I'm always looking for an excuse to try and build community among strangers. So when I heard about National Night Out--a nationwide movement to "promote neighborhood spirit"--I jumped at the chance to host a block party.
National Night Out was officially August 4. However, Texas celebrates it on Tuesday, October 6. Is that because we are essentially a separatist state (I mean, we do, after all, encourage our children to recite the Texas pledge on a daily basis in K-12 schools across the state).
But I am pooped, so I'm trying to figure out the easiest way to host a huge block party. Here's what I'm thinking:
- Bring a dish to share (I love potlucks!)
- Bring your own chair or blanket
- We'll set up our folding table and our dining room table and our science lab table on the front porch for the food and drinks (which we'll cover with the leftover sheets we used as tablecloths at our wedding). We'll move our front porch furniture to the lawn for extra seating.
- We'll set up some blankets and chairs on the lawn. People can add their own as they arrive.
- We'll move our cars out of our driveway and set up a Bocce Ball court there.
- We'll set out games (Apples to Apples, Taboo, Jenga, and cards).
- We'll set up some music. Hmm...our iPod speakers aren't working...
- We'll have nametags laying out, so people can write their first name and the street they live on.
- Frisbee! Yes, people can play in the street...
- Hula hoops? That could be really fun...
- Sidewalk chalk?
Oh, I know. I'll make Hibiscus and Ginger Iced Tea. It's delicious!