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    You've Gotta Pretty Little Baby Face! yesterday

    Have community team members provide baby photos of themselves and place them up in the office on an easel board. Let the residents' children guess throughout the month which photo belongs to which team member. The one with the most correct guesses wins a movie, gift card etc.... A great way for kids to get involved and know who works at the community and may be knocking on their doors.

    Breakfast With Santa yesterday

    I started at Lexington Ridge Apartments in 2006 and every year in December I put together "Breakfast With Santa". The first year I had 50 Residents show up. The number increases every year and last year we had over 120!

    We have a HOT Breakfast set up for Residents to walk through buffet style. We switch up the menu every year but usually have pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy with assorted other items. We have done cookies with hot chocolate and/or hot apple cider as a side just in case someone doesn't want breakfast.

    Santa and Mrs. Claus wander around the clubhouse and greet the residents, ask the kids what they want for Christmas. They sit down at their chairs by the fireplace and Christmas Tree for Pictures. It is a huge success and we have had nothing but good things said about us for it! We even have had comments posted on apartmentratings about this event!

    It is not only a great way for us to get to know our tenants better but also a way for them to get to know each other. The holidays are a great time to do this since everyone is in a holiday mood!

    Last year we added a food drive. We asked everyone to bring a pantry item to donate to the local food bank. We had great results and the food bank was thrilled with the food they received.

    12 Days of Christmas - For your Residents yesterday

    This is a fun idea for the month of December. Take 2 weeks or so out of the month and do RAW - Resident Appreciation Week.  But with a fun Holiday Twist!  It is written in which the CARES Teams carry it out but switch up the wording and have fun! The events will be held at the entrance gates, in the Leasing Office and club house.

    12 Days of Christmas / Resident Appreciation Week  

    On the 1st  Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .a gift wrapping station which really helps me.


    On the 2nd Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . . holiday night with cocoa, cider, and flavored coffee. 


    On the 3rd Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .an evening holiday decorating my balcony.


    On the 4th Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .     discounted coupons from Blockbuster Movie.

    On the 5th Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .    tickets to Studio Movieeeeeeeeeee. 


    On the 6th Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .  holiday dessert night with cakes, pies, and holiday cookies.


    On the 7th Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .an evening of Christmas caroling at a nursing home with the elderly.


    On the 8th Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .    another night of gift wrapping since my schedule is so crazy.


    On the 9th Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .a night to receive a gift just for decorating my balcony.


    On the 10th Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .a night to purchase pizza from ?? for $5 one topping.


    On the 11th Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . .a chance to win a month's free rent from the Christmas lottery.


    On the 12th Day of Christmas, My CARES Team Gave To Me . . . an evening of carols with neighbors and the CARES Team.


    Visit from Santa yesterday

    Mark your calendars for December the 18th at 6:00pm when Santa will be visiting our community! This will be a good time for your children to meet him up close and ask him for any last minute gifts. He'll also be giving out candy canes to the little ones (and grown ones). Come on out and see him!

    Decoration Contest yesterday

    During the month of December don't forget to participate in the decoration contest. Please stop by the office or on your resident portal for a list of the Do's and Don'ts. You can also grab a copy of your lease to find out your restrictions. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to a restaurant of their choice. Good luck!

    Wrapping Station yesterday

    We are setting up a wrapping station for the month of December. Residents can come in to wrap their gifts and all supplies will be supplied. We have wrapping paper, tags, tape, ribbons and boxes.

    BINGO yesterday

    Send out your monthly newsletter advertise the BINGO game on your facebook, twitter, etc. Have them come to the office to pick up their unique BINGO card. As they follow you and/or log in daily to these sites you post the numbers drawn daily if they have it on their card they mark it off once they have a BINGO they call or come by the office to pick up their winnings. This does several things gets them active in the community, creates participitation and gets them on your social networks to read whats happening at your community.

    After Hour Renewal Signing! yesterday

    We know that several residents can’t make it to the office during business hours to sign their renewal. Pick a day out of the week to stay a few hours after and have leases printed and ready to sign along with some refreshments of your choice.

    For residents signing a 9 month lease have them draw for a free carpet cleaning, an accent wall painted if they provide the paint or even a small discount off rent the first month of the new lease.

    For residents signing a 12 month lease have them draw for new countertops, or you can offer minor upgrades, which will still make a big impact: installing or upgrading ceiling fans, or replacing old blinds with new ones. Not only will you recoup some of the cost through increased rent, but when residents do eventually move out, the market value of the remodeled apartment will have increased.

    At the end of the day everyone is a winner. It’s important to show your residents that you're happy to have them as members of your community.



    Resident Appreciate Week Extravaganza! yesterday

    We really have the BEST residents! What better way to reward them than with a HUGE luau-themed party in the summer once nearly everyone is moved in?!

    Each year we change things up a bit but here is our 2010 calendar of events:

    ***Monday, August 16th: We put a pack of "Extra" gum on everyone's door with a note attached saying: Because you, our residents, are “Extra” special, we’ve devoted an entire week to making you feel appreciated!

    Mirabel and Muir Heights Apartments would not be what we are today without incredible residents like yourself! We hope that you take time this week to realize how important you are to us and to enjoy all the events we have planned for you.
    We are nothing without you!
    -Lisa, Melissa, Jill, Bob, and Stephen

    ***Tuesday, August 17th: We had a board game night in our clubhouse beginning at 6:00pm. We had popcorn from our popcorn popper, snacks, soda and water, and a movie playing in the background. As cheesy as a boardgame night sounds, our residents LOVE it and it as an easy event to plan and carry out!

    ***Wednesday, August 18th: We put ring pops by everyone's door with a note attached saying:

    Diamonds are dandy,
    And candy is too,
    But we don’t need either,
    With gems like you!

    ***Thursday, August 19th: We had a breakfast for everyone in each building! We got bagels and cream cheese early in the morning so that they would be fresh, plus pastries, fruit, granola bars, yogurt, and water and juice for residents to take with them. We had everything ready to go by 7:00am so that anyone leaving for work before normal office hours could still enjoy a morning snack. We have four buildings at Mirabel and each had its own table and breakfast items set up near the mailboxes. It was a huge hit!

    ***Friday, August 20th: We planned a movie night by the pool. The idea was that residents could either hop in the heated pool around 9:00pm or they could grab a chair nearby it and watch a movie that we would project onto a white sheet pinned to the side of the building. We ended up getting rained out and watching "Jaws" in the clubhouse, but it was still a lot of fun! We also had popcorn, snacks, and drinks for residents to enjoy during the movie.

    ***Saturday, August 21st: The mother of ALL resident events! Lisa got to the office early Saturday morning to start preparing the food: Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Pit Ham w/ Rolls, Shrimp, Pasta Salad, Hashbrown Casserole, Salad Bar, Pickles/Olives, Veggies/Dip, Fruit Kabobs, Cucumber Sandwiches, Taco Dip, Cheese/Sausage Tray, Salsa & Chips, Popcorn, and Beer Dip & Pretzels. Along with enough food to fill the clubhouse, we had prizes that Melissa had received from local businesses in return for putting information into our welcome packets. We had over 150 prizes (and they were all really good prizes, too!) so everyone walked away with something (we had residents write their name on a ticket and we would pick a name and then a prize ticket to determine who got which prize). The party lasted about 5-6 hours with about 150 residents plus their friends and family attending and swimming in the pool, eating a ton of delicious food, playing bag toss, and entering to win fun prizes. This is a party everyone looks forward to every year, and when residents decide to leave Mirabel or Muir Heights to buy a home, take a job out of state, or for some other reason, we often get calls asking if they can come back to Mirabel for the Resident Appreciation Party.

    Even though this whole event costs us about $1000 in food, treats by residents' doors, and decorations, it is WELL worth it. Planning ahead is key including getting free prizes from local businesses (everything from gift cards to physical prizes to food is happily accepted in anticipation of our party throughout the months preceding it). We do not buy a single prize, though if we needed to add more, we would have thrown in rent credits for $25 and $50. No one else in our area (or maybe even our state) does as much for their residents in this one week as we do - and residents definintely take notice! It is a lot of work, a lot of extra hours, and a lot of posting on residents' doors, but it something that REALLY set us apartment from our competition.

    Goodwill on the Go! yesterday

    This event that has a community service focus while also serving your residents. This even doesn't require residents to bring anything to the office, and doesn't cost anything for you either! The best part? It serves your local Goodwill or Salvation Army with much needed items. The basic idea is that you will provide large plastic garbage bags in the office for residents to get if needed, they fill them with gently used items from their closet and home (no furniture), they RSVP with their apartment number, and they set their bag(s) outside their door by a certain time on a Saturday morning. The community staff drives through the community going to each RSVP door and picking up their donated items. The team then delivers the bags to a local Goodwill or Salvation Army (or other charity organization) for the residents. This is a perfect event to do during a busy or expensive month as it is simple and can be free!

    A great idea is to do this event in the Spring so you can organize it around the theme of "Spring Cleaning Your Apartment!" You will need 2 dates on the calendar: one for the RSVP date, and one for the actual event. Here is a basic timeline:

    • 2 weeks before the event: Flyer the common areas of the community letting them know that RSVPs are REQUIRED, and giving the RSVP deadline. Also let residents know they can pick up garbage bags in the office, and that bags must be outside their doors by 8am the Saturday of the event. Let residents know that you will not be able to get them tax deduction receipts. This can just be a small *asterisk at the bottom of the flyer.
    • 1 week before the event: Send a reminder email to all residents (if you have access) letting them know of the RSVP deadline and going over details again.
    • The morning of the event: Drive to each RSVP door, pick up their bags, and deliver them!

    If you have budget money to put towards the event, have you can drop off a small brown bag with a granola bar and a little Thank You note to each participating resident.

    Community Watch Meeting yesterday

    Build relationships and make your community more safe and secure by asking residents to watch out for each other!

    Sign-up sheet

    Detailed Description
    A community watch meeting can make both the residents and management happy and be very effective in preventing crime.  It's a great way for residents to get to know each other and build community.  Organize meetings every couple of months so residents can discuss safety issues and how they can improve the community.  For a special meeting, get the local police department to come out and do a safety day that features home, car, pool, personal and child safety.

    Use a sign-up sheet to encourage residents to join a community watch email group.  Emails can be sent by community staff advising everyone of safety issues or concerns.  Ask one person from each building to be the building safety captain and they can communicate with their building when there is a specific safety or security concern.

    The CARES team can communicate with the captains and build great relationships.  If your complex has a community resource (courtesy) officer they should be happy to help facilitate the meeting.  Ask local police to facilitate the meeting and get the fire department to come with a fire truck for the kids to tour and take pictures with.

    Creative or special ways to promote event:

    Coffee Tasting Resident Event yesterday

    When you have a resident event, make sure there is always some activity that goes along with the occasion.  For example, instead of just having a “coffee at the clubhouse,” where you rely upon people to start conversations themselves, ramp it up by hiring a barista to come in, brew different types of coffees, and then explain what everybody should be tasting!  Barista’s don’t make a ton of money, so having them come over for a couple of hours for $30-50 should be no problem.  But make sure you find a barista that will not only serve the coffee, but really take the time to explain the differences.  So it may make sense to spend $50 to get a more experienced barista to run the show.

    By having an external server, you can then sit at one of the tables, helping to introduce your “guests” and enjoy it along with them!  The coffee should be a nominal expense, and couple it with some light snacks and you have an affordable resident event!

    Tip #1: Create a worksheet with a list of all the coffees that they will be trying that day.  Add areas for them to take notes and then rank their favorites.

    Tip #2: Remember to take pictures!  ALWAYS take pictures (or video)!

    Coffee Tasting Resident Event yesterday

    When you have a resident event, make sure there is always some activity that goes along with the occasion.  For example, instead of just having a “coffee at the clubhouse,” where you rely upon people to start conversations themselves, ramp it up by hiring a barista to come in, brew different types of coffees, and then explain what everybody should be tasting!  Barista’s don’t make a ton of money, so having them come over for a couple of hours for $30-50 should be no problem.  But make sure you find a barista that will not only serve the coffee, but really take the time to explain the differences.  So it may make sense to spend $50 to get a more experienced barista to run the show.

    By having an external server, you can then sit at one of the tables, helping to introduce your “guests” and enjoy it along with them!  The coffee should be a nominal expense, and couple it with some light snacks and you have an affordable resident event!

    Tip #1: Create a worksheet with a list of all the coffees that they will be trying that day.  Add areas for them to take notes and then rank their favorites.

    Tip #2: Remember to take pictures!  ALWAYS take pictures (or video)!

    Nibble & Nosh Party yesterday

    Tired of the same old dinner get together? Try a Nibble & Nosh Party featuring finger foods and appetizers! An appetizer get-together offers several advantages—simple serving, easy cleaning, and a relaxed atmosphere. You can offer a wide variety of foods that appeal to a wide variety of tastes—without spending all day in the kitchen. You can make this event as sophisticated or casual as you desire.

    Speed Friending yesterday

    I'm sure by now everyone has heard of speed dating, but did you know you can apply that very same type of event to making friends? What a great way to bring your community together than to have a "speed friending" event. This is extremely simple, all you need is some space to set up and some cards for participants to write notes/names on. Allow everyone to mingle while they check in, then, when everyone has had a chance to arrive, have participants sit across the table and give them one or two minutes to ask questions and get to know each other. Then, have them switch....Using their cards, have them write down the names of the person/persons they would like to be friends with...then, if two people have each others names on the paper, let them know so they can exchange contact information.

    It's that simple. Very much like speed dating without the high expectations and what better way to retain residents than to have them make friends right in their own community.

    Variation: have girls meet one night and boys meet on a separate night to make sure it is clear that this is not a dating event.

    Meet our Maintenance Team! yesterday

    This event would be hosted by your maintenance team as a way of getting to know your residents a little better.

    Simply have a mix and mingle with your maintenance team. You can have this event in your community center, in your pool area, or anywhere where you can serve drinks and finger foods. 

    Have your maintenance team all attend so that the residents can have an opportunity to talk to them, ask them questions, and have a booth set up to take any service requests. You maintenance team is the glue that holds your community together and helps keep everything running smoothing, your residents need to know them!

    Customize this event to your community and its culture. Do they participate more when there are games and activities? Food is always a big draw. 

    Hopefully you will open up more lines of communication with your residents and maintenance team to increase your customer satisfaction and request turn around.



    Parent's Night Out yesterday

    One of the best benefits you can give a parent is FREEDOM!  Although I absolutely love my children and would do anything for them, sometimes my wife and I need to simply get away to retain our sanity!  Plus, nights out with just my wife allow us to reconnect with each other to help keep our relationship strong.  We recently joined the YMCA and found out that once a month they have a kids night out, where they will take your kids for 5 straight hours from 5pm to 10pm, giving plenty of time to not only go out to dinner, but also catch that elusive movie!  I thought it was odd that they named it a kids night out, when clearly the benefit was for the parents.  This would be an absolutely great idea to implement at an apartment community - a service that would absolutely be RAVED about!

    Here are some things to consider:

    1) Limit the number of kids that your team can handle, so that you don't get overwhelmed (or break any laws on any kid/adult ratios)

    2) Consider restricting the ages of the kids to ensure your team can adequately handle them.  If you are not prepared for diapers, make potty training a requirement!

    3) Create strong check-in/check-out procedures so only the correct parent/guardian can pick up a specific child.

    4) Look at all the great children activities on this site to keep the kids entertained!

    5) To charge or not to charge.  The YMCA actually charges $15/child for this service.  It might make sense to charge in order to bring in licensed child care workers from a local day care center.  But remember that the more you charge, the less benefit it is to your residents!

    6) Does your event recur?  Doing this just once would be a great event.  But having it a recurring program could be addictive for your residents!

    7) Allow non-residents?  Allowing non-residents take part in the program might make sense if done correctly.  You could charge them a premium, which would subsidize your own residents, as well as provide a marketing opportunity outside of your community. 

    8) Look into any federal, state, or local laws that might impact your ability to run this program. ( ) however well known as From time to time We would

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    Apartment Decorating Contest 1 month ago

    We have often said that the one differentiator that your competitors can never replicate are your residents themselves. And an extension of that is their apartments! So if we can highlight your residents pads, then we have showcased the community in an entirely unique way. That is the inspiration behind an Apartment Decorating Contest, where we not only want to engage our residents and shine a spotlight on the creative and beautiful apartment decorations, but also use the results as a way to inspire prospects to live at our communities.

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    Live Action Hungry Hungry Hippos! 1 month ago

    My kids just got their first Hungry Hungry Hippos game (which was sadly pretty flimsy compared to when I was growing up!), and they are obsessed. But today, we found a live action version of Hungry Hungry Hippos, which would make a wonderful game at an apartment community party! So take a look and tell us what you think below!

    Someone from the Ballycullen alliance has suggested a Halloween Ghouls Market with pumpkin carving contest. Sounds brill"

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    Cardboard Fortress For Your Community's Princes and Princesses 2 months ago

    One of the most popular event on is our Cardboard Drive in Movie for kids. Kids, just like cats, just seem to love to get into boxes, which is why whenever an appliance is ever purchased, the kids get a brand new "present" in the form of giant box they can play in. So it's time to take that idea and expand it to a community-wide fort building event!

    Start planning today and save all the big boxes that come to the community when you order new appliances, and when residents move in, tell them that if they have any large boxes after the move, they can donate them to the future community fort.

    After that, all you have to do is let your creativity run wild - enlist the residents in the build job and create mazes, secret passages, and other elements to their giant cardboard fortress. Give the kids some paint and let them decorate their fortress masterpiece, as well!

    In the end, you will have made something that the kids will love and will occupy them for hours, and you will have made something that the parents will love since it will occupy their kids for hours!

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    The Scoop on Hosting an Ice Cream Social 2 months ago

    Throw a fun ice cream party with ice cream/yogurt, frozen treats, toppings, sauces, and cones—plus, expert tips and planning advice to help you keep your cool.

    One of the best things about hosting an ice cream party—aside from the obvious benefits, such as eating lots of ice cream and getting to say, "I'm having an ice cream social!" in your most wholesome Leave It to Beaver voice—is that you can make the event as simple or elaborate as you like. And even the most sophisticated ice cream social is a pretty easy party to put on.

    First you have to head outdoors!

    If you're hosting a kid-friendly party, it's best to do the whole thing outside, and provide rolls of paper towels and a few pans of water for sticky fingers and faces.

    DIY Dessert

    The serve-yourself buffet is the way to go.  Another option is to pre-scoop ice cream and put it in chilled dishes; keep them in the freezer until ready to serve.  That's a lot less messy, and keeps things a little more under control-although it's kind of fun to scoop. Making your fantasy creation is part of the fun! People absolutely adore the chance to dish up their ice cream and toppings themselves. Set out everything on an easy-to-clean table covered with a piece of oilcloth or plastic tablecloth. Keep a sponge handy, and a basin of water for wiping up any spills.

    How much ice cream, total?

    Count on each person eating at least three half-cup (4 ounce) scoops, for a total of 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) per person. Here's a breakdown of the total amount of ice cream you'll need based on that calculation:

    • 12 people: 1 1/4 gallons (144 ounces, or 9 pints)

    • 16 people:1 1/2 gallons (192 ounces, or 12 pints/

    • 20 people: About 2 gallons (240 ounces, or 15 pints)


    Have a few extra containers of ice cream on hand just in case you run short.

    End of Summer Closet Clean Out And Fill Up Extravaganza! 2 months ago

    Fall is quickly approaching and you know what that means; out with the tanks and shorts and in with coats and scarves.  As everybody has busy lives, finding time to drop off cloths to the local donation center can be a challenge!  So invite each resident to bring as many new or gently used items to the community office to be donated to Goodwill. Have food, snacks, drinks, gift card give-aways and a grand prize raffle. 

    But beyond simply donating clothes, we though a good incentive would be to help residents “Fill Up” their closet, too!  So rather than generic VISA gift cards, reach out to local stores that sell clothing to see if they would like to participate in the event by donating a gift card!  This is a fantastic way for them to support a good cause, and at the same time get good publicity with your community and prospects.  (We have an entire write-up on asking for donated gift cards.)  This way, as they donate old clothes, they can possibly win gift cards to buy new ones!  Plus, being able to advertise gift cards from the Gap, American Eagle, and other stores will help increase the response from your residents and hopefully drive up the number of clothes donated.

    Social Media Tip:  Take pictures of some of the cute tops and other clothes that get donated and share them on your Facebook Page or Instagram!  This helps advertise the event AND helps show prospects what type of community culture you have.

    Marketing Tip:  Consider opening this event beyond just your residents.  You have great incentives (gift cards) to give away, so use this as a marketing opportunity to offer non-residents to bring in their clothes, as well! 

    Media Tip:  This may not work, but if you end up with a LOT of clothes, it may even be news-worthy!  News stations are always looking for uplifting stories, so consider approaching them with your story and maybe some free press will come your way when you drop off the clothes to Goodwill!

    Football Watching Party 2 months ago

    A football watching party is a great way to hang out with residents in a fun and casual atmosphere. It doesn't have to be a dinner, but perhaps order some pizza or wings or just hve appetizers such as chips, dip, salsa, queso, pretzels, cookies, brownies, etc. This is a great way to get to know residents and have fun while supporting your favorite team. Half time provides an opprotunity to talk with the attendees without interrupting the game. If your activity center or clubhouse doesn't already have one, rent a large screen TV orsee if a local rental facility will fupply you iwth a free rental for the night in exchange for advertising their company. This will be one more way to entice residents to come toteh event rather than staying home to watch the game. Supplies Large screen TV and lots of snacks. Event Type Community Event Food/Non-Food Dessert/Appetizer Taget Group Families, Singles, Kids/Youth, Senior


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