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13 hours ago 4 minutes ago
Elegant Bagel Brunch 13 hours ago 5 minutes ago

Invite residents to an elegant bagel brunch complete with an inviting spread of bagels, cream cheese, jam, jelly, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, and juice. Sparkling beverages and small smoothie cups can also add a touch of class to your beautiful bagel brunch.

What to serve

An elegant brunch event begins with great food. Buy the best bagels and toppings you can afford and be sure to arrange everything in decorative plastic or glass containers.

***TIP*** Check out local thrift shops and yard sales for inexpensive dishes you can use for future events.

Community Partners

Depending where you’re located you may be able to partner with a local bakery or bagel company as a sponsor - or ask then to cater your event.
You can also purchase a variety of bagels and toppings yourself after joining a local warehouse store like COSCO or Sam’s Club. Precut the bagels in half lengthwise - and again in halves or quarters across the width - to allow for smaller sampling and more economical sharing by your residents.

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Set out a variety of flavors and styles with the toppings to match. Consider also plugging in a toaster or two as well for residents who want their bagels crispy.

Bagel toppings and brunch items

  • Cream cheese (plain and flavored varieties)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cut fruit
  • Greek yogurt
  • Nutella
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Meat options like sliced turkey or smoked salmon
  • Lettuce/Tomato/Olives

You can easily purchase ready-made spreadable cheeses from your local grocery store. However, if you want to create your own unique blends, you can also check out Pinterest and The Kitchn for DIY schmear recipes.

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Keep lots of plastic knives for spreading, and sturdy plates for the bagels, on hand for residents. Keep an eye on the buffet table and toss utensils before they cross contaminate the spreads.

***TIP*** At any food-inclusive event, it’s safest to label all dishes so that residents know what’s inside. This helps residents avoid foods for diet or allergy reasons.

***BONUS*** For an even more delicious brunch – consider setting up a complete smoothie bar for your residents as well!


1 week ago

Just had this last month with only 1 resident trying it. This property I am at hardly had any monthly events and residents are used to it being this way. Now to break the mold!

1 week ago
Vintage Valentine’s Day Craft 1 week ago

Valentine’s Day crafts are perfect for your whole community - from children to retirement age adults. The holiday projects are also easy to tailor to everyone’s tastes. This ensures that your craft is one that all ages will enjoy.

Vintage-style materials

One way to keep everyone entertained is to incorporate vintage Valentine designs, clipart, and other unique elements in your projects. Vintage valentines are known for offering clever rhymes and messages, while also adding an element of nostalgia. You can use them as stand-alone cards, or mix vintage elements with modern embellishments like glitter glue and pretty scrapbook papers.

You can easily find pre-made vintage valentines online to use as templates. You can also search Pinterest for relevant vintage valentine images and ideas.

Consider pre-printing out vintage children’s valentines designs for residents to glue to cardstock and embellish with stickers, glitter, or and personalized messages. Dover even offers book and CD-ROM with digital clip art designs that you can print out for your residents to use on their handcrafted cards!

The website Vintage Holiday Crafts also has a fantastic collection of vintage Valentine elements including cherubs, hearts, roses, and Victorian designs.

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***TIP*** To round out your vintage Valentine-making stations, consider purchasing a sample pack of patterned valentines-themed scrapbooking supplies, stickers, and tapes from your local craft store. Have lace and paper doilies on hand as well. These extra supplies will help your resident’s add a three-dimensional collage feel to their finished cards.

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***TIP*** If you have a family-oriented resident community with lots of kids, make sure you keep the activities tailored to the abilities of the children. Ensure card craft is quick and easy for little hands: keep elements simple to put together and offer glue sticks for easy assembly.

***BONUS*** Organizing a making your own valentine craft with predominantly pink and red crafting supplies is one way to keep residents entertained, but you can also offer outside-the-box alternatives, colors, and supplies that will help your residents make truly unique card designs.

2 weeks ago
Chocolate Tasting Theme Party 2 weeks ago

It may come as no surprise that National Chocolate Month is celebrated in February. While a chocolate tasting event may fit into your schedule perfectly all year round, it’s an especially sensuous and delicious idea for a Valentine’s Day party.  

Quick decorating ideas

While you may find hearts, roses, pinks, reds, and frilly white lace a bit cliché, we associate these colors and themes with the holiday. Old habits are hard to break.

However, you can opt for untraditional colors. Break out of the mold and craft another color theme for your party decorations. If you want to stay away from the pinks you can opt for purple and silver or blue and gold for a decadent and elegant feel.

Balloons, lanterns, streamers, and pretty colored table cloths can set the mood and call attention to your beautiful chocolate buffet display.

Party preparations

Always keep your community demographic in mind as you plan your event. No matter which flavors you choose, you want it to resonate with residents and leave a positive impression.

***TIP*** When choosing your chocolate varieties, consider offering at least one or two allergy-friendly chocolate options for those that may be allergic to nuts or other ingredients.

There are many ways to celebrate the day, but sweets seem to be the go-to way of celebrating. Consider adding in a dessert potluck as part of your sampling party and encourage residents to bring a chocolate sweet dish of their choice to share.

For the main event, however, be sure to set out all the chocolates! Include white, milk, semi-sweet, dark, specialties, or even an import or two.

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***BONUS*** You may even want to consider having raw or roasted cocoa beans (from which chocolate is crafted) available for sampling as well.

Exotic and unusual flavors - like those produced by boutique chocolatiers - can include truffles, fruit infused orange, banana, or pomegranate, mint, chili, bacon, turmeric, sea salt, curry, lime, caramel, and thousands of other unique and tantalizing flavors.

***TIP*** Break or chop the chocolate into small pieces to make sampling easier for your residents. Keep lots of napkins handy to make it easier for them to hold the slivers. Small pieces will encourage residents to really savor the unique flavors.

Also, neatly label all the plates of chocolate pieces so residents know what they are sampling and what to expect. Arrange the plates or trays by % cacao (from light to dark) with spicy specialties added to one side so residents won’t overwhelm their taste buds with the dark options right off the bat.

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There are other ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and chocolate - even for those residents who can’t attend the event.

One apartment community placed bags of cookies and hot chocolate on their residents’ doors with a small printable card that let them know they were loved and appreciated by the office staff. You can also place a few mini chocolate bars or Hershey’s kisses in small gift bags and hang them on door handles around your community to remind residents you care.

This event is sure to be sweet in more ways than one. It will give you great pictures and stories to share on social media, in newsletters, and with prospective residents for years to come.


3 weeks ago
One Book Reading for Your Whole Community 3 weeks ago

The One Book One Community trend was started by Seattle readers in 1998. Its purpose is to promote the reading of a single book by a whole city or community so that they have something in common and something to discuss. Now, almost two decades later, most major cities have a one book program listed as part of their public library system.

As a resident community, you can take advantage of this trend by making it easier for residents to find, read, and discuss the chosen books. You can also choose a title of your own and then build an event around it.

To get ideas of which books might be appropriate for your community, take a look at what other communities are reading all around the U.S.

The Library of Congress also maintains listings of all past and present One Book projects across the United States. The list is organized by both location and author. To browse their list you can visit their website which also includes links to many of the individual projects.

Planning your event

To support your community One Book project there are numerous local and national resources to help you plan you event.

For larger communities and serious projects, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs office has a 44-page guide called One Book, One Community: Planning Your Community-Wide Read. You can download the printable PDF from their website.

If you need more how-to information, you will find additional tips and ideas available online from the Seattle Public Library (where the reading trend first started) or your nearest public library website.

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Discussion guides and event support

Some large and well-known publishers, like Random House and others, offer One Book support for these ambitious community reading projects.

Publishers may offer author biographies, discussion guides, teacher guides, poster images, bookmark templates, and other useful reading and event planning assets.

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All of these additional resources can help you craft professional looking posters, cards, and other marketing materials for your community. They will also help you put together great discussion starter questions for your post-reading group event.

Local and independent authors

If you are not interested in going the bestseller route, you can also seek out local authors - especially self-published or independent authors - to find those that might be willing to give an author talk and/or give discounts on their novel for your community to use.

Contacting local libraries

Your local public library is a great place to start when it comes to planning a book reading event.

For those who choose not to purchase their own copy of the book, you will want to help arrange for book rentals so more residents can participate.

Check with your local library to inquire what titles are available for book clubs. Many public libraries offer special packages of books for participants to check out and read together. You may have to get on a wait list for the title you most want to read, so be sure to contact them early and get in the list so your event stays on schedule!

***TIP*** After gauging interest with residents, you can also contact local book retailers and publishers to inquire about quantity discounts. If enough residents are willing to purchase the book, you may be able to collect payment in advance and get them a good deal on their books by ordering en masse.



1 month ago
Action-packed Super Bowl Party 1 month ago

Nothing beats the camaraderie and fun of a throw down Super Bowl party. It’s great way to get residents in the competitive spirit, and enjoy good eats as well.

If you’ve ever thrown an away game tailgating party for your residents, you can adopt some aspects of that event into this party. However, for a true Super Bowl party it’s all about great seats, good eats and most importantly, the game.


You can either plan to provide food at the event, or arrange a potluck on the day of the event. Ensure you have all your bases covered (pizza, soda, wings, chips and dips, etc.) Encourage pre-game signs ups for all the basics well in advance and send our text or email reminders in the days before the event.

***TIP*** You can also use a free online signup tool like Perfect Potluck or Sign Up Genius to coordinate dishes and send automated email reminders to residents. This will take the headache out of individually reminding residents of their commitments, leaving you more time to focus on coordinating other aspects of the event.

Consider having a buffet table set up off to one side that holds all the main courses and heartier fare. Spread additional tables and snack stations around the room for convenient refueling during the game.

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Considering your community rules this may need to be an alcohol-free event. If that is the case, consider having a range of non-alcoholic drinks in ice filled coolers placed strategically around the room, this will add to the festive atmosphere and Super Bowl party feel.


Other than food and beverages, a good view of the game and plenty of seating should be your next priority. Consider setting up extra tables and chairs with a view of the television and bringing in additional seating - like chairs and sofas - from other areas of your community.

***TIP*** For children and flexible adults, you can also spread out blankets on the floor with cushions and pillows to make additional seating in the front row that won’t block the view of the game.

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Television or projector

When it comes to viewing the big game you want to create a larger than life experience. Consider contacting rent-to-own stores in your area to arrange a television rental for the big day.

Men’s Journal notes that it’s certainly much more cost effective to rent a TV for your big Super Bowl party than buy. However, you may need to pay for at least 1-2 weeks rental for a large screen television or projection screens. Be sure to call around and look for the best deal well in advance of the big day.

***BONUS*** To make the most of your rental investment, consider scheduling at least one other movie marathon or film event at your community in the same TV rental time period.

Dress up and contests

Encourage residents to dress up in team colors, jerseys, hats, and face paint to support their favorite team. This will create a more game-like atmosphere with cheers and jeers throughout the game.

You may also want to host a friendly competition at the event to earn winning residents gift cards and bragging rights. Have residents try to predict the winning team and final score and award prizes to the winners. You can give away things like $25 gift cards, or gift certificates to local stores and restaurants.

Make them pick a favorite

Unless the Super Bowl just happens to be featuring the hometown team, most likely it is featuring two teams from two unrelated cities.  That means that the bulk of your attendees want to watch, but don't really have a "stake" in the game.  So here is a tip that really works:  For everyone who attends, make them pick a team to root for.  What this does is create an environment where everybody is actively rooting for someone.  We have tried this at Super Bowl events, and people tend to get emotionally connected to whichever team they "picked", even though it really doesn't impact them in the end.  It results in a much more active and fun environment where everybody is much more invested in the game, and not just watching the commercials.

Clean up

Big parties call for big clean ups. Make sure you have plenty of garbage cans placed strategically around your event area. Keep plenty of napkins and hand wipes available as well.

Murder Mystery 1 month ago

You know how you have all of these resident socials and hardly anyone shows up and when they do, no one talks to one another? We recently had a resident event that guranteed that the residents interacted with each other, with us and it drew a crowd. We hosted Legacy at Friendly Manor's 1st annual Murder Mystery. All in attendance was assigned roles, dressed in character, given questions and scripts. Then everyone was required to mingle and ask certian questions and then offer certain information. The mystery we held was about an awards show - like the Academy Awards - and one of the rising stars was murdered. Then after the "murder", we then had to mingle and question people again. It was so much fun that by the end of it we had run over our expected end time, and residents were asking when we were going to do another one. It was AWESOME! We know that we are going to do one again, maybe another one this fall.

Extreme Couponing Night! 1 month ago


Extreme couponing is an activity that combines shopping skills with couponing in an attempt to save as much money as possible while accumulating the most groceries. Let’s pick a night during the week to show the residents how to get started. They supplies you will need are scissors, coupons, portable file boxes, and hanging folders.


1.)  There are 2 main sources of coupons: newspaper inserts and printable coupons. FYI Local businesses might let you have any unsold Sunday papers they have leftover come Monday. Multiple copies mean multiple coupons. Let your residents know not to settle for one newspaper. Get weekend subscriptions to several (provided they carry quality ads and aren't too expensive).


2.)  Here are a few websites you can go to for printable coupons., Coupon Network, Red Plum, and Smart Source. There are also coupons available quite often on company websites and Facebook pages. You will generally only print coupons when you need them.  Most printable coupons have a limit of 2 per computer, so it helps to have more than one computer.


3.)  Tell your residents to consider buying a cheap black and white printer they will be printing a LOT of coupons.


4.)  Get organized. There is The Filing Method: The filing system is probably the easiest to set and requires the least amount of time and effort to maintain. The filing system is two-fold.  For my weekly newspaper inserts, use a portable file box with hanging folders.  Each folder is labeled with the date, and then each Sunday just plop the whole stack of inserts in the folder. (Also have a folder labeled “to sort,” which is handy for keeping track of coupons you’ve printed or clipped but then not used but haven’t yet had time to put away.)

These are just a few websites, but there are so many out there that are just as informative as the websites we have provided you with. Your residents will appreciate you helping them save money!

The Beginner’s Guide to Coupons:


The Krazy Coupon Lady:


10 Extreme Coupon Tips for Normal People:


Extreme Couponing 101:




Extreme Couponing 101: Tips For Shopping Walmart!:



"Dive in" Movie 1 month ago

We partnered with our local cable company for this event. They brought the 5'x5' inflatable screen, the movie (we requested Finding Nemo) and even snacks and drinks. They set it up at the end of the pool so people in and out of the pool could see it. All we had to do was advertise the event as being sponsored by them and be there to help co-host it. Our cable rep was there to answer any questions and give out their flyers if asked but they did not use it as a time to try to sell more cable - just a "we appreciate you" event. :) The residents loved it and so did we because the only cost to us was to print out flyers and tossed in a few of the $1 inflatable toys from Dollar Tree. SUPER easy and fun! P.S. - It will need to be an early evening/night event so you can see the movie on the screen. :)

Oscar Night 1 month ago

Roll out the red carpet and pop the popcorn for a funfilled night of movie extravaganza!

Decorating: In the community room you decorate with movie posters, have a red carpet outside leading up to the community building, rent the large sky lights to highlight the event, and hang a banner above the door announcing your "Movie Event".

Fun and Games: Pass out ballots for residents to vote for their winner in each category. The resident with the most correct answers wins a prize. Gold awards are available at party stores. Have residents dress as their favorite movie star. Plat charades trying to guess movie titles.

Food: Champagne, finger food, star shaped cookies, sandwiches, etc. popcorn

Memorial Wall 1 month ago

For Memorial Day we chose to honor those who are or have served in the arm forces. We prepared a picture wall of the residents loved ones. Starting on May 1st we have a candle lit during the day to honor each one of arm forces individuals and on Memorial Day we are having a coffee, where the residents can tell about the individual that is on the wall.

Cardboard Drive In Movie 1 month ago

Ah, the joy of a cardboard box when you are 5.  Something so simple can turn into something magical when you have the imagination of a child!  This idea is to make a simple drive in movie experience, even though it is doubtful any kids in your community have actually experienced the real thing.  They get to decorate their cars with wheels, brake lights, racing stripes, and anything else they can think of.

Then let them watch an outdoor movie in their new rides!

Maybe my own imagination is getting away with me, but I think it would be a blast to arrange the cars like they were racing and do quasi action shots with the kids looking like they are in a bitter race for first.  Could probably get some great pictures of the event this way!


All in all, a cheap and easy event for kids in your community! 

1 month ago
Blood Donor Drive 1 month ago

January is National Blood Donation month. It’s a time for donating life-giving blood and giving back to your community to ensure a safe blood supply for those in need. It also makes it a great time to organize a blood donation event for your residents living in your community.

January is special, but you can still organize such an event other times of the year as well. It is possible for blood drives to be organized at any time, and in a way that works best for your community.

Blood drives can be set up on site at a location of your choosing, or you can encourage residents to go to a local center to give. You may also be eligible for a blood drive mobile collection center that can come and park and set up within your community.

Gauging interest

For this event to work best it’s important to gauge interest from your community ahead of time and work on getting appointments set up. Usually donors can sign up for certain donation time slots and then show up at their appointed time to give. This ensures that everyone leaves enough time to answer the health questionnaires and is given the attention they each need throughout the donation process.


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It’s best to reach out to and consult with your local Red Cross or other local blood donation center to coordinate the details of your event.

The Red Cross offers recruitment strategies and tips on their website that can help your designated blood drive coordinator pull together the numbers needed to host a large scale event. There is also a toolkit of resources that can help you advertise the event, set appointments for donors, and keep things running smoothly on the big day.

Sharing stories

Reach out to members of your community to gather stories of those who have received life-saving blood donations at some point in their life. Your residents will connect with others who are similar to them and lived through tragic accidents or life-threatening situations.

Share these stories on social media and in newsletters to drum up more support for the event and greater participation.

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Similarly it’s also helpful to share donor stories from those who have given blood in the past so that others know what to expect. Sharing donor stories can remove some of the fears that people make have about giving blood and make them more likely to sign up and participate.


Unfortunately, it’s unethical and dangerous for communities and organizations to offer financial incentives or other prizes for donating. Offering incentives for giving blood may entice potential donors to lie in their health interview or questionnaire.

***TIP*** For safety reasons, it’s important to encourage residents to give just for the sake of giving. If you’re insistent in giving some type of gift or incentive to participants, be sure to check with your blood drive coordinator to ensure it’s allowed.

You can always offer after-donation snacks and drinks for your resident participants, or gift large quantities of food items to the center on behalf of residents as well. In this way you can ensure you’re your residents feel okay to work and drive after donating.

Organizing a blood drive is a great way to bond and connect members of your community to their participation in a single crucial and life-saving event. It will also ensure that you are part of an important social community activity that saves millions of lives every year.

1 month ago
Color Me Happy! Adult Coloring Event 1 month ago

The success of adult-themed coloring books in recent years means that many have heard about the benefits, or already tried the trend for themselves. There is nothing quite as fun and relaxing as diving into coloring an elaborate picture to perfection. It can ease stress and also brighten your mood.

An adult coloring event is a great weeknight event. It can be especially needed mid-week to get adults over the work-week hump and let off stress at this fun community-building event.


Any adult coloring night is going to need coloring utensils and coloring sheets.

You will likely need to pre-print pages unless your book comes with perforated pages that can be removed from the binding. Consider acquiring a variety of images including tribal designs, mandalas, still life pictures, or even buildings and architectural designs. Ensure you have something for everyone so that all residents are happy!

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***TIP*** If you have a copier on site, you can let the adults pick which pages to copy out of a single book and use those for coloring. This will save you from paper wastage and ensure that everyone is getting their favorite (and unique) picture to color!

Day of the event

Aim to leave at least an hour and a half for everyone to arrive and get settled and still have time to color all (or at least most) of an intricate sheet.

Consider putting on some stress busting sounds like soft blues, jazz, classical music, or other meditative music to help establish a creative mood and relaxing atmosphere at this event.


Crayons simply won’t work on such finely detailed designs and pattered pages! Instead, collect a variety of quality colored pencils (Prismacolor is a great brand) or have fine tip markers available as well.

You can also set up a few watercolor pencils, brushes and cups. These can be used to color in areas of the page with fine lines (just as you would with a colored pencil) or also smoothed with water to paint and cover larger areas of the page.

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Monthly meet-ups

It may be fun to make this a recurring monthly event. Participant can chip in to buy some of the newest adult coloring books of everyone’s interest. Even with a dollar or two per participant the group could easily afford a fresh book to add to the collection every month.

A coloring night is a great way to get some stress relief and build a sense of community by sharing in the childlike joy of coloring together!

2 months ago
Biggest Loser Competition 2 months ago

You may have already effectively brought your residents up to speed on the gym equipment at your New Year’s Resolution Gym Training event. You may have also brought in a personal trainer to show them proper use and techniques. Now that many have made resolutions, this is the best time to help residents to reach their fitness goals with some friendly competition.

The benefits of weight loss communities

Weight loss challenges may be inspired by television shows with a flair for the dramatic, but there are other reasons to work out and aim high together.

Research shows that groups who meet, exercise, and track their progress together, make bigger gains and lose more weight than going it alone.

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The American Psychological Association noted that people participating in weight loss groups, like Weight Watchers and others, lost an average of three to five times more weight than those who didn’t participate in community-based programs.

There is strength in numbers, and working out together can get you to your goals faster.

To encourage this type of community spirit, consider arranging a fun competition to build up group support and motivate your residents to meet or exceed their fitness goals this year.


The first thing you’ll want to do is decide how long of a competition you want to have, and how often you want participants to check in. Make sure you allow residents enough time to reach meet their fitness goals.

You can choose any amount of time from one month to a whole year (for those with larger weight loss or fitness goals). However, the sweet spot seems to be somewhere between 6 and 12 weeks. This is enough time for participants to see progress, without resorting to drastic measures or losing interest.

Also, decide if you want it to be individual or team-based: either way makes for an entertaining competition.

Teams can make the challenge more motivating as team members push each other to reach their goals, and keep their teammates in check throughout the event.

Choose a challenge coordinator

Choose one staff member to be your designated wellness challenge coordinator.

This person will do everything from registering participants and their starting weights (and/or other measurements) as well as collecting data at the weigh-ins each week.

***TIP*** It’s important to choose a staff member that you know will be both honest and discreet – residents will be more likely to participate if they know they’re not going to be judged for their fitness level and weight.

Running the event

One of the key points of this event is to ensure that participants are weighing in on the same equipment. This means they can’t weight themselves at home on their own scales.

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If your gym already has a scale, great! If not, you’ll have to arrange the use of a scale that will help keep it fair.

Make sure everyone knows that they need to weigh or measure in once a week in the office. This is so that you can verify their progress and keep the contest official.

***TIP*** If you decide to purchase a digital scale to make check-ins easier, remember to get one that weighs into larger digits. This way you can weigh all participants (going up to the 300+ pound range for larger residents with larger goals.)

Staying organized

Keeping tabs on everyone is as easy as creating a word document or spreadsheet to track participants progress from week to week. This will be your challenge coordinator’s job.

***TIP*** To make check ins easier, consider making a set time that residents need to check in each week, perhaps a Monday or Friday between set hours so you know when to expect them!


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There are a few different ways to offer incentives and also keep residents motivated.

Consider offering a small prize other week to help keep interest in the program high. This can be given to the resident who has made the most exceptional progress or given the most effort in that period.

You can also create a reward pool where all participants put in a set amount like $10-25. The promise of a large payout will keep residents motivated and committed to earning that jackpot.


2 months ago
New Years’ Resolution Gym Training 2 months ago

For many, the New Year brings excitement and enthusiasm for big life changes and healthier habits. Many start reflecting on the year that’s passed and make plans and promises for the months ahead. These resolutions can include educational, professional, or health related goals.

January is the best time to capitalize on this enthusiasm by hosting a New Years’ Resolution Gym Training for your residents.

Getting organized

Many communities have a gym on-site, but not all residents use it. Some may feel intimidated by the machines and weights. Even with posted equipment usage and safety diagrams, not all residents may understand how to properly use the equipment.

Use this beginning of the year enthusiasm for training residents. Organize an event to help residents understand how to get the most out of their workout from your community’s gym.

Most apartment communities will not have as many machines or the same expensive equipment of other commercial gyms. However, remind residents that it is possible to get a full workout on the existing fitness center equipment - and prepare to show them how to do it!

Teaching residents

Consider teaming up with a local gym trainer to offer a training class to residents. This can be done in exchange for advertising on your social media page, in your newsletter, or other perks. You can also find out if there are trainers living in your community that are available to teach a course or class in your facilities.

Additionally, you can hire a local trainer to take a look at your existing equipment and craft ideal workout plans at a beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. These workout plans can include a guide to getting a full body workout on the machines and targeted exercises for main muscle groups.


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***TIP*** Special considerations may include the best ways to utilize the existing gym equipment to maximize weight loss or muscle gain. Schedule a training time when residents can come to learn about the equipment in more detail. Encourage signups in advance to ensure the event is booked.

Residents can learn about the machines and also get a chance to practice proper form with the trainer. This will help residents make their workouts more efficient while also helping to prevent injuries.

**BONUS** To make the event even more fun, you can start a fitness challenge with participants, organize weekly or monthly weigh-ins, and use prizes to encourage participants to meet their personal goals.

Building community and accountability

To further support your residents you can offer links or free trials of meal-tracking software and inspire them forward in the months ahead with regular drawings for resolution-supporting gifts:

  • Shakology rep-donated items
  • Blenders
  • Juicers
  • Gift certificates for fitness gear and clothing
  • BPA-free water bottles
  • Fitness and recipe books
  • Workout DVDs

Other ideas include accountability sessions, nutrition support groups, and more.

Mathew Katz of DNAinfo writes, “If you've got a little more building camaraderie, [Trainer Joey] Swidler suggests putting up a whiteboard filled out with standard workouts, letting neighbors keep track - as well as compete against one another.”

“It gives you something tangible,” Swidler said. “If you're on top of yourself, you're going to become more fit - you're going to look, perform and feel better.”

Help residents stick to their goals long-term Make sure you talk with your residents to see what kind of extra care and help they need to reach their fitness goals. Having a fitness center in your community is only beneficial to those who use it: encourage increased participation by getting involved with supporting your resident’s efforts.

Find out what they need, and then work to make it happen for them on a regular basis – it may open the door to other health-related events you can organize for your residents in the coming year.

2 months ago
2 months ago
“Green” Christmas Gift Wrapping Party 2 months ago

With more people mindful of the waste they’re putting out into the world, and interested in recycling, this holiday season is a great time to offer an eco-wrapping party for your resident community.

This event will cover everything from recycled papers to fabric bags, and handcrafted bows to name tags. It’s a great way to get rid of old catalogs and things hanging around the office while helping residents pretty up their gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

Residents can be encouraged to bring gifts for wrapping (especially if the recipient is not attending the event) as well as create elements to take home and use later.

Here are a few different gift-wrapping station ideas:

Up-cycled and recycled papers

Encourage residents to start saving their newspapers and Sunday comics now – if they get the local weekend paper. They can also save old magazines and catalogs to assemble bigger sheets of wrapping paper for larger gifts.

Old maps and calendars also make for great wrapping papers and envelopes as well!

***TIP*** Be sure to share images from the event and all these eco-wrapping tips with your residents throughout the month to encourage best practices (and keep your dumpster loads down!)

Hand-made up-cycled ribbons


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Ribbons, bows, and other decorations can be crafted from old catalogs and magazines with some strip cutting and simple assembly techniques. Once residents get the hang of it, these fancy decorative gift accessories are a cinch to make.

Check out these tutorials for making a variety of recycled ribbons and bows.

Shredded paper stuffing and packing materials

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Pull the shredder out of the office and make it available for adults to shred their old catalogs and magazines. This makes colorful bag stuffing and packing material.

Simply put old pages through the shredder and then use the fallout for a free up-cycled decorative basket- and bag-filler for your resident’s gifting needs.

Fabric wrapping and fabric bags

Fabric wrapping is one of my eco-favorite wrapping materials and is perfect for interfamily giving. The fabric can be reused for wrapping year after year. It’s also great for odd shaped or otherwise hard-to-wrap items.

To demonstrate fabric wrapping:

  • Purchase an inexpensive bolt of fabric in holiday themed prints (or solid colors for year-round gifting). You can also pick up used sheets from your local thrift store.
  • Cut the fabric into pieces that are large enough to wrap your average gift items (roughly one yard square) or measure and cut fabric pieces to size for the gifts that resident’s bring in to wrap.

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***TIP*** Unless you are planning to hem fabric edges, use special zig zag scissors (known as pinking shears) to help prevent edge fraying - otherwise the edges will tend to unravel with time.

Alternatively, if you have access to a sewing machine, bags can be crafted for placing gifts in year after year. Just have residents put their gifts inside and then tie with colorful ribbon, yarn, rope, or twine.

Other “green” wrapping materials

Local fabric and nylon shopping bags make a perfect reusable gift wrap. Enlist the help of local businesses for bag donations (and free advertising) or encourage residents to purchase such pre-made bags for wrapping gifts.

Gift tags

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Children and adults alike can craft playful handmade gift tags out of recycled paper, newsprint, magazines, old maps, and brown grocery bags. Even old paint swatches make excellent tags! Make gift tag templates available and craft a few samples ahead of time to show the variety of options.

***TIP*** If you’ve not done so lately, this is also a great time to reintroduce your recycling containers and make sure that all residents are aware of the containers’ locations on site. This will help them properly dispose of their gift-giving wastage after the holidays!