child laughing at party table with title: How to Please Everyone with a Family Cookbook at Your Reunion!

How to Please Everyone with a Family Cookbook at Your Reunion!

We got a lovely note from Colette Surovy of Canada. Colette made a family cookbook for her family reunion using Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software.

She collected recipes from family members approximately four months in advance of the reunion. The final product was a family cookbook containing more than 100 pages!

4th of July Party for the whole family

A grand total of 165 people attended Colette’s family reunion from all over Canada and the United States on July 3-5.

Colette decided that she wanted the family cookbook to take centre stage at the reunion. But instead of incurring a substantial expense by printing a multitude of copies of the cookbook, Colette printed just one copy.

She put this sample cookbook on display throughout the reunion, so everyone could see the beautiful family cookbook she had created.

Creating gifts with a family theme

One lucky family member walked away with the printed copy of the family cookbook as a door prize which Colette gave at the catered family dinner on Saturday night.

Other family reunion activities included a family Tug-O-War, and a horseshoe tournament – with prizes awarded.

Collette writes.

“Our mantra for the weekend was ‘If the kids are happy, then the adults are happy'”

In addition to the action-oriented activities, the family held a raffle to win prizes/gift items donated by family members, such as:

  • Photo albums
  • Old photographs reproduced onto collector-style plates
  • Family reunion aprons
  • A family reunion art-quilt made by an aunt that included old family pictures on it

So, what about all the other relatives who were disappointed that they didn’t win the family cookbook door prize?

Colette made copies of the cookbook in pdf format and saved it to CD’s for everyone. This meant that family members could easily carry their memento while traveling home. They could then print the family cookbook at their own expense later, if they so choose.

Another lovely idea of Colette’s, was to customize the CD label with a wedding and 25th anniversary photo of her grandparents. She also included this photo in the family cookbook, along with her entire collection of old family photos.

Colette says,

“Everyone was very happy to have these mementos in their own family history records. Our family reunion was a huge success, and I was so pleased to have played a role in it.”

Colette, we are so thrilled that Matilda’s Fantastic Cookbook Software helped make the family reunion a bit more special! Thanks for sharing some of your great ideas for family reunions with us.

Happy cookbooking,


About Erin Miller

PS: As a thank you for visiting, why not grab a few free recipe card printables? No signup forms, no obligation.

Posted in Odds and Ends and tagged , , , , .

Leave a Reply