fter another holiday season spent apart, my family decided it was time for a reunion. I’d planned a cousin’s wedding and my grandparents’ 50th anniversary party, so the group chat consensus was that I’d be perfect for planning this event, too. Flattered by the nomination, I was up for the challenge.
My first task was to find the perfect place to host our reunion. Just like the tips, tricks, and trendy DIY projects I used for our previous events, I started my search on social media. I wanted to find a central location that would be easy for everyone to travel to. With four generations attending, I started a wish list of all the things our reunion spot should include such as amenities and fun activities.
As I scrolled through post after post about places that didn’t appeal to me at all, I was beginning to lose hope. Then, a colorful image caught my eye.
Linda Bright Beautiful sunset in the park. Night 2 of the Bright Family Reunion! Thanks to Michelle and Shaun for getting everyone together again. #brightreunion2019 #familyiseverything #visitpearland
Raymond BrightYou don’t realize how many kids are in your family until they’re all running around the same park
Jessica LynnMicah & Tiffany had a blast! Is it too soon to start planning the next one?
I recently visited Pearland with my husband. My mouth watered as I remembered the amazing bacon-wrapped meatloaf and chicken fried steak we’d had at Allendale’s Kitchen & Cocktails. At least if we chose Pearland we’d have access to some amazing places to eat—the growing culinary scene would be a definite bonus.
The next post I saw featured a group at King’s Biergarten. I knew my Oma and Opa would love all of their grandkids sharing German dishes together.
Benji Blissett Everyone loved dinner at King’s Biergarten. Cheers to another successful family reunion!
Amber EllisI’m still thinking about that Cheddar-Bacon Bier Sauce...
Samantha BlissettMe too! Next time let’s stay an extra day to try Central Texas BBQ or Floyd’s Cajun Seafood.
I needed to focus on finding a spot for our whole family to come together before my inner foodie became too distracting. As I browsed, I learned that Pearland had tons of venues, banquet halls, and event spaces to choose from. The spacious outdoor venues at Pearland Town Center would definitely be enough space to accommodate our large group.
Next up: entertainment. At my husband’s family reunion a few years ago, we split into smaller groups to enjoy a morning activity. I loved getting to know my in-laws better while getting to explore the destination’s attractions, and I wanted my family to have a similar experience.
Clicking to Visit Pearland’s feed showed me tons of places to shop, trails to hike, golf courses to conquer, and historic sites to explore. My cousin Emily would love seeing Sri Meenakshi Hindu Temple with her partner, and her brother would want to take a selfie with the twenty giant painted pears throughout the city.
Max Tassone Kicked off our family reunion with a concert in the park! #bejealous
Dayna DiazThe only thing better than a concert in the park is a FREE concert in the park
Kacey MerzEven better: a free concert in the park with our amazing family
The more posts I read, the more boxes on my checklist were covered. I was glad to find a reunion location that met all of our needs and wants. Whether we decided to spend a day in Centennial Park or rent a venue, I knew everyone would appreciate being able to spend time together after being apart.
My next text to the family group chat: “Found the perfect place for our reunion. When should we meet in Pearland?”