High school reunion committees are always on the hunt for something new…and free! We may be able to help.
If you are looking for a little SWAG as a give-a-way for gift bags, thank you baskets, handouts for your reunion committee members, or even mailed as part of your reunion invitation packets, we would love to send you a stack of our post-it notes.
The notes include our logo and contact information, and also include our favorite reunion truth: You won’t know if you don’t go. What more is there to say about a high school reunion?
Let us know how many post-it notes you would like by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a mailing address and the name of your reunion, and we’ll ship a set to you. Military and family reunions, we’re happy to send post-its to you, too!
We hope our reunion post-its are a fun addition to your reunion planning!
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.
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.
Well done, Frost Bake Shop. Well done.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is a fun idea for your high school reunion. As a reunion icebreaker, post this question to see how your classmates might answer:
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
We love when classes decide to have a photo booth at their high school reunion. The fun props and the instant gratification of a picture printout only adds to the already festive party atmosphere.
If your reunion budget allows, you can hire a company to bring out their camera, printer, background and props, usually at the cost of $300 to $700 for the evening.
For reunions wanting to save a few dollars, you can set up a camera, purchase props at a thrift store, and have committee members volunteer to take shifts snapping the pictures. Even better if you can enlist the help of someone’s spouse or high school aged kid. Instead of printing out the photos, upload them to a Facebook page or hashtag the pictures for Instagram.
Check out some of our favorite props from the Mr. Pickles Photo photo booth at the Parkway Central Class of 2004 10-year reunion.
Classmates had a great time with the props and the pictures, taking more than 100 photos during their reunion.
Another easy prop idea is to create a photo frame using foam core or an old picture frame you find at a garage sale. Thanks to our friends at Reunion Specialists, a San Diego based reunion planning company, for the idea (and the PHS 20 Year photo).
Looking for more photo booth and photography ideas for your high school reunion? Visit our Photo Booth and Photography Pinterest Board. It is loaded with creative ideas for your reunion.
Last year we wrote about reunion ticket price and how it really just doesn’t make a difference in the number of classmates attending the reunion. So, I decided to take a look at our 2014 reunions to see if the same holds true a year later.
In 2014, four reunions exceeded our average reunion attendance by at least 7%, and some by as much as 11%. These percentages may not sound like a lot, but they are the equivalent of 31-49 additional classmates and guests attending the reunion, enough to make you take notice that the reunion did something right to have such a great turnout.
Looking at what it cost to attend these four reunions, three of the events had ticket prices higher than $70 per person. Classmates wanted to attend the reunion and were willing to pay the ticket price.
For the reunion with the lower ticket price, it cost $55 per person to attend. But if you compare that class’ attendance to that of the same school’s class of 1993 reunion attendance, the class of 1993 actually had 5 more people attend with a ticket price at $72, or $17 per person higher.
We also saw the same thing with a class of 2003 and a class of 2004 reunion comparison from the same school. For the class of 2003, the ticket price was $89 per person. For the class of 2004’s reunion, the cost was $50. Yet we saw 22 more classmates and guests attend the reunion that cost $34 more per person.
Of course, reunion attendance is based on a number of subjective and sometimes uncontrollable factors, such as the closeness of the class when they were in high school and how far classmates have to travel to attend. But it is definitely not based on ticket price.
Here are a few other reunion truths worth sharing: