During Thanksgiving, it seems the whole town returns home to see family, friends, and neighbors. That makes it the perfect time to have a high school class reunion! These events are an exciting way to relive the good ol’ days, make new friends, and rekindle old flames. They can also be nerve-wracking, with everyone inquisitive as to who went bald, who tans too much, and who’s dating whom.
You don’t want the latter to spoil the party. You want to make the event memorable for all the right reasons. Here are four fantastic ideas that will rock your school reunions from your experts at Flutter FETTI:
#1 – Host a Raffle
Everyone knows that the reunion party will include a nice venue, catered food, good drinks, and a few party favors. What guests might not expect are awesome raffle prizes waiting to be won! Hosting a raffle is a great way to encourage interaction and build excitement amongst old classmates. You can either give away two tickets to all attendees or you can ask people to buy tickets with proceeds going to a school charity.
Prizes should strike a chord with the class – like a bundle of CDs with music from the graduation year or a comfy hoodie with the school logo. When winners are announced, shower them in a barrage of FETTI from 14” Flutter FETTI Confetti Sticks. With so much color and fun in the air, everyone will share the joy of winning!
#2 – Take Then & Now Photos
This is such a great idea and one that everyone will love. On the walls of your reunion venue, display pictures of people from high school all around the room. During the event, have a photographer snap photos of the same people in the same poses. Use an old Polaroid camera or hook up a computer and printer so you can display new photos next to the old ones immediately.
‘Then & Now’ photos are a great way to reminisce on good times and remind people that despite getting older, there are still plenty of good times ahead. Many of your classmates will be awestruck by the juxtaposed photos and want to take them home. At the end of the event, you can give away copies (or charge a small fee) so people can carry them away.
#3 – Hire a DJ & Dance Floor
Think the music from your generation was so much better than today’s music? Now is the time to prove it. Hire a DJ to play songs from when you were in high school and open up the dance floor. Watch everyone blare out notes and bust out moves that you haven’t seen in a long time.
When it comes to dancing at your reunion party, you have to make it extra special; this isn’t your average day at the club. Near the end of the event, play the most popular song and shoot off school-colored Flutter FETTI confetti using a Surprise Box Continuous Flow Confetti Launcher. As the FETTI floats, flutters, and flies through the air, the memories from high school will come flooding back!
#4 – Throw a Theme Party
Most school reunions have a basic dress code: look good. That means button-down shirts for the guys and dresses for the ladies. Surely you can be more imaginative than that. Enthrall your classmates with an awesome theme party!
Throwing a theme party is a great way to stir excitement before the party begins. You’ll get greater attendance too when people realize that this is more than just a social gathering. What themes are popular?
- Graduation Year – Decorate your venue circa your graduation year and have everyone dress the part (think big hairdos from the 80s or neon colors from the 90s).
- Tropical Island – This can be a welcome reprieve from the cold start to winter up north. Leis, flower shirts, and hula skirts make everyone look ridiculous.
- Holiday Party – Not every reunion occurs during Thanksgiving weekend. Some happen around Christmas, Memorial Day, or July 4th. Merge your party with the holiday theme to make your reunion more relevant and fun!
Whatever you decide to do, just remember that it’s all about the people you’re with. Make the most of your school reunion and enjoy making new memories!
About Flutter FETTI®: Flutter FETTI is an innovator, manufacturer, and worldwide distributor of confetti and streamer products. Our mission is to bring excitement and joy into every special event in your life. Contact one of our confettiologists and we’ll make the right product recommendation to add the “WOW!” effect to your high school class reunion.