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    Comedy Date Night yesterday

    The first Sunday of May is World Laughter Day. Laughter comes in many forms and has many surprising life and health benefits.  Created in 1998 by Dr. Madan Kataria, World Laughter Day has become an uber popular trend across the globe. Help your residents celebrate, unwind and de-stress by treating them to a fun, comedy filled night in the club house! 

     

    Hiring Features and a Headliner to perform for your residents can be easy and inexpensive if you do your research beforehand and stick to your budget.  Features are the up-and-comers in the Comedy world, and these Comics start the show in order to rile up the crowd for the Headliner. Headliners, on the other hand, are the more well known and popular comics, the main attraction. You should expect to pay more for the Headliner than the Features. This easy to navigate website will lead you straight to local Comedians in your area and allow you to request a free rate quote. 

     

    The first step in hiring a Comedian is to research and decide which comedic genres you feel would be best received by your residents. You are likely to have a very diverse group of residents so Blue Comics, and any Comics who regularly joke about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc., and use excessive profanity, may be best to be avoided. You will be able to talk to the Comics and ask them questions about their comedic styles so be sure to double check that they will be willing to keep it clean for your residents. I highly recommend Improv Comics, myself!

     

    You can help keep your event costs down by selling tickets to your residents to help cover the Comedians’ rates, or you can even turn this into a charity event by charging a non-perishable food donation at the door for your local food pantry! Either way, your residents will be sure to walk away with a chuckle and lifted spirits!

     

    2 weeks ago
    END OF SCHOOL DRIVE-IN MOVIE PARTY 2 weeks ago

    Summer is just around the corner, and your resident children will be finishing up school in just a few short weeks. Why not kick off the summer by rewarding your littlest residents for their year-long hard work with a Drive-in Movie Party? 

    This party puts a fun spin on the classic drive-in movie and combines three of the things youngsters love the most - movies, treats and cardboard boxes! The outdoor screen and projector you will need to pull off this Drive-in Movie Party are a teeny bit on the spendy side; however, you will be able to use them to entertain your residents at events for many years to come. Amazon has a 12 foot inflatable movie screen for only $149.98, and there are a variety of projectors and speakers to choose from. Simply set the screen up outside, hook up the projector and speakers, and you have an instant outdoor theater!

    You should notify your residents of the Drive-in Movie event a couple of weeks in advance, that way parents have time to help their kids build and decorate their cardboard box cars. We found this absolutely great resource for instructions on building your own drive-in movie cars!  Pinterest has a lot of helpful cardboard box car designs and ideas.

    You can make this a BYOT (bring your own treat) party, or you can choose to give out classic movie treats like mini bags of buttery popcorn and a variety of scrumptious candies. Because some residents will likely be bringing blankets to sit on during the movie, make sure that the sprinklers are turned off for a couple of days so the grass is nice and dry. Your residents are sure to enjoy the nostalgic trip down drive-in movie memory lane as they settle in to watch a movie with their loved ones under the stars.

    3 weeks ago
    National Jelly Bean Day Taste Test Contest 3 weeks ago

    April is the month that begins with tomfoolery, but that doesn’t mean the tricks have to be limited to April 1st! April 22nd is National Jelly Bean Day, and what better way to celebrate than to share some delicious Jelly Beans with your tenants and give them a chance to win fun prizes by correctly guessing the wide range of fruity to bizarre flavors? Turn this National Jelly Bean Day into a side-splitting celebration your tenants are sure to never forget with these simple steps!

     

    First of all, you can’t have a National Jelly Bean Day celebration without Jelly Beans! For this party, however, not any old Jelly Beans will do. BeanBoozled Jelly Beans from Jelly Belly are what will make this party memorable. BeanBoozled Jelly Beans come in 10 different colors, BUT each color has TWO different flavors, a yummy flavor and a really gross, weird one, and you can't tell the flavors apart until you take a bite! Watch these hilarious reactions as two people experience the shockingly grody Jelly Belly  flavors such as Booger, Barf, Baby Wipes, Stinky Socks, Rotten Eggs, Lawn Clippings, Toothpaste, Moldy Cheese, Skunk Spray, and Canned Dog Food! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkz2yJ0QtFs

     

     

    Since there are 10 different colors, you will need 10 candy jars (one for each color).   Party City has inexpensive and reusable clear, plastic candy jars for only $6.99 each.  As for the Jelly Beans themselves, you can find 10 lb. cases of BeanBoozled Jelly Beans for $159.

     

    Once you have all of your jars filled with the sorted Jelly Beans, number the jars 1-10 and place them on a table covered with a brightly colored table cloth. You can get as creative as you’d like with your Jelly Bean jar display by adding different colored balloons with ‘Jelly Belly’ written on them in white paint marker, and other fun, colorful decorations and treats. Whatever you do, though, make sure that napkins, a pitcher of water, cups and a garbage can are easily accessible for those unlucky tenants who chomp into the not so pleasant flavors! 

     

    Last, but not least, have a stack of cards on the table for tenants to fill out with their  flavor guesses for each color of Jelly Beans. You can have fun gift cards or gift baskets ready to give out to the first 5 people who correctly guess all of the flavors! 

     

     

    Be sure to advertise your National Jelly Bean Day wing-ding with flyers describing the location on the grounds and times the booth will be operating. The great thing about a candy jar booth is that it can literally be set up anywhere and can quickly be moved indoors in the event of bad weather. According to the Jelly Belly website, Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are OU Kosher, gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, fat free and vegetarian friendly so even tenants who have dietary restrictions should be able to participate without any worries. Get creative and enjoy a gut-busting good time watching the reactions of unsuspecting tenants as their tastebuds experience crazy flavor explosions.

     

    4 weeks ago
    White Elephant Gift Exchange 4 weeks ago

    White elephant parties involve party members wrapping funny or tacky gifts to exchange with others, and are a great way to have people participate without knowing the interests of the other guests beforehand, which is often the case at apartment community events!  White elephant parties are mostly associated with the holiday season, but can also be held at any time of the year. Gifts are traditionally "presents" that are considered funny and tacky and that do not fit the recipient’s general taste. The idea is to engage in the humor of the funny or tacky gift, which party members have seemed to enjoy. 

     

    White elephant gift exchanges can be run different ways. Some set rules are that the item must be previously owned, which means that members would re-gifting an unwanted item or trinket. If members would rather buy a gift, they should spend no more than $20 on the item. 

     

    The goal is to choose wacky or entertaining gifts. Members can visit their local thrift store, and maybe find a great gift or funny item. Members can also visit this online site: http://dodoburd.com/white-elephant-gift-ideas, for more help.

     

    How To Play The White Elephant Gift Exchange:

     

    • Count the number of players in the gift exchange

    • Write the number of the players, individually numbered, on a small piece of paper and fold in half to keep other players from seeing the number written, for example: 10 players would be 10 pieces of paper, folded, numbered 1 through 10. 

    • Place the folded numbered pieces of paper in a basket or hat.

    • Each player draws a number to signify who draws in numbered order from first to last.

    • The player that drew the first (#1) number opens the first gift and has the option to either keep the gift or give it to another player and open another gift, but cannot exchange the gift again and must keep the gift as their own.

    • The next numbered player (#2) does the same as player one, but can either keep the original gift or exchange with the last gift unwrapped.

    • The game will go on like this till the end. Basically, unwrap a gift and either keep it or exchange it with any other unwrapped gift belonging to the game players.

     

    4 weeks ago
    Kite-Flying picnic 4 weeks ago

    Every year in April Kite fliers across America celebrate the history of the world’s favorite pastime by flying kites. It is a month to celebrate what comes from letting your kite fly into the breeze and up into the sky.

    http://www.nationalkitemonth.org/

                A kite-flying picnic is a good way to celebrate the days of spring and can be a creative new way for members of the community to converse. Community members can take some time out of their afternoon and join in kite-making and flying fun.

                 Those attending can make their own kite from scratch or purchase their own and compete for the longest hang time while lying on a picnic blanket and soaking in some sun. By expressing the idea of creativity with glue, glitter and paint younger members can hang a tail in the sky with others their own age and enjoy the day! You can also involve beverages and snacks or rent out or purchase a small snow cone machine where members can make their own snow cones.

                A kite-flying competition can also be held. Judges can judge on homemade kites creativity and hang time as well as competitions for store bought premade kites longest time in the air. The kite-flier with the longest hang time could win a gift card to a local bookstore or any prize of choice.

                Kite flying has existed for hundreds of years and is honored in the Dubai International Kite Fest where hundreds to thousands of kites are flown day and night in a three-day event. For more information on the kite fest visit: http://www.ikfdubai.com/

     

                For more information on how to build a kite visit: http://www.my-best-kite.com/how-to-build-kites.html

    's Most Wanted Apartment 1 month ago

    We like to have "Cedar Pointe's Most Wanted Apartment" contest on Facebook every year or so.

    We ask that residents who think they've got the best looking home take photos of their apartment and post on our facebook. The resident with the most "likes" wins!

    Benefits of Most Wanted Apartment Contest:
    *Keeps users engaged on your facebook page
    *Gives contestants and voters a deeper sense of community
    *Gives other residents and prospects decorating and furniture placement ideas
    *Provides the property with several different photos to be used in marketing
    *Increases the number of "likes" on the property's facebook page

    ***The photos below are actual photos submitted by our residents.

    Goodwill on the Go! 1 month ago

    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.

    Goodwill on the Go! 2 months ago

    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.

    Windshield Wiper Fluid fill up day ! 2 months ago


    Pick a day to allow your residents to pull up to the clubhouse and "we'll top-off your windshield wiper fluid"
    We were able to have local car wash/oil change places donate windshield wiper fluid. We also disturbuted their coupons to our residents!

    Please drive carefully this winter and thank you for choosing us to call your home!

    Stop in for breakfast on us !!!! Free 2 months ago

    I am planning this event later this month. The resident will come to our community with there families and enjoy a nice apprication breakfast on us. We will be having coffee,orange juice, poptarts, muffins, milk boil eggs,water and they will all get a small free gift for coming. There will also be discounted coupons on carpet cleaning. Everything is free , just bring yourself!

    Breakfast On The Go! 2 months ago

    Breakfast on the go is a great opportunity to provide a treat for residents on their way to work in the morning. 6-8am is a good time to host the event as you will stand at the entrance of your community. If you have 2 entrances, you can split up or get a volunteer to help each of you. There should be someone at each entrance. If you have several entrances on your property, specify on your fliers where you will be.

    Depending on the number of entrances you will be serving, each person will need a large basket holding their items. Do not just bring grocery bags full of the original boxes of food; you will want to arrange the items in a basket for a nicer appearance. Arrange granola bars (peanut free), bananas, and apples in the basket. Be creative if you would like to substitute with other items such as individually wrapped donuts, pastries, mini-muffins, etc. FEWER OPTIONS will make it much easier for them to decide what to choose, and will keep the line of cars moving quickly!


    Position yourself in a safe place near the entrance/exit. Depending on the space, you can have a small table set up with your basket of goodies on it, or you can fold the basket of goodies to show the residents. Offer a big smile, and wave to each resident, telling them who you are and would like to offer a free breakfast treat for them. Hand them their choice of items through their window.


    If you have additional budget money, have a cooler of juice bottles as well.

    You might have skeptical residents who think you are selling something unless they recognize you as being from the community. Make a sign using poster board, or get a poster-sized printout of your flier to display next to you.

    Candy Bar 2 months ago

    A great, easy and inexpensive way to show appreciation for your residents is to offer a resident candy bar one day during resident appreciation week. Set up a beautifully decorated table with different candy bars, jelly beeans, twizzlers, starbursts for them to fill their goodie bags with. Help them embrace their inner child and show them your thinking of them as a valued resident.

    August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day 2 months ago

    Knock Knock. Who's there? NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY THAT'S WHO!

    Hope you're doing your research to find the perfect joke to share on National Tell a Joke Day! Turn this wonderful holiday into a contest for your residents. You have several options for how to share jokes but my favorite would be a Facebook Joke Contest! On National Tell a Joke Day, have your residents post and vote (with the "like" button) on their favorite joke. This is a great way to drive some traffic to your fan page and have a good laugh while you're at it.

    Set up some rules (only appropriate jokes, no naughty ones...etc...) and spread the word to pump up excitement. Offer some sort of prize, maybe a giftcard, free dinner, jester's hat...something for the best joke of the day!

    You can enjoy this event in other ways as well. You can hold a comedy club event at the end of the day and let your staff read some of the "finalist" jokes submitted to your residents and let the applause decide the final winner. Or, you can include those who don't utilize social media by allowing them to drop off post cards in the office with their jokes written on them for display.

    Whatevery you do, have fun!

    Balcony Decorating Contest 2 months ago

    We always talk about creating wonderful curb appeal at our apartment communities, and this idea takes on an area that we normally can't make as much of an impact:  apartment balconies!  Many times, when residents move in they think about what furniture they will have within the apartment itself, but often the balcony gets somewhat forgotten in the process, so this is an opportunity to give a facelift to one of the most visible aspects of your property.  The idea is simple - Create a contest throughout one property, or throughout your entire portfolio where residents are encouraged to give their own balcony a makeover, hopefully beautifying the property in the process. 

    To help with the process, you can make a deal with local plant nurseries or outdoor furniture locations to advertise their store in exchange for a discount specifically for your residents!  Give the process a month to allow your residents plenty of time to get their balcony upgraded, as well as get them in the habit of maintaining any plants they put out before the final judging.  While the contest is in process, share on social networks tips and tricks on how to spruce up outdoor spaces.  Pinterest is a wonderful source for this type of content, and will help get the creative juices flowing for your residents!

    When judging, make sure to take plenty of pictures, but definitely get permission beforehand, both to take the picture and to use the picture in social media posts and marketing.  In fact, that permission is probably best received when the resident accepts the invitation to the contest.  Also, if you have 3+ stories, consider how you will be able to take pictures of higher floors.

    By the end of the contest, you should have upgraded the look of your property, engaged your community, AND created a ton of quality photos to share in marketing collateral and on social media!

    The Prize!

    As the contest is all about an apartment make-over, why not make the prize expand on that theme!  Consider giving the winner of the contest a free living room upgrade, where you bring in an interior decorator to assess their style, and with a budget, update their living room to maximize the space.  This resident obviously cared enough about their apartment to upgrade their balcony, and now they have an opportunity to vastly improve their interior, as well!  You can team up with a home decorator to help the resident plan the upgrade, in exchange for some free exposure for the interior decorator, and again, you can work with different retail stores for discounts for being a part of the program.  You might even get them to donate a few pieces in exchange for the promotion!

    Here is an actual apartment living room upgrade so you can see the potential for a makeover:

    After:

    (Source:  https://www.reddit.com/r/AmateurRoomPorn/comments/3ertag/my_living_room_before_and_after/)

     

    What do you think about this contest and prize?

     

     

    (Balcony image source:  http://www.freshinterior.me/decorate-a-balcony-as-a-perfect-place-for-spending-time/)

    Make the Kids Market!! 2 months ago

    Just in time for Valentine's Day!

    Have a kid painting/drawing party - kids come into the office and all the coloring supplies are there. They can draw a picture of "why they love living at ABC apartments". You then can either frame those photos and use them for a mini-model - put on easels in every room, call is the "Why our mini-resident love it here model". Or if you have them draw on 11 X 17 pieces of paper you can scan them and load into a calendar. One photo on each page with the child's name and age. Every parent gets 1 to post at their office (HELLO - FREE MARKETING) and you can sell them if they want more. Did this on Vista Print and for 20 calendar they ran about $8.50 per calendar.

    We did have each parent sign a waiver releasing the print to us (have to handle the legal aspect, just in case!) There are lots of variations on this - think out of the box!

    HAVE FUN!!

    Child Registration with Police 2 months ago

    I remember way back when I was a kid, my mom took me to a Girl Scout event where I was registered with the local police.  While we were there, the officers also gave a nice little talk about bike safety and how to follow traffic laws while cycling.  Some of those tips stayed with me and helped on the written portion of my driving test.  This is a great event to hold in your community! Officers come out and register kids and you might also want to have the fire department come and share fire safety with them as well.  Serve hot dogs and cotton candy to entice residents to participate!  This could be a great summer event while also being very beneficial to your community by educating your younger residents about how to play safe!

    Ice Cream On Wheels 2 months ago

    We dressed up our GEM car that is used for tours as an ice cream truck. We had colorful pictures of different types of ice cream and flavors taped to our GEM Car. We made a large ice cream cone with one large scoop of strawberry ice cream and that was on the front of the GEM car. We had nursery ryhmes playing as we drove through our community and invited children and residents to come and enjoy some ice cream. Using the GEM car which is battery operated also saved on the environment and our residents did not have to smell the gas fumes of an old ice cream truck.

    Kids Project For Community That Loves Gardening 2 months ago

    We ran across this absolutely intriguing craft project for the kids at your community to grow their own grass!  What’s best is that it just requires each child to bring in an old CD case, which are usually laying around in many homes these days. 

    Just add soil and seeds to the CD case and watch the grass grow!  You might want to experiment with the process beforehand to get any kinks out, such as how to water, and how much to water.  But it should be a pretty easy way to get the kids from the apartment community involved.

    Water Blob Party 2 months ago

    As a kid, there was nothing better than playing on a water bed.  Of course, we were always one jump away from flooding the room, but it was always a blast.  Well, now we have found a party idea that taps into our love of water beds - it is a Water Blob party for kids!  It is essentially a homemade water bed that kids can jump around on and play like crazy. 

     

     The original idea apparently came from here, but we think these alternate instructions might work out much better.  Those all deal with small groups of kids, and as we know, apartment community parties can get quite large!  So here are some things to consider if you want to make some water blobs at the community:

    1)      TEST!  Trying making one well in advance and seeing how it handles.  How much weight will it carry?  This will be important if you have some hefty kids!

    2)      Have an alternate plan if it does blow up in your face!  If the blobs explode, then you will want some games on hand to play to keep the kids occupied, rather than everybody leaving disappointed.

    3)      One blob will not be enough for an entire apartment community party.  This is a several blob project, which might make it a problem for communities without much green space.

    4)      Since you will be having multiple blobs, it is probably best to have age-ranges on the blobs, so that the bigger kids don't trample the little ones.

    5)      Having age-ranged blobs will also help to limit the impact of a blob explosion.  If the bigger kids get too rough and destroy their blob, that just means they won't have a blob, while the smaller kids get to still play.

    6)      With each age-ranged blob, it will be a good idea to change the number of kids per blob at any given time.  An older age range may only get a couple of kids at a time, whereas a toddler blob could handle a lot.

    7)      Add blue dye and some soft gummy toys into the blob before you seal it so that the kids can see them swimming through!

    8)      Add in a sprinkler or two increase the fun!

    It appears to be possible to re-use the blobs, assuming they didn't get damaged too much, so this might be a great opportunity for a yearly blob party!   

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    Etch a Glass Night 2 months ago

    Etch a Glass Night

    Enjoy an evening of fun and conversation at the craft focused Etch a Glass Night! Etching is easy to do, creates a tangible object residents can use to remember how much fun they had at the property, and is a great ice breaker for new & old residents.  Check out the slideshow from a recent Etch a Glass Night that utilized a St. Patrick's Day Theme.  

    Hint: No need for lots of food and beverages; keep it simple and let the craft take the stage :)

    Here is a link to DIY Etching: http://www.marthastewart.com/1061249/glass-etching

    By Fitcasa - Resident Retention Services http://www.fitcasa.com/