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With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for your board to start planning a festive gathering to bring your community together. Hosting a holiday party for your association can foster goodwill and strengthen your community bond.

Take a look at these helpful tips to get your community parties going stress free:

1. Choose the Perfect Holiday

The first step in planning a holiday party for your homeowners association is choosing the right holiday to celebrate. While December holidays like Christmas and New Years are popular choices, they can be a busy time for most people. Instead, consider hosting your party around the first week of Christmas, or celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving, when schedules tend to be more open. You can organize a heartwarming Community-giving party for Thanksgiving!

2. Plan Well in Advance

To ensure a successful holiday party, early planning is key. Give homeowners plenty of notice so they can mark their calendars. Planning ahead also includes making arrangements for food, decorations, and any other party essentials. This will help you avoid last-minute emergencies and ensure everything runs smoothly on the big day.

3. Be Inclusive

Inclusivity is a vital aspect of planning a holiday party for your community. Be mindful of differing views and avoid party names or themes that could inadvertently make some homeowners feel excluded. For instance, opt for a “Winter Festival” instead of a “Christmas Party” to ensure everyone feels welcome. While there may not be legal requirements for this, it’s important to consider the feelings of all community members when planning your event.

4. Budget Wisely

Depending on your state’s laws, your HOA may or may not be able to cover the costs of the holiday party. Consult with your legal counsel and review your Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) for guidance. If your state doesn’t regulate who pays, ensure your HOA has the necessary funds to host the party. If the budget allows for decorations and basic refreshments, but not a full meal, you can request residents bring their own drinks and appetizers. Most people will be happy to contribute and meet halfway.

Hosting a holiday party for your HOA is a wonderful way to bring your community together and enjoy the season with your neighbors. Remember that the most important job of board members is to encourage community camaraderie. A well-planned holiday party is an excellent way to achieve this goal. So, put your party planning hats on and make the upcoming holiday season a time of fun for all! For more HOA management tips be sure to visit our blog or contact us today for a free quote for your association.