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How to Organize the Perfect New Year’s Block Party

Ushering out the old year and welcoming in the new is the perfect reason to celebrate.  If you don’t want to spend your New Year’s Eve in a bar or nightclub and want to enjoy family-friendly fun instead, organizing a block party is a great way to celebrate with your nearest and dearest in a safe, laid back and inexpensive way.

Block parties work well with neighbors of all ages, at any time of year.  But come new year’s, they are the perfect way to celebrate with your family, your kids, your neighbors and your friends.

If you are thinking about throwing a block party this new year, follow our top tips on how to make it the best one ever.

  1. Choose the best location

You don’t need to choose a date for a New Year’s Eve party as December 31st is the only date you need, but, you will need to choose a venue that works well for everyone.  If you live in a neighborhood with a communal space like a park, lake or large grass area, this is the perfect place for your gathering.  If you live in a more urban area with apartment blocks on every corner, a parking lot could also work for you.

  1. Send out your invitations

Get some invites printed out and let the neighbors know about your party.  Tell them when to arrive, where it is being held and important information like what they should bring with them – food, chairs, blankets, rugs, games etc. Be sure to put your name and number on the invite, so that your neighbors can call to ask any questions or offer to help.  You should also make sure that the invitation extends to the whole family – so be sure to confirm that kids are welcome too.

  1. Organize a potluck

Unless you are planning on spending a lot of money on professional catering, most block parties are based around potluck fare that adds to the fun of it all.  Ask everyone who comes along to bring a dish with them and be sure to keep a list of who is bringing what so there is plenty of variety on the table. Salads, casseroles, pasta dishes and sweet treats for the little ones all taste amazing when someone else has made them.

If you are planning on having a BBQ, you can ask guests to bring some meat for cooking.  You should also inquire about vegetarian or vegan guests and ensure that they are catered for too.

  1. Plan Your Activities

This is the most exciting part of organizing a social gathering, and on New Year’s Eve, everyone will be in the party spirit and ready to have a ton of fun.  Chances are this party will go on until late as you wait to see in the new year at midnight, so be sure that there are plenty of activities on offer to keep everyone amused.

Some of the very best new year’s block party activities include:

Bounce Houses and Inflatables

Keep kids of all ages happy with a bounce house or two. From basic bounce houses for little ones, through to giant inflatable disco domes, sports arenas, cartoon themed inflatables and even giant soccer or volleyball courts, there is a bounce house to suit every block party.


With warm weather all year round, a BBQ in December is a regular thing here in Florida.  Set up some burners, allocated some chefs for the evening and get cooking.  Keep your BBQ area away from the play area to ensure the safety of your guests, and make sure that your chefs are fully aware of food safety and hygiene regulations before they start cooking.

Party Games

You could choose traditional party games for the children like pin the tail on the donkey, apple bobbing or pass the parcel, or go for a bigger, organized group activity that everyone can enjoy.  Why not set up a football game, perfect for players of all ages.  If you don’t have the space for a pitch, you could even hire an inflatable arena for everyone to enjoy.

Whatever activities you choose for your new year’s block party, providing a safe and fun environment for you and your family to enjoy alongside your friends and neighbors is what makes the most awesome new year’s block party ever.

Let Us Help

Here at South Florida Bounce, we can provide you with everything you need to throw the most awesome block party ever. From inflatables and bounce houses to interactive games and activities we are on hand to help you see in the new year. Call us today at 561-245-7100 to find out more.

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