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Self Care

Dec 3, 2021 9:34:44 AM

At Apartment Life, you (staff and coordinators alike) care for people well. It’s what we do! Let this be a gentle reminder to care for yourself too. Especially during this insane holiday time. We’ve done some research, and here are some quick tips for self-care. Check out the article links if you’d like a deep-dive!

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Topics: Resource

3, 2, 1 ... Happy New Year 🥳

Nov 17, 2021 7:08:11 AM

Ok we get it... It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but planning makes perfect! New Years events are right around the corner, and we've got you covered with a few ways to gather and celebrate as we enter into 2022! Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for all the festive inspo. ✨

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Topics: Winter, Event

The "REEL" Deal with Instagram Reels 📲

Oct 18, 2021 2:44:27 PM

Alrighty folks, the 'Gram is changing. Who's ready to learn how to change with it?

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Topics: Resource

People Crave Community

Oct 1, 2021 9:34:00 AM

This is why we do what we do... for people. Whether you're hosting in-person, socially distanced events or hanging out on Zoom with virtual watch parties (or a little bit of both)... check out how this team leveraged social media to create the community that people crave. 

 

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30 Holly Jolly Holiday Party Ideas

Sep 23, 2021 2:15:18 PM

Most people are starting to think about Halloween, but for our Apartment Life Coordinators, it's already holiday party planning season. The great thing about these parties is that you can mix and match ideas: combine a tacky sweater party with a hot chocolate bar, or watch your favorite Christmas movie while roasting s'mores.

Here's a list of our favorite holiday party ideas (feel free to mix and match those party names):
  1. Kris Kringle Karaoke
  2. Flapjacks and Flannel: brunch
  3. Merry Martini Night
  4. Jingle & Mingle: hot cocoa bar
  5. An Evening of Merrymaking: wreath decorating
  6. Frosty Fest: Christmas pajama party
  7. Winter Wonderland Party / White Christmas: decorate with all white / wear white (can also decorate with a minimalist Scandinavian theme)
  8. Holiday Hoopla: Christmas costume party - come dressed like your favorite character from a holiday movie
  9. Holiday "House" Party: gingerbread house decorating party
  10. Christmas CRAFTernoon: holiday craft night 


  11. Merry Little Christmas Party: Christmas ornament swap
  12. Christmas Castoff Gift Exchange: white elephant gift exchange with a gift you don't like/need
  13. Ice, Ice, Cookies: cookie exchange party or cookie decorating party
  14. A Not So Silent Night: Christmas caroling party
  15. Wine & Wrap / BYOB(ow): gift wrapping party
  16. PETmas Party: pets in ugly Christmas sweaters
  17. Fireside Roast and Toast: set up a s'mores charcuterie board
  18. Sparkles and Spirits / Tidings and Tinsel: ornament making party (we've got an easy salt dough recipe) + a signature cocktail
  19. Retro Christmas Party: use old-fashioned decorations
  20. A Holly Jolly Holiday Party: Christmas lights tour - rent a bus (your church might have one) and take your residents on a tour of the best Christmas lights in your city

  21. Cocktails and Candy Canes - let guests write Christmas cards to send to military (more info here or here)
  22. Jolly Jamboree: play holiday bingo - you can purchase bingo cards here
  23. Wacky Tacky Sweater Soiree
  24. Reindeer Games /Mistletoe Mania: game night
  25. The 12 Tastes of Christmas: serve 12 appetizers/treats/drinks
  26. Santa Soiree: pictures with Santa
  27. A December to Remember: free Christmas card photos
  28. Cocktails and Candy Canes
  29. Sugarplum Celebration: dessert party
  30. Mistletoe and Margaritas
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Welcoming New Neighbors

Sep 20, 2021 9:15:09 AM

Raise your hand if you've ever moved into a new apartment, townhome, or house.🙋

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Topics: Resource

Event Trend: Blind Dates

Aug 18, 2021 3:22:52 PM

Now trending...blind date events! The thrill, the suspense, the intrigue, it's sure to be a resident favorite! We've got three variations that will bring all the curious cats in. Grab the brown paper, pick out your catchy descriptors, and send your guests home with a fun surprise. 

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Ways to Engage Your Lease-Up

Jul 26, 2021 4:05:19 PM

Searching for ideas to kickstart community in your lease-up apartment? Look no further! We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you with event inspiration, welcome goodies, and overall resident engagement. Let’s get started!

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How to Engage with Your Introverted Neighbors

Jul 22, 2021 2:37:53 PM

Some neighbors are easy to connect with. You know the kind - the really outgoing, extroverted, highly social ones who aren't afraid to simply show up to an event. 

But we don't want to just build community with them... we want to make all of our neighbors feel connected and welcomed. For those shy, harder-to-reach neighbors, you may have to be more intentional, but it's well worth it.

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Caring for Community Managers

Jul 1, 2021 1:38:37 PM

Community managers are vital to the apartment industry. Unfortunately, research says that more than ever, managers are at high risk of burnout. Swift Bunny estimated in 2020 that "at least 19 percent of community managers were uncertain they would stick around. In some organizations, that number was as high as 25 percent." Post pandemic, we can only assume that number is even higher.

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Topics: Resource

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