In our retirement community we have 5 different buildings and people get to know those who live in their building pretty well. I'm always trying to find an idea that gives the residents in one building a reason to talk with a resident from another building.
In the past I have held pizza socials and invited different buildings to come together and they were successful and I have created special events for the same purpose. The Rainbow Theme Party is a new special event that I will introduce to the community next month. As I work on the details, I thought I'd share them with you so that you can have time to do it this summer if it interests you.
First let me tell you that my inspiration came from Pinterest. Please take a minute to see my board for Rainbows. You will find food and decoration ideas that are very cool. (I did not get my inspiration from searching adult rainbow party on the Internet and I suggest you save the time and the embarrassment and skip that step. And no, this is not a gay theme party - but could be if you wanted it to be, I guess.)
We will be hosting a reception at 4:30 p.m. in our Club House Lobby. We find this is the best place and time as residents are coming a distance to go to the nearby dining room which opens soon after the party ends. I've assigned each building a color of the rainbow (yes, there are more colors than I have buildings - that's the way it goes.....) and asked the residents to wear their specific color. Those who wear their building's color will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing later that night.
We will have the Lobby decorated with a rainbow balloon arch and it will be the centerpiece of the evening. This party will be full of color. I will make balloon bouquets of each buildings colors and place them around the Lobby. The tables will be covered with rainbow table covers, and the food will be as close to picture perfect as the ones I have on Pinterest. (Suggestion: show your Culinary department the ideas well in advance to determine what is do-able for them.) Make sure to look at the Activities Director's Store to get a lot more supplies for your party (candy, clothing, decorations, etc)
For the entertainment, I found a performer who I've worked with in the past and told her the idea for the night. She will be using songs with colors in their titles or lyrics as well as the most famous, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
This sounds very basic when I put it all out there, but I honestly feel that sometimes you do not have to go out and spend a ton of money and bust your buns to make elaborate events to have them enjoyed by the residents in your retirement community. I'd love to hear if you have done this theme before or how it goes once you do it. Please leave your comments below.