How To: Throw a cheap block party for the neighborhood

Throw a cheap block party for the neighborhood

Throwing a block party is a great way to meet your neighbours! Block parties are perfect for hot summer nights when no one wants to be stuck indoors. These parties are fun and easy to throw, even on a budget. Check out this video for information on how to throw a rockin' party for your neighborhood without spending much money.
You Will Need
• Supplies
• Co-hosts
• Flyers
• A discount club membership
• Activities
• Signage
• Cash or prizes for kids

Step 1: Plan ahead
Make a shopping list as early as you can. The more time you give yourself to shop for bargains, the more time you'll have to hunt for them.
Find paper plates, cups, napkins, and flatware at dollar stores.

Step 2: Recruit a co-host
Ask a couple of neighbors to co-host. You can split the costs, as well as the work involved in preparing and cleaning up.

Step 3: Make flyers
Make flyers and, in addition to including the time and date, request donations like tables, chairs, barbeques, food, and beverages. Include your phone number or e-mail address on the flyer so that people can let you know what they'll be bringing.

Step 4: Buy in bulk
Find a neighbor with a discount club membership if you don't have one. Buy food for the party in bulk.
Having the party as a potluck can reduce your costs.

Step 5: Contact local businesses
Contact local businesses for donations. Sometimes local stores will donate door prizes, equipment, or coupons as a way to attract new customers.

Step 6: Plan activities
Arrange for inexpensive activities and games. Sack races, bike parades, and water balloon fights are cheap entertainment.
Put a sign up at the end of the block to remind neighbors to attend.

Step 7: Employ kids
Offer children cash or prizes for picking up trash and cleaning up when the party is over.

Step 8: Enjoy
Enjoy the party! Have fun and mingle!

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