5 Fun Family Reunion Event Themes

August 16, 2019
By: Marquee Event Rentals

The right theme can transform your family reunion event from a fun get-together to an incredible and memorable experience. A theme can also help define the focus of your event and make it easier to decide on activities, decorations, and the type of food to serve. 

Stir up excitement for your next family reunion with these lively theme ideas from the event planning experts at Marquee.

#1 - Sports

Host your family reunion event at a local golf or country club. Hire local pros to give lessons and celebrate with a big family dinner in the clubhouse at the end of the day. Celebrate your family’s love of football by reserving a local field and engaging in some friendly competition. Have players wear their favorite team jersey, and provide delicious grilled favorites and cold drinks to enhance the experience.

#2 - History

Use your family history or a historical era to create a fun and educational reunion experience. Serve traditional food of the era or family recipes, celebrate the birthday of your family’s matriarch or patriarch, and/or share genealogical history research. Use a vintage family photo as the centerpiece for each table. Invite guests to use a special hashtag such as #yourfamilynamereunion2020 when they share new family memories to social media.

If your family includes a lot of young children, choosing a historical era to celebrate such as the wild west or medieval times may be a better choice. Fun costumes and related activities (pony rides or a castle-shaped bounce house) can keep them entertained.

#3 - Movies and TV

Using a popular movie or TV show for your theme is a great choice for any reunion. Invite young ones to dress up as their favorite character, rent a popcorn machine and show the movie or TV episodes on a big screen.

Enhance the experience with decorations fitting the movie genre or television program. For example, lavish black and gold decor can evoke The Great Gatsby or Downton Abbey. Faux fur rugs, throw pillows, groundcover, and  fireplace-style propane heaters can transform an outdoor dinner into a soiree from Game of Thrones.

#4 - Carnival

A circus or carnival theme provides endless entertainment: you can rent a dunk tank and giant board games, serve cotton candy, snow cones, and hot dogs. When night falls, hand out glow necklaces, wrist bands and light-up toys for a truly magical experience. For added fun, hire circus performers and a magician and host it all under a big top tent from Marquee. 

#5 - Music

Music enhances any theme, or it can be a theme unto itself. For example, if you have a Hawaiian or beach theme, hire a local ukulele group or Jimmy Buffet cover band. If your family is into karaoke, host a competition and give out a golden mike award. In either case, Marquee can provide the stage, lights, sound equipment, and more!

Event Planning for Family Reunions

Reunion planning pros recommend starting the planning process at least 12 months in advance. Whether you have 25 guests or 250, coordinating the event can be more than just a few people can manage. Details such as choosing an event location, coordinating travel arrangements, and facilitating communication between family members are just several things that demand attention.

A full-service event rental partner such as Marquee can help simplify your family reunion event, so you can enjoy the festivities along with everyone else. Your family reunion memories should be all about spending time with the people who matter most, not wrangling extension cords and worrying about whether you have enough tables and chairs.

Our goal is to provide personalized service and be your event planning partner, not just a supplier. Our Event Specialists are on hand to help you determine what equipment is perfect for your needs - and we have it all! This means you don’t have to worry about coordinating multiple vendors. 

Rental Equipment Ideas for Family Reunions

Marquee offers one-stop-shopping for all your event rental equipment needs. Our inventory of products is the largest in the industry and we can supply everything you need to bring your event vision to life. Here are some of our most popular family reunion event rental items:

Marquee has helped families across the country create treasured memories. No reunion is too large or too small. Request a complimentary consultation with a local event specialist who specializes in family reunions in Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio.