Top 4th of July Activities in Middle Tennessee

 

In a town like Nashville and an area like Middle Tennessee, the toughest thing about any holiday is deciding what to do. Add on no work, no school, sunny skies and one of the most festive areas of the country? You’ve got a dilemma on your hands. Luckily, this falls into the category of “no wrong answer” – and no matter what you chose, you’ll be beaming with not just American pride, but Middle Tennessee pride before the fifth of July even gets close. Continue reading

Discover Home | Cookies for Santa at Julia’s HomeStyle Bakery

You’ve taken the kiddos to visit Santa, they’ve made their wishlist, and it’s Christmas Eve. What’s the last thing you should do before convincing them that Christmas morning will come faster if they go to sleep? Leave out some cookies and milk for Santa, of course! We visited Julia’s HomeStyle Bakery in Murfreesboro to find out what Mr. Claus likes best and about the care and love that goes into each of the bakery’s cookies.  Continue reading

Best Places to Visit Santa

 

If you’ve got little ones at home, one of the most fun parts of Christmas is taking them to meet Santa! Hearing what questions they come up with and what gifts they want from St. Nick is a fun experience, and whether they laugh or cry, the photos are always priceless. We’ve compiled a list of some of the area’s best places to take your kids to visit Santa, along with tips and tricks to make it an enjoyable experience!  Continue reading

Making Holiday Decorating a Breeze

 

Holiday decorating has such a warm, cozy, and festive allure to it. Think: Wearing your favorite sweater and fuzzy socks with a hot cocoa in hand while playfully hanging up decorations with the kids. Of course, there’s also that perfect holiday playlist in the background and heck, why not hope for gently falling snow outside, as well.  Continue reading

Tips for Homeowners This Thanksgiving

 

With Thanksgiving just days away, homeowners can never be short of tips and helpful suggestions for those little setbacks that come with travel or hosting for the holiday. One of the easiest ways to make sure all cheerful efforts go according to plan is to sit down and make up a schedule for the event, according to the Huffington Post. Ensuring all relatives know when to get there is one thing, but hosts also need to ensure they know when to start their food preparation, put out the dishes, and so on, to make sure nothing gets derailed.

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December Events in Middle Tennessee

 

The holiday season is in full swing and there are plenty of events around Middle Tennessee to keep you busy. Make plans to see a family-friendly play, step back in time at Dickensfest, or get ready for a fun evening out with one of our suggestions for December.  Continue reading

New Year’s Eve Hotspots in Middle Tennessee

NYE Hot Spots

What better way to ring in 2017 than at some of the best parties Middle Tennessee has to offer? Whether you’re a local or just visiting, New Years Eve in Nashville and the surrounding areas are sure to please all interests. Between the abundance of live music performances, to parties, to elegant dinners, making the right choice to spend your last few hours in 2016 may be harder than you thought. So we hope some of these NYE hotspots will help:

 

New Years Eve Dinners

 

 

New Years Eve Live Music Performances

 

 

New Years Eve Parties

 

Christmas Decor Outside Your Home

Christmas ligth outside

For those homeowners who love to decorate the exterior of their home as well as the interior for the holidays, there are many dazzling lighting options. You don’t have to worry that your house will look like every other house on the block because there are a virtual plethora of outdoor décor concepts available to you to choose from.

 

Regardless of whether you’re planning on decorating your entire outdoor property or if you want to stick to only a simple porch display, we’re sure you’ll find inspiration in this creative list of outdoor holiday lighting design ideas:

     

  • Low maintenance: Many homeowners have a lot of other priorities that need attention, making low maintenance holiday lights a must. If you can devote several hours to stringing your choice of outdoor lights, invest in putting your lights on timers. Then set it and forget it!
     

  • On a budget: If you’re working with a tight budget this holiday season, consider installing solar powered lights. Innoo Tech offers strings of white crystal ball lights that will give your porch or patio a whimsical ambiance without adding to your electric bill. For a pop of affordable color, look for solar LED fairy style lights. Many solar light sets even offer several lighting settings.
     

  • DIY: Making your own holiday decorations is another creative way to save money on your seasonal décor budget. It’s also a great way to get into the holiday spirit and can become a cherished family tradition. Pinterest is awash with outdoor Christmas decorations you can make yourself – both with and without lights.
     

  • Themed: For those who want to get creative – choose a different theme every year! Some popular outdoor holiday light themes include: candy canes, wreaths, lanterns/luminaries, stars, snowmen, the North Pole, Christmas village, candyland, lighted arches, red ribbons/bows and garland, Christmas balls, Santa and reindeer, toys, Polar Express, snowflakes and icicles.
     

  • Classic: All-white (non-LED) lights framing the outline of your house is a classic, elegant holiday decoration approach. Look for white lights labeled ‘soft white’ or ‘warm white’ for a simple yet classy style. It’s also appropriate to line your driveway, walkway or some trees with the same classic white lights.
     

  • Outdoor party: Get creative if you have an outdoor patio or deck that will be used during the holiday season for social gatherings. Though the weather outside may not be frightful, your décor can still be delightful. Consider a ‘tropical Christmas’ theme with bright lights, colorful reindeer and vibrant Christmas plants like poinsettias. If your patio is covered – line the ceiling or wrap the pergola beams with lights. You can dangle icicle lights over one or more sides for a magical, enclosed feel.
     

  • Modern: Some people love to try out the newest on-trend lights every holiday season. The most recent addition to the world of Christmas décor is called a star shower projector. These motion laser projectors are extremely simple to install, as they involve no ladders, stapling or dead light bulbs. The projector displays colored stars onto your house/yard in dazzling holographic star shower patterns.