7 Tips for Planning an Amazing Class Reunion

As the summer approaches, so does the time for class reunions! Whether it be your 5, 10 or 50th class reunion this is the time to show off (or attempt to show off). Whether it be to catch up with old friends or make peace with the class bully, class reunions can be fun and exciting! They can also be hard to plan! Whether you are the class president, or take it upon yourself to plan one, the reward will pay off, I promise! Follow these 10 tips, to help you along!

1. Pick the date. Although this seems like an easy task, this may be the most important. Summers are the most popular, but can be difficult for many to come. I have found that many class reunions we hold, are around the time of city events. Maple Grove Days, etc. This is really helpful, for many people enjoy coming to town on this day and there are many activities for those with children to come and attend! Some suggestions include: Don’t pick a holiday, be sure to pick a Friday night or Saturday (for Sundays aren’t always accommodating) and decide whether you want a one day affair or two!

2. Keep it affordable. You may have a dream job, the perfect family, etc., but some of your classmates may not. Although many people would love to have a hotel class reunion where all of the guests pay $50 to eat, party and then pay $150 a night to stay, many people (and families) may not be able to afford that. If you keep the cost $25 or under, this will bring in more people and allow more room for fun activities! In order to do this, you will need to really price out your location. For example, at Maple Tavern we have a $500 minimum for a Friday night. This means you only have to spend $500 on food to have the room for free! So do the math, if you have 100 people, you could charge as little as $5 per person and have a private room and bar to yourself!

3. Check your connections! At Maple Tavern we have a full stage for a band. Reach out to your classmates and see what they do for a living and for a hobby. You would be surprised at all the connections they have! For example, there is probably one of your classmates who has a band or has a family member in a band. Most will play for free or a small amount! Don’t spend a $1,000 on a dj or band. Reach out on facebook and ask for suggestions on entertainment!

4. Plan something out of the ordinary! Plan something that people want to come back for! Have a hypnotist, photo booth, etc. Your venue should have suggestions and connections to some amazing entertainment. Even planning some sort of contest will be sure to bring more people out! (Recreate your senior awards or see if they line up with where people are now!)

5. Presell tickets. Preselling tickets allows you to get an accurate count and to make sure that you can plan for food and activities. It is somewhat difficult to get money at  the start of the event and this will cause less of a headache the day of! It will also allow you to book the room and book entertainment, for both usually require a deposit.

6. Plan for families. A really cool class reunion we had actually had a daycare booked for an event! This allowed those with children to go out and have a good time and not worry about what they will do with their children!

7. Plan ahead. Although your 10 year might not be until next year, start to plan it now! At Maple Tavern in Maple Grove, we only require a $150 deposit to hold a date (and you can even change the date)! Holding the perfect date, means planning ahead!

With these 7 tips, hopefully your planning is a little less stressful and more exciting! If you have questions or would like to book your class reunion with Maple Tavern send us an email at banquet@mapletavern.com!

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