The family reunion mainstays have always been the picnic or the backyard barbecue. It's relatively easy and inexpensive and it can be centered on one family member's home. If you or someone in your family has a big yard or a good park in their community, this may be your best option for entertaining a big crowd.
However, if you're thinking of making the family reunion into a giant family vacation, picking the right venue is extremely important.
Consider the various members of your family and what they like to do. Is your family outdoorsy? A big camping trip might be the way to go. Just remember, you'll want a place that has accommodations for everyone. Some campgrounds even specialize in family reunions.
For example, the North Landing Beach Campground and RV Resort in Virginia Beach, Va., includes custom family reunion packages with picnic tables, a theater system, playgrounds, pools, volleyball and basketball courts and camping sites [source: North Landing Beach]. It's good to find a site that offers something for everyone.
If you have lots of small kids involved, family reunions at a theme park may be a good option. It's hard to do better than Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and the resort even has tools for family vacation planning that include itinerary management, lodging assistance and personal help for those families traveling with large numbers of children [source: Walt Disney World Resort.]
The park famously includes lots of on-site hotels at various price levels, so no matter what each family's individual budget may be, you'll be able to keep everyone in your group close when you have your celebration.
There are lots of other options depending on what you like to do. Cruises, dude ranches, weekends at fancy hotels, fishing trips and other family vacations all work, too. Just remember that not everyone in your family may like to do those things, and your job as the planner is to attempt to keep everyone happy.
In this next section, we'll discuss how to spice up your reunion with different themes.