Five-Year Class Reunion Ideas


Five-year reunions are less and less common nowadays, especially given the popularity of social networking sites where it's easier for graduates to keep in contact. But such reunions are fun because they provide a glimpse into people's lives as they're transitioning from their immediate post-high school or post-college lives into adulthood. Planning the reunion doesn't have to be complicated, but it should be thought-out.


  • A great location for your five-year reunion, if it's possible, would be on the campus of your alma mater. You could see if you could rent the gymnasium where your school held its dances, for example. This location is ideal because it is familiar for everyone who attends the reunion and provides conversation pieces for long-lost friends. Additionally, it will likely be fairly inexpensive to rent and easy to decorate.


  • Like school dances, your reunion could have a theme. You can play on your nostalgic tendencies and duplicate the theme your class decided to use for your prom or other big dance, or your theme could be more general, such as "Memory Lane." Typically, themed reunions work best when they're handled more jokingly than seriously; after all, adults aren't as likely to take an "Under the Sea" theme as literally as a high school student would.


  • No reunion is complete without food. What you offer will depend on when and where you hold your reunion. If you'll just be offering snacks, consider throwing in snacks that were popular when you were still attending school. For example, if your school or dorm cafeteria offered homemade cinnamon buns that had a unique taste to them, consider seeing if you can order some for the event. It's typical to offer alcohol of some sort at a reunion, now that you and your classmates are all above the legal drinking age.


  • Playing music is an important component to a reunion. Prepare a play list that includes music that was popular when your class graduated. Scour top-40 lists from the year you graduated or procure compilation CDs that were released that year. Encourage the reunion guests to dance by having a dance floor or leaving an open space where a large number of people can gather together.

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