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7 Must-Haves For Your Next Family Reunion

Spring and summer in the Dallas area are great times to get together with extended family. It’s a time for graduations, celebrations, and holidays that roll into long weekends giving you time to host a party where you can create new memories and celebrate old ones. Planning your family reunion doesn’t have to be a chore and it doesn’t have to break the bank. We know that you are busy parents and you might think you don’t have time to plan a family celebration, so we’re here to help. Follow our tips to create a fun and festive atmosphere to get together and celebrate with your family and loved ones.

1. Fun Food

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Fun food is central to any good celebration. Whether you choose to have your event catered, pick up some to-go items, or throw a potluck, you’ll want to include some festival-style concessions to create a fun atmosphere. What kid doesn’t love cotton candy? With our Cotton Candy Machine you get sugar floss and paper cones for up to 50 guests, more than enough for all the little ones in your extended tribe. Or keep things cool with a Snow Cone Machine. Ours comes with seven sweet flavors and 50 paper cones. All you need to supply is the ice. And who doesn’t love fresh, buttered popcorn. Imagine a movie night in your backyard under the stars, with our Popcorn Machine, where everyone gets their own bag! No need to share!

2. Festive Atmosphere

You don’t have to spend all day decorating to create a festive atmosphere. You

can create a party vibe with one of our themed inflatables. These are not just for kids only. Make a splash with one of our adult-sized water slides like the Big Kahuna, or  Wipe Out water slide. Serve drinks from our inflatable pub, or go tropical with our inflatable tiki bar. The kids can enjoy the big slide or have their own. Choose from more than a dozen other themed water slides just for them. Create a themed party, like a Luau, with both the Big Kahuna and the Tiki Bar. Your family will feel like they have been transported to a tropical island in your backyard!

3. Family-Friendly Games

You want games that everyone can enjoy and maybe a little family-friendly competition. Why not host the Family Olympics with one of our inflatable games for adults and kids of all ages. Split up into two-person teams and see which team can get through the Super Supreme Obstacle Course the fastest! Or have everyone try their hand at the World of Sports, with football, soccer, basketball, baseball, dart/Frisbee, all under one inflatable. Or cool off with our Double Lane Tropical Slip and Slide with Splash Pool!

4. Family Photos

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No family reunion is complete without photos. Gather up some oldies but goodies from when the adults were kids and the kids were toddlers. The funnier the better. Post them up on a bulletin board and have guests guess who is who! Don’t forget a camera to take snaps of all the fun, but skip the camera phone and go retro with a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9, a fun little camera at a bargain price. Then you can hand out polaroids to all the fam to take home and stick on the fridge to remember the good times!

5. Sunscreen

Maybe not the most fun party item but an absolute necessity in the hot Dallas sun! Have some on hand for everyone so no one goes home sun-burned! With so many different choices available, stock up on sprays, mists, creams, and some water-resistant so you can enjoy the water slides and not worry about getting too much sun! Everyone from the aunts to the kiddos will thank you when they realize they forgot to bring some!

6. Family Talent Show

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Everyone has a secret talent. I bet the kids don’t know that Grandma can sing! Or maybe the littlest one just loves to boogie! Give everyone a chance to show off their fun side and shake a leg or sing a song. Put on some music, play charades, or sing the alphabet backward! Just enjoy everyone’s company and plenty of screen-free activities to create a memorable time together that will have you excited about hosting a family get-together every year!

7. Bounce House

If you have lots of kiddos in your fam and you want to keep them busy busy, an

inflatable bounce house is the way to go! With dozens of themes to choose from, plus combo bounce houses, with tunnels, slides, and climbing structures, our bounce houses provide hours and hours of entertainment and fun. You can even have a couple of adults or teens teach them some games they can play in a bounce house.

Planning Your Party

Now that you have plenty of ideas for your next family party, start planning! There’s no end to the fun you can have by hosting your own backyard party for your next family reunion or get-together. You can’t go wrong with festival food and carnival-themed games that everyone will enjoy!

Contact us at Jump City Dallas today to get your free quote on an inflatable game, concession, water slide, or bounce house. We offer free delivery, set up, and pick up on all of our inflatable rentals. We’ll help make your next party or family get-together the most memorable one yet!

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