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Tips for Hosting Your First Neighborhood BBQ

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

One of the first things many new homeowners look forward to is hosting a backyard barbecue. It’s a great way to break the ice with your new neighbors and create some lasting memories. Here are some tips for crafting a fun and memorable event to celebrate moving to Marvida.

Send Out the Invites

Set a date for your barbecue and invite the neighbors. You don’t have to send out anything formal. Just knock on the door and ask them to come over. If you prefer something a little less casual, you can print and distribute flyers. Encourage potential guests to bring their friends so you have a chance to meet more people in the community.

Prepare Your Party Space

How prepared are you to host? Do you have patio furniture? A grill? If you don’t, it’s a good idea to make a few purchases before the big date. If your budget doesn’t cover new furniture, check into renting tables and chairs. If you purchased a home in Marvida and opted for a built-in grill, you are set. Otherwise, purchase or borrow a grill if you don’t have one.

Plan Your Menu

The centerpiece of your barbecue is the main course. Choose fare that appeals to a wide range of tastes. Burgers and hot dogs are always a favorite. Brisket can feed a crowd and is usually a hit. Encourage guests to bring their favorite side dishes, salads, desserts or beverages to create a potluck-style event. It’s a great way to get to know people. Don’t forget to offer vegetarian or vegan options to accommodate different dietary needs.

Make It Festive

You don’t have to have a themed barbecue (although it’s a lot of fun) but you should make your backyard festive. String lights and have your favorite playlist ready to go. If many of you are new to the neighborhood, plan some icebreaker games. Games such as cornhole, horseshoes and volleyball are good ways to help people get to know each other. Be sure to have children’s games and crafts available to help them make friends.

Be a Good Host

It’s important to meet and greet all the guests. When you are introducing neighbors to each other, try to throw in an interesting tidbit they have in common as a conversation starter. Be sure everyone has enough to eat and drink. Ask questions. This is your community now, so you want to foster relationships.

Follow Up

Follow up the barbecue with a thank you via text, email or a note. If everyone seemed to have a great time, suggest a rotating potluck party with each neighbor taking a turn hosting. Alternatively, suggest everyone come back to your place for the next holiday.

Move to Marvida

Marvida is a friendly place. Whether you are hosting a backyard barbecue, beating the heat at the pool, letting your pooch run free at the dog park or participating in one of our excellent community events, you are sure to connect with your neighbors and make friendships that last a lifetime.