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TIPS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTIES

Having a neighborhood block party or a housewarming party is a great way to meet your neighbors and celebrate with good food and drink. A neighborhood block party is designed for everyone on your street and tends to be focused on bringing everyone together for the evening. Most people will look at hosting the party outside and set up tables, chairs and games either on one or two properties or at the end of the street if you are lucky enough to live on a cul-de-sac. If you are looking into hosting or planning a neighborhood block party, then there are a few tips to consider to make the party a raging success.

One of the best tips for neighborhood block parties is to let people help you out. Rather than planning the entire thing and preparing all the food, why not ask each neighbor to either bring a dish, a beverage or a game or craft for the kids. That way you don't have to do all the work and spend a fortune on food and games for the party. Instead, you can focus on buying decorations and making sure everyone is coming. Then, on the day of the party, you can simply set up the area, make your one dish to contribute and enjoy the party like everyone else.

Another good tip is to choose an afternoon on the weekend. This is the best time for everyone to come and also when people are the least stressed out. Planning a block party for a Monday evening may work but many people will be tired from working all day and want to get the kids in bed at a reasonable hour for school the next day. Saturday or Sunday afternoon are often the best times to host a neighborhood block party.

Planning a Successful Block Party

Make sure you give your neighbors plenty of time to prepare for the block party. You may want talk to your neighbors and get a feel of the best time to throw the party. Give your neighbors a couple of dates and see which date works the best for the most people. During the summer months is always a better idea as the weather will probably agree with you.

You don't need to plan a lot of games for a neighborhood block party. Putting kids all together will generally keep them entertained. If you really want to go all out you might want to hire a jumping castle or bouncing slide for a couple of hours or you can look into more traditional and free games such as hide and seek and kick the can, two familiar favorites for kids (and adults) of all ages.

Don't feel offended if some of the neighbors are not too keen to attend the party. Some people are simply not the partying type and may choose to stay home or leave the street while the party is going on. Make sure you have invited every neighbor and that you have given fair warning that a party will be taking place.

Other good tips for neighborhood block parties are to limit the alcohol consumption. One good thing about having a party outside of your home is that you don't have to drive home after the party is over. However, this doesn't mean anyone should get stinking drunk. Furthermore, make sure you monitor the punch table and the cooler full of beer to ensure that none of the teenagers at the party try to nab a few drinks. This can also turn your neighborhood block party into a sour occasion for both the hungover teenagers and their parents.

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