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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Most Photographic Places to Visit In Philly

There’s no doubt about it, Philly is one of the most photographic cities ever. It’s rich history and iconic locations make Philly the perfect model for photographers of any level. Whether you want to visit these places to take breathtaking photos or to take an instagram worthy post, here are seven of the most photographic places to visit in Philly.

1. Magic Gardens
Magic Gardens is a surefire place to capture amazing photos. This mosaic masterpiece was created by Isaiah Zager and stores plenty of hidden gems for visitors to find and explore during their visit.

2. Graffiti Pier
Known as Philly’s worst kept secret, Graffiti Pier is the perfect place for any urban explorer. This 500-foot abandoned pier has been tagged countless times, but it’s the electrifying colors that make this place so photographic.

3. Eastern State Penitentiary
Although some would feel uneasy visiting a penitentiary, Eastern State offers an unforgettable tour as well as photographic opportunities that you can’t miss out on. Visit the cell of Al Capone or the newly opened hospital wing. Just remember to bring your camera; you won’t be disappointed.

4. Race Street Pier
It’s virtually impossible to take a bad picture at Race Street Pier. Stop by and get creative with your camera. After you take the photos you want, you can always join the daily yoga class offered in the spring and summer.

5. Spruce Street Harbor Park (seasonal)
This pop-up park is picturesque day and night for photographers to capture undeniably photographic moments. From the colorful hammocks to the neon LED lighting there is a lot for photographers to capture. However, don’t forget to enjoy what Spruce Street Harbor Park has to offer while you’re there.

6. Elfreth’s Ally Museum
This well-preserved historical street is probably the most photographed street in Philadelphia. Quickly stop by and take your shot so you’re not the only one without a picture of Elfreth’s Ally Museum.

7. Independence Hall
You can’t get more historic than visiting the place where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Independence Hall is not only historic, but extremely photographic as well. However, there are a lot of places around Independence Hall that are just as historic and photographic. The Betsy Ross House, Carpenter’s Hall, and The Liberty Bell are all around the same area, so you can easily stop by all of them and take thousands of pictures.

Bonus: Valley Forge National Park
Although it is not located in the city, Valley Forge National Park is an amazing place to visit and take amazing landscape photographs. It’s also a great place to explore and escape the hustle and bustle of Philly.

How to Take a Staycation

It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting warmer, the days are longer, and everyone is enjoying the fresh air! Everyone is also revving up and getting excited about their upcoming vacation plans! However, if you need some time off to rejuvenate, you could always take a staycation instead!

A staycation is the perfect option for those who need time to relax and get out of their usual routine, but don’t want to spend the cash on another luxury getaway. If you’re able to take time off from work, a staycation is a great option to sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home! Also, make sure to spread out when you take your vacation and staycation! You don’t want to take them too close together so you can enjoy both throughout the year! Here are some tips to take the perfect staycation!

Make a Loose Plan
When you plan on taking a staycation, you’ll want to make a loose plan of what you want to do each day. You never want to wake up and think “What now? What do I do today?” Always have a plan for your at-home getaway. However, make sure you don’t overbook yourself and end up being exhausted! Staycations are all about relaxing at home, so make plans but find a nice balance of activities and relaxation!

Don’t Do Any Housework
Vacationing means you get to sit back and relax and hardly do any work, which also applies to a staycation as well. However, when people take staycations they tend to do housework when they are supposed to be relaxing! So before you take your staycation make sure to clean the house beforehand so you don’t end up doing any housework throughout your staycation.

Go Somewhere You Haven’t Been
Have you been eyeing up a restaurant that you have been dying to try? Do you want to explore a nearby town that you’ve heard wonderful things about? Get out and actually do it! Your staycation should disrupt your usual routine, so make a list of things or places you’ve been meaning to visit and choose a few to explore during your staycation.

Get Outside
It’s best not to stay inside during your whole staycation. Try to get outside and enjoy the fresh air! If it’s winter maybe visit a local ski resort, or if its summer find a nearby hiking trail or enjoy any of your favorite outdoor activities!

Stay in Bed
Use your staycation as an excuse to stay in bed at least one time! Staying in bed is one of the best feelings. Not only is it comfortable, but it’s extremely relaxing as well! From sleeping in to devouring a recent best-selling novel, the options are endless when it comes to relaxing and staying in bed.

Binge A Series
If you’re a huge movie or TV buff, you could always binge watch a TV series or have a movie marathon during your staycation. If you’ve been dying to watch a popular series but you’ve never found the time to sit down and watch, now is the perfect time! The best part about binging a series during your staycation is that you can easily enjoy the movie or series with company as well! Invite your friends, family, or neighbors to join your on your staycation and enjoy your time off!

Vacation or staycation, both are just as fun and relaxing! No matter which one you prefer it’s always a great feeling to get out of your usual routine and enjoy some me-time. So take advantage of the warming weather and take a vacation at a luxury resort or a staycation at your own home!

Looking to move into a wonderful community with quality homes? Check out all of our planned communities and find the right one for you and your family! Whether you want to live in the heart of the city or in a quiet suburb, Judd Builders has got you covered! And if you have any questions feel free to contact us! We’d love to answer any questions you have.

Sizzling Summer Fun in Philadelphia, PA

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long with these fun, upcoming events! From the splendid Broadway stage adaptation of Aladdin to the exciting Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this June in the Philadelphia area!

Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival
May 29th – June 3rd
If you want to see daring, high-flying circus acts, then you’ll want to go to the Hand to Hand: A FringeArts Circus Festival. This multi-day festival will feature jaw-dropping productions that you don’t want to miss out on! From aerial hoop performances to stunning acrobatics, this production will be one to remember!

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
June 1st – 3rd
As the nation’s oldest outdoor art show, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show returns for its 90th year. The Rittenhouse Square area will fill up with amazing artists that range from professionals to students, and let them display their beautiful artwork to the crowds of people. For more information, click here.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) 2018
June 1st – 10th
Also known as the Avenue of Arts, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will return to Broad street with collaborative and innovative performances. This ten day art-filled festival will included spectacular performances that you don’t want to miss, especially if you love the performing arts!

Philly Beer Week
June 1st – 10th
Philadelphia’s vibrant beer culture will take over the city once again for the 11th year in a row. For ten days, there will be events that range from tastings, lectures, and beer-paring dinners that you won’t want to miss out on! For more information, click here.

Center City District Sips
Every Wednesday June 6th – August 29th
Need a post-work/mid-week drink with all of your co-workers? Center City District Sips is back in full swing for the 15th summer in a row. This wildly popular happy hour will feature hard-to-beat happy hour specials every Wednesday evening at over 90 bars and restaurants in the downtown area!

Broadway Philadelphia Presents Aladdin
June 13th – July 1st
The shining, shimmering, splendid Broadway stage adaptation of Aladdin is set to hit Philly this June for a limited time. Performed by the touring cast of the Academy of Music, you’ll hear all your favorite Aladdin songs, as well as some new ones! You won’t want to miss this colorful, real-life adaptation. For more information, click here.

Manayunk Arts Festival
June 23rd – 24th
This two-day festival will showcase the beautiful work of hundreds of artists from around the nation. The Manayunk Arts Festival is Philadelphia’s largest outdoor arts festival, where attendees can purchase items from jewelry and ceramics to woodwork and sculptures.

Wawa Welcome America!
June 28th – July 4th
Wawa Welcome America is back to celebrate America’s birthday for the 26th year in a row. This multi-day event will consist of free activities for all ages, including outdoor concerts, museum days, a patriotic parade, block parties, and fireworks! For more information, click here.

Old City Eats
June through August 2018 (Thursdays only, Dates TBA)
You better start working up an appetite for when Old City Eats kicks off this June! From 5PM – 8PM every Thursday, participating restaurants and bars in Philadelphia’s Historic District will offer half-priced appetizers and drink specials. Grab a bite with your significant other or co-workers in America’s most historic square mile.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this June 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!

Excellent Summer Fun in Flourtown, PA

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the always-lovely Ambler Arts & Music Festival to the exciting classic play Camelot, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this June near Flourtown!

First Fridays at Downtown Ambler
June 1st
From 6:00PM to 9:00PM enjoy the beginning of the Frist Friday celebrations in Downtown Ambler. This free event is always a blast and features a free “Kid’s Zone”, where your kids can enjoy crafts, games, inflatables, shows, and more! Also, don’t forget to enjoy the live music and delicious food as well. Stay up-to-date with information with Ambler’s First Friday Facebook Page!

Camelot
June 1 – 3, 6 – 10
Head on over to Act II Playhouse on E. Butler Avenue to witness the latest Broadway classic Camelot! This play follows the romantic tale of King Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table. Also featuring songs from the composers of My Fair Lady, you won’t want to miss out on this play!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday in June
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the first Saturday in June. 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!

$4 Friday Dinner in Ambler!
Every Friday in June
Grab your family to attend a $4 Friday Dinner every Friday in June at Weavers Way Co-op located on 217 E. Butler Avenue. You can dine in the café or take out, just remember to enjoy your main course and two sides! The best part about this event is that the menu changes every week, which means you can try something different every Friday if you so desire!

Moonlight & Roses
June 8th
Don’t miss Morris Arboretum’s annual fundraising gala. From 6:00PM – 11:00PM, the evening will begin with cocktails at the stunning Rose Garden and a delicious dinner will follow. Also, enjoy the live band and a night of dancing. For more information, click here!

Ambler Arts & Music Festival 2018
June 15th – 16th
From 6PM – 11PM five hours of amazing music will kick off the Ambler Arts & Music Festival. Then on Saturday the festivities continue with 11 more hours of music, 75 artists displaying their creations, and of course the Food Fest vendors, local restaurants, and beer garden will be open and serving a variety of food and drink. You don’t want to miss out on this entertaining event! For more information, click here.

Kids Explore: Creek
June 16th
Drop you kids off at the Wissahickon Environmental Center on 300 West Northwestern Avenue for some summer fun exploring the creek! Beginning at 10AM, the Wissahickon Environmental staff will lead the fun for kids ages 6-12. If you think your kids would love to explore the creek, then make sure to register here!

Garden Railway: Circus Week
June 30th – July 4th
Head on over to the Morris Arboretum, located on 100 E. Northwester Avenue, and get your garden admission to enjoy this lively event. Learn about the history of the circus and see Big Top and the circus trains. Also, don’t forget to watch for a few surprises! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this June 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!

Splendid May 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 beautiful Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square to the exciting South Street Spring Festival and Maifest, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this May in the Philadelphia area!

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square
May 1st – June 30th
Returning for a third year at Franklin Square, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will light up Franklin Square with grand artistic creations. These 28 whimsical displays will come alive with 15,000 LED lights and feature the popular Chinese dragon and panda constructions from previous years with other brand new creations as well.

South Street Spring Festival and Maifest
May 12th
There is so much to do at the amazing South Street Spring Festival and Maifest! From concerts and eating contests to kids zones and 100-plus vendors to explore, you won’t be bored at this event.

Broad Street Run
May 5th
Put on your running shoes and get ready for the Broad Street Run. This event is gaining popularity every year, rightfully so! Participants will run along a flat 10-mile stretch of Philly’s main streets, while spectators can watch on the sidewalks to cheer on the runners. This is the perfect event for anyone looking to get out and get active!

Sail Philadelphia
Thursday May 24th – 28th
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend along the historic Delaware River Waterfront with Sail Philadelphia. This four-day festival will feature 12 Tall Ships that will be docked on the Waterfront. There will be public tours, day sails, and loads of riverside fun!

Spruce Street Harbor Park
May 11th
Known as one of the best warm-weather spots in Philly, Spruce Street Harbor Park is opening back up for it’s fifth season! Lounge in the colorful hammocks, feast on delicious food and drink, or play fun outdoor games. No matter what, you’ll find that Spruce Street Harbor Park has a lot to offer to its visitors.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
May 11th
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is back and ready to kick off the season right! Enjoy boardwalk-style games and rides while admiring the waterfront view. Or grab some food and drinks and throw on some rollerblades and skate on the outdoor roller rink!

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
May 19th
Witness the Rittenhouse neighborhood transform for the ever-popular Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. This come-one, come-all street fest invites residents and visitors to enjoy a day full of music, shopping, entertainment, and food. Make plans with your friends, family, and neighbors, because this event is a must-do!

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
May 19th – 20th
Enjoy live entertainment, activities, and a bounty of different Italian foods at The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. From homemade sausages to fresh pasta and cannolis, this popular event is always entertaining. Don’t forget to stick around for two must-see events: the Procession of Saints and the greased pole-climbing contest.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this May 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!

Marvelous May Events around the Flourtown Area

April showers bring May flowers as well as plenty of fun events! Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the always-lovely Ambler Farmers Market to the exciting Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this May near Flourtown!

First Friday at Downtown Ambler
May 4th
From 6:00PM to 9:00PM enjoy the beginning of the Frist Friday celebrations in Downtown Ambler. This free event is always a blast and features a free “Kid’s Zone”, where your kids can enjoy crafts, games, inflatables, shows, and more! Also, don’t forget to enjoy the live music and delicious food as well. Stay up-to-date with information with Ambler’s First Friday Facebook Page!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday starting May 5th
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the first Saturday in May. 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!

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival 2018
May 6th
The Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival is back for 2018 and with over 150 home & garden vendors lining Germantown Avenue, there is a lot to explore and enjoy. This free event takes place from 11AM to 5PM and offers live music, delicious food and drinks, and entertainment for your kids. Don’t forget to stop at every vendor’s tent to see what they have on display! You’ll never know what you’ll find at the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival 2018. For more information, click here. 

Jazz Mamas: Nurturing Jazz
May 11th
Make your way to the Woodmere Art Museum located on 9201 Germantown Avenue for an amazing night full of Jazz music. Jazz Mamas: Nurturing Jazz will feature current vocalists, paying tribute to jazz artists like Dinah Washington, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, Carmen McCrae, and Peggy Lee. This night of music is sure to remind attendees of the spirit of the nurturing jazz songs and artists of the past.

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13th
Celebrate Mother’s Day by attending a delicious brunch at Morris Arboretum. Afterwards, walk around the Arboretum and enjoy the spring flowers and displays. Tickets will be available for purchase starting April 1st, so if you want to attend this lovely event, make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time. For more information on the Mother’s Day Bruch and the Brunch Menu, click here! 

22nd Annual Ambler Auto Show at Butler Avenue
May 19th
Known as “The Best Little Car Show Around,” is back and better than ever for the 22nd Annual Ambler Auto Show on Butler Avenue. From 1:00PM to 6:00PM, Butler Avenue will be closed for this awesome event. More than 200 classic cars and their owner’s will be on display. The Auto Show welcomes families to stroll the street and view the cars on display while enjoying local food trucks, restaurants, and shops!

Restoration Volunteer Workday
May 19th
Do you want a fun outdoor activity that you and your kids can enjoy? The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is holding a Restoration Volunteer Workday, located on 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, where you and your family can improve the health of the forest and help you connect with nature. If you plan on going to this event, it is recommended that you wear long pants, sturdy boots, and bring a fun and positive attitude! All tools and gloves will be provided.

Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration
May 20th
Take your family to Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration at Morris Arboretum and explore the revolutionary technology and beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. The Opening Day Celebration will begin at 1:00PM and go to 4:00PM so don’t miss your chance to learn and explore the local history. Also, feel free to pack a little picnic and relax on the lawn while live music plays! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this May 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!

Fun Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this weekend! Take your ordinary weekend and make it into a celebration for Earth Day! From local activities to simple crafts, there is an activity for everyone to enjoy this Earth Day. Check out some of these fun family-oriented activities that are a great way to celebrate Earth Day!

1. Plant a Tree
Planting trees is one of the most popular ways to celebrate Earth Day. Many people, organizations, and communities plant trees for the occasion and so can you! Not only are you helping the environment by planting a tree, but your kids will absolutely love the idea! If you plan on going with this idea, make sure your tree lasts with this guide to show you the proper way to plant a tree.

2. Plan a Garden
Earth Day might be too early in the season to start a garden, but you can at least plan your garden in advance! If you are a first time gardener, you and your family will want to do some research. Figure out what veggies grow in what season and how to start and keep up with your garden. If you already garden, get your family involved in the process and ask them what type of veggies they want to grow. Or you could create your kids very own play garden, where they plant and take care of their own crops. This is a fun way to get kids involved while showing them the importance of patience and responsibility!

3. Enjoy a Hike or Go to the Park
With the weather warming up, it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. A nice, simple, and tranquil way to celebrate Earth Day is to go on a hike or do some sort of fun outdoor activity. Look up nearby trails, parks, and fun outdoor attractions that the whole family would enjoy. If the weather permits, you could even pack a cooler and enjoy a little picnic while taking in the beautiful scenery around you!

4. Enjoy Local Earth Day Activities
Most local communities have activities that families can enjoy together. Whether it’s an Earth Day fair or a community clean up, check your community’s websites to see what sort of celebrations/events are coming up in your community and plan on joining the fun!

5. Build a Birdhouse/Birdbath
Create an oasis for birds by building and installing a birdhouse or birdbath in your yard. Your kids or grandkids will be ecstatic when it comes to this creative project. You can either start from scratch and build a bird house, or you could easily buy a pre made birdhouse that can be painted. Making a birdbath is just as fun as painting a birdhouse. Check out some of these fun DIY birdbaths that are bound to be extremely fun to build!

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.

Exciting April Events in the Philadelphia Area

Celebrate April and welcome spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s best events. With a great lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the spectacular Philadelphia Science Festival to the performing arts, check out these must-do events this April!

Noises Off
March 13th – April 29th
Get ready for the comedic chaos within the smash hit play, Noises Off! This play follows a cast of performers getting ready for their Opening Night performance, which is just hours away. Stumbling through the dress rehearsal, it seems like things couldn’t get worse! With love triangles unraveling and lines being forgotten, can this cast pull their act together? This smash hit comedy is a must see! It’s full of surprises and fantastic humor that the New York Post says, “[it’s] the funniest farce ever written!” Make sure to buy your tickets to this hit play, which is performed at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
April 7th – April 15th
2018 marks the 20th anniversary for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, which re-opens Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. You can enjoy citywide cultural celebrations, film screenings, kimono dressing, a 10k race, and demonstrations of traditional Japanese dance and martial arts!

Ur Mom Is Funny
April 14th
If you’re looking for a good laugh, look no further! Make sure to get your tickets to the monthly competition where local comedians team up with their moms to see who can get the most laughs. This event takes place at the Good Good Comedy Theatre on 215 N 11th St Philadelphia. If you want a fun, quirky, comedy event to keep you entertained, check out Ur Mom Is Funny.

Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950
April 18th – September 3rd
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is opening a major exhibition of works of the leading artists in the Jazz Age. Witness the way art was altered during an era where there was great technological and social change. Make sure to look for the stunning works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence and more! For more information, click here. 

Philadelphia Science Festival
April 21st – April 28th
Returning this spring to educate, inspire, and engage the Philadelphia region is the Philadelphia Science Festival! This event is organized and led by The Franklin Institute, which has collaborated with 200 of the region’s premier science establishments. This festival offers hands-on events for kids and activities for adults to demonstrate the role science plays in everyday life! For more information, click here.

Penn Relays Carnival
April 26th – April 28th
Get pumped for the Penn Relays Carnival. Your weekend will be action-packed while you watch high school, college, and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field. This is the oldest and largest collegiate meet in the nation, with an average of one race every five minutes!

Philly Tech Week
April 27th – May 5th
Bringing together the best and brightest minds in the city, Philly Tech Week brings more than 25,000 business leaders and tech geeks together to participate in over 100 events. There are a variety of programs and workshops to choose from, which highlight and celebrate emerging trends and innovations. With a vast array of activities, there is bound to be something for everyone! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this April. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders’ luxury new home communities!