Here’s how to prevent this from happening to you.
Big Apple Angie’s High School Reunion Planning Tips
1. Don’t have one. Everyone has Facebook so you can see who got hot, who got fat and who is still revving their pickup’s engine in the parking lot at the infamous Western themed McDonald’s without paying for a nice dinner and having to pretend you care about the people you don't bother to stay in touch with anyhow. Be honest – you are still friends with the people you want to be friends with, so save yourself the trouble and stalk the others from home in your sweatpants via Facebook for free.
2. If you insist on having a reunion for tradition’s sake, and you’re one of the overachievers who gets stuck planning, don’t volunteer for anything major and please, I beg you, never take on a leadership role. While there are events that are worth your blood, sweat, tears and precious time – weddings, memorial services, PR launches for major Orlando attractions – high school reunions do not qualify. Offer to be the check-in gal, create a Facebook group or pick up cupcakes the day of the event.
3. Take stock of your classmates. Were they super motivated, responsible, on time and socially proficient 10 years ago? If not, run as fast as you can. Ten years might have changed some folks into responsible adults, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
4. What was the literacy rate for your high school class? I ask because though we had all the information very clearly displayed, including frequently asked questions, directions and the key details on how and when to pay, only 14 people were able to read those plain English words and understand them.
5. Don't forget about Adult ADD. Our main dinner was scheduled to take place on a historic riverboat and we were going to cruise, eat and dance for a short 2.5 hours down the beautiful St. John’s River. People actually complained to me that they didn’t want to be on a boat for that long in case they got bored.
6. Don’t ever pay a deposit out of your own pocket, even if 75 people RSVP that they’ll attend. This just in – they probably won’t! Then you’re stuck footing the bill for people who don’t know (or just don't care about) RSVP etiquette.
Perhaps more people would have signed up if we’d had it in the McDonald’s parking lot? Maybe in 2020…
On the very bright side, I got to spend the whole weekend with my family at the beach, at my aunt and uncle’s new riverside home and by the pool. More about that next time!