Saving Money on Your Summer Family Reunion

Posted on 07/16/2013

Second cousins, great aunts and newborn nephews assemble for some old fashioned fun known as the family reunion. Summer is the most popular time of year for family reunions, according to The get-togethers have an average guest list of 50 to 149 people. Organizing a congregation of that size can be expensive, but these freebies and frugal tips will help get the gathering on a budget.

Hold a Silent Auction
Ask each family member to bring an item for a silent auction. The prizes don't have to be extravagant. In fact, they don't have to cost any money at all. An artist in the family could bring a personal creation, a baker could share some special handmade treats and an accountant could offer a couple of hours of free tax help. Use the proceeds from the silent auction to offset food and entertainment expenses.

Check Out the Tourism Office
If you're hosting the family reunion make out-of-towners feel welcome by putting together information packets. Visit your local tourism office to take advantage of free maps and brochures. It will take some of the pressure off of you to entertain family members during family reunion down times.

Plan an Affordable Menu
You'll save quite a bit of money preparing food for the family reunion yourself rather than catering the affair. Check out the free menu planner at Choose crowd-pleasing and affordable recipes.

Free Family Reunion Tee-Shirts
Matching tee-shirts can make guests feel more united. It can also serve as a nice keepsake from your summer gathering. Download a free printable iron-on design from Follow the instructions and attach it to a plain white tee from Walmart or Target.

Family Reunion Freebies
Get free games, recipes and more at When you sign up for's newsletter you'll receive several family reunion freebies including a collection of recipes, a Family Campfire Songbook and instructions to play Human Foosball.

Download the Free Rundavoo App
Use social networking to coordinate your summer social. Coordinate the who, where and when of your family reunion without the hassle of long email chains and group texts. The free Rundavoo app helps you invite friends, lock down a time and place and organize RSVPs.

By Alison Storm

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