How To Spice Up This Year’s Family Reunion

July 14,2017 | Lifestyle

With summer in full swing, it’s a great time to start considering new ideas to integrate into your next family reunion. From putting the “fresh” in refreshments to parties al fresco, get suggestions on how to kick your next party up a notch!


Don’t miss out on National Grilling Month


Nothing pairs better with summer than an outdoor barbecue, so it’s fitting that July is National Grilling Month! Grill up a classic menu: hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob and roasted peppers. Impress everyone by adding unexpected seasonal ingredients like pineapple, caramelized bananas and zucchini. Satisfy those summer cravings and let them dig-in – messy eating is encouraged! AARP members can save on everything you need for your BBQ with a wide variety of grocery and meal delivery discounts available on the AARP Member Advantages website.


Serve enticing snacks


Looking for a gift to welcome your houseguests or to greet the host of your next family event? Skip perusing the grocery store for interesting gourmet items and simply buy a gift basket from Harry & David. They carry curated selections to fit different occasions and every palette. Bringing a variety of flavors and treats will keep your loved ones talking until the next family event.


Change the scenery


Take your regular backyard shindig to a new location! Host your family’s next reunion at a national park. National parks coast-to-coast have amazing offerings including scenic views and activities, perfect for creating lasting memories with your loved ones. As an AARP Member, enjoy 10% off select lodging and/or gift shops at Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Death Valley National Park, Zion National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Glacier National Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Learn more here.


Put the “fresh” in your refreshments


Keep your family hydrated with infused water, an intriguing and delightful beverage during the sweltering heat. Infused water is incredibly fun to play with in creating different flavor combinations and is very simple to make. Set up a water station with an assortment of fruits and vegetables and have guests create their own. Not only are infused waters aesthetically pleasing, but they also have excellent dietary benefits.


Set the tone for the setting


Don’t forget that music is a great tool to set the ambiance and to get your guests on their feet. Websites like Spotify, Pandora and iTunes Music, make it easier than ever to select a pre-set playlist for your party. Have any musicians in your family? Invite them to bring their instrument and perform after the meal. Family reunions make for a great opportunity to showcase their talents!


Personalize goodies for your guests


To truly make your family reunion memorable, provide keepsakes that your family can take home – bonus points if it’s an item they can use on a daily basis. Check out Personalization Universe to find customizable gifts for your loved ones like fun coffee mugs! AARP Members get 20% off purchases of customized products. Get $20 off when you spend $79.99 or more.



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