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Having a Neighborhood Party? 4 Things to Check On

When you want to have a neighborhood party, there are several things that you must consider first to have a great time without any problems. Of course, you want the event to be fun, but make sure to check these things before having your neighborhood party so that your guests don’t have to worry about the details.

Prepare Food for the Event

You will want to have an assortment of tasty food for the neighborhood party, so you should decide now whether you want to make it yourself, invite the neighbors to contribute potluck style, or hire a caterer. If you are going to be cooking, make your lists beforehand and plan out how much time you’ll need to prepare, adding a few extra hours to your estimate just in case. If you would rather not do so much extra work, begin to research caterers right away. Ask your friends and coworkers about the caterers that they hired for special events. Call the caterers to schedule an interview that may include sampling some of the foods that you would want at your neighborhood party. Make sure that the caterers have access to refrigeration equipment and sinks with running water to prevent any foodborne diseases.

Rent Tables and Chairs for the Party

Your guests will need plenty of places to sit in your home or outside, so you should consider renting chairs if you won’t have enough in your house. Your guests will also need tables so that they can eat the delicious food you provide. There are other things that you can rent for a neighborhood party, including portable dance floors, protective tents in case it rains and outdoor lighting fixtures. Make sure to take these costs into account when you are planning how many people to invite, and consider how many people you can fit inside and outside your home.

Indoor Furnace and Patio Heaters

If you are having a neighborhood party during the autumn or the winter, then you will need a heating repair before the guests arrive. You should call technicians to inspect the indoor furnace, and you will also want to verify that your outdoor patio heaters are functional. Don’t wait until the evening of the neighborhood party to find out that you have no climate control for your guests. Remember also that the amount of people in your house will heat it up, and that a room that starts warm can keep warm easily. Make sure the air quality in your house will be able to keep up with the amount of occupants.

Invitations and Directions

When you are inviting neighbors, coworkers or friends to a large neighborhood party, you should mail invitations in advance or contact them through email. Make sure to provide all of the information required for the party, including the directions to difficult-to-find locations. It is also vital to have enough spaces for your guests to park their vehicles so that they won’t get into trouble with the local law officials. Consider talking to your immediate neighbors about the party so they will know that the street may be packed with cars, and let your guests know if there won’t be much available parking nearby.

It’s easy to get caught up with the exciting parts of party planning, but don’t neglect the details that need to be looked into before a party can be a success. Make sure to check on these things so that your neighborhood event is the talk of the town in years to come!

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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