How to Organize a Block Party – Making a Block Party Plan
How many of your neighbors do you really know? The peace of mind that comes with knowing you have friends surrounding you at home means not worrying when you leave town or the husband is away. Others look out for you and your home when you build those relationships, and great friendships are just a stone’s throw away.
Organizing a block party is a great way to bring the neighborhood together, and meet those busy neighbors. It may seem like a daunting task to entertain so many people, but with a plan and lots of helping hands it's well worth it. You can always solicit help from the neighbors you are acquainted with and ask for help from other neighbors on the invitation you send to them.
As for the expense, it can be handled in a couple of ways. You could ask for each family to pay a particular amount for each person that will attend the gathering. This amount will depend on what you decide to do and how much your neighbors are willing to give. Then you make all of the purchases and arrangements. This method requires considerable effort from you, unless you have the funds for catering or the helping hands that are necessary to get the preparations done.
Alternatively, you can organize a potluck. Ask each family attending the block party to bring something that is needed. You will need to be organized with what you ask each family to bring. Have a list and quantities needed from each family in advance. Some might bring meats, others veggies, and so on. Have them cut and prepare the items in advance of the party.
Neighbors can help with tables and chairs, games and entertainment, cooking and prep work.
We have a week of block party ideas for you and suggestions on how to organize a great event that your neighbors will be thrilled about. Maybe it will become an annual event in your neighborhood.