In a word, my street rocks. We have had a block party for 6 years in a row, and they have all been awesome, so I thought I’d share some of the things we’ve learned and some of our favorite parts of the whole affair, the most important being to appreciate our neighbor Elise who does most of the prep work. We are so grateful to you, Elise!
1. Get the paperwork done for the City permits EARLY. It takes longer than you could possibly imagine for the permits to be approved, insurance secured, street signs posted and barricades issued. And you have to do all that and maybe more to get your street blocked off, a basic requirement of a block party.
Because you do NOT want this to happen:
2. Rent tents. It’s no fun to sit in the hot sun, or to have the food sitting in the hot sun. 3. You need tape and scissors — you just do. 4. A bouncy house is a must.
5. A Baking Contest is a fun competition for neighbors. But it’s a win-win; everyone gets great treats and I always make sure everyone gets some sort of prize. (Hint: each baked good can be a category of its own.)
6. A raffle is fun and helps raise money for next year’s block party.
8. A live band is a great addition, especially if one of the members is your husband. (On the left.)
9. It’s helpful to have a beer brewer (and his beer) at the party, especially if it’s great beer like Angel City.
10. Have great neighbors who all want to celebrate living in a great community!