October 20, 2017

Family Gathering Award Ideas

It’s Time To Plan That Family Reunion!

When we were in Germany, there were a lot of organized gatherings for the airmen and their families. At the end of the night, awards were given to a select few who fit the criteria for recognition. Like, who had the least amount of time to go before heading back to the States; or who was the newest wife to come be with her husband, etc.. Here are some ideas I found in the book Family Reunion Handbook: A Complete Guide for Reunion Planners (Family Reunion Handbook) by Tom Ninkovich that you might want to use at your next family reunion:

  • Who traveled the farthest?
  • Who has the most children?
  • Who is the youngest grandparent?
  • Who has the most descendants present?
  • Who has the most grandchildren?
  • Who has attended the most reunions?
  • Who arrived first/last?
  • Who is the youngest/oldest present?
  • Who has the longest/biggest hair?
  • Who has the least hair?
  • Who came in the oldest car?
  • Who has the largest purse?
  • Who has the longest fingernails?
  • Who is the tallest person there?
  • Who has the biggest feet?
  • Who has been married the longest?
  • Who recently got married?
  • Who has the whitest hair?
  • Which kid has the most teeth missing?

For more modern times, you might give an award for the funniest email address, or for the person who came with the most gadgets. In doing the award for the email address, you will certainly be able to collect a few addresses that you might not have already had, or you can update them since people sometimes change them frequently.

If everyone has brought a side dish, perhaps you can give an award for the most creative, best dessert, etc. You might consider giving homemade jams or jellies as prizes. Who wouldn’t like that? 🙂

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