Nov 17

Helpful Thanksgiving Preparation Tips

Thanksgiving Place SettingGetting ready for Thanksgiving can be hectic and stressful if you don’t have the right plan. Therefore, the true preparations should start there—with the plan rather than with more obvious action. Then, you’ll have a roadmap for making your home ready for guests. This plan should take into account things like:

  • Cleaning
  • Decorating
  • The process you’ll use to cook the feast and keep everything at the right temperature
  • Who’ll carve the turkey, if you’re having one
  • How you’ll invite people to your gathering
  • How many guests you expect to actually come
  • Whether or not they can bring guests of their own (and if so, how many)
  • Any food restrictions anyone has
  • A contingency plan for the people who will be late
  • A plan for the ones who’ll come far too early

By planning for all of these things in advance, your Thanksgiving event will go much more smoothly than it otherwise would. Remember that snafus are the biggest risks to such events, so plan for the common ones. Then, you won’t be tempted to snap when everything doesn’t run with clockwork perfection.

After You’ve Made Your Plan

Now it’s time to start taking action. The first step should be to clean. Then, you won’t have to clean around new objects like decorations and groceries. You’ll also free up space.

Once you have your “canvas” all ready to fill, get out your Thanksgiving Day decorations. Be sure to place them in locations where your guests don’t have to be careful about them.

The day before Thanksgiving, cook up anything that tastes fine – or even improves – if it’s had a day to sit in the fridge. This includes pumpkin pies, some types of dressing, and more. Cook the turkey on the day itself if you can.

On the day, have hot plates or other equipment ready to keep things warm. There are usually too many side dishes and extras to serve them all before cooling would take place if precautions aren’t taken.

Finally, be relaxed. Remember that this is meant to be fun!

To see some of our new apartments in Centennial that are just waiting for you to warm them up with a Thanksgiving feast, just stop by our office. We’ll be glad to show you our available apartment homes.

Oct 17

Celebrate Fall With These Festive Pumpkin Cocktails

MartiniWith October finally here, our  Centennial apartment residents are gearing up for fall with wicked decorations, frightful costumes, and delicious treats! Of course, we wanted to get in on the action too, so we’ve come up with a list of 3 enchanting pumpkin cocktails for you to try this fall.

The Pumpkin Pie Martini

What you’ll need:

• 2 ounces vanilla vodka

• ½ ounce cream liqueur (like Bailey’s)

• ½ ounce pumpkin spice syrup (try Torani) or pumpkin liqueur (again, Bailey’s makes one)

• Optional garnishes: whipped cream and sprinkle of cinnamon

How to make it:

1. Start by shaking the vodka and cream liqueur together with ice in a cocktail shaker.

2. Add the pumpkin syrup or liqueur to the shaker and shake again.

3. Strain the mixture into a martini glass.

4. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, then serve!

The Pumpkin Fever

What you’ll need:

• 1 ounce spiced rum (try Sailor Jerry)

• 2 ounces Bols “Pumpkin Smash”

• ¼ ounce 2% milk

• ¼ ounce cream

• Optional garnishes: sugar and cinnamon for the glass rim

How to make it:

1. Wet the edge of a martini glass with liquid ¼ of an inch down the rim edge. Use a bit of spiced rum or water.

2. Add a mixture of sugar and cinnamon to a plate or shallow bowl, and dip the wet rim into the mixture to sugar the glass edge.

3. Put the glass in the fridge to chill.

4. Add all of the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and mix.

5. Strain the cocktail into your chilled, sugar-rimmed glass and serve!

The Apple Cider Cocktail

What you’ll need:

• 1 part pumpkin pie vodka (try Pinnacle brand)

• 3 parts fresh apple cider

• 1 – 2 tablespoons club soda

• Optional garnishes: cinnamon stick and lemon wedge

How to make it:

1. In the order listed above, add the ingredients to a highball glass with ice.

2. For a little extra pizzazz, pop in a cinnamon stick and twist a lemon wedge onto the side of the glass before serving.

Festive Fun at Greenwood Plaza

We love to see the amazing fall and Halloween decorations that our residents put up around this time of year. If you’re looking for apartments in Centennial this autumn, please call our office today to see which of our floor plans are currently available.

Oct 17

How to Keep Your Spacious Closet Nice and Tidy

Clothes Hanging in a ClosetAh! The air is clean and crisp, and the scenery is stunning around our lovely Centennial apartments. It’s autumn at Greenwood Plaza.

With the change of season, you may be in the mood to reorganize your wardrobe and get ready for all the season has to offer! Here are some tips for arranging your closet space to help you stay organized through autumn and beyond.

Tried-and-True Tips

We see these suggestions in many popular lists of top home organizing suggestions. With so many people praising these ideas, it’s worth giving them a whirl!

1. Make your morning clothes selection easy by ordering your closet by the days of the week. A time-saver as well as a space-saver!

2. Tie scarves on a hanger. A great way to keep each scarf unwrinkled and easy to select.

3. Color-code your clothes by the season. For example, hang your autumn wardrobe selection on bright yellow hangers, winter on blue, spring on green, and summer on red.

Clever Organizing Tips

Now, for a couple more space-saving ideas that you might not have considered.

4. You know that breakfast bed tray you haven’t used in a while? Set it up in the closet. It makes a great extra floor level for your shoes!

5. Have a pet carrier that you no longer use? Sanitize it and stack it at one end of the closet to store those clothes you won’t use until summer. An impressive amount of folded clothes can fit tidily in a medium-sized carrier, and the grated door on a typical carrier allows you to conveniently view what you’ve stored.

Make Your New Home at Greenwood Plaza in Centennial, Colorado 

Speaking of pets, did you know that Greenwood Plaza welcomes dogs and cats? Up to 2 pets are allowed per apartment. Our gorgeous apartments, in a variety of floor plans, offer plenty of amenities to suit your lifestyle, too.

And if you’re searching for the perfect apartment community, we look forward to welcoming you as part of ours. Come visit our airy, pet-friendly apartments in Centennial. Enjoy a visual tour now by checking out our photo gallery on our website. Call (855) 273-3148 to learn more—and, of course, to check out our spacious closets. We look forward to speaking with you!

Oct 17

4 Ways to Decorate Your Apartment for Autumn

Autumn DecorThe seasons are so striking around Greenwood Plaza, our beautiful Centennial apartments. No wonder our community loves to celebrate autumn’s arrival by decorating.

Here are some ideas to set the autumn mood at home.

1. Casual Collection

Transform any side table into a stand for an assortment of pretty gourds and little squashes. It’s simple, carefree and pretty. Just let your collection set the autumnal tone.

This can double as an edible arrangement if you’ve selected a variety of edible gourds and pumpkins for pies.

2. Polka-Dot Pumpkins

Pumpkins on a shelf or the mantel are nice, but bring a bit of gold paint into your decorating and you’ll really dress them up.

Put round stickers on a pumpkin and trace the circles. Take the stickers off and fill in the circle shapes with gold metallic paint. Or do the reverse: put round stickers on the pumpkin, paint the pumpkin gold, let the paint dry and peel your stickers off.

For a variation, decorate your pumpkins with elegant upholstery tacks of various shapes. White or gray pumpkins are especially showy when adorned with the studs.

3. Make a Golden Table Arrangement

Metallic spray paint isn’t just for patio furniture anymore. Spray paint pine cones, apples, old candlesticks and bottles for a dazzling table piece.

4. Make a Mini-Pumpkin Wreath

Dress up your door this year with a fun and festive autumn wreath. Go to a craft or fabric store for a plain vine wreath. Adorn it with autumn leaves, seasonal berries, and gourds or mini-pumpkins. You can use wiring to secure pumpkins or gourds and seasonal foliage to your wreath.

For a dramatic twist on the concept, leave part of the grapevine unadorned.

Enjoy the View of Mountain Foliage in Autumn in Centennial

Our community is regaled each year with the sight of mountain greenery turning golden. What a lovely place we call home. We hope you enjoy the beauty of autumn at its richest at our apartments in Centennial. If you are in search of a one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment home, let us show you Greenwood Plaza. Contact us at (855) 273-3148 to schedule a tour!

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