clubhouse rentals

It’s that time of year for festive celebrations!  One of the benefits of apartment living is extra spaces specially designed for entertaining.  Typically, your apartment community’s clubhouse offer far more room than your apartment ever could, allowing you to expand your guest list and have plenty of space for a fun time. You simply have to discover if you’re talking about clubhouse rentals or reservations . . . and then you’re ready to plan your holiday party. 

Ask if there’s a Fee or Deposit Required

Clubhouses or lounge area can sometimes be booked  for free by tenants – first come, first served – but clubhouse rentals are also common.  You might, however, secure yours for only a deposit. These range in price, but as long as no damage in incurred, your deposit will be fully refunded, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of this amenity without any extra costs. Some places charge a clean-up fee. Be sure to ask in advance so you don’t blow your party budget.

These large lounge areas – community centers, really, are often private, in that they have doors, so that only invited guests drop in.  Most provide dining tables, seating areas, kitchen facilities and  even a bar area, perfect for spreading out a buffet, arranging a potluck, or setting up a drinks station.

Ask about Decor

You’ll want to find out about décor options. During the holidays, many places have their own decorations in place–that’s great because it can save you some money! If not find out the restrictions. Some may not allow items to be hung from walls, or certain items to be brought into the common areas. It’s also wise to inquire about music/entertainment as well as liquor laws. The last thing you want to do it jeopardize your relationship with your association/building and neighbors.

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Tips for being a good resident and host

Follow these tips to have a winning party, while also following the rules of the association:

  1. Reserve in advance. Check with your front office rules and regulations. You’ll want to sign up as soon as you know you’ll want to entertain there. Spaces are limited and go quickly.
  2. Be watchful of the time. If you’ve blocked it off from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. be sure to adhere to these timelines. Let your guests know of the time arrangements to ensure they don’t arrive late.
  3. Clean up afterward. This may involve taking out trash, wiping down the areas used, and possibly even vacuuming. Be sure to ask what is included and what is expected of you. Others may be coming in immediately after you, and will want to find the room ready for their party/celebration.

Enjoy your holidays, and if you host, enjoy your friends and neighbors!

 

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Suzanne Willis is a respected PR professional in the hospitality industry. For many years, she has also consulted on etiquette and brand reputation, while providing etiquette training for corporate employees. Willis is the owner of Mimi's Manners, which hosts etiquette classes for children across the Southeast.

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