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College Reunion Ideas

A Guide to Planning Your College Reunion

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A few years have passed since your glory days in college, but the memories make it feel like it was only yesterday! Take yourself back in time by planning a college reunion where you and your colleagues can relive those wild nights and spirit-filled sport seasons. Getting a class together and pulling off a reunion party is no small feat (even for the most seasoned party planners!), so we’ve put together a few guidelines to help get you through it. These tips (combined with your enthusiasm) will make planning the college reunion of the decade easy. Let’s start planning!


Getting Started

Before you can truly begin, you’ll need to form a committee to help with all the planning. Find around 10-15 enthusiastic colleagues and start meeting at least 4-6 months in advance. Appoint one leader to oversee the planning as a whole and delegate roles to other members (i.e., treasurer, secretary, decorations, entertainment, etc.). With your team, start locating the contact info of your class alumni so you can go ahead and send out invitations as soon as possible. Your school should have a list with all this information and most people are on social media sites that provide contact information as well (think Facebook or LinkedIn). Send everyone a paper invitation to get the initial word out and create a Facebook page or website for your event where you can post reminders, updates, and information for your invited guests. Take this opportunity to start getting your guests excited about the reunion! If your budget allows, having custom invitations printed can really set the tone for your event from the get-go. For your social media page or website, add pictures and engaging content to get your colleagues reconnecting well before the reunion even begins!


Theme & Venue

What’s a party without a theme? Just another gathering! Since your reunion is going to be a party to remember, come up with a few theme ideas for your committee to discuss. From the classic black-tie dinner, to a less formal, more festive theme such as a Throw Back party, consider your guests and have fun with it! Once you’ve chosen a theme, it’s time to find the perfect venue! If possible, hosting the reunion at your college or university is ideal. But, if not, start searching for a venue big enough to accommodate everyone on your guest list. Remember to consider your theme and potential decorations as you hunt for that perfect venue. You’ll also want to take into account the seating situation to assess whether or not you may need to rent tables and chairs. Securing the venue makes planning decor that much easier, so you can begin creating your ideal atmosphere. Follow your general theme and have fun with it! Contact your classmates and request photos and keepsakes from the good ole days to hang around the rooms or to create a memorabilia table!



You know those songs that just seem to epitomize moments from your college experience? So do we! Have a DJ or Cover Band bring you right back to those days with the perfect music to set the tone and liven up the party. We don’t know about you, but we’d prefer cocktails and dancing over awkward icebreakers any day. Keep the party going and conversation flowing with collages or PowerPoints of old photos and videos. Everyone’s got those slightly embarrassing pictures of good friends they’d love to share, right? Right! Stick with fun-inducing entertainment, give out prizes for games, or even have awards and superlatives! Capture the new memories by booking a Photographer or even a photo booth! Look like a pro and get the professional entertainment you want by asking these 15 questions before booking your entertainers.



From great decor and music to seeing old friends, your classmates will be having a ball! Add to the fun by providing refreshments for your guests. If your reunion will  be a more formal event, you may want to have a sit-down dinner, but for more casual atmospheres, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will do just fine! Call local restaurants (maybe an old college favorite?) and have one cater. Don’t forget to send over a bartender to really get your party going! You could even have a custom cake or cupcakes created for your event with your class year and school colors to add that extra spark to the buffet table.


Tying Up Loose Ends

Now that you’ve got most of the big stuff secured, don’t forget the last few details! Be sure to find a potential hotel to suggest for traveling guests and send out this information as soon as possible to allow everyone time to book a room. For those hard-to-reach alumni, make a point to call around 3 months before the reunion to help get every classmate you can to the event. Lastly, remember to contact all special invitees such as professors and coaches! The more the merrier! With all these tips under your belt, we’re confident you’re ready to plan the best possible college reunion your classmates could have imagined! But, just in case you find yourself needing help along the way, GigSalad is always at your service. Happy planning!

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Don't you wish you could go back to the glory days of college? Relive those long hours of studying, textbook reading, and whatnot. Pssh... who are we kidding? Here's some tips on how to take a trip down memory lane back to the dormitory with your old croanies.
The Good Ol’ Days

We all remember the all-nighters during college spent pouring over countless pages of textbooks, flashcards, and endless amounts of coffee. Wouldn’t you want to go back to those days? No? We don’t either. But nothing is better than trip down Memory Lane to relive the past. Most college reunions bear the stereotype of boring entertainment and mediocre food. Why not knock everyone’s socks off this year and plan a killer reunion for your former classmates? (Well, not REALLY a “killer” reunion, because we’ve already seen those movies!)

Party like its 1999.... or ‘79... or even ‘59! Whatever works for you!

A reunion only comes around once every 5 or ten years, so you want to make a lasting impression, something they can hold onto till the next reunion. GigSalad is here to help with all the details to make your reunion a smashing success.

So you graduated from college in the ‘70s? How about a 1970’s style band to take you back to those college years? Oh it was the ‘80s, no the ‘90s? Don’t worry. We’ve got '80’s style entertainment as well as '90s style entertainment to keep you and your guests rockin’ all night long. Maybe a caricaturist to capture you back in the ‘80s. Might want to rethink that hair. Or even a game show with trivia back from your college days. You’ll also want to hire a bartender to sling drinks to keep the party going all night. Lucky for you, we have all of the above right here on GigSalad.

Ramen Noodles and Coffee

We all know our diets during college were stellar. At least we thought so. Ramen noodles are nutritious right? Hopefully by now, we’ve all evened out our diets a little bit. You’ll want the food to be really great at your college reunion. That’s what most people come for anyway. Chat with one of our caterers to figure out the perfect menu. If you’re having a seated dinner, you’ll also want to make sure you have an experienced waitstaff to help you out. Remember the dry, tasteless cake at your graduation celebration? You don’t want a repeat of THAT one, so link up with one of our cake decorators to make a stellar cake that will be the talk of the class even at your next reuinion!

Where are you having this reunion? Do you need tables and chairs or will they be provided to you? Or how about some kind decor for your reunion? You wouldn’t want a boring, plain, room. That’s no way to party. Are you having it outside? Well there are lots of tent rental companies to keep you dry if it rains, but not if Nancy throws a drink in your face when she remembers what you wrote in her yearbook! If this is just way too much for you to handle, hire one of the skilled event planners on our site to take the reins and let you sit back and watch the magic happen.

The Low Down

After all the work you are putting into this reunion, you want to make sure that everyone comes to marvel at what you’ve created. We’ve got great custom-printed invitation companies on our site that will make everyone feel welcome. You could make a sweet invitation to send out to everyone. You’ll want a headcount of people attending for the caterer so make sure to include a RSVP. Maybe you could even use them to make the name tags for the reunion. Put an old photo yearbook photo of every person and their name. Could be fun to see how much everyone has changed, or it could just be embarrassing, but either way it will get the guests talking! Oh, and you can’t forget to document all of this. We’ve got photographers and videographers to make sure you don’t miss a moment of this great party. You could even use these photographs to make great party favors to send to everyone who attends the reunion. How about a photo or video booth with fun props from the year you graduated? You never know what people could come up with! No matter how you choose to document your event, we want to hear about it. Check out our GigSalad Facebook page and share all the good times.

You are now fully equipped to take this reunion on and turn it into whatever you want it to be. Get creative and if you get stuck always make sure to check back here at GigSalad for tips and tricks.