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December Event Ideas

As you plan your December calendar, keep these events in mind!

General Observances

  • Universal Human Rights Month
  • Safe Toys and Gifts Month
     

December 1: National Pie Day

Could there be a better excuse for a dessert night?! Work with a local bakery, and ask for a discount when buying multiple pies. Or, try your hand at baking several different types. This is also a great way to get your church involved. Have members of your church (women’s group, moms’ group, singles ministry, etc.) each donate a pie for your event. You could even do a pie baking contest and have residents vote on their favorites... or do a pie-eating contest… either way, have a prize for the winner! Be sure to have milk and coffee on hand.

PS - There's also a National Pie Day on January 23. We don't know why there are two, but really, do we ever need an excuse to eat pie? No, we don't.

 

DECEMBER 5: Walt Disney’s Birthday

Host a Disney movie watching night for the kids… or the adults! There are so many Disney movies to choose from. Everything from The Jungle Book to Pirates of the Caribbean. If you have the budget or know a talented friend, hire a cartoonist or caricature artist to sketch pictures of the attendees. 

 

DECEMBER 10: Emily Dickinson's birthday (1830)

 Hold a creative writing class or host a poetry contest among your residents to honor this famous poet's birthday. Or, host a Kid's Club and have children write and illustrate their own books. You can also use this as an opportunity to start a book club at your property. 

 

DECEMBER 13: National Cocoa Day

Hand out hot cocoa at the mailbox or at the entrance of your property. This is a great way to get exposure to several residents. 

 

DECEMBER 16: Boston Tea Party occurred (1773)

Host your own tea party, with different types of teas and biscuits. 

 

DECEMBER 20: It's a Wonderful Life premieres (1946)

Rent the movie and host an early holiday party. Or, have the movie playing on the T.V. in your clubhouse while you host a gift wrapping event for residents. 

 

DECEMBER 21: First Crossword Puzzle (1913)

Host a game night and have a crossword puzzle contest. Make several copies of the New York Times crossword puzzle and see who can solve it first. Or, Puzzle Maker allows you to create your own crossword puzzle. Just list your words and the puzzlemaker does the rest. If appropriate, have a less difficult puzzle available for children. For children's crossword puzzles, check out this site

For a list of all of our Christmas events and flyers, click here. And don't forget about our ideas on our Pinterest page!


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Winter Event Decorating Ideas

The craft stores have had Christmas decor up since about June. Really. We won't talk about how way-too-early, or not, that is. Either way, there are LOTS of green and red when you see decorations for Christmas, but isn't there more?

I'm so glad you asked! I'd love to show you lots of different ways to stylize all of your winter events. I hope these ideas spark some of your own!

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white Collage

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sparkle
sparkle Collage

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rustic
rustic Collage

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red
red Collage

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blue
blue Collage

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Be sure to check out our Winter Events Pinterest board for lots more looks, recipes, and drink ideas for your winter-time events!


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Duct Tape Creations

Little known fact: Duck Tape makes over 100 different colors/prints of duct tape. Now, your life is complete...we know...ours too! When I was in middle school (no, I'm not going to tell you what year...) it was totally cool to make duct tape wallets. Is that still a thing? Probably not for today's tweens but for us older folks, it probably brings back some fond memories. Either way, crafting things out of duct tape is creative, fun, innovative, cheap... so let's have an evening dedicated to making duct tape creations!

You could supply the tape or have people BYO. You can have ideas on hand for people to make (a couple of things you made before hand or an ipad out for people to browse our pinterest board for ideas) and/or allow people to bring things they want to make-over: chairs, switch plates, etc. You could throw in a contest and have people vote on who made the best duct tape creation. You could make duct tape flowers for manager gifts! You can decorate your plastic cups/plates/serving dishes in fun tape if you want to go all out or make other decor out of tape itself!

Browse our Pinterest board for oodles of ideas, crafts, instructions, inspiration, etc! We beg you to tag us on Instagram (@aptlife) to see what you all come up with!

Happy Creating!


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