Planning an event can take time and organization. Every year do you make the plan for your residents to have fun planned out barbecues and pool parties? And each and every day it does not happen. Well the best time to plan an event is now. Create an event calendar and make plans for those barbecues and pool parties. Send out the information in your next newsletter and notify your residents now. This way, you won’t have an excuse for letting those dates pass.
If you’re not sure what kind of activities would work with your property and residents, here are a few ideas that are sure to bring residents together without creating a lot of extra work for you or your staff.
- Plan a beginning of Summer celebration. This would be a fun and exciting event to create. While many of your residents may know each other already, it would be a great time to be able to introduce neighbors and children with one another and become acquainted with other residents.
- Create a series of theme parties. You can schedule them twice a month on Saturdays or Sundays. Involve your residents in choosing a theme for the event, and be sure to let everyone know about them at least a month in advance. To encourage participation, give a gift card to residents whose themes are chosen. It would be a great idea to create a flyer that looks fun and colorful.
- All of your parties do not have to take place outdoors. If you have a media room, Friday night movie night could be very popular. Provide the popcorn and sodas and chose a family friendly movie to show.
- What better time to clean out clutter than Summer? Why not organize a property-wide garage sale? Not only can residents possibly find things they could use or treasures that they want right next door, but it provides your residents with the opportunity to get rid of belongings they no longer need, and earn a few bucks as well.
- If you don’t have the space to hold property parties, you can still create property events. Organize a dinner night at a local restaurant, baseball night at the ballpark, or a picnic at a local park. While the events will not be taking place on site, the feeling behind the event is the same.
- Hold an informal happy hour onsite. From 4 to 6, set up the clubhouse with sparkling apple juice and light snacks and encourage your residents to attend. They will mingle and get to know you and one another.
A feeling of community is important for your residents. Give them another reason to think of their residence as home.
I hope you enjoy!