Whether you are new to a neighborhood, or whether you have been there for ages, creating a neighborhood supper club is an awesome way to get to know your neighbors! As neighborhood newbies, we reached out to five families who lived either next to us, across the street, or just down the street to see if we could get any interested parties. And, we did! Everyone we asked was onboard and excited to start meeting together for meals.
The commitment isn’t overwhelming. Although we try to find dates that work for everyone, it is understood that work travel, demands on young parents, or vacations might prevent someone from attending, cause one to arrive late, or leave early. No worries – whoever can make it is welcome, and if someone can’t make it, there is always next time. It’s important to schedule the dinners, but don’t go crazy. Otherwise, supper club becomes another event/task added to that never-ending list of obligations. We started out trying to meet every 6 weeks to 2 months. There have been periods when we have gone several months without meeting – I think we missed the entire summer of 2018 (oops!). We didn’t beat ourselves up about it though; we just made sure to plan another dinner, and had a great time!
Expand your social realm. Sometimes we find it easiest to spend time with people who in the same stage of life. Young families hang out at kid-friendly parks. Those with older kids enjoy leisurely dinners with friends at quiet restaurants. Be open to mixing it up a bit. Our supper club includes families with babies and families with teenagers and even kids in their twenties. Everyone is welcome and our kids, who are older, choose to attend and are part of the fun!
And we do have fun! From themed dinners to crazy games and sharing life stories, we have enjoyed making supper club memories. We have had a fall feast, an Italian dinner, a Tapas night, and a winter soup buffet to name just a few. We take turns hosting, and the host determines the theme. Everyone pitches in by bringing food. Our most recent event was a Spooky Halloween themed appetizer night where I think we were all on point. See pictures for some of our fantastic creations – nailed it!
The main thing to keep in mind is just start – ask some friends, set up a date and go from there. Make it fun and enjoy getting to know each other.