Summer Block Party Ideas
- Communication – responsible for sending out invitations, RSVPs, arranging publicity and answering questions.
- Treasurer, Paperwork – in charge of money, budget, permits, street closure and contracts.
- Food and refreshments – responsible for (you guessed it), the food and refreshments.
- Games and Activities – organizes and runs games, handles any rentals (ie – inflatables, DJ, karaoke)
- Clean-up – one person in charge, but several people should help!
You’ll want to list all of the activities that you see below, and each family’s responsibilities (like BYOG—bring your own grill!).
Make sure everyone participating in the committee is listed on the invitation. You may also want to call some people who will get behind this and make sure other neighbors attend. List them, too. The more, the merrier. The event will look like a success before it even starts!!
You don’t need much more than that. Save your budget for the entertainment and activities!
block party menu: how to feed the hungry hoard
- Organize a potluck and have people bring foods from different categories based on their address (ie houses 1234-1400 bring sides, 1401-1600 bring desserts, 1601-1800 bring plates, utensils, napkins, and 1801-2000 bring drinks)and everyone pays in a small amount for a main dish (hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, pizza)
- Plan a “community menu” and assign households to bring specific dishes or beverages
- Ask people to bring picnic baskets to share with other families
- Cater the meal from a local restaurant
- Hold a chili or barbeque cook-off
Block party tip: For the foods that need to be refrigerated, don’t forget to bring plenty of ice and coolers. You can assign that to someone too.
For more summer block party ideas you may want to check out is www.barbequerecipe.com—you’ll find a list of menus, recipes and more that you can circulate around to those who want to bring something different!
summer block party games and activities
Add a truly important activity to your block party. Round the kids up to get their pictures taken. Project KidCare is a national child photo identification and safety education program that was developed jointly by Polaroid Corporation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that provides ID cards for children. Each ID lists a child’s vital statistics and valuable emergency information. Check out their website for more information.
How about karaoke? Some people say it’s not “in” anymore, but take it from me, it’s always fun. Let the kids get up with some fake microphonesand sing their guts out. Let the adults get up and do their own rendition of Bruce Springsteen with an inflatable guitar and make fools of themselves. It’s all in good fun. And all you need is a boom box!
Have a photo opportunity where kids (and adults, of course) can stick their head in the slot and become part of the Old West, or be Uncle Sam or others. Have personalized cameras on hand, we really like this patriotic bbq camera.