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New Year’s Game Ideas

Chocolate KissesIf you have family and friends over to celebrate the new year, chances are you’re on the lookout for activities that everyone can partake in. Fortunately, games of all types tend to appeal to people of all ages. Here are a few of the best New Year’s game ideas that will entertain all of your guests and encourage bonding.

1. Name That Celebrity

If Hollywood celebrities are a hot topic among your friends and family, you should consider playing the “Name That Celebrity” game. To play this game, you should write down a list of the celebrities who were constantly in the news that year on index cards. Write down one name per index card.

Once everyone is ready to play, one person should put an index card on their forehead. Their team will need to give the player clues without saying any names. If the player correctly guesses the celebrity within a certain amount of time, the team scores a point and it will be the turn of a player from the other team to guess a celebrity.

2. Midnight Kiss

Another New Year’s game that you can play is “Midnight Kiss.” This game involves writing out “midnight” on five tiny pieces of paper and taping the slips of paper to the bottom of a few chocolate Kisses. Lay out 100 chocolate Kisses on a table. The bottoms should be facing down and the Kisses with the taped slips of paper should be included in the 100 chocolate Kisses. Have the players go through all the Kisses trying to find one with “midnight” on it. Players can only eat one Kiss at a time and those who find Kisses with “midnight” on it should win a prize.

3. Keep Up Your Resolution

Every player should blow up three balloons and write down a New Year’s resolution on each balloon. The goal of the game is to prevent all three balloons from hitting the floor for as long as possible. The winner of the game is whoever manages to keep all three balloons in the area the longest. If you plan on playing this game with multiple players at a time, you should play the game in a large space. Also, different players should have different colored balloons.

These New Year’s game ideas are a great way to keep everyone entertained at the end of the year. If you’re planning on moving to a new community for the new year, feel free to contact us about our Charlotte apartments.

Confetti

New Year’s Ideas for Kids

ConfettiPlayful kids are both spontaneous and creative. And if you had no idea, playfulness and mischief are associated with intelligence and smartness in kids. Once again, another new year is here. If you are yet to find some fun entertainment ideas for your kid, worry not. We have some cool games and activities you should try this new year;

New Year’s Photo Props

Every New Year, we see all kinds of photo props in different styles, shape, and sizes, and 2018 is no different. Your kids will be excited to swap the different props as they make silly faces with each of them for as many photos as the time can allow. You can be sure it will be a memorable activity and a time well-spent with your loved little ones.

Paper Plate Noise Maker Craft

This year, you can get your kids to help you design a paper plate noise maker craft. It’s fun and helps stir their imaginations as they participate.

Gold and Glitter Play Dough

This is yet another creative idea for celebrating the new year. All you need is to prepare the dough and have other accessories set. Help your kids mark the year on the dough and then decorate it with sparkly and glittering stuff. What results is something shiny in a dimly-lit room.

New Year’s Resolution Printable

The chances are high your kids have resolutions for the new year. They probably want to improve in class or quit the laziness. Sit down and discuss with them. Whatever their resolutions, it’s easier to achieve them if it’s put down in writing. Get a free New Year’s printable and write them out together.

New Year’s Glow in the Dark Dance Party

Adults and kids alike love the glow sticks. Together with New Year’s LED Glasses, glow sticks are a fun idea for welcoming the year 2018. If you want the maximum thrill, turn off the lights and keep the TV and your favorite kid-friendly music on.

16 Minutes to Win It Games

Games are an incredible way to celebrate the new year. Kids of all ages will find “minute to win it” games fun and exciting as you play together.

Is your New Year’s resolution is to find a new home? Our apartments in Charlotte are your best bet. To check out the floor plans and amenities, call us at (844) 681-7057.

New Year's Party Decor

New Year’s Party Ideas

New Year's Party DecorOur apartments in Charlotte offers a number of great amenities to make any New Year’s party a memorable event. Residents can take advantage of spacious outdoor clubhouse seating, playground and picnic areas, an outdoor kitchen and two sparkling pools with sundecks. Following are some ideas of how you can use these facilities or even your own apartment home to host a great New Year’s party for your family and/or friends.

Gold as a Theme

Gold is a great color option for a New Year’s party. A gold fringe is sure to liven up the atmosphere, bringing a touch of cheer and a festive atmosphere to the occasion. Pair the fringes with a DIY glitter bottle balloon centerpiece for added fun. To make such a bottle, simply get an empty wine bottle, scrub off the label, cover the outside with glue and add gold glitter. Once the glue is dry, blow up a helium balloon and put it on top.

Make it About Clocks

The New Year is a time to ring out the old and ring in the new, making it a great time to have a clock-themed party. Purchase some solid-colored round foil helium balloons and turn them into floating clocks by drawing numbers and clock hands on them. You can also make round cookies and decorate them to look like clocks. A creative addition to such cookies is to fill the insides with small sugary stars so that people who open them get a fun surprise. You can buy packs of these stars in just about any grocery store and you simply need to add them to the inside of your cookies when you shape them to put on the tray to bake.

Addison Park Apartments isn’t just a great place to party; it’s also a wonderful place to live. One-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans are available at various price points and the apartment community happily offers move-in assistance to make it easy for new residents to join the community. Up to two pets are allowed per apartment and there is a dog park for pet owners who want to make sure that their dog gets enough exercise every day. Give us a call to find out more about what we offer or even take a tour of our apartment community.

Gingerbread House

How to Make a Gingerbread House

Gingerbread HouseNothing says holidays like a gingerbread house. But making your own can seem daunting. It doesn’t have to be though. While it’s not a quick activity, it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon to embrace the end of year festivities. Here are some tips to make a spectacular gingerbread house.

Tips for Building a Gingerbread House

  1. Assemble your tools: There’s nothing worse than getting fully underway in an involved project only to find that you’re missing a critical tool. Make sure you have all the tools you need before you start!
  2. Don’t get bogged down in the details: At the same time, there’s all kind of specialized equipment you can use to build a gingerbread house, but you don’t actually need fancy equipment. You’re likely to have everything you need. In fact, this New York Times Guide doesn’t even use a pastry bag!
  3. Here’s what you will need for baking: An oven, parchment paper or silicone mats, mixing bowls, and you’ll find a kitchen scale and mixer very useful as well.
  4. Here’s what you will need for building: Two sharp chef’s or serrated knives (one small and one large), a small round cookie cutter, a large board or inexpensive cutting board, and thick plastic bags which you can use for piping frosting. Have a supply of mugs or cans that you can use to prop up walls while you’re building. You’ll also need a template to guide you. This Pinterest board has some really original ones. Make sure you’ve printed it out before you get started!
  5. Choose a color scheme: There’s a lot of different kinds of candies out there, and it’s tempting to grab a wide variety, but in decorating, less is more. You wouldn’t want six different colors of tiles on your roof. By choosing a couple of colors to guide you, you’ll be able to create a gingerbread house that really looks the part.
  6. You don’t have to ever eat it: If the part you’re most worried about is the structural soundness of your gingerbread house, consider using a glue gun. You won’t have to eat it, but it will be easier to make stick together. Plus, it’s going to be too pretty to eat, anyway.

Wood burning fireplaces, double windows, vaulted ceilings and track lighting make our Charlotte apartments the perfect environment for getting into the holiday spirit by building a gingerbread house. To learn more about what we offer at Addison Park, give our office a call.

Decorated Pine Cone

Simple December Centerpieces

Decorated Pine Cone Decorating as the seasons change is one of the most effective ways to make your apartment feel welcoming and cozy all year long. While it may sound like a lot of work to some, changing up your apartment decorations doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive task. Whether you’re planning a holiday gathering or simply want to jazz things up for the winter season, try adding an easy and beautiful December centerpiece to your apartment decor.

3 Easy December Centerpiece Ideas

1. Metallic Pine Cones

Decorating for the winter season doesn’t have to be an elaborate affair. In fact, with a few common craft items, you can create a dazzling metallic centerpiece. For this project, all you’ll need are a few crafting pine cones, gold and/or silver spray paint and a decorative bowl. Spray paint the pine cones in a safe and well-ventilated area and allow to dry. Then place them in your favorite decorative bowl and you’re done!

2. Evergreen Base

Nothing feels more inviting on the table than a cascade of fragrant and beautiful evergreen trimmings. You can find evergreen trimmings in most craft stores or at your favorite tree stand during the holidays. From there, all you need are a few accent pieces like delicate holiday ornaments, holly sprigs, confetti and more!

3. White Florals

Create a winter wonderland centerpiece that is sure to catch your eye all month long by featuring an arrangement with delicate white florals. Use a simple vase to display your favorite white flowers or go for a more elaborate design by adorning several small vases with glitter snowflakes, holly and ribbons. These simple and elegant centerpieces can be used for a variety of different holiday gatherings and will continue to look great all month long.

Have Fun With Your Apartment Decor This December

Creating a warm and inviting space in your apartment this December is a fun little project that the everyone will enjoy. Whether you want to go all out with several different centerpieces or you’d like to stick with one classic design, these simple DIY ideas are sure to impress. For more information about our amenities or to take a look at the available floor plans at our apartments in Charlotte, visit our office today.

Holiday Crafts

Christmas Patterns to Make for December

Holiday CraftsChristmas is coming, and it brings chilly weather, sugary treats, and lots of time with loved ones. Keeping the youngsters entertained can seem like a tall order. However, kids love crafting. With a few supplies and items around your home, you can fill an afternoon with fun art projects.

Craft Christmas Lights

You will need:

  • Paper or poster board
  • Glue
  • Craft cups
  • Cupcake holders
  • Colorful paint
  • Wine corks or bottle caps
  • A black Sharpie
  • Optional: glitter

1. Draw the ‘wires’ as squiggles or snowflakes with a black Sharpie.

2. Glue the cupcake holders around each point where you want the ‘light’ to be.

3. Pour paint into the cups and have the kids dip the corks in and stamp colorful balls of light onto the paper.

4. For an extra bright glow, glue glitter around each light.

Craft a Christmas Tree

You will need:

  • White paper or poster board
  • Colored construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Buttons, beads, rhinestones, or colorful objects for ornaments
  • Glitter pens
  • Spray-on fixative
  • Optional: foiled paper

1. Cut your construction paper or foiled paper into triangles.

2. Ask the kids to glue the triangles onto the board, making a Christmas tree shape. Let them surprise you with amazing color combinations.

3. Glue Christmas tree decorations on top.

4. Add lines of shiny streamers with the glitter pens.

5. Seal their holiday artwork with spray fixative.

Craft Christmas Tree Chains and Streamers

You will need:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • A Christmas tree

1. Have the kids pick out their favorite colors of construction paper.

2. Fold each sheet accordion-style.

3. If the kids are young, you can use the scissors. Otherwise, have them cut across the folded paper, dividing it into sections.

4. Carefully snip little triangles out of the edges of each section, just like you do when making folded-paper snowflakes.

5. Unfold the accordion, revealing a whimsical paper chain ready to hang on the tree.

Celebrate the Winter Season in Beautiful Charlotte, NC

This city is known for great food and warm hospitality, making it a welcoming destination for growing families around the country. At Addison Park, you can find the right space at our apartments in Charlotte. Contact us today to find out more.

DIY Supplies

Elevate Your Space With These Door Hangers

DIY SuppliesOne of the greatest ways to really upgrade the elegance and charm of our Charlotte apartments is to create door hangers. You can personalize your apartment using one of these unique door hangers. Here are the top door hanger ideas that you’ll want to consider.

Great Door Hanger Ideas for Your Charlotte Apartments

When friends and loved ones are in your Charlotte apartment, they’ll be impressed with your creativity and elegance if you use door hanger ideas like these.

An Elegant Initial Door Hanger

One of the most popular trends in door hangers today is large initials. You can choose lightweight, giant single initials that are as much as 12 inches high to really grab the eye. These initials are usually raw wood, so they’re a blank canvas for your imagination. Choose colors that complement your apartment decor to really create a cohesive color theme. If you want to really jazz up the look of the door hanger, add fun elements like sequins, jewels, or even small artificial flowers to the initial using a hot glue gun.

A Chalkboard Door Hanger

Another popular trend for door hangers today is the chalkboard. However, this isn’t the chalkboard used years ago in the classroom. It can be uniquely shaped and styled to match nearly any decor aesthetic. Choose a pre-made chalkboard door hanger, or opt for a wood door hanger and then add a couple of layers of chalkboard paint. Don’t forget to add chalk so people can leave you little messages, either. Simply use a hot glue gun to attach pieces of chalk to twine, and then glue the end of the twine to the chalkboard.

Want a Charlotte Apartment That’s Close to Everything?

Seeking a new Charlotte apartment home to make your own? Addison Park Apartments in Charlotte offers amazing amenities like 9-foot ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces, dog park, sparkling pools with sun decks, and much more. We’re located in a great spot close to I-77, I-85, and I-485 so you can conveniently get to anywhere you need to go. Contact us today to learn more about our different floor plans that are currently available or to arrange an apartment tour.

Tools for Crafting

DIY Wreath Idea for Your Apartment Home

Tools for CraftingDecorating your home is always fun, but it’s even better when you make some of the decorations yourself. Here’s how you make one of the hottest holiday items of this year: a deco mesh wreath.

Get Some Wreath Forms

There are forms made especially for deco mesh, but you can actually do fine with the regular ones from the floral section of your craft store.

Grab 4 Rolls of Deco Mesh

The rolls should be 21″ wide and 10 yards long. Choose colors that work well with the holiday(s) or season(s) the wreath will be for.

Get Any Embellishments You Want

Your wreath should have more than the mesh itself. Pick up some decorations to work in so the final product looks complete.

Make Deco Mesh Into Spindles and Arrange Them Into Spirals

Cut mesh into 9-12″ lengths, using the entire width it came in. Then, roll the lengths into loose spindles about 1″ around (so that there’s an opening in the center of each one).

Then, take each spindle and pinch it in the center. Do four or five at a time and collect all of the pinched centers together. Use a chenille stem, formerly referred to as a pipe cleaner, to tie them together permanently. Choose a pipe cleaner color that will blend into the rest of the wreath.

Spread the collections out into rough spiral shapes. Each spindle shouldn’t be a spiral, but that’s the general impression the “set” should have.

Tie Each Bunch to the Wire Frame

Use the remaining length of each collection’s chenille stems to tie them to the wire frame. Tie them tightly enough to prevent much movement. Use enough bunches to entirely hide the framework.

Add Your Embellishments

Now’s the time to put your small dolls, leaves, and other embellishments on your wreath. Arrange them so they look great, and then use craft wire or chenille stems to hold them in place. If your wreath will go outside, be sure these additions are weatherproof.

This is just one of the ways you can make a wreath that’ll look great on your apartment door. Our apartments in Charlotte are the perfect place to hang this eye-catching wreath! Just stop by our office to see our available apartment homes.

Colorful Autumn Corn

Get Crafting With These Fall Centerpieces

Colorful Autumn CornFall is the perfect time to get out your crafting hat and start working on fun projects with the entire family. When you decide to decorate our apartments in Charlotte for the holidays or the fall season, you want a stunning centerpiece to fit your theme and decorating plans.

Keep it Simple With Corn

A simple centerpiece for the fall season starts with dry corn on the cob. Spray paint the corn a fall color, such as bronze, silver or gold. Allow the paint to dry and then use a hot glue gun to attach the corn cobs to a simple round vase. Tie up the corn with a bow using raffia or a similar thin and fall-themed thread. Fill the vase with seasonal flowers and place it on your table.

Make Use of Your Pumpkins

Fall is the season of pumpkins and squash. Make use of the extra pumpkins in your home by removing a portion of the top and taking out the seeds and pulp. Ensure that the pumpkins are completely empty and cleaned before filling it up with floral foam and seasonal flowers. Arrange the flowers to gently overflow and then finish up your centerpiece by surrounding it with squash, smaller pumpkins or acorns.

Fill Up the Bottles

Root beer is a fall favorite and it provides a great fall craft idea. If you want a simple centerpiece that stands out, then hold onto the glass root beer bottles and clean them out after you finish the beverage. Fill it up to the half-way point with water and then fill the top with fall flowers. Set up two or three on your table and enjoy the rustic look of your fall decorations.

Use a Wooden Bowl

The rustic look of wood is the perfect way to set up a quick and fun fall centerpiece. When you are in a hurry and your guests are soon to arrive, grab a wooden bowl and fill it up with miniature pumpkins, acorns, pine cones, corn cobs and sprigs of pine or other greens. Arrange the items in the bowl to maximize the colors and make the centerpiece attractive for your table.

The centerpiece plays a key role in your fall decorations. When you want a fun craft that takes a few minutes and adds to the beauty of our Charlotte apartments this season, set up a centerpiece that adds a rustic appeal to your table. For more information about our apartment community or to see our available floor plans in Charlotte, call us today.

Pumpkin for Cooking

Celebrate Autumn With Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Pumpkin for CookingWhat is your favorite part about fall? Is it the chance to decorate your Charlotte apartments in the hues of the season? Is it the cooler temps and the brilliant color North Carolina is famous for? Perhaps it is all things pumpkin flavored, from your favorite latte to your favorite candle. If pumpkin is your go-to fall flavor, you are going to love this recipe for pumpkin crunch cake. As an added bonus, it’s even fairly healthy so you can indulge your sweet tooth without the guilt.

Skinny Pumpkin Crunch Cake

This recipe takes the traditional “dump cake” and puts a healthy spin on it. This cake is made from a layer of fruit on the bottom topped with dry cake mix, butter and something to make it a little crunchy. This recipe takes the same idea but makes it a little less calorie-laden.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 12 oz. can of evaporated milk (reduced fat)
  • 1 – 16 oz. can of pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. natural sweetener such as Stevia
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 box dry cake mix (vanilla or spice)
  • 1 c. light butter melted
  • 1 c. chopped pecans

To make the cake, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, coat a glass 13×9″ baking dish with non-stick spray. Dump the pumpkin and evaporated milk into a bowl, and whisk until blended. Add the sugar and stevia, eggs, egg whites and pumpkin pie spice. Mix thoroughly.

Pour this wet mixture into the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly on top. Pour the melted butter over the cake mix, and top with the pecans. Bake for 55 minutes or until the top is browned and starting to crisp. Enjoy topped with ice cream, or if you wish to keep things light, choose light whipped cream!

That’s all there is to it. When you’re enjoying your newly baked treat, consider sharing some with your neighbors. If you are looking for a welcoming and friendly apartment community, look no further than Addison Park. Give us a call or stop by our office to schedule a tour to see our available one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans.

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