How to Organize a Block Party

Whether you're just moving into a new neighborhood or wanting to expand your circle of friends, getting to know your neighbors may be something that you want to pursue. However, it can be difficult to find the right time and place to meet with them. Block parties are a way to bring together multiple neighborhood families and build solidarity and unity. With a little bit of planning and effort, you can learn how to organize a block party that could result in a lot of fun and possibly a few new friends.

Steps

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    Plan the block party with a few other people. Find some neighborhood friends who want to help you and plan the event together. Planning a block party can involve a lot of work, but having more people involved will ease the process.
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    Select a suitable date, time, and location for the block party. You could host it in your own backyard or perhaps in a public location, such as a park. Allot approximately 2 to 4 hours for the event, and make sure you give the invitations at least 4 weeks in advance so the neighbors have ample time to plan ahead.
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    Decide the funding for the event and the delegation of work. Once the money has been secured, decide who is going to be responsible for bringing the various items for the party. For example, you may need a barbecue grill, utensils, plates, and the food itself.
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    Feed your guests. One of the most expected aspects of a party is food. You will be expected to prepare and serve food, and you will need a lot of it. It is always better to serve too much food than to not serve enough. If you don't have the funds to feed all your guests, you may want to plan your party in a way that requires everyone brings an item of food, like a potluck.
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    Keep your guests occupied. Plan lots of activities for them to take part in. Keep in mind that block parties usually involve both adults and kids, so plan your activities accordingly. Games that involve teamwork are good for breaking the ice as well as building unity and friendship.
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    Take care of the necessary paperwork. If you want to host your party at a public location, you will need to ask your city for permission. If you're hosting a block party at home and wish to put up road blocks, you'll need to ask your city for permission. This will help prevent your party being cut short due to legal reasons.
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    Advertise your event ahead of time. Design and post up fliers around your neighborhood, paying more attention to high-traffic areas. On your advertisements, be sure to include information about the date and time, as well as what attendees should expect and what they should bring (if anything).

Tips

  • You may need to spend a lot of time planning. As you spend more and more time in the planning phase, you reduce the chances of something going wrong at the time of the party. Plan thoroughly and avoid rushing yourself.

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Categories: Event and Party Planning