Last week my kids, 4 of them, were outside playing. Several children from our street had come over, and they were all having a blast. In that moment, I felt like the coolest mom in the neighborhood, but the event planner in me wanted to do more. I said to myself,”you should throw a block party?” So as I’m going through this process myself, I’m sharing a few tips to help you plan an awesome block party for your neighborhood.
Picking a date is the critical first step. Keep weather conditions in mind when choosing a date. You don’t want to pick a time when it will be too hot or too wet outside. You also need to be mindful of other events going on. You might not get many attendees if you choose to hold your party during festival season.
Normally after picking a date you would send out invitations, but in this case there are a few more steps you need to take. You will need to contact your local authorities to get permission to close your street off during the block party. This is a must! Having the street closed to traffic will give everyone a safe place to party.
After you get the all clear, then it’s time to get the word out. Keep it simple. Print invitations or fliers on your home computer and hand-deliver them to your neighbors. A colorful invitation and a warm smile is sure fire way to break the ice.
Planning your menu and activities is the next step. This is when you will need to enlist the help of your neighbors. Make the event a potluck and have everyone bring an activity to share. This will take the pressure off you and your finances.
Have you ever hosted a block party? Comment below and let me know how it went.