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4 Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

thanksgiving table settingThere are so many things to be thankful for in life. Thankfully, we have come up with a few ways you can make your Grand Prairie apartment holiday-ready as you prepare to host friends, family members, and random dinners with your significant other. These fall-inspired centerpieces and autumn accessories will put your right in the mood for the season’s upcoming festivities.

1. Antique Box & Bouquet

You don’t have to make room between turkey and stuffing for this fall undertaking. Your chic box can decorate your table during dinner or when nobody’s around. Fill it with colorful fall flora, and let your table speak for itself when guests arrive.

2. Whimsical White

Autumn produce provides an awesome backdrop for get-togethers, but nobody said you have to stick to the natural color scheme. Paint a few mini pumpkins or gourds with an all-white facade, and lay the foundation for a whole new autumn. White linen tablecloths, wood paddles, bright white fall produce, and colorful berries provide the perfect combination of colorful-yet-refined.

3. Pumpkin Candlesticks

Two things you need to know: they’re stunning and they’re super easy. Once you’ve figured that out, the rest just falls into place. All you have to do is find a few pumpkins or gourds that sit well on their foundations and pop off their tops. Place votive candles on top, and shield them with glass hurricanes to protect the flames.

4. Thankful Tree (Turkey Style)

Armed with a bit of cheap plywood and some seen-better-days forks, you can turn the center of your table into a spot where gratitude and graciousness come together under the guise of a turkey’s feathers. Share photos, pass on a kind compliment, or warm somebody’s day with a few words of encouragement with this masterful mid-table design.

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a dinner table where friends and family members can feast throughout the day. If you’re looking for an apartment home that allows you to entertain to your heart’s content, check out the floor plans at our Derby Park Apartments!

4 Rustic Fall Decor Ideas at Derby Park

cozy bedFall is the perfect time to change your decor from the pastel and sunny colors of spring and summer to the earthy and natural tones of fall and winter. A rustic-inspired decor embraces nature, simplicity, and a coziness that lends itself to chillier temperatures.

4 Ways to Transform your Derby Park Home to a Rustic Decor

  • A change of color. Create a charming space by replacing rugs, pillows, dining linen and dishware with fall colors that complement your walls and floor. Rustic colors don’t necessarily mean shades of brown and green. Blush and Boysenberry (a deep maroon color) can add an earthy elegance to a neutral decor. Pineapple and Cardinal Red can inject brightness, while Hunter Green and Orange will certainly elicit a fall mood.
  • Incorporate natural elements. Certainly, the fall season is a time of change—where nature begins its entrance into hibernation for rejuvenation. Infusing natural fabrics and elements from nature can quickly take your home from summer to fall. Consider natural fiber rugs made of cotton, hemp, jute or seagrass—and make sure your wood furnishings take center stage.
  • Add fall foliage. Switch out some of your plants for Autumn flowers. Begonia, Crocus, Dahlia, and Gladiolas are some hearty fall favorites. Don’t forget to keep a fresh bouquet of fall-colored flowers strategically placed within the home.
  • Create rustic fall crafts. Create your own elegant fall centerpiece or simply combine a harvest of gourds, pinecones, and dried fall leaves to embellish a spare side table. Add color to your front door with a wreath of dried corn tied together by their husks. Explore this list of fall decor crafts by Martha Stewart for refreshing DIY ideas.

Grand Prairie apartment living is all about creating a special space—a cozy home that fits your unique style and personality. Take a moment to view the available floor plans at Derby Park and discover our great location and distinctive amenities!

Best Roller Coasters at Six Flags Over Texas

roller coaster track

The wind in your hair. The rush of your heart. The exhilaration of letting your voice scream with all your might. Roller coasters can bring such thrill and pleasure to your life, and with one of the most exciting amusement parks just miles away from our community, it’s the perfect time to explore local coasters.

Let’s take a look at some of the top roller coasters at Six Flags Over Texas amusement park, and let the great times roll!

Bizarro

This ride was previously called Medusa and has no bottom to it, so your feet are dangling in the air. You reach over 60 miles per hour of pure adrenaline rush on this intense, yet smooth, ride. Bizzaro boasts 3984 feet to its name, with 50 percent more ride space than Batman.

Goliath

If you’re a serious thrill seeker, you won’t want to miss experiencing the Goliath. Living up to its name, this massive roller coaster brings you speed and space with plenty of screams to spare.

X-Flight

At 120 feet with a max speed of 55 miles per hour, the X-Flight gives you 3,000 feet of pure terror and excitement. If you’re over 53 inches in height, you’ll be able to experience this winged roller coaster that offers a smooth ride, while also giving you monster speed.

Virtual Velocity

This ride of 185 feet with a max speed of 70 mph offers you a track length of 630 feet. Categorized as an impulse ride, you must be at least 53 inches to ride. This ride uses a lift hill with magnetic motors to shoot you forward. Virtual velocity alternates between forward and backward movements.

Living The Thrill

Roller coasters provide great excitement, pleasure and all-out fun on Six Flags trips. If you’re looking for Grand Prairie apartments and want to add a little more thrill to your life, check us out at Derby Park!

 

5 Cooking Secrets Every Home Cook Should Know

cutting board with herbs

Cooking at home is a great way to save money and eat healthier, too. There are lots of cooking hacks to improve anyone’s cooking game. Here are five of the best cooking secrets that every cook should know:

Use Ricotta Cheese for the Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Ricotta cheese makes scrambled eggs so creamy and delicious. Just use one cup of ricotta cheese for every six eggs. Cook the mixture in a little butter, add salt and pepper and serve with toast for the perfect breakfast.

Make Jar Pasta Sauce Taste Like Fresh

Your dinner guests will think that you made your pasta sauce homemade if you use this trick. Just put a small amount of olive oil in a pan, add garlic, mushrooms and onion. After the vegetables are brown, throw the jarred sauce in the pan. This lends a homemade taste to any store-bought pasta sauce.

Have the Creamiest Guacamole With This Trick

Rather than using a fork or spoon to make guacamole, just smash the avocados with the smooth side of a meat hammer. This makes the avocado smooth and creamy, which is perfect for guacamole.

Bring out the Richness of Your Brownies

Instead of adding water to your boxed brownie mix, substitute it with the same amount of coffee. This makes your brownies very delicious and enhances the chocolate flavor. If you don’t have any coffee, use water and add a tablespoon of molasses instead to get the same rich flavor.

Make Healthy Ice Cream With Just One Ingredient

All you need to make very creamy, healthy ice cream are bananas. Take two very ripe bananas, add them to the food processor and blend until they are smooth. After you finish mixing the bananas, put them into a bowl and freeze for one hour. You’ll have a delicious treat that you won’t feel guilty about eating.

Have Fresh Herbs for Your Foods

Instead of throwing away fresh herbs that you won’t use, put them in an ice cube tray, add olive oil on top of the herbs and freeze. Then, whenever you want fresh herbs, simply take them from the ice cube tray and throw them in your meal.

One of the most important things when it comes to cooking is having a kitchen that has plenty of storage and prep space. Derby Park Apartments in Grand Prairie, Texas feature large kitchens with new appliances. Contact us today for information on our available floor plans and get cooking!

How to Pack Like a Jet-Setter

suitcase in roomWhile we know you love living at Derby Park, many of our residents love spending time exploring the world. There’s nothing like the adventure of exploring a new city; we encourage it! Yet, when you are packing up at your apartment in Grande Prairie, take advantage of a few tips that can help you to pack less but have everything you need. That way, you don’t have to pay those expensive fees for taking an extra bag with you!

Tips for Packing Success

How you pack and what you bring with you when traveling really defines how affordable any trip can be. Try these tips for becoming a true jet-setter who doesn’t worry about lots of luggage.

  • Start with a packing list. Choose just what you need to have to travel, such as a toothbrush and passport. List personal items you need to have.
  • Roll and vacuum pack all of your clothing. That helps you avoid the wrinkles while also getting much more into smaller bags. This will make the best use of the amount of space you have.
  • Use every component of your suitcase wisely. For example, look for the empty space along the sides or even inside your shoes. Use that space wisely for items you need to take with you that you need to protect.
  • Place all of your liquid items into zipper-locked bags. This ensures nothing spills onto your clothing and leaves you with an expensive clean-up bill.
  • Bring the smallest items you can. Instead of packing two books, bring along a tablet to read the books on. Instead of bringing along a large bottle of shampoo, go for the travel size. This saves you a significant amount of room.

Make Living at Home a Success

While you may be touring the world, you always want to come home to a place you love to call home. Check out our available apartments in Grande Prairie!

Hosting a Fourth of July Event

summer hamburgersAre you thinking of skipping the crowded bustle and noise of the large-scale public fireworks displays this year? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A big crowd is definitely not for everyone. Fortunately, a Fourth of July party doesn’t have to be a huge production to be successful. All you really need are friends, family and food to have a great time. Here are a few ideas for hosting a Fourth of July event that everyone will enjoy!

The Food

The Fourth of July is usually accompanied by casual but delicious food. For an outdoor event, it’s hard to go wrong with traditional favorites like burgers and hot dogs, fresh off a hot grill, with some grilled corn on the cob or veggie kabobs as sides. Don’t forget the watermelon to finish off the meal with a refreshing, sweet treat!

Drinks and Desserts

Since it will, after all, be a Texas July, consider making light and refreshing desserts, like a  Key Lime Pie or fruit sorbet. Set out big pitchers of sparkling lemonade or iced tea to drink to keep your guests hydrated and happy!

Be Considerate and Responsible

Please remember that shooting off any fireworks, even small ones, is not allowed. This is more than a request for courtesy within our Derby Park apartments in Grand Prairie, it applies to the entire city. We ask that our residents abide by these laws. If there will be children attending your party who might be disappointed by the lack of fireworks, consider trading sparklers for glow sticks, bracelets or necklaces to play with after it gets dark!

However you choose to spend your Fourth of July this year, please stay safe and have a great time. If you aren’t yet a member of our community, give our office a call! We are always happy to discuss floor plan availability with our potential new residents.

A Summer Full of Concerts to Check Out in Grand Prairie

Concert MicrophoneOne of the many great things about being a resident at Derby Park Apartments in Grand Prairie, TX is the convenient, central location and the wide variety of fun things to do nearby. We are not only in close proximity to Six Flags Over Texas and Mike Lewis Park, but also terrific live music venues!

Soon summer will be upon us, and one of the fun things to do near our apartments in Grand Prairie is to check out concerts. Music lovers in our community are going to have a hard time deciding which of the many amazing shows they want to attend at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie and Lone Star Park, just down the road from the Derby Park Apartments in Grand Prairie.

Jam All Summer Long With This Great Concert Lineup

 

Check out the calendar of concerts this summer in the Grand Prairie, Texas area:

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

Bell Biv DeVoe, Guy, SWV & EnVogue: June 9

John Mellencamp: June 21

Gloria Trevi vs Alejandra Guzmán: June 29

Hans Zimmer Live on Tour: July 13

I Love The 90’s – The Party Continues Tour: July 29

Idina Menzel: July 30

Maze with Frankie Beverly & The Isley Brothers: August 5

Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper: August 11

The Australian Pink Floyd Show: August 19

Lost 80’s Live: August 24

The Piano Guys: August 26

Lone Star Park

Josh Abbott Band: June 16

Randy Rogers Band: July 7

Pat Green: July 21

It’s going to be a great summer at Derby Park Apartments in Grand Prairie. Whether you are enjoying an amazing concert or relaxing by one of the two swimming pools available for Derby Park residents, one thing is certain: It’s going to be a great season! Don’t want to miss out on the summer fun? Find yourself in the middle of it all. Contact us and become a member of our happy community!

5 Ways to Go Green While Grocery Shopping

Vegetables at Grocery StoreIf visiting farmer’s markets and liquidating your paychecks at specialty grocery stores doesn’t sound like an appealing way to go green, don’t worry! You can shop at any supermarket near our Grand Prairie apartments and still be kind to the environment. Here are 5 tips to help you get started.

1. Walk the Perimeter

The inside aisles of most stores are where you will find refined, processed foods that take more energy and resources to create than the produce, dairy and meats found in the outer aisles.

2. Look for Local 

Whether you’re choosing locally produced food or finished items like bread and tortillas, choosing local not only means your food is probably fresher, but it also had a much shorter trip to your store.

3. Try Organics

Although organic foods can be a bit more expensive than their conventional counterparts, organic foods tend to skip chemical additives that can be dangerous to the earth (and you!). Foods that are 100% organic are best, but even foods that are simply made with organic ingredients are better than conventional ones.

4. Less Packaging

Have you ever opened a box or a bag of something only to find another sealed package inside? From cereal to cookies to bread, an excess of packaging is everywhere. Look for foods with minimal packaging, and try reusable produce bags to cut down even further.

5. Speaking of Bags

Packing up your purchases is another place to cut down on environmental waste, too. The best option is to choose sturdy, reusable bags that avoid waste altogether. If you forget your bags at home or don’t want the hassle, bring your used plastic bags back to the supermarket and drop them in the recycling bin to keep them out of the landfill.

Green Living Made Easy

Being close to many major grocers and retailers are only one of the ways we make green living easy in our Grand Prairie apartments. To schedule a tour, contact Derby Park Apartments today.

Seven Unique Flowers to Grow In Your Apartment

Orange Oriental Poppy flowerThere are so many varieties of flowers in this world. Yet, year after year, apartment dwellers end up planting the same old impatiens, begonias and petunias that they can purchase in big flats from the local home improvement store. Yes, they’re pretty. But there are so many other gorgeous options out there, including:

Cape Plumbago

Also known as sky flower, these pretty blue flowers thrive in the Texas heat. A bonus? Butterflies love Cape plumbago. This flower can be left to sprawl along the ground or can also be trained to climb a trellis.

Oriental Poppy

Beautiful and bold, these brightly colored flowers are the stars of any garden for the short period of time that they grace this earth with their presence.

Grandma’s Yellow Rose

Also known as Rosa ‘Nacogdoches,’ this plant boasts fragrant, lovely yellow blossoms that are perfect for cutting. And having this lovely flower in your garden is also a nod to the famous folk song, “The Yellow Rose of Texas.”

Pasque

This perennial boasts pretty purple flowers with a prominent yellow center. This flower does best when planted in sandy or gravelly soil that drains well.

Hinckley’s Golden Columbine

This is a Texas native that will grace your garden with stunning yellow flowers that are fragrant and great for cutting. Hinckley’s golden columbine is a perennial that will spread quickly and is also an evergreen.

Mexican Honeysuckle

This evergreen shrub is drought tolerant and blooms for most of the year. A big bonus? Its bright tubular orange flowers are attractive to hummingbirds.

Cigar Plant

This plant blooms in the fall and has orange-yellow flowers that are cigar shaped—hence, its name. This is another plant that is drought tolerant and will attract hummingbirds to your garden.

Do you love flowers but have nowhere to plant them? Then you may want to consider moving to an apartment that has outdoor space. Every Derby Park apartment boasts either a large balcony or patio, which you can grace with your own beautiful flowers and plants. Sounds interesting? Then call today, so you can check out Derby Park’s beautiful apartments in Grand Prairie with your own eyes.

5 Last-Minute Party Tips for the Big Game

FieldThe big game provides the perfect excuse to have a blow out with your friends and family, but party prep is never as much fun as actually watching the game. If you’ve invited a crowd over for a viewing party of the big game but forgot to prepare in advance, the following five tips will help you get your party together in no time.

Five Last-Minute Tips for Your Big Game Party

Set up a do-it-yourself nacho bar: No big game party is complete without snacks, and if you’re running short on time and don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen, a DIY nacho bar is a fun, festive and easy.

Put together a beer tasting: Drinking a cold beer and watching the big game go hand in hand, and an easy way to set your party apart from any other Sunday is to create a beer tasting for your guests.

Get a round of big game bingo going for the kids: Give the youngest fans at the party something to do while your adult guests are enjoying their beer tasting. Thanks to this free template, getting a game of big game bingo going is as easy as printing out score cards, passing out markers and watching the game.

Go on a Costco beer run: Even if you don’t have a Costco membership, the discount chain sells alcohol to non-members at the same low member prices. So make a Costco run to stock up on beer for your guests and save up to 35 percent over your local liquor store.

Make your own ice cream sandwiches: Whip up some quick ice cream sandwiches using Oreos and a small scoop of ice cream, then roll in sprinkles matching your team’s colors.

Residents of Derby Park looking to throw a great party for the big game should be certain to follow these five last-minute tips.

If you’re looking for a new Grand Prairie apartment to host all your parties in, give us a call today. We’d love to show your our spacious homes.