IT started out as a humble suggestion but evolved into a big hit with the Belmont community.
The inaugural Habitat in Harmony Community Garden party attracted 300 guests last year and will return in 2014.
The initial idea was presented to the centre by a woman who called Belmont home for 20 years but felt she did not know her neighbours.
Twenty-three volunteers, 15 stallholders and 10 musicians helped create the party, which was free and open to anyone who wanted to come along.
The wood-fired pizzas, Easter egg hunts, live music and markets were such a success that Belmont Community Garden was nominated for Community Event of the Year in January at Lake Macquarie City Council's Australia Day Awards.
Habitat in Harmony Community Garden co-ordinator Chris Brown said the party was just part of a large-scale plan to be more inclusive of the wider community.
■ The Habitat in Harmony Community Garden party will be held today, Wednesday, March 12, from 4pm to 7pm.