Family Slideshow - Make a Memorable One

Slideshow ideas for anniversaries, birthdays, family reunions

Invited to a family celebration and want to relive the sweet memories that you and your family members had together? Whether you are having a birthday party or a big family get together it’s always fun to watch family pictures. Don’t want to share one album or pass photos around from one person to another? Then try out something that’s all the rage - a family slideshow!

You don’t need to be a pro to frame your family memories into a heartwarming video presentation. Get inspired by our ideas and templates for various types of family slideshows. Then use our step-by-step guide on how to make a family reunion slideshow and create a video for everyone to remember!

Family Slideshow Example

Liked this family picture slideshow? Wouldn’t it be great to make a similar video of your own? Then let us share with you some secrets and tips on how to make a family-themed video.

Some Tips and Tricks for Your Family Slideshow

  • Make collages. Have tons of pictures and can’t choose the most suitable ones for the slideshow? Don’t worry, mix them up in collages. Select the photos and the slideshow maker will create an animated collage according to a certain pattern.
  • Add some dynamics. Watching pictures is nice, but you don’t want your family and friends to get bored. Add some dynamic videos to your slideshow. May be it will be a funny interview of your 5-year-old kid or a rafting video from your recent vacation.
  • Set the rhythm. Find the right song depending on the theme of your slideshow and your goal. If you are feeling happy and want for everyone to sing along with you while watching the video - opt for upbeat music.
  • Pick a theme. Many celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries offer you a chance to make a slideshow. But why wait for an occasion? Search through family-themed slideshow templates to get inspired, pick one and create a video for everyone to enjoy on a usual evening.
  • Choose the right software. Slideshows are usually associated with Powerpoint. True, if you are making them for work or educational projects. But for a heartfelt family video you may need some other slideshow software with more artistic possibilities. Let’s take a look at SmartSHOW 3D. With this slideshow maker for Windows and its built-in library of 600 templates, transition and animation effects you will create an unforgettable video for your family!

Touching Songs for Family Slideshow

The Internet is full of different ideas on background music for almost every family event. But if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ song, try these:

  • We are Family by Sisters Sledge
  • Meanwhile Back At Mama’s by Tim McGraw
  • I’ll Be There by Mariah Carey and Try Lorenz
  • The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert
  • Who Says You Can’t Go Home by Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles
  • These Are My People by Rodney Atkins

Want to pick out some other tune? Then check out this selection of family songs.

Family Slideshow Examples for Various Occasions

Don’t know where to draw inspiration for your slideshow? Then have a look at these four examples of family-themed videos.

Wedding slideshow

Wedding Slideshow

Whether someone in your family is getting married or celebrating a wedding anniversary it’s a great idea to surprise them with a heartwarming gift. Grab the couple’s pictures, spice them up with romantic music and create a wedding slideshow.

Happy Birthday slideshow

Birthday Slideshow

Your grandma is turning 80? Find some time beforehand to flip through an old photo album together with her and listen about the memories of her life. And after that you can scan some pictures and make a happy birthday slideshow.

Graduation slideshow

Graduation Slideshow

Graduation is always a moving time for the graduate and his or her family. Take a moment and create a graduation slideshow to tell your kids how proud you are of all their achievements and to remind them that you will always be by their side.

Merry Christmas slideshow

Merry Christmas Slideshow

Playing Dirty Santa or simply exchanging christmas presents at your annual family christmas gathering? Begin a new tradition! Make a merry christmas slideshow that will look like a yearbook depicting the most important milestones in family members’ lives.

Ready to create your own family photo slideshow? Then let’s get started with SmartSHOW 3D. Try it for free:

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Now that you have ideas, suggestions on songs and themes for family slideshow you can get going!

Don’t have a clue about how to work in a slideshow maker? Just use the step-by-step guide below - it shows how to create a slideshow for a family reunion.

How to Make a Slideshow For a Family Reunion

Follow these easy steps to create a slideshow on your own:

Step 1. Start the Slideshow Software

Download and run SmartSHOW 3D. Choose the type of the project you want to make. Go with New Project if you want to create your slideshow from scratch. Slideshow in 5 minutes will grant you access to a library of pre-designed templates with modern or vintage effects.

Run the slideshow software
Go with the type of the project that suits you better

Step 2. Choose the Family Pictures

Fill the timeline with photos of your family members. Ask your distant relatives to scan and send you some pictures and videos and add them to the storyboard too. Arrange the pictures in the strict order or shuffle them - whatever suits your story better.

Add photos to your slideshow
Arrange the pictures in the order you like

Step 3. Insert Texts and Quotes

Making a story of your family or just reflecting on the most meaningful moments of your family life? It’s always a good idea to add some narrative.To keep the attention of your viewers, use different text effects. For example, apply animation to your text and the words will appear on the slide letter by letter.

Spice up your family slideshow with quotes
Add some text to comment on the story of your family

Step 4. Add Dynamics to Your Slides

Don’t want everyone to get too bored by simply watching photos on the screen? Then add a few effects. Choose from a large collection of ready-made animations to apply to the video - there are over 350 effects of various types: motion, nature, and 3D. Well-chosen transitions will make your slideshow flow.

Add effects to your slideshow
Spice up your video with stunning effects

Step 5. Save Your Family Reunion Video

Want to share your masterpiece with all the family members, even with those who won’t have a chance to come? Save your slideshow for family reunion in several formats - burn it to DVD to show at the reunion and post it to Facebook for everyone to see.

Save your slideshow for family reunion
Save your slideshow in several formats to share with everyone

Did you like our family reunion slideshow ideas and step-by-step guide? Then create your own video with SmartSHOW 3D. Check it out for free:

Windows For Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

Now it’s your turn to surprise your family with a heartwarming video!

Get Rolling With Family Slideshow Templates

Need more ideas? Have a look at these lovely family slideshow templates. SmartSHOW 3D offers 200+ templates that will make it easier for you to choose a theme for your family video.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make a family slideshow more interesting?

Add music, transitions and effects, titles and stickers, and other decorations. If your slideshow is related to an event (a birthday, a wedding, etc.), it is better to pick themed pics and backgrounds.

Go to an easy step-by-step guide

Where can I find templates for family photo slideshows?

Slideshow software developers often include themed templates in their programs, since family slideshows are quite popular.

Check out a slideshow app with family templates

What are some good family reunion slideshow ideas?

Make a recap of events that happened while you were apart. Do something playful, like awards or a family trivia game. Or simply make something nostalgic.

Learn to bring your slideshow ideas to life

How to choose the best family slideshow maker?

Decide which features you need now and might need later. Evaluate your budget and research the available options. Then dive into user reviews or try a demo version yourself, if available.

Try an easy-to-use slideshow maker now

No matter if your family is small or big, if you are having a mega-event or a small get-together, it’s always good to remind your relatives how much you cherish them and that you will always be there for one another. The best way to do it is creating a family slideshow!

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