Thanksgiving Family Reunion Ideas and Where To Host Them

By Christine Flanagan, Marketing Manager & Facilities Coordinator


The summer months are a popular time for families to host annual family reunions. However, with limited availability and sometimes higher travel costs during peak periods, it’s not the right time for everyone. Since Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and give thanks, it’s ideal for gathering the family for a reunion, exploring various family reunion ideas to make it memorable. Bring together the planning committee and discuss the idea early. Advanced planning can lead to greater attendance.


Thanksgiving Family Reunion Ideas


  • Create A Family Cookbook


Hosting Thanksgiving at a family reunion venue where someone does all the cooking for you is relaxing, but don’t forget to pass down great grandma’s famous pumpkin pie recipe. Creating a family cookbook is one of the best family reunion ideas, serving as a wonderful keepsake and a way to share fond memories with the next generation.


  • Volunteer Together


Among the many family reunion ideas, volunteering together during the holiday season is an excellent way to bond and help others. Coming together as a family and helping other families creates a special bond for everyone involved. Plus, volunteering gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling of doing good.


  • Celebrate Everyone’s Birthday For The Year


Have a cake or two with candles and sing happy birthday. It is time to celebrate. What could be better than celebrating the ones we love with cake? Sugar Mama’s BakeShoppe is in Downtown Suffolk. She makes the most delicious treats, including cookies, cupcakes, and cakes!


  • Host A Talent Show


During dinner, use this time to entertain and show off hidden or new talents. Keep it fun and playful for all ages to enjoy.


  • Create Matching Shirts


Matching shirts can be fun and trendy, making it easy to pick family members out of a crowd. It is a fabulous keepsake for after the reunion as well.


  • Schedule A Family Photographer


Since the whole family is together, this is the perfect time to take extended family photos. Your event venue in Suffolk, VA, can assist with a list of local photographers, or if a photographer isn’t within the budget, set up a tripod and set the timer on your phone’s camera. You will be so happy to have those photos to look back on.


Thanksgiving Family Reunion Venue, VA


Now that you have dates for the family reunion let’s talk about an event venue. The Suffolk Conference Center has event space and sleeping rooms, making it the ideal family reunion venue in Virginia. Other perks include onsite dining options for breakfast and dinner, an indoor heated pool, and is in a central location for fun attractions for all family members.


  • Dining Options At The Suffolk Conference Center


Our event venue in Suffolk, VA, can easily accommodate family meals from 2 to 150+ people. Over the reunion weekend, the family can have meals planned as a group and on their own.



· The Garden Grille is open seven days a week for breakfast. They serve a delicious hot breakfast buffet as well as made-to-order options. The restaurant is open to guests staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront and the public.
· Breakfast can also be catered in a private banquet area. The sales team can assist with menu selections and venue setup arrangements.


Lunch & Dinner:

· There are a wide variety of local restaurants in Historic Downtown Suffolk for lunch and/or dinner. Family members may also like exploring Smithfield, which offers a small-town atmosphere with local shops and dining.
· The option to have a catered meal in the banquet area is also available for lunch and dinner. The food and beverage team can assist with creating a family-style Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings, or you can create new traditions. Either way, you can have the most relaxing Thanksgiving meal. No setup, no cleanup, no cooking!


  • Family Reunion Event Venue


The Suffolk Conference Center is the ideal event venue in Suffolk, VA, especially for family reunions. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to host your next family reunion. When you are ready, our sales team would love to chat with you more about options for your family.