A block party is a great way to get to know your neighbors. Many groups hold their block parties on Night to Unite, which is usually the first Tuesday in August, but a block party would be a perfect event on any nice summer evening.
Here are some suggestions for a successful block party:
- One or two families should act as hosts and offer a front yard for the party. They could provide barbeque grills, and perhaps beverages, paper plates, forks, napkins, etc.
- Select a date and time for the party.
- About two weeks before the event, print up a flyer with all the relevant information—ask people to bring a dish to share and chairs.
- Go door-to-door and drop off a flyer to invite each household on the block.
- Have name tags available at the event, and have people write their name and house number on them.
- You might want to have a sign-in sheet. You can collect names, addresses, phone numbers, and later make a copy for each person on the block.
- Visit the Police Department site to find out about closing the street, obtaining barricades and arranging to have an officer drop by the event.