When my husband and I toured the house we now live in we knew we would love living in it for several years. It's a small home but it fits our needs and has a little (very little) space to grow. What we didn't expect was how amazing our neighbors would be! I don't think I could have handpicked better neighbors. Our dogs have regular play dates, the teenager has mowed my lawn in exchange for chocolate chip cookies, in emergency situations they have pet and babysat for us. In honor of great neighbors everywhere I wanted to dedicate this post to National Neighborhood Day. This "holiday" was organized as an annual day to recognize and boost relationships that are the fabric of local communities.
For years, National Neighbor Day has served as a day of gratitude and community building. It is celebrated in neighborhoods across the country each year on September 28th.
It is a blessing to have a good neighbor but it is even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor. Good neighbors easily become friends, they watch out for each other, often lend a helping hand.
Here are some fun ideas to celebrate National Neighbor Day:
- Block party
- Book exchange
- Create a neighborhood babysitters list
- Kids performance or play
- Battle of the Bands
- Karaoke party
- Outdoor movie screening
- Arts and crafts festival
- Share resources (for example, extra produce from garden,tool sharing)
- Blood drive
- Food drive
- Bake sale for charity
- Potluck or Barbecue
- Dessert party/ice cream social
- Pizza party
- Cocktail party
- Cookie exchange
- Start a community garden
- Bulb or tree planting
Click here for an easy planning guide to host your own community neighbor appreciation event!