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4 days ago
Quality Time with Family and Friends –Potluck Dinner Night 4 days ago

Gathering together for food is among the most pleasurable times for children, teenagers, and adults alike. Because of this, planning a monthly potluck event can be an engaging experience for your community members: it also helps your community members get better acquainted with each other.

Planning the event

When planning a potluck event for a large number of guests – it’s essential to plan wisely and well in advance. Decide your theme, venue, and timing for the event.

Suitable locations for a potluck event on your property could be a community center, BBQ area, or community park.

 

Notifying residents about the event

Informing members about the event, at least two weeks in advance, will ensure better participation. Emails and Facebook event invitations can be sent your community members or you can notify them through handouts dropped at your resident’s homes.

***TIP*** SignUpGenius is a handy website for organizing group events. It provides an RSVP sign up format. Moreover, it can help in collecting information regarding numbers of people attending, guest names, and what people will bring along all in the same place.

Assigning duties and tasks

Once you’ve decided the time, date and place, the next step is to gather volunteers to make the dishes according to the decided theme. It will be necessary to let the volunteers know about the approximate number of people who would be attending the event, so that food preparation, utensils, plates, cups, etc. can be collected accordingly.

Residents that are not as confident about their cooking skills can be tasked with managing additional things such as utensils, dishes, beverages, décor, and cleanup.

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Managing the event

It’s important to understand that events like these are only successful when residents are enthusiastic and have a good team spirit. Therefore, as part of managing the event, it’s important to make the event interesting for all ages. Events can be made even more fun and interesting through the use of themes, organizing music, and other activities such as a complementary movie to go with the theme.

To manage a successful potluck event Perfect Potluck is another wonderful resource. It will let you select a meal coordinator, enter the venue of event, assign volunteers for all the dishes, and also notify members about which services they can still sign up to complete.

***BONUS*** To make the event even more exciting, participants can also be asked to dress up in costume according to the potluck theme.

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Creative themes to get the party started

As this event can be repeated as a recurring monthly get-together, themes may be selected by the organizers in line with important holidays or seasons each month.

Some popular theme ideas are:

  • Around the world/International Cuisine.
  • Stuff it up! Foods with stuffing such as stuffed turkey, stuffed bell peppers, etc.
  • By era (e.g. 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s theme.)
  • Childhood memories. This theme can include the favorite dishes from one’s childhood.
  • Gluten-Free.
  • The bakery. Everything comes baked, from baked potatoes to chocolate lava cakes.
  • Theme by colors. For instance, every food must be red in color.
  • Sea food.
  • Challenge ingredient which must be present in every dish (e.g., cauliflower or potatoes.)
  • Movie theme. Select a movie and establish the food to go with it. (e.g. If you choose the animated movie Ratatouille, you can select French Cuisine.)
  • Breakfast for supper. This theme can include deviled eggs, waffles, pancakes etc.
  • Finger Foods.

No matter what the theme selected, the general idea of the event is for the participants to have fun and enjoy themselves. Therefore, it’s important to go with the mood of the people participating. It’s also important to communicate with your residents and  let residents communicate with each other. This will keep the  event is well-synchronized.

***TIP*** Help participants connect with each other, by creating a Facebook Event each month where they can discuss décor, give ideas, and notify each other of their contributions. You can also create a community group on Facebook in which residents can discuss the upcoming potluck events.

1 week ago
Sparkle Up Your Sneakers 1 week ago

With spring blossoming onto the scene, who wouldn’t love to get their sneakers geared up for the season! Some people may find such cleaning tasks mundane or boring. Others keep procrastinating because they have a lot of work on their plate. This is why planning a shoe cleaning event will actually let the members have fun with the cleaning while providing a great rehabilitation session for their sneakers.

Things you will need

  • Spray bottles filled with detergent (70 percent dish soap, mixed with 30 percent purified water).
  • Spray bottles filled with water.
  • Soft brushes or sponge (old tooth brushes work great as well.)
  • Small towels or polish cloths.
  • Tea-bags, lemon peels, or baking soda to absorb odor.
  • Peanut butter, toothpaste, and white nail polish for added luster.
  • Car polishing wax
  • Tables for different cleaning stations.
  • Shoe racks or shelves for drying.

***TIP*** Making different work stations for various cleaning steps will organize space, accommodate more people, and keep residents interested in the activity.

***BONUS*** A “How-To” card board can be pinned to each cleaning station explaining how to use all of the supplies. This will make it easier for first time cleaners to do the job without asking around or feeling uncomfortable.

Washing station

Being exposed to dirt and grime, outsoles are usually the grubbiest part of the sneakers.  Further, winter rains and snow can make shoes and boots look dull and dirty. Washing up your dirty shoes will make them look as good as new - ready to wear again, or prep for winter storage.

Step 1 - Clear away excess dirt using a soft-bristled brush (shoe brush or old toothbrush) to clean the outsole.

Step 2 – Be sure to take out the laces before applying detergent to the shoe. (The laces should be washed separately by hand or in a delicate machine wash).

Step 3 - Spray the detergent on the affected areas and clean using the soft brush or sponge, in circular movements.

Step 4 – Once clean, spray water thoroughly to wash away the soap and wipe dry the shoes using towels or polish cloths.

***TIP*** Make sure to provide cold water - as hot water can fade away shoe color.

Insole deodorizing station

While insoles may not be dirty, they’re sure to have some smell from long hours of wearing and sweat.

This cleaning station provides tea-bags, lemon peels or baking soda filled in empty match-boxes, which can be kept in the shoes to absorb odor and freshen the shoe up from inside out. These can be left inside the shoes while they’re left to dry.

Finishing glow station

While washing up with soap can drastically improve the overall look, it may not clear away the scratches or marks sometimes left on the mid soles (which are usually made from plastic or rubber). These parts of the shoes can be given an added luster by brushing them up with peanut butter or tooth paste!  

***BONUS*** White nail polish can also be provided for owners of white, or partially white, sneakers. It covers up scratches really well and gives them a “brand new” look.

Believe it or not, car polishing wax can be used as a neutral shoe polish on shoes of any color. It will provide a waterproof coating on the shoes, and one tub of wax is enough to polish more than a hundred pairs of sneakers.

Drying station

The drying station should be placed in a well-ventilated area, in the presence of indirect sunlight. Exposure to direct sunlight may fade away shoe colors. The drying process can take a few hours so you can encourage residents to leave their shoes on-site, or take them back to their homes.

If you do have residents leave their shoes, make sure to keep them in view of management and use masking tape to add the owner’s name to the sole of the shoe. If residents have similar shoes this will avoid anyone accidentally taking someone else’s shoes back home. 

All in all, this event can be an engaging and fun way to come together as a community, as well as getting the tedious task of shoe cleaning done in an enjoyable gathering.

Host a Talent Show to Boost Occupancy and Raise Retention Rates 3 weeks ago

Hosting events in your community it good clean fun. It also helps increase resident retention. With events, residents begin to see you not just as a landlord or apartment manager, but as a community builder as well.

Boost Occupancy and Raise Retention Rates

A talent show event can help improve occupancy rates and retention by:

  1. Scheduling a specific time a time and place to gather in your community (like community clubhouses and outdoor spaces). This encourages residents to visit and get to know one another.
  2. Allowing residents to get to know the neighbors and feel more comfortable in their community provides an extra sense of safety and security (neighborhood watch).
  3. Events help you see your community and interact with them, and be seen as well – this gives you a chance to connect and interact and be taken as an ally. If you are openly physically present at your location, your residents will learn to trust you and feel happier about staying in your community.

What better way to encourage some good clean fun – allowing residents to let their hair down a bit, then with a community talent show.

How to run a talent show

There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel – wikiHow has detailed instructions and tips for running a successful talent show.

Share it to social

If social media is used right it can bring new prospective tenants into your community. By showing the fun and playful side of your community you promote it as a safe space.

Record videos of the event

Video is quickly outpacing static images as the highest converting marketing asset you can put out there to your residents. It offers a humanness that’s not found in other edited and manipulated visual images.

You may even start a new trending fad like highschool senior Mike Senatore did with his viral bottle-flipping video performed at his local high school talent show in 2016. A funny video going viral would be great for business!

Get testimonials

At the conclusion of your talent show (and every event) be sure to ask participants for feedback. These testimonials can be used to craft content for your marketing materials, website, and social pages.

***TIP*** Use a post-event email to ask for feedback from attendees. You’ll certainly have to ask for feedback: not many residents will offer it feely, even if they had a fantastic time.

Be sure craft a simple form that hits the main questions and is not too lengthy. Platforms like SurveyMonkey work well for this. Once the form is completed, send a link to the form in a post-event follow-up email.

Additionally, you can also choose to provide a link to the online comment form via SMS, group messaging, social pages, newsletters, bill comment sections, and distributed fliers.

***TIP*** It’s important to send the email and testimonial request while attendee spirits and excitement are still high. If you wait too long, your resident’s memories will fade and the event may not seem as fun as they first remembered.

Community talent show ROI

Emphasizing your community’s fun events can be an especially powerful marketing tool if you’re located in a not-so-great area with higher than average crime rates or insufficient infrastructures.

Creating an oasis of safety and fun in your community will go a long way towards bringing in, and retaining, occupants. Use a community talent show to help you reach 100% occupancy at all times.

4 weeks ago
Mardi Gras Morning Gate Connect 4 weeks ago

When it comes to resident retention and signing new leases, nothing works better than subtle reminders to residents already living in your community.

The goal of many community events should be to get your current residents talking. For both property managers and renters, people have to come first. It’s important to keep this in mind as you plan your events. To keep things light, and provide a quick and easy opportunity to connect with residents, plan a Mardi Gras Morning Gate Connect event.

For those communities not living in Louisiana, there may be some misconceptions about Mardi Gras celebrations stemming from often skewed and biased coverage in the media. Thankfully, it’s not as rowdy or X-rated an event as some journalists may make it seem.

Contrary to popular belief outside the region, Mardi Gras is actually a family friendly event with floats, parades, and other G-rated activities during the carnival celebrations.

To capture some of this community spirit, pass out beads to all residents – adults and children alike – as they head out of your community one morning. Make sure you purchase enough beads ahead of time so that you can budget to each car accordingly.

 

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***BONUS*** Hand out slices of king cake and offer a prize to the resident who finds the baby!

You can also keep a few of the traditionally coveted (and hard to win) coconuts handy – perhaps reserved for only the most deserving residents who are willing to mug for the camera. Because it’s more crucial than ever to market your properties digitally, ensure that you’re giving your current residents lots of opportunities to do some of your marketing for you: posting pictures of your residents and events will work wonders for implementing this tactic.

A Mardi Gras Morning Gate Connect event is a great way to spread some resident cheer as they head out in the morning. It will also get your residents fired up and singing your praises as they leave your community and head off to work and school nearby.

***TIP*** Use technology to your advantage by harnessing the power of social shares and automated systems to make your job easier.

When preparing for this event, make sure that you plan ahead to utilize the various platforms in the best ways. You can schedule and share posts in the days and hours leading up to your event and give hints and reminders on social media. If most of the leg work is done ahead of time you’ll be better able to focus on connecting with your residents the morning of the event.

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Be sure you’re tweeting when you start and end any event, and always share photos from the event on Instagram and Facebook. You may even want to consider using Snapchat or Facebook live as the event is ongoing, or take a few quick videos from your phone as you hand out beads. Leverage all that you do before, during, and after the event by including it across your marketing channels.

***TIP*** To build up additional excitement, be sure to post pictures of the Mardi Gras swag on social media and share what the prizes are for the resident who finds the king’s cake baby in their slice.

Consider scheduling this event on a weekday before Mardi Gras to ensure that it will be less stress on your staff. Aim to host the event mid-week if possible to avoid the most hectic weekdays and ensure maximum resident participation.

Some events are best done on the go, and a quick and inexpensive morning Mardi Gras themed event somewhere in the weeks prior to Ash Wednesday is sure to be a hit.

4 weeks ago
The Candle Blow Out Challenge 4 weeks ago

I'm a big fan of silly activities during resident events.  Simply getting residents moving and interacting is one of the key components to a successful event, and doing things that are completely off the wall are a great way to break the ice and get your residents to let loose!  This game features Jack Black on a Korean game show, which in itself is kind of bizarre, but man that looks fun, both for the people playing, as well as everybody else!  

1 month ago
Elegant Bagel Brunch 1 month ago

Invite residents to an elegant bagel brunch complete with an inviting spread of bagels, cream cheese, jam, jelly, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, and juice. Sparkling beverages and small smoothie cups can also add a touch of class to your beautiful bagel brunch.

What to serve

An elegant brunch event begins with great food. Buy the best bagels and toppings you can afford and be sure to arrange everything in decorative plastic or glass containers.

***TIP*** Check out local thrift shops and yard sales for inexpensive dishes you can use for future events.

Community Partners

Depending where you’re located you may be able to partner with a local bakery or bagel company as a sponsor - or ask then to cater your event.
You can also purchase a variety of bagels and toppings yourself after joining a local warehouse store like COSCO or Sam’s Club. Precut the bagels in half lengthwise - and again in halves or quarters across the width - to allow for smaller sampling and more economical sharing by your residents.

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Set out a variety of flavors and styles with the toppings to match. Consider also plugging in a toaster or two as well for residents who want their bagels crispy.

Bagel toppings and brunch items

  • Cream cheese (plain and flavored varieties)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cut fruit
  • Greek yogurt
  • Nutella
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Meat options like sliced turkey or smoked salmon
  • Lettuce/Tomato/Olives

You can easily purchase ready-made spreadable cheeses from your local grocery store. However, if you want to create your own unique blends, you can also check out Pinterest and The Kitchn for DIY schmear recipes.

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Keep lots of plastic knives for spreading, and sturdy plates for the bagels, on hand for residents. Keep an eye on the buffet table and toss utensils before they cross contaminate the spreads.

***TIP*** At any food-inclusive event, it’s safest to label all dishes so that residents know what’s inside. This helps residents avoid foods for diet or allergy reasons.

***BONUS*** For an even more delicious brunch – consider setting up a complete smoothie bar for your residents as well!

 

1 month ago

Just had this last month with only 1 resident trying it. This property I am at hardly had any monthly events and residents are used to it being this way. Now to break the mold!

1 month ago
Vintage Valentine’s Day Craft 1 month ago

Valentine’s Day crafts are perfect for your whole community - from children to retirement age adults. The holiday projects are also easy to tailor to everyone’s tastes. This ensures that your craft is one that all ages will enjoy.

Vintage-style materials

One way to keep everyone entertained is to incorporate vintage Valentine designs, clipart, and other unique elements in your projects. Vintage valentines are known for offering clever rhymes and messages, while also adding an element of nostalgia. You can use them as stand-alone cards, or mix vintage elements with modern embellishments like glitter glue and pretty scrapbook papers.

You can easily find pre-made vintage valentines online to use as templates. You can also search Pinterest for relevant vintage valentine images and ideas.

Consider pre-printing out vintage children’s valentines designs for residents to glue to cardstock and embellish with stickers, glitter, or and personalized messages. Dover even offers book and CD-ROM with digital clip art designs that you can print out for your residents to use on their handcrafted cards!

The website Vintage Holiday Crafts also has a fantastic collection of vintage Valentine elements including cherubs, hearts, roses, and Victorian designs.

Image source: Pinterest

***TIP*** To round out your vintage Valentine-making stations, consider purchasing a sample pack of patterned valentines-themed scrapbooking supplies, stickers, and tapes from your local craft store. Have lace and paper doilies on hand as well. These extra supplies will help your resident’s add a three-dimensional collage feel to their finished cards.

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***TIP*** If you have a family-oriented resident community with lots of kids, make sure you keep the activities tailored to the abilities of the children. Ensure card craft is quick and easy for little hands: keep elements simple to put together and offer glue sticks for easy assembly.

***BONUS*** Organizing a making your own valentine craft with predominantly pink and red crafting supplies is one way to keep residents entertained, but you can also offer outside-the-box alternatives, colors, and supplies that will help your residents make truly unique card designs.

2 months ago
Chocolate Tasting Theme Party 2 months ago

It may come as no surprise that National Chocolate Month is celebrated in February. While a chocolate tasting event may fit into your schedule perfectly all year round, it’s an especially sensuous and delicious idea for a Valentine’s Day party.  

Quick decorating ideas

While you may find hearts, roses, pinks, reds, and frilly white lace a bit cliché, we associate these colors and themes with the holiday. Old habits are hard to break.

However, you can opt for untraditional colors. Break out of the mold and craft another color theme for your party decorations. If you want to stay away from the pinks you can opt for purple and silver or blue and gold for a decadent and elegant feel.

Balloons, lanterns, streamers, and pretty colored table cloths can set the mood and call attention to your beautiful chocolate buffet display.

Party preparations

Always keep your community demographic in mind as you plan your event. No matter which flavors you choose, you want it to resonate with residents and leave a positive impression.

***TIP*** When choosing your chocolate varieties, consider offering at least one or two allergy-friendly chocolate options for those that may be allergic to nuts or other ingredients.

There are many ways to celebrate the day, but sweets seem to be the go-to way of celebrating. Consider adding in a dessert potluck as part of your sampling party and encourage residents to bring a chocolate sweet dish of their choice to share.

For the main event, however, be sure to set out all the chocolates! Include white, milk, semi-sweet, dark, specialties, or even an import or two.

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***BONUS*** You may even want to consider having raw or roasted cocoa beans (from which chocolate is crafted) available for sampling as well.

Exotic and unusual flavors - like those produced by boutique chocolatiers - can include truffles, fruit infused orange, banana, or pomegranate, mint, chili, bacon, turmeric, sea salt, curry, lime, caramel, and thousands of other unique and tantalizing flavors.

***TIP*** Break or chop the chocolate into small pieces to make sampling easier for your residents. Keep lots of napkins handy to make it easier for them to hold the slivers. Small pieces will encourage residents to really savor the unique flavors.

Also, neatly label all the plates of chocolate pieces so residents know what they are sampling and what to expect. Arrange the plates or trays by % cacao (from light to dark) with spicy specialties added to one side so residents won’t overwhelm their taste buds with the dark options right off the bat.

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There are other ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and chocolate - even for those residents who can’t attend the event.

One apartment community placed bags of cookies and hot chocolate on their residents’ doors with a small printable card that let them know they were loved and appreciated by the office staff. You can also place a few mini chocolate bars or Hershey’s kisses in small gift bags and hang them on door handles around your community to remind residents you care.

This event is sure to be sweet in more ways than one. It will give you great pictures and stories to share on social media, in newsletters, and with prospective residents for years to come.

 

2 months ago
One Book Reading for Your Whole Community 2 months ago

The One Book One Community trend was started by Seattle readers in 1998. Its purpose is to promote the reading of a single book by a whole city or community so that they have something in common and something to discuss. Now, almost two decades later, most major cities have a one book program listed as part of their public library system.

As a resident community, you can take advantage of this trend by making it easier for residents to find, read, and discuss the chosen books. You can also choose a title of your own and then build an event around it.

To get ideas of which books might be appropriate for your community, take a look at what other communities are reading all around the U.S.

The Library of Congress also maintains listings of all past and present One Book projects across the United States. The list is organized by both location and author. To browse their list you can visit their website which also includes links to many of the individual projects.

Planning your event

To support your community One Book project there are numerous local and national resources to help you plan you event.

For larger communities and serious projects, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs office has a 44-page guide called One Book, One Community: Planning Your Community-Wide Read. You can download the printable PDF from their website.

If you need more how-to information, you will find additional tips and ideas available online from the Seattle Public Library (where the reading trend first started) or your nearest public library website.

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Discussion guides and event support

Some large and well-known publishers, like Random House and others, offer One Book support for these ambitious community reading projects.

Publishers may offer author biographies, discussion guides, teacher guides, poster images, bookmark templates, and other useful reading and event planning assets.

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All of these additional resources can help you craft professional looking posters, cards, and other marketing materials for your community. They will also help you put together great discussion starter questions for your post-reading group event.

Local and independent authors

If you are not interested in going the bestseller route, you can also seek out local authors - especially self-published or independent authors - to find those that might be willing to give an author talk and/or give discounts on their novel for your community to use.

Contacting local libraries

Your local public library is a great place to start when it comes to planning a book reading event.

For those who choose not to purchase their own copy of the book, you will want to help arrange for book rentals so more residents can participate.

Check with your local library to inquire what titles are available for book clubs. Many public libraries offer special packages of books for participants to check out and read together. You may have to get on a wait list for the title you most want to read, so be sure to contact them early and get in the list so your event stays on schedule!

***TIP*** After gauging interest with residents, you can also contact local book retailers and publishers to inquire about quantity discounts. If enough residents are willing to purchase the book, you may be able to collect payment in advance and get them a good deal on their books by ordering en masse.

 

 

2 months ago
Action-packed Super Bowl Party 2 months ago

Nothing beats the camaraderie and fun of a throw down Super Bowl party. It’s great way to get residents in the competitive spirit, and enjoy good eats as well.

If you’ve ever thrown an away game tailgating party for your residents, you can adopt some aspects of that event into this party. However, for a true Super Bowl party it’s all about great seats, good eats and most importantly, the game.

Food

You can either plan to provide food at the event, or arrange a potluck on the day of the event. Ensure you have all your bases covered (pizza, soda, wings, chips and dips, etc.) Encourage pre-game signs ups for all the basics well in advance and send our text or email reminders in the days before the event.

***TIP*** You can also use a free online signup tool like Perfect Potluck or Sign Up Genius to coordinate dishes and send automated email reminders to residents. This will take the headache out of individually reminding residents of their commitments, leaving you more time to focus on coordinating other aspects of the event.

Consider having a buffet table set up off to one side that holds all the main courses and heartier fare. Spread additional tables and snack stations around the room for convenient refueling during the game.

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Beverages

Considering your community rules this may need to be an alcohol-free event. If that is the case, consider having a range of non-alcoholic drinks in ice filled coolers placed strategically around the room, this will add to the festive atmosphere and Super Bowl party feel.

Seating

Other than food and beverages, a good view of the game and plenty of seating should be your next priority. Consider setting up extra tables and chairs with a view of the television and bringing in additional seating - like chairs and sofas - from other areas of your community.

***TIP*** For children and flexible adults, you can also spread out blankets on the floor with cushions and pillows to make additional seating in the front row that won’t block the view of the game.

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Television or projector

When it comes to viewing the big game you want to create a larger than life experience. Consider contacting rent-to-own stores in your area to arrange a television rental for the big day.

Men’s Journal notes that it’s certainly much more cost effective to rent a TV for your big Super Bowl party than buy. However, you may need to pay for at least 1-2 weeks rental for a large screen television or projection screens. Be sure to call around and look for the best deal well in advance of the big day.

***BONUS*** To make the most of your rental investment, consider scheduling at least one other movie marathon or film event at your community in the same TV rental time period.

Dress up and contests

Encourage residents to dress up in team colors, jerseys, hats, and face paint to support their favorite team. This will create a more game-like atmosphere with cheers and jeers throughout the game.

You may also want to host a friendly competition at the event to earn winning residents gift cards and bragging rights. Have residents try to predict the winning team and final score and award prizes to the winners. You can give away things like $25 gift cards, or gift certificates to local stores and restaurants.

Make them pick a favorite

Unless the Super Bowl just happens to be featuring the hometown team, most likely it is featuring two teams from two unrelated cities.  That means that the bulk of your attendees want to watch, but don't really have a "stake" in the game.  So here is a tip that really works:  For everyone who attends, make them pick a team to root for.  What this does is create an environment where everybody is actively rooting for someone.  We have tried this at Super Bowl events, and people tend to get emotionally connected to whichever team they "picked", even though it really doesn't impact them in the end.  It results in a much more active and fun environment where everybody is much more invested in the game, and not just watching the commercials.

Clean up

Big parties call for big clean ups. Make sure you have plenty of garbage cans placed strategically around your event area. Keep plenty of napkins and hand wipes available as well.

Murder Mystery 2 months ago

You know how you have all of these resident socials and hardly anyone shows up and when they do, no one talks to one another? We recently had a resident event that guranteed that the residents interacted with each other, with us and it drew a crowd. We hosted Legacy at Friendly Manor's 1st annual Murder Mystery. All in attendance was assigned roles, dressed in character, given questions and scripts. Then everyone was required to mingle and ask certian questions and then offer certain information. The mystery we held was about an awards show - like the Academy Awards - and one of the rising stars was murdered. Then after the "murder", we then had to mingle and question people again. It was so much fun that by the end of it we had run over our expected end time, and residents were asking when we were going to do another one. It was AWESOME! We know that we are going to do one again, maybe another one this fall.

Extreme Couponing Night! 2 months ago

 

Extreme couponing is an activity that combines shopping skills with couponing in an attempt to save as much money as possible while accumulating the most groceries. Let’s pick a night during the week to show the residents how to get started. They supplies you will need are scissors, coupons, portable file boxes, and hanging folders.

 

1.)  There are 2 main sources of coupons: newspaper inserts and printable coupons. FYI Local businesses might let you have any unsold Sunday papers they have leftover come Monday. Multiple copies mean multiple coupons. Let your residents know not to settle for one newspaper. Get weekend subscriptions to several (provided they carry quality ads and aren't too expensive).

 

2.)  Here are a few websites you can go to for printable coupons. Coupons.com, Coupon Network, Red Plum, and Smart Source. There are also coupons available quite often on company websites and Facebook pages. You will generally only print coupons when you need them.  Most printable coupons have a limit of 2 per computer, so it helps to have more than one computer.

 

3.)  Tell your residents to consider buying a cheap black and white printer they will be printing a LOT of coupons.

 

4.)  Get organized. There is The Filing Method: The filing system is probably the easiest to set and requires the least amount of time and effort to maintain. The filing system is two-fold.  For my weekly newspaper inserts, use a portable file box with hanging folders.  Each folder is labeled with the date, and then each Sunday just plop the whole stack of inserts in the folder. (Also have a folder labeled “to sort,” which is handy for keeping track of coupons you’ve printed or clipped but then not used but haven’t yet had time to put away.)

These are just a few websites, but there are so many out there that are just as informative as the websites we have provided you with. Your residents will appreciate you helping them save money!



The Beginner’s Guide to Coupons:

http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/beginners-guide-to-coupons/thebeginners-guide-to-coupons-2/

 

The Krazy Coupon Lady:

http://thekrazycouponlady.com/category/extreme-couponing/

 

10 Extreme Coupon Tips for Normal People:

http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/budgeting/5-extreme-coupon-tips-for-normal-people.htm#page=0

 

Extreme Couponing 101:

http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/beginners/extreme-couponing-101

 

Lozo:

http://lozo.com/grocery-coupons-bundler

 

Extreme Couponing 101: Tips For Shopping Walmart!:

http://www.mycitymommy.com/2011/07/extreme-couponing-101-tips-for-shopping-walmart.html

 

 

"Dive in" Movie 2 months ago

We partnered with our local cable company for this event. They brought the 5'x5' inflatable screen, the movie (we requested Finding Nemo) and even snacks and drinks. They set it up at the end of the pool so people in and out of the pool could see it. All we had to do was advertise the event as being sponsored by them and be there to help co-host it. Our cable rep was there to answer any questions and give out their flyers if asked but they did not use it as a time to try to sell more cable - just a "we appreciate you" event. :) The residents loved it and so did we because the only cost to us was to print out flyers and tossed in a few of the $1 inflatable toys from Dollar Tree. SUPER easy and fun! P.S. - It will need to be an early evening/night event so you can see the movie on the screen. :)

Oscar Night 2 months ago

Roll out the red carpet and pop the popcorn for a funfilled night of movie extravaganza!

Decorating: In the community room you decorate with movie posters, have a red carpet outside leading up to the community building, rent the large sky lights to highlight the event, and hang a banner above the door announcing your "Movie Event".

Fun and Games: Pass out ballots for residents to vote for their winner in each category. The resident with the most correct answers wins a prize. Gold awards are available at party stores. Have residents dress as their favorite movie star. Plat charades trying to guess movie titles.

Food: Champagne, finger food, star shaped cookies, sandwiches, etc. popcorn

Memorial Wall 2 months ago

For Memorial Day we chose to honor those who are or have served in the arm forces. We prepared a picture wall of the residents loved ones. Starting on May 1st we have a candle lit during the day to honor each one of arm forces individuals and on Memorial Day we are having a coffee, where the residents can tell about the individual that is on the wall.

Cardboard Drive In Movie 2 months ago

Ah, the joy of a cardboard box when you are 5.  Something so simple can turn into something magical when you have the imagination of a child!  This idea is to make a simple drive in movie experience, even though it is doubtful any kids in your community have actually experienced the real thing.  They get to decorate their cars with wheels, brake lights, racing stripes, and anything else they can think of.

Then let them watch an outdoor movie in their new rides!

Maybe my own imagination is getting away with me, but I think it would be a blast to arrange the cars like they were racing and do quasi action shots with the kids looking like they are in a bitter race for first.  Could probably get some great pictures of the event this way!

 

All in all, a cheap and easy event for kids in your community! 

2 months ago