How to Plan a Neighborhood Block Party

by Parties & Entertaining Editor

Items you will need

  • Entertainment
  • Invitations
  • Games
  • Permits
  • Food and drink

How to Plan a Neighborhood Block Party. Start the planning of your neighborhood block party by getting permission from the city. Once you've got the necessary paperwork and roadblocks to close off your street, you can plan the fun details like food, entertainment and games.

Plan a Neighborhood Block Party

Step 1

Visit your city government office. You need to find out about the application process for getting permits for the party since you will need to shut down city roads.

Step 2

Decide whom to invite. If you live in a large neighborhood, you will need to decide which neighbors are invited and which streets to host the block party on.

Step 3

Create invitations or flyers. You can make invitations on a home computer and post them throughout the neighborhood or stuff them in mailboxes.

Step 4

Organize food and beverages. Order from a caterer or host a potluck block party where neighbors can bring any dish they like. Keep alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on hand.

Step 5

Include teenagers and children. Neighborhood block parties are more fun when the whole family is invited.

Step 6

Plan your block party on a holiday like Memorial Day, Labor Day or the fourth of July. These holidays are great for outdoor cooking and festivities and most families are looking for something to do.

Make Sure Everyone Has Fun

Step 1

Remember to include food for people with special dietary needs. Have plenty of vegetarian cuisine available as well as selections of food that are kosher.

Step 2

Keep kids occupied. Balloon tosses, sidewalk chalk and street hockey are all affordable diversions for children. You can also invite neighbors to bring their own toys and games to share.

Step 3

Entertain the adults. Set up a dance floor, play Limbo or hire musicians or bands to perform live music.

Step 4

Read the information the city gives you along with your permits. You can avoid trouble and unwanted visits from the police by adhering to all regulations and keeping the noise level manageable.

Step 5

Introduce your neighbors and encourage everyone to mingle. If you are a long-time resident, take care of newer neighbors and help them bond with others.

Tips

  • Be sure to bring your photo identification and proof of residency with you when you apply for permits.

Warnings

  • Major holidays often require more advance notice to the city since several parties may be occurring on the same date.