You look forward to Thanksgiving each November. Whoever hosts always seems to pull it off
without a hitch. Now, you are all settled in your brand new Schaeffer home, and you’ve volunteered
to host this year. And the magnitude of the task has hit you. Don’t sweat it. You can do it – and make
it look effortless – thanks to your state-of-the-art kitchen and party-friendly open floor plan!
Invite early. The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving is to plan early. Once you commit to hosting, the
first thing you need to do is invite every single person you want to come. Even the last minute types
are likely to make Thanksgiving plans early in November, so start putting feelers out there ASAP. In
the meantime, start thinking about where you’re going to put everybody. (Flexible, open floorplans
make this part soooo much easier!)
Be organized. Planning and organizing is imperative. It’s the only way to make sure you don’t find
yourself with missing ingredients, a house that’s a mess, and hours of cooking still to be done when
your guests arrive. Start by making lists of everything you need to do, a schedule for the weeks
leading up to dinner, and shopping lists before you head to the store for ingredients and supplies.
Bonus! Lists let you see everything you need, and let you check things off. (Checking things off is a
really good feeling!)
Plan your menu. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and you need a game plan. The first
step? Figure out what’s on the menu. Chances are your guests will want to bring things… you just
have to tell them what you need. Once you have the menu set, start shopping for non-perishables
(e.g. baking ingredients, bread cubes, herbs & spices), and make a corner of your pantry
“Thanksgiving Central”. Having everything in one place will help you keep track.
Cook in advance. Don’t stress out by trying to cook everything on Thanksgiving Day. Create a
timeline, and figure out what can be made ahead of time. Casseroles can be premade. Vegetables
can be chopped and ready to steam. Some things can’t be cooked early, like the turkey, but almost
everything else in the meal can be prepped and ready to just pop on the stove top or into the oven.
Let’s put that brand new kitchen to work!
Set up in advance. Establish your dining space (formal dining room, flex space, even the family room). Figure out if you’re having a sit-down meal or a buffet-style repast. Then, as long as you don’t have to worry about pets or small children upsetting things, set everything up days before the event. That way you won’t be scrambling to find the serving dishes that are somewhere in the basement; cleaning the dust off the extra wine glasses that are on that high shelf in the kitchen, and counting the flatware only to discover
you don’t have enough right before the first
guest rings the bell.
Offer snacks before dinner. Tasty appetizers benefit the cook as much as the guests. Bowls of nuts, some crackers and cheese, and trays of crudité or hot apps scattered throughout the family room, living room or basement rec room will keep them busy munching while you finish up! Keep the kids entertained. For children, it seems like Thanksgiving dinner takes foreveeeer to
land on the table. Keep ‘em occupied with games out in the yard, movies up in the loft or craft projects in the rec room.
Above all, relax and enjoy. Let your guests marvel at the spaciousness of your new Schaeffer home,
while you perform culinary magic in your new kitchen! Learn more about our holiday-friendly
homes at Schaeffer Homes.
We have another home to add to our collection in Four Seasons at Millville! Our active adult community features single family ranch style homes in a quiet tight knit community. All homes come on a slab foundation but buyers have the choice to add a 4 foot crawl space that is great for storage, or a full basement foundation. The Vandon, our newest model is 1600 square feet and includes 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a 2 car garage. It features a spacious great room, dining room that is open to the kitchen area. Add a vaulted ceiling or fireplace depending on your needs. The spacious kitchen features a large center island, pantry, and plenty of counter space and cabinets for storage. Customers can also choose our craftsman elevation for a unique exterior look!
The Vandon, Jaxon II, Jaxon I, and Weston are all available to be built in our next collection. Personalize your brand new home in our Design Center located in West Berlin, NJ. We estimate around 5- 6 months for the construction of your new home. Residents in this community move in with a fully sodded yard, irrigation, and landscaping package. The grass maintenance is completely taken care of by the homeowner’s association. In the winter, snow removal is also included!
Because the community is already well established, the 7500 square foot clubhouse is fully equipped. It features a billard’s room, game room, card room, fitness center, bar area, and full kitchen. There is also a large gathering area in the center with fireplace and big screen tv. Outside enjoy resort style amenities such as tennis courts, bocce ball, pickle ball, and a beautiful pool with plenty of seating.
Contact Alexis today at 856-208-5118 or by email at Alexis@schaefferhomes.com to learn about our latest incentives and to view some of our models.
Schaeffer Family Homes has been dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit www.schaefferhomes.com or call 856-208-5118 for more information.
Summer may be coming to an end but things are heating up in Four Seasons at Millville. This summer we are introducing not one but two brand new floorplans! Customers can still choose from our Jaxon II and Weston Models but they now have two additional floorplans to choose from.
First we introduce the Jaxon I. Everything you love about our Jaxon II but just a bit smaller. This home features 1380 square feet which includes 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a 1.5 Car Garage. The kitchen remains open to the great room, dining room and boasts a large island. This floorplan starts at $185,900 in our introductory collection and just two homesites remain!
Stay tuned for the big reveal of our Vandon plan which includes 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a 2 car garage. This home can be built in our next collection which is officially open! As the introductory phase comes to a close, we have begun pre-selling Collection 2D. This section features 14 homesites that fit any of our homes. 2 homesites are already sold and the time frame is a bit longer than if building in our current collection. Reserve your homesite today and lock in pricing! Call or email Alexis at 856-208-5118 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Lastly, we are offering a new incentive so stop by our model home today- located at 62 Cottage Street Millville, NJ to learn how to join the many happy homeowners who reside in Cumberland County’s premier active adult community!
The Schaeffer Family has been dedicated to the mission of providing families in Southern New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit www.schaefferhomes.com or call 856-208-5118 for more information.
We are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy-efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. Our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines. These homes are better for the environment and better for you. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/