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How to Decorate a Table for a Family Reunion

by Kate Taylor

The dining table often becomes a focal point at a family reunion, gathering everyone to share a meal and memories, catch up on personal happenings and get to know one another even better. A well-done table can serve as a conversation starter and a memory people can take away from the event. Use the decorations to focus the event on your family's history, traditions and bond.

Choose a theme for the event that corresponds to family traditions, memorable family events or your heritage. For example, if your ancestors came from Germany, use shades of red, yellow and black for the decorations. Purchase tablecloths, plates, cups and eating utensils in these colors to carry the theme. You could also choose flowers native to your family's country of origin to decorate the table as centerpieces.

Incorporate photographs of family members into the design of the tables at the event. Include pictures of family members attending the reunion, those who couldn't make it, and relatives who have already passed on. Glue a picture of each guest on individual place cards for a personalized decoration. Create a collage of family photographs from a variety of family members to be placed behind the table so that family members can enjoy the memories while they eat.

Purchase centerpieces that go along with your theme. For example, if you chose a fall theme because you're holding the event outdoors at a state park in October, choose orange, red and yellow flowers for the centerpieces, or baby pumpkins and Indian corn. Or ask a crafty and creative relative to make homemade centerpieces or use family photos as focal points for the table.

Present beautiful food that your whole family can enjoy. Choose family recipes that everyone can relate to and that inspire memories of other meals. If you're organizing a potluck, have each family member label their dish with a tag that details who the recipe originated with.

Items you will need
  • Photos of family members

About the Author

Kate Taylor is a professional writer based in Lafayette, Ind. She has served as an online copywriter in areas such as pet care, education and landscaping. Taylor is working toward her M.B.A. at Loyola University Chicago.

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