If you can locate a winery or brewery that is large enough to host the amount of expected reunion attendees, this is a wonderful choice that will encourage socialization. Holding your bash at a winery or brewery will put the emphasis on great wine and beer and even better conversation! Aim for light appetizers or passed hors d’oeuvres in this setting. If desired, set up tours of the facility so guests can participate at will throughout the evening.Certainly private tastings and other unique experiences at locations such as these are a must!
Consider a local park if your reunion budget is low or you just want a relaxed, informal atmosphere for your event. Many have shelters with grills, tables and seating provided free of charge. Light up those grills and get ready for a BBQ and mingling with your old pals. However, you may easily have an event such as this catered so that no one gets stuck all day manning the grill. Many grocery stores and restaurants offerpicnic-style boxed lunches that can be made for large groups.
Golf Course / Country Club
Looking to make your high school reunion an all-day affair? Perhaps booking at a golf course or country club is the way to go. A golf tournament can be held beginning earlier in the day, followed by a cocktail hour and formal dinner. This is a great way to reconnect with old friends while enjoying a bonding activity with each other. Awards can even be given to the highest scoring golfers of the day or other less traditional categories – best dressed, most likely to mulligan, etc.!
Consider hosting at a ballpark or stadium during a big game. Discounts on tickets are often provided to large groups. Some facilities even have suites or designated areas that can be rented for your special event. You could check out the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field as they host groups from 25 to over 1,000 guests! Perks include food, great seats and carnival-style games for all to enjoy.
Many restaurants allow bigger parties to rent out a portion or the entire restaurant for an evening. If you want to set the mood with amazing food and beverages, this is your most viable solution. Be sure to select a restaurant that can serve a wide variety of food, as your guests will all have different tastes. Perhaps a restaurant with a spacious outdoor patio would be best to accommodate a sizeable group, in addition to the restaurant’s indoor space.
Consider hiring an event planner to aid you in your high school reunion arrangements. You may also want to take a look at Snappening’s venue search to determine the best location options for your event. Share your reunion photos and stories with us on Facebook or Twitter! For more reunion inspiration, check out our Party like it’s 1999 Board on Pinterest.