If you live in a suburban area you’re likely on a first-name basis with your neighbors. But how often do you really hang out and spend time together? Hosting a block party is a great way to get the whole neighborhood out and involved and better acquainted. Here’s how to do it!
Assemble a Team
Recruit some neighbors to help with the event. Divvy up the responsibilities. Put someone in charge of food, games, publicity, etc. Having a team to plan the event will make things a whole lot easier.
Pick a Date
To have the best turnout, find a date that works well for all the parties involved. You won’t be able to satisfy everyone’s schedule, but just make sure your event doesn’t coincide with any major local happenings like sporting events. It’s also probably a good idea to avoid holiday weekends or any other dates when people are likely to be traveling.
Plan the Menu
When it comes to food, there are several ways to go. You can handle everything yourself and ask for donations to help cover the cost. You can also assign dishes to various neighbors and make it a group effort. One idea that usually works well is to divide up appetizers, sides, desserts, etc. by last name. An even easier option is to schedule a food truck to stop by for a few hours.
Make it Fun
In addition to the food and fellowship, consider adding some element of fun to the event. A bouncy house or other type of inflatable game is sure to be a hit. You could also plan a cul-de-sac kickball tournament, bike parade, or other competitive venture.
Promote the Event
If your neighborhood has a group page on social media, that’s a great place to publicize your event. You can ask people to rsvp or to reply with what they’re bringing. Send reminders to build hype around the event as the date approaches.
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No matter how much preparation goes into the event, the most important thing is that everyone has fun! The details don’t have to be perfect. Just kick back and relax!