Bundle up and celebrate the season with a winter block party, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Hormel® Chili! Get neighbors together to meet, eat, play in the snow (or warm up inside) for a fun twist on the usual summertime event.
Designate one house as the block party HQ, including a registration booth where you can hand out name tags (such as these buttons) and provide a sign-in sheet for contact info. After the party, email everyone a neighborhood directory to help keep connections going.
Assign each participating home a specific part of the meal (appetizers, main dishes, desserts, drinks), or focus the eats and festivities in one location. Depending on the weather, you can set out food in your yard or keep it indoors.
Baby, it’s cold outside, so a hearty hot dish such as chili (we used Hormel® Chili to make it extra easy) is a crowd pleaser — and affordable too. Cornbread, crackers and bread bowls make yummy accompaniments.
To make bread bowls, cut the tops off mini loaves, hollow them out and replace the tops. If you have a waterproof finish on your table, label dishes with little aluminum buckets filled with snow (or artificial instant snow powder, available online).
Outside, a hot chocolate bar beckons. Mini marshmallow and crushed peppermint toppings make it special.
Warm up to new friends around a cozy outdoor fire pit. Provide s’mores fixings for a nostalgic treat kids and adults alike will love.
Offer planned activities to help guests break the ice. Here, neighbors gather around the fire to roast marshmallows.
More ideas for frosty-weather fun for all ages: Set up a sledding run, hold a snowman or snow-castle building contest, host a talent show, and/or designate an area indoors for playing board games, cards or chess.
Send this free Evite invitation to invite neighbors to your own winter block party!Print