How to Organize Your Next Gathering and a Free Printable

June 19, 2017

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A family gathering is one of my favorite things to do. I love getting our entire family together for dinner. With a son in the military, we are able to get all of our kiddos together about once a year. I truly look forward to those times and want to spend my time talking and visiting rather than working to get a meal prepared and cleaned up.

The summer season is the perfect time for get-togethers consisting of barbecues, picnics, or bonfires. How can you organize your next gathering so you can spend more time socializing with your guests?

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Plan Ahead

One way to get a jump start on organizing your gathering is to plan it out. Who is going to be invited? What types of food and drink will be served? With there be any decor to set the mood?

It’s much nicer to have everything ready to go so you can spend the day of getting ready and seeing just to the last minute details.

Using the free Gathering Planner printable below, you can start the planning to get your party going. The planner is two pages of planner goodness. Everything you will need to plan out the perfect gathering. Click on the image of the Gathering Planner to join and get access to your free download.


Keep It Simple

Keep your gathering simple so you can spend time with your guests. It will also allow for quicker clean up after everything is finished.

Choose foods with easy prep and don’t feel the need to make everything yourself. You can purchase items and add your own flare if you decide to.

Decor can be made up of things that you already have around your home. Glassware and candles can be set up as a centerpiece or in another prominent place where your guests will be mingling. Flowers also make a great addition to any setting. Use seasonal flowers that can be found at the store, garden center, or even in your yard.

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Prep Ahead

Prep your food, set up your place settings and serving dishes, and decorate ahead of time so there is minimal work that needs to be done when everyone is together.

If it is a picnic or barbecue, many of the food items can be prepared ahead of time so that the only work that will need to be completed is grilling and setting out the food. That way you can spend more time visiting with your guests.

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Plan a summer gathering and invite your family and friends. Once everything has been planned out and put into place, take the time to spend with your guests. Talk, visit, and make memories.

Until next time,

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