Easy and Simple Decorating Tips for Your New Year’s Party

Easy and Simple Decorating Tips for Your New Year's Party

Do you love spending time with friends and family to ring in the New Year in style? It can be fun to enjoy the evening in the city, but there are also benefits to hosting a party in your home. Whether you have family in town for the holiday season or you want to strengthen relationships with friends in the area, consider the advantage of planning an at-home New Year’s party.

It can be a lot of work to host a memorable party. But, it is worth the effort to create an event that everyone will remember. One key factor is to make sure that you have the right decorations and party favors to leave a lasting impression on the people that you love.

In fact, there are a few strategic decorating ideas that can be used to throw a great party without laboring over the decorations in advance. Here are a few simple, easy decorating tips that can help you be ready for the New Year’s party in less than an hour:

Flair in the Dining Room and Kitchen

Often, the kitchen and dining room end up being the focus of the party. Food is such an important part of our culture, making it natural for people to gravitate towards the heart of your home. Instead of inviting people into a mess of a kitchen, look for ways that you can improve the appearance of the room and make it more inviting.

A few simple pieces on the table can make a great centerpiece that will create a festive environment. Consider adding candles, flowers, and a table runner. You can find basic greenery at the grocery store, add a nice vase, and then add a few beautiful blossoms to arrange the perfect décor. Don’t forget to use decorative serving dishes when you put the food on the table or counter.

Living Room for Entertaining

The living room is another area where many of your guests will spend a lot of time. Consider the layout of the furniture to make sure that the room is easy to navigate, even when it is packed with people. It might be helpful to move the furniture to the side of the room, add a few folding chairs, and move the coffee table to a different area in the home.

Dress up the fireplace mantle with a Happy New Year banner, as well as some fun sparkling garland or anything else that matches the décor of your home. Decorations can also be added on the bookshelves or anywhere else in the room. Adding a few pillows and throw blankets on the couch can make the room feel cozy and inviting.

It is essential that you have the right property to host family and friends for parties and events. If you don’t have a good home to share with your family, then right now might be the best time to look for a new place to live. Make the move right now so that you are ready for the fun summer backyard parties and a great New Year’s party next year.

Here at DUFFY Realty, we are wishing you a Happy New Year! Contact us anytime if you would like to find a new home for your family in 2018: (678) 318-1700

How Many Boxes will You Need to Move?

How Many Boxes will You Need to Move?

The day has finally come… you have closed on the house of your dreams! It is an exciting experience to be moving into a new home. No doubt this new home will give you the space and comfort that you have always wanted. Now you can host family and friends and enjoy time with the people that you love!

It takes a lot of work to buy a home and prepare to move. But, there are options that you might consider, such as hiring help for the move. Even if you have people available to help with the packing and moving, you still need to make sure that you have all the supplies that will be needed for a successful move.

Choosing the Right Boxes

The quality of your boxes matters, especially because the boxes will help to keep your belongings protected when they are in transit. Instead of scrounging for a few boxes here and there, you should consider the advantage of buying nice moving boxes for your personal items. Protect the items that you own, so that you can be sure that everything arrives in good condition at your new home.

Once you have found the right types of boxes, how many boxes will you need? It can be a trick to estimate the number of boxes that will be required to pack up all of your personal belongings. But, there are some general guidelines that you can follow, depending on the size of home that you are packing up.

Size of Your Home

There is a big difference in the number of boxes that will be needed if you are moving out of a small 1-bedroom apartment, compared to moving out of a bigger home. Here are some general guidelines that you can follow:

  • Studio Apartment: 10 – 20 boxes
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment: 20 – 40 boxes
  • 2 Bedroom Apartment: 40 – 60 boxes
  • 2 Bedroom Home: 60 – 80 boxes
  • 3 Bedroom Home: 80 – 100 boxes
  • 4 Bedroom Home: 100 – 120 boxes
  • Bigger Home: 120+ boxes

Consider how many items you have in the closets and other storage areas of your home. Then you can estimate the number of boxes that will be required.

Many people find it helpful to pack non-essential items in advance so that they buy additional boxes later on if needed. Start by packing up the things that you don’t use on a regular basis. This process will save you the effort of packing everything all at once. Plus it will give you a feel for the number of items that will fit into each box. It might also be helpful to have several different sizes of boxes to use so that you can adjust the size of the box depending on the types of items that you are packing.

The Best Real Estate Team in Atlanta

Here at Duffy Realty of Atlanta, we know that it takes a lot of work and effort to buy a new home. We are here to make it as easy as possible so that you can focus on packing and preparing to move into your new property. Contact us for more information about our high-quality real estate services: (678) 318-1700

Moving Tips: How to Prepare to Move into the Home of Your Dreams

Atlanta Real Estate - Moving Tips

The time has finally come: you have found your dream home and have a closing date scheduled. The next step is to plan your move to make it as easy as possible. Most people don’t like moving because of all of the work that is required, but it will be worth the effort once you are settled into the home that you have always dreamed about.

By preparing in advance, you can plan the move to minimize the work and keep everything organized. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Put Together a Plan

Life gets busy, and if you procrastinate and think that you’ll get it all done when you have time, then you might realize that you are rushing to finish everything at the very last minute. Instead of stressing over the last-minute details, put together a packing plan so that you are ready when the movers show up. By spreading out the packing over a few weeks, it is much easier and less stressful to finish everything that needs to be done.

Declutter While Packing

When you are packing up your belongings, it is a great opportunity to take assessment of the items that you own. Many people find that this is a great time to declutter their personal belongings. So, instead of putting everything into boxes that will be moved to your new home, it is a good idea to also make a pile of the things that should be donated or disposed of. As a result, you will have less to move into your new home.

Label the Boxes with Different Colors

With a little bit of organization in the beginning, you can easily mark the boxes so that you know where they belong in your new home. Choose a color for each room, and label the boxes accordingly. For example, you might buy several rolls of duct tape in different colors, and then put a piece of the tape on the side of each box and use a big marker to write what is inside. Use yellow for the kitchen, blue for the master bedroom, orange for the office, pink for the children’s room, etc. Then, color-code the bedroom doors in your new home to match the boxes, so the movers easily know where to set down every box.

Use High Quality Boxes

There is nothing more frustrating than having the boxes fall apart during the move. Look on sites like Craigslist or local Facebook pages to find gently used moving boxes, and make sure they are in good shape to store your belongings. The quality of the boxes will make a difference to keep your belongings protected and make the move easier.

Here at Duffy Realty of Atlanta, our goal is to help you find the home of your dreams so that you can start packing right away. If you are ready to buy a home, contact the top real estate agent in Atlanta: (678) 318-1700

Funny Bloopers at Church

They’re Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes snacks and meals.


The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’
Ladies , don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say ‘Hell’ to someone who doesn’t care much about you.
Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again , ‘ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don’t know it , we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.           Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight , the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Scouts are saving aluminum cans , bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you will want remembered.


The church will host an evening of fine dining , super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon..

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
The 8th graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.
The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday:

‘I Upped My Pledge so up yours’

Water: The Cure For Every Disease?


Dear Rhonda Duffy,

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers.

For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases: 
Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.


46 smart uses for salt

Check out this great article from Yahoo Shine about the many uses for salt : http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/46-smart-uses-for-salt-2270681/

Tips for Pricing Your Home

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Summer Energy Saving Tips

We all need air conditioning to stay comfortable during the soaring temperatures of the summer. But you can still stay cool while saving energy and money using our tips to prepare your home and maintain your air conditioning equipment.Continue reading

Making property tax appeals easier.

Just an FYI for sellers: I have had a few of my sellers talk to me about homes they are looking to buy when they sell. Some of these homes have outrageous property taxes. Especially new construction which is now bank owned. This might ease your pain.Continue reading

House Hunting Worksheet Solves Marital Disputes!

Rhonda has created a marital conseling tool that will save you a lot of fights with your spouse. This worksheet discovers what your dream home looks like and what your spouses looks like so that you can make adjustments if needed to your search.

Write Rhonda if you would like to get this worksheet. [email protected]

“Can’t we all just get along.”

– Rodney King?