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15 Unforgettable Holiday Resident Event Ideas to Liven up Your Apartment Community 6 months ago

15 Unforgettable Holiday Resident Event Ideas to Liven up Your Apartment Community


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s time to liven up your residents’ spirits! There are so many ways to show your residents you appreciate them and create an unforgettable experience to help ring in the holidays and the New Year.

If you’re in charge of planning resident events, and are wondering how you could possibly come up with new event ideas that don’t feel stale and overdone, we’ve got you covered with some ideas! Keep reading to check out these 15 holiday-themed resident events that will take your event planning to a whole new level and offer an unparalleled resident experience!

1. Meditation & Sound Healing Experience

What better time to promote relaxation and health than during the stress of the holiday season? Sound healing classes are gaining traction and offer a more immersive and interactive way to help promote guided relaxation in conjunction with healing. The concept involves sound bowls or tuning forks which are chimed at various preset frequencies, said to provide different healing effects on layers of the body and physical ailments. Sound healing is a great format to help entertain residents interested in more alternative and emerging forms of meditation and healing modalities.


2. Resident Friends-giving Celebration

While holidays are centered around family and friends, for some it can be a reminder of loved ones who have passed and be a lonely time. Give your residents a chance to fill that void and connect with neighbors with a Resident Friends-giving celebration that can be locally catered. Simple table placements, candles, and autumn decor can tie together the elements of a large table setting or banquet area and elevate the atmosphere for the occasion.


3. Winter Wonderland Ball

Bring the magic to your building with this blast-from-the-past celebration you probably haven’t experienced since middle school – a Winter Wonderland Ball! Deck out your common space or amenity area in winter themed decor from lights, to snowflakes, and bring in other ice-themed elements including crystal rock candy, snowcones (and even a snow machine if you’re up for it!) Invite residents to join in formal attire with a plus-one. Be sure to include awards for best-dressed, most-festive, cutest couple, and best solo appearance! A red-carpet entrance and professional photographer can also take this event to top-tier and give residents a memorable keepsake to remind them of the special evening for time to come.


4. Pet Photos With Santa

Pet Photos with Santa can be a special way for residents to celebrate their furry friends and capture a sweet (or comical!) memory to cherish all season long. Pet Photos with Santa also make the perfect photo for your residents to include in their holiday greeting cards!


5. Holiday Cards Decorating Social

In classic old-fashioned fun, a holiday cards decorating social gives residents a purpose to tap into their crafty side and as an added-bonus, create a special decorated greeting they can use to send to all their loved ones for the season! Your local art supply or craft store is the perfect location to scout a guide who can come to your property and conduct the experience from start to finish with your residents.


6. Christmas Cookie Baking Class

This family-friendly occasion can be arranged virtually or onsite! Kids will love an opportunity to decorate gingerbread men and women, and adults can get ahead of all their holiday baking while having a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the season with a light hearted neighborly gathering.


7. Gingerbread Making Workshop

Another perfect family-friendly resident event idea for the holidays is a Gingerbread house making workshop! This event is also perfect to host virtually or on-site, and all ages will love the nostalgia of assembling their very own cookie home to display all season long or to to give as a gift.


8. Popup Winter Fitness Class

The holidays are the easiest time to slack off on nutrition. Give your residents a chance to recover from post-Thanksgiving and holiday party indulgences with a one-hour sweat-inducing, calorie-burning, social fitness class. Social fitness classes are a great way to merge pleasure and fitness with an interactive group fitness class such as HIIT, Bootcamp or Power Yoga, followed by a catered breakfast, a quick grab-and-go, or even a speaking engagement from a local dietician or nutritionist to help people kickstart healthy habits and get in a positive mindset ahead of the new year.


9. S’mores Social 

Residents can enjoy making their own s’mores on site with portable burners with the oversight and guidance of an event hostess or in your communities grilling area. To make this event sure to delight all taste preferences, be sure to consider a variety of different flavors across all components. For instance, you might opt for cinnamon, chocolate, classic, and gluten-free graham crackers, as well as white, dark, milk, and caramel chocolate options, along with varieties of fruit for extra layering.


10. Spiked Hot Cocoa Bar

Let your residents level up their hot cocoa game with a spiked hot cocoa bar. This setup can meet all taste buds with a variety of dark and milk cocoa varieties, different Kahlúa and Irish-cream mixers to choose from, and dairy-free milk options including oat, coconut and almond milk. Don’t forget to provide an assortment of toppings including red hots, nuts, cinnamon sticks, and of course – the whipped cream!

11. Pie Making Cooking Demonstration and Class

 This event is perfect for live or onsite hands-on demonstration. Allow your residents to prepare one or two popular holiday pies from scratch – including pie crusts and fillings using techniques and step-by-step instructions guided by a local bakery chef.

12. Cider Tasting

Forget a trip to the apple orchard! Bring the apple picking celebrations to your building. Autumn is the season for apple picking and late Fall into Winter pave way for every way to enjoy them! Cider tasting provides an interactive experience to unite residents around the common appreciation and love for apple and fall-forward tastes that celebrate the season and bring an element of nature and home into your building.


13. DIY Holiday Wreath Making

Wreath making workshops and DIY Wreath Making Classes are an interactive virtual an on-site event to help residents style and craft their very own Holiday wreaths! Wreaths are not only fun to make, but can also opt as the perfect handmade, unique gift perfect to knock one more thing off your residents’ to-do-lists. This fun and festive event can offer a variety of floral, festive, and natural decor components and strategies for building the foundations for wreath-making across all seasons to allow for upmost customization and a truly rewarding resident experience that will leave lasting memories.


14. Holiday Mixology Night

 Holiday Mixology Night and Martini Classes are a popular resident favorite event that can easily be hosted onsite or virtually at your building. Mixology Nights give your residents a tasting and educational experience all-in-one, centered around the history of certain cocktails, tips for crafting the best version from home, and sample cocktails provided by a professional mixologist.

15. Christmas Costume Party

 Looking for a twist to an Ugly Sweater Party? Halloween-lovers are going to really appreciate this second chance at dressing up as their favorite holiday characters! With tons of Christmas classics and themes to choose from… The Grinch, A Christmas Story, Elf, and many more including Disney Classics, a Christmas Costume party gives residents a chance to show-off their creative skills and celebrate in an unconventional fashion.
With the busy holiday season just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about planning your next resident event to conclude the year and your residents experience at your community this past year. We hope you find the ideas in this post helpful for getting ideas for your future resident holiday resident events! 

12 Fall Resident Event Ideas to Celebrate the Season 7 months ago

Fall is just around the corner, and soon it’ll be time to put away the pool toys and break out the ugly sweaters. Whether you’re a new property manager tasked with coming up with ideas to boost resident engagement and increase retention, or have been on the job for years, sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with exciting and fresh ideas.
The great news is, there’s no need to wait for a holiday to gather your building to engage! The festive fall season can be used by property management teams to get residents together for fun activities or informative workshops. Whether you manage an apartment, condo or townhome community, the following 12 resident-led ideas will help kick off fall in a big way and get everyone excited about the Season of Fun!
Tailgate parties
Football is one of the many elements of fall we love! Hosting an all-in-one tailgate party, complete with food, drinks and games is one way to celebrate. This event is best suited for your property’s clubhouse, amenity center, or lawn. If you opt to have this event outdoors, you can have a “best tailgate” contest where everyone votes on their favorite setup! For extra interaction, host a cornhole tournament that includes prizes for the winners (and losers).
S’mores by the fire
Bring your residents to an outdoor campfire under the stars! You can make s’mores, hot chocolate and even roast marshmallows on a stick. Be sure to include lots of outdoor laundry-friendly pillows and blankets. A wide variety of chocolates from salted caramel to white chocolate and dark chocolate, and graham crackers including cinnamon and chocolate will appeal to all taste buds. We love that this event is family friendly and perfect for communities with all ages.
Mixology Night: Autumn Samplers
A Mixology Night, hosted by a professional mixologist, is an exciting way to learn how to make autumn cocktails you can enjoy from home. You’ll learn about the basics of cocktail making, the history of certain drinks, and how to transform a handful of simple ingredients into a tasty concoction you can enjoy all season long.
Pet Costume Contest for a Cause
A pet costume contest with a donation option to a local animal shelter or charity is an interactive and exciting way to raise money for an organization you care about, while also giving your residents an engaging way to mingle with their furry friends and showcase their creativity. Prizes can be awarded for Best in Show and Most Unusual pairing! As an extra element, you can invite a local dog trainer to host Q&A sessions for dog owners, and include raffle prizes for things like doggy day care, groomers, or a local pet boutique shop.
Whiskey Tasting Did you now… September is national whisky month?! Beyond the fall months, whiskey makes a great foundation for warming autumn spirits. Invite a pro-mixologist to share a sampling of mid-range and top-shelf whiskey varieties and suggest cocktails to pair each with. For an interactive element, include a trivia to help attendees learn more about varieties with a small giveaway bottle for the winner.
Black Light Yoga
Namaste meets electric feels with this fun twist with Black Light Yoga. This event is a perfect way to ring in Halloween during the Fall season, or to help residents integrate with a regular virtual or onsite Group Yoga class. Black lights are brought in to illuminate the yoga space, while attendees can choose to wear neon clothes and glowstick jewelry can. be provided to rein in the magic of the experience.
Fall Social Fall socials have become increasingly popular as a way to bring the whole building together. Not only do they provide an opportunity for residents to meet and get to know one another, but they also help landlords learn more about their tenants. Include fun elements of fall into the gathering, from a hot cocoa or spiced cider bar to pumpkin decorating, a Fall-themed photo both, or even encourage costumes if you want your event to coincide with Halloween.
Murder Mystery Dinner
A murder mystery is an interactive theater game where attendees can dress up to match a specific genre or era in theme and work together to solve a fictitious murder that has occurred. Murder Mystery Dinner party games can be played at any time of year, but they are especially popular during Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties, making it a great option for fall or winter.
Autumn Wreath Making An autumn wreath making workshop is one of the most popular events for all demographics and apartment community living. It’s a great activity for all ages, from young children to the elderly, and can be done indoors or outdoors. The materials needed for this fun craft are simple and inexpensive, so your residents won’t need much for this project. Fall leaves, twigs, acorns, pine cones, straw and other natural items that can find outside the home or at a local craft store can be used. A local florist is the perfect host for this event, whether virtually or onsite.
Toasty Tea Making
Tea Making workshops are a fun and interactive way to get residents together. They are also a great way to raise awareness of the benefits of many teas from preventing cancer and heart disease, to reducing stress levels, inflammation, and improving concentration and memory. For fall, this event can include special varieties with spice, ginger, cinnamon, citrus and apple. An experienced host can provide everything from saucers to herbs, and walk your residents through the process of making their own herbal remedies and tasty concoctions from the comfort of home.
Charcuterie & Chill
Brie + what? Gorganzola + who? Wine is a fun topic for many, especially when paired with cheese. Get the down low on how to put out a proper cheese board to pair with any and all wines. Alternative variations to this event can include wine and chocolate pairings, or any themed experience that highlights a particular group of wine and it’s history.
Back to Basics: Meal Prep Workshop
As kids go back to school and things begin to shift for the remainder of the year, it can be helpful to get ahead of the holidays with healthy routines and habits. A meal prep workshop is a great way to do exactly that. Hosted by a dietician, nutritionist, or meal prep enthusiast, residents can learn tips and tricks to help plan out the work week with healthy and tasty meals ahead of time. Shopping lists can be arranged ahead of time, and this event is best suited for a Sunday evening for residents to plan alongside the event host.
It might still feel a little early to be thinking about events for the Fall, but planning any resident event can be time consuming, especially if you plan to have a decent turnout and book quality vendors with enough notice, so it's a great strategy to start your Fall event plans now. If you feel like it's a lot to take on, it might be wise to consider a team of experts who can help you plan events in detail.
Which of these fall resident events sound like a fit for your community? Are there other events that are a staple for your building in the Fall? Share in the comments below.