So, you’ve made all the preparations and now the day of the block party is here. Awesome. Hopefully, most of the plan is ready to go and organized beforehand, making the party payoff stage fairly simple. Here are a few tips/reminders for making sure the day goes smoothly.
If you’ve prepped, the execution stage is a piece of cake. Use these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a great party.
Getting a party well and truly kicked off can be intimidating. Sure, all the practical stuff and frippery are set up… but who will be 1st to claim their space? Circulate? Get out on the dance floor? Here’s a few tips to make that easy and kick-start the fun.
Music sets the mood and helps notify people that the event is officially ON. As people filter in, ask for some favorite songs and play a roster of those to get them immediately involved, engaged and encouraged to get out there and dance. Plus, sharing personal tunes gives partygoers something to talk about and bond over.
If your neighborly crew seems a little reticent to mingle, set them to some social tasks. Make a few greeters with little scripts. Have others check in on drinks, foods, and fun needs. Even give others character sheets and see what happens. Just on-the-fly, for a half hour or so (or longer if they love it) get your people out of their heads and into a fun and happy role-based social space.
Some people just naturally bring the zazz. If your squad has some of those, put that (not too pushy) BPE to work- from working the “room” to announcing events and even knocking on doors to bring people out of their home-shells, these natural emcees can help take the party to 11!
Group identities can be awesomely powerful and a lot of fun. As people come into the party, have some starting tasks around thinking up the neighborhood song, mascot, tagline, bird, dinosaur, star and more... whatever feels right to build up your street’s identity, ask around for opinions. Get those conversations started while poppin’ off the party and build camaraderie that lasts.
As you sign people up for the party, roll some dice or draw from a hat or use the SoHl app to get people assigned to randomized groups. Group members will be tasked with checking in on each other and making sure they get to the event plus whatever else you’d like and will be an automatic small social group for people to show up with – with mostly new stuff to talk about. Mixing it up means more interest early on and sets the stage for community building after the shin-dig is done.
The SoHl app will help you with setting the groups plus extras like group and street virtual badges and trophies!