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How to Throw a Budget-Friendly Block Party

Watch more Summer Fun videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Throw a great block party on a budget with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Plan ahead Make a shopping list as early as you can. The more time you give yourself to shop for bargains, the more time you'll have to hunt for them. Tip Find paper plates, cups, napkins, and flatware at dollar stores. Step 2: Recruit a co-host Ask a couple of neighbors to co-host. You can split the costs, as well as the work involved in preparing and cleaning up. Step 3: Make flyers Make flyers and, in addition to including the time and date, request donations like tables, chairs, barbeques, food, and beverages. Include your phone number or e-mail address on the flyer so that people can let you know what they'll be bringing. Step 4: Buy in bulk Find a neighbor with a discount club membership if you don't have one. Buy food for the party in bulk. Tip Having the party as a potluck can reduce your costs. Step 5: Contact local businesses Contact local businesses for donations. Sometimes local stores will donate door prizes, equipment, or coupons as a way to attract new customers. Step 6: Plan activities Arrange for inexpensive activities and games. Sack races, bike parades, and water balloon fights are cheap entertainment. Tip Put a sign up at the end of the block to remind neighbors to attend. Step 7: Employ kids Offer children cash or prizes for picking up trash and cleaning up when the party is over. Step 8: Enjoy Enjoy the party! Have fun and mingle. Did You Know? Did you know? The Atlantis Hotel in Dubai threw a $20 million grand opening party in 2008.
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