We live in Acton (yep, it’s worth the drive) and it’s a pretty tight knit community; judging by the incredible hang-over I had Sunday morning, it’s a party hard community too.
We have lived on this street for just over a year, and in that year we have gotten to know some of the people we share an area code with. My one neighbour, Anthony, and I thought we should try to break the ice by throwing a massive street bender. We were like a couple of Martha Stewarts; we made flyers and even had our kids deliver them.
The party was to start at three, and at 2:59pm it was just me, Anthony, our wives, and another great neighour named Jason. 3:05 still nothing. There is nothing more depressing than 3 grown men standing under a tent looking to party and having no one to party with. I had that feeling that this was going to turn into another Geraldo Rivera, Al Capone vault situation – all hype, no payoff.
We had it all planned out: pot luck dinner, a bike parade for the kids, potato sack races, face painting, live music and the pièce de résistance – an outdoor movie. Anthony owns his own company called “Party Cinemas”. It’s a very cool idea; he puts on dances at kids schools and hosts movie nights in the park or at birthday parties.
Back to 3 men and a tent.
3:30pm- still just the three of us
3:35pm- another beer is consumed in nervous anticipation.
3:40pm- flashbacks of being stood up on dates
3:45pm- everybody started coming out of the woodwork
5:00pm- were surrounded by 50 neighbours
5:30pm- start up the fryer
6:00pm- pot luck
9:00pm- movie for the kids
9:00pm- live music
After 9:30, it’s all a bit of a blur, but from what I’ve been told, we all had a blast. What a party, and the best part was, everybody was just a few steps to their beds, or in my case, garage floor.
The street was a buzz the next day with everyone saying they had a great time. It’s very cool getting to know the people you share a street with. It also makes it way less awkward when you have to borrow a socket wrench off of one of them.
It all started with an idea and a flyer, so now whenever I have to do something I think WWMSD? Which obviously stands for: What Would Martha Stewart Do?
here are a few more pictures