How to plan a block party in Airdrie

Now that the sun is out and summer is well on its way, it’s time to start planning all your outdoor events for the next few months. You’ll notice that as the weather warms up, people start to venture out of their homes: gardening, mowing grass, lounging in their yards and perhaps throwing the frisbee around. After such a long, cold winter, people are ready to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. What better way to do this than with a good, old-fashioned block party?!

A neighbourhood party is a great opportunity for community members to get together, meet one another and have fun while doing it. Connecting neighbours leads to positive wellbeing for both individuals and the community. As residents get to know each other better and friendships form, so does a safer, more caring neighbourhood that can create a sense of belonging for those living there. Plus, next time you go away on vacation, you have someone to look after your house plants and keep an eye on the yard.

Whether you’re looking to meet some new friends, learn your community’s history, talk about local initiatives or simply play yard games, a block party will do the trick. Don’t be afraid to ask some of your neighbours to help out with the planning. Here are three things to consider when planning your very own block party:

  1. Invitees

If this is your first block party, sometimes it is best to keep it small. This way, you know how many people to plan for and it won’t get out of control. You can have quality conversations with everyone who attends and see if the party is a hit. When deciding who to invite, use natural boundaries like everyone on 1ststreet or every house in the cul-de-sac.

  1. Location, Date & Time

You need to decide if you will host your party on city property or private property. If you choose your home or a neighbour volunteers their property, you have free control of what goes on here and when. However, if you plan to have your block party on city property like your road, cul-de-sac or neighbourhood park, you need to fill out an Application Form. Once your location is secured, choose a date and time for the celebration to begin.

  1. Party Theme

Before you spread the word, decide on a theme for the party. Will it be a barbeque, potluck, picnic or catered event? Will you organize games, provide lawn chairs or tell people to bring their own? Decide what the party will entail so that you can inform your neighbours with all the necessary information from the get-go.

Once the date is picked, the location is determined and people are invited, get ready for a good time! Perhaps you’ll meet Stacy who has great gardening tips or Sarah who is always looking for a babysitting gig. The possibilities are endless! Visit the City of Airdrie website to browse their go-to guide for all things block party related.