Why not throw a rooftop deck party with your new Smith & Burns neighbors this spring? These new Wallingford apartment homes have been designed to promote social interaction, and parties or gatherings are an easy and fun way to build a sense of community while making a few new friends along the way. With these simple party ideas, you and the neighbors can host a fabulous rooftop deck party without being overwhelmed by a lot of work!
Recruit your neighbors!
First things first: Don’t do it alone. You will need the help of your neighbors to pull off a successful party, so fight the urge to handle it all by yourself. Think about those in the building you know well and ask them to pitch in. You’ll need your organizing group to help get the word out.
This is important. You will need to divide up the tasks… one to plan activities, another to figure out the menu items and someone for the logistics and check-in with management to go over plans.
Once you have the core group of your team, establish a date for the party, it’s time to publicize. Find somewhere to place notices where they are sure to be seen. Encourage neighbors to RSVP so you can get a head count (and of course, on the day of the party, welcome everyone, RSVP or not!).
Share the food responsibilities
The cheapest and easiest way to host a party is to make it a potluck. Assign a food to each neighbor who RSVPs. Think appetizers, beverages, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, fruit, chips, dips, napkins, plates, utensils, and cups. Be flexible! Your Smith & Burns neighborhood is a very multi-cultural community and each neighbor may have their favorite specialty. This can be a fun way to celebrate with an international theme. A week or so before the party contact everyone that replied to the RSVP to offer a reminder about assigned dishes. One quick note: You should supply a main dish to get the party started… hot dogs, chicken, hamburgers, etc. Whatever you choose will be supplemented with the dished others bring. You want everyone to have a good time, so go with the flow.
Set up a communal table for the food so everyone can break bread together.
Keep the mood lively with music
Music always sets the mood regardless of the party, and yours is no different! The key is to play music that everyone will like, young and old. Pandora or Spotify is a good source for music of all genres.
Plan rooftop deck party activities
It may seem like it’s up to the guests to make the party a hit, but you’ll need to help the process along with a few fun activities. You’ll want to engage everyone. Come up with a list of a few different ice breakers to ensure the group gets to know one another. Door prizes are always a fun way to promote interaction. Ask local merchants if they would like to donate gift certificates as prizes. It’s a great way for them to promote their business.
What’s a party without some decorations? Put someone in charge of decorations. Balloons, streamers, and colorful tablecloths will help create a festive atmosphere.
How to handle uninterested neighbors
It’s likely that some may not be quite as interested in the party as you are. That’s OK! Be sure to keep the entire Smith & Burns community in the loop by being specific about the start, and most importantly the end time of the party! If by chance your neighbors are lured out by the sound of fun, be sure to welcome them to the party!
One final tip
The day of the party make sure to be mindful but have fun! Some things may not go as planned. Go with the flow and shake things off! You’ll be so grateful you did.