In today’s turbulent times, we need close ties with our neighbors more than ever. This Thursday marks National Good Neighbor Day, celebrating the unique gifts of good will that come from the friendships we form with those who live nearby.
Neighbors are an important part of our lives, but sometimes we don’t get to know them well enough. We have some suggestions to help you promote social get-togethers in your neighborhood. Add extra fun to your block and you’re likely to foster friendships to last a lifetime.
Fun and friendly competition do a lot to build social relationships. Have the neighbors from either side over to play on the only outdoor six-player foosball table. Designed for outdoor use, the table is made with sealed beechwood panels, enclosing a UV- and moisture-resistant soccer pitch. While it’s made for the outdoors, this unique gift is equally suitable for a family game room, too.
Perhaps your neighborhood already enjoys a close social network. If so, it should be easy to find willing volunteers to enter this backyard dunk tank. It functions just like those seen at fairs and fundraisers. You may want to consider using it for a fundraiser at your next block party, with proceeds going to a local food pantry or homeless shelter.
If your neighborhood get-togethers are better with the assistance of socially lubricating libations, you need this Pedal Pub. Up to 17 friends and neighbors can pedal, serve, drive, and imbibe as it travels. This tavern on wheels hits speeds of up to 5 mph, making it ideal for traveling house-to-house on the closed-off street of your block party.
Ultimately, the point of Good Neighbor Day is to encourage people to be nice to each other. If you need to break down the proverbial fences in your neighborhood, take some cookies to the neighbors or invite them over for a meal or a cocktail hour. It only takes someone to make the first move and you’ll be enjoying the unique gift of neighborliness right where you live.