Looking to throw the party of the year in the comfort of your own community?! Look no further than these tips on how to plan a memorable block party. What better way to finally get to know the strangers across the fence!
Many local municipalities require a special permit to host a block party and shut down a street. This may vary depending on where you live in Alberta, so be sure to plan and do some research.
Deciding on a date with close neighbours is key, as you want to ensure some households can attend. Once you choose the date, spread the news! Picking a date during a less busy time for families, for example, summertime, when school is out, will ensure the biggest turnout.
Social media is a great sharing tool for events such as this, and you can keep the group “private”, ensuring no unwanted guests show up and crash the event.
Food & Entertainment
Asking everyone to pitch in and make it a potluck style party is the easiest way to ensure enough food for all the guests. Remember it can be quite the turnout, so be sure to distribute a list of food items ahead of time to help with planning.
Depending on the age groups, be sure to set up little entertainment areas to keep smaller kids occupied. Ask around if anyone has a garage band – they may want to provide the entertainment into the evening hours!
Minimize Cleanup Efforts
Asking guests to bring their own reusable glasses, cutlery and dinnerware will cut down on clean up time for all. Setting up garbage and recycling stations, as well as gathering a list of clean up volunteers ahead of time will also help things go smoothly.