Welcome to my block. It's a nice block, filled with nice people. Last year was the first holiday we spent living here and we found out that our block has a wonderful tradition that happens every year around the holidays. Everyone gets together to throw a "Progressive Party".
Essentially what happens is you start out with soups and salads at one house, move to the next for appetizers, and then on to the last for desserts. It's a blast and a great way to connect with your neighbors that you may not know all that well. What better way to get to know someone than over food and drinks?
About a month prior to the party someone takes the coordinators role, picks a date, prints up and distributes a flier asking:
One- If you'd like to attend and what you'd like to contribute (soup, salad, app. or dessert) and...
Two- Would you like to host?
Everyone is also asked if the suggested date works for them. As long as the great majority are able to attend on that date it sticks.
A Townhouselady's Block
Once everyone returns their fliers to the coordinator we choose the host houses and get back to each person coming/contributing letting them know who will be hosting the food category that they'll be contributing to so they can coordinate with them on the details (dinnerware, drinks, time to drop off food, does it need to be heated/refrigerated etc.).
On the day of the party, the hosts are ready to go and the buffets are set up. We start at the soup & salad house and spend about and hour, or so, at each. By the time we get to desserts most people are good and loosened up by libations and food and we linger at the dessert house until the evening closes.
We're having ours tomorrow night and I expect it'll be another year of great fun. Is there anyone else who does something similar? Or better yet, have I inspired you to start the tradition in your neck of the woods?