Urban Living

Spoleto Festival {Concert In The Park}

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Remember our post about the Cooper River Bridge Run? Well, we've got another team highlight and event idea like it! Kristen & Brent learned of a concert that was going on across the street from their community and saw a great event opportunity. It was a Concert In The Park event that was part of the Spoleto Arts Festival, a local community event. They didn't have to organize the big event or set up/tear down a thing! They used their budget to purchase tickets and drinks for their residents, and ordered hundreds of koozies with their apartment community's logo, hashtag, and website on them for marketing. They had such a blast at this low budget, low maintenance, high community involvement event!

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Wondering what's going on in your area this summer? We've got pinterest boards for each of our regions with CARES Teams. They're full of links to local event calendars and resources!


Are you part of a current or former CARES Team who knows of someone who would make a wonderful CARES Team member? If so, you can REFER A FRIEND and be eligible for our referral bonus up to $200.

Would you like more information on what it means to be a CARES Team? Visit our website today. You can fill out a quick info form and someone will contact you with more information. And, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter (@aptlife), and Instagram (@aptlife) – and use the hashtag #CARESteam.

The Cooper River Bridge Run

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Kristen & Brent are our CARES Team at The Boulevard in Charleston, SC. They recently hosted a couple of really neat events centered around a big, annual event that goes on in their community: The Cooper River Bridge Run. Here's the lowdown:

They hosted a morning event and an evening event!

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The morning event included handing out water bottles, bananas, headbands, and shirts with their property's logo on them. It was a great marketing opportunity for their Greystar property because they handed out thousands of items with the property's logo. They also hired an '80s band (a big hit that scored the team and the property some time on the 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. news) to play while the runners were waiting for the race to start.

6:00 a.m. '80s dance party anyone?

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Then, Kristen and Brent hosted a relaxing evening event on race day for runners and their families to enjoy on The Boulevard property. They had a low-country boil for dinner, complete with a small acoustic band (made up of people they knew). This was also another great marketing opportunity for the property (and CARES) because people could come in, see the property, and experience first-hand what CARES has to offer. Not to mention the biggest impact…

Getting to connect with tons of people from around the community!

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How could you get more involved in your city's community? Is there an annual event that happens in your backyard or one that you could easily set up a tent/station at?

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What about marketing for your apartment community by representing them? This Greystar Property Manager, Regional Manager, Senior Managing Director of Real Estate, and more "high-ups" really enjoyed this event. They gave public kudos for it and have asked that it happen more often!


Are you part of a current or former CARES Team who knows of someone who would make a wonderful CARES Team member? If so, you can REFER A FRIEND and be eligible for our referral bonus up to $200.

Would you like more information on what it means to be a CARES Team? Visit our website today. You can fill out a quick info form and someone will contact you with more information. And, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter (@aptlife), and Instagram (@aptlife) – and use the hashtag #CARESteam.

Bunting 101: 10 Ways to Dazzle Your Guests

Bunting is an easy way to add color to your food table and make your party festive. Here are 10 ways to make your own bunting, whether you're a seasoned sewer or a paper-and-glue kind of party planner:

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Whether you already have fabric scraps lying around, or if you snag a coupon and run to your local fabric store, this bunting requires no sewing and leaves a big impression. This is a great project for kids to help with - just pop in a movie and start cutting scraps and tying them onto a piece of twine. Here's a great tutorial to walk you through the steps (Note - this can be time consuming if you're doing it by yourself. Also - be sure to tie your knots properly so they scraps lie flat).

This bunting was made for... wait for it... LESS THAN $4! That's music to these budget-conscious ears! If you don't sew, this paper bunting tutorial will have you creating decorations in less than an hour.

For a new spin on a traditional decoration, instead of using ribbon or twine, use washi tape to connect your bunting. This tutorial combines two of our favorite things - washi tape and burlap (swoon) - and is another fast, budget-friendly project for you busy party planners.

Tassel garlands: they're just so chic, aren't they? Here's a great tutorial that will show you how to turn a stack of tissue paper into a tassel masterpiece. You can experiment with different types of tissue paper, adding sparkles, shine, and fun colors to take that high-end event to the next level.

If you're not afraid to do a little simple sewing, these mini garlands are easy to make and can be stacked and combined to create some fun combinations. You can cut your shapes out of scrapbook paper, construction paper, or felt, and combining different textures will add a new visual dimension for your guests.

This may be the simplest way to tackle bunting - simply cut out your triangles, punch two holes at the top, and string some twine through. Add more interest by using unique papers (hit up the scrapbooking section of your local craft store, and don't forget to use a coupon), a book of maps... even wrapping paper works great.

Another no-sew option for your bunting - you can use the mini clothespins or the full-size variety, and this option works with felt, fabric, or paper. We love these little hearts by this blogger.

Raise your hand if you made chain bunting out of red and green construction paper for Christmas as a kid. Well, turns out you can do it as an adult, too! It becomes more sophisticated when you use pretty fabrics or scrapbook paper. Here's a tutorial.

Make your traditional bunting nontraditional by using it in an unexpected way... like on a tablecloth! This one is for a beginner sewer, and can be re-used over and over and over (pick fabrics that could work with several different party themes to get a bigger bang for your buck, and time investment). Here's everything you need to get started.

Thanks Pinterest for the cutest idea ever. The coffee filters add so much pretty texture, and it's perfect for our Princess Party or something else with a feminine theme.


Are you part of a current or former CARES Team who knows of someone who would make a wonderful CARES Team member? If so, you can REFER A FRIEND.

Would you like more information on what it means to be a CARES Team? Visit our website today. You can fill out a quick application and someone will contact you with more information. And, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter (@aptlife), and Instagram (@aptlife).

Super Secret and Exclusive Pop-Up Restaurant

Have you heard about the latest craze in food? It's the "pop-up restaurant"... a one-time (sometimes one-week or one-month, but always short-term) restaurant that a chef literally pops up. It's an exclusive, creative eating experience that your residents will love! Have a local chef that you love/follow/stalk online? Invite him or her out to host an exclusive Pop-Up Restaurant on the rooftop terrace of your community for one evening only, just your residents... all prepared by a professional, up and coming, local chef! Super cool, right? Why haven't we thought of this sooner?!

Can't hold one onsite? Take your residents to them! Check out Pop-Up Republic to search for local pop-up restaurants in your area and invite residents to come with you to try them out. This Pinterest board (not ours) has lists of events all over the US. You can try hitting up one of these chefs to come host a pop-up at your place for your residents.

Another way to do this event is to make it a fabulous fundraiser for a great cause. Here is a great "Pop-Up FAQ" and visit our Pinterest board for more ideas about this event!

Be sure to tag us (@aptlife) in your instagram pics of this event... we'd love to see and help spread the word!


Are you part of a current or former CARES Team who knows of someone who would make a wonderful CARES Team member? If so, you can REFER A FRIEND.

Would you like more information on what it means to be a CARES Team? Visit our website today. You can fill out a quick application and someone will contact you with more information. And, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter (@aptlife), and Instagram (@aptlife).

June is Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month!

Can we all agree that the world (okay…maybe just America) needs to eat more fruits & veggies? Research tells us that doing so would solve lots of our health problems… so let’s celebrate National Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Month! Maybe if we celebrate fruits & veggies BIG enough, it’ll help our cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart disease… maybe? While we’re celebrating nature’s bounty with a watermelon seed spitting contest, a “Who can make the best sour lemon face?” contest, or bobbing for peaches, why not give some tips, tricks, and facts to help a sista (who needs to add color to her diet but hates anything that’s not a carb) out?

You could make this event all fun, games, and celebrating or throw in your desired amount of “education” along with it. Here are a few ideas we came up with:

  • Serve “in season” fresh fruits & veggies.
  • Label each fruit/veggie you serve with its health benefit {pictured}.
  • Make and serve dishes using fresh fruits/veggies and be sure to print out copies of the recipe for people to take home.
  • Display how many {2-4 cups of each depending on age, gender, & level of activity} fruits/veggies people need to eat and promote this calculator for people to find out for themselves!
  • Have a “salad building” party and provide out of the ordinary fruits/veggies. Great for kids!
  • Have a “try it out!” demo/table for how to  improve your skin with lemons. Be sure to try these out for yourself first!
  • Educate about food label reading or have a “Can you read it?” Food Label Reading Bee to see if people can pronounce what they’re eating (if I can’t say it… I don’t eat it!).
  • Talk about clean eating.

The possibilities are endless! Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for even more ideas (and events!) and don’t forget to tag us in your pictures on Instagram…@aptlife with the hashtag #CARESteam.