High School Reunion Wisdom – Part I


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High school reunions can be a great reality check for what we’ve learned and how far we’ve come since we were high school seniors just trying to figure out what to do in the next year, let alone for the rest of our lives. Too bad we didn’t realize then that we might still be wondering today what it is exactly we want to do when we grow up.

Growing older does have its benefits, though. We discover who we really are, learn from our mistakes, and while we don’t have it all figured out, we can at least understand that we don’t understand everything.

High school reunion wisdom is something you recognize as you begin approaching your high school reunion. You probably don’t have it all figured out just yet, but you’ve learned there is wisdom that comes from living your life as an adult, even if you don’t always feel like an adult.

Below are a few of our favorite reunion wisdom quotes. You are welcome to download and distribute these graphics on Facebook, Instagram, e-mail, or any other way you may find useful as you plan or plan to attend your high school reunion.

Check back next week and we’ll share 8 more high school reunion wisdom quotes. And if we’ve missed your favorite piece of reunion wisdom, let us know in the comments section.

Using Movie Quotes to Promote Your High School Reunion

Using Movie Quotes to Promote Your High School Reunion from varsityreunions.com  #reunionwisdom

I love movie quotes.  Always have.  A great movie quote can inspire you, make you laugh, remind you of another time in your life, or even teach you a lesson.

Some of the funniest, heartfelt, and true to life quotes are from movies about high school.  Think about “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.” from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.” from The Breakfast Club.  Both quotes have the ability to take us back to when we first saw the movie and who we were with, while also finding a way to encourage us or teach us a life lesson.

Okay, so what does this have to do with your high school reunion?

Because some movie quotes make a statement while also bringing back a ton of memories, why not use them to promote your high school reunion event?

We’ve put together a collection of some of our favorite movie quotes from movies about high school and made them into fun images your reunion committee may use to post on Facebook, Instagram, or use in your reunion e-mails and mailings.  Use the image to promote your reunion ticket sales, ask a “remember when” question, or post it as a reminder of a shared experience for your class.  Be sure to use the hashtag #reunionwisdom.

And check back next week when we’ll share 8 more movie quotes for you to use.

Is 2016 Your High School Reunion Year?

If your graduation year ends in a 6, now is the time to start planning your high school reunion.  Contact varsityreunions.com.

One-of-a-Kind High School Reunion Cake Creation

When it came time for the Lafayette Class of 1994 to celebrate at its 20-year reunion, a classmate, who also happens to own the very popular Frost Bake Shop in Memphis, TN, decided he wanted to make the event extra special.

Traveling back to St. Louis for the reunion, he transported this amazing cake creation to share with the 180+ classmates and guests attending.

 

This impressive cake created for a high school reunion included the name of every member of the graduating class. See more at varsityreunions.com

Featuring the school colors of black and gold, the school-shaped cake included the name of the high school, their graduation year, the mascot, AND the names of every member of the class.


This impressive cake created for a high school reunion included the name of every member of the graduating class.  See more at varsityreunions.com

Well done, Frost Bake Shop. Well done.

DIY Snack Bar for a High School Reunion

DIY Snack Bar for a High School Reunion from varsityreunions.com

To celebrate their 25-year reunion, the Schaumburg Class of 1989 wanted to do something a little different and a little more casual than the typical reunion event. Meeting at a local bar, the class opted for snacks and pizza instead of fancy hors d’oeuvres and food stations, resulting in a low-maintenance, low-cost reunion perfect for spending the evening reconnecting with classmates.

Even if the food served at your reunion is simple, you can still go big on presentation. For the Schaumburg 1989 reunion, we created a Snack Bar, and gave classmates lots of options, including 3 varieties of potato chips, honey wheat pretzels, white cheddar popcorn, and a bowl of assorted chocolates.

DIY Snack Bar for a High School Reunion from varsityreunions.com

Here is what you’ll need to create your own snack bar:
1) Lots of snacks. We wanted there to be something for everyone, so we made sure to offer a gluten free option (popcorn) and something sweet. Select 6 or 7 different snack varieties (potato chips, pretzels, candy, popcorn, corn chips, taco chips, Cheese-Its, Cheestos, Oreos, Twinkies, Doritos, etc.) and buy 2 family-sized bags of each for 100 guests. Except for the candy. You’ll probably want a third bag of candy.

2) Large bowls to hold each snack.

3) Tongs or scoops for each bowl.

4) Napkins in your school colors. You may also want to use the napkins to line the snack bowls for an extra splash of school spirit.

5) Paper trays or containers to use as plates. The kind of trays you see at carnivals work well.

6) Mini-signs for each snack item. We printed table tents with the name and brand of each snack, using ink in the school’s colors. Guests will appreciate knowing what is in each bowl, especially if their diet means they need to avoid a certain item.

7) Other decorations for the table. Photo confetti of yearbook pictures works well.

Since most reunions include alcohol, you’ll want a more substantial offering of food later in the evening. Pizza is a great choice. Order and pay for the pizza earlier in the day, and have it delivered. All you’ll need to do is set it out for your classmates to enjoy. You’ll want 3-4 types of pizza, including a vegetarian option and a pizza with a gluten free crust. Check with the pizza place to find out how many people each pizza serves and order accordingly. Be sure to have paper plates and extra napkins available.

Have you gone to an event with a Snack Bar, Potato Chip Bar or Candy Bar? Tell us about it in the comments.

DIY Snack Bar for a High School Reunion from varsityreunions.com

Table tent signs made from card stock are an easy way to label what is on your Snack Bar.

DIY Snack Bar for a High School Reunion from varsityreunions.com

Red and gold are the school colors for Schaumburg High School, so packages of Peanut M&Ms and Kit Kats were the perfect choice for the Snack Bar at their high school reunion.

 

Build Excitement for Your High School Reunion Using Social Media

More ideas on using social media to build excitement for your high school reunion from varsityreunions.com.

Most everyone agrees using an image is the best way to share content across social media, especially when using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Since we know many reunion committees rely on these platforms to share information about their high school reunion, we created postable graphics you may download and use to build excitement for the event. You may also want to include the images in your e-mail messaging to classmates.

Try posting a question once or twice a week as you lead up to your reunion celebration weekend.  It is a great way to spark the reminiscing and storytelling your classmates are looking for at your high school reunion.

 

Using Social Media Graphics to Promote Your High School Reunion

Social media ideas to build excitement as you plan your high school reunion from varsityreunions.com.

If you are part of a high school reunion committee, we know there are probably a hundred items on your to do list – working with the reunion venue, updating the guest list, scanning yearbook photos, managing online registrations, designing the invitation, and on and on – all which fit neatly under the reunion planning umbrella.

We know it is a lot of work.

After all, we do it professionally because so many classmates don’t want to.

So, we developed a new resource to help!

Similar to our How to Use Facebook to Promote Your High School Reunion blog post from last year, we created social media graphics designed to increase classmate interaction before the reunion. You may use the graphics on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or in your e-mail messaging to ask questions about the reunion, spark memories, or to just get your classmates talking as you lead up to the big event.

You are welcome to download these free graphics and post as often as you’d like. We hope you and your classmates have fun answering the questions as you reconnect before your reunion.

Check back next week when we’ll post more. If you have any ideas for a fun question to ask, share in the comments below!

Fun Conversation Starter for Your High School Reunion

This is a fun idea for your high school reunion. As a reunion icebreaker, post this question to see how your classmates might answer:

A fun high school reunion icebreaker idea from Varsity Reunions.  varsityreunions.com

Or, change the question to:  Before our next reunion, I want to…

How interesting to find out what your classmates want to accomplish in their lifetimes. Be sure to take pictures of the responses so you can share on Facebook or on your reunion website after the reunion. And you’ll want copies to include 5 or 10 years later at your next reunion event.

There are a few ways you can create a question and answer board:

  1. Hang poster board around the room with the question and appropriate lines for the answers. You may want to leave space for classmates to also write in their name.
  2. Those large post-it self-stick papers you see at conferences would also work well. Pre-write the question on multiple pages and place the post-it pad on an easel. As the paper fills up with answers, take off the top sheet and stick it to the wall. By the end of the evening, you’ve added to your reunion decorations with personal responses from your classmates.
  3. An old chalkboard or large dry erase board would also work well. Maybe the venue hosting your reunion has something in their office that you may use or rent for a small fee.

If you want to collect the answers before the reunion, ask the question on the reunion registration form. Use the responses as part of a slide show, or print out and place on cocktail tables around the room. This would be a great conversation starter during the evening.

Informal icebreakers are a fun addition at a high school reunion. Check our our Activities and Icebreakers Pinterest board for even more ideas.

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How to Use Facebook to Promote Your High School Reunion

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your High School Reunion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook is a great tool to promote a high school reunion and build excitement about the event.  Classmates who are part of the reunion committee can easily take turns posting on the class reunion Facebook group or page, as well as responding to posts by other classmates. The more active the page, the better.

Posts may be interactive, with open ended questions to involve your classmates, reminders about the reunion, or used as a way to pass along specific information.  Below are posting ideas to keep your classmates engaged before the reunion:

Interactive Posts

  • What song reminds you of our senior year?
  • What was your most embarrassing moment in high school?
  • Who was your favorite teacher?
  • Who was your prom date?
  • Tell about a time you almost got busted in high school.
  • How did you spend spring break our senior year?
  • What songs would you like to hear at the reunion?
  • Who did we beat in the homecoming football game our senior year?
  • Who can’t you wait to see at the reunion?
  • What is your favorite memory of high school?
  • You know you were a 1994 (mascot) if _______________.
  • What advice would you give to an incoming freshman at our high school?
  • What advice would you give to a graduating senior?
  • Complete this sentence:  In high school, I wanted to have a career as a _______, now I am a ______.
  • Post the yearbook photos from your senior year.  Encourage classmates to use their senior year photo as their profile picture the week before the reunion.
  • Ask classmates to post a picture of their family.  Create an album for the photos.

Reminder and Information Specific Posts

  • Provide an update on the reunion venue or hotel room block.  Include a link.
  • Share the reunion night menu.
  • Let classmates know to watch their mailbox because their reunion invitation has been mailed.
  • Remind classmates of registration due dates.  Include a link to your online registration.
  • Tag classmates who are considered lost because you don’t have a current mailing address.
  • Post a thank you to the reunion committee, and list everyone who helped with the planning.
  • Share a link of the weather forecast for your town the weekend of the reunion.
  • Post updates about your high school.  Did they beat your biggest school rival in the homecoming football game?  Have students recently received impressive academic recognition?  Was there a dedication for a new music facility?  Post photos and links to stories about the events.

You may have ideas that are specific to your class, maybe a “where were you when…” or “who else failed (teacher’s name) class?”  If you have an idea for a post, do it!  The goal is to reach your classmates, create fun and excitement for the reunion, and reconnect as your celebrate your reunion year.