Family Reunion Ideas and Campfire Cooking
This is my summer to celebrate as I’ve been chosen as a Hershey’s Summer Celebrations Ambassador and have written 3-part series on How to Organize and Plan a Family Reunion Camping Trip. I’ll be sharing my family reunion ideas and also our family’s favorite campfire cooking recipes using a Pudgy Pie Iron that you can prepare to make Hersheys recipe a tradition in your family as well. You’ll be able to enjoy delicious dessert treats while sitting around the campfire after the sun goes down.
we’ll be groovin
when the sun goes down we’ll be feelin alright
when the sun sinks down
over the water
everything gets hotter when the sun goes down
… Kenny Chesney
Our family has been camping since my 20-something daughters were youngsters. Prior to being campers, we were boaters and traveled throughout the Long Island, Rhode Island and Block Island Sound areas. Our travels also took us on vacations through the Inter-Coastal Waterway to Fire Island National Seashore.
My in-laws are avid camping aficionados, and we joined the fold at a camping family reunion one year. As the girls grew older, we spent many a summer in Eastham, Massachusetts (Cape Cod) enjoying the Cape Cod National Seashore beaches and visiting Provincetown.
I have some beautiful photos here of our family reunion camping trip at Cape Cod this past July that I went on with my daughter, charming son-in-law and the grandkids.
Camping out is a way of savoring a mini vacation and is loved the entire extended family. Many people prefer to to hold their reunions at state parks, as they have a number of conveniences and creature comforts such as hot showers, clean restrooms, convenience stores, boat rentals, boat launches, weekend movies, marinas, playgrounds, hiking trails, small beaches, horse riding and fire pits. The fees are also quite low-priced. Particular attributes of state parks are that they afford the public with plentiful opportunities to delight in the marvelous open air. There are state parks in every state, no matter where you live.
After you’ve confirmed the date and made the reservations, gather a working committee to finalize the festivities!
Let your imagination flow!
Do you have the desire to host and camping event that’s fun, entertaining and unique? If the answer is yes, you might need a couple of family reunion ideas’ triggers. Camping trips and family reunions with a diverse age group need energy and creativity’s.
Whether you are planning a camping family reunion or just a get together, your committee will need to think out of the box solutions that you need to consider to make your event a success.
Some ideas that have worked well for us in the past:
Budget – The budget for your reunion should factor in the following categories: location, food and recreations, decorations, favors, plates, napkins, cups, entertainment, clean up, emergency (just in case something goes wrong), and any other categories you may wish to include.
Backup Plan – It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan just in case it rains, so a facility with a covered pavilion for the big cookout dinner party might be wise.
Camping Journals, Diaries and Disposable Cameras – Family camping experiences can fade with time. As party “favors,” supply each family member with a small journal, diary or disposable camera to preserve precious memories. Everybody has a few pictures of a family member that haven’t been updated for a long time so this is the perfect opportunity to correct that.
T-Shirts – Family reunions can be some of the most memorable times for any family. They draw together multiple generations and frequently people from all over the nation. Souvenir T-shirts for these affairs are among the most everlasting if not dearest memories.
Lastly, what everyone looks forward to – The Food!
Food – With all the relatives attending, what are you going to do about food? The greatest issue is, how is all that food going to get there, and who’s going to ante up for it?
Cookouts are nifty as there numerous choices you’re able to cook at the same time. Ribs, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, fish, and even veggies can be prepared right on the BBQ grill.
And let’s not forget the dessert!
I’m going to be sharing some of my family’s favorite dessert camping recipes that can be prepared right over the always anticipated evening campfire!
These S’More Banana Boats are a favorite –
- Hershey Bar broken into pieces
- Banana, sliced length-wise
- Wrap in foil and place over grill until soft and mushy!
- Drizzle with Hershey Syrup and enjoy!
Now tell me, how did YOU celebrate summer?
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