This is it! Eleven months later, we’ve come to the conclusion of this year’s monthly resident event inspiration. I know, we’re just as heartbroken as you.
As a fitting conclusion to a year’s worth of unique inspiration for bringing your building communities together, we’ve collected a batch of “holidays” this holiday season that might not be on each of your wall calendars already. And as always, be sure to check out our full calendar of resident event ideas in the link below!
And, finally, from our Mobile Doorman team to yours, we wish you a merry and safe holiday season - we’ll see you in 2019!
December 1-31: Bingo’s Birthday Month
I’m wagering that most of you didn’t realize December doubled as the birth month of bingo, am I right? Created in 1530 in Italy, the game didn’t make its way to the states until the 1900’s, when it was actually called “beano” (I like bingo more, too).
Well, for those who somehow wagered correctly that this month is bingo’s birthday, how about putting your winnings towards a building-wide bingo tournament this month! Reserve a common area to put on the event, and even reach out to your neighborhood business partners to see if they’re able to donate small-level gift cards and other prizes for the tournament.
(And here’s a fun fact for you: Edwin Lowe, the man who modernized Bingo, also invented Yahtzee!)
December 3: Roof Over Your Head Day
Coming on the heels of Thanksgiving, National Roof Over Your Head Day was created as a day to observe and be thankful for some of the basic necessities that we all can take for granted, starting with the roof over our heads.
We encourage communities to take December 3rd as an opportunity to organize a volunteer day at a nearby food pantry or homeless shelter, giving back to those less fortunate and unable to have a stable roof over their heads, especially those on the west coast impacted by the wildfires in California.
December 12: Gingerbread House Day
Selfishly, we hope each and every one of you takes our recommendation to celebrate this holiday, simply because who doesn’t love seeing cute gingerbread houses!
Organize a building-wide gingerbread house making station, complete with crackers, gumdrops and all the fixings. Trying to keep a tight budget? Encourage residents to share their own gingerbread houses they’ve made on their own via the in-app bulletin board!
December 21: Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
A great excuse to bring together the building for a holiday party ahead of the true festivities, Ugly Holiday Sweater Day allows your community to come together and enjoy eggnog, cookies and all that might not be too healthy for you -- all with a simple dress code: Look ridiculous!
Be sure to use your in-app Events feature to spread the word of the party and requirements to attend (aka gaudy sweaters only!), and allow residents to book the event on their personal calendars via their community app.
December 28: Card Playing Day
While many residents might be out of town still visiting family, many others will be back at home during the historically slow and uneventful week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
For those staying at the community that week, invite them to come together to play cards together over drinks and coffee (and while it might not be in the spirit of the day, don’t be afraid to bring board games too!)