Sometimes, the best thing about living in a tight community is the street parties and community fun you can have. Getting together as a community is far harder because of COVID-19, but that doesn't mean that you cannot have fun with a street party that you all plan together. Socially-distanced street parties are the answer to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can still get together, you can still have fun, but you do it across the street where you’re all able to find some space for distance!
Kids ride around on their bikes and play Cornhole Worldwide together, while the grown ups sit on fold-down chairs and blankets to eat delicious food. The best bit? Everyone chips in! Everyone brings a dish, a jug, a game - the community comes together as a family and you all get to have enormous fun together. Everyone appreciates a street party, but the planning that goes into it is part of the fun. So, with that in mind, we’ve got some of the best tips you didn't know you needed!
- Invite Everyone. You are having a street party, which means that you need to invite the whole street. It doesn't matter if you don't know everyone, or if you had a run in with an elderly neighbour once - invite them anyway. A lot of people may not want to come, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't invite them. Street parties bring people together and while you can’t force people to attend, you can be neighbourly and make sure everyone feels included.
- Start A Facebook Group. Most people are online now, and starting a group online will allow you to reach out and connect with people on another level. You can even organise who brings the decorations, the food and the music to what will be the best party of the year.
- Seek Out Permits. Did you know that you need to have a permit before you can hold a street party? A permit just means that you are registering your intentions and can get some help with ensuring that your road is closed on the day. You may also need to get insurance for the party - nothing too huge, but enough to protect people. If anything goes wrong.|
- Get A Liquor License. You can’t always drink in public without a license, but you can ask your local council about it. They will be able to tell you whether you are allowed to bring alcohol to your street party or not. The smart thing to do is to ask - just so you don't end up being shut down on the day and ruin the party!
- Organize Amazing Food. A lot of street parties are themed, and if you decide to theme yours, you should consider letting everyone know! They will be able to bring the right cuisine and courses for your party. Plus, is there really anything more fun than the food you get to eat at a street party? We don't think so, either.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.