How to entertain without lifting a finger

Riderwood takes care of all the details, leaving the hosting to you

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December 23rd, 2019
Year-round celebrations—both large and small—are easy at Riderwood because of the community's many venues and full-service dining and catering departments.

Year-round celebrations—both large and small—are easy at Riderwood because of the community's many venues and full-service dining and catering departments.

As much fun as it is to throw a party or prepare a big holiday meal for loved ones, all of that cleaning, planning, grocery shopping, and cooking can have you thinking “Bah humbug!” whatever the season or occasion.

For the people who live at Riderwood, entertaining is much easier because they have access to private dining rooms and other party spaces as well as a full-service catering department. While residents certainly can host meals and parties in their spacious apartment homes, many opt to reserve a space in the common areas on campus for their gatherings.

An extension of home

“Riderwood is our residents’ home,” says Community Resources Coordinator Amy Hahn. “We try to ensure that whatever celebrations they did before they moved to Riderwood, they are able to continue those here.”

Many community members find that they are not only able to continue hosting celebrations once they move to Riderwood—they’re actually able to upgrade their gatherings because of all of the amenities now at their disposal.

Hahn says many of the spaces that can be reserved are equipped with audiovisual equipment, giving hosts a fun option for entertainment. What’s more, Riderwood is always decked out for the holidays with glowing, decorated trees and a roaring fire in the clubhouse fireplaces—an idyllic spot for families to gather after dinner to open gifts or enjoy a night-cap.

Perhaps the best perk of hosting at Riderwood is access to the catering department, which can cook up traditional meals and festive spreads for residents and their guests. That means the host can sit back, relax, and truly enjoy the party instead of being stuck in the kitchen all evening.

“Our prospects are extremely pleased with the array of options available here, from theater spaces to private dining rooms to large rooms that can be set up for any type of gathering,” says Sales Counselor Debbie Brumbach. “We really have the capacity to fulfill any entertainment request.”

Family gatherings made simple

Mary Thompson and her husband Jacob moved from Bowie, Md., to Riderwood last May, and they’ve already taken advantage of the option to host gatherings in the community’s common areas. They had a birthday party for their great-grandchild and prepared the food for their 25 guests in their apartment and brought it down to the party.

“It was a lot of fun,” Mary says. “The children really enjoyed themselves.”The birthday party was such a success that Mary and Jacob decided to host all of their children and their spouses for a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner in one of Riderwood’s community rooms.“

After the meal, we can go sit in the clubhouse,” Mary says. “They decorate so well here. It’s a lovely place—it reminds me of living at an upscale hotel.”

Festivities throughout the year

In addition to the gatherings that residents host for their families and friends, Riderwood was abuzz throughout the holiday season with festive events and activities for the whole community. In December, the community gathered for Winterfest, a Polar Express-themed event with games, crafts, carolers, a magician, and photos with Santa.

“Residents, staff, families, and friends were all invited to join,” Hahn says.

Music was also an important part of the winter holidays, and Riderwood offered up all kinds of live musical performances throughout the season. The all-women’s resident chorus Grace Notes and the Japanese American Group both put on holiday concerts.

The African American History Club hosted a jazz holiday concert, and the Catholic Community and Circle Fellowship Church joined forces to put on a Global Christmas Concert. The musical celebrations are continuing into the New Year, with the Early Music Ensemble and Gentlemen Songsters both hosting concerts this month.

Brumbach says the exciting lineup of live entertainment offered right on Riderwood’s campus, both during the holidays and throughout the year, is one of the many amenities that attracts new people to the community.

“Prospects want to continue to have entertainment as part of their lifestyles, and the convenience of having theater programs, such as movies, musicals, plays, operas, and local entertainment, to perform on our campus is ideal,” she says.