Party Planning 101: Four Tips For Throwing A Military Family Reunion Party
Military deployments are hard on everyone involved: family, friends, and even the person enrolled. While the time they are away may be tough, their homecoming is a fantastic time of reunion. Oftentimes, families and friends will throw their military loved one a homecoming reunion party. If you are thinking about doing this, keep these four tips in mind to ensure it is a smashing success:
1. Talk With Your Loved One
Before you decide to throw any type of party, you should talk with your loved one. Sometimes, people in the military do not want a big party. On the other hand, sometimes they do want a big party. To make sure their reunion is something that they will enjoy, talk with your loved one.
Ask what they want. Do they want a big gathering or a small one? Do they want a specific type of party, such as a themed get together? Do they want to bring along other military members? Knowing these details will help you throw the perfect party.
2. Rent A Space
If you are having a large party, you might want to consider renting out a banquet hall at a hotel. This will prevent the need for you feeling like you need to clean every square inch of your home. It will also provide enough space for guests. If you want, you can even rent out some rooms for a relaxing night. If you do go this route, be sure to ask your local hotels about military reunion hotel discounts. Oftentimes, hotels will offer discounted rates for those in the military.
3. Enlist In The Help Of A Friend
Planning a party can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Talk with your friends and recruit one—or five—to help you out. If they have another family member in the military, it might be an enjoyable experience for them too. Get together and make it a big affair and have fun with it. Make signs, bake some cookies, and enjoy a class of wine if that's what you're in to.
4. Have Fun
Finally, make sure you have fun at the party. Do not stress if the house isn't immaculate, or if your loved one is quiet. Let yourself enjoy the experience. Just be sure to offer lots of love to your returning military family member.
Military reunions and homecomings are exciting for everyone involved. If you are thinking about throwing a party, these four tips should help you throw a fun and enjoyable party.