It’s not too early to start prepping for Thanksgiving!

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.

Tools That Every Homeowner Should Own

Once you and your family have settled into your gorgeous new Schaeffer home, the rest of your life can begin! We’re more than excited for you to experience the most rewarding journey yet, and to feel comfortable everyday in your home.

Throughout the entire homebuilding process, we do all of the heavy lifting for you. You never have to stress over the details or feel overwhelmed by any step. Once you’re moved in, however, it’s always a good idea to have a few trusted tools in your back pocket.

 

 

Check out our list of the best tools to keep in your home:

 

Screwdriver Set

A complete set comes with a variety of head sizes to get into all kinds of spaces. When you’re completing basic projects like tightening cabinet hardware, this set will be your best friend.

 

Hammer

Make sure that the head of your hammer is smooth to avoid damage to any surface that you’re working on. Get one with a grip that feels the most comfortable to you!

 

Cordless Drill

There are many things you can do with a sturdy cordless drill, including creating holes in wood without splits. With a full charge, you can take your drill anywhere without worry.

 

Measuring Tape

Accurate measurements of furniture, valuables, and walls are a must whenever you decide ro remodel. Pro tip: you’ll appreciate a measuring tape that fits in your pocket when you’re out.

 

Utility Knife

A handy general tool, your utility knife will be helpful in many different situations, and especially in the beginning of your move when you’ll be cutting open taped-boxes.

 

Leaf Rake and Snow Shovel

New Jersey is no stranger to fall leaves and winter snow, and these two tools are absolutely essential. Keep your front and back yards tidy with tools that feel comfortable in your hands!

 

Ladder

A ladder’s purpose speaks for itself, just make sure not to walk underneath it! (Just kidding…)

 

Zip Ties

Easy to store and durable, zip ties are great for a wide variety of things — from fastening flowers together to attaching tags to luggage.

 

Pliers

When you’re working with pliers, a strong tool with a firm grip will be your best aid. Different sizes and shapes work for different projects and spaces, so why not get a few kinds?

 

Handsaw

If you enjoy building your own furniture and completing various home projects, a great handsaw will help you get the job done.

There’s no better feeling than moving into your dream home. Once you’ve made it, having a few handy tools available will save you a last minute trip to the store when you need them most!

 

For more information on our Schaeffer homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 856-208-5118. We look forward to partnering with you on this incredible journey!

9 Ways to Welcome Spring Into Your Home

New Home Living Room

We never thought it would be here, but Spring is finally in full bloom and all of us at Schaeffer Family Homes in New Jersey are so excited because of all the fun ways to enjoy the season inside and outside your home! We’re more than ready to hang up our coats and make the most of spring! Here are a few design and decor tips to welcome spring into your home, so you can enjoy the season to the fullest.

  1. Bring plants and flowers into your home. Whether they’re in vases, hanging planters, or sprawled on the mantle, more greenery and color will brighten anyBUDy’s day!
  2. Designate a weekend to some Spring cleaning to bring in the new season and send out those winter woes! Nothing feels more refreshing than an organized home, so grab the vacuum and cleaning supplies and go room by room to tackle the dust and dirt that’s been building up all winter.
  3. Give your closet a makeover by switching into the clothes you’ve been waiting to wear all winter! Likewise, collect all those heavy boots and coats and put them into storage.
  4. Let the light in! Nothing feels more like spring than fresh air and natural light, so part those curtains and open up those large windows! Spring is in the air and you should have it circulating through your house.
  5. Pastels and shades of white are back on trend. Replace your pillows, curtains, and accessories to add pops of spring colors. Fun accent pieces with lots of color and even fun patterns are the perfect way to brighten up any room. With our homes, you definitely have enough room to utilize all of the trending spring colors!
  6. Lemonade, strawberry shortcake, lavender sorbet… the options are endless when it comes to cooking creatively with spring ingredients. Keep your kitchen stocked with fruits and seasonal veggies!
  7. Speaking of lavender, spring scented candles are back in stock and ready to be lit! Filling your home with all the calming and enjoyable scents of the season are the perfect way to wind down after a busy day.
  8. Getting the outside of your home ready for spring is just as important as the inside. Decorate your entryway with blossoming wreaths and potted flowers to properly welcome your guests and create an inviting new look for the season!
  9. But don’t just plant a new bed of flowers – switch out your actual bed as well! Exchange the flannel sheets and heavy comforters for lighter sheets and duvets. It’ll be easy to catch some ZZZ’s in the right linens.

 

Spring is the perfect time to have fun with your home decor. Use these helpful tips to enjoy all the feelings of the season inside and outside your home!

               

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