Before all of the planning and budgeting gets started, decide on the where, when, what and how. Here are some ideas for getting started:
- Have a pig roast: An affordable option that will make the whole neighborhood smell great. Neighbors can bring sides and drinks.
- Dance in the streets: Make the music and the empty space the focus for all ages to cut a rug.
- Make stuff: Set up an art fair atmosphere with interactive stations.
- Compete: Turn the cooking into a competition with chili, barbecue or even sandwiches being pitted against each other as part of the party.
- Put the kids to work: Let them serve lemonade, paint kids' faces and get creative in how they spend the time, allowing you some adult time, too.
- Host scavenger hunts: Open homes and community businesses and make the day a game.
- Combine with a holiday: Halloween, Easter and Fourth of July are some neighbor-friendly times to celebrate while keeping kids safer and closer during treat sharing, egg hunting and blasting off rockets.
- Combine with community service: Host a beautification project to plant a garden, clean up blight on the landscape or "take back the night" from crime together.
- Trade or sell: Have block-wide garage sales with a big shared party afterward or set out items for trade and covet your neighbors' goods for a day -- while getting to keep a few.
Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the time with people you only wave at most of the year, and party on!