Now that you have a starting point for your even here are some great suggestions on how to pay for the event so NO one person gets stuck footing the bill.

  • RAFFLE – Select a few members of your neighborhood (including the coordinator of the event) to visit or call local businesses or major companies and have them donate prizes that can be auctioned off at a raffle you’ll hold before the event. You can get a large roll of tickets usually from an office supply store or make them online yourself and sell raffle tickets to cover the costs of your community BBQ. Make sure the tickets have a place for the purchaser’s phone number so you can call them if they win. You can sell tickets to anyone. Good items to auction off are gift cards, dining certificates, electronics, and special services.
  • Community Garage Sale – You can organize a community garage sale, which is actually pretty easy by asking neighbors to donate unwanted items to sell. Select a nearby parking lot to hold your garage sale or just ask a few adjoining neighbors to use their yards. All proceeds from the community sale will be used to fund the neighborhood BBQ. Be sure to advertise the garage sale in the local paper and put up signs. The more successful the garage sale, the bigger the BBQ can be later.
  • Local Donations – Often times local businesses can donate specific products you need or want. Local stores may donate food or paper products, even local BBQ spots may donate some cooked meat to your event. Check around your community and get as many donations of items as you need and that means less work for you and your neighbors.
  • Neighborhood contribution – This way means everything is written out from the food down to the plastic forks that will be used and everyone gets assigned an item so that you know 100% everyone is contributing and your entire list is covered. You won’t have to collect or raise any money because everyone will be bringing or buying the items needed. However, if something comes up for a neighbor at the last minute and they cancel you run the risk of being short that item. Sometimes it’s good to have a backup plan or buy extra that can be returned later.

Now that we have given you the basics on how to plan your community event below are some fun summer and BBQ recipes found on Pinterest. These recipes are perfect for your next community event or party. Frankly, these recipes are perfect for any time! ENJOY

  • Ice cream cake
  • Chicken
  • Summer Sangria
  • Summer side salad
  • Grilled Burgers
  • Cowboy beans
  • Margarita Jell-O shots
  • Skinnydip for chips
  • Marinades
  • Corn on the cob for a crowd
  • Something unexpected
  • Slaw
  • Potato salad options
  • Watermelon
  • Deviled eggs