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Resident Events is a resource for property management professionals to find, share, and rate community events and apartment party ideas with each other!  Need some community event ideas?  Just take a look around!

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Ugly Sweater Contest 1 month ago

As the weather chills down and the sweaters come out, there are bound to be a few sweaters we all pull out of storage, look at, and say, “What on earth was I thinking!?”

An ugly sweater contest in your community is a fantastic way to show off the worst of the bunch. It’s also good for a holiday stress-busting laugh as well...so long as no one's feelings get hurt!

 

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Ugly Sweater Day is officially on Dec. 19. So what better way to celebrate this funny day than with a clever event and contest at your community?

Setting up the event

 

All you need to do is inform residents of the contest and make up some great prizes!

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Consider sweater-shaped handmade medals, purchased ribbons and sashes, or even funny handmade trophies!

 

Your residents will love winning and showing off their ugly sweaters with pride!

 

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You can have a physical event where resident need to show up and model the offensive sweater in person. Or, to make things easier logistically, you can also have residents send in or share selfies of themselves in the ugly sweaters.

 

Make sure you get everyone's permission to post the pictures of their ugly sweaters on your social media accounts!

 

You can also encourage votes for community favorites.

Passing out awards

 

In this contest, you can have more than one winner! Get as creative as you like with types of categories and awards.

 

Awards categories can include:

 

  • Most festive ugly sweater
  • Best color combo ugly sweater
  • Ugliest fall sweater
  • Ugliest construction (for all of the ugly and misshapen handmade creations)
  • Ugliest children's sweater
  • Largest ugly sweater
  • Smallest ugly sweater
  • Most flammable ugly sweater
  • Most rash-inducing ugly sweater
  • Most creative ugly sweater
  • and more!

 

Get creative with your awards by making hilarious prizes to match!

 

For digital contests, keep the entries and nominations open for about one week. Then announce the winners on ugly sweater day in December.

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For an in-person contest, prepare voting cards and a big ugly sweater ballot box. This will make it easy to collect votes or entries for everyone’s top choices in each category!

This is no beauty contest! So get out there and dance the night away in your ugly sweater - you’re a rock star!

 

2 months ago
Boys Club: Making a Positive Impact on the Community 2 months ago

While we all love fun and silly apartment community events and games, sometimes we also are in the position of making a difference in our residents' lives. While not an apartment community, a South Carolina teacher has gone above and beyond to enrich his community by creating a "Gentleman's Club" (Fortunately they just changed the name to "Boys With Purpose") for at risk boys who don't have a father presence in their lives. The program helps teach the boys how to become gentlment by learning how to shake hands, make eye contact, and even dress up by supplying jackets to those that can't afford them.

I honestly don't know if this is something that can be pulled off by an apartment community alongside dedicated volunteers, but even if it can't, maybe this serves as inspiration for other ways to create a positive impact on a community beyond a simple summer party!

Here is a great video with some of the kids! http://www.wsmv.com/story/31307747/counselor-creates-gentlemans-club-to-teach-students-life-lessons

2 months ago
Collaborative Thanksgiving Tree 2 months ago

Want to encourage residents to stop by the office and spread the joy?

 

Winter is a great time to build some community camaraderie and get to know your resident’s a little bit better.

With this event, set up a collaborative thanksgiving tree in the main office or entryway to your community!

 

Have residents write the things they’re thankful for on fall colored leaves. You can then help residents hang the colorful leaf notes from the tree with string!

 

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You can cut leaves yourself and keep them in a stack or basket by the tree. Download this
free PDF leaf pattern for printing and tracing.

***TIP***
Keep a small table nearby to make it easier to write notes on the leaves. Keep a pack of colored washable markers handy as well.

 

This activity is similar to a money tree or well wishs tree at weddings. It’s a collaborative activity and great for all ages! Adults can help children write up something they are thankful for and then write their own message of thanks as well.

 

***TIP*** The next time maintenance is cleaning up dry fallen tree branches around the property, have them save a few for this project!

You can group the branches together in a large vase or bucket if they are large enough to fit on the floor.

 

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***TIP*** If you don’t have room for a full “tree” and lots of branches for hanging, consider a flatter design.

 

A wall version of a tree can be made by taping the leaves to a giant paper tree stuck to one wall.


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No matter how you fit the tree into your property, it’s sure to spark thoughts of joy and thankfulness for all your residents.

Happy holidays!

2 months ago
Holiday Card Making Day 2 months ago

Holiday Card Making Day

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Get a head start on holiday cards with this fun DIY workshop!

 

There are some things that just put you in the holiday spirit. The smell of cinnamon and spice, getting the lights and Christmas tree up, and receiving your first holiday-card update in the mail!

 

This year, residents can handcraft cards for their closest family and friends! Add an extra special personal touch to spread the holiday cheer.

 

Getting started

 

While you may find that the residents most likely to show up are those who already love crafting and know all the tricks, make space for newbies!

 

Encourage residents to bring their own crafting supplies, but also have lots of papers, cardstock, stickers, adhesives, scissors, and other bits and baubles, on hand as well.

Gather together card-making supplies:

 

·         Colored construction paper

·         Felt

·         Fabrics

·         Glitter papers

·         Holiday printed scrapbook papers

·         Glue sticks, white glue, and glue guns

·         Bits of ribbon and string

·         Stick on jewels

·         Buttons and other small, flat, trinkets

·         Stickers

·         Multiple pairs of scissors

 

Card ideas

 

Here is an easy way to make a cute Christmas tree pop-up card (with step-by-step instructions)

 

You can also make a replica of this tangled mess of holiday lights with some construction paper light bulbs and a green (or black) pen!


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Or how about this simple ornament design using mismatched colored buttons?

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Keep Pinterest handy for inspiration and needed supplies in easy reach, and don’t forget to add in the holiday magic!

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Happy crafting!

2 months ago
Video Game Tournament Fundraiser 2 months ago

Remember those long days of video games? The lazy summers and relaxing weekends? Or how about the classic 80s gaming movie The Wizard?

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While your tournament may not be as exciting as a bunch of screaming tweens seeing Super Mario Bros. 3 for the first time, you can still have plenty of fun!

Recapture that competitive spirit with a video game tournament fundraiser!

Think your residents have what it takes to beat the competition playing all the old school favorites? Let’s go!

Gaming systems

If you have consoles of your own you can loan to the event, great!

However, if you don’t have systems you can use, you’ll need to hunt them down at a local electronics rental shop.

It’s up to you which brand you want to use, but I recommend going with either Xbox or PlayStation. Alternatively, a Nintendo Wii can be another fun choice for two- to four-player tournament play.

No matter which console you choose, it goes without saying that you’ll need a space where you can set up televisions, consoles, games, and equipment.

Organizing the tournament

Get ready to battle!

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Ensure that participants sign up ahead of the event so you can plan accordingly. Download the PDF needed for the number of registered participants. To fundraise, collect an entry fee.

You can also use this as an opportunity to collect other kinds of donations as well – like children’s toys for Christmas, or canned goods to donate to a local food bank.

Whatever you choose, be sure to cover the cost of a prize for the tournament winner! You can even give away something like a discount on one month’s rent!

Give any fees you collect from residents right to the charity of your choice.

You can also make it easy for participants to sign up sponsors. Use websites like Sign Up Genius to help players sign up their friends and families.

Supporters can pitch in and donate a certain amount of money for each round participants make it through the competition.

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This will give participants an added incentive to play hard!

Games

The best games for tournament involve quick scenes that can be battled in four-player mode.

However, before you choose your games, decide whether this is an adult only or child-friendly event. Be sure to read age restrictions on games and plan accordingly.

Here are a few ideas of games that may work well for a tournament:

·         Mortal Kombat – Mature 17+

·         Call of Duty – Mature 17+

·         Halo –Mature 17+/ Teen/Everyone (be sure to choose the right game for the age of your audience.

·         Street Fighter – Teen

·         Guitar Hero – Teen (for Lyrics)

·         Need for Speed –Teen/Everyone

·         Rock Band – Teen/Everyone

·         Mario Kart – Everyone

·         FIFA – Everyone

 

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You can also use longer single player games and set a time limit for players to make the highest score possible in 10 minutes.

Depending on how many residents sign up, you can move players through an elimination-style tournament or adopt a more elaborate system for fewer players.

 

These tips should have you planning the best game tournament ever!



While you may be missing the elaborate movie set props, your residents are sure to have a blast!

2 months ago
Pumpkins Fall Storytime Songs and Crafts 2 months ago

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Pumpkins, leaves, and rain… oh, my!

Fall is certainly upon us!

Looking to put together some fall fun for your community’s youngest residents? Plan an exciting story time and craft on a very small budget. Check out these great crafts, books, and rhymes for fall!

 

Songs

 

Everyone loves these simple chants and songs. Sing along with the kids and get them moving!

 

**TIP** Use simple props like scarves or finger puppets, or just use your hands and arms to lead the children in song.

 

Here are some lovely librarians singing the classic fall favorite: the Five Little Pumpkins song.

 

 

Here’s another easy to follow along Pumpkin chant.

 

This song uses some small scarves to highlight the changing seasons, and sometimes unpredictable weather!

 


This song even incorporates sign language into the hand motions to help children become more literate in using hand signs to communicate!

 

Big thank you to Dana and Lindsey. They are the children’s librarian duo behind the Jbrary site where I found these songs. It’s packed full of fantastic resources!

 

Books

 

Take advantage of your local library to hunt down the perfect fall reads with everyone’s favorite: Pumpkins!

 

Here are some of our top titles collected by a former children’s librarian. You can check out her long list of fall-themed children’s books over on Rebecca’s blog - Sturdy for Common Things.

 

  • Mystery Vine: A Pumpkin Surprise by Cathryn Falwell
  • Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
  • Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson, photographs by Shmuel Thaler
  • Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie by Jill Esbaum
  • It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Shari Halpern

 

Crafts

 

You don’t have to plan a craft that breaks the bank! Here are three simple crafts that are loads of fun and easy for little hands to do!

 

How easy and fun are these “pumpkin” paint stamps? All you need is a bag of apples, orange poster paint, and paper!

 

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No two toothy pumpkin grins will be the same with this paste-together jack-o-lanterns project.

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Do you have rocks somewhere in your community? With some orange paint and sharpies, you can turn them into fun fall decorations.

 

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You can also hold a pumpkin coloring contest this pumpkin printable available from Art with Jenny K.

 

No need for your average orange pumpkins here! Get out all the paints, markers, crayons, and pencils to let the kids’ abstract creativity shine through!

 

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With all these ideas and resources you’ll be able to create a fun-packed pumpkin-themed fall storytime and craft for your community’s youngest residents!

2 months ago
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Halloween Haunted Treasure Hunt 2 months ago

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It’s ghosts and goblins time! Are you brave enough to stick your hand in a bowl of goo and grab a clue? Are you ready to hunt for bats in the trees?

Your residents will have a blast running around your community property in search for clues. The best part? All the clues will lead to the ultimate haunted treasure!

Get ready for clues like…

“Out in the dark and under a tree
Look for a graveyard skeleton key
Don't be afraid of guts and goo
For on that key is your next clue”
 

This Halloween, a “haunted” community scavenger hunt is a creative and exciting way to bring everyone together.

 

Preparations

 

The key to a successful scavenger hunt is in the clues and prep. Thankfully, we’ve taken the hard work out of creating clues. Below you’ll find the easiest way to get your residents from start to finish!

 

This scavenger hunt requires quite a few props and preparations. Make sure you read over the full instructions which include printable and editable cards and prop ideas here.

 

***TIP*** Wrap the printed clue cards in plastic wrap to keep them dry. You can also place them in small zipper bags to protect them from the elements (especially if it’s damp out!)

 

Other props for your haunted treasure hunt

 

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In addition to setting the scene with spooky props and clues, make the grand finale super exciting with a haunted treasure chest! It’s great fun to have a treasure chest full of candy at the end of the quest. Make sure you pack it full of treats for a big and tasty finish!

Depending on how many kids are participating, you may need to pass out quite a bit of “treasure” candy at the end.

 

You can purchase a  treasure chest if you are short on time. Or you can make one yourself using a cardboard box: follow this Instructables tutorial.

Here’s a step-by-step video tutorial as well.



***TIP*** Pack your treasure chest full of individual candy packs. This ensures all the greedy goblins (I mean kids) get an equal share in the treasure booty!

 

Here are ideas of “treasure” candy to include:

  • Chocolate coins
  • Candy necklaces
  • Candy rings
  • Other snack-pack sized Halloween treats

 

Include as many small packs as there are children pre-registered for the scavenger hunt. You may also want to make up enough goodie bags for latecomers or extra unregistered friends and siblings!

 

Remember to check out other Halloween decorating ideas and events on the blog like these easy-to-make glowing eyes, and the Smash It, Don’t Trash It, Pumpkin Smash.

 

With a bit of pre-planning (and some spooky decorating) your community can be transformed into the background for an exciting haunted quest!

 

 

Happy treasure hunting!

3 months ago
Building a Community Aquarium 3 months ago

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Have you ever wanted to set up an aquarium in your community?

 

Get your residents involved in setting it up and participating in the process.

 

How to choose a saltwater or freshwater tank?

The first decision you’ll need to make is whether you want a freshwater or saltwater tank. To help you make a decision, you can buy (or borrow from your local library) a book like Aquariums: The Complete Guide to Freshwater and Saltwater Aquariums.

After you’ve made up your mind about what type of tank environment you want, you can decide size, placement, fish, décor, and your daily maintenance schedule.

 

Getting residents involved

 

In addition to helping make decisions about what type of fish to include, you can involve residents in polls to determine tank size, placement, and other variables.

Plan to set up and prepare the tank over a few days. Once installed, the tank needs to reach the proper temperature and water quality for your chosen fish.

 

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You’ll need to leave time to ensure that the tank systems are working well before you purchase and add your fish.

Installing your aquarium

 

For those interested in physically helping set up the tank, you can involve residents in many ways:

·         Assist older children and teens with installing the tank pump and cleaning systems.

·         Have residents add gravel.

·         Have residents add tank safe statues and other decorations.

·         Enlist the help of long-armed residents to add any plants.

·         Helps older children safely add the fish.

 

When considering a theme that will have massive crowd appeal to both current and potential residents, consider putting together a Bikini Bottom themed aquarium, or even a Super Mario themed tank.

 

Resident-made decorations

 

In addition to the themes mentioned above, you can allow residents to create a collaborative mural behind the tank.

 

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You can either hire a local mural artist to coordinate a professional (and more permanent) project or have residents create a fish mural on rolls of paper for a more temporary solution.

 

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You can also paint and decorate the lid of the tank itself as a fun collaborative community project.

 

Welcome party

 

Throw a welcome home party for your new fish residents!

 

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After the fish are safely added to the tank, throw an ocean or freshwater themed party to announce their arrival.

 

***BONUS*** Encourage residents to name the new arrivals and hold a vote to decide their new names.

 

You can pass out goldfish cracker snacks, watch fish-themed movies (Finding Nemo is always a crowd favorite) and participate in fish-themed crafts.

 

 

Have a great time welcoming your new community residents. Pretty soon they will feel right at home.

3 months ago
Child Safety Event 3 months ago

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Planning and organizing a month full of baby and child safety activities in your community is a great way to keep residents healthy and safe.

Here are a few ideas of activities to arrange and include.

 

Car seat checks

 

Local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and sometimes hospitals, offer free car seat checks periodically within their communities.

 

Arrange a day to have a safety-certified car seat inspector come to your community and assess car seat safety for residents. Or you can also share the video below as a refresher, or for those who are unable to attend the live event.

 

 

***TIP*** Car seat inspections in your community should be voluntary but highly encouraged.

Inspections, installations, and reinstallations if needed, will all ensure that parents have their car seats installed correctly. A car and booster seat safety drive will also ensure that parents know how to properly seat and buckle their children.

 

Home safety training

 

Team up with local home visitor or child advocacy agencies to offer home safety classes in your community. Encourage parents - especially new parents and those with small children - to attend.

 

Home safety checklists

 

Along with your monthly newsletter, you can give out home safety and child safety checklists to residents. You can mail these out with a bill, post them to doors, or email them out to residents.

 

To encourage participation, invite residents to complete all the items on the list and agree to a safety inspection from a member of staff to qualify for some kind of safety prize.

As prize giveaways, you can organize raffles for a wide range of safety prizes like new car seats, baby gates, baby monitors, electrical outlet covers, doorknob covers, drawer latches, and other smaller safety supplies.

Print out this
SafeKids Worldwide home safety checklist or as for free pamphlets and guides from your local Department of Health.

 

You can also use any checklists you find online as inspiration for creating a unique checklist for your community.

Post safety signs around your community

 

While you’re in the spirit of safety - take a walk around your community and inspect any safety signs and equipment.

Are all your community’s signs legible and in good repair? If not, fix, replace, or even add additional signage as needed.


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Inspect playground equipment, depth of bark under playgrounds, pool gates, and other common areas for hazards you may have overlooked.

 

Ignoring all these things is both unsafe for residents and can open you up to lawsuits as well – so be careful!

 

Child safety social media campaign

 

Make a habit of scheduling daily child safety tips to your social media accounts. Remind residents of ways to keep their children safe in your community year round.

This can include reminders about pool safety, gate safety, helmet usage, and parking lot speed-limit reminders.  (Note:  In order to not be discriminatory, make sure that all signs that have rules associated with them apply to ALL residents - not just children.)

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Offer free courses

Share links to free online safety courses like those offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC offers a free
Heads Up concussion training course for parents, teachers, coaches, and other caregivers.

Sport Safety International also offers a free 20 min.
online course about heat safety which is a great refresher course for parents and caregivers to take every year.

 

Remember, if you take a full month to focus on resident safety issues, you will raise more awareness and get more interest in your ongoing activities and events.

However, safety comes first year-round, so consider making this a recurring event with your residents every few months.

 

 

Have fun and stay safe!