We did something so fun last night, and it’s a great idea, so I thought I’d share it. Our neighbors have made an annual tradition of hiring a magician and inviting the whole neighborhood over for the show. He just sets up his props on their driveway, and everyone spreads out blankets on the front lawn. This particular magician is great with kids, calling them up for each of his demonstrations, and giving everyone a prize, but also funny enough to entertain the adults. After the show, the host provided popsicles and everyone just visited and enjoyed the balmy evening.
Here’s what’s so great about this idea. It was a block party, which we always feel there should be more of, but are always too busy/too lazy to plan. And it required very minimal effort on the part of the hosts! They coughed up the cash for the magician (if this wasn’t in your budget, I bet you could get a few neighbors to pitch in), took invitations around, and bought popsicles. That’s it. No lighter fluid, no tables to set up, no dishes to do, just neighborly goodness and fun. Perfect.
P.S. Sam wants to know if he can be both a cartoonist AND a magician when he grows up — every mother’s dream, no?