Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Getting to Know the People Next Door

It used to be that, when new neighbors moved in, the welcoming committees would swoop down on their doorstep with cakes, cookies, and smiles. Now, especially in apartment complexes where people come and go frequently, this is often not the case. Families who take the initiative to get to know the people in their community will find themselves with more social supports, camaraderie, and fun than they might expect. The following tips give newcomers some great ways to meet their community members without the awkwardness.

New neighbors won’t bring the cake to you? Bring it to them! says Local Records Office. Free food is a great way to introduce yourself to people and make a great and lasting impression. Cakes don’t have to be homemade or even cakes at all to get the point across. Some people bring pies, fruit bowls, veggies from the local market or even flowers. Choose the one that fits your personality best and that also won’t hurt your pocketbook too much. Also keep in mind that, with the rising instance of food allergies in the States today, baking desserts may not be your best bet if you truly want someone to enjoy a gift.

Barbeque, anyone? How about a wine and cheese tasting? Maybe a build-your-own sundae party in the front yard? If it’s fall, you could host a Halloween-themed or costume-making event. The possibilities are endless when it comes to hosting fun, no-pressure parties that people actually want to attend. 

Consider the age groups and demographics of your new neighbors and try to pick something that will appeal to everyone. A pool party may not be the best option if you have older neighbors, but a nice dinner party or even a card game could be. Likewise, young children would enjoy an event with games that don’t need to be too closely supervised. This way, parents can talk with one another and get to know you without worrying about their children. Hosting a party is a great way to say that you’re there to add to the neighborhood fun. Just be sure to be respectful of those directly next door by letting them know about the party first says Local Records Office.

Volunteering to serve on committees for school events, homeowner’s societies, and local sports or charities is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people and do something good for everyone in the area. Check out the local government’s calendar of events or go online to search for fun and exciting ways to get involved. Your future relationships and the community will benefit!

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