This list is a collection of the Best Family Reunion Food Ideas and recipes to help plan your summer family get-togethers with ease! This checklist includes main and meat dishes, sides, appetizers, and desserts that will work wonderfully for large or small families.
What kind of food is good for a family reunion? We love to stick to easy recipes that you can typically find at Black family reunions. The spread typically includes family favorite Southern and soul food dishes.
A family reunion is a special occasion where members of extended family come together for parties, events, and fun. A lot of Black family reunions are scheduled and held regularly, sometimes annually, or every other year.
These gatherings are usually well planned and thought out. Activities, parties, banquets, and picnics are typically a part of the agenda. Of course, that also means amazing food!
Family Reunion Planning: Determine How Many People Will Be in Attendance
When planning your family reunion menu ideas, figure out how many people are coming by. One of the great things about family gathering menus is that you can always make more to share. If you have a small family of three to four, a main dish and two sides are often enough. If you add extras, you will have plenty of delicious leftovers.
If you have a larger family or plenty of guests, it’s best to load up on the sides and showcase the best recipes. Plan to have around six to seven dishes on the table.
Menu Planning Tips:
Ask for help andvolunteers to cook entrees ahead of time. Ask the best cooks in the family or friend circle.
Consider trying new recipes. Traditional recipes are great, but people love to see new additions, too.
Prioritize recipes that can be made ahead of time. You will run out of time and stress yourself out if you don’t
Ask guests if they have any food allergies or special dietary needs. Safety first!
Relax and enjoy the festivities. Friends, family, and fun are always what matter the most.
How to Organize Food for a Family Reunion
I like to separate each dish in either Tupperware or bags that are clearly marked and labeled.
Foods that Travel Well
Desserts and main dishes that are served hot typically travel the best. Both can be covered and stored in a car or van until you arrive at your destination.
Foods like cold cuts or lunch meats foods like lunchmeats, cooked chicken, potato or pasta salads should be kept in a cooler. You want to keep the food at least 40 degrees F. Use blocks of ice or frozen gel packs, or even frozen water bottles. Block ice will keep longer than ice cubes. Check out these Tips on How to Store Food While Traveling.
This staple black cookout appetizer is a blend of assorted flavors but the heat carries the day. Deviled eggs are made from boiled eggs, sweet pickle relish, mayonnaise, mustard, creole seasoning, pepper, and hot sauce.
Whip up these Bacon-wrapped Keto Jalapeño Poppers in about 20 minutes using the air fryer. It’s one of my favorite appetizers that use just a few ingredients like jalapeño peppers, bacon, and homemade ranch seasoning.
This post will show you How to Make the Best Charcuterie and Cheese Board that is homemade and epic, ready to serve on the menu for holidays, parties, and events. This DIY platter consists of an Italian meat and cheese tray. You can prepare this huge plate using an array of your favorite ingredients and without cooking. That’s right, you don’t need a recipe!
This crab-stuffed shrimp recipe takes two of my favorite seafood ingredients and marries them into an absolutely mouth-watering duo. There’s just something about stuffed shrimp that feels so fancy even though it’s super easy to make. This recipe will surely delight any seafood lover, and I mean delight – we’re talking compliments for days.
BBQ Cauliflower Wings made with just 9 ingredients are the perfect cauliflower wings for Game Day Snacks and Appetizers, and any occasion! They’re crispy, crunchy and coated in a saucy bbq sauce with just a few ingredients. Learn how to make these in HALF the time!!
My Big Mama’s Southern Fried Chicken Recipe is highly flavorful because of the seasoned flour and fried to golden brown crunchy perfection. Serve with my Collard Greens, Cornbread and Garlic Mashed Potatoes for the best meal ever.
This Easy Grilled Baby Back Ribs recipe will show you the best way to season and grill the ribs using a homemade BBQ seasoning and rub. You can prepare these tender, fall off the bone ribs using a gas grill or charcoal.
Crispy Grilled Chicken Wings- Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside, and deliciously seasoned – that is the definition of perfect chicken wings. This recipe adds the awesomeness of a smokey flavor from the grill. These will be some of the best-tasting wings you’ve ever eaten.
Simple to prep and perfect for the holidays, this boneless roast beef recipe is a perfect centerpiece for your Christmas dinner. Seasoned with garlic and herbs, this roast beef is easy to cook exactly how you like it, and it comes out wonderfully juicy and flavorful.
This air fryer Buffalo chicken wings recipe is a healthier version of a popular American appetizer that is served across the country. Using a homemade sauce, these tasty wings are air fried to perfection.
Round up the family, preheat the oven and whip up my Mama’s Southern Baked Beans! Made with ingredients like brown sugar, aromatics, and barbecue sauce, my Mama’s Southern Baked Beans are smoky and sweet in all the best ways.
Are you looking for deas to carry the day in a cookout? The Southern potato salad is your sure bet, any day. It’s made from simple ingredients like potatoes, boiled eggs, celery, and mayonnaise, yet has a rich flavor that will leave the guests asking for more.
Simply irresistible Cheesy Ranch Potato Salad loaded with bacon and Creole Seasoning. A healthy and satisfying side to match any dish. With extremely rich and creamy ranch dressing covering the fork-tender potatoes. Refreshing and enticing comfort food you can eat any time of the day!
This Easy Southern Coleslaw Recipe has the best sweet and tangy flavor. It’s served creamy and chilled. Perfect for loading onto pulled pork sandwiches or served as a side dish for any BBQ or cookout spread.
After a sumptuous black cookout meal, you want to top up with an equally tantalizing dessert to keep your taste buds in high spirits. Nothing does this better than the traditional sweet potato pie. Eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg are the secret ingredients in this feel-good snack.
This Easy, No-Bake Banana Split Pie is everything you want in an ice cream sundae. This dessert has a graham cracker crust loaded with pineapples, bananas, and a cream cheese filling with no egg. Serve it with whipped cream, cherries, nuts, and drizzled with chocolate syrup.
Topped with a cream cheese glaze, this sweet potato bundt cake is perfectly spiced and deliciously sweet. Simple to make, it’s a great addition for your Thanksgiving menu with it’s wonderful warming flavors.