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Atlanta Real Estate: Elegance Realty invites you to celebrate summer in style with a staycation. A staycation is when you and your family spend vacation time by staying at home instead of traveling. …

Atlanta Real Estate: Elegance Realty invites you to celebrate summer in style with a staycation. A staycation is when you and your family spend vacation time by staying at home instead of traveling. Not only are staycations a great way to save money, but they are a perfect opportunity to create memories right in your own home - whether it be in a house, apartment, condo, or townhome!

Consider using this kit as a resource to host the ultimate staycation for your family and friends. This guide will supply you with:

-Family-Friendly Leisure Activities
-Recipes for Refreshing Foods and Beverages
-Spectacular Summer Party Ideas
-Tips and Inspiration for Outdoor Decoration

Elegance Realty® is excited to be your partner as you make summer plans. Let this guide inspire you to take your staycation to the next level and enjoy an amazing summer at home with your family and friends. Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start
creating those priceless memories!


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  • 1. ® ® Ultimate Summer Staycation Guide Your resource to staying cool this summer! Kemi Salako | Realtor® SFR® CFIS® 678.757.5364 | kemi@elegancerealty.com GA | NY | SC | TN EleganceRealty.com and AtlantaTenants.com Elegance Realty, LLC
  • 2. ® invite you to celebrate summer in style with a staycation. A staycation is when you and your family spend vacation time by staying at home instead of traveling. Not only are staycations a great way to save money, but they are a perfect opportunity to create memories right in your own home - whether it be in a house, apartment, condo, or townhome! Consider using this kit as a resource to host the ultimate staycation for your family and friends. This guide will supply you with: Family-Friendly Leisure Activities Recipes for Refreshing Foods and Beverages Spectacular Summer Party Ideas Tips and Inspiration for Outdoor Decoration ® are excited to be your partner as you make summer plans. Let this guide inspire you to take your staycation to the next level and enjoy an amazing summer at home with your family and friends. Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start creating those priceless memories! Welcome tothe summer season! 1 Our Team at Elegance Realty The Realtors at Elegance Realty
  • 3. 2 03| Plan your staycation Activities the whole family can enjoy Enjoy your community amenities Find local activities and events 10| Taste refreshing summer treats Uncommon grilled foods and recipes Chilled summer desserts and beverages 15| Entertain your guests Cool party ideas 18| Decorate your space Bold outdoor spaces 21| Concluding thoughts
  • 4. 03| Plan your staycation Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy Enjoy Your Community Amenities Find Local Activities and Events 31% of people love to explore their native surroundings - 1 2013 Homes.com Summer Sensations Survey Elegance Realty, LLC
  • 5. Activities the whole family can enjoy Staycation Do’s and Don’ts Staycation activities can be fun, family-friendly, stress-free, and affordable. Whether you stay indoors or outdoors, there are plenty of activities everyone will enjoy. Before you get started, be sure to follow the Staycation Do’s and Don’ts. Do - Relax - Plan ahead - Set a budget - Clean your place ahead of time - Take lots of photos - Try new places and activities - Explore your community Don’t - Check your email, voicemail, or do work - Run errands or chores - Stick to the “usual” places and hangouts - Be a couch potato Step 1. Cut sponges into thirds. Step 2. Gather 9 sponge strips. Step 3. Wrap with hair elastic. Step 4. Poof it up, dunk in water and start tossing! CrazyAdventuresinParenting.com Sponge Bombs What goes perfect with a hot summer day? That’s right, sponge bombs! Add an element of competition and battle with your family and friends to see who can get the most in each other’s buckets. Disclaimer: This activity is guaranteed to get everyone wet! What You Need: 3 Sponges (will make 1 Sponge Bomb) Hair elastics Water Tip Suggestion Consider these creative ideas to enhance your family’s staycation experience. 4 Photo Source:
  • 6. Activities the whole family can enjoy Movie Night and Popcorn Bar Stay indoors and enjoy a favorite TV show or movie night with your friends and family. Optional: Use a projector to show a “drive-in” themed movie outside! Popcorn Bar Ideas Mix and match different flavor combinations to discover your favorite. Popcorn Flavors Cheddar Cheese Classic Butter Kettle Corn Chocolate Chunk Mix with Pretzels and Potato Chips Butter Toffee Add-Ins Honey Roasted Peanuts Hot and Spicy Peanuts Almonds M & M’s Finishing Touches Champagne (for the adults) and/or sparkling grape juice (for everyone). Dress up like your favorite movie or tv character and vote for who is best dressed. 5 CelebrationsAtHomeBlog.comPhoto Source:
  • 7. Looking for More Fun-Filled Family Activities? It is important to create a "to-do" list when planning your staycation. This way, you will be able to stay engaged and organized throughout. Try these ideas to get started for non-stop fun. • Create and play with oversized board games • Camp out in your backyard or living room • Throw a cookout, picnic, or block party • Host a field day (Include games like kickball, bean bag toss, sack race, tag, etc) • Build your own puppet theater and organize a play • Indulge in a homemade gourmet s'mores party • Plan a fishing or crabbing trip • Family bike out • Show off your artistic side with sidewalk chalk • Sing and dance your heart out at a karaoke party • Build a sandcastle at the beach • Throw a watermelon eating contest • Fly a kite or read a book in the park • Scavenger or treasure hunt • Sneak in an educational visit to the zoo and/or museum • Use your creativity during arts and crafts day • Throw a Luau or Mexican Fiesta party • Splash around in an inflatable, neighborhood, or the local gym swimming pool • Be unconventional and eat breakfast for dinner • Attend a local concert or sports event • Host a pajama party • Explore your city or town as a tourist • House/Apartment swap with a friend HomeStoriesAtoZ.comSource: 6
  • 8. Enjoy your community's amenities this summer Being an apartment renter allows you many opportunities to celebrate the summer season in style. If you opt to vacation at home this summer, be sure to utilize the vast amenities at your disposal such as the community pool, dog park, fitness center, walking or hiking trails and more! NalleWoods.comPhoto Source: Tips Have plenty of sunscreen and apply repeatedly Hydrate frequently Keep a charged cell phone close Be aware of children nearby Always walk, never run and finally, always respect the community pool rules (no diving means no diving)! Tips Always keep an eye on your dog Don’t bring any toys your dog isn’t willing to share Be sure to bring a bag to clean up any messes from your dog Keep a charged cell phone close by in case of emergencies Bring water to keep your dog and yourself hydrated Pool Many apartment communities offer you the opportunity to stay cool at the neighborhood pool. Feel free to catch some rays by laying out or playing a game of Marco Polo with a few of your neighbors. However you decide to occupy your time at the pool, be sure you take advantage of this wonderful amenity. Trust us, your friends will be envious! Dog Park Do you live in a pet-friendly apartment community? If so, set-up a play date at your community’s dog park. In addition to occupying your time, you’ll also provide an enjoyable time for fido! Playing with your pet is a great budget-friendly activity to do on your staycation. 7
  • 9. Tip Make sure to have all the equipment needed to get your game started in advance; if a soccer ball is needed, bring a pump. And remember to hydrate! Exercise Amenities Odds are your apartment community will offer a fitness center, playground, tennis court, basketball court, walking trails or some green space to kick a soccer ball, throw a frisbee or play washer toss. Use your staycation as an opportunity to strut your stuff or learn a new sport! Gather a bunch of your neighbors together for a friendly game of basketball or soccer. Tip If you’re feeling nervous about meet- ing new people, bring a friend from outside the community! Community Events Your leasing staff might use this summer as an opportunity to throw a picnic, BBQ or holiday party for residents - if so, go to the event! Not only will it be a fun budget-friendly activity during your staycation, but it’ll help you build friendships with your neighbors. 8
  • 10. Spend time on your staycation attending local activities and events such as a concert with your favorite artist or festival in your own town or city. Here's how you can find things to do in your community: Tips Local City Website Visit your city's website which can be found on USA.gov for upcoming activities. Ticket Sales Search for tickets to attend current and future sports games, concerts and family- friendly events Local Radio Station Listen for any news or updates about local happenings Newspaper and Print Ads Pay attention to bus or taxi advertisements and in local and major newspapers for special events or activities Social Media Look under Facebook and Google+ "Events" or follow brands and people on Twitter to get the latest information on upcoming events Find local activities and events 9
  • 11. 10|Taste refreshing summer treats Uncommon Grilled Foods and Recipes Chilled Summer Desserts and Beverages 24% of people’s favorite summertime treat are frozen beverages - 1 2013 Summer Sensations Survey Elegance Realty, LLC
  • 12. Watermelon Potatoes Eggplant Tomatoes Asparagus Artichokes Peaches Apples Pears Pineapple Shellfish Cakes Bread Herbs Whole garlic cloves Lettuce and salad greens Summer cookouts can be much more than just hamburgers and hotdogs. If your summer staycation plans include having friends over for a dinner party, why not have fun trying new recipes that will make your get- together a memorable one? Once you discover that you can grill more than meat, a whole new world of grilling opens up! Try grilling some of these items for your next cookout. Try out these uncommon grilled food recipes and think outside the box when it comes to your summertime BBQ! Uncommon grilled foods and recipes 11
  • 13. 1 whole watermelon 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼ cup honey sea salt Preheat grill to medium heat. Cut watermelon into 1½-2 inch wedges. Lightly brush both sides with olive oil. Grill for 2 minutes per side or until grill marks appear. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Drizzle with honey to taste. Grilled Watermelon 1 head of romaine lettuce ½ cup of fresh grated parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper Caesar dressing or red wine vinegar (to taste) Grilled Caesar Salad Preheat grill to medium heat. Slice the head of romaine lettuce in half lengthwise. Brush olive oil on the flat, freshly cut side of the romaine lettuce. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover with grated parmesan cheese, so it sticks to the olive oil. Place lettuce on grill cheese-side down and grill for 1½-2 minutes. Remove lettuce and dress with Caesar dressing or red wine vinegar. Serve whole or cut into strips. 12
  • 14. Summer desserts and beverages ½ watermelon, cubed ½ cup sugar 3 bunches ( ¼ cup) basil leaves 1 cup ice Orange juice Lemon-lime soda Pineapple juice Orange sherbet 1 part white grape juice, chilled 1 part orange juice, chilled 2 parts ginger ale or champagne, chilled Watermelon Basil Cooler Fizzy Citrus Punch Sparkling Fruit Punch Fill blender or food processor with watermelon, sugar, basil leaves and ice. Pulse or blend until smooth. Place in freezer for at least two hours or until firm. Using an ice cream scoop, fill small bowls with the frozen “cooler.” Garnish with extra basil and a small slice of watermelon. Remove lettuce and dress with Caesar dressing or red wine vinegar. Serve whole or cut into strips. Pizzazzerie.comSource: TheHouseofSmiths.comSource: CelebrationsAtHomeBlog.comSource: Mix two cups of orange juice and one cup of pineapple juice together in a pitcher. Scoop orange sherbet into drink glasses, filling them up about three-fourths of the way. Fill glasses halfway with the pineapple/orange juice mixture. Top the rest of your drink with the lemon-lime soda. Mix the juices together in a pitcher, and add the ginger ale or champagne just before serving. Garnish with fruit or umbrella to give a tropical flare. 13
  • 15. CelebrationsAtHomeBlog.comSource: Keep a bottle opener handy for opening soda bottles. Have a spoon handy for grabbing the pre-scooped ice cream balls. Use chalkboard signs to label everything. Pre-scoop vanilla ice cream and place the scoops into an insulated container for serving. Put it in the freezer until ready to serve. Provide 2 or 3 flavors of soda for the floats. Suggestions Sodas: pomegranate soda, blueberry soda, and root beer. Sandwiches: Provide 3 to 5 cookie choices for making ice cream sandwiches. Variety is the key. Fudge stripes, peanut butter cup, and chocolate chip. Packaged cookies are perfectly fine to use for this, but you can buy from a bakery or make your own if you prefer. Tips 1 tsp salt 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 cups quick cooking oats 1 cup dried blueberries 1 cup mini marshmallows, plus extra for topping cookies 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup white granulated sugar 1 cup brown sugar, packed 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda Using a stand mixer, cream butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together for one minute. Then add eggs into the mixture one at a time. Add vanilla to the bowl and then begin adding flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Then add oats, dried blueberries, and mini marshmallows. Chill for one hour in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease the baking sheet. Then, using a medium cookie scoop (holds about 1.5 tbsp of dough), begin scooping the cookie dough and placing it on the baking sheet, keeping them about 2-inches spaced apart. Once all the cookies are placed on the baking sheet, begin to add 2-3 mini marshmallows per cookie-flattening them into the cookie. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Then remove from the oven, let them sit on the baking sheet for an additional 5-10 minutes. Lastly, place them on a cooling rack. Blueberry Oatmeal Marshmallow Cookies KatiesCucina.comSource: Ice Cream Floats and Sandwiches 14
  • 16. 15| Entertain your guests Cool Party Ideas 71% of people are planning to host a BBQ for their family and friends - 1 2013 Summer Sensations Survey Elegance Realty, LLC
  • 17. Cool party ideas "Mini" Grilling Party Smaller versions of foods have been very popular for quite some time. Heat often makes consuming large amounts of food uncomfortable, so why not opt for mini versions of your planned menu? Mini pineapple fruit boat, mini burger sliders, mini hot dogs, and mini tacos are sure to big a huge hit with all of your guests! You can also take your mini party to the next level with gourmet toppings, such as blue cheese crumbles or a pizza salsa topping that will pair perfectly with your mini hot dogs. Mini taco bites are an easy and completely customizable option for your guests to have food made their way. Entertaining They don’t call it the dog days of summer for nothing. The summer season is the perfect time to take advantage of the longer days by entertaining family and friends with a fun and festive party. Warmer months allow for a fun myriad of themes that you just can’t get away with any other time of the year. have narrowed it down to a list of favorite summer themed party ideas. 16 The Team at Elegance Realty
  • 18. Cool party ideas Nautical Themed Party Anchors up! Dress in your best seersucker patterns and boat shoes, polish your anchors, and dust off your braided rope. The party décor opportunities for this theme are endless! Try your hand at a DIY nautical wreath. With summer in full swing, take advantage of the warm weather by inviting your friends over for a twist on the classic favorite – the s’more! This is sure to be one party that your friends and family will not soon forget! Gourmet' S'mores Party Go Gourmet with Homemade Graham Crackers Amaretto Marshmallows Artisan Chocolates Suggestion Tie square knots around your chairs with boat rope, create a festive nautical rope wreath, and provide a menu that came from the sea, such as steamed shrimp and lobster salad. 17
  • 19. 18|Decorate your space Bold Outdoor Spaces When asked what they will change this summer, 30% of people said they would change out their pillows to match the season - 1 2013 Summer Sensations Survey Elegance Realty, LLC
  • 20. Bold outdoor spaces Shades of Blue Shades of Pink Cerulean Tea Rose Teal Bright Pink Tiffany Coral Shades of Orange Shades of Green Carrot Mint Orange Peel Emerald Nectarine Paris Green Consider painting your own rug. Simply take a rug that is either woven or has low pile and using painter’s tape, draw out the design on the rug. Take a roller, dip into paint tray then paint the rug over the tape. After a few coats of paint, let dry and remove tape. Finish the project off by spraying the rug with fabric protector. Also, consider painting outdoor chairs in one of the trending summer colors. Having a few bright furniture pieces will liven up the outdoor space and keep consistency among your color choices. Outdoor Seating Seating is the statement piece of your outdoor space. Be creative and up-cycle by building your own bench, chairs, or daybeds out of: - Pallets - Tires - Cinderblocks - Bed Frames - Crates - Stones Tips Color Your outdoor space becomes a big part of your home when the weather warms up. Bright and bold colors are trending for outdoor spaces this summer. Brighten up your yard or balcony with colorful items such as pots, pillows, rugs, and outdoor furniture. Popular colors include: Place a padded comfortable cushion onto the bench or chair and add a few pillows. 19 FunkyJunkInteriors.comPhoto Source:
  • 21. Container Gardens Potted plants help make patios and outdoor living spaces look more put together as well as create a relaxing atmosphere full of color and fresh scents. Here are a few shrubs and flowers that are easy to grow and work well in hot weather: - Spiraea - Cape Daisies/Osteospermum - Lantana - Lavender - Tropical Hibiscus - Coleus - Verbena - Heuchera - Blue Fescue - Pentas - Hosta June - Petunia Set up a garden in your own house or apartment. Shades & Lights It is nice to have a bit of shade on your patio to help cool off and create an intimate and cozy environment. Lighting also gives an intimate feel and allow you to enjoy your time outdoors in the summer evenings. Creating shade for your patio - Pergola with vines and hanging plants - Simple four-post cabana with shade cloth hanging from above - Sailcloth attached to roof and deck railings Brightening up your outdoor space - Solar lights on deck posts or around patio - Hanging lights from pergola or patio umbrella - Hanging chandelier from pergola - Rope lights around patio or deck railings - Candles in groups Choose a variety of pots and mix and match plants in each pot. This type of simple gardening works well for patios of all sizes as well as balconies. Drill extra drainage holes in larger pots to keep the soil from staying too moist. Buy inexpensive terracotta pots and paint them vibrant summer colors or draw simple patterns. Buy inexpensive terracotta pots and paint them vibrant summer colors or draw simple patterns. Colorful container gardens are one of six ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. Tips 20
  • 22. 21|Concluding thoughts Whether you live in a house, apartment, condo or townhome, this guide is intended to inspire you to plan for the ultimate staycation this upcoming summer season. ® want to be more than your partner when searching for a new house or apartment. Take advantage of this resource and discover who you are, starting with where you live, and inspire to dream big! 41% of people’s favorite way to spend time while on vacation is relaxing - 1 2013 Summer Sensations Survey Elegance Realty, LLC Team at EleganceRealtyOur
  • 23. ® ® 22 AtlantaTenants.com EleganceRealty.com As one of the East Coast's top real estate destinations, EleganceRealty.com inspires consumers to dream big. From affordable houses to luxurious estates, condos and more, EleganceRealty.com features thousands of property listings and a user-friendly format, making finding your next home easily accessible. Visitors to the EleganceRealty.com blog will find a collection of rich content and posts on DIY projects, painting, gardening, and more, providing the ultimate resource for everything home related. From purchasing a first home, to upgrading, downsizing and everything in between, EleganceRealty.com is an inspiring and engaging partner in every phase of the home buying process. As one of the East Coast’s leading online home search destinations, AtlantaTenants.com inspires renters to discover their next apartment, loft, townhouse, or condo. AtlantaTenants.com features rental listings with a user-friendly format, making finding your next home an easy exploration. AtlantaTenants.com is designed with the consumer in mind, offering customized searches from thousands of apartment listings & property management companies through Georgia. Renters have the options to explore property photos, tour properties virtually, stream/watch/view custom video, & navigate detailed floor plans. Visitors to our Blog, Facebook Page, Twitter account, and Pinterest boards will discover relevant
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