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Family Reunion Tips: How to prepare an Italian-themed barbecue

With the busy lifestyles that everyone leads nowadays, gatherings like family reunions are forgotten. However, for traditional families, these get-togethers are still important. This is why they take some time out of their hectic schedules in order to make way for family gatherings. How important are family reunions? According to USA Today, reunions are important because they preserve beloved memories, recipes that are handed down through generations, favorite anecdotes, and they even help ensure that familial bonds are kept. Moreover, this is a chance to catch up on each other’s lives and to be updated on things like which university your cousins are going to, or where Gran and Gramps will go on a holiday.

Italians are known for being family-oriented, thus it’s only appropriate that we look up to their ways and customs. For your next family reunion, you can opt for an Italian-themed barbecue on the grounds of the Willow Glen Inn. Its gardens are the ideal location for an outdoor picnic, and it’s always great to be surrounded with nature’s beauty when you’re with family. Since these events are laid-back, there’s no pressure on dress codes—you can come as yourself, and no one will judge you even if you’re casually clad in a pair of Marks & Spencer jeans and Havaianas flip flops. Although these barbecues are usually held during spring or summer, autumn will add new color to your picnic, and the natural foliage will be a wonderful background for family photos.

For table decorations on your Italian barbecue, you can place fresh-smelling herbs instead of festive flowers on checkered tables. Your appetizers may include grilled favorites such as prosciutto-wrapped grilled fig salad or grilled mussels with salsa verde. You can also include different types of cheeses with the appetizers. For the entrée, you can serve Tuscan steaks and varieties of pasta. Have an assortment of Italian cookies or ricotta cheesecake ready for dessert. But apart from the food, don’t forget that the most important thing is to bond with the family—ban all sorts of electronic devices, and spend quality time with each other for a memorable gathering.

Reunion Lodging

Tree Room Sitting AreaWillow Glen has 8 lodging units. Five single units, two with two bedrooms and one with three bedrooms providing a total of 13 beds with 1 pull-out sofa. We also have 3 roll-away beds providing a total sleeping capacity of 31 guests. Many of the rooms at Willow Glen have a rustic, western theme as shown in the photo of our very popular Tree Room at left. In this photo can be seen the room's sitting area with comfortable arm chairs, love seat and television with VCR. The queen-size bed made from native pine logs is just visible past the TV. Learn more about the Tree Room in our Lodging Section.

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Wedding Facilities

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Willow Glen's Sunken Garden has been a favorite location for outdoor wedding ceremonies for almost 30 years. The manicured lawn can accommodate up to 200 guests for a romantic outdoor wedding. The banks surrounding the lawn are covered with shrubs and flowers in season. Several species of mature trees top the banks and give a private, room-like feel to this popular outdoor venue.

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Reunion Facilities

Great Room BuffetWhether your family wants to scrapbook, share family history, play volleyball, put on your own talent show or just sit and talk in a relaxing atmosphere, Willow Glen is the place to be. Our yards and gardens offer numerous areas for relaxing strolls, our Old Barn Restaurant provides space for scrapbooking and family history buffs, our outdoor stage is great for the children's talent show, and our large lawn areas can be used for volleyball, badminton, frizbee, crouquet, softball and sack races, to name just a few posibilities.

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Wedding Packages

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Willow Glen Inn will provide you with the most extraordinary venue for your most special and memorable day. Whether in the summer or winter, Willow Glen can provide you with everything you need to create the perfect wedding and reception.

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  • Family Celebrations

    Chuckwagon Chow LineWillow Glen is the perfect place for your next birthday party, graduation party, anniverssary party, retirement party or other family gathering. Let us do the work for you. Our staff will set up furniture to meet the needs of your party, provide a comfortable environment and clean up after the party is over freeing you to enjoy your event. Our food service staff will work with you to design appropriate refreshments within a resonable budget. Follow the links in this section to learn more about party options at Willow Glen.


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  • Company Parties and Retreats

    Staff Training SeminarCompany picnics, Christmas and other holiday parties, staff reward parties and team building retreats held at Willow Glen all leave a positive and memorable impression. Our comfortable, rustic decor and relaxing atmosphere set the stage for a successful company event. Your staff will appreciate the intimacy and you will appreciate the controlled environment afforded by a private company event at Willow Glen. Follow the links in this section to learn how Willow Glen can help make your next event the most productive ever.

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  • Family Reunions

    Family Reunion PhotoWillow Glen Inn is a great location to hold your family reunion. Cedar City is host to many festivals and events throught the year. The surrounding area is a wonderland of mojtnains, deserts, lakes and streams with an abundance of scenic byways, trails and sightseeing opportunities. Any time of year is a good time to schedule your family reunion at Willow Glen. Follwo the links in this section for more information about our family reunion services.

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  • Weddings & Receptions

    Outdoor WeddingCelebrate your special day at Cedar City's most extraordinary and sought after wedding venue. Willow Glen Inn is a romantic setting for outdoor weddings up to 200 guests, receptions up to 500 guests and rehearsal dinners and bridal luncheons for up to 200 guests. Our indoor facilities can accomodate weddings with up to 70 guests. Watch the video clip below to see examples from wedding hosted at Willo Glen Inn then follow the links in this section to learn how Willow Glen can help you make a romantic and memorable wedding experience.

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