CHICAGO (CBS)– As summer approaches, it’s time to celebrate the season with a neighborhood block party.

Lifestyle expert Cheryl Leahy joined CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot to share the essentials you need to throw the perfect summer bash.

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First, Leahy said it’s important to ensure you are properly authorized to have a black party. She said to call your alderman in Chicago or local government official over a week before the party to learn the steps that are required.

Instead of ordinary invitations, Leahy said door tags are a great way to get neighbors involved in the party planning.

Custom cocktails are another must-have party element. The lifestyle expert said “shots box” is an easy way to try new drinks and prepare for the party.

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Finally, Leahy recommends getting rid of pesky bugs at the party with the brand Para Kito for all bug repellent needs.