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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Friday, March 20, 2015

15 Fail Free Outdoor Party Planning Tips

It's Spring! Flowers are in bloom. Days are longer. It's time to take off that sweater and head outdoors for a fun filled family picnic at the park or big fat backyard BBQ.  But, wait. Hold your horses and slow your roll! While thousands of families across America, Canada and the UK will be throwing mega out door feast fests this year, you don't want to move so fast that you miss those key elements that make a family reunion event the absolute bomb of family reunions. 

So what are the keys to enjoying family fun under the sun. Presenting the 15 Keys to preparing a fail free outdoor event.

1. Keep the music playing - find varied styles, themes and artists. Avoid overly sensual
    themes and dances.
2. Have plenty of experienced help on hand
3. Have plenty of hand wipes, ice water and cold drinks(low sugar organic soft drinks
   are best)at the start of the event.
4. Start the event off on a very dignified warm note.
5. Give lots of hugs and cheek kisses
6. Keep the warm food warm and the cold foods cold.
7. Keep the bugs and mosquitoes at bay
8. Bring photos of the family
9. Have two events specifically for the toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy and parents
    to observe and take pictures.
10. Give out honest and sincere commendation to all.
11. If there must be drinking and some folks are not able to hold it well - Stress after
      hours drinking away from the family affair.
12. Play beautiful soothing upbeat music
13. Don't skimp of the quality of the food
14. Keep an upbeat motivational and spiritual tone throughout the event.
15. Avoid overlooking anyone when making acknowledgments.

When planning your out door party make use of a concise and detailed party planner that helps you plan, organize, manage a successful event no matter what the theme.
Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social web app does that and more. Click on the link in Profiles to get instant access.

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