Monday, August 13, 2012

Block Par-TAY!

This year, after months of walking with B&H by our neighbors house and wondering who lived in each one, I planned and hosted a National Night Out party for our neighbors. Now, it sounds like a bigger undertaking than it really was. The beauty of hosting a party on NNO is that the format is there. You just have to execute it!

So with a few neighbors' help, I planned the party and invited about 50 neighbors to join us at the park for root beer floats. I asked neighbors to help by pitching in a couple of bucks if they could, donating cups or straws or ice, and bringing their own lawn chairs and tables. Funny thing happened: about 10 families donated cups. And then about another 5 families brought ice. So, I'm not lying, I felt exactly like this:
Lesson learned: next year, assign people to bring stuff. Thankfully, we don't need any cups for the next 2 or 3 years!

The party was a blast! We had about 20 families from 3 different blocks attend and I felt like everyone mingled and visited with each other. I personally got to put some names with faces I'd seen on the block for a while and we met some really cute younger babies that are going to join our gang of toddlers soon! :)

Best of the night: we were lucky enough to have the St Paul Police Mounted unit, the firefighters from St Paul Fire Station #19, the St Paul K-9 unit, AND McGruff the Crime Dog all visit our party! All were big hits with kids and adults alike!

Unfortunately, I was too busy having fun to take a lot of photos, but here are a few to document the evening.

King, such a nice horsie!
Ben was a huge fan of the horse; Hannah just wanted to play with bubbles

Sittin' on a Fire Truck. Heaven!

Ben's first rootbeer float. Mmmm.

This is when I said, "Ben, want to get out of the
fire truck?" And he said, "Nooooo!"

For a fun video wrap-up of the event, watch our neighbor Nick's video! He's a video producer for the City of St Paul and created this great video of our party!

We're all already looking forward to next year!


  1. that's awesome! my old town in NJ (happens to be called Highland Park - is that your neighborhood's name?) had a NNO and it was a lot of fun. I love rootbeer floats too!

  2. Beautiful horse!

    I'm hosting a giveaway - would love for you to enter!