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How to Plan a Summer Block Party

Posted by kim carpenter on July 17, 2015
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Group Of Friends Having Outdoor Barbeque At HomeAs summer draws to an end, maybe take some time out and get to know your neighbors!

Block parties are a great way to socialize and build a sense of community, and to help you out, we’ve come up with some tips to minimize the planning anxiety. Whether this is your first neighborhood bash or you’re a seasoned party thrower, here’s your checklist to throw the perfect end-of-summer shindig.

Plan early. Account for rainy days, catering troubles, or scheduling conflicts well in advance. Once you’ve decided on a day, call your local police department and apply for a permit—a process that can take up to several weeks (which is why doing this early is essential). Send invitations. Encourage people to RSVP. This way, you can ensure that all your favorite neighbors are free on the special day.

Divide the Load. Make a budget and divvy up the cost. Get catering or organize a potluck. Let specific neighbors know to bring snacks, desserts, drinks, ice, and barbeque supplies. Get others to bring tables, chairs, and games. This will keep your wallet from going barren and your stress level manageable.

Engage the kids. Set up some fun party things for the little ones to keep them occupied, like water games, face painting or a tye dye area. If your budget allows, rent a bounce house or inflatable slide, or maybe hire a magician.

Engage the adults. If it’s a really large party, introduce neighbors who might not know each other. Plan a chili or barbeque cook off. Organize a DJ or have the local band come play. Make sure there’s plenty to keep people occupied, and that no one’s left all alone.

Have fun. Don’t panic if things don’t go exactly as planned. Just go with the flow and make sure to have enjoy yourself too!



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