July has been named "Block Party Month.” Gear up for your party with the following easy tips.
"Block parties are all about connecting or reconnecting with people who have a lot in common with each other, starting with where they live," says Kate Altenhofen, Marketing Manager, Huhtamaki, makers of CHINET. "With these tips, we’re hoping to make block party planning easier, while also inspiring new block party traditions this year."
Tips for Planning a Block Party – One or Two Months Out
• Form a small committee – four or five people – and create task assignments
• Check with community officials such as the local police department regarding any necessary permits and to secure a date for the block party (or choose to host off-street)
• Formulate a budget based on itemized expenses (including everything from big things like a moon bounce to little things like water balloons)
• Distribute invitations door-to-door in advance of the party; invite members of your block and also extend the invitation to neighboring businesses
• Coordinate with neighbors to see who can bring grills, tables, and other supplies.
• Suggest that people from even-numbered addresses bring side dishes and odd-numbered bring desserts; encourage one-time use containers to avoid the confusion of returning dishes after the party
• Plan for a variety of activities to encourage participation and mingling; this includes games for kids (face painting, sidewalk chalk, moon bounce).
Tips for Planning a Block Party – Day Of
• Set up long tables for family-style dining
• Set up cans for disposal and recycling as well as a composting can for items such as leftover food
• Consider including a 50/50 raffle to help fund next year’s block party (winner receives half of the pot, block party fund keeps the other half)