And now a word about the good stuff: the food. There are several ways to handle family reunion food. Which one you choose depends entirely on your needs, your budget and how many helpers you have.

The cheapest and easiest way to handle reunion dining is the “every man for himself” option—sort of like football tailgating. Every family is responsible for bringing their own food to the park or wherever your reunion is held. An option that invites more togetherness is a potluck. Good cooking is a black family tradition. No doubt you have several great cooks in your family. Take advantage of their skills in the kitchen; each family member can bring one or two items from an assigned category to share with everyone. Cooks may even share their best family reunion recipes.

If you decide to try the food options above, make sure the reunion venue you choose allows food from outside sources. Many event locations and hotels require that guests use the business’ catering facilities.

More expensive, but less work, is hosting your family reunion at a restaurant or enlisting a caterer to develop a menu. If you decide to use a caterer, keep in mind that determining exactly how many people will attend your reunion will be crucial. You don’t want to run out of food. You know how Uncle Melvin likes to eat!