Suburban neighborhoods offer many charming facets, from great school systems to work-commute accessibility and quiet safety. However, the best part of moving to suburbia is the opportunity to meet like-minded people living right next door. Think front-yard barbeques on warm summer nights, carpooling to school with the kids next door, and family-style potlucks with a new network of lifelong friends. Whether you’re new to the neighborhood or just overdue for a back-to-school block party, here are some simple steps to ensure that your next gathering is a stress-free success.
Don’t Do it Alone
Depending on the size of your suburb, you may find yourself organizing an event for more families than you can handle. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Create a mini “party planning committee” with 2 to 3 neighbors to divide and conquer tasks like sending invitations, hanging decorations, and ordering hors d’oeuvres. Not only will the team make hosting a breeze, but you’ll have the opportunity to get to know each other in a more intimate way than you would if they were just guests at your party.
Location Is Key
While home gatherings are cozy and intimate, they can also be a ton of work for the host. Instead of stressing out over cleaning the house and polishing the fancy silverware, why not plan your gathering in a shared space? Residential communities like Wallis Ranch feature community spaces such as the Kindred House to host neighborhood get-togethers. The indoor-outdoor vibe of the location is ideal for a family friendly event, and the pool feature keeps the kids busy and happy. Wallis Ranch also offers a Lifestyle Director to help you manage the event planning at the location. Her expertise opens up many possibilities– maybe a family yoga class or art experience! The most important aspect of this shared space is just that, though– that it is shared. No one family has to worry about hosting, and all members of the community feel that they are part of the planning. Locations like this are truly the future of suburban living, and there is no better example than the Kindred House.
Set the Date and Make Plans all in One
With modern technology, it has become seamless to plan events that work for most attendees. Consider sending a Doodle survey to your neighbors to find dates that work for everyone, or discover whether everyone would prefer pizza or hotdogs. Create and share an online spreadsheet to organize everyone’s potluck contributions and ensure that you don’t end up with all desserts and no entrees!