Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Celebrate the New Year on Deep Creek Lake!

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is behind us and that all of the presents are unwrapped and holiday decorations will soon be put away.  It’s been a wonderful holiday season here on Deep Creek Lake with many fun events and ways to soak in the spirit of Christmas!

With the New Year quickly approaching, you may find yourself hosting the last big party of the year in your Deep Creek Lake home.  New Year’s Eve can be a fun time to gather one last time with loved ones who’ve come to visit over the holidays, or to enjoy time with friends and neighbors you’ve come to know while living or vacationing on Deep Creek Lake.

Hosting a New Years’ Eve party or dinner can be a fun way to end the year, but can also be overwhelming if you’re trying to get everything ready after just finishing up the holiday festivities.  Here are just a few ways to quickly prepare your home for your New Years’ Eve guests, create a welcoming environment and to make it a great evening for everyone!

1. Focus on First Impressions- Make sure the front of your home is just as inviting as the interior.  Create a well defined walkway for guests. Make the entrance welcoming by sweeping off the front porch, adding a touch of holiday color with garland or potted plants, and making sure it’s well lit at night.
2. Create Guest Space- Before guests arrive, clear out space in your coat closet for guests coats and have a mat for shoes.  If loved ones are staying with you in your home, prepare the bedrooms and guests bathrooms so that you can enjoy time with friends and family instead of rushing to get things ready.
3. Be Superficial- If you’re hosting guests for an evening, don’t worry about cleaning every nook and cranny of your home.  Quickly wipe down the guest bathroom, vacuum or sweep the main areas and don’t worry about the rest that guests won’t see!
4. Cool Off- An hour or so before guests arrive, be sure to turn down the thermostat.  With more people in a room and the oven or stove on; things can quickly heat up and you don’t want anyone to overheat.
5. Safely Light Up- Candles are a great way to add a cozy appeal to your home through the sight of flickering flames and holiday scents.  Be sure to keep an eye on the candles throughout the evening and put them in a place where children can’t reach them or they can’t be knocked over.
If you are planning on hosting a New Years’ Eve Party in your Deep Creek Lake home, we hope these tips give you a few ideas for added success!  You may also be wondering what you can do to start the new year off right.  Why not enjoy the annual First Day Hike at Deep Creek State Park?  Here are a few details.
First Day Hike at Deep Creek State Park
January 1 from 2-4pm
- Take part in a Ranger-guided hike around the lake on the first day of the new year! You’ll learn fun facts about how winter conditions affect our lake, along with information on surface ice. Depending on weather conditions, you many want to bring snowshoes or ice cleats. Duration of walk depends on the weather. Dress for the day’s conditions and Meet at the Discovery Center at 2 pm.

As a team of Deep Creek Real Estate agents here at Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty, we hope you have enjoyed this past year on Deep Creek Lake whether you live here all year long or love to get a way on vacation to our shores. 

We hope you have had a great holiday season and have a Happy New Year!  We look forward to serving all of your Deep Creek Real Estate needs in 2013! 

Patrick Kane
Sales Manager/Co-Owner
Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty
Your Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Expert

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