Fall

Pizza & Pints Party

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Here's a pizza and pints flyer by request—and we are loving the alliteration of the event name! I'm sure we can all agree on one thing — a pizza party is never a bad idea. We hope you have a great turn out!

For more information on events with alcohol, please see our policy manual.


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Yappy Hour

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How cute is this idea? Set out water bowls and let the pups in your neighborhood socialize. It's amazing how your furry friends can help you strike up conversation with just about anyone. This would be a great ice breaker event for newer CARES Teams!


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Wine Flyer

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Who's up for wine and cheese? Use this flyer to advertise your next wine tasting event! And as a reminder to our CARES Teams - Refer to the alcohol policy on the CARES Team toolkit (under General – Apartment Life Policies – CT Policy Guide), and sync with your Program Director if you have questions.


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BBQ Flyer

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Planning a Barbecue Party this spring or summer? We've created a generic flyer just for the occasion by request. We hope you all have fun grilling out with your neighbors!


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Beer Tasting Event

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It's time to gather together and host the best beer tasting party EVER for your neighbors. This event will be enjoyed by novices and experts alike! And as a friendly reminder to our CARES Teams - Refer to the alcohol policy on the CARES Team toolkit, and sync with your Program Director if you have questions.


To learn more about being a CARES Team, or to refer a friend and receive up to a $200 referral bonus, check out our website.

Bike Riding Event

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It's time to hit the streets with your neighbors for a fun bike riding event! This is a great idea for those who live in cities where you can rent bikes for the day, or for communities with people who own bicycles. Explore the city with your neighbors, eat together, and then head back. This will be a memorable, adventurous event they'll be talking about at your next party!


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Hiking Party Flyer

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Feeling like it's time to explore nature outside of your apartment community? Invite your neighbors to go, and make a day of it. Pack fun snacks, take pictures of what you see, and just enjoy the great outdoors — together.


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College Football Kick-Off Party

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Whether you're located in the Big 12, Big 10, SEC or any other acronym (my goodness, there are SO many, aren't there?), you're sure to have residents who are passionate about their college team. Host a community kick-off and get the rivalries going! Thanks to former CARES Team member Matt Crawford for sharing his flyer design with us! 


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Generic Thanksgiving Flyer

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Here's a fresh generic Thanksgiving flyer just in case you plan on inviting your apartment community together for Thanksgiving this year! Click the link above to download an easy Word Document template and start planning!


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International Day of Peace

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September 21, 2016 is International Day of Peace - or Peace Day. Created by the United Nations in 1981, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace.

Our CARES Teams in South Texas will be using Peace Day as a platform to start good conversations with their neighbors. Teams are hosting simple gatherings with residents to take a moment to celebrate peace in the midst of our chaotic and uncertain world. It will be less like an event, and more like an act of care for their residents.

For anyone else who wants to participate - here's a flyer with lots of room for personalization. To our South Texas teams who have already started planning their event - we would love for you to share more about your event in the Comments below. And, we found some ideas you could incorporate into your celebration on Pinterest.

There are many ways to celebrate peace - peace in the midst of a racially charged environment. Peace in the midst of war. Peace in the midst of a heated presidential campaign. Peace in the midst of your own neighborhood. Whatever you focus on - we pray it's an inspirational event that brings people together in a new way.


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HOWL-oween (Pet Friendly Party)

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For all you Yappy Hour fans out there, why not do a HOWL-oween party for your resident pets? I mean, who doesn't love a pup in a costume, right?

We've got a Halloween Pinterest Board and a Yappy Hour Pinterest Board with ideas for decorations and pet-friendly foods. If you have hosted a similar event, we would love for you to comment with additional tips for your fellow CARES Teams!

A special thank you to CARES Team member Madison Sevier for the idea!


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Pumpkin Party

Pumpkin Party

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We've got a Pumpkin Carving Pinterest Board with ideas to make your party even more fun - including carving templates and low-cost, high-impact decoration ideas. And, be sure to check out this blog which features some AMAZING ideas that are easy to implement on your own.

A few suggestions:

  • Serve Pumpkin-themed food and drinks (pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, candy corn, etc.)
  • Don't just set out the carving/decorating tools - display them in a unique way. Make them part of your decorations!
  • Collect the pumpkin seeds, roast them, and serve them at your next event.
  • Turn it into a contest and let residents vote on their favorites.

Happy carving!


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10 Things To Add To Your Good Ol' Pigskin Bash

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Lots of people love it, some hate it, and most love any excuse to throw or attend a party! I'm talking about good ol' North American Football. It's a culture in and of itself. And regardless of how one may feel about the grand sport, lots of people love it and it's a great tool to foster community. AKA: a great excuse to throw a party, eat some free food, and have a great time with neighbors!

We've come up with some things you can add to your pigskin shin-dig to try and successfully mingle the "I'm obsessed with football" crowd with the "Don't ever say that word around me" crowd - while having a great time and hanging out with neighbors.

  1. Add a Photo booth. Who doesn't love taking fun pictures with fun props? Depending on your budget, you can hire a company to come in and do it, or you can throw together a backdrop with some props and take fun photos on phones. Check out our Half A Dozen Ways To Photo Booth post for some idea starters and throw in some footballs if you want to keep with the pigskin theme.
  2. Host a Baggo tournament.
  3. Have some things for the kids. Parents may want to watch the game, but are concerned about their kiddos. So, provide some fun football crafts or competitive kids games while the game is on so everyone can have a great time. Check out our Pinterest board for some ideas.
  4. Vote on the best commercials. I know some people who only watch the Superbowl for the commercials - so have people vote and give away some gift cards! You could even do some voting before to see which company everyone thinks is going to have the best spot.
  5. Pair the game watching with a chili-cook off and award prizes for the best chili. Check out our Chili Pinterest board for recipes, fixins, & ideas.
  6. Pair a pigskin party with a {DIY} corner - something for the guys (or gals that love football) and something for the girls (or guys that love crafts). Some football bashes I've been to end up with all the guys in front of the TV and all the girls chatting in the other room. Why not help the ladies get a jump start on some Christmas gifts or an opportunity to finish that DIY project that's been looming?
  7. Add a philanthropic twist and encourage people to bring a donation to "enter" the party! You could do a Soles4Souls shoe drive, a toys for tots drive, or just have people bring their gently used items for donating to the local homeless/women's shelter. Check out our giving-back post here for some more ideas.
  8. Vendors, vendors, vendors. Invite some. Maybe a local brewery, a local wings place, a food truck, or a local bakery. You can give this food any theme you want. Wherever you're located, check out our local blog posts for places to get started locally.
  9. Add any sort of "bar" or "build your own..." to this event to spruce it up: baked potato bar, popcorn bar, s'mores building, hot chocolate bar, build your own nachos, chili bar, soup bar, or build your own hotdog with fun toppings. Anything that you can put "toppings" on, could be turned into a "build your own...".
  10. Do score predictions and award prizes for the winning spread/score.

We've also got some ideas about stylizing this event, flyering for this event, and including the more difficult to reach residents.

Happy pigskin-ing!


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Astronomy Night

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Logan & Ashley are our CARES Team at Terraza Del Sol in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. They hosted a fantastic astronomy night for their community and it was a big hit! Logan & Ashley invited two Astronomers from a near by university to come to their property, and the Astonomers brought along their super-duper telescopes for some above-and-beyond star gazing. The Astronomers were very knowledgable, talked with residents about what they were seeing through the telescopes, and had a little Q&A session. Questions and answers ranged from general space questions, to black holes, to wormholes. How could you bring something like this to your community? Can you partner with a local university to bring out Astronomers, Scientists, or any other kind of experts?

This is an excellent event that exemplifies thinking outside the box and getting the local community involved.


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Trunk-or-Treat

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Whether you have no kids in your community or all kids, clean out your trunks and get ready for some treating! You're never too old for dressing up and some candy, right? If you have kids in your community, odds are they're going to be out Trick or Treating – why not take this opportunity to build community?

Instead of everyone turning on their porch lights and excitedly awaiting those little knocks on the door, encourage residents to bring their cars to a designated parking lot, clean out their trunks, and fill them up with candy. If your budget is large, you could provide the candy. If you budget is small, make it a BYOCandy night.

Be sure to get the word out and let the trick or treaters (big or small) know! Do a best costume contest with a few categories: scariest, silliest, most DIY. You could even encourage neighbors to "dress" their trunks/cars and have a best dressed trunk contest with a give away for a free carwash/detail.

Don't forget the grub! There will be lots of candy, so that's pretty much covered. Check out our Fall Harvest Pinterest board for some fall themed eats and treats. Make it a party by inviting a local band or DJ to bring some live music to the event.

Happy Treating!


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Business Cards + Bubbly

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We're talking networking... Fall Edition! You could host a classic networking event where your residents exchange business cards, get to know one another better, and have a good time. Here are some tips for staging a successful networking event from marketingsherpa. (This might attract some of those residents who don't normally come to your events.)

Or you could host a vendor night. Everyone seems to be selling something these days, so you probably have at least a handful of residents who would love to showcase their business or product. And then at least a handful who like to go shopping. Invite local vendors to this event to get the community involved and support local business at the same time. Is there a boutique down the street? Invite them to bring a rack of dresses to display and sell. A local brewery? Ask them to provide a cash bar for the evening. Think along the lines of a Farmer's Market.

For an added twist, make it a fall-themed cocktail party (Business Cards + Bubbly). Our Pinterest board is full of fall-themed appetizers, desserts, and drinks. You can DIY or bring in a local bartender. Check out our Fall Harvest Pinterest Board for some fall decor ideas.

Happy Networking!


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Ok-to-ber-fest

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If you don't have german relatives, or even if you do, you may be wondering what Oktoberfest is. Well, it's a big ol' German festival that is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. That's where it originated, but it is hosted and celebrated in lots of other places around the world as well. The celebration in Germany has been going on for nearly 200 years, lasts for two weeks, and hosts over six million people each year. Y'all. That's a lot of kraut!

This could be a super fun event to host! Here are the basics:

  • Beer (optional)
  • Sausages
  • Pretzels
  • Mustard
  • Sauerkraut

That's it for basics! Here are some other fun things we came up with to spice up the party a bit:

  • Add some blue & yellow decor
  • Oktoberfest "best hat" contest
  • Best Dressed contest - Encourage people to dress in traditional German attire
  • Bring in an accordion player/band
  • Have some crafts for kids on hand - If it's a kind friendly event
  • Put a  modern twist on some more traditional recipes

Check out our Oktoberfest Pinterest board for some recipes, and look & feel ideas! Here's a flyer, too.

Happy Fest-ing!

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Are You Ready For Some...

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Those are some famous words right there, and in my mind, they are always accompanied by that infamous tune that defines the beginning of the season (and every game... every week).

Whether you're a die-hard fan, a fair-weather fan, or not even a little fan, you probably have some residents or friends that would love to get together for some good ol' game-watching! Food, rivalry, camaraderie, good company – these are all you need for a great bash!

Throwing a game day party is kind of a no-brainer, so we've come up with a few different options for said party.

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1. The classy pigskin shindig. You can stylize this event with some classic printables, neutral decor, and chic undertones. For food, you can customize some of the classic favorites by throwing in different ingredients. Check out these classic spin-off tailgate recipes here. Throw in some cocktails along with some good ol' brewskies, if you want to add alcohol to your shindig.

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2. The camaraderie bash. Does everyone in your community root for the same team? If so, host a color/team themed bash, and have a blast cheering on your team together! In my opinion, there is no overdoing it with team colors (aka: loyalty) when it comes to football. You can do colored cake, colored drinks, provide face/war paint, colored center pieces, colored balloons, or even provide colored hair spray. The more ridiculous, the more loyal the fan! Right?

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3. The (friendly) rivalry. Remember to keep this one friendly – we all know a guy/gal that can get a little too competitive, and it's usually not pretty. Pick a game that has a big rival (see Texas vs. OU in the flyer) and decorate everything half and half (cheese colors, drink colors, and hanging tissue football colors). Encourage everyone to dress in their team's colors/jerseys. You could even have some competition games of your own: baggo, pie in the face of the losing team, a hotdog eating contest, or award prizes for people who guess the closest score/spread!

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4. The philanthropic. You could make this an event for a good cause by providing the opportunity to "wager to help XX charity beat the odds" and "buy in" (provide a donation for said charity) by picking the winner of the game or the score spread. (For the record - we do NOT endorse gambling on the game and all donations should go to that charity.)

Here's a cool flyer you can download and customize, and we've got loads of idea starters, inspiration, and recipes for football-related things on our Fall Parties: Football Pinterest board! We would love to see what you do with your pigskin loving community, so be sure to tag us – @aptlife!

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Fall Harvest

The thought of autumn just fills me with joy. I live for sweater weather (the clothing piece and the candle scent), fires, and spice smells. What's your favorite thing about the fall? If you're a mom, it might be that school starts! If you're a football fan, it might be the start of the season. There are a zillion reasons to be excited for this season, in my opinion. Here's a more traditional fall event with some fun, themed activities and decor. I chose leaves as a theme because I'm a leaf lover... Especially when they're full of Autumn colors. You could also do apples, hay, corn, gourds, or any combination.

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Like I said, I chose leaves. You could collect some real autumn leaves from outside (cost $0.00) to use or purchase some artificial ones from a local craft store (don't forget your coupon). You can make this as fancy and involved, or simple and low key as your heart desires. Above are a few examples from our Pinterest board.

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Click on the picture of the yummy food above for some fabulous fall recipes - rich butternut squash, stews, candied things, and so much yum! If your budget is large and in-charge, you could consider catering in or partnering with a local restaurant/chef so your guests can dine on fall-inspired eats.

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If you are going to have little ones at your event, we've got oodles of crafty things, songs, and activities for them on our Pinterest board. Some are simple, some have glue, and we've even got some fun stuff for the wee-bitty ones. Leaves are a fun, tactile activity for kiddos to crunch, color, and throw!

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I'm a drink kinda girl - I'd much rather consume my calories in liquid form. We've found some fun recipes for fall flavors to devour including fennel, cinnamon water, and pear things. Most are non-alcoholic, but if you're looking for some adult beverage inspiration, check out our Fall Cocktail Party Pinterest Board

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For this event, you could do the traditional bobbing-for-apples-like activities or you could do some fun crafty things with leaves. We found some simple and some more involved. You could even include some of these in your event decor if you wanted to. Be sure to tag us  (@aptlife) in your photos on Instagram - We can't wait to see all of your fall things!

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10 Event Ideas for Fall

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We know our CARES Teams wrote the definition of the word "busy." So, to save time, here's a list of 10 event ideas for fall that we already have on the blog - complete with ready-made flyers.

1. Nacho Average Football/Tailgate Party

2. S'mores Bar

3. Halloween Party: Clean Out Your Trunk.. Or Treat

4. Grown-Up Halloween Party

5. Fall Wreath Decorating Party

6. Chili Cook-Off

7. Community Picnic

8. Soup de Jour - Build Your Own Soup Bar

9. Community Bike Ride

10. Yard Sale

And, if you still need more ideas, we have created a Fall Party Ideas board on Pinterest. Happy party planning!


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