7 Entertaining Tips In Your New Home

Now that you moved into your amazing Judd Builders home you can enjoy the benefits of living in a wonderful planned community. But how should you celebrate the big move? Well you could throw a housewarming party if you’ve just moved in or you could just throw a regular house party to reconnect with your neighbors, friends, and family. Here are seven tips to help you entertain in you new Judd home!

1. Prepare in Advance
Don’t do everything the day of your party. Instead, prepare everything you can in advance, so the day of you can enjoy the party as much as your guests. Shopping, cleaning, and cooking is a recipe for one stressful day. Organize a week in advance and plan out a schedule so you won’t get too overwhelmed. Clean the house one day, go grocery shopping the next day, and cook the day before the party and everything will go as planned.

2. Know Your Limits
Not only do you need to know you limits when hosting a party, you need to know the limits of your house! Don’t invite too many people where you can’t accommodate for them. Whether it’s not enough space in the house or you can’t make enough food, know you limits and don’t stress yourself out by inviting too many guests to your party.

3. Don’t Go too Crazy over Cleaning
It’s understandable that you’ll want to clean your house before the party, but don’t go overboard and clean everything. All you really have to do is vacuum, dust, and clean the bathrooms and your house will be ready for your party. Also, if you have a lot of papers and clutter lying around on counters, gather it up and put it in a bin in your bedroom.

4. Make a Playlist
Music can create a perfect party atmosphere, so make a playlist in advance for your house party. Start off with mellow music and continually build it up and bring it back down for the right balance of music that your guests will enjoy.

5. Serve Simple Foods
Don’t try to make a brand new recipe for your party. Instead stick to recipes you’ve made before and are simple to make. It will be less stressful and you’ll be more at ease knowing that the recipes taste delicious.

6. Ask for Help
Whether it’s help from your family or friends, don’t be afraid to ask for help. They can help before, during, and after the party taking some of the load off your shoulders. Also, if your guests offer to bring anything like desserts, appetizers, or sides, say yes! You don’t have to do everything yourself!

7. Enjoy the Time with Your Guests
Don’t forget about the reason you’re throwing a party. Enjoy the time with your guests and don’t fret over imperfections. Most likely your guests won’t care or even notice any imperfections because they’re too busy having fun and spending time with everyone.

Fun Friday Nights: How to Have Fun While Staying In

You don’t always have to go out to have a good time! That’s right, you can just as easily stay in on Friday night and have all the fun in the world. Plan to invite your friends and neighbors over and try out some of these fun at-home activities that will keep you entertained all night long.

Game Night
This classic is still one of the best ways to have fun while staying in. Invite your friends or your neighbors over for a rowdy night of card and board games that are sure to create lasting memories. Also, if you want to go big for game night add a theme and decorate accordingly.

Movie Night
Having a movie night is always a surefire way to have an awesome Friday night. A movie night is always easy to pull off and it can be very relaxing after a long week of working. However, you can also take movie night to a grander scale by having a big screen in your backyard. Pick a nice night to sit outside and project a movie onto a sheet. Not only is this different and fun from an original movie night, but you can also enjoy the outdoors.

Neflix Night
Similar to movie night, you can easily have a wonderful night in by hosting a get together and watching the latest Netflix series or a show that you and your friends have missed out on. Are you trying to catch up on a series? Gather with your friends and binge as much of the season as you can. At the end, not only have you spent quality time with your company, but you’ll have endless theories to chat about after the binging is over. If you don’t have Netflix don’t worry, just stick with the classic movie night and you’ll be sure to have a good time!

Girls Night: Spa Night/Bake Off
Forget girls night out. Instead have a girls night in and have a spa night or bake off. You don’t have to stick with the classic game night to have a fun time with your ladies. Relax and unwind from a stressful week of work and treat each other to a spa treatment. Paint your nails or give yourself a facial, whatever you decide to do make sure it’s relaxing and fun. However, if spa night is not for you, you have other options to choose from. Have a bake off and try out all the recipes that you’ve been dying to try. The options are endless, so plan the perfect girls night in for you and your favorite ladies.

Guys Night: Sporting Events/Competition
If girls can have a girls night in, why can’t guys do the same? Don’t limit yourselves to game night or movie night, get creative and think about what you and your guys would enjoy. Does a flag football game sound fun or would you rather grill and chill with your buddies? Whatever you decide to do just remember to have fun with it!

Host a Winning Super Bowl Party!

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about how to celebrate. Hopefully your team made it to the final showdown, but if they didn’t you can still have fun and throw a winning Super Bowl party to enjoy the festivities with your friends and family. Here are some great tips, trick, and recipes to help you throw a spectacular Super Bowl party, even if your favorite team isn’t competing.

Decorating:
Decorating is essential for a fun Super Bowl party. Not only is it fun to decorate, but it also gets everyone in the perfect mood for the game. Get creative with your décor and follow a football theme that everyone will love. From AstroTurf coasters to a football field table runner, the décor options are endless! Check out some of these great ideas for Super Bowl décor and have fun decorating! Also, don’t forget to decorate with your team’s colors!

Food:
The most important aspect of the party, other than the game of course, is the amazing food. Opting to serve traditional tailgate food is probably the best way to go, but don’t be afraid to have fun with your food. Get creative with how you set up the food you are serving and take inspiration from some of these great ideas! If you’re having trouble finding recipes to enjoy during game day, look no further. The Today Show has got you covered! Check out their list of the 50 Ultimate Super Bowl Party Foods! However, if you’re looking for healthier finger foods try out some of these healthier recipes of traditional tailgate food.

Games:
Depending on what time your party begins, you can plan to play some games in advance. If you are starting the festivities early, play a game of flag football to get everyone pumped. However, you can opt for more low-key games as well. One of the best ways to get your guests interacting with games is to have a Super Bowl pool. Have your friends and family wager who will win and what the final score will be. At the end of the game make sure to have a small prize (a gift card would be great!) for the person who had the closest prediction. The game options are endless! This site has plenty of great Super Bowl party games if you need any help or inspiration!

Whether you decide to go all out for your Super Bowl party or throw a low-key party, make sure to enjoy the game and the time you spend with your friends and family! Hopefully your favored team wins and if not, there’s always next year!

Best Indoor Attractions for the Grandkids

As the weather gets colder, you’ll want to find some fun indoor attractions in the area to do with the grandkids over the holiday break. If you live in Renaissance at Morgan Creek, you’ll find there are plenty of places in Bucks County to take the kids for some fun when the weather is less than stellar.

Giggleberry Fair
Located on Route 263 in Lahaska, Giggleberry Fair sits in Peddler’s Village, featuring many play areas for different ages. Giggles Discovers is for kids six and under, featuring a water table, a fire station section, puppet theatre, kiddie rides, and the Grand Carousel. There’s also Giggleberry Mountain, a three-story, six-level obstacle course and maze, with berry blasters and foam balls for un-ending fun.  Open Monday – Thursday from 10am – 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sundays from 10am – 6pm, the prices will vary based on the activities but range from $5.50 up to $22.99 for different experiences!

Bucks County Children’s Museum
While it’s a bit of a drive from Renaissance at Morgan Creek, you can make this a super special trip with the grandkids. Located at 500 Union Square Drive in New Hope, this open play space features interactive areas for the little ones. Build a fort, design your very own race car, dig for dino fossils, or play in the recreated version of the town square. It’s only $8 to get in, and kids under one get in for free. Closed Mondays, the museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Da Vinci Science Center
This is fun for both you and the kids! With a variety of exhibits for kids of all ages – you can see the science of waves, check out the marine tank, build something cool such as a Mack truck, learn about earthquakes, or experience a hurricane (indoors)! With so many different exhibits and experiences, you won’t know where to start! Open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sundays from noon until 5pm, head on over to 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass in Allentown. Tickets will cost you $12.95 for general admission (children ages 3 and up). Learn more about it here.

Crayola Experience
With over 28 hands-on activities, you’ll get your fill of colorful fun at the Crayola Experience center in Easton, PA. There are four floors of fun where you can name and wrap your own Crayola crayon, or be the star in a coloring page – your little ones will be occupied for hours as you make your way through the Crayola Experience. Both educational and fun, this is a great way to spend the day as a family when it’s a bit too chilly outside. Hours vary during the holiday season, so be sure to check their website or their events calendar before your plan your trip. Since it’s a 45-minute drive from Renaissance Creek, you’ll want to plan your day accordingly!

Lehigh Valley Mall
If all else fails to entertain your teen grandchildren, take them to the Lehigh Valley Mall. Stocked with the latest in boutiques, music shops, and of course the food court, your grandkids are sure to find something they love here. Spend an hour or the whole day and grab something to eat while there.

Judd Builders offers many communities for living in the PA area, many with close access to fun places to bring the grandkids. If you’d like to become a part of Judd Builders’ communities, call us today to learn more.

Unique Holiday Party Ideas Everyone Will Love

With the holidays in full swing it’s only natural to have a holiday party to keep the festivities going. However, don’t get caught up in throwing a typical party. Get creative and throw a unique holiday party that everyone is bound to enjoy and remember for years to come. Here are some fun and creative ideas to inspire you!

Reverse Christmas in July
Everyone’s heard of Christmas in July so why not reverse the festivities and celebrate July during Christmas? That’s right, invite friends and family over and suggest they bring tropical temperatures with them. Tell guest to wear beach-themed attire and make sure you have plenty of piña coladas at the ready. Also, don’t forget to have summer themed food and treats with a holiday twist. Make classic sugar cookies cut out in flip flops, swim trunks, tropical flowers, surfboards, and santa but decorate them for Christmas! Have fun with this party idea and make sure to get creative! It is sure to be a hit with everyone and will surely be a party to remember!

Karaoke Night Holiday Style
Forget about caroling in the cold and unforgiving weather. Instead invite your friends, family, and neighbors over for fun-filled night of karaoke featuring everyone’s favorite holiday songs! It’s guaranteed to be a wonderful night to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

Movie Marathon
Who doesn’t love a great movie marathon? Compile a list of your guest’s favorite holiday movies before the party and make sure to have them on hand. Play them throughout the night and make sure to have plenty of food and holiday snacks for everyone to enjoy!

Gift Wrapping Party
Don’t wait till last minute to wrap all of your presents. Instead, throw a gift-wrapping party and invite you neighbors to make gift wrapping more fun! Tell everyone to bring gift-wrapping materials and make sure to have plenty of holiday snacks and treats for everyone! Also, don’t forget to hide any gifts that you might be giving to your guests! You don’t want to wrap their present in front of them and ruin the surprise!

Holiday Crafts
Gather with your most Pinterest-obsessed friends and neighbors and ask them each to find a fun holiday craft and bring the required materials. Make sure to pick a craft yourself so you aren’t left out of the fun. Then enjoy a day full of crafting using everyone’s ideas! This is perfect for kids as well!

Cookie Exchange
Hosting a cookie exchange is a classic holiday party that everyone enjoys! Tell your guests to make the cookie of their choice to bring to the party. However, you might want to communicate with your guests and figure out what everyone is baking so there are no duplicates in recipes. Once everyone is gathered, start exchanging cookies so that each guest has a bunch of different cookies that they can give out with their cookie plates! After, enjoy each other’s company and get in the holiday spirit!

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
What’s more fun than having a little contest to heat things up? Gather all the supplies you need to make a gingerbread house and set up some ground rules for the competition. Then, you and your guests can have all the fun in the world decorating a gingerbread masterpiece! After the festivities are done, make sure you have delicious snacks to nibble on and put on some classic holiday movies on and mingle among your friends.

Sledding Party
If you’re lucky enough to live by a park with a wonderful hill then you can enjoy a sledding party! Plan to go sledding with other neighborhood families and enjoy the thrill of sledding. Once everyone is tuckered out head back to your cozy Judd Builders home and enjoy some hot cocoa with everyone!

5 Tips to Keep the Grandkids Occupied

Making cookies with grandma

Now that the summer is here, it’s easier than ever to keep your grandkids occupied when they are visiting! As the owner of a single-family home in a 55+ clubhouse community by Judd Builders, you’ll have more time on your hands without the worries of outdoor maintenance. Whether you live at Meadow View Farms or Renaissance at Morgan Creek, there are tons of ways to spend your days with those precious kids!

Maybe you watch your grandkids while their parents work all day, or maybe you just get to see them on weekends and during holidays. Whatever the case, it’s always a good idea to have a few activities on hand to keep them interested whenever you see them. From swimming to hiking to ball games, here are five activities to keep your grandkids occupied throughout the summer.

  1. Swimming: Renaissance at Morgan Creek features a sparkling swimming pool where your grandkids can splash and cool off on warm days. The pool is safe and gated, with access only granted to homeowners, so you can rest assured your little ones will be safe.
  2. Golfing: For older kids and teens, why not take them for a round of golf? Whether you’re at Meadow View Farms or Renaissance at Morgan Creek – you’re not far from a variety of great golf courses and country clubs. There’s the Lehigh Country Club, Brookside Country Club or Saucon Valley Golf Club. Spend some quality time with your grandkids on the green.
  3. Go shopping: Got teen girls who love to shop? If you live at Renaissance, head over to nearby Allentown, PA for some shopping at the South Mall or the Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall. For a full day of shopping, Fairgrounds Square Shopping Mall and The Shoppes at Wyomissing in Reading, PA aren’t too far away from Meadow View Farms!
  4. Celebrate history: The Township of Oley, where Meadow View Farms is located is listed on the National Register of Historic Places – with multiple historic sites. Even as Oley has modernized, you can still find touches of the history throughout the village. Or visit historic Bethlehem, a quaint town with many museums, shops and architecture for a day trip, just 35 minutes away from Renaissance at Morgan Creek!
  5. Just hang out: Not sure what to do to fill an hour or two in between playing, swimming and sightseeing? Head to the community center or clubhouse at both Judd communities. It’s the perfect spot to grab lunch with the grandkids, host your little one’s birthday party or even teach your grandkids to play cards.

All of our communities are located in great areas with many nearby attractions and options for you to enjoy and also to entertain your grandkids! From indoor activities, to outdoor adventures, the opportunities for fun are endless at Meadow View Farms and Renaissance at Morgan Creek! So, how does community living sound? Call Judd Builders now to learn about our communities. Fill out our convenient online form for more information.

Fun Friday Nights: 10 Ideas for Staying In and Still Having Fun

Close up of people playing cross and circle game.

It’s Friday night again and you’re all together and without plans. That’s a feat in itself to be sure, but now what will you do? You don’t have to go out to have fun. There are plenty of things to do at home that will get you laughing and bonding in no time.

1. Board Games 
Get off the phones and take down the board games. Go retro with throw-backs to Life, Monopoly, Candy Land and Battleship.

2. Homemade Pizza
Gather all the supplies for homemade pizza night. Everyone kneads their own dough, rolls it out, and puts on the sauce and their choice of toppings.

3. Build a Fort
Get in touch with your inner child and build forts with your own kids. Use blankets, pillows and more to make homemade tents. Gather flashlights, read books, tell stories, and snuggle up while pretending the power is out.

4. Have a Picnic in the Living Room
Make sandwiches, pack snacks, break out the checkered blanket, and have a feast while watching your favorite movie.

5. Have a Scavenger Hunt
This is great for the little ones. Hide objects and stick to a theme. Give clues and have them follow each clue to the last one where a prize awaits. Could be ice cream, candy, movie tickets or just bragging rights.

6. Give Each Other Makeovers
For a girls’ night in, have a spa night complete with face masks, cucumber slices, manicures and pedicures, fruit smoothies and massages. Pamper yourselves.

7. Camp Out Under the Stars
Use an app like SkyView Free or Pocket Universe to find and discover stars and distant planets. Challenge one another to spot a shooting star, or count as many twinkling stars as you can.

8. Have the Kids Put on a Play
Or, have everyone get in on your very own musical. Use old costumes you have lying around the house, scratch out a script on paper quickly, and put your play together just for fun.

9. Make an Obstacle Course 
You can use railroad tracks, blocks, pillows, whatever you like. Race cars through them or yourselves, seeing who can finish the quickest.

10. Teach Your Teens How to Cook
Let them choose the meal (think easy like tacos), give them general guidance, and see what they come up with for an end result.

Staying at home on a Friday night is not as boring as you might think. In fact, with a little imagination, it can be even more fun than going out. The key is having a home you can feel comfortable in, with enough space to enjoy each other. Call Judd Builders for the home of your dreams.

Creating the Perfect Home Bar for the Holidays

 

glasses of beer, Draught BeerLove to entertain? The holidays are a perfect time for showing off your hostess skills as you offer the latest culinary treats for your guests. Nothing goes better with appetizers and signature dishes than creative cocktails, beer, mixes, and liquor to help your guests relax. Having a bar in your home offers a gathering spot for guests and makes a great conversation piece as well. Here’s our guide to the furniture and accessories you need to create the perfect bar area in your home.

The Basics

First off, you need all the basics to make your bar a great one. Here is a look at what you’ll need to cover:

  • The bar: Find a spot designated specifically for the bar area, out of the way of traffic, preferably in a corner of a living room, game room or great room. Bookshelves can be re-purposed for bars, and you can even use carts to create a mobile bar on wheels.
  • Alcohol: Stock your bar with all the basics to make a drink, such as vodka, whiskey and gin. If you have these three, you can make pretty much any cocktail. You may also want to add some tequila, rum, bourbon, and vermouth, along with at least one bottle each of both red and white wine. Champagne is perfect for toasting happy occasions, and beer is a mainstay of any football gathering.
  • Mixers: To complement the liquor, you’ll need some mixers such as cranberry and orange juice, tonic water and soda, and maybe some margarita mix.
  • Garnish: Lemons, limes, celery sticks, salt, cherries…don’t forget these staples of the home-made cocktail.
  • Gadgets: From martini shakers to corkscrew bottle openers, you need a small arsenal of tools to ensure your evening goes off without a hitch. Other items include an ice bucket, strainer, muddler, and shot glasses for measuring.
  • Glassware: Sets of tumblers, wine glasses, champagne flutes and martini glasses are nice to have, but if you don’t have the storage for them all, choose just a couple of each or go with one type to save space.

Use What You Have

No need to go out and buy expensive accents for your home bar. Take a look around your house to see what would work to define the space. For example, if you have an old decorative mirror gathering dust in a corner, hang or lean it against the wall behind your bar. Mirrors enlarge the space and make the area seem bigger than it is. Bonus: this also makes it seem as though you have much more alcohol in your bar than you actually do! You can also use framed artwork to beautify the area and class it up. Abstract prints and modern frames work well.

Choose an Accent Color

Dressing up your bar is as simple as sticking with a color theme. This will bring any mismatched items together for a uniformity of design that is aesthetically pleasing. Take one color and thread it throughout your design in different shades and complementary hues. For the holidays, go with reds, greens and metallics, dressing it all up with sprigs of holly and berries in glass jars and vases. Weave twinkle lights around your display for an extra dose of Christmas cheer.

Outdoor Activities for When the Kids Visit

Playing together in the backyardWhen your kids and grandkids are in town for the weekend, you likely look for fun things to do together. No need to spend outrageous amounts of money or travel further than your own backyard. Check out these outdoor activities to keep everyone occupied, from kids to adults.

Scavenger Hunt

This game gets everyone involved. The goal is to come up with a list of items, hide them outside, and have the kids collect every item and return it to you for a prize at the end. Time is of the essence here, so you may want to time the game. Team up or just let the kids compete on their own. One cool spin on a scavenger hunt is to try an alphabet hunt: everyone has to locate items for every letter in the alphabet, i.e., acorn for A, baseball for B, etc. You can also conduct a nature scavenger hunt where kids are challenged to find a yellow leaf, four-leaf clover, five twigs, a feather, etc.

Races

Rather than just a standard who-can-get-there-fastest race, add a spin on things with a three-legged race. Designate a start and a finish, line everyone up and tie two players’ ankles together with twine or rope. The first set of partners to hit the finish line without falling over wins. Another fun race is the potato on a spoon race. Grab some spoons from inside and some small potatoes. The challenge is to balance the potato on the spoon and make it to the finish line before the rest – without the potato falling off. If it falls, you have to start over. For smaller kids with less dexterity, try hard boiled eggs instead.

Stargazing

On a clear night, grab a blanket and head to the backyard for some stargazing. Lie on your backs and try to identify all the constellations you can. Have a flashlight and an astronomy book handy to look up stars and constellations so you know what to look for. Don’t forget the popcorn and drinks!

Campout

This is a classic for a reason: who doesn’t like to roast marshmallows over a fire pit while telling ghost stories?

Limbo

Got a water hose? One player holds the hose and all the kids take turns going under. The stream gets lower and lower until one nimble person is declared the winner. Once someone is wet, they are out. Dry? They stay in.

Plant a Tree

For lasting memories, plant a tree together and nurture it every year whenever you get together. Buy some seedlings, dig a hole, place them in, cover with soil and water. You can put mulch, bark, leaves or dirt around the base of the tree but not directly against the trunk. Water it every day until it takes root.

At Judd Builders, we can help you make memories too. Call us to find out how we can improve your whole property so you can enjoy it with your kids and grandkids for years to come.

Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Designed space for relax in modern garden

A few simple ways to freshen up your outdoor space and get ready for entertaining this summer. 

Light It Up

If your get-together will continue into the evening, illuminate the party area with strings of lights encircling an umbrella, wound around tree trunks or run along cables suspended above partygoers’ heads. Candle-filled or solar lanterns, placed on tables and at patio edges, are great alternatives if your home doesn’t have outdoor electrical outlets.

Bring the Indoors Out

No patio furniture? No worries! Weather permitting, bring your dining table, chairs, china, glasses and utensils outdoors to turn your fête into a fine-dining experience. Guests will appreciate the extra effort and your carefully-prepared meal will look (and taste) much better served on china instead of a flimsy, disposable plate.

Freshen Up Tired Surfaces

Turn a worn deck into a colorful outdoor room with a few coats of paint and coordinating draperies made from weather-resistant fabric. Sand the deck first to create a smooth surface then coat with exterior deck or porch paint which is specifically formulated to withstand foot traffic and weather.