokes about being Filipino (he is mestizo, so also half-Caucasian) I introduced them to Jo Koy, via Netflix. By the sound of their laughter, it seems Jo Koy's Seattle show was a hit with them! If I timed the reunion right, we could've planned attending one of his live concerts here in SD!
|PC: Netflix.com. He's sooo funny! Josep!
|Paper flower backdrop
|Cousin Junior perusing our 2009 Family Reunion Photo book!
8. My last tip, before the reunion ends, pass the torch on for the next one! I'm hoping my nieces take on the planning for the next one in 2024! We can't wait another ten years!
Have a tip to share, please comment below! I wish you a great family reunion!