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Friday, October 2, 2009

National Night Out

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:
  1. BYOB
  2. Bring a dish to share (I love potlucks!)
  3. Bring your own chair or blanket
  4. 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.
  5. We'll set up some blankets and chairs on the lawn. People can add their own as they arrive.
  6. We'll move our cars out of our driveway and set up a Bocce Ball court there.
  7. We'll set out games (Apples to Apples, Taboo, Jenga, and cards).
  8. We'll set up some music. Hmm...our iPod speakers aren't working...
  9. We'll have nametags laying out, so people can write their first name and the street they live on.
Let me go look at the List O' Fun to see if I can come up with anything else:
  • Frisbee! Yes, people can play in the street...
  • Hula hoops? That could be really fun...
  • Sidewalk chalk?
What will I make for the potluck portion? I'll use my giant glass container to hold some kind of drink. Maybe homemade lemonade?

Oh, I know. I'll make Hibiscus and Ginger Iced Tea. It's delicious!

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megan said...

haha. my ex was from KS and he said Texas is like its own country. he said i wouldn't understand since i grew up here. then my other friend said it's true, "what other states have residents that fly their state flag on almost every house?"

and, unless it's changed in the last 4 years, i don't ever recall being encouraged to say the TX pledge. we had the option of saying the Pledge of Allegiance and observing a moment of silence.

Heather said...

Hoss is so freakin' adorable that I want to come to your block party and make him happy even though I live in Pittsbugh! :)

Mia said...

We made the same in May and it was really fun and nice.
I took a picture and mailed it to those who gave me their adresses!
Have fun!

Rachael Eisner said...

I agree with Heather. That dog is too much for me to say no to. However, San Mateo is quite far, especially since I need to be celebrating in Sacramento that night (brother's birthday). Does it count if we're both having fun? ;)

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