Family is one of the closest and most important things in our lives. Every year most families get to gather at least once to celebrate something important to that family or just get together to spend time with their family. It could be a spend-the-day, lunch, tea, dinner, barbeque etc. Whatever the occasion if you are organizing the get together then you need to plan and budget it right so that you get to enjoy the occasion as much as anyone else.
First and foremost the most important thing is to not to wait till the eleventh hour to start organizing and getting the things you need for the get together. This is what most of us do, wait till the last possible moment to start putting together the occasion. This not only puts you under unwanted pressure and stress. You should be able to enjoy putting together the occasion. If you end up tired and stressed out then you will be totally out of working order once your family comes to the occasion. Another big downside of waiting till the last hour is that you tend to forget things that you need for the occasion. As an example the most common would be ice or extra cups etc.
Start at least a couple of days before the big day. Put down what you need on paper. Every time you remember something you think you might need, update it on your list. This way you won't miss out on anything. Make sure that you check your budget and work accordingly. Don't spend more than you need to. If you have some cash left from the planned budget then keep it, you might need it for a last minute addition. If you can get any of your family members to bring some food or anything you might need for the occasion then do so and make sure that you note it down. This way you won't forget that some one is bringing it.
One thing you should know about family get togethers is that you should always expect the unexpected. So be ready for whatever might happen. Always have some sort of back up plan; it will save you from a lot of hustle that might take place. Make sure you have plenty to go around. Always make sure that you get enough and a little bit more. This way you won't run out and end up in tight fix. This is especially true for food, drinks and the accessories that go with it.
Make sure that you get everything in order before hand. The main idea of having a family get together is to have fun and enjoy the time. So make sure that you enjoy yourself and that you don't slave yourself on the big day. And one last advice, don't forget the ice..