Or Forcing Your Family to Mingle
One difficult part of a family reunion or party can be getting your family to mingle during meal time. We usually have each family group sitting together- the Maddox family, the Wynnes and the Stewarts all sitting in their own little group. It’s not that we don’t like each other or don’t get along-we just gravitate to our own family group.
Here’s a fun way to mix things up. Put a pieces of colored tape or ribbon on each chair or seating space (if you’re dealing with picnic benches) When everyone has begun eating announce that everyone sitting on a yellow space must switch places with another yellow. A few minutes later have pinks switch and so on.
DO NOT make it too complicated! If you have green switch with pink and yellow with red, nothing will happen- everyone will remain in their original seat. If you’re family is compliant and seems to enjoy the mixing up you could try switching two colors at a time but for the most part it’s best to focus on one color at a time. You don’t have to mix people up all in one meal- keep the colors on during your entire reunion and only do a couple of swaps per meal.
Towards the end of the meal you can announce “Rainbow Mixup” and everyone has to switch places.
HINT: Choose a meal that doesn’t have a lot of plates and silverware etc. to be moved.