Family Reunion Meal Organization

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We spent last week in Gatlinburg, TN at a vacation rental with my family. Not just the four of us but my parents, siblings and their families too. There were 22 of us total and we were 30 minutes from the nearest town so there couldn't be a lot of dining out, multiple grocery shopping trips and quick runs to the store. 

We ended up dividing the "meal providing" load between the families and it worked out great! Here's how we did it:

Step 1: Get an accurate count of meals you will need. We figured our stay was Sunday-Saturday so we determined we'd be cooking breakfast and dinner Monday-Friday, 5 days x 2 meals =10 meals. Lunches could be leftovers, snacks, and we had stuff to make sandwiches and salads if anyone got hungry between breakfast and dinner.

Step 2: How many families will be cooking? By families I mean my parents count as 1 family, and each of my siblings count as 1 family. We had 5 total families attending (although we would have had 7 if everyone could have made it, maybe next time). 5 families, each family needed to cook 2 meals for the load to be even.

Step 3: Setup a SignUpGenius Link. I don't know about your family but mine live in 6 different states. Yes, 6. We span the entire country. We group text like crazy and email is just annoying to go back and read through. So I set up a SignUpGenius site so each of us could write down what we'd be cooking and which meals we would cook.

I enjoyed being able to cook with my family and also not having to do all the cooking myself as well. My family provided a breakfast one morning; my husband cooked a potato hash with eggs to order (he cooks a perfect over medium egg) and we also provided one dinner. We initially planned on grilling but we decided to order local BBQ from Bennett's BBQ instead. We were in Tennessee after all and the BBQ did not disappoint.  Here's the simple signup I used (photo below).

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