(That they will be talking about for the next 10 years!)
It’s hard to get a large group of people excited to attend their class reunion. Maybe high school just wasn’t their favorite time or maybe it’s not worth it to them to take the extra day off and travel time to make it. Many times class reunion flyers or invitations get tossed out with the rest of their junk mail. If you plan on taking up this daunting task of planning your class reunion, thumbs up to you. While it can be a bit of work, with our great tips and preparation, you can plan a class reunion that everyone wants to attend and will be talking about for years to come.
Your first task: pull together your party planning committee. Yes, you may feel that you can do it all but taking on every task is going to be impossible. Plus give you those extra wrinkles that you really don’t need. Having a planning committee will not only help you in the long run but also help get more people’s buy in on the class reunion. When you have a group of people working together, you are more inclined to include the majority’s preferences rather than just your own. Make sure everyone knows their responsibility and tasks. Plan a couple of dates before the reunion so that you can get together with your committee to make sure everyone is staying on task and within budget. It is best to have a group of people who are invested in planning a successful reunion.
Find all your classmates. While Facebook and social media have taken most of the grunt work in locating your classmates, there are still a few who may not be on social media. It is best to form a committee who can gather the list of e-mails and/or address of these students. This may take a group of people because you have to remember who was friends with who and who may still be in contact with one another to gather all your classmates information. Another way to make sure that you get the word out is run an ad in your high school’s local newspaper. Many times, most people’s parents or family still live in the area and will let them know about the class reunion coming up.
Pick a lively venue. This is the tricky part. You want to pick a venue that is appealing and exciting but you also don’t want to discourage people from coming if it costs too much. You also don’t want to pick a venue that is too bland either. A great venue that doesn’t cost so much and brings a great nostalgic feel is having your old high school host the event. Now you just have to win them over. Before contacting your alma mater, have a list of possible dates with you and show them your party ideas to convince them of hosting your reunion.
Be creative with your invitation. You don’t want your class reunion to be tossed out with the rest of the junk mail so make sure you pick something that will stand out a bit. An invitation magnet so that they can hang it on their fridge so they won’t forget or even a bottle opener that has the date, place and time printed out on the handle are great ideas. The invitation is your first introduction to the event to get your former classmates excited about attending their class reunion.
Plan awesome activities. A dinner and a dance is bare minimum for class reunions. If you are looking to wow your guests, make sure you have some activities. This can be having some fun extra’s at your event such as a portable wall climbing wall, a fun photo booth or maybe even a future teller. Have some yard games for people to pick up and play throughout the party. Rollors is a great game to have at this event. It can be played on any surface and is sure to get the competitive spirit going throughout your classmates.
Build the buzz. This is why it is important to plan at least a year in advance. Not only do you have to have time to find everyone but you also want to create the buzz. How do you do that? Easy! People love to reminisce about the good ‘ol days and you can do just that with your Class Reunion Facebook Group. Post pictures of people back in the day and encourage others to do so as well. People will start reconnecting on the group site and hopefully convince those who are sitting on the fence to RSVP to the event. Use this page even after the reunion is done to post pictures from the event. This will make the people who didn’t go jealous that they didn’t, which helps build the hype for the next reunion!