Thursday, June 6, 2019

How To Get Everyone Involved In Family Reunion Planning

A family reunion planner carries the torch handed on by the previous generation. Accept this opportunity with dignity and grace, for it is an honor and a great trust is bestowed. 

That means picking up where they left off. Some former reunions planners keep detailed notes regarding prior family reunion planning, organizing, and management. Consulting their notes, journal, and contacts can get you off to a good start.

Getting everyone involved can be a challenge. As my book, Fimark's Family Reunion Planner explains, be fully inclusive of members in your immediate household, siblings, cousins, parents, aunts, and uncles as well as extended family. 

Send out a survey with some suggestions regarding the reunion theme, itinerary, and associated activities. Ask for more feedback and openly commend those who contributed.

That said, plan activities everyone will enjoy. Above all, once everyone is on board form a family reunion committee and solidifying plans and activities as soon as possible. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

How To Get Better Connected For Family Reunion Planning

How does the reunion planner/ coordinator start connecting with family members to throw a family reunion?

Keeping up with everyone in the family is vital to planning a family reunion. For starters send out a big group hello. Talk about some milestones reach in the family. Mention the elders and express gratitude as often as possible. Now that the dialogue has been established it's time to widen out. Ask for phone numbers of relatives not among your contacts.  Since you already have a database somewhere on your phone tablet or PC look them over. 

Adding Contacts to your Social Network

Social networks make it easy to keep up with family affairs but don't overdo it. Signing up for different social apps can prove daunting and downright confusing. The solution to keeping up with all those apps? Focus on making good use of the most widely used social media platforms and apps by the majority of your family members. Narrow usage down to one or two social apps, like Facebook which has a versatile contact database and a wide variety of applications ideal for early stage reunion planning such as event announcements featuring the number attending. 
Make good use of 'Likes'

When surveying the family for the most preferred event locations and reunion activities make good use of Facebook 'Likes' which are automatically tallied. Take polls, notes and make use of a variety of messaging and communication features. 

Find out how to use our ebook and spreadsheet to keep up with polls, surveys, t-shirts and easy step by step reunion planning. Just go to to get started.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Losing Time? Solution: Simplify

We all want to spend more time with family, but time and money are the two things we don't have to spare. Service charges are on the rise, as are utility costs. That means working overtime or even holding down two jobs. How do you find time for family? SOLUTION: SIMPLIFY.

When you have no time to spare you may think you need all those so-called time-saving devices, gadgets and gizmos that supposedly free up time for more important things - family. Fortunately, many of them are conveniently accessed using our handy cell phones. But all too often such contrivances take over our lives and we are more preoccupied with them than we are leading a productive and fulfilling family life. The solution? Simplify. Follow these helpful suggestions:

1. Take a step back and look at what you're really doing with your spare time.
2. Identify and reduce time-consuming amusements and diversions.
3. Identify other things that are distracting you from being productive in your personal life.
4. Find ways to simplify how you use and manage your free time.

Solution Simplify Tips
Let's start with your phone. Look at your phones desktop interface. How many distracting apps, gadgets, and gizmos are cluttering the homepage? Which ones are stealing time that could be used engaging with your family? Why not turn off those distracting app notifications and put those pesky apps away in a more remote folder or uninstall them all-together. Next, turn on notifications of apps that help you stay connected and engaged with your family more often.

Engaging Your Family
1. Make a habit of planning the weekend together.
2. Text them to write a wishlist of activities they would like to do with YOU.
3. Include planning a party like an annual family reunion with all the bells whistles and activities your family enjoys.
4. Work at the planning stage with each family member a little each day, week and month of the year.
5. Try out new activities that would be fun to do with the extended family at gatherings like picnics and backyard BBQ's.

Giving family members something to look forward to can improve your day to day relationship with them and lead to a more fulfilling personal life. Solution: Simplify, it works!

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Monday, January 7, 2019

How To Plan A Funtastic Party!

The key to successfully throwing a well-planned party or special event has much to do with organizing, delegating and following through on action items. The more attendees involved, the more crucial good planning is. As with preparing a meal, timing is everything. That said, putting together a timeline checklist for your event will help you make sure all your work is properly coordinated.

To start, I make lists of tasks that can be done well in advance and those for the day of the party. Here is my timeline planner below. Make the needed modifications according to your menu, shopping lists, and other budgeted items.


  1. Put together your guest list and gather addresses and phone numbers
  2. Order or make invitations
  3. Plan your menu
  4. Finalize the space layout and decorations
  5. Using Shopping List #1 purchase decorations, paper goods, and other supplies, non- perishable foods and drinks
  6. Contact those who will help with the party
  7. Address and mail your invitations
  8. Write a list of your background and dance music (stick with the theme of your party). 
  9. Remember to include the song title, artist, band and year of release


  1. Confirm any friends, family, and hired service people working for the party
  2. Telephone guests who have not responded to your invitations so you can get a definite guest count for food and space requirements.
  3. Put together a music CD of background, mood or dance music
  4. Make needed preparations for out of town guests such as guest rooms, hotel reservations.
  5. Pick out what you plan to wear at the party and have it cleaned.


  1. See that table linen is clean and ready to go. Put the linens under a bright light for inspection.  
  2. Decide on tableware and serving items
  3. Wash less all serving or table items.
  4. Get locks put on your bedroom closet or lock the bedroom door itself. Don’t hesitate to secure all valuables.


  1. Clean your house if the party is at home or your plan to have out-of-town guests stop by before or after the party
  2. Make sure all appliances that you’ll be using work properly.
  3. Using Shopping List #2 shop for any last-minute food or supplies
  4. Shop for bulk items and less perishable foods
  5. Touch base with contracted services
  6. Assign specific tasks to your committee members/volunteers
  7. Make preparations for cleaning up, returning equipment, etc.
  8. Make some party foods and freeze them.


  1. Contact your decorating team
  2. Begin decorating your home or party facility
  3. There is plenty of time to get those items you may have forgotten


  1. Using Shopping List #3 shop for perishable and last minute items.
  2. Move furniture and put away delicate items that could suffer damage.
  3. Make cold desserts and dishes that can be refrigerated overnight.
  4. Set up tables


  1. Lock up all your breakable and valuable possessions
  2. Finalize the decorations and place settings
  3. Call all help together and give motivational instructions
  4. Set up an area in or near the kitchen for returning used dishes and waste
  5. Clear dishwasher for use as needed
  6. Chill all cold beverages
  7. 3-4 hours before event start cooking.


  1. Turn on relaxing upbeat music
  2. Light a candle and take a relaxing bath or hand shower. 
  3. Enjoy the moment.
  4. Put out your clothes and shoes
  5. Fill the home or facility with natural scented fragrances if desired


  1. Mix the punch and put out the punch bowl, drinking glasses and napkins
  2. Set out cheeses and non-perishable appetizers and snacks
  3. Prepare to greet your guests as each arrives
  4. Point out the areas of your home or facilities they can help themselves to such as the coat room, closets, guest room, bathroom or restroom, finished basement, etc.
  5. Serve drinks on the top of the hour that your party is scheduled to begin
  6. Once all are served drinks formally welcome all to the event highlighting the theme of your party
  7. While conversing with groups present some fun icebreakers
  8. Turn up the music a few notches and encourage mingling
  9. Check on cooked items
  10. A few minutes later invite guests to be seated in the dining area
  11. Serve dinner

After Dinner Games

"Getting To Know You" - Write a list of questions commonly asked to get to know someone. Example: Your pets name. Your favorite sports team. Your favorite drink. Your favorite dish. Best game ever. Books you love to read over and over.  Cut the list between each sentence in slips and put the slips in a box.

  1. Have each guest pull out a slip and answer the "Getting To Know You" question that reveals something special about them.
  2. "How I Met You" - Tell a short story about how you met each guest.
  3. "Something You Always Wanted To Try"- Name something you always wanted to try like hang-gliding, deep sea diving or parachuting.

Serve Dessert

  1. After serving dessert serve a warm beverage like coffee and/or tea
  2. Allow all to continue to mingle. 
  3. Now would be a good time to introduce the household pet. 
  4. Thank those who cooked and served dinner or made the dessert. 


  1. To those who are preparing to leave thank each guest for coming.
  2. Give each departing guest a token of the occasion such as a small bag of cookies or cupcake.
  3. As guests leave escort them to the door and see them off in good cheer. 

Find this list helpful? Take the next step. Read these great party planning guide titles by Mark A. Askew to plan the perfect party:
1. Fimark's Party Planner eBook and Spreadsheet Planner
2. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner eBook and Spreadsheet Planner
3. Great Family Gathering Books:

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner

Most of all, enjoy the party!

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

2020 Family Reunion Tips and Tools

2020 is expected to be one of the biggest milestone years of the past five decades. A year for humanity. A time to stand together across all divides. A time to begin building a rock-solid foundation for a global community. For those who cherish family values, it's a time to be with family, support family and stand on the sidelines of history.

How's your family reunion planning coming? If you're a regular reader of this blog no doubt you used Fimark's Family Reunion Planner to kick-start your 2020 family reunion plans. Why Fimark's Family Reunion Planner? The Planner includes the following:

1. Step By Step Checklist with Tips and Planning Guide
2. Budget Planner
3. Travel Planner
4. Theme Planner with Itinerary and Dinner and Entertainment Programs
5. Cost Savings Tips
6. Tee Shirt Designer
7. Reception Hall Planner
8. Complete Departmental Instructions and Worksheets
9. Spreadsheet Roster and eBook
10. Event Planning Journal and Recipe Compiler

If you have your 2020 family reunion plans in place and organized, now is the time to start sending out invitations, flyers, and festive greeting cards. Where can you find printables with the family reunion theme you selected? Follow these simple steps and you'll have your correspondence ready for delivery in no time.

1. If you have Fimark's Family Reunion Social web app and want to do it all digitally look under Documents on the top menu of the web app interface.    
2. If you want to have a company print out your invitations and flyers go to Marcus Angelo Designs at*/products.  Select the Category drop-down list and choose Family Reunion Invitations/FlyersJust choose your event theme, edit the template and order. Take advantage of this season's super deep discounts on cards and flyers and save!
3. If you need to order family reunion tees, caps or aprons you'll find what you need right here.
4. Need keepsake party favors or gifts?  Marcus Angelo Designs has you covered.
5. Don't forget to take advantage of the event planning tips, tools and guides in Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake Guidebook. Everything you need to plan a memorable family reunion never to be forgotten.

Now you're ready to plan a fantastic 2020 Family Reunion Event!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Inspiring Ideas For Family Reunion planning Month

The Harvest season has arrived. It's a time to survey and enjoy all your bounty
while making the most of family life. It's also
Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Here are some fantastic ideas to celebrate the month of the family.

Inspired? Let's get started with these family reunion planning tools...