Check out this fun display of 20-year old high school keepsakes from a recent high school reunion. T-shirts – lots of t-shirts – pom poms, mini-football, diploma, stadium cup, parking pass, and the senior class picture. Well done, Parkway West 1992!
We loved this balloon display brought in by the University City Class of 1972 40-year reunion! Fun group and fantastic reunion party!
Sure, the popular take on high school reunions these days is that you don’t need to go to your reunion because anything and everything you would ever want to know about your classmates is on Facebook. It seems every news outlet enjoys announcing the demise of the high school reunion because of our ability to reconnect online. We know this because we’ve been contacted many times for our opinion as professional high school reunion planners. So, I’d like to offer our official stance on the issue here: Facebook does not replace, make obsolete, or ruin your high school reunion. And here is why:
1) Facebook life is not real life. We’re savvy these days when it comes to our online profile. We know what we post can be seen by friends, potential employers, and our parents. We’re calculating about what we share and how we share it, and we know how to quickly untag a particularly unflattering photo. While what we post may be true, it is often the well-edited version we’re willing to share with 350 of our closest Facebook friends.
2) You can only experience the real “status” of your classmate in person at your reunion. Technology gives us many ways to connect to each other, but nothing online is as genuine or engaging as a face to face conversation. You can’t hear the infectious laugh of the classmate who sat behind you in geometry, see an ex-boyfriend’s smiling blue eyes, or hug your former locker partner on Facebook. After all, a life update is much better than a status update.
3) Think everyone is on Facebook? Think again. Facebook is the largest social network, but for any reunion, there is only about 1/3 of the class represented. For a class size of 300 students, that’s a whopping 200 classmates you don’t see on Facebook and who you’ll miss out on reconnecting with if you don’t go to your reunion.
4) Even with the best of intentions, you really don’t get together with those high school Facebook friends. Life is busy for everyone these days – ever try to schedule a girls’ night with more than a friend or two? Between work, family, volunteering and life’s responsibilities, there aren’t many opportunities to get-together with a large part of your past, all at once, all in the same place. And you certainly can’t do it on Facebook.
5) Facebook is just a preview of what’s to come. Instead of replacing the high school reunion, Facebook actually makes the entire high school reunion experience better. Facebook fast-forwards your conversation to what is real and important. When you already know where a classmate recently moved or the names of his three kids, you are able to skip past initial small talk and jump into a conversation worth having.
Still think you aren’t missing the fun of your high school reunion because of Facebook? How can you be sure? If you don’t go, you’ll never know.
Relive the Party Memories!
Remember all the stupid things you did in high school in the name of fun? Sneaking out of your parents’ house, mailbox baseball, toilet papering, keg stands?
Check out what happens when a bunch of guys dust off their party hats and pay tribute to their high school years.
Click on the screen shot above to see the video, or click HERE!
Party Memories! You won’t know unless you go!
Looking for a new way to serve veggies and dip? Buy individual glasses, usually for a couple of dollars each, drop in a 2-3 tablespoons of dip or hummus, add a variety of fresh vegetables, and voilà! An easy, self-serving of a party standard. We served these at the Prospect 1991
20-year high school reunion, but it is simple enough to serve at any party.
The same idea also works well with seven-layer dip! (thanks to The Girl Who Ate Everything Blog for sharinig this cute idea!)
Who doesn’t want an iPad2?
Well, here is your chance to get this nifty, little, how-did-I-ever-live-without-it gadget for free.
The National Association of Reunion Managers (N.A.R.M.), of which we proudly belong, is giving away an iPad2 to one lucky winner. And all you have to do for your chance to win is to “like” their Facebook page.
Don’t worry about spam or too much unwanted information. NARM is a non-profit association promoting high school reunions. That’s all.
Click HERE to enter today!
Oh, and if you already have an iPad2, you can always give this one away, donate it to your kid’s school, use it as a door prize at your high school reunion, or make a soon-to-be graduate very happy.
Good luck! Let us know when you win!