How to Throw a Neighborhood Party

Neighborhood Parties are a great way to meet new neighbors and catch up with good friends. Block off the street and let the little ones roam free. Here are some fun ideas for get-togethers whether it’s just 5 or 6 families or the whole block.


• • • •  F O O D • • • • •
Do something no one will ever forget like a Crawfish Boil
• Order pizza
so no one has to cook!
Make burgers & dogs and have everyone bring sides.
Make paninis
Set up a row of grills so everyone can bring their own proteins to grill.
 Hire one of more food trucks to come ad serve tacos, Korean BBQ or burgers.

• • • • D R I N K S • • • • •
• Make
 infused waters to keep everyone hydrated
but keep sugar intake low.
• Fill barrels with ice and have everyone brings sodas, water and juice boxes for kids
• Have each house make one pitcher of adult drinks like Spiked Lemonade, Tequila Thyme Lemonade, Raspberry Coolers or Lynchburg Lemonade.

• • • • F U N  T R E A T S • • • • •

Have Fun Treats
• Popsicle brownies. (Somewhat Simple Blog.)
• Watermelon Rice Krispies Treat recipe from the Dine and Dish blog.
• Easy to make and easy to Cookie Bars.
• Have an ice-cream truck show up.

• • • • G A M E S • • • • •

For all ages:
Choose games that involve teams and/or groups of people such as:

• Sack races   • The orange pass  • Tug of war
• Egg on a spoon relay • Water balloon tosses   
• Watermelon eating contests.

For older kids:
Rent a Dunk Bucket

•Set up Karaoke
• Just dance
• Have a dance contest

Keep Little Ones Happy…
Recruit a few older kids to do face painting and tatoos.
Have chalk for drawing on sidewalks
Block the street so they can enjoy ride-on toys
Hand out bubbles
Turn on a sprinkler and play on slip n’ slides
Have a scavenger hunt
Rent an inflatable castle or ball pit–complete with someone to watch the kids.

• • • •  End with a outdoor movie under the stars! • • • •

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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