Your Guide to having the Perfect Thanksgiving

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The Holidays are fun but can be stressful especially if you are the host. But they do not need to be stressful, a host should have a good time as well. Check out all of these great ideas for you and your guest to have the best Thanksgiving.

 

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First thing first the decorations. Decorations do not need to be expensive. DIY decorations are cheap and look amazing! Also get the kids to help. For the kid’s table, a roll of kraft paper and crayons in terra-cotta pots are great to entertain the children during dinner. Are give them cute placemats with their names, so no one is fighting over seats. Get the kids to help, have them put fun thanksgiving stamps on cocktail napkins, or have them paint mason jars or wine bottles which then could be used as vases or candle holders. Go to the dollar tree, you can find cheap fall decorations that can quickly be transformed into your beautiful masterpiece. Take large felt leaves and convert them into a door greeting. Or use artificial fall leaves to frame your door. Remind people what Thanksgiving is all about with a thankful tree that your guest writes what they are grateful for. You could have a family tree perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving banners are always an excellent addition to the fireplace. Find more great decorating ideas at Country Living.

 

 

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Can’t forget about the food, there would be no Thanksgiving without a Thanksgiving feast. Part of being the perfect host is to have food for everyone. With these 20 great menu ideas from Country Living you can! You can mix and match or pick your favorite. These are all simple ideas, and there’s enough to go around.

 

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With all the delicious food, we cannot forget the drinks. Get your guest in the spirits with these 19 delightful thanksgiving cocktails from Country Living.

 

 

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Thanksgiving should be a time for everyone to enjoy a sweet drink. Check out these 7 delicious and somewhat unusual non-acholic beverage ideas from Serious Eats.

 

 

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Cannot forget about the best part dessert! Try these 45 sweet and satisfying from Country Living to make the perfect ending to your delicious feast.

 

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What would Thanksgiving be without any traditions? If you do not have any yet that is ok, you can start this year!

Thanksgiving traditions:

  • After the meal lay out a white cloth tablecloth and everyone write what they are thankful for this year with a sharpie, don’t forget to put the date and their name. Then wash it on gentle cycle then put it up until next year.
  • Create a chain of things that everyone is thankful for. Everyone will get a strip of colored paper write what they are grateful for then go around reading what everyone writes down later for a paper chain.
  • Feeding the homeless this is a great way to help others and share the love of Thanksgiving.
  • Spreading some love at your local nursing home, by taking the family with leftovers and listen to the stories of the people who may not have a family.
  • Is there someone in your community without a family? Invite them over to enjoy Thanksgiving with you and your family, take a picture of your “new” new family then send that person home with leftovers and everlasting memories.
  • Thanksgiving Olympics you can do this with just your guest, or you can make it a community event. Have different activities for everyone like basketball, flag football, frisbee, scramble, hangman, or whatever you can imagine. Then there will be prizes afterward, for example, a tin of popcorn, a box of chocolate. Or get competitive and great a Thanksgiving Olympic trophy the winner takes it home then brings it with them the following year to either compete to keep their place as the champion of a new champion will be crowned.
  • Watching Thanksgiving day football.
  • Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Living in Florida take your feast outside and turn it into a picnic.
  • Children help set the table.
  • Children serve dessert.
  • Break the wishbone.
  • If you have a large family and it would be too difficult to host everyone on Thanksgiving. Have a Thanksgiving leftover day, this would be the day after Thanksgiving eating leftovers and planning for Christmas.

Whatever you do this Thanksgiving just remember it is a time to be thankful and remember all of the blessings you have in this world. Share the love and give thanks, this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Central Florida, please contact Mike Rance at MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com.

To see residential home listings in Central Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
E: MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

 

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Team

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Tildens Grove of Windermere

Tildens Grove is a luxury waterfront gated community in Windermere Florida. Tildens Grove is on the shores of Lake Davis, this community was established in 2001, with 140 homes. There are waterfront and interior homes available. Tildens Grove has been designed by eight of Central Florida’s top builders, having Spanish tile roofing and brick paver driveways. Some of the amenities include children’s playground, tennis courts, and waterfront. The tropical landscaping throughout the neighborhood is sure to give you that tropical feeling. Most of the homes are 3 to 7 bedroom with 3 to eight bathrooms, ranging from 3,220 to 7,130 square footage the minimum amount of land is half an acre. These homes range from $814,000 to $859,000.

Let’s take a look at some of the listings available n Tildens grove.

5245 TILDENS GROVE BLVD Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5386884

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This magnificent 5 bedrooms 4.5 bathroom estate is a premier 2/3 acre waterfront located in Tildens Grove a gated community in Windermere. Throughout the home, you are welcomed with an open floor plan. Throughout the living, dining, family room and kitchen you enjoy beautiful 24×24 travertine flooring. Your dream kitchen is awaiting with 42″ antique white cabinets, granite counters, huge center island, 5 burner gas range with copper vent hood complimented by GE stainless steel appliances and walk-in pantry. Mitered glass surrounds a spacious nook which overlooks the patio. The comfortable family room offers custom built cabinetry with centerpiece flat screen television & gas fireplace perfect for entertaining the family. The three-way split floor plans provide a Jack & Jill style bath. As we go to the romantic master suite offering an extended sitting area, crown molding along with coffered ceilings, his & her walk-in closets with custom shelving. As you walk into the master bathroom, you are greeted with the centerpiece a Roman tub, walk-in shower with dual heads, double vanities, granite counters, and travertine flooring. As we move upstairs, there is a 5th bedroom which is pre-wired and ready conversion to a home theater there is also a full-size bonus room which can be used for your creativity. You can also find a wet bar with a built-in wine rack and wine cooler with granite counters in the home. The exterior is just as luxury as the interior featuring brick paver driveway with side entry three car garage and custom flagstone elevation. The back patio is the perfect place to entertain as it offers a covered area with a built-in television plus summer kitchen all overlooking the rock waterfall spa and sparkling pool.

5027 TILDENS GROVE BLVD Windermere, FL 34786 MLS O5545033 

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If you’re someone who enjoys your peace, quiet and privacy then this is the perfect home for you, there are no rear neighbors! This home offers a beautiful natural setting and oversize backyard with water view. Beautiful 1 story 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathroom provides an open floors plan and soaring ceiling heights. There is an office and a bonus room which can be transformed into whatever you desire. There have been several upgrades including landscaping and interior painting to compliment the already light and bright rooms that are flooded with natural light from the large picture windows. The back of the house is the perfect place to entertain your friends and family with a lanai featuring summer kitchen, oversized pool and a large fenced in grass area ideal for pets and young children.

5246 TILDENS GROVE BLVDWindermere, FL 34786 MLS O5453368

Courtesy Of Charles Rutenberg Rlty Orlando

If you’re the buyer who wants it all, I have the home for you! This luxury estate is packed with full of options with rooms that are either lofty or intimate, easy-going or elegant, it’s here and it could be all yours. To start we have high ceilings that create sense hight and space. Are you a reader, writer, blogger, or an at home entrepreneur, this home has the perfect place for you in the front den, or are you looking for a 6th bedroom, the den can be transformed leaving it up to your creativity. Occupying the side of this home is the master bedroom which provides a grand sitting room overlooking the sparkling pool and greenbelt. A large family room is inviting with a built-in gated wine storage for the connoisseur. The three-way split bedroom plan includes 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. There is also an attached 2 bedrooms 2 bathroom en-suite guest house with a private side door entry or direct access from the house. Almost an acre there is a large three car garage. This home is perfect for the savvy decorators.

If you’re interested in purchasing a residential home in Tildens Grove in Windemere, Florida, please contact Mike Rance at MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com.

To see more residential home listings in Windemere, Florida, please visit Central Florida Homes.

Mike Rance
RE/MAX 200 Realty in Winter Park, Florida
E: MikeRanceRealtorCFL@gmail.com
P: 407-629-6330 ext. 255

By: SaJorden Miller/ Mike Rance Realty Team

 

Staging your Home to SELL: 6 Ideas for the Fall Season

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As we float into the fall season, thoughts of autumn leaves, comfy sweaters, pumpkins and pumpkin-flavored everything are at the forefront of peoples’ minds. And guess what – that includes buyers! Staging your home with a few seasonal decorations makes potential buyers feel cozy while daydreaming of spending the holidays in their new home. Showing off some autumn charm will help buyers picture themselves curling up with their loved ones by a fireplace, carving faces into the perfect pumpkin, and smelling hot cider or fresh apple pie cooking in the kitchen. The care and effort you place into your décor to make a homey impression will be noticed and appreciated by a prospective buyer. Take some of these tips and suggestions to get your house sold this fall!

fall decor 21. What says “fall” to you?
Fall can mean a lot of different things to different people, but some ideas are typically universal – pumpkins, of course, lots and lots of pumpkins (don’t forget those off-color white ones!); an overflowing cornucopia (that fog-horn looking wicker basket full of fruit – tip: use fresh fruit!); anything turkey (or are you more of a holiday ham person?); and arrangements of autumn leaves (perfect in vases or a cute decorative wreath). For fall-themed decorations, sticking with the basics with reach that warm, fuzzy spot in the biggest number of buyers!

2. Use your fall color palette! This one is a given. We all love when the warm tones of fall come out so take your cues from the changing of the leaves – deep reds, burgundies, caramels, goldenrods, pumpkin oranges. Used strategically, these colors can be game changers for the feel of your home. Use more muted or lighter colors for larger features like fresh painted walls, and save the bold for accent pieces, such as wall curtains or decorative pillows. Carry the theme into other rooms with decorative hand towels in the bathroom or cozy throw blankets in the bedrooms. From dull and boring to warm and colorful with just a few easy touches!

fall decor3. “This is my haunted house.” Halloween is great occasion to change up your look, but the same shouldn’t be applied to your house. When you’re selling your home, it is not key to follow the same mantra as your Halloween costume (a tacky “This is my Halloween costume” printed shirt!) Your home is not a substitute haunted house, and buyers should not be scared when they walk in (cross your fingers for those inspections!). Don’t use fake cobwebs, especially outside, as they can be difficult to remove and may make your home or property look messy. Don’t try to scare your buyers with a skeleton that screams when it senses motion nearby or a hand that pops out of a bowl of sweets. Don’t use fake caution tape or wooden boards on doors or windows, as it could give the impression that the house isn’t up-to-snuff – say NO to anything that draws attention to possible flaws or puts buyers on edge! Instead, keep your Halloween decorations to a tasteful minimum. A vase or other arrangement of bare branches as a centerpiece or mantel accessory can give the desired spooky feel. Various antiques such as an old rake or a vintage lantern can also give that eerie appeal in a refined way that will please future buyers. Even fake blackbirds or crows can be placed strategically as classy Halloween decorations!

apple cider4. Those sweet fall smells… Pumpkin spice, apple pie, cinnamon sticks. These are just a few that when asked what smell reminds you of the fall season, most people would probably answer. A nice aroma in a home during a showing is pleasant and charming. Something as easy as a scented candle or cinnamon broom (decorative and sweet!) is inviting to buyers. Other ideas (with more effort) could be leaving fresh baked gingerbread cookies or a pitcher of apple cider with cups waiting on the counter as a refreshment (kill two birds with one stone!). Side Note: Some buyers may not appreciate a certain scent the same way you do, or they may be allergic! Take these risks into account when considering staging your house with a fall aroma, and make sure if you do choose to use a scent that it is not overwhelming (a.k.a. test it out beforehand!)

5. Focus on the fireplace. This is pretty straight forward, too. Why wouldn’t you focus on a place of warmth in the face of upcoming cold weather? (Orlando does get cold, guys!) Staging furniture around the fireplace is an easy way to create a fall story with the room. While actually lighting the fireplace may be a bad idea for safety or just convenience, some fall decorations such as a cute pile of pumpkins or a fall banner can give the right attention to a fall staple.

6. Don’t overdo it. The most important advice of all. The attaché “less is more” is definitely true here. You still want your home to be remembered for its features – aka “the home with stainless steel appliances and a great porch for entertaining” and not “the house with papier-mâché pumpkins in every room!” And remember, over-decorating can also get expensive. Don’t break the bank!