Knowing your neighbors can not only create a stronger sense of community, but also increase safety. It’s good to know who is living around you so that you can watch out for each others’ property and children. Throwing a block party can be a great way to get to know everyone, get more people involved, and have a good time. As summer begins to wind down, it can be a nice segue into the start of a new school year.
- Pick a central location: You may talk to your HOA about using a community area such as near the playground, pool, or clubhouse, or you may choose to hold your party in a cul-de-sac or other section of the neighborhood. Make sure there is easy access and you’re not violating any safety codes.
- Divvy up responsibilities: Having a social committee to plan the block party can be convenient. Ask for volunteers to take on different tasks such as decorating, setting up and tearing down, running games, grilling, and tending to other needs. This gives people an opportunity to participate by doing something they enjoy or are good at.
- Make it potluck: Divide the menu by streets. Designate different streets or sections of the neighborhood to bring appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts, or drinks. This helps ensure a diverse selection and doesn’t put all of the responsibility on one or two people.
- Have family-friendly activities: Set up different games for the kids to play and activities that they can do. Play music and make sure there is plenty of room to move around and socialize. You may have some games that appeal to adults as well so everyone has options for entertainment.
- Plan ahead: Talk to the HOA about any necessary permits or rules that must be followed. Have a plan in case there is inclement weather as well. Are there indoor options or a rain date? Give plenty of notice so that neighbors can plan to attend and be involved in organizing and running the event. It may be helpful to ask for RSVPs to get a better idea of how many people are coming.
Spend time getting to know your neighbors and building a sense of community and camaraderie. Living in an HOA can be a wonderful experience and allow you to make new friends while also putting your talents to use.