The sun is shining and the outdoors are calling your name. What better way to celebrate summer than to get grilling, mixing and making new friends than with a block party. Here are a few of our favorite ideas from our Signatures Homes Pinterest Board for fun gatherings in the neighborhood.
Invites + Decor: Whether you’re inviting neighbors around the block or down the street – short, simple + sweet invites are ideal for dropping in the mail, on a porch or handing out at a community meeting to give the what, where and when. A beautiful sinking sun is usually all the eye candy needed at a backyard block party, but if you want to spice things up a bit you can add a fancy drink display, ribbon chandeliers, easy pineapple vases with fresh flowers or cute little light up lanterns made with glow sticks.
Food + Drinks: Sips and bites are the most important element of any soiree. Always keep a drink in hand, that goes for your guests too. For the adults, you can choose one main specialty beverage of fresh citrus Sangria, wine slushies or limoncello snow cones with bottled drinks – just make sure your summer drinks are cool and refreshing. Watermelon with coconut water, summer strawberry pineapple punch cooler or non-alcoholic snow cones are ideal for the kids. Flavor infused ice cubes and frozen fruit skewers can be added to almost any drink to help the chill factor.
When choosing nibbles for your party – think summer. Bacon wrapped hot dogs, make your own slider bar or barbecue chicken from the grill, refreshing watermelon balsamic cubes and delicious dips and chips are perfect finger foods that scream summer. Make a staple dish paired with easy appetizers that be replenished during the event. A fun and easy idea that impresses adults and kids alike is a gourmet popcorn bar. The bar can be made ahead by popping some corn and laying out a variety of seasonings and toppings that guests can use to create their own “gourmet” popcorn.
Entertainment: Lawn games are all the rage this summer to keep your block party attendees happy and entertained. Your theme choices are unlimited – have fun and pick some games for all ages. Jumbo Jenga building, ring toss, cornhole complete with custom beanbags and board, backyard dominoes, DIY twister painted on the lawn or bocce are all engaging activities that will please any crowd. Who can resist a good game of bocce and glass of wine? If your audience is heavy on the little ones, you can also coordinate a backyard big screen movie night with the neighbors complete with concession snack shack and s’mores station.
For details on all ideas mentioned above, please visit our Signature Homes Pinterest Boards with pins on everything you need to host a great Block Party, pack a Summer Picnic, Beautiful Backyard inspiration and tons more tips and pins.