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Creative and Funny Family Reunion T-Shirt Sayings

Kyle Greco

May 23, 2022

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With the holidays in the rearview mirror, I’m ready to hibernate. Wake me up for T-shirt weather. Now, if you’re like me, you can’t actually make like a bear and nap your way through the winter– there are student loans to pay. Instead, we’re going to spend as much time as we can planning out our warm-weather activities. 

MDW cookout? Time to buy the charcoal (and the grill). Make sure someone brings hot dog buns. Like, right now.

Fourth of July down the shore? The beach house is already booked, baby. Invite your friends by charging them for it on Venmo.

What about the family reunion? You didn’t forget about Aunt Marie, did you? 


No, it doesn’t matter that she confuses you with your taller, handsomer (and more successful) cousin. You promised that you’d bring something special to this year’s family jamboree: T-shirts for everyone to take home as a souvenir. 

And while it might be a little early to start planning those other summer shindigs, it’s definitely not too soon to start thinking about what will go on those shirts. Fortunately, yours truly has slogan ideas for just about every type of family. 

Family Reunion T-shirt Design Ideas For:

The Family With a Lot of History

Without roots, there can be no tree.

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In order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you come from. At least, that’s probably what’s said to you five or six times at every reunion if you have this type of family. Your  great uncle or grandpappy love to regale all you young kids (aged 0-35) with genealogical surveys spanning from the Mesopotamian era onward. 

It might be a little overwhelming, but it’s totally worth absorbing. Yeah, you probably won’t remember which one of your ancestors shot an apple clean off the mayor’s head, and which one played on a barnstorming baseball team in the late 1800s. But at least now you know two more interesting people from your family.



The Family That Loves Wordplay

We’re so elated cause we’re all related

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This is for the group that treats family reunions like one big Scrabble tournament. You have a lot of wordsmiths on your family tree: English professors, romance novelists, and even aspiring rappers. Uncle Henry doesn’t like that his son goes by Li’l Kingpin now, but neither one of them can deny a good rhyme. 

The Family With Plenty of Quirks

Why be normal when you could be a  [family name here]?

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If your family likes to keep it weird, this is the perfect family reunion t-shirt design idea. Sure, maybe you work a desk job, but Gam-Gam was a fire breather in a traveling circus, and your cousin has a career juggling devil sticks on the boardwalk. 

A slogan like this is simple yet playful. It says there’s more than enough peculiarity to go around. It’s a good reminder not to take yourself too seriously and embrace the weirdness within, both at the family reunion and in life.

The Family With a Lot of Family

Fam-i-ly (n): the perfect mix of chaos and love


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Big families are, well, a lot. There are so many personalities, connections to remember, and conversations being had at the same time. It’s disorienting, but you always look forward to it.

Because something interesting always happens. Maybe it’s Aunt Gina ‘messing up’ the old family recipe, except now it tastes better (shh, don’t tell Grandma). Or maybe it’s the little cousins putting on an impromptu dance performance about the coal mining industry, to the delight of Pop-Pop, who was a miner himself. 

It might be a mess, but it’s your beautiful mess. And you wouldn’t want it any other way. 

The Family That Gets Noise Complaints

[Family name] Family Reunions: a little bit crazy, a little bit loud, a whole lot of love


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It isn’t a family reunion for you until the cops get called. The neighbors are just jealous they didn’t get invited. If they married into the family, then they would.

Your family is boisterous, but they never mean any harm. They’re just really happy to see you. Yes, they ask how you’re doing at volumes normally saved for construction sites. What matters is that they always care, and that’s a beautiful thing. 

The Family That’s a Little Bit Extra

The [family name] Put the ‘Fun’ in ‘Dysfunction’


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Who doesn’t enjoy some juicy drama? Your family certainly does! Whether it’s gossiping over cake and coffee about a relative three seats away, or yelling about who won the cornhole game seven years ago, every reunion is a mini performance. 

The melodrama might be the reason you only see these people once a year. Be honest, though– you kind of look forward to it. You want to hear your dad’s cousin brag about how her tone deaf son is going to be the next American Idol. You want Uncle Dennis to go on one of his conspiracy theory rants. 

And you definitely want Krista to stay away from you. Otherwise there are going to be problems. C’mon, you’re not immune to being a part of the spectacle!

Now you really have no excuse not to get started on your family reunion shirt. One of these pure gold ideas is sure to make your whole family happy to wear your creation. 

Kyle Greco

About the Author

Kyle Greco is the resident writer at RushOrderTees, where he blends word nerdery with his love for T-shirts. A graduate of The College of New Jersey, he is interested in exploring the intersection of clothing and culture. In his spare time, he makes music, builds guitars, and cooks with his wife. He enjoys hot dogs, sports, and collecting too many hats.