I’ve written here before about how to host a block party on your street, and I have so wanted to do one, but it’s been over 10 years in this house, and we still haven’t done it.
Summers are a time of spontaneity for us, and frequent vacations mixed with mini vacation, and the idea of putting together a block party and finding a date on a weekend open, is pretty overwhelming.
So, to my neighbours we apologize.
It led to me brainstorming, though, about other ways to create an environment where the neighbours can get together – like an ice cream social.
It could really be a super simple get together. Roughly a week before the gathering, drop a cute invite into all of your neighbours' mailboxes, explaining that you’ll be hosting an ice cream social for your block that will be come and go during a set time on your specified day.
If people would like to bring a pint of ice cream – welcome it. If not, no problem.
To start with the basics, you need a home to host. It could take place in the front yard where it’s easy for people to see and not feel intimidated to venture into fences, or in the backyard where there is likely more seating and things for kids to play on.
As the host family, it’d be the easiest to supply a cooler full of drinks, or set up juice dispensers along a table filled with iced water, punch or iced tea, along with disposable cups. Name tags would also be a helpful addition.
Set yourself up with a bunch of ice cream cones and a few selections of ice cream, as well as one sorbet (for those who are lactose intolerant), and you’re pretty much ready to go. If you want to get a bit fancier, you can supply bowls, and a variety of toppings, or have neighbours bring a favourite topping.
If you can’t resist, add a few festive balloons around the yard and maybe a few twinkling lights, along with an upbeat summer playlist, and you’ve got yourself a mini block party.