Celebrating with Tree Classics: 7 Steps to Organize a Memorable Class Reunion

Class reunions offer everyone a unique opportunity to reconnect with people they grew up and shared memorable moments with. To celebrate such deep and lasting bonds between old schoolmates and the many accomplishments and successes they’ve had since graduation, Tree Classics is sharing a quick and easy guide on how to throw a memorable class reunion:

how to organize a class reunion

1.  Assemble a Reunion Committee

Throwing a reunion party entails a lot of planning and coordination. It’s important to have a group that would handle all the chores and concerns that come with mounting this sort of event. Contact your closest friends from school. Assign them a significant role in the preparations. Make sure that important aspects of the reunion, such as sending out invitations and selecting the food and venue, are covered.

2.  Start Brainstorming

Gather your committee for dinner to have a preliminary discussion on what’s going to happen at the reunion. There are a number of factors to consider, so it’s important that everyone is aware of what they should do months ahead. Outline an initial plan of action.

3.  Decide on a Theme and Setup

an elegant bouquet of flowers

Once you’ve delegated some top-level assignments, it’s time to pick out a theme and setup. Will you be having a brunch party? Luncheon? Sit-down dinner? Or a cocktail party? Go for something sophisticated. An outdoor brunch party is a welcome alternative to that prom-like celebration at your old high school gym, a cliché that most people see in movies and TV shows. Have an elegant all-white décor scheme and a stylish buffet table. Tell everyone to dress in their best Sunday attire.

4.  Pick out a Wonderful Venue

a lovely garden with a gorgeous view

Choose a venue that would best suit the lovely garden party you’re envisioning. A classy country club with a large garden and a scenic view is a wonderful choice. For something more idyllic and rustic, choose a marvelous bed and breakfast in the country. This way, you can also spend more time with friends and sleep in when the celebration gets too late.

5.  Send Invitations and Request for RSVPs

Send out invites to your guests at least three months before the event. This is to ensure that they can make plans to attend the reunion. This is especially important for the attendees who will be traveling from other states. Include relevant details in the invitation, such as the location, attire, and theme of the party. Don’t forget to inform them if there are accommodations so they can pack accordingly.

6.  Set up a Wonderful Dining Spread and Serve Lots of Cocktails

cool fruity drinks for your reunion

Make sure there is excellent food at the celebration. Since the party will be in a country club or a B&B, you don’t have to slave in the kitchen for hours. But do make sure that the menu is splendidly delicious. Also serve sumptuous wines and delicious brews. For a brunch party, mimosas, cold cocktails, and sangrias are great choices.

7.  Plan Fun Activities that Bring Back Great Memories

When selecting a host for the celebration, choose an old schoolmate with a shiny personality that everyone just gravitates to! During the program, recognize the accomplishments of the people who attended and mention the great things they were most known for in school. Play silly games that help everyone reminisce about the good old days. Play music that everybody loves and let everyone enjoy the company of old friends.

Throw a delightful class reunion with these tips from Tree Classics.

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How to Throw a Lovely Garden Party on Labor Day

Celebrate Labor Day and say farewell to the summer that was by throwing a pleasant garden party for friends and family. Here are a few tips on how to throw a quaint and marvelous get-together right in your own outdoor space:

A Lovely Location for a Party
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1. Send out Invitations

Make sure to send out personal invitations to friends and family. Almost everyone makes plan for the Labor Day weekend, so it’ll be great if you get confirmations early on. Don’t forget to attract them with delicious dishes and good company.

2. Organize a Great Menu

Juicy and Tangy Ribs
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Food is the star of any gathering, so prepare something truly sumptuous and filling. For starters, prepare this delicious and refreshing watermelon feta salad with mint from The Shiksa in the Kitchen. For the main entrée, go for something smoky and delectable. Fire up the grill and prepare this mouthwatering sweet and tangy barbecue ribs from A Sweet Pea Chef. Everyone will go back for seconds with this juicy and irresistible entrée.

A Yummy Turkey Burger
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For a different spin on the classic American burger, try these Hawaiian turkey burgers from Taste of Home. As a side dish, prepare this hefty serving of potato and cheese puree from The Galley Gourmet.

Delcious Sangrias
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For drinks, these classic sangrias from Smitten Kitchen will perfectly complement the amazing food.

3. Prepare a Charming Dining Space

Set up a couple of tables and comfortable chairs. Make sure to place mats for a more elegant and sophisticated look. For the food, it might be better to prepare a buffet table. This will make it easier for the host to distribute the food and drinks. Make sure to serve a wide selection of drinks, including beer and wine for the adults, and different kinds of sodas and juice boxes for the kids.

A Great Buffet Table
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At the same time, the guests can easily stand up and enjoy seconds to their heart’s desire. Also, hire someone to put up a tent for the occasion. This might come in handy if it becomes too hot or if it starts to rain.

4. Prepare Games for Children

Some of the kids might get bored while the adults immerse themselves in their lively and engaging conversations. To avoid this, prepare a couple of board games that will occupy their time. Classic ones like Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, and Sorry are surefire hits. For something a little more challenging, set up a Ping Pong table or volleyball net so that your kids can play a match or two. This is also a great way for the kids to make friends.

5. Enjoy the Company of Friends

After all the preparations have been made, it’s time to sit back and relax. Introduce people to one another. Spark up interesting conversations. Relive the fun memories of summer. Just enjoy! At the end of the day, it’s all about good people coming together.

Throw a wonderful garden party to cap off the summer and celebrate Labor Day with these tips from Tree Classics.