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Dear Gabby: Fall Resident Events?

Dear Gabby: Fall Resident Events?

 

Dear Gabby,

 

I’ve never hosted activities and community events at my multifamily apartment building. I really want my residents to feel like this is more than just a home, but also a community where they can get to know their neighbors.

 

What kind of fun things can I do to get them excited about living here this fall? My community includes a wide range of demographics. How can I plan an event that everyone will like?

 

Sincerely,

 

#NoviceEventPlanner

 


 

Dear #NoviceEventPlanner,

 

Feel that chill in the air? Fall is definitely here. And while it’s always a little sad to say goodbye to summer and pack up your warm weather clothing, fall is my favorite time of the year. Since your residents are no longer away on vacations or busy taking their kids to summer camp, it’s a great time to plan a resident event in your apartment community.

 

Keep in mind, the event theme should be as welcoming as possible. Here are a few suggestions for the fall season.

 

Football Game Viewing Party

For many of your residents, watching football is one of the best parts about fall. Nothing brings people together quite like rooting for their favorite team, so invite your residents to come cheer on the local college or professional team. If you don’t have a large TV in your lobby/community room, consider renting one for a few hours.

 

Make things interesting by encouraging your residents to wear their favorite team’s colors. Just make sure to keep things light, so fights don’t break out -- try providing some gameday bites to diffuse the tension.

 

Family-Friendly Fall Fest

Do you have a lot of families with young children living in your community? Plan a mini festival with fun fall activities.

 

If it’s too cold outside, set up stations in your community room. Kids will love activities such as pumpkin decorating and face painting. Here are a few more ideas if you need some inspiration.

 

Food Trucks

Ladies and gents, this is my personal fave. Food trucks provide a great experience for both my staff and residents. People LOVE great food and when their dinner is at their doorstep, it takes all the stress out of cooking.

 

Trust me, make this a priority this fall!

 

Fall Snacks

Consider setting up a table outside of your leasing office or in your lobby with hot apple cider, donuts, and pumpkin bread. This is a great, low maintenance way to bring out the fall spirit in your residents. I mean, who doesn’t appreciate delicious fall treats on their way to work -- talk about a way to beat the Monday blues!

 

Comfort Food Potluck

With temperatures dropping, fall is the perfect time of year for comfort food. Host a potluck in your community room and invite residents to bring their favorite fall dish. By encouraging them to share recipes, you’ll help them feel like they’re really part of a community.

 

See, planning fun events for your residents doesn’t have to be rocket science -- simple but thoughtful events do the trick and help foster a sense of community at your apartment.

 

What types of resident events do you have planned for this fall?  

 

Until next time, sayonara!

 

Gabby

 

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I love this blog entry! Great, fun ideas!

  Mindy Sharp
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This is the time that I have to share our sister property, http://www.residentevents.com!! We have HUNDREDS of event ideas that communities can use. Enjoy!

  Brent Williams

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