Living in Delaware

Hot New Restaurants to Try in Wilmington, DE This Year

Homemade Corn and Chicken Tamales Ready to EatInterested in spectacular fine dining experiences? Or perhaps a casual bite to eat is more your style. Forget New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Wilmington, Delaware is the place to be! With a close-knit, neighborly ambience, incredible attractions, and dining experiences from casual to fine dining, it’s easy to see why so many people have chosen to make Wilmington their new home. And here at Montchanin Builders, we’re offering a variety of communities and floorplans that appeal to families of all sizes.

In the meantime, get your taste buds fired up by reading about these exciting new restaurants.

De La Coeur Café et Patisserie

Francophiles have been flocking to this new establishment at Lovering Ave. in Wilmington. It offers a cozy dining experience with unbeatable food and a full coffee menu. Though the café is casual, the food is anything but. The two Delaware natives who run De La Coeur use locally sourced ingredients to craft their pastries, sandwiches, soup du jour, and sweet and savory crepes. The must-try item on the menu is your choice of double espresso or espresso macchiato served in an edible cup made of baked shortbread and lined with callebaut Belgian dark chocolate.

Cocino Lola

Chef Bryan Sikora opened this restaurant in 2016, but it’s worth a mention on this list, given its unique take on classic Mexican and Latin dishes. Sikora also owns the nearby Merchant Bar and La Fia—both worth checking out. Cocina Lolo embraces diners with a festive, cheerful ambience. Plan to dress casually—even the servers wear jeans—and choose from six kinds of margaritas at the bar.

Wilmington residents adore the tamales here, with multiple fillings to choose from. One of them features smoked short rib, Oaxaca cheese, and pickled island peppers. Or, choose a house special, like the grilled snapper or family-style paella. Cocino Lola doesn’t skimp on desserts, either, with to-die-for grilled pineapple with orange curd, mango puree, sponge cake, and pineapple sorbet.

As you might expect from a predominantly Mexican restaurant, sangria is on the menu. If you’re abstaining, you won’t be left out. Order the non-alcoholic hibiscus agua fresca.

Join the dynamic Wilmington, DE community

Wilmington is a top destination for couples, singles, and families looking for a better place to live. In addition to the great restaurants, cafes, and nightlife in the area, Wilmington offers plenty of fun recreational opportunities, world-class education for the kids, and easy access to major cities for commuters.

Montchanin Builders has been on the forefront of neighborhood planning in the Wilmington area. We’re proud to offer luxury, move-in ready homes  in our masterfully designed neighborhoods of Shipley’s Circle, Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and The Overlook at Rockford Falls. We look forward to meeting you and discussing what you’re looking for in your new home. Call 302.472.7212 or fill out the simple form on our website and we’ll be in touch soon!

More on new restaurants in Wilmington DE:

  1. De La Coeur Café et Patisserie, Menu, http://www.delacoeurcafe.com/menu/
  2. Delaware Today, Cocina Lolo Offers Diverse Flavor and Fun, http://www.delawaretoday.com/Delaware-Today/January-2016/Diverse-flavor-and-fun-at-Cocina-Lolo/

5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Kitchen

If your Tupperware containers are falling out whenever you open the cabinet, or your pickle jars have found a home next to the cereal boxes, it’s time to declutter your kitchen. Messy, disorganized kitchens are a nuisance to cook in, but if you have a weekend to spare, you can have a decluttered, organized kitchen.

Use drawer and cabinet organizers

If you haven’t been to a home goods store lately, you’d be amazed at the selection of innovative organizers for every square inch of your home. There are specialty drawer organizers that you can mix and match to keep small items in their places. Cabinet organizers are particularly exciting. Look for pull-outs, two-tier sliding systems, specialty lid holders, and dividers that are used for holding cutting boards and baking sheets upright.

Eliminate superfluous drinkware

Most families have more stemware and oversized coffee mugs than they actually use. Sort through your collection and put everything into three piles: Used within the past month, used within the past year, and never used. Keep everything in the first pile and get rid of everything in the third pile. The second pile you can keep only if there’s room—if not, say goodbye to it.

Make your items multitask

In a small, cluttered kitchen, there isn’t much room for specialty kitchenware like garlic presses (pulverize a clove with the flat side of a knife) or electric quesadilla makers (just use a baking sheet and the oven). Instead, make basic items serve multiple purposes. Instead of getting a fancy spaghetti pot with its own strainer, break dry pasta in half and use a smaller sauce pot.

Use the tops of your cabinets

Every family has a few useless, small kitchen appliances they never use. Maybe your distant cousin sent you a fondue pot as a wedding gift or you’ve somehow acquired a countertop rotisserie that’s more trouble than it’s worth. If you can’t bring yourself to give away or sell these items, perch them on top of your kitchen cabinets instead. Many kitchens have plenty of space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Putting infrequently used items up there will free up valuable real estate elsewhere in your kitchen.

Turn your walls into storage solutions

If you have a couple of square feet of wall space, you can make it serve double duty. Hang a sturdy rod from the wall. Hang strong hooks from the rod and use the hooks to house items like lightweight skillets or a pasta strainer. You can also hang smaller items there, like spatulas, whisks, and serving spoons.

Decluttering in Delaware

Keeping your kitchen tidy and well-organized is easier when it’s within a thoughtfully designed home. Montchanin Builders understands the busy lifestyles of modern families, and we design our homes to meet those needs. Families in the Wilmington, Delaware area are invited to tour our new construction homes in the master-planned communities of Darley Green, the Town of Whitehall, and our newest community, The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

Each of our homes is built by master craftsmen with an eye to aesthetic details. You’ll feel right at home in your new chef’s kitchen, which may feature gorgeous birch or maple cabinets in your choice of stain, top-of-the-line appliances, beautiful granite countertops, and of course, plenty of storage possibilities. Call Montchanin Builders today!

More kitchen decluttering ideas:

  1. SheKnows, 5 Ways to declutter your kitchen, http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/841739/five-ways-to-declutter-your-kitchen
  2. HGTV, Small Kitchen Storage Ideas, http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/small-kitchen-storage-ideas

Family Summer Day Trips Near Wilmington

family riding bikesThe official start of summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning a weekend getaway for the whole family. If you’re fortunate enough to live in the Wilmington area, there are tons of enticing options that make for an easy day trip or weekend escape. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply love the great outdoors, here are five weekend getaway options that are sure to please.

Brandywine State Park

Nearly 15 miles of scenic trails wend through Brandywine State Park, a local treasure in the Wilmington area. This 933-acre nature preserve provides amazing chances to see songbirds, deer, and other local wildlife. The park is open daily from 8AM and to 4PM and is a popular place for families to enjoy a picnic among fields of wildflowers, hike through picturesque landscapes or try their luck fishing for small mouth bass and crappie in Brandywine Creek. Amenities include an onsite nature and visitor center, potable water, picnic areas, bike trails and a disc golf course.

Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach is a short two-hour drive from Wilmington and boasts an exciting array of restaurants, charming cottages and B&B’s, as well as family-friendly activities. The oceanfront boardwalk often hosts free concerts, and the warm waters are brimming with folks sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. If water sports aren’t your thing, there are tons of other things to do in Rehoboth Beach, like tax-free shopping, dining on fine foods, and letting loose at Funland amusement park, where kiddie rides and games will keep the little ones entertained. Don’t miss a visit to Jungle Jim’s, where bumper boats and water slides await!

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Renowned for its fantastic birdwatching, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is well worth the drive to Smyrna. This refuge encompasses 16,000 acres and includes pristine marshlands and cordgrass meadows that are home to great blue herons, egrets, geese, songbirds and raptors. Bring your bike to explore a 12-mile wildlife loop, or take the auto tour for chances to spot migrating birds, mammals and reptiles in their natural environment. A visitor’s center offers interpretive programs, or you can plan a day of leisurely hiking at your own pace.

Explore historic Milton

Home to DogFish Head Brewery, the historic town of Milton offers much more than amazing craft beer! When you’re not sampling some of the tastiest IPAs this side of the Mississippi, or learning about the process of making artisanal beer, the quaint downtown area promises great shopping and dining and a nice selection of day spas for some much-needed pampering! Milton is also close to the Broadkill River, where families can enjoy an afternoon of water recreation.

New home communities in Delaware

Access to family-friendly attractions and points of interest are just one of the many benefits of living in one of Montchanin Builders’ beautiful new home communities, including The Town of Whitehall, Darley Green and the upcoming The Overlook at Rockford Falls.

Now is the time to consider a new home in Delaware. Contact us today to learn more about our attractive financing options for first-time buyers.

3 Easy Summer Decorating Ideas

Garden flowers over wooden backgroundSummer is nearly officially here, and it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy all the comforts of home. Get your home ready for the season with these quick and easy decorating tips for your interior and exterior. Decorating for the summer might be as simple adding a few new throw pillows here and there, or this might be the year you finally decide to build that new deck. For all of your Delaware home renovation needs, you can turn to Montchanin Builders.

Fresh décor ideas for your kitchen

Summer is the perfect opportunity to bring the outdoors inside. For a modern look, combine clean lines and neutral colors with startlingly bright pops of color. For instance, place a glass bowl of bright cherries or oranges on a white table or countertop. Add a shiny new pots and pans rack over the island or near the stove, and furnish it with some brightly polished copper pans. If you have some spare, open shelf space, arrange brightly colored candles in shades of orange, yellow, and beige. Finish the display with a vase or two.

You can also declutter your kitchen and decorate it with a charming, rustic look simultaneously. Purchase some mason jars with chalkboard labels and fill them with brown and red lentils, rice, quinoa, and similar pantry staples. Write in the appropriate label and line them up on a display shelf.

Creative ways to design an eye-catching dining room

The dining room often gets short shrift during home renovations and redesigns. However, this room offers a great opportunity to give your home that “pulled together” look that complements the rest of the house. If your budget allows room for a new table and chair set, consider choosing something that looks laid-back and relaxed for that perfect summer vibe. Top the table with a floral or fruit arrangement, along with elegant, matching candlesticks.

Add fresh, flowing curtains in refreshing colors, like sea foam green or baby blue. Skip the traditional dining room wall art of fruit and flower arrangements, and instead consider something three-dimensional. Hang a handful of empty picture frames on a wall and pin some faux sunflowers and herbs inside them.

Simple ways to transform your deck

Nothing says summer quite like outdoor living. If your home doesn’t yet have a deck, there’s still time to get one built before summer ends. Once it’s finished, decorate it with comfortable and natural-looking outdoor furniture. Add planter boxes with foliage, strings of outdoor lights, and an awning or several large beach umbrellas to give your guests some shade.

Montchanin Builders has developed a stellar reputation as an award-winning home designer and builder in the Wilmington, DE area. Our move-in ready homes combine the flexible living spaces families need with the luxurious touches they crave, but building homes and masterfully planned communities isn’t all we do. Our team of master craftsmen also performs picture perfect home renovations suitable for any creative preferences and budget. For new decks, garage renovations, home additions, and more, contact Montchanin Builders today!

More “summer decorating ideas” resources:

  1. Martha Stewart, 60 Summer Decorating Ideas, http://www.marthastewart.com/274784/60-summer-decorating-ideas
  2. SheKnows, Decorating Diva: Summer-ize your kitchen with fun home accents, http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/829249/decorating-diva-summer-ize-your-kitchen-with-fun-and-fresh-home-accents

Top Things to Do in Wilmington This Memorial Day Weekend

As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend is an excellent opportunity to become more familiar with the many attractions in downtown Wilmington, DE. Of course, it’s also a time to honor our military service members, and to reflect on the sacrifices military families have made for the sake of the country’s freedom. Here at Montchanin Builders, we would like to extend our sincere thanks and enduring gratitude to all American military families.

Take part in history by joining the parade

Every year, the Wilmington Memorial Day Committee hosts the Parade and Observance Ceremony on Memorial Day weekend. This year marks the 150th parade in Wilmington, DE. If you would like to march in the parade, you must register with the committee before May 27. If you wish, you may also visit the committee’s Go Fund Me webpage to make a financial contribution.

This year’s parade starts at 6:00 pm sharp on May 30. Bring your family and some lawn chairs to Delaware Ave. for the best view. The Memorial Day parade will be held rain or shine. This year, the committee is honoring Cpt. Brian Faunce, who lost his life serving in Iraq in 2003. His surviving family members are residents of Wilmington, and will be serving as Grand Marshals.

Whitehall’s Girls Day Out! Featuring Hanna Paige and Imagination Players Concert

Start your memorial day weekend in The Town of Whitehall with Montchanin Builders! Recording artist and award winning singer/songwriter Hanna Paige headlines Whitehall’s Girls Day Out! on Saturday May 27. The festivities begin at 11am at The Town of Whitehall and continue well into the afternoon. There will be music, a pre-memorial day concert by Imagination Players, food by Outlandish Food Truck, Half Baked and Candy Connections, beverages, shopping featuring Lula Roe, Passionista, Thirty One, Stella and Dot and activities for the entire family to enjoy!

Take in the orchestral experience in Philly

One of the fantastic things of living in Wilmington is its proximity to Philadelphia. On May 27, take the family to Philly for the Comcast NBC Universal Memorial Salute at The Mann Center. This show promises to be unforgettable, featuring the renowned Philly POPS Orchestra, and Broadway stars Christina Saffran and Hugh Panaro. All tickets are free of charge, but you will need to register in advance.

Visit the Zwaanendael Museum

In nearby Lewes, DE, the Zwaanendael Museum will be hosting its 6th annual Maritime Celebration. “A Sailor’s Life for Me” will be held on May 27th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. If you haven’t yet been to the museum, you should know that it was established to commemorate the first European colony in Delaware: Swanendael. Swanendael was established by the Dutch in 1631.

Treat your family to living history that examines America’s early history, before the colonies became the United States. You’ll see skilled historical reenactors, tour encampments, and see musket drills. Admission to the Maritime Celebration is free of charge. However, if you wish to take your family on a tour of the Lightship Overfalls, you can expect to pay a small fee.

Darley Green: The perfect family-friendly community

For families who live in Darley Green, exciting activities are never far away, no matter what time of year it is! Darley Green is one of the most coveted communities to live in near Wilmington, DE, along with The Town of Whitehall and COMING SOON – The Overlook at Rockford Falls. These homes, built by the master craftsmen at Montchanin Builders, are creations designed with today’s modern lifestyle in mind. Call Montchanin Builders today!

Additional “Memorial Day in Wilmington, DE” resources

  1. The Philly POPS, Salute Series 2017 Events, http://phillypops.org/concerts-events/salute-series-2017-events
  2. Wilmington Memorial Day Parade, http://www.wilmingtonmemorialdayparade.com/

Mother’s Day Brunch Specials in Wilmington

Heart shaped pancakes with fresh berriesAccess to exciting dining options and family-friendly recreation are just some of the benefits of living in the Montchanin Builders’ master-planned community of Darley Green. For those who are looking for a special restaurant to treat Mom this Mother’s Day, the greater Wilmington area has some elegant offerings this Sunday, including tasty brunches and a charming Fairy Tea weekend.

Here’s a round-up of some fun Mother’s Day happenings designed to celebrate mom and show her just how much you care.

Mother’s Day Weekend Fairy Tea

Head to the Delaware Art Museum in downtown Wilmington for a magical afternoon of family fun. Munch on delicious mini-deserts and fruit salad and sip on hot tea while visiting with fairies and making works of art together. Mom can even dance like a fairy along with artists from the Delaware Arts Conservatory. Mother’s Day Fairy Tea will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, and costs just $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Mother’s Day Buffet at Deerfield

Pamper mom with an incredible feast at Deerfield’s, which is hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch. This iconic golf and country club will be featuring an eclectic menu including oysters on the half shell, crab cakes, soup, salad, a breakfast station with French toast, bacon and omelets as well as Korean bulgolgi, stuffed filet of flounder and chicken bruschetta. Save room for ice cream, cake and petit fours! Make your reservations online now for a Mother’s Day buffet she will not soon forget! The pricing is set at $56.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids 4-12. Children under three eat for free.

Brunch at Catherine Rooney’s

Tuck in to a classic Irish breakfast with Mom at Catherine Rooney’s in Wilmington, which is hosting a special Mother’s Day Brunch this Sunday May 14 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The brunch will feature a carving station, omelet making station and traditional Sunday brunch fare.

4-course dinner at the Melting Pot

For something a little more romantic that is sure to please, The Melting Pot is hosting a prix-fixe 4-course meal for Mother’s Day 2017. This heavenly dinner includes the requisite cheese fondue followed by salad and Mom’s choice of sesame-encrusted Ahi tuna, filet mignon, succulent BBQ pork medallions, or a vegetarian-friendly ginger teriyaki tofu dish. The desert course is a decadent marshmallow fluff, caramel and Chambord liquor in white chocolate, which is prepared tableside. Reservations are recommended!

Learn more about Delaware living

Boasting a prime location in the heart of Claymont’s Renaissance District, Darley Green is the definition of affordable luxury. To learn more about the beautiful new homes in Delaware by Montchanin Builders, we invite you to schedule a tour of this award-winning master-planned community. Convenient to top-notch schools, several historical and cultural attractions, Darley Green features spacious move-in ready homes priced in the low $200’s. Call (302) 655-2600 to speak with one of our sales representatives today!

Upcoming Spring Events Around Wilmington, DE

family riding bikesSpringtime in Delaware is one of the most delightful times of the year, marked by warmer temperatures, longer days and tons of colorful markets, festivals and events designed to celebrate nature and the great outdoors. If you’re fortunate enough to live in New Castle County, here are 5 Spring events that you shouldn’t miss!

2017 Wildflower Celebration

Nothing says Spring has arrived like wildflowers in bloom. On Sunday, April 23rd the Mt. Cuba Center will be hosting its annual celebration of Spring, featuring garden demonstrations, live music, family activities, and of course, opportunities to stroll through the magnificent gardens.  If you’re interested in attending the Wildflower Celebration, the doors open at 10 AM, and the first 1,000 guests will be given a free native plant!

DelMarva Birding Weekend

Delaware is famous for its pristine coastal wildlife preserves, which provide safe habitat for hundreds of avian species like the Black-necked Stilt, the Prothonotary Warbler and the Black Skimmer. For some of the year’s best birdwatching opportunities, join the Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend, now in its 22nd year. The birding trip on the Delmarva Peninsula will be held April 27-30, and features hiking and boating experiences with chances to spot migratory waterfowl, songbirds and raptors.

Delaware Herb Festival

Held at the Baronage Farm in Townsend each year, the Delaware Herb Festival celebrates the culinary and medicinal uses of herbs with hands-on instructional classes. Want to learn how to make a healing poultice or discover the best aromatics for spicing up your meals? Don’t miss this festival, held on Saturday April 29, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Open house

Whether you’re an animal lover or a budding naturalist, this event offers an exciting behind-the-scenes peek into Newark’s amazing Tristate wildlife rehabilitation center. Held on May 7, from 11 AM to 4 PM, this family-friendly event promises chances to meet raptors up close, learn how baby birds are cared for, and make a valuable contribution to the ongoing efforts of this non-profit organization, which helps more than 2,500 wild birds every year. The Open House will also have food vendors, baked goods, and Mother’s Day gifts available for purchase.

Winterthur’s 39th Annual Point-to-Point

Widely considered the signature Spring event in Brandywine Valley, Winterthur’s Point-to-Point offers something for the entire family, including tailgating, professional steeplechase racing and loads of kid-friendly activities. There will be fancy hats, face painting, pony rides and a delicious brunch! Don’t miss this elegant yet wildly fun Delaware Derby, held on May 7.

Beautiful move-in ready homes in Wilmington

As you can see, the Wilmington area is brimming with entertaining and educational activities designed for the young and young-at-heart. To learn more about the joys of Delaware living in a Montchanin Builders’ home, we invite you schedule a tour of our flagship communities, including Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle and The Town of Whitehall.

Sprucing Up for Spring? Check Out These Fresh Design Ideas

Spring is officially here. Is your home ready? Before you get busy planning to host large family reunions or neighborhood barbecues, consider taking advantage of this spring’s fresh design ideas. Whether you choose a quick coat of paint for your walls or a major home addition, you can look forward to showing off your beautiful home during the warmer months.

Explore the psychology of color

Vintage wooden swing in the garden of an old house in springFew features evoke a visceral response quite like color, but it’s often difficult to know which color palette would work best for your home. Light, airy hues are reminiscent of springtime, but they also work well all year-round. Try creamy yellows that escort the sunlight into every corner of your home. Light greens encourage an energetic, yet soothing ambience and light rose hues create inviting spaces.

If pastels aren’t to your taste, you could break the mold by using stronger colors for springtime. Instead of strong red hues, try a bold orange palette, which offers a contemporary feel.

Remember to match your walls to the main decorative features of each room. If you have bold, bright rugs and throw pillows, choose a neutral, earthy color for your walls. Or, choose one color that plays a supporting role in your décor features and carry over its visual presence to the walls.

Extend your outdoor living spaces

Spring and summer are excellent opportunities to get to know your neighbors better. Consider additions such as a custom deck, patio, or porch. Few things say “neighborly” quite like a large, wraparound porch or a stylistic deck to house your grill.

If your home does already feature a deck or a porch, it’s time to spruce it up for spring. Add vibrant cushions to your porch swing by the front door or invest in new chaise lounge chairs for the backyard. Choose colors and materials that are evocative of nature, like wooden Adirondack chairs, rope hammocks, or wicker chairs with floral-patterned cushions.

Update your kitchen design scheme

It isn’t always necessary to do a major renovation to get your kitchen ready for spring. If you’re still in love with your cabinets, countertops, and floors, you can update your look for spring by adding some energetic touches like glass canisters full of lemons and limes. Flowers are a must to invite nature indoors. Choose springtime favorites like daffodils, pansies, or tulips.

Why renovate when you can buy new?

Planning renovations can be exciting, but the process is often exhausting. If the idea of a move-in ready home in Delaware appeals to you, check out the fresh designs from Montchanin Builders. Our unique floorplans and well-appointed interiors seamlessly combine all the modern amenities you could want with the old-fashioned character that is so often missing from houses in typical developments. Explore the luxurious designs at carefully crafted communities like Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, or Shipley’s Circle on our website. Or give us a call today to learn more!

Additional resources for spring home design ideas:

  1. House Beautiful, 60 Beautiful Spring Decorating Ideas, http://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/colors/g1180/spring-decorating-ideas/
  2. Dering Hall, 4 Springtime Color Schemes to Try at Home, https://deringhall.com/daily-features/contributors/house-beautiful/4-springtime-color-schemes-to-try-at-home#

Celebrating the New Year in Wilmington

 

Happy new year 2017New York City in general and Times Square in particular will forever be known as the ultimate destination for ringing in the New Year, but it’s tough to enjoy yourself while trying to elbow your way through the crowds. Fortunately, there are better options much closer to home. Families in Wilmington, DE know that when it comes to celebrating the New Year, nothing beats their local attractions. And living in Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, or another Montchanin Builders community gives Delaware residents easy access to the best in fine dining, exciting nightlife, and New Year’s Eve parties.

Merchant Bar

Merchant Bar is described as an “elevated gastrobar”. The handcrafted cocktail menu and chef-designed food pairings make the Merchant Bar an ideal place to catch a late dinner as you wait to ring in the New Year. This year will mark the first time Merchant Bar is hosting a New Year’s celebration package, which includes an open bar, unparalleled dining experience, and live DJ. Merchant Bar offers Date Night packages for couples and Group Packages for parties of four-plus.

Lady Diva’s & Associates

If you’re looking for an upscale, mature environment in which to ring in the New Year, consider Lady Diva’s & Associates New Year’s Eve Celebration for 2017. Located on Union Street in Wilmington, this event invites mature adults, singles, and couples over the age of 30 to celebrate with a champagne toast at midnight. DJ Cutlass will be working the turntable and meal options are available with an additional fee.

Firestone

If you prefer a live band option for your New Year’s Eve, consider purchasing tickets to the Firestone’s celebration. Merchant Bar is well-known throughout the Wilmington area for its incredible craft pizza and dynamic nightlife scene. If you go, purchase your tickets as early as possible because prices are subject to increase as New Year’s approaches. Your ticket includes valet, cover, buffet, open bar, and a midnight toast. Prefer a formal sit-down dinner? Purchase reserved seating for table service from 8-11 pm. Alternatively, New Year’s Eve celebrants could splurge on VIP tickets for access to the exclusive VIP lounge, bar, and buffet.

The Mill

Looking for an alternative to the traditional restaurant/bar venues? Try The Mill – Wilmington’s new cooperative work space. The Mill is pleased to host a New Year’s Eve celebration this year at its auditorium on Orange Street (Theatre N). Enjoy light appetizers and drinks while you take in classic films on the big screen or listen to the live DJ. Your ticket includes five drink vouchers.

The fantastic opportunities for families in the Wilmington area are just one more reason to consider making the move to a Montchanin Builders community. Our masterfully designed communities feature impeccable landscaping, neighborhood gathering places, and of course, exquisite move-in ready homes. View our floor plans on our website or call one of our design experts at 302.655.2600 to discuss your custom home options. Then, take a walking tour of our beautiful neighborhoods, including Darley Green, Shipley’s Circle, and The Town of Whitehall.

Spread Holiday Cheer with These Decorating Tips

christmas

There is something magical about the holiday season that inspires so many of us to find our inner Clark T. Griswold and spread the holiday cheer – and decorations – outdoors.

House Beautiful recently scoured the internet for trending outdoor holiday decor to compile a top 25 list. If painstakingly installing 250,000 imported Italian twinkle lights to the roof is not your style, maybe these modern twists on Christmas classics will inspire.

Hanging of the greens

For a fresh holiday outdoor look that complements many styles of homes, try mixing bright, clear lights with classic greenery. Instead of displaying a single wreath, make a statement by adorning your front door or window with a double wreath, aligning one above the other. Mini evergreen displays and over-sized pine cones make eye catching features out of what would otherwise be natural outdoor elements.

For a more intentional greenery look, try placing a decorated Christmas tree on the porch. A garland arch with white lights and red bows turn a front door into a grand holiday entrance. Hanging baskets can bring evergreen displays up to eye level.

Whimsical holiday touches

Whimsical touches can remain tasteful while adding some cheery fun to classic decor and over sized decorations definitely fit the bill. Now that florals are out of season, try filling the window boxes with bright, large Christmas ornaments. Jumbo ornaments also add a fun touch to the yard. Giant lit ornaments also make great lanterns to light the walkways or driveway.

Snowflakes are also a current favorite winter touch. Giant snowflakes in the windows add sparkle without overwhelming the scene with color. Snowflake wreaths reinterpret the traditional door hanging in a fun way while keeping a more neutral palette.

Rustic touches add coziness

Rustic touches bring a coziness to even the most elegant adornment. Amid the greenery, consider adding pops of color with homey touches like flannel pillows on porch seating or prop a decorative sled against the house.

Introduce some wood accents with rustic signs conveying holiday messages. Burlap bows add an old-time charm. Giant stars made from reclaimed materials like yardsticks or twine add a down-home look to classic holiday symbols.

A sure way to share the holiday cheer with your neighbors is with a display of lights. Giant glowing balls are eye-catching features that can work into a variety of decors. Mason jars filled with white lights tastefully accent an exterior display. Over-sized lit ornaments can add pops of color to the landscape as well.

Holiday home decor in Wilmington

Holiday outdoor decorating is just one more way to foster neighborhood cheer. You can enjoy this and other benefits of living in a neighborly community if you buy or build a new home in a Montchanin Builder’s community.

To learn more about our beautiful new homes in Delaware, please call 302.376.1100.