neighborhood block party

Do you know what kind of neighborhood you live in? Or maybe you've just moved to a new neighborhood and don't know any of your neighbors.It's a faster and more comprehensive way to get to know your neighbors than by knocking on their doors and delivering homemade snacks. 

That's why block parties are so important. You will be able to meet most of your neighbors at this party. To give you more information about block parties, we've put together a list of the most frequently asked questions and the answers as well. Whether you want to host a block party or are invited to it, this will be the most detailed guide to block parties.

block party

(Block party) 

What is a block party?

A block party is a gathering where many members of a community come together. Usually, people will play music inside the neighborhood, have a barbecue party and play games as a way to get the party going.

How to throw a block party?

Before we start talking about how to throw a block party, there's one thing we can't forget. Apply for a block party permit on your local city website. If your community's block party involves a main street closure, you will need to complete a special event permit application. Typically, permits cost $25 and do not require insurance. Fill out the application at least 30 days before the event.

Plan ahead

  • Choose the date. First, check the weather for a suitable day. After that, choose a date that suits most of your neighbors; a weekend time would be a good choice.And choose a central location in your neighborhood. Make sure it's a location that is easily accessible to everyone and has enough space for people to gather in comfort.
  • Invite guests. The block party permit requires that every neighbor be notified. Invite your neighbors to your block party via mail, email, social media, or even door-to-door. Be sure to include the date, time, and location of the event as well as any important information they need to know. Of course, not everyone will accept the invitation. Don't get frustrated and focus on the next event.
  • Find a companion. The size of the block party will be much bigger than you think. So don't feel like you can do it all by yourself. Choose companions who share your goals or enlist the help of volunteers.Plan and execute the event, for example. Assign tasks such as setting up tables and chairs, coordinating games and activities, and managing food and drinks. A little tip, kids will be one of your best helpers.
Street neighborhood party

(Street neighborhood party)

List of required items

Party tent. Necessary equipment for all kinds of outdoor activities. Especially for larger events like block parties, a party tent is needed to give everyone a space where they won't be disturbed by the weather.

For such a large number of parties, I would recommend the fireproof tent with fire retardant materials. and in terms of party tent size 20 x 20 tent can accommodate up to 65 people, perfectly suited for block parties.

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If you don't want to spend too much budget on a party tent, you can consider the cheap and easy-to-install pop-up canopy, which can be used not only in such outdoor events, backyard relaxation, and family gatherings are also suitable.

Cooking supplies and food. If a barbecue is needed, then the grill and ingredients need to be prepared in advance. Next, make sure that you have enough food and drinks for everyone. If it is too late to prepare a large amount of food, you can order take-out and pizza can never go wrong.

It is also possible to take the approach of bringing food for each household or hiring a catering service to handle the food. Don't forget to pack plenty of water and non-alcoholic beverages.

food for block party

(Food for block party)

Party decorations. Party decorations are inseparable from the usual mix of balloons, banners, and flowers. Custom banners with neighborhood names can be hung in the party start area. Create an atmosphere of pomp and circumstance. Adding decorations not only adds to the atmosphere but also makes a great backdrop for photos on social media.

Other items. Tables and chairs can be added according to the venue and the number of people. Disposable tableware, trash cans, sound equipment, etc. are also needed. It is best to create a list of things required. 

Entertainment activities

Since it's a party, how can there be without entertainment? Especially if you want the neighbors to become closer.

  • Water balloon fights. Water balloon fights are fun for all ages. It's a different kind of dodgeball, except you might end up getting all wet.
  • Baking Contest. Every family attending the party can participate. Bring your best homemade cookies or cakes. Let everyone vote for the best neighborhood baker at the end!
  • Inflatable house. This is an entertainment activity for kids. Let them bounce around and burn off their energy after enjoying the food at the party. It's also a great place for kids to meet new friends.
  • Cleaning. This is not a fun event. Have everyone throw their trash in the dumpster at the end of the party pandemonium. And remind each family to take away the dishes they brought. If the kids have painted in the street, it's even more important to clean it up promptly. A clean closing will lead to the next block party.
Block party games

(block party games) 

What to bring to a block party?

If you are invited to a block party and are thinking about what you need to bring, here are some suggestions.

Some food such as salads, snacks, or homemade desserts. Better post an ingredient list on the side to avoid possible allergens.

Drinks such as lemonade, iced tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages, but also alcoholic beverages such as white wine. Bringing food and drinks will not only help the host reduce stress, but you can also share each other's food with your neighbors. It's also an opportunity to get to know each other better.

What to bring to a block party

(Things can bring to a block party) 

Let the party begin!

Hosting a successful block party certainly takes time and effort, but the results are well worth it. Such block parties allow neighbors to get to know and become familiar with each other, providing an opportunity for both adults and children to meet new friends. Follow these tips and start throwing a kick-ass block party!

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