We have held the Card Lane Annual Block Party for the last twenty-two years, always in September or October. Neighbors start asking each other toward the end of summer, “When are we having the block party?” Everyone really looks forward to this event!
If you’ve never planned a block party, I will tell you how we do it. Note that this is our way; other streets may do it differently and achieve equally good results.
We have many good cooks not to mention a professional brewer, so we always have lots of good food and East End Brewing beer for the adults and Barmy Soda Company sodas for the kids! In years gone by, we’ve had organized games for adults and kids, e.g., volleyball, bike races, even a ping pong table one year. Someone generally brings out a boom box for music. Some years, someone has brought out their firepit and we’ve roasted marshmallows.
As one of the organizers, I can say that it’s always worth the relatively small effort it takes to put it together because everyone is so appreciative of the chance to get together to chat, have a beer, and eat good food together.
I’m happy to answer questions, just email me at email@example.com.
How to obtain a Block Party Permit:
Example invitation copy:
WHAT: Card Lane Annual Block Party - Meet your neighbors, have some fun, eat some food
WHEN: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Street closes: 3 pm; Cocktail Hour: 4 pm – BYOB and apps to share; Potluck supper: 5:30 pm – Bring a chair and a dish to share—mains, sides, veg, salad, etc. Picnicware supplied.
WHERE: on the Lane (please move your cars off the street!)
Contributions accepted at the party towards picnicware and a celebratory cake for dessert.
Visit the PBO Block Party webpage to find out how to enter our raffle to win $25 to cover the block party permit fee (deadline May 31). You'll also find more block party tips and a downloadable invitation template.