A neighborhood block party is a great way to build a sense of community and get to know new neighbors. While entertaining, a successful block party takes a lot of work and commitment. Use these tips to get your next neighborhood event off the ground.
Before you do any planning, make sure you get the proper approval for the block party. If you have a homeowner’s association, start with them. Find out if you need to do anything special or if there are limitations on the activities you can do. You might also need a permit or special approval from the city, especially if you want to block off any streets.
Form a Committee
A block party is a big undertaking. Don’t handle all of the work yourself. Ask for other neighbors to join you in a planning committee. By dispersing the planning workload, you are better able to keep the party on track without stressing yourself out. Ask a few neighbors you know to help out, or put out a general announcement to all neighbors to see who would like to help.
Plan the Scope
What do you want to do for the neighborhood block party? Narrowing down the focus of the party helps you finalize the details. You’ll need to decide on the timing, activities, food and length of the guest list. Don’t try to go too big, especially if this is your first block party. You can always go bigger next time.
A block party should be fun, but you also need some rules and regulations to keep everyone safe. For example, you might ask that pets stay at home to keep everyone safe. Alcohol is a potential safety consideration. Since it’s a neighborhood party, drunk driving shouldn’t be an issue. But alcohol can cause people to make poor decisions and put people at risk. Bonfires and barbecues are also a potential risk of injury. Decide on a set of ground rules before the party.
Get the Word Out
Once you have all of the details finalized, you need to let the whole neighborhood know about the event. Decide how you’ll let people know about the event. Flyers passed out to each neighbor work well. You might also make some posters to hang around the neighborhood.