Do you have any tips for hosting a fun, summer gathering at my USF apartment?

Photo of IQ ApartmentsIQ Apartments has an outdoor area complete with a beach-like area and a full grill. Perfect for hosting a summer gathering!

In the summer the weather is warm and school is out - making it the opportune time to invite friends over for a fun gathering at your place! With a variety of amenities, features and activities, USF Student Housing is bound to be the new summer hangout all of your friends are drooling over.

Beat the Heat with Indoor Activities

Many picture Florida summers as warm, sunny and beautiful - which they are - however, it can also get pretty hot with record breaking temperatures and unexpected afternoon rain showers. Depending on the weather, an indoor gathering in the comfort of your air-conditioned apartment may be the most fun. In a furnished USF apartment, you can rearrange the room to create a more open space allowing for dancing or fun games like charades. There are several ways you can repurpose your apartment for guests including themed parties with bright colors and festive music, or dinner parties with a buffet-style feast in your spacious kitchen. For more ways to transform your space, check out this article from DIY Network on making space for a crowd.

Fun in the Sun

If you're thinking of having a larger gathering with both indoor and outdoor fun, consider using your USF apartment's private balcony or patio space as an added gathering area. Extending the party outdoors to the patio is an excellent way to expand your space so your guests don't feel cramped. Using lanterns, floor pillows and other cute outdoor furniture for your guests' comfort would create the perfect atmosphere for everyone to enjoy themselves. If you have a garden-style apartment or if your community has a courtyard, these may also serve as good locations for a group gathering. Large grassy areas are also ideal for picnics or outdoor games like frisbee and cornhole.

Poolside Fun

What would a summer party in Florida be without a little water fun? Many University of South Florida apartments have swimming pools, some of which also offer cabanas, sundecks and grills. With features like these, you could invite a few friends over for a poolside cookout with hot dogs, burgers, chicken and shrimp - you can even make the items into kabobs if you want to get creative! But, before you get carried away on the food, be sure to check with your community on their specific pool rules. There may be restrictions as to how many guests you can invite over or what food and beverage items are allowed near the pool. For instance, though some will allow both food and drinks, glass containers may not be allowed for safety reasons. It's important to be aware of these rules before planning your gathering so that you're able to have worry-free fun. For even more options, check to see what activities and entertainment is available at your community's clubhouse. The clubhouse space may include a lounge area with TVs, indoor games like ping pong or pool, and ultimately more space to comfortably accommodate and serve your guests.

You honestly can't go wrong with a summer gathering in Florida. With the location and the weather, the possibilities are endless! Summer is right around the corner and your USF apartment is ready for friends, family and fun. Happy planning!

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