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How to Host an Epic Neighborhood Block Party

posted: 07/25/17
by: Katie Morton
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With longer days and school out for the season, summer couldn't be a more perfect time for a neighborhood street party. Neighborhood street parties allow you to meet new neighbors, catch up with those who you haven't see in awhile, and foster a sense of community. Here are our tips for how to plan and host an epic neighborhood street bash this summer.

1. Start With a Theme and Tone

In order to give your party planning some focus, it's best to start with a concrete theme. Do you want a daytime, kid-friendly event? Or, do you want an all-night, grown-up rager? Once you have an idea of the party's tone and theme, then you can base the rest of your decisions around that.

2. Food! Glorious Food!

Feeding dozens and dozens of people is not something most neighborhood kitchens can handle on their own. Don't shoulder the burden of feeding all the guests by yourself. The easiest way to handle the food for a neighborhood street party is by doing it potluck style.

Ask guests to sign up to bring something from a designated category--for example, appetizers, sides, entrees, and desserts. Most people have a tried-and-true favorite to bring to parties, so you usually end up with an amazing buffet.

If you want to go a bit fancier than a DIY potluck, consider purchasing catered from a local BBQ, sandwich, or burger joints. If you go this route, then collect money ahead of time to contribute to the cost. Ask each family to bring their own beverages in a cooler to share.

3. Where's the Party?

If you're looking for a prime location for a neighborhood street party, the most obvious choice is the neighborhood cul-de-sac. If your development has a community center or a swimming pool, then both of these are also excellent options, as well. (Note: For a pool party, you'll want to factor in the cost of lifeguards to ensure kids' safety). If none of these options exist, then consider renting a pavilion at a local park.

4. Planning the Fun

For family fun, nothing beats the ease of kids and wheels--scooters, bikes, and skateboards are hours of fun (and are free)! Section off part of the cul-de-sac with traffic cones so that kids have a traffic-free zone to play in.

Classic camp games like the spoon and egg toss, the three-legged race, and water balloon fights are fun for ages 3 to 93. Backyard sports like volleyball, badminton, and croquet are also easy to set up and fun for all. For water fun, slip-n-slides, sprinklers, and small inflatable kiddie pools are party hits that can be set up and removed with relative ease.

Gathering your neighborhood crew for a street party is a fun event for all ages. Aside from catching up and meeting your new neighbors, you'll also be creating a sense of bonding throughout the community that will last a lifetime.