There are some people who go for years without knowing who their neighbors are. Other folks know every family on the block and might even be close friends with them. Everyone else falls in between; you might know a few neighbors but never had the chance to really get to find out about them. A block party can change all that. It’s a wonderful summer tradition where literally everyone on a particular block participates in a big outdoor picnic. Have you thought about having a block party in your neighborhood? Here’s how to get organized.
Get a Co-Pilot
To pull off a block party, someone needs to be in charge. If that is going to be you, then you want to get yourself a “co-pilot.” This is someone who will share in the organizing responsibilities with you. It’s always good to bounce ideas off each other. Obviously, you’ll want to involve everyone on the block in the planning but there still needs to a team leader.
Set Up Group Email
Gathering everyone’s email and sending out updates/requests will be a lot easier than trying to organize meetings with everyone in attendance. Your neighbors will appreciate you taking charge and making it easy for them to sign up for things. Start with the understanding that you’re literally having a party in the middle of the street. That means you’ll need tables, chairs, grills and all the party supplies. This isn’t a formal sit down dinner. There’s nothing wrong with breaking out leftover birthday party plates!
Plan the Day
Block parties are really about neighbors coming together and having fun. The menu is easy: pot luck buffet. You’ll want to designated a time for the party to start and when the food will be ready. Since you’ll probably be grilling, you can get that action fired up when at the beginning and when the dogs and burgers are ready, it’s time to eat. In between, there could be some fun activities for the kids like a pickup game of dodgeball or badminton on a front lawn. You can even have some relay races for the whole family to get involved in.
Clear Out Rubbish
A block party is kind of like an open house but instead of going inside, everyone will be outdoors. That means you’ll want to get your home’s exterior in as good as shape as possible. A yard debris clearing session with Junk King Minneapolis can help with that. The Junk King crew will be able to clear out all kinds of yard waste, planters and anything else that is an eyesore in the front or back of your house. That can make a big difference around your property. Let Junk King Minneapolis help you get your home ready for a block party with some major yard debris cleanup.