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As much as we may hate to say it, summer is beginning to come to a close. Your residents may have been scattered during peak vacation season, but now that August is waning and the next school year is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to welcome them back and reinstate that warm community feel. One of the best ways to boost resident retention rate is by hosting community events that help neighbors bond and get to know each other, and this turn of seasons is a great time to do just that. Today we’re here with four fun end-of-summer event ideas that will keep your residents coming back for more.
There are a few ways to execute this tried-and-true game night. You can either put an email blast out to your community instructing them to form teams, or you can invite all your residents to the event and assign teams upon arrival. Random assignment can be a good way to ensure residents are mingling and meeting new neighbors. Once you have your teams, choose from popular categories like movies, history, sports, or music, and find an outgoing member of your team to serve as the host. You can even hand out fun prizes to the winning team, such as gift certificates to local restaurants or stores. If the event is a hit, consider hosting it monthly to build friendly competition in the neighborhood.
Game Day Tailgate
One consolation of summer ending is the start of football season. Rent a projector for the first Sunday of the season, and stream your local team’s season-opener. Start your event a few hours before kickoff and provide classic tailgating fare so your residents can mingle and get to know one another. You can even provide outdoor games like corn hole, horseshoes, or ladder toss.
Nothing loosens people up and brings them together like a fun night of karaoke. All you really need to pull this off is a few microphones, a projector or large screen, and a song software service. YouTube is a treasure trove for pre-existing karaoke tracks with lyrics, and you can use Kara Fun as a database to find the instant classics. You can also invite residents to bring drinks and snacks, or provide these in your clubhouse where the event is being hosted. Let the good times roll!
Stargazing and S’mores
While summer may be coming to an end, there’s no need to forego one last opportunity to savor the season with a good old-fashioned bonfire under the stars. This event is great for the Saturday or Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, and all you need is a fire pit and s’mores ingredients. Whether you’re still a kid or not, everyone loves this summer treat.
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