It’s officially November and you know what that means: parties, decorations, food, friends, and fun. As an HOA, you play an integral part in making your residents feel the holiday spirit which can seem like a lot of pressure; however, with the right preparations, you and your residents can enjoy a stress-free and fun-filled holiday season.
As an HOA, you want the community to be a place where the residents want to be—and that means giving them what they want. With such a diverse group of people, it is always important to make everyone feel included, which means no Christmas party, but a holiday party will work just fine. Make sure to include decorations for all of the celebrations such as a menorah for Hanukkah, a Christmas tree for Christmas, and a Kinara for those that celebrate Kwanza. In addition to religious decorations, you can include some snowmen and gingerbread men to get people into the holiday spirit, even if they aren’t religious.
Consider Your Liabilities
An important issue that often comes up in these holiday parties is the use of alcohol, which can often be a hefty liability. It is a good idea to only serve non-alcoholic drinks, but you can allow your guests to bring their own alcoholic beverage if they wish—this way, you are no longer liable for any alcohol-related accidents.
Keep in Mind The Cost
While having a holiday party and decorating the neighborhood is an excellent idea, it comes with a cost: how are you going to pay for all of this? Well, this is where planning comes into play. At the beginning of every year, you must make sure that there is enough money left from the resident HOA fees to afford these kinds of holiday decorations and fun. Caterers and entertainment often don’t come cheap, so it could be a good idea to ask for a small donation from your party goers—this way, no one will feel obligated and a price tag won’t scare anyone away.
What About Parking?
Finally, with holidays come guests. To make things easier for all residents, make sure to have a parking plan in place if you don’t have one already. For example, you could set even numbered days to have people park on the side of the street with even-numbered homes. It’s also important to tell your residents that it is important to let their neighbors know when there will be company, so they can plan accordingly, and no one is left inconvenienced.
The key to HOA holiday success is ultimately to plan ahead as much as possible. Think of everything that could possibly happen and plan for it, so you can avoid last-minute meltdowns from employees and/or residents.
If you’re looking for a helping hand with your HOA, there’s no better place to turn than to Association Specialty Group. Call us today at 954-458-5557 to make your holiday season as easy, stress-free, and fun as it can possibly be.