Each year we have a street party in our small Cul-de-sac for neighbours, friends and family. The party is a great way to get to know neighbours, and everyone from the newly born to the ‘elders’ of the street.
So the first thing to do is … talk with your neighbours … if you don’t speak with them … write up and drop an invite through their door, we’ve attached an example and downloadable MS Word Template below. Of course you can write up your own if you wish.
Once you’ve got numbers, you can decide where to have the party. Is there a green, or a large front garden you can all fit on? If not, and if you live in a cul-de-sac or a dead-end road, why not contact the local council to ask if they will grant a road closure notice? Road closures are generally free to request, in our experience Havant Borough Council have been absolutely fantastic in helping us out. The road closure separates kids and cars, and cars from BBQs. We set up our party so that if a vehicle does need to gain emergency access, whatever is in the way is easy to move.
A few houses normally bring their BBQ’s, and neighbours bring their own tables and chairs – along with any food or drink that they will be eating themselves. This then generally gets shared out if there are any leftovers, though the kids generally hoover up crisps / sweets / cakes throughout the evening.
A street party doesn’t have to be restricted to immediate neighbours, why extend the invite your wider family, and neighbours from nearby streets? The more the merrier.
Holding a Street Party is a great way to get to know your neighbours, and bring together all generations.