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Dress Your Home for the Holidays with Darling Homes DFW

Fall is in the air and it’s the perfect time to dress your home for the holidays with Darling Homes DFW.

Make a statement with a front porch that’s sure to impress guests with these sensational seasonal decorating tips.

A Wreath’s Warm Welcome

Create a warm and inviting atmosphere as soon as guests arrive at your front door with a homemade wreath that is tailored to your unique style.

From burgundy to rustic tan, golden yellow to rich, chocolate brown, enhance your wreath with the colors of the season using leaves, fresh hydrangeas, berry branches and pinecones woven together with a seasonal burlap ribbon or twine.

At the wreath’s center, place a monogram door hanger or a weathered wooden sign that’s painted with your favorite fall saying such as “Welcome”, “Fall”, or “Thankful”. This simple touch will complete the look.

A Picturesque Pumpkin Display

Celebrate autumn’s splendor with a picturesque pumpkin display.

Those who enjoy the beauty of tradition will be delighted by a stylish ensemble that uses gourds, mums and pumpkins of various sizes. Create a gorgeous arrangement by artfully stacking them in barrels or positioning them on a tiered, wooden stand.

Achieve a cottage-inspired look by incorporating bundles of hay, cornstalks and oversized lanterns for a fall scene that’s timeless and charming.

Finally, fill the empty spaces with fresh plants for a sleek and simple design to savor all season long.

An Elegant Embellishment for Fabulous Fall Decor

Love a neutral color scheme that’s graceful and elegant? Although the season boasts a rich color palette of burnt oranges, rustic reds, golden yellows and chocolate browns, make your home something to be admired that’s modern and simple, focusing on neutrals and natural decor.

Using creams and pastel colors, paint your pumpkins and assemble them next to gourds, hay and pinecones in a planter or an oversized basket. For those wanting to add a little sparkle, dust select pumpkins in silver and gold glitter.

An Enchanting Fall Glow

Here’s your chance to complete the inviting entry that guests, neighbors and passers-by can’t help but notice.

A few favorites when creating a cozy, fall look are cafe lights that frame your front door, LED lights in pumpkins or lanterns to create a flickering effect or string lights woven with garland between railings or around columns.

Bring the magic of fall to life in your new home!

Built in premier locations throughout Dallas and Fort Worth, Darling Homes offers luxurious homes that are move-in ready. Styles include one-, two-, and three-story designs, charming, villa-style retreats, elegant patio homes and thoughtfully crafted luxury homes with prices from the mid $300s to more than $1 million.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact our Internet Home Consultant Melissa at (469) 252-2255 or visit www.darlinghomes.com. Follow us on Pinterest for more fall decorating ideas.

Lifestyle

Find Your Energy Efficient Home with Darling Homes Houston

In search of a new home? Want a home built with high quality construction and advanced, green-certified technologies? Find your energy efficient home with Darling Homes Houston.

For more than 28 years, Darling Homes has focused on creating a home that buyers feel proud to live in, combining custom details, a variety of design options, flexible floor plans and premier locations to fit the unique life and style of every customer.

In addition to these key elements, Darling Homes ensures each home is built to the standards of the Green Built Gulf Coast (GBGC) certification program. With more than 1,200 homes built throughout Greater Houston under the GBGC program, Darling Homes continues to improve its home designs by implementing these eco-friendly building methods and new, innovative technologies.

What are the benefits of owning a green-certified home?

Energy Efficiency

The average person spends approximately 90 percent of their time inside their home and, surprisingly, air pollutant levels inside your home can be up to ten times higher than the air pollutants you breathe outdoors, according to the United States Environment Protection Agency.

The practices used in building GBGC-certified homes significantly improve the air quality inside the home by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 33 percent.

Certified products range from building materials, insulation and flooring to countertops and appliances, as well as irrigation and landscaping. Darling Homes has also adopted the use of LED lights throughout its homes, resulting in greater energy efficiency and reduced energy costs for the consumer.

Durability and Moisture Protection

Darling Homes’ new building technology, the Zip System, protects the quality and structure of the home during the construction process and beyond. The Zip System is structurally stronger and more resistant to high winds. Designed to reduce air leakage and prevent moisture from seeping in from the outside, the roof and wall system acts as a housewrap and includes an integrated water and air resistant barrier installed in two, simple steps with panels and taped seams.

Homes are tightly sealed for more efficient air conditioning, protection from extreme weather conditions and humidity, which minimizes maintenance associated with severe weather.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

Incorporating green building methods not only increases the value of your home, but results in higher savings on utility bills and lower maintenance costs.

The average person spends approximately $1,200 per month on home maintenance fees. In comparison to the average home, green homes provide a 13 percent reduction in maintenance fees and consume less energy by as much as 26 percent.

To see these homes in action, visit Darling Homes’ model home at Parkway Terrace in West Memorial, Stillwater in Conroe and Harvest Green in Richmond.

The new model homes at Parkway Terrace and Stillwater utilize the latest green practices, including the Zip System and energy-efficient LED lights.

Nestled among acres of lush greenery and waterways, Darling Homes at Harvest Green is a community built for sustainability. The neighborhood is designed for low impact on the natural setting, with homes that combine distinctive architectural details and thoughtfully crafted spaces to maximize livability and luxury. Each home also features its own garden.

Darling Homes is dedicated to developing strong building techniques and advancing in home design functionality. For green home building and new technologies that are environmentally friendly, discover Darling Homes at Parkway Terrace, Stillwater and Harvest Green.

Lifestyle

Outdoor Luxury is Your Comfort Zone with Darling Homes Dallas

Looking for a home boasting the ideal blend of indoor and outdoor luxury for year-round livability? Here’s your chance to discover Darling Homes’ stunning collection of move-in ready homes that offer the best in outdoor living with charming front porches, spacious courtyards and picturesque views, making every day feel like a vacation.

Now through June 30, 2016, Dallas-area homebuyers can receive up to 1.5 percent of the purchase price in closing costs with the purchase of a new Darling home with Taylor Morrison Home Financing.

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With homes priced from the mid $300,000s to more than $1 million, Darling Homes offers a diverse collection of flexible home designs fit for every style of living, including busy professionals, growing families and fun-loving retirees.

Capturing the idyllic style of Colonial-inspired architecture designed to reinvent the lifestyles of the past when neighbors gathered on their front porch steps, Tucker Hill provides a strong sense of community.

With classic, Grecian doorway moldings, a front porch swing and columns, Darling Homes’ period-specific designs are ideal for those seeking traditional, outdoor living.

The model home at Fairways at Gentle Creek offers an expansive interior courtyard complete with a secluded sitting area and stone and brick combinations influenced by Mediterranean designs that provide a shady refuge for hosting outdoor festivities on warm summer days.

Parkside at Woodlake’s model home brings a modern twist to traditional fireside lounging with a crackling fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows and laid-back entertaining with close friends and family.

Verandas at Southlake Outdoor Luxury

Looking to host an elegant party? The luxurious courtyard at Verandas at Southlake offers the ideal venue. Surrounded by exquisite, Mediterranean arches with a natural brick covered fireplace as the focal point and whimsical blue accents, Darling Homes has created the ultimate entertainer’s dream.

As the evenings cool during the summer months in Dallas, our model home at Windsong Ranch provides the perfect space for elegant get-togethers and fun outdoor barbecues where guests can mingle indoors and out.

Like what you see? For more information about Darling Homes’ move-in ready and new-build homes, contact Internet Home Consultant Melissa Ruggles at (469) 252-2255. Restrictions apply. Click here for more details.

Design Lifestyle

Explore Lively Urban Living in Dallas at VUE Las Colinas

Interested in urban living in Dallas? New opportunities are beckoning to be seen in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the unveiling of three home collections, including all-new, three-story, urban home designs by Darling Homes at VUE Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

Reminiscent of East Coast brownstones, Darling Homes’ new, three-story urban home designs offer a sense of timeless elegance in a stylish urban community.

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Situated along the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas golf course, Darling Homes’ three-story Urban Series provides homeowners with impressive views and access to a prestigious lifestyle ideal for year-round living.

Also available at VUE Las Colinas, Darling Homes’ award-winning, two-story Villas offer a natural, easygoing ambience with windows that flood the home with natural light and open home designs that connect the indoors to the elegant outdoor lifestyle available at VUE Las Colinas.

Complete with crisp whites, beige and rain-cloud gray, this open-concept home design offers nautically-inspired elements and accents for a clean, cozy interior ideal for those who lead a busy lifestyle.

This tastefully designed kitchen and dining room offers space to prepare gourmet recipes for friends and family or to enjoy quiet evenings at home.

Love hosting elegant gatherings at home? Imagine serving drinks to friends and family as they watch the revelry below.

Guests will love visiting this uniquely crafted villa, featuring an expansive living area with modern architectural details that instantly creates a space that’s welcoming, comfortable and sophisticated.

From the dark wood cabinets to the crisp, white countertops, this gourmet kitchen offers a clean and modern space designed for both relaxing evenings at home and for hosting exciting get-togethers with friends and loved ones.

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The spacious second-story loft offers the ideal place to sit and read a book or enjoy views of the garden and sky through the adjacent windows.

Tucked away from the main living corridors, the private master bedroom retreat boasts a sleek interior with a touch of glamour that reflects the carefree lifestyle available at VUE Las Colinas.

For those seeking the luxury of a traditional, single-family home design, Darling Homes also offers its beautiful, one- and two-story home designs built for homebuyers who appreciate traditional living in a vibrant, urban setting.

Like what you see? Take a tour and experience for yourself the upscale urban lifestyle that awaits at VUE Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.

For more information about Darling Homes at VUE Las Colinas, visit www.darlinghomes.com.

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Experience Outdoor Luxury with Darling Homes DFW

Whether you’re hosting an elegant get-together with plenty of people to entertain or an intimate evening for two, Darling Homes offers a wide array of floor plans and luxurious home designs with exquisite, covered porches, inviting patios and courtyards ideal for your lifestyle.

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With a gorgeous courtyard and expansive backyard patio, Darling Homes’ newest floor plan at Newman Village, in Frisco, Texas, offers a stunning collection of outdoor spaces ideal for entertaining and relaxing. Designed to be an extension of its luxurious interior, these gorgeous outdoor spaces offer something truly special.

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Enjoy the peaceful tranquility of a sunrise with a fresh cup of coffee in the private courtyard, or a delicious breakfast served next to a warm, crackling fire on the covered patio.

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Ideal for a casual, afternoon soiree, Darling Homes’ model home at Hunters Glen in Flower Mound, Texas offers a beautiful exterior defined by wood beams, an outdoor fireplace and built-in benches.

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Imagine indulging in cocktails and appetizers on your exquisite patio with an extended seating area reminiscent of an elegant farmhouse in the vineyards of Napa. Experience the elevated outdoor living you deserve at Hunters Glen.

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Nestled alongside the greens of the famed TPC golf course, the model homes at VUE Las Colinas boast lush side yards with plenty of room for putting greens, charming gardens and comfortable sitting areas.

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For those who enjoy ending the day with an evening under the stars, Darling Homes’ model home at Canals at Grand Park offers new home concepts designed exclusively for the unique style of the community. Charming double porches and private escapes with architecturally rich details create warm and inviting outdoor spaces, like this Southern-inspired patio.

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Like what you see? For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com.

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Bring Spring Into Your Home with the Help of Darling Homes’ Colorist Lee Crowder

Designed to surprise and delight, Darling Homes has unveiled its new model at Newman Village in Frisco, Texas.

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Inspired by a robin’s egg and the imagination of Lee Crowder, colorist for Darling Homes, the home offers a new look for elegant living with a unique color scheme that brings spring into the home.

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Step inside and revel in the beauty of a formal dining room dressed for the season in enchanting blue and decorated with an antiqued floor-to-ceiling mirror, sheer curtains that let in the light, and golden-wheat colored rustic wood furnishings for a refreshing interior that captivates the senses.

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The kind of home that keeps opening up as you walk through, this model offers a feeling of intrigue as you explore the beautiful spaces around every corner.

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From the formal dining room, an elegantly decorated family room catches the eye. Designed as an ideal location for relaxing or hosting get-togethers with family and friends, the open-concept floor plan offers an expansive family room and a gorgeous, gourmet kitchen decorated in white and blue.

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The special emphasis placed on the living areas of the home can be seen in every aspect of the design. As the centerpiece of family life, the space is a comfortable refuge where each moment at home is celebrated and families can stay connected. Afternoon snacks can be served at the kitchen island, homework can be done at the dining room table, and homeowners can relax in the evening next to a crackling fire.

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Need a home that’s also a great venue for entertaining? The living room and kitchen offer access to an outdoor oasis featuring a covered patio, an outdoor fireplace and an optional outdoor kitchen and barbecue.

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Throughout every room, home buyers experience the Darling Homes Difference with design elements that resonate.

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From the master suite to the guest casita, Darling Homes’ newest model home at Newman Village is a must-see.

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Inspiration can come from anywhere, such as the soft hues of a robin’s egg woven into each room of this beautifully designed home. What will inspire you?

To take a tour of this Darling Homes model, visit us in Newman Village at 12522 Riverhill Road, Frisco, Texas. Call (214) 387-8483 for more information or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

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What to Expect in Interior Design Trends in 2016

What to Expect in Interior Design Trends in 2016

In 2016, expect fresh interior design trends with sleek lines, a mixture of fine and bold textures and opulent finishes. At Darling Homes, we strive to deliver innovative architectural elements and personalized style to create a distinctive living experience within each home and community. As we welcome 2016, we’re sharing our top three, design trend front-runners for the new year!

Whether you’re hosting an elegant dinner party, a romantic evening for two or a simple get-together with close friends and neighbors, a place to dine and mingle is a must-have in your dream home. Rather than transform an open alcove or spare room into an office or media room, we recommend using this space for special gatherings and celebrations. At Tucker Hill, our model home offers the perfect formal dining space for any occasion.

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For those who enjoy entertaining often, our model home at Fairways at Gentle Creek offers a gorgeous formal dining room accompanied by an elegant living room. This open-concept allows guests to dine in elegance and later, relax in luxury with a beautiful fire place as its focal point.

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When it comes to relaxing, it’s done best fireside. Darling Homes offers ideal interior designs to unwind in with beautifully designed fireplaces in living rooms and sitting areas. Our model home at Windsong Ranch offers the perfect blend of style and comfort with an elegant fireplace as its centerpiece.

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At Bridges at Las Colinas, this delightful cozy nook offers a charming retreat to enjoy close conversations with friends, a place to repose and read, or a simple, quiet moment any time of day.

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Also in 2016, expect to find elevated style in master bedroom suites. Elegance will be the trend of the year with opulent color schemes, chandelier lighting and bedroom design that radiates luxury. Our model home at Arches Point offers an exquisite bedroom design trimmed in neutral colors and lit by a gorgeous candle-lit chandelier for added beauty.

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For those seeking a regal retreat dressed in sophisticated style and grandeur, our Newman Village model home beautifully combines exquisite interior decor and authentic architectural design to create a one-of-a-kind bedroom retreat sure to impress.

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For more information about Darling Homes, visit www.darlinghomes.com. For more inspiration by Darling Homes, follow us on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/darlinghomesdfw.

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Fall in Love with Fall All Over Again on a Darling Homes Patio

Fall in love with fall all over again! Whether it’s a relaxing evening with loved ones or a lavish get-together with close friends, our gorgeous patios and courtyards are the perfect location to celebrate any occasion.

Those who like being up before the sunrise can relax and enjoy the day as it begins with quiet mornings outside with a fresh pot of coffee or a delicious homemade latte. Include plush chairs and couches and a place to hold a few warm blankets during the chilly months and make the most of mornings at home!

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Planning a brunch with friends? Bring it outdoors in your new Darling Homes patio home at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, Texas.

  • Plan a delicious menu featuring egg dishes, fresh fruit platters and a freshly squeezed carafe of orange juice. Serve your brunch on your Darling Homes patio for an idyllic setting guests will adore.
  • When decorating your patio this fall embrace the beauty of season with a selection of rich browns, neutrals and dynamic reds for a relaxing, Autumn ambience.
  • When morning temperatures cool, light a fire in your Darling Homes outdoor fireplace and cuddle up under a blanket for added warmth.

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With spacious courtyards featuring outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and more, our luxurious patios are a great space to host afternoon activities and celebrations.

  • Birthday parties are a great way to get the kids outside playing and, with an expansive patio, why not host celebrations outdoors? Here, you can serve delicious drinks and appetizers for parents, lunch for the children and play games and organize activities for the kids to enjoy.
  • There is no better place to host a barbeque than at your Darling Homes outdoor kitchen. You’ll prepare the entire meal with ease with your built-in barbeque and range, refrigerator, sink and plenty of counterspace. Put together a delicious menu and invite the neighbors for an afternoon of fun!

For an early evening soiree, open your favorite bottle of wine, light a fire and entertain a few, close friends surrounded by gorgeous views of the lush Houston landscape. An evening like this is a perfect way to kick-off weekends at home.

After a dinner in the city, continue the celebration at home on your stunning patio. Our outdoor patios are ideal for enjoying an evening with close friends and loved ones to relish each moment of the holiday season.

Like what you see? Experience backyard luxury with Darling Homes and discover modern architectural design elements and classic comfort both inside and out. Visit www.darlinghomes.com today.

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Luxury Patio Home Living Now Available with Darling Homes at Sienna Plantation

Looking for the ideal Houston-area home that offers luxury living with every square foot?

Darling Homes’ Patio Home Collection, now available at Rosewood at The Village of Sawmill Lake at Sienna Plantation, offers upscale luxury living with seven one-story home designs and one two-story home design.

The eight patio home floor plans range in size from approximately 2,288 to 3,000 square feet, each with three bedrooms, desirable open-concept designs and uniquely crafted architectural features for which Darling Homes is renown.

Gorgeous gourmet kitchens are just the beginning with Darling Homes’ signature Patio Home Collection.

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Open floor plans create beautiful living spaces with charming breakfast nooks and gorgeous formal dining rooms ideal for celebrating holidays and special occasions at home.

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Secluded master suites allow for lavish living with master baths that include dual vanities and spacious walk-in closets with private access to the laundry room.

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Elegantly designed family rooms with gorgeous fireplaces become the backdrop for quiet evenings at home and offer plenty of room for family fun.

Large patios with optional outdoor fireplaces and expansive backyards provide the perfect setting to enjoy the natural beauty of each, new season.

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Options include wine storage rooms, powder baths, three-car garages and attic storage rooms.

Darling Homes’ new Patio Home Collection at Sienna Plantation is ideal for those who seek single-level luxury living in the vibrant community with unparalleled amenities.

Residents enjoy access to eight full-size tennis courts with lessons, tournaments and mixers and a state-of-the-art fitness and recreation center with aerobic classes, weight-training, a lap pool and diving well.

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The Sienna Plantation Golf Club offers golf at its finest with lessons at the Golf Academy, tournaments and a traditional clubhouse that’s ideal setting for get-togethers with friends, fine dining near home and hosting a private party.

Recreation and activities for children include team sports at Camp Sienna, a 160-acre sports park that includes baseball and soccer fields, volleyball and basketball courts, and organized sports leagues that children and teens can enjoy throughout the year.

Sienna Plantation’s resort-style waterparks offer recreation for the young and the young at heart.

Enjoying the outdoors is easy at Sienna Plantation, where 100 acres of parks and trails, lakes and waterways offer the perfect playground for residents of all ages, with places to walk, run, bike and fish.

Sienna Plantation is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Houston, the Galleria, Texas Medical Center and Houston Hobby Airport.

Be among the first to receive invitations and updates about Darling Homes Patio Homes at Sienna Plantation. Sign up for special community updates and information today.

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Dine and Entertain in Luxury this Holiday Season

Are you hosting the holidays at your house this year? Want to create the perfect holiday atmosphere for a get-together they’ll remember for years to come?

We’re sharing our favorite ideas for a holiday at home that will surprise and delight guests at every turn with an amazing menu and serving plan that will keep your guests happy and the party moving throughout the day!

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First, you’ll dazzle them with your choice of an amazing appetizer that stimulates the senses with sensational presentation and tantalizing tastes that are sure to please.

  • Your guests are sure to gather ‘round and enjoy the feeling of harvest and home with a harvest-inspired vegetable platter that’s so good they’ll think you’ve hand-picked each delectable piece from your own garden.
  • An artisan cheese platter is sure-fire hit. With an assortment of dried and fresh fruits, rich cheeses and seasonal nuts, this spread is sure to be a guest favorite.
  • Have plenty of people to please? Serve an assorted appetizer platter that offers it all: fresh fruit, a selection of artisan cheeses and crackers, antipasto and roasted nuts!

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Serve your appetizer and drinks in a central area that encourages guests to gather and mingle. An ideal location is a breakfast nook or kitchen island.

After appetizers, bring guests together in your formal dining area to enjoy a holiday dining experience that’s worth the wait. An elongated dining table with holiday tablescape decor that allows enough room to lay out each dish without causing clutter is ideal.

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Your holiday dinner is a time for you to show off your cooking and style. Start with a first course that whets appetites and sets the stage for an amazing meal that’s sure to rank at the top for beauty and flavor.

  • Start by serving a delicious holiday soup recipe topped with a colorful garnish and warm your guests after their holiday travels.
  • Then wow them with this classic Thanksgiving turkey recipe with a twist, garnished with fresh greens, pomegranate slices or cranberries, and other flavorful fruits for a bold, decorative statement that’s as good as it looks.
  • Add dazzle to your dining room table with fresh maple dijon roasted carrots and your best mashed potato recipe!
  • Then roll out a basket of piping-hot pumpkin shaped dinner rolls for that little something extra your guests can’t help but notice.

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Now for the fun part, dessert!

Shift the party outdoors before the sun goes down to indulge in your most spectacular holiday dessert fireside. Plush furnishings and plenty of space will allow guests to relax and enjoy each other’s company while partaking what’s sure to become a holiday classic, like cranberry layer cake, chocolate pear spice cake, pecan pie or your perfect pumpkin pie.

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