Your association’s holiday gathering is just around the corner. But that doesn’t mean PARTY TIME. We suggest you keep these tips in mind as you plan for your celebration of the season to ensure that everyone enjoys the gathering.
- Eat, drink and be merry — in moderation. While this is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the association to get to know each other a little better, alcohol plus social interaction can sometimes lead to “I can’t believe I said that” moments.
- Your association’s holiday party may be the only time many neighbors will see each other – or you. Introduce yourself. This is a great opportunity to become visible to the folks in your organization. At the very least, don’t spend the entire evening with your staff — get in the holiday spirit and mingle with your residents.
- If community members decide to thank you and your staff for your efforts (hey – it happens!), accept the honor gracefully. But don’t drink to yourself or clap when others are applauding you. Also, be sure to make a toast to the person who toasted you, thanking him or her for the recognition.
- Be sure to publicly thank those who coordinated the party. They likely put in a great deal of effort hoping everyone would have a good time.
As you plan the gathering, here are a few other things to consider:
- Consider your association’s diversity. We’re not saying you shouldn’t wish everyone a “Merry Christmas” – but keep in mind that a “Christmas” party may alienate some residents. A holiday party is more inclusive.
- Is a daytime or evening party more convenient for attendees? Will the gathering be appropriate for children? If not, will asking attendees to arrange for child care be an issue?
- Plan an event that reflects well on the association. Choose an appropriate location, control the alcohol flow, and take your residents’ interests into consideration.