[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.16.1″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.16.1″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.16.1″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.16.1″]After being cooped up all winter and much of the spring, there are lots of folks ready to break free and enjoy warmer weather, friendly neighbors, and outdoor fun.
A neighborhood block party is the perfect way to usher in the season, meet new people, and celebrate everything special about summer.
A great block party involves a little planning, though. Once you’ve chosen the perfect location and secured any needed permits, check out these tips to ensure your event is a roaring success!
Choose a Layout for Your Event
Once you have a location, whether it be an area in the neighborhood designated for group events, or a set street where everyone has agreed to host, you’ll want to choose a layout for the event.
Consider the main things that will be taking up space – a band, dancing, food – and make sure you incorporate space for any stages, tent rentals, tables, and chairs needed.
Start the Day Off with a Bike Parade
Kick off the festivities with a bike (and scooter) parade around the neighborhood where the kids can decorate their wheels to the max, with a contest for the most inventive decorations. Extra points for inventive use of streamers and balloons.
Make it a Potluck
Keep costs down by asking neighbors to bring a dish to share, and drinks for themselves and their kids. Rent banquet tables and chafing dishes to keep hot items warm, and make sure there’s plenty of ice on hand for perishables.
Incorporate Traditional Summer Games
Rent a dunking booth for a fun way to cool off on a hot summer day. Solicit volunteers and consider designating a fundraiser into the event by asking for $1 donations in exchange for a chance to send someone crashing into the water.
Cornhole is a must, of course, and so is volleyball and badminton. Include sprinklers, water balloons, sidewalk chalk and jump ropes for the kiddos.
Have a Bonfire
Plan for a bonfire after dark, complete with the fixings for s’mores. If a bonfire isn’t possible, use charcoal grills to toast those marshmallows!
Screen the Latest Family-Friendly Flick
Rent a projector and movie screen for later in the evening, complete with a commercial popcorn popper. Set up chairs movie-theater style, and enjoy the fun of a drive-in movie in your own neighborhood!
Make Your Planning Simple
Simplify your block party plans by incorporating tent, table, and equipment rentals from J&J Tent & Party Rentals. Give us a call and tell us your ideas – we’d love to help you create awesome neighborhood memories.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]