BLOCK PARTY PLANNING

Get tips and ideas for hosting your neighborhood "Love Your Neighbor" block party!

BLOCK PARTY PLANNING

Are you working on planning your Block Party and need some ideas for games/activities and recipes? Find the links below!

Did you miss getting a Block Party Kit but want to plan one anyway? GREAT! Click below to read the how-to booklet and find more great ideas below.

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Theme & Décor

Keep it simple and focus on an autumn theme. Use the outdoors as inspiration. 

If neighbors ask how they can help, consider asking if they have anything they could add to decorate the party area. Add pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns and use a tree as a backdrop for the main table or photo backdrop.

   www.craftandsparkle.com/halloween-painting-party/

   www.fernandmaple.com/how-to-throw-a-fun-and-safe-fall-festival-block-party/


2. Ideas for having a party around a firepit.

   www.joyinthecommonplace.com/backyard-fall-harvest-party-ideas/


3. If you want to get the neighbors more involved or give them an incentive to participate, this link gives some great ideas.

www.centsablemomma.com/how-to-host-a-neighborhood-block-party-on-a-budget/



Activities & Games

These will vary depending on whether there will be kids or not. For adults, simple games like cornhole, bocce ball, or ladder ball will encourage interaction and friendly competition. (TIP: Put on the door hangers if folks have these kinds of games to bring them along.)


1.Ideas for kids’ games:

www.distinctivs.com/blogs/news/16-fun-fall-festival-ideas


2. Ideas for block parties for different groups, including families.

www.playpartyplan.com/20-fun-and-creative-fall-party-ideas/


3. Easy games that don’t require a lot of preparation centered around pumpkins.

youshouldgrow.com/pumpkin-games/


4. Simple games that can be done easily using household items.

www.scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com/17-halloween-party-games-for-kids/



Rentals

Thinking about renting a large inflatable bounce house or obstacle course for the kids? Check out the company that Kids Ministry used for VBS:



Music

Set the right environment for fun with great music! Because these are family-friendly events, music content is important. That's why we've taken the guess work out of it and made a great playlist for you. Some R&B, some rock and pop, and some Christian artists. Happy listening!

"LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR BLOCK PARTY" Spotify Playlist

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/02sOVi665fpFTcRaQMeUYl?si=52e317c0efb645f5


Food & Beverage Ideas


Fall Football Punch

If you're looking for an easy but festive punch recipe, here's a great option!

Please remember that this event is designed to be family-friendly, so you may want to remind attendees to refrain from bringing alcoholic beverages.

-10 cups apple cider

-4 cans Dr Pepper

-1 green apple

-Handful of cherries

-Juice from 1/2 lime

Grab a gallon pitcher (or use two smaller pitchers), and pour in apple cider. Slice the apples, squeeze the lime and remove stems from the cherries. Add apple slices, cherries and lime juice to the apple cider. (Tip: If you want to add a few lime slices, do so right before you're ready to serve. If you let them soak overnight the rind will make your punch bitter.) Don't add the Dr Pepper yet either! Chill the cans of Dr Pepper and the cider with fruit in the fridge, ideally overnight, or until you're ready to serve. Before serving, add the cans of Dr Pepper (and lime slices if desired).


Looking for more great recipes? We've got you covered!

    

https://www.culinaryhill.com/cowboy-caviar-recipe/

https://www.plainchicken.com/cracked-out-corn-dip-football-friday/

https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/snack/other-snack/hawaiian-ham-roll-sliders.html

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-chex-mix-recipe/

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-pretzel-rings/

https://www.mightymrs.com/recipe-items/easy-tailgating-recipes/

BLOCK PARTY PLANNING TIP:

If you prefer to not share your cell number on the door hanger invitations until you know if they're planning to attend, you can create a free email address for your invitees to RSVP and let you know if they’re willing to help with the planning! Try (nameofyourstreet)BlockParty@gmail.com

Here's how to set one up:

https://support.google.com/mail/answer/56256?hl=en


Have questions or need help with getting started in planning your party? Email website@getwellchurch.org