5 Simple Ideas for Spectacular HOA and Community Association Events This Summer

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As a member of an HOA or community association board, your primary responsibilities revolve around ensuring your neighborhood or community is a great place to call home. And one of the ways to make that happen is by working to build stronger bonds between residents, which ultimately reduces the potential for conflict and improves overall resident satisfaction.

With summer in full swing, there’s no better time than now to get to work on turning neighbors into friends. The weather is great, the days are long and the stresses of the holiday season are still a long way off. So if you’re thinking about hosting your community’s next great get-together but aren’t quite sure where to start, check out these simple ideas that are sure to be a hit with your residents.

Community Barbecue

If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s this: We all love food. And there’s just something about a hot grill and great food that brings people together.

Make use of your shared spaces, like your neighborhood park or rooftop gathering area, and fire up the grill. Add simple but unforgettable touches by creating a theme around your event or building a menu ahead of time and have everyone sign up ahead of time to bring a dish. You can even get a competition started to find out who the real grillmasters are in your community!

Community Yard Sale 

It might be a little bit late to call it “spring cleaning,” but there’s never a bad time to get residents thinking about what they can get rid of in their homes. Spread the word and find a great place for everyone to get together with their stuff. Be sure you do plenty of advertising ahead of time (simple signs will do) inside and outside the community to make sure you have a steady stream of people checking out your yard sale.

Outdoor Movie Screenings

Summer nights and movies go together like popcorn and butter, and you can take advantage of the comfortable evening weather by hosting an unforgettable outdoor movie night for your residents. Renting an inflatable screen that’s big enough for your neighborhood is probably less expensive than you think, and there isn’t much work on your end aside from spreading the word. Just be sure to pick a rain date for your event ahead of time!

Wine-and-Design Nights

If your neighborhood has a clubhouse or pavilion that would be perfect for a larger gathering, you might want to consider hosting a wine-and-design night. These fun events, also known as paint-and-sips, have been growing in popularity over the past few years, and they’re the ideal way for residents to unwind and get to know each other in a fun, friendly way. 

Neighborhood Bonfires

If your community has space for a bonfire or even just a patio for a fire bowl, this is something you can do well into the fall months, too. Break out the s’mores fixings, power up a portable speaker for music, and get ready to enjoy a relaxing evening around the fire. If it seems simple, it’s because it is, but residents always have a great time at events like these.

As always, be sure to check with your community’s management professionals for advice regarding the necessary insurance and steps to follow to host these events in your neighborhood. Want some more great ideas for how to host a fun summer block party or event in your community? Check out this great article from Good Housekeeping

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