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Mar 31
Easter

How to Throw the Best Easter Sunday Celebration

Easter is right around the corner, which calls for chocolate bunnies, colorful Easter eggs, and a large celebration for family and friends. Whether you’re planning to have your celebration at your local park or in your own backyard, planning family gatherings can be stressful, but these simple tips and tricks will make your party preparation a breeze!

Save-the-date

In case you didn’t already know, this year Easter is on April 1st. With most Easter services starting early in the morning, plan your Easter celebration for the afternoon. This will give your guests more time to round up the kids and give you more time to prep. Invite all your friends and family with a quick click of the button using these easy-to-use and customizable e-invites. Just choose a template, fill in the details of your celebration along with your guests’ emails or phone numbers and click send. Here are some things to include in your e-invite: schedule of activities, Easter egg hunt directions, and request each family or friend to bring an entrée or side to the party.

Decorations

Our favorite part of throwing an Easter celebration is decorating! Easter decorations are luckily not restricted to any single color. Choose from sky blue, bright tangerine, pale yellow and even shiny gold.  Make sure to stock up on plenty of “grass” stuffing to fill baskets and party favors. Get crafty and make your own Easter egg garland or skip this step by purchasing pre-made glitter banners from Party City. Set aside some candy just for the adults in these DIY candy dishes disguised as fuzzy birds’ nests.

Menu

With each family and friend bringing an entrée or side, you get to focus on appetizers, desserts, and drinks! An easy and colorful appetizer to make for your celebration is dyed deviled eggs. These pastel-colored eggs are dyed with beet and turmeric juice, which give the appetizer an intense picked flavor.  Another easy appetizer that requires little preparation is finger sandwiches. The sandwiches filled with hazelnut spread-strawberry or peanut butter-honey are great healthy appetizers for your grab-and-go bunnies. For desserts, opt for this easy, no-bake bird nest cookies made with oats, cornflakes, mini eggs, and peanut butter. Give the oven a break and have your children give you a hand with this simple no-bake Easter dirt cup dessert, which even doubles as a place card!

On a sunny Easter Sunday, nothing sounds better than a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade. Another springtime recipe favorite is this refreshing peach and blackberry iced tea. Serve your drinks in Easter-themed mason jars decorated with paper bunny ears or flower appliques. Keep the adults entertained with these classy champagne cocktails. Our favorites include grapefruit mimosas, bloody orange Maria, strawberry lemon basil mimosas, and Easter strawberry champagne.

Activities

No Easter celebration would be complete without Easter egg decorating and the annual Easter egg hunt!

The sky is the limit for decorating Easter eggs.  Add some shimmer to your colored eggs with this easy and affordable gold or copper foiled egg DIY. Take your egg decorating one step further with these blackboard eggs. These eggs are perfect for kids because they can decorate and re-decorate as many times as they want. Another simple, but beautiful decorating method is ombre Easter eggs. This easy project makes for a great centerpiece or mantel decoration. Check out these additional Easter egg decorating ideas using rubber bands, lace, and tape.

For a stress-free Easter egg hunt, follow our simple tips and tricks. First off, fill your plastic easter eggs with candy, stickers, temporary tattoos, chapstick, or even play-doh. To make the hunt fair for all ages, you can have kids ages 3 and under go first to collect all the obvious eggs and then release the older kids a couple minutes after. If you’re planning an Easter egg hunt with toddlers, opt for a floating balloon egg hunt which gives your small hunters a little more help. The hunt ends when all the eggs are found so make sure to get a count of all your eggs before hiding them. The winner of the hunt, meaning whoever finds the moss eggs, can get a special prize of a chocolate bunny or a jar of jelly beans!

Mar 22
spring

Ways to Bring Spring into Your Home

Springtime is right around the corner, which means warmer weather, sunny days and beautiful floral blooms. First and foremost, before starting on any home décor changes, it’s time for your home’s yearly spring cleaning! If you don’t know where to start, check out our home organizing tips. After some spring cleaning, refresh your home with the season’s signature bright pastel colors, soft floral arrangements, and fresh springtime scents.

Prints, pastels, patterns!

A simple way to lighten up your home is by swapping your heavy fabrics like wool and fur for lighter, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen. Spring is the perfect time to bring out your favorite gingham patterns and light floral patterns. Bring a pop of color to your couch with beautiful pastel throw pillows. Let in the warm sunlight by swapping out your thick winter curtains for bright and airy curtains. Be adventurous this spring and try pretty pastel colors such as baby blue or mauve or even sheer fabrics such as voile and lace.

Spring-table styling

From the dining table to coffee table, table styling can often make or break a room. Swap out your winter coffee table books for more colorful, artistic spring covers. Create fresh spring displays with these unique springtime vases. Add some sunshine hues to your kitchen with a bowl of fresh lemons or grapefruits. Spice up your serving ware this spring with mixed metal finishes. Learn how to go beyond gold accents and incorporate copper and brass accents to your plates, utensils, and drinkware.

Bring your garden indoors

Take advantage of the season’s beautiful blooms by bringing the garden indoors. Colorful bouquets of peonies, loosestrife, and roses coupled with wildflowers are a great way to brighten up your windowsill. Opt for a simpler, laid back style with fresh spring branches of birch, dogwood, or cherry blossoms. Terrariums are another fun and easy way to bring together varying textures and colors. Add a little springtime Zen to your home with these beautifully resilient indoor plants.

Springtime scents

Spring is a season that should be experienced with all five senses. With your springtime décor squared away, the next step is to select a refreshing fragrance to fill your home with springtime joy. Nothing smells like spring better than fresh rose petals, bright citruses, and bursts of lavender. In addition to scented candles, there are many alternative ways to fill your home with refreshing springtime aromas such as reed diffusers, electric oil warmers, wallflower plugins, and homemade potpourri.

Mar 16
Anaheim

Things You’ll Love About Living in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle

Famously known for Disneyland, the bustling city of Anaheim has no shortage of entertainment and activities! From famous microbreweries to the OC symphony, here are just a few reasons why locals love living in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle.

Community & Neighborhood

Anaheim has been lauded by locals for its welcoming, family-friendly neighborhoods and strong sense of community. With numerous high ranking schools in the area and great teacher to student ratios, Anaheim is the ideal place for new families to settle down. Presale offices for Trumark Homes’ new community in Anaheim’s central Platinum Triangle neighborhood, Lewis + Mason, are now open. These beautiful townhomes feature rooftop decks and floor plans suitable for families of all sizes.

Performing Arts

Anaheim is home to prominent performing arts groups such as Orange County Symphony and the Anaheim Ballet Company. Catch the OC Wind Symphony play Shostakovich’s festive overture and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Suite on March 25. Get tickets to the Symphonic Sounds concert here. Come watch the Anaheim Ballet School’s Spring Concert on June 2, featuring the award-winning Youth America Grand Prix participants. You can find all Anaheim Ballet performances here.

Artisan Eateries & Microbreweries

Located in the heart of downtown, the Anaheim Packing District was an old packing house that was revamped into a new communal gathering place with refurbished historic structures and an outdoor event area with a fireplace. The Packing District has become a foodie destination, featuring twenty-eight artisan eateries such as Umami Burger, Popbar, Urbana, and Georgia’s. With a wide variety of restaurant options and live music on the Mezzanine Stage every weekend, the Packing District is one of the liveliest places in Anaheim.

Anaheim is a beer lover’s dream with world-renowned breweries located throughout the city. The city’s brewing tradition began back in 1870s when the first Anaheim Brewery opened, however, due to Prohibition, Anaheim Brewery closed its taps in 1920. Ninety years later, Barbara Gerovac and her husband revived the city’s beer scene by reopening the brewery. Anaheim soon became the newest craft beer hub of the OC. Other notable specialized microbreweries in Anaheim are Bottle Logic Brewing and Unsung Brewing Company.

Recreation Parks

Anaheim is home to more than 50 mini parks, neighborhood parks, and special-use parks spanning over 700 acres. A local favorite, Pioneer Park  is perfect for children’s birthday parties and weekend family outings. The spacious 15.8-acre park features two children’s playgrounds, a football and soccer area, picnic shelters, and a softball field. Another popular park, named after the first woman school district superintendent in California, is Twila Reid Park. The 27.2-acre park offers numerous playgrounds, picnic areas, disc golf, shuffleboard, horseshoe, and recreation center.

For more information on Trumark Homes’ Lewis + Mason community, click here.

 

Mar 16

Trumark Homes Announces Closeout of Upcoast Community in Costa Mesa

Upcoast introduced 28 newly constructed eco-friendly homes one mile up from the coast

 Newport Beach, Calif. (March 15, 2018)Trumark Homes, the award-winning California homebuilder, announced today the complete closeout of its Upcoast community in Costa Mesa, California, one mile up from the coast. In bringing Upcoast to market, Trumark realized a significant opportunity to provide a unique price band and homestyle in a Class A location.  After launching sales for the 28 homes in June 2016, Trumark experienced a complete sellout in January 2018.

“We are extremely proud of the entire team involved with making Upcoast a success. The three-story coastal home product offerings within this community were well received by our homebuyers and we are pleased that the community has reached a complete closeout,” said Richard Douglass, Southern California division president of Trumark Homes. “Orange County’s more urban market areas remain a top focus for our team for a variety of reasons and we look forward to introducing new innovative communities to this popular region in the future.”

Dedicated to decreasing homebuyers’ carbon footprint, Trumark Homes designed Upcoast with a variety of eco-friendly features including electric vehicle conduits, tankless water heaters, Wi-Fi programming thermostats and Low-E glass vinyl-framed windows throughout.

Priced from $700,000s, the detached homes range in size from 1,900 square feet to 2,300 square feet, and capitalize on the popular indoor/outdoor lifestyle trend with a majority of homes featuring rooftop terraces, many with dramatic views of the coast. Additional community features include convenient access to a system of local walking paths leading to a nearby beach, as well as nearby hiking and biking trails. Upcoast was named “Detached Community of the Year Priced under $1.5 Million” at the 2016 SoCal Awards presented by the Greater Sales & Marketing Council and Building Industry Association of Southern California.

About Trumark Homes

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, Trumark Homes is a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. The nationally award-winning homebuilder is part of the Trumark Group of Companies, a diversified real estate development and building firm that also includes: Trumark Communities, a residential land development platform; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.TrumarkHomes.com

Mar 15

Construction Dive: Trumark Homes Announces Closeout of Upcoast Community in Costa Mesa

Trumark Homes has announced the complete closeout of its Upcoast community in Costa Mesa, California.