Inspiration and focus:
This event is held on a weekday morning and will primarily attract retired residents or stay-at-home moms. It provides an intimate setting for them to engage in a topic of interest, get to know each other, and feel part of a niche in the community. You can try 1 per quarter, each with a different theme for the discussion and potentially a giveaway.
• 1st Quarter Idea: "Bookworm's Coffee Talk" or "Learner's Coffee Talk"
Invite someone who works in publishing or at a local "mom and pop" bookstore to give their insight on great books! Ask them to bring samples, and ask if they would be willing to allow you to raffle off a book. If you don't have luck with this, you can use budget money to buy a best-seller for the drawing, and you can research and create a list of must read books. Engage residents in a discussion about types of books they enjoy and favorite all time books as well as favorites from the past year. Have a sign-up sheet out for residents interested in participating in and/or hosting a monthly book club.
Serve scones and jelly with coffee for breakfast.
• 2nd Quarter Idea: "Local Museum Exhibits"
Either invite a museum educator to present (but then you will only be able to focus on one museum) or you can research and create a 1-page "Highlight" of several museums in the area and show any special exhibits or features they have for the summer. Moms love knowing educational activities they can bring children to in the summer. You can include pricing and parking information on your summary, and print out enough to hand out to everyone. Plan it for the end of 2nd Quarter, closer to summer.
Any casual, springtime continental breakfast food would go well with this.
• 4th Quarter Idea:
Invite a nutritionist to share secrets to eating healthy while enjoying the holidays. Many local restaurants or health food stores will present. Raffle off a nicely packaged bag of granola from a local health store.
Serve fruit and yogurt parfaits with granola topping.
Decor and Set Up:
This can be very simple, and will be catered towards the theme you choose. Attendance will be minimal as it is geared towards a smaller group of residents, so prepare your manager that your focus will be facilitating close friendships between residents who have common schedules and common interests.