So Kristoffer and I hosted our FIRST ever block party this past Saturday night! I've been wanting to do one for a while, and Kris was simultaneously looking for a ward missionary/community fellowship opportunity, so we both landed on this block party.
It actually turned out way better than I had thought. We did some flyers and passed them out about two weeks beforehand, asking people to RSVP if they were coming. I got one RSVP a week before, and then two more the day before the party. I was getting a little ticked at the lack of community cohesion at that point, and was planning a stoic revolt, complete with passing out flyers with a bright red CANCELLED on the front "due to lack of community response and interest.". I talked myself out of this obviously and we went ahead with the party.
We had planned to have our 4 ward missionaries there ahead of time, just to make it seem less awkward, and it worked out really wonderfully. Just note, this wasn't a come-and-be-converted kind of thing, we just wanted to bring community and church together in a fun, relaxing way.
Everyone was asked to bring their own meat to grill and a dish to share. This lessened the cost for us considerably, and we just provided the drinks, the grill, some chairs and a little bonfire.
I wish I was able to get more pictures, but I was having way too much fun!
Marin washing her hands at the spigot after some sticky roasted marshmallows.
All in all, I think about 7 families showed up from the two streets we invited. Truthfully, a little lame, and I'm still underwhelmed at the lack of response we received, but I am totally grateful we had the people come who DID come. It was so nice to meet people and chat and have a relaxed evening with a little buzz and excitement in our own backyard. We'll have to do another one next year, and get a better turnout!