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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.

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.

Three Ways for Outdoor Entertaining in the Fall

Many people think that outdoor entertaining has to come to a halt once Labor Day has passed. Although it may be true that a chill in the breeze puts a damper on outdoor fun, there are several effective strategies for keeping the fun in fall without having to move the party indoors. Following are three ways that residents of apartments in Grand Prairie, TX, can extend the outdoor entertaining season.

Light a Fire

Gathering around a blazing fire in an outdoor fire pit provides an excellent way to enjoy a gorgeous autumn evening. To make the experience even better, give guests the ingredients and tools necessary to create s’mores. If the party is impromptu and you’re not prepared to make open-fire goodies, just grab some sticks and send someone to the closest store for a bag or two of marshmallows, and you’re all set.

Get Physical 

Nothing keeps the heat turned up at an outdoor gathering more than physical activity, so get the party moving by encouraging guests to move to the beat of some good dance music. No one will want to take it indoors if it turns into a vibrant dance party. Just be sure to keep the music low enough so that it doesn’t bother your neighbors. You can always invite them to the party as well.

Make it Hot 

One of the best ways to keep everyone toasty warm on a cool fall night is to serve hot drinks in thick mugs. The heat from the mugs will serve to warm the hands, and the contents will warm your guests from the inside out. For adults, hot buttered rums or other types of hot toddies are a good choice, while minors will love hot chocolate or hot apple cider.

For more information on how to make the most of these beautiful autumn evenings, please feel free to contact our office at your earliest convenience.