The 3 P’s to Planning the Perfect Family Reunion

BY: - 10 Aug '15 | Lifestyle

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Disclosure: I’m a Blogger Ambassador for Hilton Hotels® and I received a complimentary 2-night hotel stay at Homewood Suites Hotels. As always, all opinions are my own.

There is no debating that family reunions are very important to African Americans.  Now that our families are spread out all over the United States, we use family reunions as a way to stay connected and to share family history and family traditions. In a study by Julie E. Miller-Cribbs, M.S.W., Ph.D, she found that over half of all travel and 70% of non-business travel by African Americans is to a family reunion.

Family reunions may have the capacity to ground people in a sense of place, of home and of family, and provide, if at least briefly, a sense of connection. ` Julie E. Miller

Wow!  With a statistic that like, you know that the family reunion trip might actually be the only trip for some families each year.  So it’s important that your family reunion is planned properly to provide the right mixture of fun and fellowship.

So, here are 3 P’s to a perfect family union.

Planning

Hands down, the planning is the most important aspect of the family reunion…it could literally make or break your event.  Let’s face it – improper planning causes confusion, stress, and At-titudes (with a capital A.)  If it is at all possible, planning for your family reunion should happen at least a year in advance.   And, there should be a committee that works together on the planning.

Planning in advance will also allow you to identify all of the family members that need to be notified. And it will give the entire family time enough to plan and budget for the event.  I can’t tell you how many times I have learned about family reunions at the last minute and it had me either scrambling to attend or missing it altogether.

Place

Try to pick a place that would be accessible to the majority of your family and not just your “clique.”  I get it.  You’re planning and you’re doing most of the work, so why shouldn’t you pick the place.  But going back to the reason that you are doing this in the first place (so that family can connect) will help you stay focused on the right location for your event and will prevent you from excluding others because the event is too far or too costly.

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Cousins enjoying themselves in the pool during our family reunion.

Purpose

Don’t just get together to eat and talk. Make sure that you pick a theme for your event, the food, and the activities.  And please don’t forget to make some time to go over family history. A family history program should be incorporated in every family reunion.

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Every year we have a program to discuss family history and accomplishments. In this picture, we are honoring my Aunt for the awesome work she did to plan our family reunion. And yes, it was an all-white party.

This year, I am so happy to be partnering with Hilton Hotels to spread the word about their “Count On It” initiative to help make your family reunion easy and stress-free for all participants.

African-American families can count on Embassy Suites Hotels and Homewood Suites by Hilton to help simplify the planning process, and provide spacious two-room suites, free hot breakfast, complimentary evening reception, full kitchens and other amenities that are sure to delight families,” said Mary Beth Parks, senior vice president, global marketing, Hilton Worldwide. “With ‘Count On It,’ families can focus on being together, whether in their suite or at a reunion activity.

By visiting hiltonfamilyreunions.com, family reunion organizers can find all the information they need to seamlessly manage their events.  They can create a  personalized group web page where everyone attending can book the rooms at a special group rate, while sharing important family reunion details.  And they will even provide on-site event planning that grants assistance from the hotel’s meeting planners.

BMWK – Please share with us some tips on how to make our next family reunion great.

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This post is brought to you by Hilton Worldwide. I have partnered with them to spread the word  that Embassy Suites Hotels and Homewood Suites by Hilton are teaming up to offer “Count On It,” a  program designed to help make family reunions easy and stress-free for all participants

 

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 516 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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VIDEO – Chef G. Garvin Talks To BMWK About Blazin’ Backyard BBQs And Sizzling End of Summer Recipes

BY: - 10 Aug '15 | Lifestyle

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BMWK was on hand to talk to Chef G. Garvin about planning the perfect end of summer and Labor Day Party.  We learn about his scrumptious recipes, healthy eating habits, and firing up the grill for a romantic summer rendez-vous.  Check out the video below to find out how to plan the perfect Labor Day menu.

Marinated BBQ Chicken Thighs

Ingredients
3 lbs. chicken thighs
½ cup Gold Peak Sweet Tea BBQ sauce, see recipe
For Marinade
½ cup Gold Peak Tea
½ cup olive oil
½ cup flat leaf parsley
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. cracked black pepper
¼ cup lemon juice
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. fresh rosemary removed from stem
2 tbsp. fresh thyme

Procedure
Combine all ingredients for marinade in a food processor until well combined. Place rinsed chicken thighs in a metal bowl andpour marinade over top. Coat chicken well with marinade. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours. Remove chicken thighs from marinade and place on preheated grill over a medium-low heat. Grill for about 20 minutes with the lid down, making sure to turn occasionally. Start brushing with Gold Peak Sweet Tea BBQ sauce when chicken is near doneness, repeating every 5 minutes until sauce is sticky and caramelized. Remove from grill and serve.

BMWK, What are your Labor Day plans?

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Joann Fisher wrote 100 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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