8 Tips To Help You Organize a Block Party
So you want to organize a block party, huh? It can be a cumbersome task for newbies and it's better to get some advice before even starting to think about it. Here are few tips that should help you make an awesome party your neighbors will enjoy.
1. Set the location
The party doesn't have to be in your house. It's perhaps better to see if you can organize it at a neighbor who lives in the middle of the block, making the place almost equally accessible to all party goers. Or you can pick the house with a driveway in the front.
3. Set limits
It is said that things go to hell if you don't manage them properly. Setting the deadlines and other rules will help you a lot. Think about the following: Is it a baby-friendly party? Can neighbors bring their pets? When does the party end? You'll want to know answers to these and similar questions way before inviting the first guest.
3. Get help
Your neighbors should help you out in preparing the party. See if someone can design (and print) flyers for the event, call others to bring yard chairs and folding tables, as well as other goodies you may need to make a great party. Moreover, see which of your neighbors can help you during the party, keeping his/her eye on the drinks, ice, food and so on.
4. Safety first
What happens if something goes wrong? The mentioned delegation process should also answer the question - who's responsible for what? Some veteran block party-goers go that far to suggest party organizers to ask their guests to sign a waiver to protect themselves and reduce potential neighborhood tension. Not sure we agree with this approach, but if you can pull this off - go for it. As the saying goes - you're better safe than sorry.
5. Where's the fun?
If kids are coming to the party it's essentially to organize some fun activities to keep them occupied while the rest of the neighborhood is having a fun of their own. What's more, you can also envision some fun activities for others -- see if there's room for badminton, volleyball or some other similar sports activity.
This is also one of those activities where you can get some help from the side. One person alone shouldn't be left to clean after the party. Plus, let's not forget all the trash that's created before and during the fun time. See which neighbor(s) could help keep the house clean at all times.
Food alone deserves a dedicated article, but we'll just say the basics. Decide on the food type - is it a BBQ or finger food, while at the same time making sure vegetarians attending the party also have something to eat. Your neighbors should be able to help you out with side dishes, deserts, fruits and veggies. Don't hesitate to ask for help.
8. A theme party?
Some experienced party organizers suggest setting up the theme for the party. For instance, you could ask families to wear distinctive colors to make members easily identifiable. Or you can go beyond masks and costumes - maybe it's a veggie party where no meat will be served. We at 3TEND don't find the theme to be of much importance -- as long as everyone is in the mood for having a fun time -- but you may disagree. At the end of the day, you're the boss and it's your party so make it the way you want to. And have fun. ;)