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Your Guide to Hosting a Resident Dog Treat Baking Workshop

This guide has everything you need to host a successful treat baking event in your community - from downloadable recipe cards, to links on where to purchase supplies!  Did you know that baking dog treats is quite simple and requires only a few ingredients?! Hosting a resident baking event is a great way to bring the community together in a really fun and productive way (especially as we get closer to the holiday season). So lets get started...     First, a little background on baking dog treats. We love baking our own dog treats because it's a whole lot simpler than baking human cookies, and much more affordable than buying them! Unlike human cookies, dog treats aren't too scientific. Your residents will certainly have to measure out ingredients but it's truly hard to go wrong. Our favorite thing about baking treats is you can very easily modify almost any recipe to add in your dog's favorite foods, like bacon bits or chicken!   The Basics First and foremost, while we love dogs and love baking for them, this should be a humans-only event. To maintain a safe (and not too chaotic), please make sure all messaging for the event indicates that dogs should stay home awaiting their treats. That being said, it's a very family-friendly event so children are certainly welcome. Hosting a baking event does require a bit more space than an average resident event, as each person (or family) will need a baking work station. We recommend utilizing......
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Dear Gabby: Friendsgiving

Dear Gabby: Friendsgiving
Dear Gabby,   How it is November already? Weren’t we just swimming in the pool? Anyway, it’s been awhile since I hosted an event for my residents and I have been hearing a lot about this thing called Friendsgiving...would that be a good idea? I am not totally sure what Friendsgiving is. I guess I am showing my age.   Please help!   #AManagerTryingToBeHip   _________________________________________________________________________   Dear #AManagerTryingToBeHip,     I would be lying if I said that you seemed like a millennial based on your question, but at least you’re trying! Friendsgiving is somewhat of a new idea and is really popular for young people that live away from their families.   I think that it would be a perfect fall event for your residents. It’s such a fun and relaxed way to get to know your neighbors without the pressure of having a sit down meal. Not only that, but it is before the winter holiday season so people are more likely to be free.   When throwing a Friendsgiving gathering, you should forget your idea of any formal meal or having to deal with your distant relatives that you have to see once a year (side note: if a relative doesn’t come to mind… you’re that relative!). Instead, think about drinks, delicious food, good tunes, and chatting with new friends!   Here are some tips from none other than Martha Stewart on how to make your Friendsgiving the best around...and we know she’s friends with Snoop Dogg so her Friendsg......
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The funny and strange of 2015

The funny and strange of 2015
2015 is over! I'm sure we all had a lot of, shall we say interesting, questions or situations with residents. Let's look back at all of the funny and strange things that have happened and have ourselves a good laugh into the new year.  Here are some of my moments from 2015: 1) I had a guy suggest installing male toilets with our newly remodeled apartments. I'm guessing he meant a urinal? I still haven't figured out what he meant. Weird! 2) The tenant across the hall from our office asked me to watch her boiling mac and cheese noodles while she ran to the gas station for milk. Odd request, but I did it. She was very appreciative, and now we're buddies. :) 3) A lady who gets those monthly chocolate testers in the mail gave our manager a rum ball. It had a LOT of rum. He got the funniest look on his face! 4) For our resident event/pool opening party we got a dunk tank and the residents donated to a local charity to dunk myself and the property manager. Wet, shocking, but fun! 5) I typed a couple of work orders that weren't quite right; "the toilet runs when you flush it" like, duh, that's how they work, and "the sink is leasing" instead of leaking. The maintenance guy had a good laugh at my expense! :) I hope you all have a happy new year!   New Year Resolution Joke -"I was vegan for a while.......
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First and Lasting Impressions

First and Lasting Impressions
Think about the best event you’ve ever been to— The marketing is fun and thought out, the design all in sync. The venue is in a great location, the entertainment is right on brand. Oh, and the food! How can we forget the carefully chosen, delectable food? Types of events like this where each detail is thought out leaves the audience feeling inspired, and this inspiration all starts with first impressions. This is the spirit of event planning. Creativity & Brand First impressions are made through marketing’s creative genius and design’s cohesiveness. It’s important to have a plan in place. Whether it’s social media, email, direct mail, or in-person marketing, it should contain innovative design and strong story-based copywriting as well as creative brand elements that will get your audience excited. That same design and branding should carry over into the event. And when I think of a brand, I think of every element an event should own and how it should match up. These elements include everything from gifts, staging, décor, and entertainment, to the speakers, activities, and venue. Everything should either highlight or be relevant to your brand, which will also help you create cohesiveness. Recently I attended an event where all of the marketing and branding was cohesive. It was brilliant! However, when the dinner portion of the program started, everything became a jumbled pile. It was as if some outsider had planned this portion and this portion only without knowing anything about the company. While it’s good to be different, ......
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Fun Fall Events for Your Residents

Fun Fall Events for Your Residents
Autumn is definitely in full swing. And while it’s always a little sad to say goodbye to summer and its long hours of sunlight and warm temperatures, fall is a wonderful time of year too. For starters, it’s a great time to plan a resident event in your apartment community, since people’s schedules are no longer packed with vacations and other summer activities. Thinking about planning a resident event this fall at your apartment community? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Fall Festival: Do you have a lot of families with children living in your community? Plan a Fall Festival. Set up stations in your community room (or outdoors, if weather permits) with fun fall activities, such as face painting, pumpkin decorating, fall crafts and fall cookie decorating.   Breakfast Break: Set up a table outside of your leasing office with hot apple cider and donuts. It’s a low maintenance “event” and your residents will appreciate the fun fall treat on their way to work. Football Watching Party: For many folks, football is one of the best parts of fall. So, rent a big screen TV (the bigger the better) and invite your residents to come cheer on the local college or professional team. Encourage some friendly competition by asking your residents to wear their favorite team’s colors. Movie Night: Don't have many football fans living in your apartment community? Then plan a movie night instead. Provide popcorn and beverages and invite your residents to bring additional snacks to share. Fall Potluck: Fall is the perfect time ......
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4 Tips for Increasing Attendance at Resident Events

4 Tips for Increasing Attendance at Resident Events
You spend weeks planning a great resident event at your apartment community. Then, the big day arrives, and attendance is less than stellar. Have you ever been in this situation? Don’t despair! Here are 4 tips for increasing attendance at your next resident event.  Give Residents What They WantYou can plan the best football watching party in history. But if your residents don’t like football, no one will show up. Find out what types of events your residents are interested in attending by sending out a quick survey. Recruit a CommitteeRather than planning and executing the event on your own, recruit a committee of volunteers to help. Residents who are involved in planning the event will be more committed to making the event a success – including recruiting their neighbors to attend! Promote, Promote, PromoteNo one will attend your event if they don’t know it’s happening! So be sure to promote your event to your residents through a variety of different channels. Here are some ideas: Send out an email to residents Include information about your event in your monthly newsletter Hang signs in the elevators, fitness center, mail room and other common areas Post on your social media channels Add information about your event to your online resident portal Ask for FeedbackAsk residents who do attend your events for feedback. What did they enjoy? What could use some work? Then, use that feedback to put together a plan of action for your next event. What other tips do you have for increasing attendance at your resident ......
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Giving the Gift of Resident Engagement

Giving the Gift of Resident Engagement
The holidays are here, and it’s time to enjoy the season and spend some time engaging with your residents. This time of year is perfect for planning a festive party or offering a little token of your appreciation to your residents. Despite the sound of it, you don’t have to spend a lot to help your community celebrate the holidays – a small investment can go a long way with these fun holiday ideas!   Cookie Exchange. Invite your residents to make sweet treats to share with one another. Consider providing bags or cookie tins so that each participant can take a few of their neighbors’ treats home to enjoy during the holidays.   Craft Night. Provide a ‘how-to’ event for creating festive holiday decor like wreaths or making handmade gifts like Cookies in a Jar. It’s not necessary for you to provide the materials – just be sure to send out a list to participants in advance so they have time to gather the necessary items!   Charity. The holidays are a time for giving back, so consider making a charitable donation on behalf of your residents or asking them to participate in a food or clothing drive. Not only is this a great way to help out those in need, but it also builds a sense of community among your residents.   Potluck Dinner. Invite your residents to bring their favorite holiday dish to share, and make the event fun by having music and a festively-decorated clubhouse to celebrate in. This is a g......
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