Summer is here — at least, unofficially. The end of May usually kicks off the season for celebration and community gatherings. Among these are cookouts. It can be a lot of fun to extend your planned event to your whole community.

Block parties or neighbourhood cookouts are a great way to get to know the neighbors while enjoying the summer weather and showing off your Fleetwood real estate. Here are some tips for hosting a great neighborhood cookout.


Get the Word Out

Gather contact information and email addresses and spread the word to build excitement. Post flyers and plan activities. Be sure to talk it over with your neighbors so that anyone who does not want to be involved won’t be inconvenienced. The more you spread the word, the better your cookout will go.


Have a Plan

Decide what activities you want to involve and build a plan to get them going. Call in help from friends, family and neighbours. Establish play zones for the kids. Determine who can host events like softball games, volleyball, Frisbee, lawn bowling or water games. Above all, have a central area where the food will be laid out.

Create a map so that everyone who attends knows where they can find the fun stuff going on. Take the layout of your community into account and try to plan around those who may not want to be involved. The key is to provide the maximum amount of fun while respecting all of your neighbors.


Prepare a Potluck

Having the cookout be a potluck can save money and create a stunning spread for your community to enjoy food. Get people to commit to bring various dishes and prepare a menu which you can pass out with your communications. With everyone contributing, it’s easy to build a sense of community spirit and participation.

Set up a buffet in your central area and don’t forget to establish a flow of traffic so people aren’t all crowding around one dish!



Music is vital to a great block party. Is there a band in your neighbourhood? This could be a great time for them to show off their skills. If you have live music, it’s a good idea to have a way for people to tip the band. Remember, musicians are artists plying a trade, and live bands will appreciate people tossing money in that guitar case.

If live music isn’t an option, gather suggestions from your neighbuors for a playlist. Mix it up so there’s something to fit everyone’s tastes. Consider mixing in summer-themed music from all genres from classical to modern rock and dance music. You can cover everything from Mozart to Brian Adams and Don Henley to Will Smith in your playlist!

A summer party is a great way to create camaraderie and a sense of community spirit through your neighbourhood. You can make friends and have a great time in the process. If you are looking to move to a great community, check out our Fleetwood information and give us a call today!

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