6 Must-Haves For Entertaining at Home, Picked by Realtors

When most buyers search for a new house, one of the things they take into consideration is if they could imagine entertaining their friends and family in the home. Whether it’s a formal dinner party in the dining room, a casual get together in the kitchen, or party on the patio, your home is an important part of your social life. With New Years Eve around the corner, we asked our agents for their must-haves for entertaining at home!

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Cheese:

Cheese is a classic appetizer at any party. Simply pair it with crackers, bread, or figs and let the cheese do the rest. Venissimo Cheese is one of our favorite local spots to score gourmet cheese from around the world!

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Chips & Guacamole:

Get any party started with chips and guacamole. If you aren’t in the mood to make it yourself, head to El Napolito or El Indio to pick some up. You won’t be disappointed!

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Wine:

No better way to stimulate conversation than with wine. Pick up a bottle locally at  Hacienda de las Rosas or Caruth Cellars!

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Champagne:

A New Years Eve essential! South Coast Winery in Temecula makes their own champagne!

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Dessert:

Whether it’s chocolates to nibble on, a celebratory cake, or a variety of sweets, no dessert is ever unwelcome at a party! Some of our local favorites include Extraordinary Desserts, The Cravory, The Village Mill Bread Co, and Dallmann Fine Chocolates.

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Music:

Music sets the mood at any party! Browse Pandora‘s top stations to get your guests in the party mood!

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Good Company:

People truly do make the party! You can’t go wrong when you surround yourself with friends and family that you love.

We hope you have a wonderful New Years Eve celebration! We are looking forward to a fabulous 2017!

 

 

 

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7 Best Kitchen Gadgets, Picked by Realtors

Realtors know a lot about homes, from the doors and windows down to the kitchen and all of its contents. We polled our Realtors to discover their favorite kitchen gadgets!

Vitamix

The Vitamix machine is a quality investment because it is made with you in mind! It’s easy-to-use functionality, durability, and power have made it a well-known name, even with its hefty price tag. Although the Vitamix is commonly used for it’s shake and smoothie capabilities, the machines also have the ability to create food such as soups, purees, nut butters, flours, marinades, and so much more just with the touch of a button.

“I love our Vitamix for shakes and smoothies, but also great for making hummus and salsa too.” -Ryan Main, Realtor

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Buy your Vitamix here! 

Crock Pot

The crock pot has been around since our grandmother’s time, and is the reason for some of the best home-cooked meals. As well as it’s ability to produce gourmet meals, the slow cooker also saves time, reduces energy use, and is easy to clean up.

“I like the crock pot because it tricks people into thinking I know how to cook.” -Jason Meyers, Realtor

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Purchase your Crock Pot here! 

Nespresso Machine 

If you want to wake up and make an espresso in a matter of minutes with no fuss or clean up, the Nespresso machine is for you! Although pricey ($199-$599), the espresso machine provides quality coffee with little to no effort.

“I love my Nespresso machine, it gets me going in the morning!” -Jeanne Kayne, Realtor

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Purchase your Nespresso here! 

Spiralizer

This inexpensive tool has the ability to spiralize fresh veggies into healthy noodles! A common product of a spiralizer is zucchini noodles, known as “zoodles,” which provides a nourishing base to any meal.

“I love my spiralizer! It’s great for making zucchini noodles, spiralizing potatoes, and anything else I want! It also grates and juliennes.” -Shannon Fox, Realtor

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Purchase your spiralizer here!

Cutco Knives

Cutco knives have continued to impress people for 65+ years with their quality products, amazing customer service, and lifetime guarantee. One of our favorite knives to use is the traditional cheese knife, which has perforations in the blade to prevent soft cheeses from sticking together.

“My favorite kitchen gadget will always be my cutco knives!” -Amy Green, Realtor and Co-Owner of Coastal Premier Properties

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Purchase your cheese knife here!

Electric Wine Bottle Opener 

This wine opener is perfect for any wine-o! It effortlessly opens up a bottle of wine in 3 seconds, and never gives you the risk of breaking the cork.

“My favorite kitchen gadget is an electric wine opener!” -Amy Ryan, Realtor

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Purchase your wine opener here!

Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop

Scoop ice cream with ease while using the Zeroll ice cream scoop! The heat conductive fluid inside the handle uses the warmth of your hand to plump out perfect ice cream scoops with little to no effort.

“I love using my fancy ice cream scoop, the ice cream never freezes!” -Beth Van Boxtel, Realtor

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Purchase your Zeroll here!

 

What are some of your favorite kitchen gadgets? Leave us a comment below!

 

17 Awesome Colors for Your Home, Picked by Realtors

No home is complete until your walls are painted with the color that you love. Colors posses an important role in setting the atmosphere and nature of a room and each unique color setting can greatly affect an individual’s mood. Whether it is the calming appearance of white, or the serene hues of grey, it must perfectly fit your visual taste. Here are some of our fellow agent’s favorite colors.

Dunn Edwards: Foggy Day

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Dunn Edwards: Crisp Muslin

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Dunn Edwards: Stucco Tan

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Dunn Edwards: Desert Suede

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Dunn Edwards: Looking Glass

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Dunn Edwards: Lace Veil

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Sherwin Williams: Pale Oak

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Sherwin Williams: Trusty Tan

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Sherwin Williams: Realist Beige

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Sherwin Williams: Iron Ore

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Sherwin Williams: Accessible Beige

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Sherwin Williams: March Wind

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Sherwin Williams: Edgecomb Grey

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Frazee Paint: Silver Lining

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Frazee Paint: Excalibur

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Frazee Paint: White Shadow

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Benjamin Moore: Collingwood

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