Bringing the Neighbors Together for a Sweet Treat and Summer Fun10:37 PM
Here's the thing. I lived in my prior neighborhood for 11 years. I had zero friends there and my neighbors across the street wouldn't even make eye contact for me to say hello. When we moved, I vowed that would not happen again. Building community in my neighborhood is important to me. We don't all have to be best friends, but I'd love to occasionally discuss something other than the weather. Hashtag goals. When I got the opportunity to try the new Nestlé® Drumstick® S'Mores, I knew a little "It's Almost Summer" get together was in order. Here are 3 simple things you need to do to host your own get together and start to build community in your neighborhood.
1. Choose who to invite. Here are some considerations:
Get past the awkwardness and just ask! it really can't hurt to reach out. If you want community, you've got to take the first step.If you have little ones, it's natural to invite the parents of the kids they already play with. You could also use location as a guide. I invited our next door neighbors and the family beside them. This kept the gathering small and allowed me to take it easy for this first gathering.
2. Choose a simple theme/menu.
The new Nestlé® Drumstick® S’mores bring out all the delicious flavor of S’mores with marshmallow flavored ice cream, and a yummy graham cracker, chocolatey coating. They were the perfect treat- they're easy (grab and go) and a fun way to bring people together. Side Note: I remember loving these treats as a kid but it had been awhile. I can't believe I forgot how good they were! I'd grabbed an extra box just in case which ended up being a smart move. I also grabbed hot dogs and chips to serve if the party lasted for more than an hour.
3. Choose a few activities.
I supplied bubbles, sidewalk chalk, water squirters, and water balloons to support the 'summer' theme. Hula Hoops and sprinklers were also on the list. Since it was a bit on the chilly side we didn't get to the water play but the kids still played with the squirters and water balloons- sans water. Lawn games or an outdoor movie could also be fun!
I've discussed how important community is-- if you've been hoping to create a bit more community in your life, ice-cream is a perfect way to do it! Visit local grocery retailers to purchase new Nestlé® Drumstick® S’mores, or visit Drumstick.com to learn more!