15 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

100 Funny Slogans for Family Reunion T-shirts

Funny Slogans for Family Reunion T-Shirts

Whether you look forward to seeing your extended family again or dread the crazy antics your creepy, drunk uncle will engage in this time, a family reunion is almost always a memorable affair. And whether you’re having a casual barbecue at the local park or a multi-day reunion at a scenic getaway, some custom gear can be the perfect way to commemorate the affair.

Mementos ranging from custom t-shirts to tote bags, hats, or drinkware can put a nice spin on an already-enjoyable occasion, or be a saving grace in the midst of a total catastrophe. Regardless, we’ve gathered for you some of the best slogans around – see if one of them applies to your family. At the very least, maybe they’ll provide you with inspiration for a slogan of your own.

(Note: this post is an updated version of an old post originally published on September 18, 2013, with a much wider variety of slogans added.)

Here they are, in no particular order:

  • “Nine out of ten monkeys insist we’re not their descendents.”  
  • “One reunion, many paths: psychopaths, sociopaths, and more psychopaths.”  
  • “No wonder alcoholism runs in the family.”  
  • “[Family name] [Year] Reunion Survivor.”  
  • “Family is people you hate to love and love to hate.”  
  • “Getting back to our roots”
  • “We put the ‘fun’ in ‘dysfunctional!’”
  • “Now you know where I get it from.”   
  • “If we didn’t argue, we wouldn’t talk at all.”  
  • “One generation plants the tree, another gets the shade.”
  • “‘Family’ might be putting it a little generously.”
  • “Around here, ‘crazy’ is a relative term.”
  • “I never asked to be part of this tribe.”
  • “So this is what they call a ‘heartwarming family reunion?’ Yikes.”
  • “And I was under the impression that family was supposed to make me feel good.”
  • “Without roots, there can be no tree.”
  • “Proud to be on the [family name] family tree.”
  • “We’re family. Deal with it.”  
  • “I wish I could relate to the people I’m related to.”
  • “One team, one family, one win.”  
  • “We’re more than a family – we’re a legacy.”  
  • “From family, we’re given two things – one is roots; the other, wings.”
  • “Family reunions are the most effective form of birth control.”
  • “There’s nothing quite like watching your relatives fight.”  
  • “If you don’t believe in ghosts, you’ve obviously never been to one of our family reunions.”
  • “Maybe next year, we can pass out swords.”
  • “Never give up on your family – no matter how tempting they make it.”  
  • “We’re a completely different sort of nuclear family.”  
  • “‘Dysfunctional’ is really just another way of saying ‘fun.’”
  • “A family reunion is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain. Eventually, SOMETHING’s going to knock over all the pins.”  
  • “I keep telling myself that my relatives have redeeming qualities. Now I just need to find them.”  
  • “The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is a common enemy.”  
  • “Family is like fudge: mostly sweet, with a few nuts.”
  • “Accept it: my family is probably better than yours.”  
  • “I swear, I don’t actually know these people.”  
  • “A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person.”  
  • “It’s a [family name] thing. Sorry, but you wouldn’t understand.”  
  • “Our family tree bore a lot of nuts.”  
  • “I think my family is defective. Can I have yours instead?”  
  • “Never forget where you came from, lest you lose sight of where you’re going.”   
  • “You can’t choose your family. If you could, do you think I’d be here?”
  • “You haven’t lived until you’ve gotten drunk with family.”  
  • “Blood is thicker than water, but booze tastes a whole lot better than both.”
  • “Woven from a common thread.”
  • “The theme of this family: when in doubt, blame [name].”
  • “One of us has to be the mature one. We just haven’t figured out who that is yet.”  
  • “[Family name] reunion [year]. Because whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you stranger.”  
  • “Like YOUR family’s any more normal.”  
  • “This family reunion is rated R for a reason.”  
  • “[Family name]: Because it’s easier to apologize than to plan ahead.”  
  • “Our family is composed of children, men, women, the occasional animal, and the common cold. Three guesses which one I am.”  
  • “The best thing about family reunions is the wait between them.”  
  • “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
  • “I’m the future of the [family name] family. Terrifying, isn’t it?]
  • “My family is like a potato field. All the best parts are underground.”  
  • “[Family name] family: responsible for the retirement of [number] therapists since [year].”
  • “Laughter is healthy. That’s why [family name] reunions are so great.”  
  • “In some families, ‘please’ is the magic word. In this family, it’s ‘sorry.’”  
  • “Insanity is hereditary.
  • “The reason our reunions are so peaceful is because the parents know the kids choose their rest home.”
  • “Never underestimate the [family name] family’s ability to get into trouble.”  
  • “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a family tree.”  
  • “It isn’t a family reunion until one of us punches someone.”  
  • “Some family reunions, you worry about drama. Here, you worry about falling asleep.”  
  • “The best thing about this reunion was the open bar.”  
  • “Think you’re quirky? Compared to our family, you’re like a fart in a hurricane.”  
  • “Our family is one of the only ones whose reunions could use an animal tamer.”  
  • “Reuniting the past, and shaping the future.”  
  • “[Family name] reunion [year]: Because everyone deserves to know what they’re getting into.”  
  • “Our family has always been sort of a work in progress.”  
  • “You don’t choose your family – they are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”  
  • “The family is the nucleus of civilization. Looking at us, that’s probably where we went wrong.”  
  • “Insanity doesn’t just run in this family – it gallops.”  
  • “We couldn’t get rid of our family skeletons, so we just made them dance instead.”  
  • “Our family might not have heirlooms, but boy, have we got stories.”  
  • “Our family might be messy, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world.”  
  • “It doesn’t matter how great your house, it matters that there’s love in it.”  
  • “The best thing about family disasters is that the next one always puts the previous into perspective.”  
  • “[Family name]: It’s okay to be jealous.”  
  • “Friends are god’s apology for family.”  
  • “Our chains might stretch, but they’ll never break.”
  • “Family faces are magic mirrors.  Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.”  
  • “It’s not an official [family name] family reunion until the police show up.”  
  • “Happy families are at least two-thirds incontinent.”  
  • “Family is the one rock that always stays steady.”  
  • “Our family may fight, but we’ll always be there for each other.”  
  • “We’re all the sum of our family’s legacy.”  
  • “Everyone in our family loves each other – we just don’t like each other very much.”
  • “There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.”
  • “We travel the world searching for what we need – our family is where we find it.”  
  • “‘Formal attire’ isn’t really a word our family understands.”  
  • “We’re proud of our heritage – especially the embarrassing parts!”   
  • “Some families are patchworks of love. Ours is a patchwork of psychological problems.”
  • “Our families teach us what we know about the world. Explains a lot, right?”  
  • “No matter where you go or what you do, you’ll carry your family in your heart.”  
  • “Recount your family history, lest it be lost. Honor your heritage.”  
  • “We are who we are because they were who they were.”  
  • “Family: where life begins & love never ends.”
  • “Family is having a place to call home.”
  • “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs”

Like an idea? Head on over to our t-shirt maker and design your own family reunion shirts.


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11 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Watch this Nanotech Tee Laugh at Stains

The white t-shirt has issues. I’ve documented its shortcomings in previous blog posts about creating a 5K t-shirt that runners love and how to design a charity event t-shirt. Simply put, white tees stain easily and end up relegated to lawn or cleaning duty in short order.

Australian company Threadsmiths are changing all that with their new white t-shirt – the Cavalier. It shrugs off water (and sriracha, wine, mustard and other known fabric staining culprits) from its surface like Kobe Bryant sheds defenders.

Using nano-technology, Threadsmiths infused the 100% cotton t-shirt with hydrophobic qualities that last for up to 80 washes. Check out the Sriracha vs Cavalier video below. Would you throw down $65 for a stainless white t-shirt?

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31 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

How to Design a 5K T-shirt Runners Love

Tufts 10K Race for Women

Sorting laundry last weekend, I had barely enough whites to constitute a load. I went scrounging around the house, searching for a errant sock or other white item to add to the pile. “Don’t I have any white t-shirts to wash?!”, I puzzled. Working here at BlueCotton, a purveyor of fine custom t-shirts, you can imagine I have quite a few t-shirts in my wardrobe.

After much opening and shutting of drawers, much shifting of stacks, unfolding and refolding, the result was clear. I counted exactly eight white t-shirts in my collection- all free giveaway t-shirts from various charity walks and events. I keep these shirts because they are from a cause close to my heart, but I rarely wear them.

What is the purpose of the charity t-shirt? Why do they represent the bottom of my drawer even though I support and identify with the cause? How can we improve the charity event t-shirts’ standing? Can they be top-drawer material? If so, how do we get them there? Click here for answers to these burning questions…

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01 February 2014 ~ 3 Comments

The Ultimate Winter Olympics Party Guide

Ultimate Winter Olympics Party Guide

Original Photo by Flickr user familymwr

The holidays are over, but that’s no reason to stop the party train. Right on time, The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are here to keep your party planning in full swing. We’ve collected a list of Olympic themed decorations, party snacks, games and more to get you through the last few long days of winter. NBC will be airing the opening ceremony on Friday, February 7th.


Olympic Wall Rings

Get your guests into the Olympics spirit by decorating your entertaining space. You can get started with this easy DIY Olympic Rings made of styrofoam rings and crepe paper. How easy is that?

International Flags

The world’s best athletes gather this year in Sochi. Grab this International Flag banner  or a flag table runner to bring some of the international flavor to your party.

Olympic Cupcake Wrappers

Everybody loves cupcakes., and they make an instant and delicious centerpiece. You could frost your cupcakes in the Olympic colors, or dress up simple cupcakes with these Olympic ring cupcake wrappers, available for free download!


Party Games

What’s a party without party games?  If you like a serving of trivia with your main sports viewing dish, try on this Winter Olympics trivia for size.

If you have a Nintendo Wii U, no doubt you’re already familiar with our buddy Mario. Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog have teamed up to offer 16 Olympic Events in their aptly named Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. You could take a break from the telecast and try speed skating or curling your way to Wii victory.

Winter Olympics Bingo cards are also a great choice. Tailor the words you include on the cards for opening ceremony, or any of the live events.

Continuing reading for prize and snack ideas…

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03 December 2013 ~ 3 Comments

How To Buy Gifts for the Whole Family in 30 Minutes or Less

I admire the brave souls who dive into the fray of Black Friday shopping. I salute your dedication to finding a great gift for a great price. I’m here today for the rest of you, who like to stay home and shop. Last year, I secured gifts for everyone on my list at one place, with one transaction! Not only was the process easy, these gifts are personal, thoughtful and just may be the best I’ve ever given.

Instead of trying to dream up the perfect gift for many different individuals with varied tastes, I decided to order a dozen custom t-shirts for my dad’s side of the family.

coin-shirtMy grandfather was a coal miner, and my father and his nine brothers and sisters grew up in a coal mining camp in Coalgood, Kentucky. I found a picture online of the tokens that the coal mining company minted to pay wages to their employees. I selected the $20 token with “Mary Helen Coal Corporation” stamped on it. I uploaded the photo and placed in squarely on the t-shirt. I chose a charcoal grey t-shirt to compliment the coppery-bronze patina of the token. Once the design was perfected, I selected each family member’s size and made the purchase.

The custom t-shirts were a huge hit. The token printed on the t-shirts was a piece of my family’s collective history, and had meaning for each of them. We sat together after opening gifts and talked about their childhood.

My dad remembered using these coins to ride the bus into town and to buy a movie ticket at the Margie Grand Theater. My aunt remembered buying her first pair of new shoes at the Mary Helen Coal commissary with these tokens. Almost-forgotten stories of childhood were shared by my uncles. Some of these were heard for the first time by grandchildren. These were not only the easiest gifts I selected and purchase, they are easily the most “talked-about” presents I ever gave.

Here at BlueCotton, we’re dedicated to making things easy. The easier it is for you, the more we like it. Would you believe you can take care of everyone on your list in one fell swoop, and give them a unique gift they will remember? You can, and I’ll show you in 5 easy steps how it’s done.

1. Think about your extended family. I know it’s all-at-once painful and hilarious – like hitting your funny bone, but do it anyway. Do you have a nifty story in your ancestry that would translate well to a t-shirt design? Mike Coffey (our CEO) has a family-owned gas station in his history. My maternal great-grandfather once owned a motel. Any kind of business works well on a t-shirt, and makes for great storytelling when you’re with the family. Better yet, invent one! Does your family like coffee? You could create a Coffee House with your last name – or a Hunting Lodge, or a Ski Resort, or a Drag Strip. The possibilities here are endless – whatever fictional business or activity would appeal to your family works perfectly.


2. Go to BlueCotton.com and start your design! You can use our clip art archives, or upload photos of your own. Do you have a picture of great-great-great-great Grandpa Chester? Upload that old photo of him with his Model-T and share it with everyone on a t-shirt. Family trees also make for great designs. Maybe you can finally figure out how you’re related to that cousin twice removed. Enlist assistance from other family members to fill in the blanks.


3. Once your design is ready for prime time, you can begin adding your sizes. Refer to your list, and add sizes next to their name. Tally up the sizes and enter them in to the Design Studio.

4. Checkout! During checkout, you may add additional shirts in another color, or another style. If you’d like a different color of shirt for Aunt Clara who strongly dislikes the green shirt you’ve chosen, you can add your design to a different color or different style while still enjoying the bulk pricing. See? I told you we like to make things easy.

5. Your order arrives! All your presents arrive together, and you never once had to stand in a line. You simply open the box, unfold them and wrap them. You could even take the easy way out by dropping them in those fancy printed bags, stuffing tissue paper in the top (or not), and slapping a tag on each one.

6. Be the hero and give a thoughtful family-themed custom t-shirt that they’ll remember!

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05 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

How to Use Your Call of Duty: Ghosts Strategy to Sell T-shirts

5 Ways Call of Duty: Ghosts Strategy Helps Your T-shirt Line

The wait is over! The much-anticipated tenth installment of the franchise, Call of Duty: Ghosts, debuts today! If you’re a fan of Call of Duty, you know that strategy is everything, especially in the Xbox Live multiplayer environment. The t-shirt market is no different. Check out five ways to implement Call of Duty strategy in your real life to improve your t-shirt line.

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1. You can start out on your own, but finding a small team of reliable comrades is critical to success. You can dive right in as a lone mercenary, but you’ll need some help to reach your brand’s potential. You may have a great idea for a t-shirt line, but lack the resources to take it to the next level. Recruit a diverse pool of soldiers. One of your soldiers may have a keen eye for design, while another calls in backup on promotional end of things. You only need one effective sniper. Too many snipers in the kitchen spoils the pot (or something.) Basically, everyone on your team should bring a complimentary skill set to the table. Every pair of boots you have on the ground should be evaluated and deployed based on his/her particular strengths.

Check out T-shirt Magazine’s “Essential Brand Startup Guide” for more in depth battle-plans.

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2. Know the lay of the land. Nothing gets you killed quicker than not knowing where you are or where you are going. Determine where “the road less traveled” really lies, so you can roam undetected into enemy territory. Establish your brand HQ and hold your ground in social media. Find the overlooked markets and ignored population segments – there could be a ambush opportunity there. Learn where the hotspots (and hot designs) are, and set up camp. Anticipate where your competition will be in terms of designs, colors and styles next season so as to maneuver and outflank them.

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3. Resist the urge to charge out into the open with guns a-blazing and no real strategy. I know you can hear the relentless rat-a-tat-tat of e-commerce just “over there” and you’re anxious to get in on the action. Cool your jets and investigate the situation. Do little reconnaissance first. Look around…where’s the fire coming from? Where are the “friendlies”? Research the kinds of shirts your market is buying…and from where. Toss a powerful t-shirt grenade around that corner first and then stride confidently into the room.

Artist, t-shirt designer and entrepreneur Steve Knerem wrote a fantastic three-part article on Starting Your Own Shirt Line. Part III is goes into some depth on gathering intel.

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3. Start with a multi-range, multi-purpose weapon. Shoot for broad appeal within your target market. While there’s definitely a place for a specialty weapon (like a sniper-rifle or a tank-top), a more general weapon like a basic black t-shirt may serve you best in most situations. Again, research and strategy within the target market are key.

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4. As you advance, choose your weapons strategically. Once you’ve established a foothold, it is best to start upgrading. Expand your arsenal to include long-range and short-range options. Add a tank top for summer or long sleeve shirt for fall. Offer a pullover hoodie during the holiday season.

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5. Know when to leave. We’ve all seen the greedy player that sets up shop surrounding himself by 3 claymores and successfully picks off 4-5 players from the same locale. If he doesn’t move out quickly and find a new spot to call home, things aren’t going to end well for him. Once you’ve bagged 3 or 4 killer shirts from the same design origin, you may want to slightly shift your creative direction to maintain your audience’s interest within your genre. Keep moving, keep evolving, stay alert and stay alive.

You’ve unlocked a perk! When in doubt, throw your t-shirt line to the dogs. Call of Duty’s favorite K-9, Riley, has some sweet battle gear. Once you have your market dialed in, consider adding a line of apparel for your customer’s four-legged friends.

– Leann loves a good FPS, and looks forward to the new mutliplayer gametypes in COD: Ghosts, including Cranked and Grind and forming a bot team in the new Squad feature. You can find her at Xbox Live Gamertag: XOliviaDunhamX.

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