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Hosting a Last-Minute Holiday Party

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It’s easy to become overwhelmed by your social calendar this time of year. So, what happens when it’s your turn to host a holiday party at your Derby Park apartment in Grand Prairie, and you haven’t planned for it? There’s no need to worry. Here are some tips for hosting the perfect last-minute holiday get-together.

Keep the Menu Simple

The meal for a holiday party does not have to be flashy. A taco bar is an easy meal to set up and provides a way for guests to socialize while getting a plate of food. Something simple like a roasted chicken or pizzas can also work. Keep the drinks simple, as well. Opt for a bowl of punch instead of trying to prep a wide variety of drinks. Buy a set of holiday paper plates and napkins to make the cleanup easier as well.

Clean Quickly

The plank flooring in a Derby Park apartment makes cleaning quick and easy. Use dusting cloths and wet pads to give your floors a quick shine, and it will make your whole apartment look cleaner. Then all you’ll have to do is some simply tidying up before your guests arrive. A simmering pot with cloves and cinnamon can give the apartment a homey, holiday aroma as well.

Decorate Fast

You don’t have to turn your apartment into a winter wonderland to host a simple holiday party. Just a few light touches can get the point across perfectly. Set out a few holiday candles in nice seasonal colors. Serve snacks on a decorated holiday tray. Put up one or two strings of lights and you’re all set!

Rent a Coatrack

Many of your guests will likely be wearing a jacket or coat this time of year and most people forget to prep for that. Instead of ending up with a huge stack of coats on your bed, check party stores where you can rent a coatrack for around $20. Post it by the entryway for your guests.

Those are some simple tips to help you host a last-minute holiday get-together. If you have friends or family members who are ready to move into a new home this holiday season, be sure to let them know there are still Grand Prairie apartment floor plans available.

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.

3 Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Your Pet

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to have friends and family over to your Derby Park apartments in Grand Prairie. As you know, pets are welcome at Derby Park, and there are plenty of outdoor areas where pets can enjoy the beautiful Texas weather, especially during Thanksgiving time. But keeping your pet safe during Thanksgiving still needs to be a priority, which is why these three Thanksgiving safety tips for your pet will come in handy.

1. Instruct Guests Not to Feed Your Pet

Some foods that are perfectly safe for humans to eat are not suitable for your pet. These foods may make their stomaches upset or can cause other symptoms that make your pet feel unwell. Let guests know that your pet has plenty of regular pet food available to enjoy on Thanksgiving day, and that they should not feed your pet table scraps.

2. Isolate Shy Pets

If your pet is shy or fearful around people it doesn’t know well, there’s no reason to try to force them to interact with your Thanksgiving Day guests. Instead, set aside an area in your Grand Prairie apartments where your pet is isolated from all the crowds. You could close off your bedroom or a second bathroom, and make a comfortable sleeping area for your pet to enjoy until the festivities have died down a little. Be sure to place a food and water bowl in the area so your pet doesn’t have to wait to eat their Thanksgiving Day meal.

3. Put the Collar On

On Thanksgiving Day, your pet may be confused by all the strange guests walking into your apartment. Just in case your pet manages to escape, make sure they are wearing their collar and tags. If they do get out, whoever finds your pet will be able to contact you and return your pet.

Although you understand that Thanksgiving Day is about friends and family, your pet may be confused with all the extra activity. Keep them safe with these three pet-safety tips. Contact us today for more ideas about helping your pet enjoy life at Derby Park apartments.