Hello resident retention and apartment marketing experts!! September is an interesting (and sometimes tricky) month for party planning. We are still experiencing hot temps on some days and are dreaming of fall and Halloween on others.
Our goal is always to suggest event ideas that compliment your very busy schedules and tight budgets! Scroll down for a list of monthly celebrations, daily events and daily food themes that make it easy for you to create engaging social media posts, resident events, giveaways and grab 'n go's.
FALLING INTO AUTUMN IDEAS
Fall Themed WOW Fridges: Click here to see ten terrific examples!
Tailgate Parties & Tailgating Themed Gifts (perfect for move-ins, renewals, rent payments & preferred employers)
Football & Chili Bar: Combine a tailgating and outdoor viewing party. If you have a fire pit, light it up! You can also host a pet event, "tail wagging & tailgating."
Football Viewing Parties: Beer Lover's Day & First NFL Game Day is September 7
Sip & Shop: Ask local vendors and crafters to create a pop up shop at your community. Include local bars by asking them to donate beverages. Serve wine, hard cider and beer for sipping, strolling and shopping.
Cocktails & Dogtails: Invite residents to a tail waggin' great time with seasonal cocktails, a dog bone bar and bone-tenders serving hound's hops or poochie prosecco.
S'mores Under the Stars: This can easily be combined with a dive-in movie, movie under the stars, or other outdoor event. S'mores kits are also a fun grab 'n go.
Battle of the Balconies: Ask residents to make their balconies extra GOURDeous. Create a haunted or falltastic hashtag and ask everyone to vote.
Fall Themed Coffee & Tea Bar: Stock it full of flavored coffee & tea, pouches of hot chocolate/cider, caramel & pumpkin spice syrups, cinnamon & cinnamon sticks, pumpkin pie spice & fall themed mugs or recyclable cups.
Fall Themed Brunches: Pumpkin Spice everything -- muffins, oatmeal, smoothie bowls, cinnamon rolls, donuts, waffles, pancakes & French toast.
Pies & Pints: Serve pumpkin beer and apple cider with pumpkin pie and apple pie. Glow up your fall event with pie and pint flights. Pizza is the other pie that is a welcome addition to this party!
Movie Night Under the Stars or Dive-in Movies
Book Club and/or Book Borrowing Library
Board Games Cupboard
Food & Clothing Drives for People & Pets
After School Events for Kiddos
Fall Food Truck Nights
AUTUMNAL COCKTAIL IDEAS
Do you have a mixologist or aspiring mixologist on your team? Share videos of them on social whipping up a fall-themed cocktail in your model or available apartments.
Ginger Moscow Mule & Ginger Apple Moscow Mule
Apple Cider Margarita & Smoky Harvest Apple Margarita
Spiced Maple Bourbon Fizz & Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned (September is Bourbon Heritage Month)
Spicy Pomegranate Ginger Paloma
Chai Expresso Martini & Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned (September 21 is Chai Day)
BOOK EVENT IDEAS
September 6 is Book Day, Library Card Month, and fall is a wonderful time to cozy up with a book.
Blind Date with a Book
Book Borrowing Library
Promote Buy Local at Boo
Free Books for Kids (If eligible, share information on how to sign up for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.)
Community Book Club
Resident Book Exchange
All American Breakfast Month & Better Breakfast Month // Provide breakfast to-go options for the adults and kids of your community.
Bourbon Heritage Month // Serve bourbon cocktails at your weekly cocktail hours. Suggestions: Maple Old Fashioned, Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail, Bourbon Manhattan, Bourbon Apple Cider, Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail, Lion's Tail, Pumpkin Old Fashioned Cocktail, Bourbon Sour & Apple Cider Hot Toddy
Italian Cheese Month // Did someone say CHARCUTERIE board? Team this with one of your happy hours.
Healthy Aging Month // Share all of your healthy amenities and events via social.
DAILY FOOD CELEBRATIONS
Daily food celebrations are a fab, easy and affordable way to connect with residents. They are perfect for grab 'n go's, party themes, WOW fridges, outreach marketing, renewal gifts, resident referral gifts and social media contests.
September 1: Gyro Day // Cherry Popover Day // Chianti Day
September 2: Grits for Breakfast Day // International Bacon Day // World Coconut Day // Tailgating Day // International Bacon Day // Blueberry Popsicle Day
September 3: Baby Back Ribs Day // Welsh Rabbit Day (does not contain rabbit -- it is toast with hot cheese)
September 4: Macadamia Nut Day // Eat an Extra Dessert Day // Spice Blend Day
September 5: Cheese Pizza Day
September 6: Coffee Ice Cream Day
September 7: Salami Day // Beer Lover's Day // Acorn Squash Day
September 8: Date-Nut Bread Day
September 9: Wiener Schnitzel Day
September 10: TV Dinner Day //Hot Dog Day
September 11: Hot Cross Bun Day
September 12: Chocolate Milkshake Day // Ants on a Log Day
September 13: International Chocolate Day // Peanut Day // Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
September 14: Cream-Filled Donut Day // Eat a Hoagie Day // Sober Day (serve Mocktail recipes on social & host a Mocktail Event)
September 15: Double Cheeseburger Day // Creme De Menthe Day // Linguine Day // Cheese Toast Day
September 16: Oktoberfest Starts // Guacamole Day // Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day // Eat an Apple Day
September 17: Apple Dumpling Day // Monte Cristo Day
September 18: Cheeseburger Day // Rice Krispies Treat Day
September 19: Butterscotch Pudding Day
September 20: Pepperoni Pizza Day // String Cheese Day // Punch Day // Fried Rice Day
September 21: Chai Day // Pecan Cookie Day
September 22: Ice Cream Cone Day // White Chocolate Day
September 23: Pot Pie Day // Snack Stick Day
September 24: Cherries Jubilee Day
September 25: Cooking Day // Quesadilla Day // Lobster Day
September 26: Dumpling Day // Pancake Day / Johnny Appleseed Day
September 27: Chocolate Milk Day // Corned Beef Hash Day
September 28: Strawberry Cream Pie Day // Drink Beer Day
September 29: Coffee Day
September 30: Hot Mulled Cider Day // Chewing Gum Day
DAILY THEME DAYS
Daily theme days are an easy way to infuse your social media with interesting/fun facts, to create giveaways and to host resident events.
September 1: Lazy Moms Day // Food Bank Day // Forgiveness Day // Hotel Employee Day // College Colors Day
September 2: World Beard Day // VJ Day // Tailgating Day // Hummingbird Day // Play Outside Day
September 3: Bowling League Day // Skyscraper Day
September 4: Labor Day // Wildlife Day // Newspaper Carrier Day
September 5: Be Late for Something Day
September 6: Read a Book Day // Fight Procrastination Day
September 7: Neither Rain or Snow Day // New Hampshire Day // Grateful Patient Day // Grandma Moses Day
September 8: Star Trek Day // && Ampersand Day && // Literacy Day // Pediatric Hematology, Oncology Nurses Day // Stand Up to Cancer Day
September 9: Share Your Care Day // Wonderful Weirdos Day // Teddy Bear Day
September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day // Grandparents Day // Pet Memorial Day // Swap Ideas Day // Hug Your Hound Day
September 11: Patriot Day, 9/11 Remembrance Day // Make Your Bed Day // Boss & Employee Exchange Day
September 12: Video Games Day // Day of Encouragement // Hug & High Five Day
September 13: Roald Dahl Day // Defy Superstition Day // Uncle Sam Day // Positive Thinking Day // Bald is Beautiful Day // Celiac Disease Awareness Day // Computer Programmer Day
September 14: Live Creative Day // Sober Day // Parents Day Off // School Picture Day // Virginia Day
September 15: Rosh Hashanah // Felt Hat Day // Greenpeace Day // Online Learning Day // POW & MIA Recognition Day // Neonatal Nurses Day // Tackle Kids Cancer Day
September 16: Oktoberfest Starts // American Legion Day // Play-Doh Day // Step Family Day // Working Parents Day // Collect Rocks Day // Dance Day // Red Panda Day // Cleanup Day // Gymnastics Day // Responsible Dog Ownership Day // Mayflower Day
September 17: Constitution & Citizenship Day // Wife Appreciation Day // Women's Friendship Day // Housecleaners Day
September 18: US Air Force Birthday // HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day // World Bamboo Day // Gedaliah Fast // Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day
September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day // IT Professionals Day
September 20: Care for Kids Day
September 21: New York Day // Miniature Golf Day // International Day of Peace
September 22: National States & Capitals Day // Native American Day // Hobbit Day // Dear Diary Day // Elephant Appreciation Day // American Business Women's Day // World Car-Free Day // BRAVE Day // Online Recovery Day // Girls' Night // Centarian's Day
September 23: Autumnal Equinox (the sun is exactly above the equator and day and night are of equal length) // Checkers Day // International Rabbits Day // Public Lands Day // Car Seat Check Day // Teal Talk Day (Ovarian Cancer Awareness) // International Day of Sign Languages // Museum Day
September 24: Yom Kippur // Punctuation Day // Gold Star Mothers & Family Day // International Daughters Day // Singles Day // Innergize Day
September 25: Comic Book Day // Math Storytelling Day // Family Day // Daughter's Day
September 26: Mawlid // Love Note Day // Voter Registration Day
September 27: Scarf Day // Crush a Can Day // Women's Health & Fitness Day // Day of Forgiveness // Tourism Day
September 28: North Carolina Day // Good Neighbor Day
September 29: Save the Koala Day // Confucius Day // Veterans of Foreign Wars Day // Michaelmas
September 30: Love People Day // Ghost Hunting Day // Mud Pack (facial, spa treatment) Day // Family Health & Fitness Day // First Day of Sukkot // Save Your Photos Day
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