Family reunions are a wonderful opportunity to visit with family members whom you may not get to see very often. However, once the party is over and everyone has gone home, it can be difficult to remember each person and how he or she is related to the family. You can fix this problem by creating a family reunion guest book that can be a treasured heirloom for years to come.
A good family reunion guest book gives each person more than just one line to write on. Open your guest book to the second leaf. Using your ruler and pencil, draw a line across the top of the page about an inch below the top. This will be your upper margin.
Beginning at your margin line, measure the length of the page, divide by length by three and draw a line at the first and second division. For example, if the length is 9 inches, draw a line 3 inches below the top margin and another six inches below. This divides your page into three sections. Now that you have the initial measurement, you can copy it for as many pages as you need.
At the top of each page, write in pencil the information you want guests to include in their section. Basic information can include their name, current address, birthplace and relationship to the family. For a more complex guest book, you can ask them to write down a brief family story or say who they hope to see at the reunion. You could even ask guests to bring a small photo, and then provide tape or a glue stick so they can put their picture next to their information. (This is a great idea for really big families.)
Once you are satisfied with the layout of your book, go over your section markings and headings with a pen. Paste family photos on the facing pages and write quotes or interesting tidbits about your family's history in the margins.
On your title page, include your basic family information, the location and date of the reunion, a photo from a previous reunion or a historic family photo. Leave a space so you can write in how many people attended.
Fill in the first block yourself, so your relatives can see what they should do. Set the guest book and lots of pens near the entrance or somewhere in plain sight.
Items you will need
- Large, blank (unlined), acid-free book
- Write on only one side of each page. If you use both sides, ink can leak through and damage the writing on the other side.
- It might seem like a good idea to put the guest book near the food or drinks, but don't do it. All it takes is one spill to destroy all your hard work.