It’s February, and love is in the air. For homeowners associations, that means getting a chance to spread some love in the community with the help of HOA Valentine’s Day activities.
Share Love This February With These HOA Valentine’s Day Activities
Valentine’s Day is typically associated with romantic love, but that does not mean you can’t celebrate love in all its forms. Homeowners associations, in particular, can take advantage of this special day to lift community spirit and spread neighborly love. If your HOA wants to celebrate the occasion, consider arranging one or more of the following HOA Valentine’s Day activities.
1. Have a Rom-com Movie Marathon
What better way to feel the love this Valentine’s Day than by watching a romantic comedy? Romcoms are popular this time of the year and for good reason. These movies are great for a feel-good time. And, the best part is, there is a rom-com that suits all types of people and ages.
Instead of confining rom-coms to living rooms this year, why not have a community-wide movie marathon? You can host it in any common space that’s large enough to hold attendees. A clubhouse works well, but an outdoor area provides for a cozier experience. And, of course, no movie marathon would be complete without snacks, so consider handing out free popcorn to everyone.
Not sure what rom-coms to show? Here is a list of the best romcoms to grace the screens to get you started.
2. Host a Brunch
If Christmas and New Year’s celebrations call for parties and dinners, Valentine’s Day calls for brunch! Find a space that can accommodate attendees and then decorate it with your theme of choice. A floral theme works particularly great for the occasion and universally appeals to most people. You can either hire catering services to provide the food or have residents bring their own brunch dishes to share. Either way, residents will surely love the lighthearted ambiance a brunch will give.
3. Send Residents a Card
Who says Valentine’s Day celebrations have to be expensive? There are plenty of affordable ways to show love for the community. One of these is for the board to send a Valentine’s Day card to every household.
Again, this does not need to have romantic connotations. Instead, opt for a friendly or neighborly tone when writing your cards. Make sure you convey just how much you appreciate their involvement in the community and how the neighborhood just would not be the same without them. This will make residents feel special and like they truly belong.
4. Arrange a Scavenger Hunt
This one involves a fair bit of prep work and planning, but it is surely worth it when you see everyone having a good time. To start, send out invites to everyone in the community so they can block out their schedule. On the big day, the board or social events committee should scatter Valentine’s Day-themed items around the neighborhood before everyone arrives. Then, once everyone shows up, they can begin looking for the hidden items and collect them in baskets.
It’s kind of like an Easter egg hunt, but swap out the eggs for candy and toy hearts. The best part about a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt is that it suits people of all ages, kids included.
5. Play a Guessing Game
Another one of the more budget-friendly HOA Valentine’s Day activities you can hold is a community-wide guessing game. Place a jar at the community clubhouse and fill it with candy hearts. Then, ask residents to guess how many hearts there are inside. They can submit their guesses by writing them down on a piece of paper and placing it in a box at the same venue. The person who guesses correctly (or comes the closest) wins a prize.
6. Give Back to a Charity
The holidays are typically when charitable donations and actions spike. But, your HOA community can keep that momentum going all through Valentine’s Day, too. You can hold a charity drive by collecting groceries and clothes from residents and then donating them to a local charity.
7. Do Some Volunteer Work
Another way to show charitable love is to do some volunteer work. Have residents sign up to volunteer at a soup kitchen or to entertain kids at a children’s hospital. You can even show some puppy love by volunteering at a dog shelter. Not only does this foster community spirit, but it also spreads love beyond the confines of the HOA.
8. Plan a Dessert Party
When people think of Valentine’s Day, they think of sweets. With this in mind, why not plan a dessert party for everyone to enjoy? Bake some cookies and cakes, but don’t decorate them just yet. Instead, invite residents to the clubhouse so they can decorate the pastries together. This activity is perfect for everyone — couples, kids, and even the elderly. It’s also a great way to have neighbors mingle. Who knows? Your HOA might unintentionally play matchmaker, too.
9. Share Community Love in Ink
So far, all of the activities listed are ways the HOA can share and express love for its members. With this option, residents can show their love and appreciation for the community.
Send out blank pieces of paper to each household and then ask them to write what they love the most about their neighborhood. After that, collect all of their submissions in-person or have them drop them off at the HOA office. Then, you can stick all of their responses on a giant, heart-shaped piece of paper (or cardboard, for something sturdier). Place the giant heart somewhere for everyone to see.
Plan Your HOA Valentine’s Day Activities Today
Some homeowners associations sit out Valentine’s Day because they think it’s only for couples. But, this special day is all about celebrating and showing love in different shapes and forms. And, as you can see, there are plenty of ways to spread the love this February. All you need to do is pick out the right choice for your community.
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