|Throw The Perfect Block Party This Season|
(StatePoint) There’s no better way to get to know the people in your community than a neighborhood block party. And nothing spells summer fun more than an outdoor get-together, complete with a potluck style meal, music and games.
There’s more to planning a block party than meets the eye. Here are some tips to make sure your shindig is a surefire success:
• Planning a block party is not a job for one -- about a month or two in advance, form a small committee of about four or five people and create task assignments to help share the workload.
• Be sure to check with community officials such as the local police department regarding any necessary permits you’ll need and to secure a date for the party.
• Formulate a budget based on itemized expenses, including everything from big things like a moon bounce to little things like balloons and disposable bakeware.
• Encourage one-time use containers to make cleanup simple and avoid the confusion of returning dishes afterward. For example, Chinet makes freezer-safe bakeware designed to cook food evenly in the oven or microwave.
• Coordinate with neighbors to see who can provide grills, tables, and paper plates.
• Get a handle on your potluck by suggesting that households from even-numbered addresses bring side dishes and odd-numbered addresses bring desserts.
• Distribute invitations door-to-door in advance of the party; and don’t forget to extend the invitation to neighboring businesses. Some businesses may even be able to provide party supplies.
• Reduce your environmental impact by setting up recycling and composting bins and opting for compostable tableware.
• To foster conversation, set up long tables for family-style dining.
• Invite local family-friendly bands and comedians to perform. The performers will love the exposure, and your crowd will love the entertainment.
• Plan activities for kids like face painting, sidewalk chalk, and a moon bounce. You might even consider inviting the local fire department to do “Stop, drop and roll” demonstrations.
• Think way ahead! Plan a raffle or other fundraiser to raise money for future bashes.
“Block parties are all about connecting or reconnecting with people who have a lot in common with each other, starting with where they live,” said Kate Altenhofen, Marketing Manager at Huhtamaki, the makers of the Chinet brand of premium disposable tableware.
For more block party inspiration, including great party-friendly recipes, visit www.mychinet.com/tips.
Block parties are an American summer tradition. Be sure your neighborhood gets in on the fun!