Move over potlucks and block parties! The ways people engage with their neighbors are getting more and more creative. We’ve rounded up some of the new ways that communities everywhere are bringing people together. Here are our favorites!
1. Cooking demonstrations.
Who says you must go far to have your favorite chef prepare a meal? Invite a chef from a popular restaurant to do a cooking demonstration in your community kitchen. You can set up cooking stations for attendees to make their own food, or neighbors can mix, mingle and learn as the chef cooks up a delicious meal for everyone to enjoy. This event is sure to fill up quickly- nothing brings people together quite like delicious food.
2. Private fitness classes.
From spinning and Pilates to kickboxing and yoga, it seems there are more ways than ever to break a sweat AND have fun right now. Contact a local fitness studio and schedule a private class just for your community - or, if you have a fitness center, you can see if a local instructor can teach a class on-site. We love when communities serve some breakfast or light bites after and give their event a fun name like “Donuts & Dumbbells” or “Pilates & Parfaits.”
3. Community happy hours.
Offer a change of scenery and host a community happy hour at a nearby bar or restaurant. This is a great way for neighbors to get to know one another outside of a typical neighborhood setting, and most spots offer discounts for large groups. And, as spring approaches more communities are turning their events into a “yappy” hour, so furry friends can come along!
What new community trends do you love? Share them in the comments!