How to Host a Block Party in Your Neighborhood

by Jackie FogartieAugust 12, 2015

With summer coming to a close (say it ain’t so!), it’s the perfect time to socialize with your neighbors and have a neighborhood block party! With the perfect activities and snacks, an awesome block party can be organized in no time!
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Organization:

  • Committee: If you are organizing a block party, gather a handful of neighbors to act as your “committee.” Create a shared document (like a Google Doc) where you can post recipes and any party tasks that need to be completed.
  • Home Base: Also, depending on how large your neighborhood is, designate a “Home base” for all your food, drinks, activities and music. Perhaps it’s a coldasac or a common community park area – just somewhere where neighbors can congregate.
  • Marketing: Doesn’t it always come down to marketing?! For a neighborhood block party, there’s no need to get fancy. Go old school with flyers in the mailboxes or set up a social media page with all the pertinent information.

Games and Activities:

Provide simple outdoor games and/or activities for kids like hopscotch sketched with chalk or four square. Using duct tape on the ground is a simple way to create a four square board.
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Another fun activity perfect for a summer night is an outdoor movie. Project a movie on a big projector screen, a garage door or even a white sheet.

Food:

Room temperature foods like this Tex-Mex Caviar are ideal for any block party buffet. Check out this Farewell Summer Party for a fun food setup with hot dogs and hamburgers.
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Drinks:

No party complete without some adult beverages! Try these twists on margaritas or a fruity Strawberry Moscow Mule to sip while socializing!
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There’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than in the company of your own ‘hood!

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About The Author
Jackie Fogartie
Jackie Fogartie (often known as Jackie Fo) is a NJ born, NC living event planner and freelance writer/blogger. Five plus years ago, Jackie started an events and wedding planning business based in Charlotte, North Carolina called Jackie Fogartie Events handling events of all sizes from intimate baby showers to large weddings. In addition to making events go off without a hitch, Jackie writes a blog covering all things food, cocktail and party. She has also written for brands such as General Mills, Aladdin insulated mason jars and Proctor & Gamble. You can often find her staying true to her NJ Italian roots by eating big bowls of pasta and drinking copious amounts of red wine. Cheers!

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