Tips for Entertaining In a Home With Pets

Our wonderful apartment homes at Arcadia Run are the perfect place to entertain family and friends with open floor plans, upgraded kitchens, and plenty of space. If you have chosen to move into a brand new apartment home with your pet, it can sometimes be tricky to entertain guests with Fido running around. If you’re planning on entertaining in your apartment home soon, we’ve come up with some helpful tips and ideas for entertaining with pets around!

Plan Ahead       

Whether you are just having one or two friends over for dinner, or hosting a children’s playgroup, it is always a good idea to be prepared. Find out if anyone coming over has pet allergies, and see what you can do to help them be more comfortable when they arrive. If you are having children over, speak with their parents and see if anyone is scared of animals, especially larger dogs.


When you’re around your pets constantly, you may become nose blind to some of the smells that accompany them. Be sure to vacuum up any pet hair from the floors and furniture, and clean out any litter boxes for cats. Using an air freshener or odor-eliminating spray can also help to remove any pet odors in your home.

Safe Space

Creating a quiet and safe space for your pet is important when having a larger gathering in your apartment home. Some animals can get overwhelmed with a lot of people in the home, so for situations like this, put animals in a room furthest from the gathering. Give your pet something to keep them occupied, turn on the TV to drown out the noise, and make sure your pets have food and water available. Many pets find a crate or bed comforting, so feel free to place one in the room with the door open, giving your pet the option to use it if they so desire.

Inform Guests 

If your pet is in a separate room from the gathering, it is important that your guests know where they are kept during the party and what door not to open. There is always a possibility that a guest will want to meet your furry friend, so it is important to warn them if your dog might jump out of excitement. This information can help prevent anyone from being surprised by an unexpected reaction from your pet.


A dog should be given an appropriate but generous amount of exercise before any event in your apartment. A well-exercised dog is more likely to behave and stay calm throughout any event, so while you’re out for your daily walk, throw the ball more than usual or turn the walk into a run.

Theses five tips are just a few of the many that can help you better entertain your guests in your Arcadia Run apartment home! Implementing these tips into your party routine will ensure that everyone has a good time, especially your pets. Reduce their stress and yours just by planning ahead!


5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Summer at Arcadia Run

There’s nothing quite like the warm, sunny, endless days of summer. We’re hoping that you make this the best one yet during our summer of fun at Arcadia Run! We offer gorgeous apartment homes with amazing amenities right here in Manassas, Virginia, so you don’t have to look far for summer fun! From the shimmering waters of our pool to our state-of-the-art fitness center, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here at Arcadia Run. Check out a few of our ideas for getting the most out of you summer!

Marco, Polo

What’s that you hear? That’s the sound of our resort-style swimming pool calling to you! If you have kids, load them up with sunscreen and snacks and head out for a fun day at the pool. Get them splashing away in the pool while you relax on one of our comfortable lounge seats. Our pool is also the perfect place to spend a Saturday with friends!

Get in Summer Shape

Getting in shape and working on your fitness has never been easier when you live at Arcadia Run! Our state of the art fitness center features both a cardio room and weight room perfect for a quick workout or a more intense training session. We have also partnered with Power for Life fitness to offer different classes and training right here at our gym!

Wine Wednesday’s

Grab a couple of friends or plan a fun date night and join us for one of our Wine Wednesday’s! We offer a fun, relaxing night at our clubhouse for residents twice a month that features different wines and the chance to meet your neighbors. If you aren’t a wine connoisseur, no problem! Brush up on some of the wine basics with one of our recent blogs on what you should know about wine.

Host a Party

Summer is the perfect time to host friends or family for a get together at your Arcadia Run apartment home! Open the door to your balcony or patio and enjoy a warm summer evening with some delicious food and great company. Hosting a family game night or having another couple over for dinner is a great way to pass a summer’s night. Our open floor plans and over-sized kitchens ensure that there will be enough room for everyone!

Night at the Fire Pit

While the summer days may be warm, the nights can be cool! Join us for a relaxing night around our fire pit, which provides a warm, welcoming outdoor space for our residents at Arcadia Run! Have a date night underneath the stars, or strike up a conversation with your neighbors.

For more information about our apartment homes and all the great amenities at Arcadia Run, visit our website!