Summer has (unofficially) started, but if you’re as excited as we are about the sunny months ahead then it’s definitely not too soon to start celebrating. One of the best ways to get to know your neighbors is by doing it the old fashioned way, a good ole’ block party. Food, drinks and festivities are all things that bring people together in the happiest of circumstances. A great way for the whole community to get involved is by having everyone contribute to the party in one way or another. Take a look below at some of our favorite ideas for block party must haves.
To get started you should first check to see if you need a permit to have a block party—it would be a serious downer if your party gets shut down, so figure all of this out in advance! After a time and date is agreed upon, be sure to let all of your neighbors know so that they can participate. Even if they don’t plan on coming, make sure they’re aware of the party so they don’t get aggravated when they find they can’t pull their car out of their driveway! Set up a meeting time so everyone can choose what their contribution to the party will be and work out logistics (this can also be done over email if schedules don’t align). After all of the logistics are planned, make invitations to put in everyone’s mail boxes and hang on the trees down your street as friendly reminders.
Other things you should keep in mind are getting roadblocks to prevent cars from accidentally turning up your street, figuring out the rules of pets at the party, and remembering to be courteous of neighbors that aren’t participating! Everyone wants to have a good time, so be sure to take all steps necessary of ensuring a good time!
Food and Drinks
One of the best parts of any get together is the food (in my opinion at least). Block parties make it even better because you get to try out everyone’s specialties that they bring to the party. Make sure you check in with everyone before heading out for a shopping trip—make sure you know about everyone’s allergies and preferences so their are options for everybody. Fire up the grill, bring salads, sides, snacks, desserts and drinks so everybody is satisfied. Also, make sure you don’t forget the necessities of plates, cups and utensils! If you plan to be using one-time use items then be sure to set up designated recycling bins! If there’s a ice cream truck that comes around often, let them know about your block party and see if they can swing by. This will be a hit, trust us!
Granted, the good company and conversations will be enough for you to have a good time—but, having the street nicely decorated would be an added bonus! There are tons of easy DIY projects that you can tackle that will turn that block party into a full on hit! Even better, this is something that the kids can participate in as well to make them feel like they’re part of the planning of the event. From decorations for the trees to banners and mason jar lights, there are tons of tiny projects that each family can help out with.
Activities and Games
Both adults and kids love games, so why not have a selection of different kinds to choose from?! One of the charms of a block party is the throwback vibes of wholesome fun. No need for elaborate games, keep it simple with the classics instead. Try out some of our favorite DIY lawn games or stick to the popular water balloon tosses, potato sack races and sidewalk chalk drawing games! If you’re looking for a big crowd pleaser, project a movie either onto a DIY screen so everyone can gather around and enjoy a family fun movie after the sun sets. If someone in your neighborhood has a special skill that that they want to share, that would also be an awesome way to get the neighborhood interacting. Someone down the street is a yoga instructor? See if they’re willing to do a yoga session in a backyard so everyone can get together and learn something new!
What are your favorite things to do at your block party? Let us know in the comments so we can try them out!