Simple Holiday Events to Plan for Your Residents

A few months ago we talked about some event ideas to help you create a relationship with your residents, but why stop there? With these few tips you can further your relationship with your residents while simultaneously spreading some holiday cheer, and it’ll barely cost you a thing.

Easy Gift Wrapping Party

There’s nothing harder than trying to figure out what to buy a loved one or friend for Christmas. On top of making a list, checking it twice, and running around to find out which stores have the best deals, wrapping gifts is the last thing on your tired resident’s minds. Ease residents with sneaky children by inviting them to pull on their favorite Holiday sweater and wrap peacefully in your common area.

Grab some inexpensive wrapping paper, bags, tape and tissue paper at your local dollar store or use our Amazon shopping list to kick off your gift wrapping party.

Make an Inexpensive S’mores or Hot Chocolate Bar

This season there are tons of tasty treats going around, but let’s be honest, sometimes all you want is chocolate. Satisfy your community’s craving and earn some extra brownie points by setting up a s’mores bar in your leasing office or common area. Purchase s’mores fixings (complete with sticks to roast marshmallows on) and adjust the amount of Sterno you buy by how long your bar will be open and manned. At about $53, you might as well leave the s’mores bar up year-round.

If you’re not in the mood for s’mores but are still craving something chocolaty, Brent Williams suggests that you make a hot chocolate bar in your leasing office or commons instead. You can go minimalist on your hot coco bar (offering quality hot coco mix, cups, and mini-marshmallows) or you can offer an array of “build-it-yourself” toppings like candy canes, premium caramel sauce, and chocolate sprinkles. Both choices are affordable, with the minimalist approach reaching around $38 and the deluxe version coming at around $60. Use our shopping list to easily get your hot chocolate bar supplies (whipped cream not included).

Have Fun at Your Kid-Friendly Holiday Movie Night

As the kids in your community begin to get restless as Christmas nears in, it’d be a good idea to make a child-friendly event to help out all your busy parents. Use your common area to set up a movie night – with a theme. Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, or another holiday movie as your tired parents grab apple cider on their way out. Include a Toys for Tots drive in your event to encourage your community to give. If you’re ambitious, try Isa Gutierrez’s Polar Express PJ party, complete with behind-the-scenes gift wrapping, train decorations, and cute pajamas. With just $12 for a movie and $8 for apple cider packets, you might as well start your holiday party today.

Don’t let the Grinch steal Christmas in your community and start planning your resident events now! Bring your residents closer and breathe easy this holiday season.

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Becky Bower is the Content Strategist here at the CIC Blog. She holds a degree in English, with a focus in creative writing, from CSU Channel Islands. Her biggest weakness is cake and favorite superhero is Batman.

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