How to Throw a Barbecue Like a Boss

Summer is unfortunately coming to an end, so soak up as much summer sun as you can throughout the next month and throw an amazing barbecue! Invite all of your friends, family, and neighbors for a fun get-together and enjoy the outdoors before the weather starts to change. Here are some tips to help you throw a barbecue party like a boss!

Invite Your Guests
You can’t have an awesome barbecue without friends, family, and neighbors! If you’re planning on throwing a barbecue get-together, make sure to contact anyone you are inviting right away and let them know about the upcoming festivities so they don’t make other plans!

Go for a Potluck Style BBQ
Potlucks are the easiest way to throw a fantastic barbecue. When you invite your guests, ask them to bring a side dish or drinks to share with the group. There is no shame in asking for help, and most people usually ask what they can contribute to the get-together, even if it’s as simple as bringing a bag of chips and dip!

Pick Easy and Classic Recipes
You don’t always have to go all out when you throw a barbecue. Keep it simple and easy and stick to classic recipes that you know everyone loves. However, if you really want to experiment with the menu feel free! Just know you don’t have to go all out to impress everyone. Also, when you are planning your menu and grocery list, think about if your guests have any food allergies or specifications. Are there any vegetarians? Is one of your guests gluten-free? Ask when you invite your guests, so you can plan accordingly and have alternative options!

Pick the Perfect Drinks
Just like picking easy and classic recipes, you’ll want to stick with drinks you know everyone enjoys. Make sure to have an array of options for people to choose from. Some people might prefer a non-alcoholic drink. So have alternative options on hand so everyone can have a refreshing drink. Also, feel free to make your own beverages. It could be as simple as lemonade! Do some research and find a beverage you would like to try and add it to the mix!

Make the Best Playlist
Music always enhances any party or get-together. Make a playlist before your barbecue that screams summer to set the perfect mood all afternoon and evening long. Stick to music selections that are popular among everyone and will keep your guests smiling and wanting to dance!

Bust Out Yard Games
Nothing screams barbecue like a bunch of backyard games. Bust out all the popular yard games that you have and have them ready for your guests to enjoy. From classic yard games like croquet, horseshoes, corn hole, bocce ball, and badminton to new yard games like KanJam, make sure there are games to entertain your guests all day and night! Check out some of these DIY outdoor party games, perfect for any barbecue!

Keep It Simple
There is no need to overdo your barbecue with an excessive amount of decorations. In fact, you don’t even have to decorate at all for your barbecue if you don’t want to. Just put out enough tables and chairs for your guests and hang some lights or candles for when it gets dark and enjoy the fun-filled day with your friends, neighbors, and families!

Don’t Forget about Dessert
Everyone is so focused on the actual barbecue that everyone forgets about the most important part of the get-together – dessert! Again, you dessert option doesn’t have to be fancy or over the top, go for something simple that everyone enjoys. Set up a sundae station and serve ice cream sundaes or get a fire going with an outdoor fire pit and let everyone make s’mores. Whatever you decided to do for your dessert, make sure it easy to make, serve, and clean up, so you can enjoy the festivities as well!

Looking for a great neighborhood to host barbecues in? Check out all of Judd Builders wonderful planned communities! And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you and answer all of your questions!

Superb Summer Events in the Philadelphia Area

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long with these fun, upcoming events! From the wonderful Old City Eats to Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this August in the Philadelphia area!

Center City Sips (Wednesdays Only)
June 6th – August 29th
Center City Sips, the neighborhood-wide happy hour, is back and better than every. Every Wednesday more than 90 bars and restaurants in Center City will serve up $6 cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beer, and half-priced appetizers from 5PM to 7PM. The best part, some participating restaurants may even offer a 15 percent discount on post-Sips dinner too!

Old City Eats
June 21st – August 30th (Thursdays Only)
Get ready to fill your stomach with good eats every Thursday in August. Dozens of bars and restaurants in Old City will offer food and drink deals from 5PM to 8PM. Some participating restaurants are: High Street on Market, National Mechanics, Red Owl Tavern, and more! So make your way to Old City and enjoy what Old City Eats has to offer!

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
May 11th – September 3rd
Philly’s outdoor roller skating rink draws crowds all summer long. From a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel to boardwalk games and a mini-golf course, there’s so much fun and games to participate in. Make sure to enjoy the fun at least one time before the season is up! Click here for more information.

Summer Sounds in the Historic District
June 1st – September 7th
Groove all night long to live musical performances at various locations in the Philadelphia area. From jazz shows in Spruce Street Harbor Park, to Latin night at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, you don’t want to miss out on the fun all summer long! For more information, click here.

ACANA African Festival
August 5th
Head on over to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for the wonderful ACANA African Festival. This festival has a wide range of African entertainment. From traditional dance performances to delicious African food vendors, you’ll want to take time out of your day to visit this entertaining event.

Caribbean Festival
August 19th
Get ready to enjoy the sounds and flavors of the islands for the annual Caribbean Festival. Each year thousands of people gather at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing to enjoy a vast marketplace filled with Caribbean souvenirs, crafts, food, and performances. You don’t want to miss out on this lively festival!

Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing (Thursdays Only)
July 5th – August 30th
Enjoy a weekly outdoor movie night when Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing comes to the Delaware River waterfront. Starting at 8:30pm, you and your family can enjoy cinematic favorites every Thursday night. The best part about it is that admission is free and there are also kid-friendly activities prior to the film.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this August and make sure you enjoy the events that Philadelphia has to offer! Or, if you’re looking for a beautiful home in South Philadelphia/Packer Park, look no further than Siena Place! This beautiful townhome community is perfect for families! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Spectacular Summer Events Around the Flourtown Area

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the fantastic Ambler Farmers Market to the First Friday at Downtown Ambler, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this August near Flourtown.

First Friday at Downtown Ambler
August 3rd
Make you way to Downtown Ambler for special deals, food, music, and art at 6:00PM to 9PM. First Fridays in Downtown Ambler are full of family-fun all night long. From the free “Kid’s Zone” that offers crafts, game, inflatables, shows, and more to lovely live music and delicious food, there is something everyone will enjoy at Ambler’s First Friday.

Center City Sips (Wednesdays Only)
June 6th – August 29th
Center City Sips, the neighborhood-wide happy hour, is back and better than every. Every Wednesday more than 90 bars and restaurants in Philadelphia will serve up $6 cocktails, $5 wine, $4 beer, and half-priced appetizers from 5PM to 7PM. The best part, some participating restaurants may even offer a 15 percent discount on post-Sips dinner too!

Dog Days of Ambler at Downtown Ambler
August 4th
From 10PM to 2PM, head on over to Downtown Ambler and get ready for a day full of family fun that includes your furry friends! Throughout the day there will be tricks and contests for all the pooches. So be sure to invite all of your friends, family, and dogs to this annual tradition! For more information, click here.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
May 11th – September 3rd
Philly’s outdoor roller skating rink draws crowds all summer long. From a 60-foot-tall Ferris wheel to boardwalk games and a mini-golf course, there’s so much fun and games to participate in. Make sure to enjoy the fun at least one time before the season is up! Click here for more information.

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday in August
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place every Saturday in August. From 9AM to 1PM, walk around the market and visit each tent for amazing finds! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to this event and enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment!

4th Annual Ambler Bike Race
August 18th
Make your way to 111 E. Butler Avenue in Ambler for the 4th Annual Ambler Bike Race. You can participate in the race or watch all the racers fly by. There is also streaming music, vendors, and kid’s races for a day full of fun activities for fans and racers alike.

Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing (Thursdays Only)
July 5th – August 30th
Enjoy a weekly outdoor movie night when Screenings Under the Stars at Penn’s Landing comes to the Delaware River waterfront. Starting at 8:30pm, you and your family can enjoy cinematic favorites every Thursday night. The best part about it is that admission is free and there are also kid-friendly activities prior to the film.

Don’t miss out on the fun this August and be sure to participate in the events that the Flourtown area has to offer! And if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a luxurious clubhouse community where you can enjoy the sparkling pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, check out The Reserve at Creekside! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Excellent Summer Events in the Lehigh Valley Area

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival to Music Under the Stars, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these fantastic events going on this August in the Lehigh Valley area!

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
June 13th – August 5th
Head on over to DeSales University for your last chance this year to experience the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in full force. This festival has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and it brings in more than 40,000+ visitors each year. With blockbuster musicals, comedies, and other classical performances, you don’t want to miss your chance to experience this beautiful festival.

Free Family Movie Series
August 1st 15th & 22nd
Relax under the stars while watching some wonderful family-friendly movies that range from Academy Award winning Pixar films to the popular Despicable Me franchise. Each movie starts at 7:30PM, so make your way to the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks for some family fun!

Frogs and Friends Exhibit
June 2nd – September 3rd
Looking for a family friendly activity that the whole family can enjoy? Make your way to the Da Vinci Science Center for the Frogs and Friends Exhibit! This event recurs daily until September 3rd, so don’t miss your chance to come face-to-face with colorful reptiles and amphibians.

Bethlehem Rose Garden Concert Series
August 3rd – 31st
With all concerts starting at 7:30PM, you won’t want to miss the Bethlehem Rose Garden Concert Series that promises a night full of amazing live music. Make your way to Union Blvd and 8th Avenue to get your fill of live music.

Music Under the Stars
Every Thursday
Head on over to Bear Creek Mountain Resort, located on 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie, PA, for a wonderful night of dining and music. Every Thursday from 6PM to 9PM in June through September you can enjoy the great food, gorgeous views and local musicians for a special night out!

Grain to Glass Tour
August 1st – December 22nd
If you are curious about how whiskey, vodka, or even gin were made, then you’ll want to head over to Social Still. Go on an amazing tour and learn the process from beginning to end. Don’t miss your chance to get an inside look at Social Still every Saturday starting at 3PM.

Easton Farmer’s Market
May 5th – November 17th
From 9AM to 1PM visit the oldest continuously running farmers market in Easton. Full of vendors selling locally grown products, you’ll be able to grab fresh produce, local meats, prepared food, and artisan goods. You don’t want to miss out on this vibrant experience that cultivates a lively community spirit.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun events this August and be sure to participate in the events that the Lehigh Valley area has to offer! If you’re looking for a beautiful new construction home in the Lehigh Valley area, check out some of Judd Builders wonderful planned communities! From beautiful Whispering Pines to the spectacular views of Brookshire, there is bound to be a community that is the perfect fit for you! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Round Up of Fun DIY Projects that We Absolutely Love!

The summer is always a great time for relaxation, fun, and most of all DIY projects. If you find yourself with extra time during the summer hours, check out some of our favorite DIY projects that we absolutely love. From fun DIY outdoor games to gorgeous outdoor furniture, there is bound to be a DIY project that you’ll want to build!

DIY Daybed
Do you love relaxing outdoors? If you have a big front porch or spacious deck, why not give this DIY a try? This DIY Daybed will provide you with a go to spot whenever you want to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Get the instructions here.

DIY Modern House Address Sign
Want to spruce up your front porch but don’t know how to? Try building this DIY modern House Address Sign that will definitely make your front porch pop! Also, if you aren’t looking for a modern style, you are able to switch up the look so it’s closer to your personal style! Don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative while you DIY!

DIY Backyard Dominoes
Make game night even bigger and enjoy the summer weather while it lasts with this DIY project. Build you own set of oversized dominoes that you can play in your backyard with your guests. This is sure to be a hit among your friends and might even inspire them to build a set of their own! Get the tutorial here.

DIY Deck-Top Pond
Have you always dreamed of having a pond in your backyard, but you don’t have enough space? Well now you can have you dream pond with this DIY Deck-Top Pond. Create a lovely focal point on your deck with this lovely DIY that your guests will be sure to notice!

DIY Magical Fairy Garden
Do you have any small DIY crafters on your hands? Let them help you with this fun DIY project that is adds whimsy and color to your backyard. Magical Fairy Gardens are picking up popularity among kids and adults. Create your own with your little DIYer for a fun and original day project! Get the instructions here.

DIY Raised Garden Bed
Are you looking to start a garden this summer but have limited space? Make these DIY Raised Garden Beds and start you garden right away! There are a multitude of raised garden bed designs to choose from, so pick one that will work best with the space that you have and plant away!

DIY Oversized Checker Board
Just like oversized dominoes, make your own DIY Oversized Checker Board to enjoy for years to come! This is an obvious way to entertain your guests in a fun and unique way.

DIY Crate Storage Coffee Table
Need a new coffee table to complement your family room? Check out this cool DIY Crate Storage Coffee Table design that also offers a lot of extra storage! Most families spend a majority of their time in their family rooms, so it’s important you have proper coffee table that can also keep your house organized.

DIY Kids Picnic Table and Sandbox
If you have younger kids, this DIY is the perfect project for you. Build a DIY Kids Picnic Table and Sandbox in one! That’s right! This two-in-one DIY offers a spot for kids and their friends to eat somewhere outside, while also serving as a sandbox that will offer plenty of fun.

DIY Sign/Artwork Using Vinyl Letters
Do you love DIY artwork that involves beautiful and inspiring quotes that you live your life by? Instead of buying the expensive artwork that inspires you, why not make it yourself! This DIY will help you through the steps of making a lovely sign/artwork with vinyl letters that you can show off throughout your home! Get the tutorial here.

DIY Tire Planter
Want to add some color and décor to your outdoor spaces? Grab all the supplies you need for this gorgeous DIY Tire Planter project. Not only is this project absolutely beautiful, but it also is environmentally-friendly! By reusing an old tire, build this lovely planter and use it for years to come!

DIY Outdoor Double X Bench
If you need a small and narrow bench that is also super cute, this is the DIY project for you! This bench is perfect for a small front porch or deck and you could even incorporate it into your interior design, if you so desire. The popular rustic farmhouse look of this bench is sure to make heads turn and that fact that you built it yourself will impress any guest who can’t stop admiring the piece!

Want even more DIY projects to tackle? Check out our Pinterest page! We have a whole board dedicated to DIY project that we love and that you can check out and try for yourself. Also, if you’re looking to move into a wonderful planned community, check out one of Judd Builders communities! From 55+ active adult communities to the family oriented single-family home communities all in sought after areas, there is bound to be a community that is a perfect fit for you! For more information contact us! We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you have!

Fun Beach Activities

Summer is in full swing and the best place to be during the heat of the summer is the beach! Enjoy a sunny and sandy day at the beach with the whole family and make your next beach vacation or trip more memorable for everyone by including some of these fun games or activities to participate in.

1. Look for Animal Habitats
Turn your beach vacation or trip into a small outdoor lesson by looking for animal habitats and teach your kids about them. From the grasslands and water to the dunes, you’re sure to find some sort of animal habitat to explore and learn about. Don’t forget to talk about the animals that inhabit the area as well!

2. Hopscotch
You don’t need chalk and blacktop to enjoy this activity. Draw a hopscotch course for your kids to play with. When the course gets too easy for them, have them draw their own creative hopscotch course to challenge themselves and their playmates.

3. Build a Sandcastle
Building a sandcastle has become a staple for any beach trip of vacation. Let your kids creativity flow as you build a one-of-a-kind sandcastle! Let them take control over the project, but make sure to give them pointers to help their castle along! Not only will your kids love making the castle, but they’ll love that their parents are helping out!

4. Organize a Relay Race
If you want a fun beach activity that will ignite the spirit of competition, organize a relay race for everyone to participate in! The relay races can be anything too! From racing back and forth from the ocean to a pail and filling it with water to who can build the tallest sand tower, the options for relay races are endless! So get creative and get planning for an awesome relay race that everyone will love!

5. Host a Beach Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of common things you typically find on the beach. Then, have your tiny explorer spend their time trying to find these hidden treasures. This activity is great for kids who aren’t ready or comfortable exploring the ocean yet!

6. Build a Fort
Just like building a sandcastle, building a fort can be just as fun! Get your kids to play along and build a fort where they can hang out and relax when they aren’t enjoying the water.

7. Learn How to Fly A Kite
If the conditions are perfect, why not learn how to fly a kite? Not only is this a new activity for your kids to learn, but it’s also a fun and challenging as well. If your kids end up enjoying kite flying, you’ll always have a beach activity to keep them occupied for future beach trips/vacations!

8. Beach Bowling
You don’t need bowling pins or a bowling ball in order to bowl on the beach. Create tall sand towers in the formation of bowling pins and bring a kickball to use as the bowling ball. Then, have your kids take turns trying to knock the sand towers down! Once all the towers are gone, they can build them again and keep the game going round after round.

9. Beach Bocci Ball
Beach Bocci Ball is the perfect game for kids and adults of all ages. If you have a bocci set make sure to pack it for a fun day full of friendly competition and amusement!

10. Learn Something New
This activity is perfect for anyone to enjoy on a sunny beach day! Find something that you or your kids haven’t learned yet and set out to learn it during your time at the beach. Whether your and your kids are learning to surf or you bring you current book full of new and inspiring information, learning something new is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy!

Fantastic Flourtown Events for July 2018

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the popular Ambler Restaurant Week to the wonderful Pastorius Park Concert in Chestnut Hill, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this July near Flourtown!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday in July
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the every Saturday in July. From 9:00AM to 1:00PM, walk around the market and visit each tent for amazing finds! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to this event and enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment!

Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th
Celebrate the 4th of July with an amazing fireworks show on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Wawa Welcome America promises it will be the biggest show in more than a decade so you don’t want to miss out on this stunning event! The fireworks also follow the amazing concert that features Pitbull and is free to the public. You won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

Ambler Restaurant Week
July 9th – July 16th
Back and better than ever, Ambler area restaurants will offer amazing specials you don’t want to miss out on. All participating restaurants will have their prix-fix menus listed and available for families and friends to enjoy. From high-end restaurants to casual BYOB restaurants, there is bound to be something to please everyone. To stay up to date on this event, click here!

First Wednesday in July
July 11th
Enjoy the First Wednesday in July at Chestnut Hill with plenty of shopping and dining. With extended store hours, browse through the many boutique shops open for this lovely event. Also, enjoy food and drink specials, art gallery exhibitions, and live music on Germantown Avenue. For more information, click here.

Pastorius Park Concert
July 11th, 18th, and 25th
Head on over to Pastorius Park, located on Millman Street, and enjoy the longest running outdoor concert series. Starting at 7:30 PM, this free event will showcase amazing talent all night long. If rained out, the concert will take place at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Cherokee Campus.

Weavers Way Farm Volunteer Day: Get Dirty, Be Happy, Get Hours!
July 14th
Located on 7095 Henry Avenue, head on over to Weavers Way Farm to help farmers with various morning projects. From weeding the carrots to harvesting crops, you’ll be able to help the farmers with their farming from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Not only will you be able to enjoy the wonderful weather, but there will also be snacks to enjoy too! For more information, click here!

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
July 14th – 15th
Stop by Morris Arboretum and see Thomas & Friends take over the track. Have your family look for their favorite train characters on the quarter mile track. This event will take place over the whole weekend and is included with garden admission. The best part is that once you are done viewing the trains, you can explore the rest of the arboretum as well!

The Oval+
July 20th – August 19th
Through July and August, The Oval pop up park will return to Benjamin Franklin Parkway for it’s fifth season. Not only will there be a new art installation, but you can also enjoy mini-golf, a giant sandbox, and themed programming that everyone in the family will enjoy!

Don’t miss out on the fun this July and be sure to participate in the events that the Flourtown area has to offer! And if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a luxurious clubhouse community where you can enjoy the sparkling pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, check out The Reserve at Creekside! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Summer Fun in the Philadelphia Area

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long with these fun, upcoming events! From the popular Wawa Welcome America Festival to historic Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this July in the Philadelphia area!

Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party
July 3rd
Get ready for live music, street performers, food trucks and more entertainment at Independence Mall as everyone celebrates Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party. For the forth year in a row, this festive celebration is back and better than ever. It also marks the reopening of the historic and newly-renovated Bourse building as well. So make your way to 5th and Market Streets to have some fun and great eats!

Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th
Celebrate the 4th of July with an amazing fireworks show on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Wawa Welcome America promises it will be the biggest show in more than a decade so you don’t want to miss out on this stunning event! The fireworks also follow the amazing concert that features Pitbull and is free to the public. You won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

University City Dining Days
July 12th – 22nd
For ten days, Dining Days returns to University City with amazing prix-fixe meal deals at eateries all around the neighborhood. Make your way to the delicious and diverse dining scene and score three-course meals for $15, $25, or $35 dollars! For more information, click here.

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary
July 14th
Get ready and don’t miss Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day! Consisting of re-enactors recreating the storming of the Bastille, Philly’s version consists of cabaret performances, dancing baguettes, and Marie Antoinette tossing 3,000 Tastykakes into the crowd! For more information, click here.

The Oval+
July 20th – August 19th
Through July and August, The Oval pop up park will return to Benjamin Franklin Parkway for it’s fifth season. Not only will there be a new art installation, but you can also enjoy mini-golf, a giant sandbox, and themed programming that everyone in the family will enjoy! 

Shakespeare in Clark Park
July 25th – 29th
If you love classic literature, especially Shakespearean literature, get ready for Shakespeare in Clark Park. With five free performances of Twelfth Night, you don’t want to miss this entertaining alfresco production. So grab a blanket and head to West Philly’s nine-acre public park for a wonderful show! For more information, click here. 

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
July 29th
The annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival is back and better than ever. Make your way to South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue to view the showing of classic vintage cars and hot rods. Also, don’t forget to stop by and browse through a bunch of the food trucks and craft vendors that will also be at the festival!

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this July and make sure you enjoy the events that Philadelphia has to offer! Or, if you’re looking for a beautiful home in South Philadelphia/Packer Park, look no further than Siena Place! This beautiful townhome community is perfect for families! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Summer is in full swing so it’s time to start cleaning up the yard and getting ready to entertain outdoors! Get your backyard prepped and perfect before you invite your friends, family, and neighbors over for a wonderful outdoor gathering. Here are some helpful tips to get your backyard ready!

Prep the Yard
For great outdoor entertaining, you’ll want your backyard to be clean and in order. Mow the grass, rake any debris away, and make sure any outdoor tools or toys are put away. Having your yard in order will make outdoor entertaining a breeze!

Clean Up the Inside as Well
Although you are mainly entertaining your guests outdoors, you’ll also want to clean up the inside of your home as well. There will be some light traffic within your house, mainly the entryway, kitchen, and bathrooms. You won’t want to overlook these spaces when you entertain.

Set Up Seating
You’ll want to have plenty of seating for your guests to use! Put out extra chairs, or you could even put out blankets on the grass if you are short on chairs. Also, if you know you won’t have enough seating, you could always ask your guest to bring any chairs that they have! Never be afraid to ask for help!

Set Up Lighting and Other Essentials
If you intend your outdoor party to go into the night you should set up lighting before hand. Not only will the lighting set a fun and special atmosphere, but it will also light up the yard when it gets darker. Also, don’t forget to set up other essentials as well! Set out tables with tablecloths, add umbrellas or a canopy for shade. Don’t forget to set out coolers with a vast array of drinks!

Pick Music Beforehand
Music is always great for background noise. If you plan on playing music during your outdoor gathering, make sure you pick the right music beforehand. Choose tunes that are entertaining, pleasant, and something everyone loves, nothing that will overwhelm your guests.

Choose Food Everyone Will Love
When you’re planning on what dishes to make for your outdoor party, make sure to think of your guests when you decide on your menu. When you extend the invitation, ask if anyone has any food allergies or dietary preferences. Or you could ask what everyone enjoys and make that. You could even try a potluck party, where every guest brings a dish, which will definitely lighten you load!

Prepare the Food in Advance
If you do decide to make the food yourself, try to prepare as much food in advance as possible. When it comes to the day of the party, you’ll be glad you got a head start so you can enjoy the party yourself.

Ask Friends For Help
You should never be afraid to ask for help! Whether you need help with pre-party preparation, food preparation, or if you are in need of chairs/supplies, always ask your guests for help.

Prep the Grilling Station
If you intend to grill for your outdoor party, make sure to prepare your grilling station ahead of time. Clean the grill and check if you have enough charcoal or gas to fire it up! Have all grilling utensils close by, along with a meat thermometer, so you don’t have to guess on grilling time!

Keep Pests Away
Don’t let summer pests ruin your outdoor gathering. Make sure to have plenty of bug spray and citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away. The best citronellas are ones with a light scent, so try and find a candle with a light scent!

Set Up Yard Games
You’ll want to plan on having a couple of yard games to play throughout your gathering. Set up popular yard games that everyone will enjoy including, croquet, badminton, horseshoes, and bocce, so you and your guests can enjoy a couple of games throughout the day.

Looking for a wonderful community to entertain all of your friends and family in? Check out one of our wonderful new home communities! Here at Judd Builders we have a strong commitment to quality workmanship and quality homes. If you have any questions feel free to contact us! We’d love to answer any questions you have!

9 Outdoor Activities for the Family!

With summer in full swing, you and your family should take advantage of the beautiful weather! Enjoy the outdoors with family fun activities that everyone will love. From fruit picking, to biking, to cheering on your favorite local sports team, there is something for everyone to enjoy the lovely summer weather!

Biking
Biking is always a great bonding activity for the whole family. If you have younger kids, you might want to start slow until the training wheels come off, but once they’ve got it down, take everyone to local routes. You could even collaborate with another family and enjoy the outdoor activities together!

Hiking
Just like biking, hiking is also another great bonding activity that the whole family will enjoy. Again, if you have younger kids you might want to start out on an easy trail/hike. Also, don’t forget to invite other families to spread the fun or bring a picnic lunch/snacks to enjoy on the trail!

Mini Golf
Mini Golf has been a family favorite for years! Nothing is better than a little friendly competition between the family. The fun and wacky golf courses are always fun to navigate. You could even invite another family to come along and create a little competition.

Local Sports Events
You don’t need season tickets to enjoy a local sporting event! Get tickets to your family’s favorite home team and enjoy the game. Root, root, root for the home team all game long, whether it be a Phillies game, minor-league baseball game, or a local town sporting event! Or you can set up your own day, full of fun sporting events and get everyone in the neighborhood to join in the competition. No matter what you do, your and you family will enjoy the outdoor elements and tons of fun!

Frisbee Golf
Grab a Frisbee and find the closest Frisbee golf course and have a blast all day long! Frisbee golf takes throwing the Frisbee to the next level. However, if you don’t have a course nearby you can create your own! To create a course on your own, set up goals or targets to aim for. The best thing about this option is you can get really creative with your goals and up the difficulty when you’ve mastered the basics!

Fly a Kite
You’ll need a windy day for this activity, but flying a kite is a great outdoor activity for families. Not only is it beautiful to watch a kite fly, but it is also a great learning activity. You can bring along a blanket and lunch and have a nice little family picnic while you fly your kite!

Volunteer
There are plenty of places you and your family can volunteer around your neighborhood. Do some research and see if there are any outdoor volunteer opportunities that both kids and adults will enjoy. From outdoor gardening to a creek cleanup, there’s plenty of ways to contribute to your community as a family.

Plan a Treasure Hunt
If you want a really fun and creative outdoor activity, you could always plan a treasure hunt for your younger kids. Get a small gift or treasure to place in the treasure chest and hide it. The gift could be anything! A movie, a toy your kids have been eyeing up recently, or you could even make the gift a fun trip to their favorite ice cream shop or bakery! Once you have the treasure hidden, make a treasure map with hints so that your kids know how to find the buried treasure. When everything is done, hide the map where your kids will find it and let the fun unravel!

Go Fruit Picking
Find the closest farm where you can go fruit picking and pick your favorite in-season fruit to your hearts content. Enjoy the amazing summer weather while harvesting fruit with your family, and depending on what fruit you pick, you can easily make a dish or dessert out of your harvest!

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