The holidays are a time neighbors and friends can come together and celebrate; a time for you to reach out to those in your life with whom you haven’t connected for a while. This year, gather your neighbors and host a fun-filled holiday event. Here are some ideas on different ways you can celebrate.
Begin the early stages of organization at least six weeks before the event date. Talk to your property manager about hosting the event in the clubhouse or common area of the apartment complex. This way, all residents will feel included and welcome. If you have a common entrance area or somewhere people can look for announcements, hang a flyer about the event.
If you have everyone’s Facebook information, create an event on the social media page for everyone to see. If you have your neighbors’ emails, use Paperless Post to send an evite. Find a date that works for the majority of people but don’t try to accommodate everyone otherwise you’ll never find a date. Since the holiday season is busy and full of many events, send out your invitations at least four weeks before the date of the event.
Decide what kind of event you’d like to host based on the personalities in your complex. If you’ve seen your neighbors come back from the farmers market with a fresh produce bounty, it’s likely they’d love a culinary-themed get together. You could have a holiday potluck, where everyone can cook and share a personal, traditional dish with the rest of the community. You might have a holiday cookie baking party, where everyone can bake holiday-themed cookies. Wrap and bundle your baked goods and distribute them to the homeless or a food bank.
Secret Santa is another fun way that you can figure out more about your neighbors. It encourages you to learn more about who they are and what they enjoy. Create incentives for your neighbors to join your event. Explain why you’re keen on having a holiday event with your community. Include games and prizes at the gathering to pique the interest of the potential attendees who are on the fence.
If your neighborhood holiday soiree involves Secret Santa, make sure you all agree upon an appropriate budget. You don’t want to discourage those who may experience financial struggle from participation in the event. Ask your neighbors to vote on the spending limit, so you have a better idea of what everyone is comfortable with.
How well do you know the person you drew?
- If your neighbor is outdoorsy, you’ll likely find some great gift ideas at an outdoor store like Cabela’s.
- If she’s into crafts and home decor, JoAnns or Target are good options.
- If he enjoys food and wine, visit your local, specialty wine shop for a bottle of wine. Or grab a gift certificate from a local restaurant she’s talked about liking in the past.
If your neighborhood event isn’t a Secret Santa, but you still wish to distribute gifts, homemade gifts or baked goods are always a thoughtful idea and are usually quick to be enjoyed.
Many of our Aspen Square communities throw holiday parties in the resident clubhouse. Here are a few of our apartment communities holding a Thanksgiving event for residents: