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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Fun DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Backyard

Summer is the season for enjoying the outdoors. Get ready for backyard parties, picnics, kid gatherings, and lounging and spruce up your backyard with some of these fun DIY projects!

Create a Cute Bird Feeder From a Wine Bottle
Have an empty wine bottle and wood lying around? Put it to good use and create a cute and mobile bird feeder with the repurposed materials! This project is extremely dashing and a great way to spruce up your backyard. Get the detailed instructions here and have fun building!

Get Colorful with Planters
Want a unique way to add color to a corner on your deck on somewhere in your backyard? Find cool containers/planters of all different sizes and materials and plant your favorite colorful flower! Items like old milk cans, metal buckets, watering cans, and chicken feeders are all great items to use as planters. Not only are they unique, but you’ll also be repurposing them as well. Also, the best part about this DIY is that you can go to fun flea markets to find these unique planters if you don’t have any on hand!

Create Your Own Mini Backyard Pond
If you’ve always wanted a pond in your backyard but never had the space, this is the DIY project for you! This chic deck-top pond is the perfect option for pond lovers who have always wanted a pond on their property. This miniature pond is made with cedar boards, plywood, and a fountain pump and a great eye-catching piece your guests will talk about! Get the tutorial here.

Craft an Old Tire into a Planter
Not a fan of using repurposed milk cans, buckets, and water cans as planters? No problem! Check out this fun DIY planter craft repurposed from an old tire. Wrapping the tire in sisal rope and adding legs gives this tire new life and makes it the perfect planter for a bunch of colorful and inviting flowers.

Make a Fairy Garden
Want a fun project to do with your kids that is also a great decoration for your backyard? Try building a fairy garden! You can get as creative as you want with this project and create the most beautiful miniature fairy garden ever. The best part about this DIY is that the possibilities are endless. Pick supplies to make your ideal fairy garden and build away. Also, don’t forget to tell you kids to keep a lookout for any magical visitors to the garden!

Treeless Tree House
Don’t have a tree in your backyard to build a treehouse? Build a treeless treehouse instead! This fun alternative is the perfect place for your kids to relax during the spring and summer months with their friends. It also acts as a perfect getaway if they’re looking for a quite place to relax and read a book or play a game! Get the tutorial here.

Make a Fun Birdbath
This project will bring color and fun to your backyard. The best part about this DIY is that your kids will love it as well! Building a birdbath is a creative project for everyone in the family to take on. First look on Pinterest for inspiration to find a style of birdbath that you like. Then, you can begin to build based off the birdbath DIY that you chose. Make sure to check out our Pinterest page! We absolutely loved this topsy-turvy birdbath design, which adds a pop of color and whimsy to any backyard!

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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!

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!

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!

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.

Fun New Holiday Traditions to Try Out This Year

Traditions that bring family and friends together each year are wonderful. Everyone likes to feel a part of something that helps them keep the spirit of the season alive. However, sometimes those old traditions can get, well, old. Maybe it’s time to stir things up a bit and mix in some new traditions. Here are some different activities to try out as a family or as a couple to celebrate the holidays and get festive.

Secret Santa
The challenge, should you choose to accept it: each person in the family or group chooses a name to buy for out of a hat – with the added challenge of sticking to a $20 budget! This will encourage people to get creative with their gifts since there is a limited price range on the gifts you can buy.

25 Days of Books
The perfect idea for families with kids (or even grandkids nearby). Purchase 25 different children’s books and wrap them up separately. Starting December 1 – let your little one open up one book to read before bed. This will not only help them count down to Christmas, but gives you and your child the perfect opportunity to sit down and spend some time together reading the book during the busy holiday season.  Select some holiday classics like The Polar Express or gift your childhood favorites such as The Giving Tree. You’ll build up their library while still being in the holiday spirit. The best part about this tradition is you can wrap the same books again each year. Even though the books aren’t new the act of opening up a book and reading it is a surefire way to get in the holiday spirit.

Holiday Bucket
Like advent calendar, grab a bucket and fill it with small little gifts the whole family will enjoy. Wrap up each small gift and number each gift for each day of the month. Open them up one by one as a family and enjoy what each gift has to offer. The gifts can range from drinking hot cocoa with mom and dad before bed or a popular Christmas movie. Get creative and find holiday activities that the whole family will enjoy. Other ideas for gifts include: coloring books, making holiday ornaments, holiday coupons, taking old toys to a homeless shelter etc.

Holiday Giving
The holidays are a perfect opportunity to give back to those in your community. If you love pets – then you can volunteer at a local shelter during the holidays to help out. Or collect old or used blankets to donate to the animal shelter to help keep the animals warm throughout the chilly season. Another fun activity to do as a family or neighborhood is to go caroling at your local nursing home! You can coordinate with their events manager and surprise them during or after dinner one night by going caroling from room to room or in their main meeting area. Some people in the nursing home may be alone during the holidays and getting a nice surprise visit from carolers will bring them so much joy!

You’ve Been Elfed!
This is a great way to celebrate within your community! Start the tradition by putting together a festive basket filled with cookies, candy, and a few different trinkets and leave it on the doorstep of one of your neighbors. Be sure to include an elf, a sign that says “You’ve been elf-ed” and a funny poem.  It will then be your neighbors turn to pass it on and “elf” someone else in the neighborhood. See how long you can keep the tradition going before Christmas hits.  Need some clever inspiration for “elfy” poems, click here.

Santa Sack
This tradition is not only fun and creative, but it also teaches the valuable lesson that Christmas is also about giving back. For this tradition ask you kids to go through their own toys that they don’t really use anymore. Then get a cute little “christmas sack” and put the toys to be donated in the bag. On Christmas Eve leave the Santa Sack under the tree for Santa to pick up and give to other kids in need. When the Santa Sack is gone the next morning it will solidify the magic of Santa!

Are you looking to create memories in a new home this holiday season? Call Judd Builders today to see which community would be best for you and your family.

Local Shops to Find Holiday Décor

Get in the holiday spirit by checking out some of our favorite local shops and craft fairs – these are some of the best in the PA area:

Peddler’s Village
Enjoy browsing more than 60 unique shops in this Victorian-style, quaint shopping village, which is all lit up for the holidays! Located in Bucks County in Lahaska, this festive event is free for you and the family and even has free parking. You can shop for a variety of seasonal items –  from fruit wreaths to greenery to plenty of twinkling lights, this place is sure to put you in the festive mood. Surrounded by Antiques Row on Route 202 and New Hope shops peppering the countryside, you can also view candidates for the Gingerbread House Competition in the Gazebo, the highlight of this historic village.

This would be a great trip for residents that live in Renaissance at Morgan Creek!

LOVE Park
Philadelphia’s LOVE Park is your winter wonderland for the season, with a Christmas Village hosting 80 vendors that sell unique seasonal items you just can’t find at any mall. This joyous outside market event features live performances from orchestras and choral groups. Don’t forget to enjoy the kids’ activities, food, wine tastings, photos with Santa, and much more. Located in downtown Philadelphia in JFK plaza, there’s free admission to the Christmas village! Open until Christmas Eve – you can get in the holiday spirit and get in some last minute shopping every day (open Sun-Thur from 11am-7pm and Fri-Sat from 11am – 8pm)!

This would be a great event for you if you live at Siena Place or The Reserve at Creekside. Don’t miss out on the holiday fun!

JCC of Allentown Artisans Craft Fair
Come browse hand-crafted works by local and international artists, all at free admission. Items range from ceramics and jewelry to clothing and textile art. You’ll also find woodworking, mosaics and prints. It takes place Sunday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley at 702 N. 22nd Street in Allentown.

This should be a quick trip for you if you live at Brookshire in Lehigh and Berks County or Whispering Pines in Coopersburg.

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem
Better known as “Christmas City,” this charming open-air market was named one of the best holiday markets in the world by Travel and Leisure. With more than 100 artisans selling crafts, pottery, jewelry and other items, you can immerse yourself in this unique holiday shopping experience right up until Christmas Eve.

This is a great place to visit if you live at Whispering Pines, Brookshire, and Renaissance at Morgan Creek!

If you’re eager to spend more holidays in the PA area, we have the community for you! Call Judd Builders to see what we can offer.

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!

Best New Restaurants in the Lehigh Valley Area

From local favorites to great date night spots, we have you covered. Whether you love seafood or prefer burgers, there are plenty of eateries to pick from around the region. Here are some of the best new restaurants in the Lehigh Valley area!

Oak Steakhouse: Located at 323 Northampton St. in Easton, Oak Steakhouse just opened this past summer and is known for its mouth-watering steaks, including prime filet mignon, ribeye, and T-bone steak. The wine list is vast and the inviting décor is comfortable yet modern over four floors. It can be your next go-to date spot for a night out on the town.

Pizza D’Oro: Located at 1492 Main St. in North Catasauqua, Pizza D’Oro opened in July with signature dishes including cheesesteak stromboli, lasagna, New York-style and Sicilian pizza, garlic knots, and tasty cannoli’s for dessert. When you’re in the mood for some classic Italian, look no further that Pizza D’Oro.

Mr. Crab Seafood: Located in the Village West Shopping Center, 3174 Tilghman St in Allentown, Mr. Crab Seafood opened in mid-July with great reviews. Its claim to fame includes red lobster roll, crab roll, California roll, and pad Thai. If you’re in the mood for fresh Asian food, this is the place thanks to its made-to-order fresh dishes.

Luca’s Italian Bistro: Located at 3502 Greenway St. in Palmer Township, this restaurant was a newcomer in August. Luca’s Italian Bistro serves up crab cakes, filet mignon, eggplant rollatini, and much more. Best part about this place is it is BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer). With a healthy dose of both Italian and American dishes, you can’t go wrong with Luca’s.

The Cask Taphouse and Grill: Located at 80 Kunkle Drive in Palmer Township, The Cask Taphouse and Grill is another summer opener. This restaurant serves up delicious hand-rolled pretzels, bone-in pork chop, New Orleans style BBQ shrimp, grass-fed burgers, and French onion stout soup. Wash it all down with a craft beer, or glass of whiskey, bourbon or wine. You may even recognize the site of this restaurant — it sits on the former location of The Tilted Kilt.

Alfie’s Kitchen: This restaurant is located at Park Plaza at 1800 Sullivan Trail in Forks Township. The specialty at Alfie’s Kitchen is the cannoli-stuffed French toast. You can’t miss it. It’s not fancy, but it’s the best new breakfast and lunch destination in the Lehigh Valley. Try the pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and wraps too. Our mouths are watering already!

Foundation Tavern: Located at Shepherd Hills Gold Club, 1160 S. Krocks Rd. in Lower Macungie Township, Foundation Tavern is the place for a great burger, steak, or some fries and wings. Good food at reasonable prices makes the Foundation Tavern the perfect place for a casual night out.

Chopsticks II: Located at 1433 West Allen St. in Allentown, try this eatery is known for its three-dish combos. This means you can choose from a variety of items including black pepper chicken, coconut shrimp, beef with broccoli, and many more. When you crave Chinese and Thai cuisine, check out Chopsticks II.

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