A block party is a fun way to celebrate the start of summer. It also gives the people living in your neighborhood an opportunity to get to know one another. Many of us aren't as familiar with the people in our community as we once were. At one time, leaning on your neighbors was a no brainer. A block party is a great way to bring everyone together and create a new tradition for your neighborhood.
How do I start planning a block party?
If your neighborhood has hosted a block party in the past, get in touch with the ones who have planned it before. Let them know you're more than willing to help.
If this will be a brand new event, you will have a little more work to do, but it will be worth it! Start by talking with the neighbors you do know. Enlist their help with the planning. In a smaller neighborhood, two to four people may be able to handle the planning. If you have a large neighborhood, consider creating a committee and splitting up all the planning duties.
Who brings the food to a block party?
There are a few different ways to cater food to all your neighbors. One of the easiest things to do is have your block party potluck style. Create a sign-up sheet, or specify a dish for each household on the invitations. You can also have each family bring their own meat to grill, then a side dish and drinks to share. If you live in a neighborhood where many of the neighbors already know each other, you can ask each family to donate money to a "food fund."
How do I keep the kids and adults entertained at a block party?
Create a game area! Find a neighbor or two who wouldn't mind turning their yard into the fun zone. Water balloons, slip-n-slides, horseshoes, washers, and other backyard games are just a few ideas. Have bicycle races or create a scavenger hunt. You could even have everyone pitch in to rent a bounce house or magician!
What about bathrooms?
This question depends on where exactly you host your block party. If it is a local park, the park will probably have facilities everyone can use. If it is on your actual street, suggest that each person uses the restroom at their own home. If the party will cover a larger area, consider renting porta potties.
Remember, block parties are meant to be fun! Keep is super casual, and don't sweat the small things. Your block party might not be perfect, but you can bet people will still want to do it again for years to come!