[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The more the merrier! Celebrate this summer with friends and neighbors in the ultimate bash: the block party. What’s more fun than families coming together outdoors to socialize and enjoy this classic neighborly shindig? Don’t miss these perfect party essentials for the best bash for your neighborhood![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Block Party Basics

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]To create a fun mood, set up music to play throughout the day. Encourage your neighbors and guests to dance in the street and let loose. At the beginning of your block party, set up a large chalkboard with a map of the neighborhood. Mark party activity locations, as well as  food and drink stations so everyone can find all the elements of the gathering easily. Choose one street or section of the block for an entire “Kids Korner.” This area can have food more suitable for children’s tastes, and fun activities and games for kids. This would definitely be the perfect place in the party for a sprinkler to beat the heat, or a face-painting station. Once everyone has walked through and enjoyed the various festivities, set up aDIY photo booth at the end of your neighborhood for guests to create a take-home memory. This creative idea gives everyone the chance to be silly and carefree, and the resulting photo is the perfect gift to remember the day. For fun activities during the party, select the largest driveway in the block for a chalk drawing contest. Chalk is a time-honored summer staple, and this activity is easy to do. Simply arrange buckets of multi-colored chalk all along the chosen driveway, and have participants put their names next to their creations. The best drawing wins a prize. Another fun activity is a neighborhood scavenger hunt. Organize a hunt with items from the neighborhood and see who finishes first. For animal lovers, consider organizing a pet parade where neighbors and their furry friends march down the street in style! You can even add a theme to the furry fanfare and dress pets in various costumes for more fun.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Block Party Belly-Fillers

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]For block parties where guests are commonly walking around enjoying the sights, mingling and participating in activities, portability is the name of the game for your menu. Start with a classic appetizer offering—salad. Pair cherry tomatoes, small iceberg wedges and cucumbers on skewers and drizzle with your choice of dressing for delicious salad sticks. Another portable treat that will make your whole neighborhood happy are delicious and easy to make: walking tacos. Simply add taco ingredients (beans, salsa, cheese, beef, etc) into individual corn chip bags and crush the chips on top for a nice crunch. These classics are a hit with the whole family. Once the sun starts to set, and the evening cools, a yummy and comforting hot chocolate bar may be the perfect end to the day’s festivities. Offering options like marshmallows, caramel topping and cocoa powder allow neighbors and friends to interact to create the perfect cup of yum. Use disposable cups so guests can take this treat home when they are ready to call it a night. The perfect end to the perfect day![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]These block party ideas are the perfect way to get everyone on the street together and have a great time! For more party ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out Snappening’s Summer Party Ideas pinboard on Pinterest, and share your neighborhood’s experiences on our Facebook orTwitter page. Don’t feel like being the one to plan and execute all this fun? Find the perfect event planner for your next neighborhood shindig with Snappening’s event planner search.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]