Use these tips to avoid disappointment on reunion day:
• If you’re including the cost of T-shirts in registration, you’ll need to know everyone’s sizes. Send order forms at least six months before your reunion. Ask for payment in advance, and order a few extra shirts for people who didn’t order early.
• Allow plenty of time for delivery of imprinted items. Some companies demand payment up front; others accept orders payable by invoice. Save money by omitting the year or other nonessential information on personalized items: You may have supplies left for the future.
• Phyllis Hackleman in Reunion Planner (Clearfield Company) suggests some questions to ask when ordering souvenirs:
Are there charges to screen artwork?
Are there extra charges for more than one color?
Will the manufacturer guarantee colors? Does it cost extra?
Who pays shipping charges? How much are they?
Who pays UPS repacking charges, if incurred?
Will the manufacturer share a proof before production to verify that it’s the product you want?
These additional sources for reunion mementos are courtesy of Jeannie Rogers’ Web site <www.jcrogers.com>, a great site that’s full of family reunion ideas.
• 1-800Partyshop: From party favors to balloon drop kits to costumes. 1-800-Par-tyshop is a national company with consultants across the country. Orders require a consultant ID number, so call to find the consultant nearest you. 13300 U.S. 98, Sebring, FL 33870, (800) 727-8974, <www.1800partyshop.com>
• C & J Party Express: Choose from more than 100 themes. 1842 Clear Springs Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043, (770) 338-1928, <www.cjpartyexpress.com>
• Magic Moments: Party favors, accessories and personalized chocolates. Box 211564, West Palm Beach, FL 33421, (561) 790-7719, <www.adreamwedding.com>
• Party Direct: Theme and customized party favors and decorations. 2101 N. Webster St., Kokomo, IN 46901, (800) 548-7868, <www.partydirect.com>
• SHINDICZ.com: Online catalog of party supplies, more than 3,000 products. PO Box 86, Larwill, IN 46764, <www.shindigz.com>
• Sound Sensation: Party favors from leis to glow necklaces. 6821 13th Ave., Brooklyn NY, 11219, (718) 259-3004, <www.prodj.com/soundsensation>