There are tons of great party planning ideas out there. A party planner would have to live to be 1000 years old just to try them all out! But there’s one thing that I’ve always wanted the opportunity to design and coordinate, from start to finish. A block party. But as luck would have it, I was never in the position where I could put all my career skills to good use…until now that is.
In fairness, I have planned a “block-like” party reception couple of times. But it was a work thing and we took several liberties when planning and executing the blueprints. And since the receptions were inside a convention center, they had the feel of a Block Party but still weren’t the real thing.
Party Planning Ideas – What Exactly is a Block Party?
The text book definition of a block party is “a large public party in which many members of a neighborhood congregate, either to observe an event of some importance or simply for mutual enjoyment”. The name comes from the form of the party, which often involves closing an entire city block to vehicle traffic. A block party is the supreme opportunity for neighbors and friends to get together, to be with one another, and enjoy each other, in a comfortable, stress-free environment.
But of course, a block party also includes the yummy and pleasurable, food and drinks, entertainment; musical and otherwise, dancing, games and so much more. So now you have the picture…a great big picture of a huge party filled with all fun, joyful and delicious things.
Party Planning Ideas – Where to Start and What to Include…
A block party is all about the getting together and celebrating, anything. A neighborhood occasion, an event, a way to raise funds or just bond. There’s nothing wrong with an excuse to get to know each other better.
For a winning block party, the first place to start is with pre-planning. At least several months out, start laying down the plan, where to hold it, what to include, how to get the word out, who is invited and who will be doing what. Depending on where the block party is held, a community park, backyard or the street, you may need a permit, insurance and/or traffic obstruction assistance. Though these things are not always necessary, by pre-planning you know what you will need to apply for (i.e. permits) and what you will not need to include. Once you have established the details, you can move on to the fun stuff.
Party Planning Ideas – Knock, Knock…Who’s There?…Fun Stuff…
Once the block party size and location, along with any possible required approvals and permits are nailed down, it’s time to plan for the fun. And there’s a lot to consider. Should there be a theme? Perhaps a fundraiser for a local charity. What kind of food should you include (besides lots of it!)? And if there’s food then we need drinks! And groovin’ music, should it be live or a DJ, or both? And you’ll have to consider what other entertainment to plan for and include.
Don’t forget sponsorship and donations. There will be plenty of community and neighborhood business’s that will want to support and donate. And the list can, and will, grow. That’s why it is imperative to do the advance planning. And before you know it, you will have planned the best block party ever! All that waits…is the fun!
So whatever occasion you’re planning a block party for, and whether it’s your first or 101rst, each time will be easier than the last. Before you know it, you’ll be the go-to block party person. You can even make it an annual event! So get out there, start planning and have fun!