Charming Decorations for a Winter Wedding

by crblog - January 12th, 2017

If you’re planning to have a wedding in the coming weeks and still need some last-minute ideas for decorations, we can help! Our master-planned community has a few ideas for charming decorations for a winter wedding.

Pinecone Pew Accents

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Bring the natural charm of winter by adding these pinecone accents to the pews. These are great because they can go with virtually any color scheme. You can also compliment the pinecones with a ribbon like in the picture above. To match the winter theme, use light, soft-colored ribbons and avoid bold, summer-colored ribbons.

Log Centerpieces

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Give the tables at your reception a dynamic look by adding a few small logs of various heights. These are a great and cost-effective way to have beautiful centerpieces that give a charming feel to the reception. Placing a few candles on top of the small logs also adds a romantic and intimate touch.

Hot Cocoa and S’mores Station

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While you may not think about a hot cocoa or s’mores station as a type of decoration, it is the best decoration of all! This wonderful sweet-filled display of delicious chocolates and fluffy marshmallows is sure to be a hit.

Make sure your winter wedding has all the decorations to embody the natural beauty and charm that comes with this chilly season. Planning a wedding is no doubt stressful at times, but take a moment to enjoy the small details and decorations! Don’t forget to have fun with the wedding planning and take in every moment because it will be over before you know it.

If you’re planning a wedding for next winter and are still searching for the right venue, take a look at the breath-taking venue Piazza on the Green at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. To find out more about our master-planned community and all of the beautiful new homes available, contact us today!

Homebuilder Highlight: Our Country Homes

by crblog - January 5th, 2017

Our Country Homes

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is filled to the brim with magnificent new homes, and they’re all built by excellent homebuilders. Today, we want to shine the light on one homebuilder in particular – Our Country Homes. Here’s what you need to know about the new homes from Our Country Homes.

Our Country Homes in Craig Ranch

The new homes in our master-planned community built by Our Country Homes are downright beautiful! They build homes in The Settlement at Craig Ranch starting from the $600s bordered by the TPC Craig Ranch golf course, and wooded parks and trails. These modern homes range from 3,400 to 5,000 square feet and feature unique home designs and open floorplans.

A Personal Approach

As a homebuilder, Our Country Homes understands that buying a home is a big decision. That’s why they’ve made their home buying process very personal. Their focus on being completely transparent and open during the entire process means that you know what’s going on every step of the way.

Energy Efficient Building

Every single one of the new homes from Our Country Homes is designed with energy efficiency in mind. To ensure that their homes are as energy efficient as possible, they use a third party inspection company to make sure the house is perfect!

Attention to Detail

No detail is too small for Our Country Homes. They know that when you buy a home, you’re expecting to happily live there for decades. That’s why they pay attention to every tiny detail of the construction. From the little things like crown molding all the way to the choice of roofing material, everything is done with the purpose of giving you the best home experience possible.

Would you like to learn more about Our Country Homes and our master-planned community? If so, contact us today, and we’ll gladly give you a tour of our slice of North Texas paradise.

New Year’s Resolutions that You’ll Actually Stick to

by crblog - December 29th, 2016

The New Year is upon us! New Year’s resolutions can be easy to set, but hard to keep. To help you stick with your 2017 resolution all year long, our master-planned community is sharing a few New Year’s resolution ideas!

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Eat Breakfast Every Day

There’s a reason it’s called the most important meal of the day. Make it a point to eat breakfast every day. Whether it’s as simple as a granola bar and some fruit or an omelet and some pancakes, having breakfast every day is quintessential!

Make Sleep More Important

People will often give up sleep to make time for other things that they consider more important. However, sleep is crucial for virtually every function. In 2017, make sleep a priority and do what you can to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

Start Exercising Frequently

Exercising frequently and striving for active living doesn’t mean that you have to go out and run a marathon, but you should try and get your heart beating and blood pumping every day. Whether you’re lifting weights and running on a treadmill in the Cooper Fitness Center or playing beach volleyball at The Beach at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, choosing to be active every day is a great New Year’s resolution to make.

Make Time to Treat Yourself

While New Year’s resolutions are usually about changing or starting a habit, try doing something a little different and simply make time to treat yourself. Life can be very stressful, so find time at least once a month to do something just for you.

These four New Year’s resolutions are simple and easy to stick with. For the best results, try finding someone else to hold you accountable and ensure that you stay dedicated to your new goals. If you’d like to find out more about our master-planned community, contact us today!

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Survival Guide to a Winter Wedding

by crblog - December 23rd, 2016

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Do you have a winter wedding coming up? If so, our master-planned community has some helpful tips on how to brave the cold weather and survive a winter wedding! Here’s how to make the most of your big day and make it unforgettable!

Faux-Fur Wrap

Make sure you and your bridesmaids stay warm for all the pictures by wearing faux-fur wraps. Even if your wedding is indoors, you’ll still want to take a few pictures outside, and the wraps will keep you from getting too cold! Plus, the faux-fur wraps will be the perfect accessories to match the winter wedding theme.

Extra Tissues and Makeup

These should be essentials for any cold weather wedding. A normal side effect of being in the cold is that your nose will run and turn red, but you don’t want to look like Rudolph on your big day! So, make sure you have plenty of tissues and makeup in case you need minor touch ups before you head down the aisle.

Accessorize

Cold weather means more muted colors and darker days, so to offset this, simply accessorize! Add sparkling embellishments to your gown and accessorize with items that will reflect light, brighten up your look and add some colorful winter charm. Make sure that you and your bridesmaids are coordinating any accessories or embellishments you may be adding.

Basket of Blankets

When it comes to your guests, make sure they stay nice and warm through the whole ceremony by having baskets full of blankets. That way guests can grab one as they go to their seat. This is a unique and thoughtful way to keep guests warm and comfortable while watching you walk down the aisle.

With these tips, you’re sure to have an enjoyable and fashionable winter wedding! If you’re looking at new homes and would like to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today.

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Homebuilder Highlight: David Weekley Homes

by crblog - December 15th, 2016

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Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX undoubtedly has some of the best homebuilders in North Texas building beautiful modern homes that make living easy and relaxing. We have 8 homebuilders that help to create our wonderful master-planned community. Today, we want to tell you about one in particular – David Weekley Homes. Here’s what you should know about them!

David Weekley Homes in Craig Ranch

David Weekley Homes builds in the Spicewood neighborhood of Craig Ranch with homes starting from the mid $300s. These modern homes range from 2,084 – 2,958 square feet and feature the best in design, choice and service! The youngest residents of Spicewood attend schools in the excellent Allen ISD.

Home Design

One of the major keys to a successful home design is to focus on the details such as sight lines, traffic patterns, room placement and windows and light. David Weekley Homes accomplishes this by their LifeDesign℠ concept. With this concept, all of the essential details work together to make every home feel like a relaxing and breathable space.

EnergySaver™ Homes

Not only are these modern homes designed to provide an open and functional space, but they’re also quite energy efficient! David Weekley Homes has invested years of work into researching and crafting the building process to build their remarkable EnergySaver™ Homes. All of these homes are built tighter, smarter and constructed using the principles of builder science.

FlexSpace

Imagine a room in your home that can change to fit your needs and wants. Well, that’s exactly what David Weekley Homes does in all their homes. They provide all of their open floor plans with an extra FlexSpace that you can have fun with. Do you need a home office, gym, or a place to set up a ping-pong table? Well, you can do just that with the extra space given to you in these beautiful modern homes.

If you would like to learn more about David Weekley Homes in our master-planned community, explore our website and contact us today! We’d love to hear from you and give you a tour of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Turn Your Home into a Winter Wonderland

by crblog - December 7th, 2016

Living in Texas, you don’t usually get to enjoy a snow-filled Christmas, but don’t let that stop you from creating your own winter wonderland at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX! Take advantage of the modern home designs and open floor plans of the homes in our master-planned community to turn your house into a glorious winter wonderland.

Winter Wine Bottles

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Give your empty wine bottles a second life and transform them into this beautiful centerpiece. Once you’ve created these easy DIY winter wine bottles, place silver, glittery sticks and small branches from a craft store like Michael’s.

Ornament Vases

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If you’re looking for a very easy DIY project that doesn’t take any time at all, then you’ll love these ornament vases! Simply find the right vase, solid color ornaments in assorted sized and some large beads to fill the extra spaces, and you have a super easy piece of winter wonderland home décor!

White Christmas Tree

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Why settle for a regular green Christmas tree, when you can try something new this year with an all-white Christmas tree! You can choose to add color with your ornaments or use all white ornaments that create a beautiful simplicity.

Mini Winter Wonderlands

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Perfect for small shelves or fireplace mantels, these mini winter wonderland Christmas tree snow globes are also a great craft for your kids to help with! Everyone in the family can make their own and display them in their favorite room in the house.

Pinecone Door Hanger

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If you’re tired of just hanging a wreath by your door, try this elegant pinecone door hanger. This is also a fun craft idea you can do as a whole family!

Are you ready to turn your home into a winter wonderland? These 5 ideas will certainly get you on the right track. The modern home designs and open floor plans of our homes make it easy to go all out with decorations without crowding your living space. If you would like to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today!

How to Host a Flawless Christmas Party

by crblog - December 1st, 2016

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When it comes to hosting a party, things can get a little stressful. However, the modern home designs and open floor plans of our homes make hosting a party more manageable by offering plenty of space so you and your guests can easily move through your home. To help you even more, our master-planned community is sharing a few tips on how to host a flawless Christmas party!

Choose an Easy Theme

Are you going to be hosting an adults-only event or a family-friendly gathering? Answering this first question will help you plan for your theme and therefore the rest of your party. Regardless of what theme you choose, it doesn’t have to be extravagant. Keep it simple and your guests will enjoy themselves no matter what.

Limit Your Number of Guests

To make sure that everything will go off without a hitch, keep a limit on your number of guests to what will fill the space without overcrowding. This will keep the gathering intimate and ensure that your guests will be able to easily interact and socialize with one another. Thankfully, the open floor plans of the homes in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are perfect for accommodating a small or larger number of guests!

Create Simple, Self-Serve Food and Drinks

There’s no need to miss out on all the fun at your own party! Your guests will be plenty happy with simple drinks and foods that they can serve themselves. Try offering a table full of finger foods or small hors d’oeuvres that people can easily grab and help themselves to. As for your drinks, try making a large bowl of holiday punch. Maybe even bust out the eggnog – it is a Christmas party after all!

Hire Inexpensive Party Help

If you’re looking to go all out for your Christmas party and want to make it a formal event, try hiring inexpensive help. Look at hiring older teenagers in our master-planned community or even college students that would be willing to help serve and clean for a little extra cash over winter break.

Give these tips a try at your next Christmas party! For more homeowner tips or to learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, contact us today. Happy holidays!

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December Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - November 23rd, 2016

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While the last part of your December may be jam-packed with holiday plans, if you’re still looking to fill up the first part of the month, there are plenty of McKinney and Allen events near Craig Ranch in McKinney! Here are some of the December events near our master-planned community.

Breakfast with Santa


When
: Saturday, December 3
Where: McKinney Community Center
What Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Meet the jolly man in red himself at Breakfast with Santa! Get in the Christmas spirit with delicious breakfast, arts and crafts, a train ride and a visit from Santa. If you want to attend, please register here. It’s $10 for McKinney residents and $15 for non-residents.

Holiday Arts & Craft Fair


When
: Saturday, December 10
Where: Joe Farmer Recreation Center – Gymnasium
What Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Knock out your holiday gift list with a trip to Allen’s Holiday Arts & Craft Fair. You’re sure to find a wide variety of handcrafted items from local artists. There will also be plenty of tasty food booths to try out. As with most Allen events, attendance is free!

Christmas Parade of Lights


When
: Saturday, December 10
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
What Time: 6:30 PM

Considerably the brightest of all the McKinney events, the Christmas Parade of Lights will be a great way to end a chilly December day. The theme for this year’s parade is “The Gift of Christmas.” If you would like to register and have a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize, click here.

McKinney Community Band: Countdown to Christmas Concert


When
: Sunday, December 11
Where: McKinney Performing Arts Center – Courtroom Theater
What Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Sure to be a family fun event, the Countdown to Christmas Concert is free to attend. It’ll feature both old and new holiday music played by the McKinney Community Band. So whether you’re looking to tap your toe or sing along, bring your whole family for some light-hearted holiday fun!

Holiday Celebration


When
: Saturday, December 17
Where: Joe Farmers Recreation Center
What Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

If you miss Santa when he’s in McKinney, don’t worry, because he’ll be in Allen on the 17th for the Holiday Celebration! There will be a bunch of holiday-themed games and activities like cookie decorating and more. At the end, there will be story time with Santa and a chance to get a few photos. The cost of admittance is $8 and is open to ages 2 – 13 years old.

These are some of the best McKinney and Allen events going on in December. If you’d like to know more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, contact us today. We’d love to spread some holiday cheer and give you a tour of our master-planned community!

McKinney, TX is the Nation’s 8th Fastest Growing City!

by crblog - November 17th, 2016

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It’s no secret that cities all around North Texas are starting to grow, and McKinney is one of the fastest! In fact, in a recent WalletHub study, it was ranked as the 8th fastest growing city in the nation. If you’re wondering what all that means, our master-planned community is going to tell you just that.

Job Growth

Ranked as fifth for the highest job growth, companies are flocking to McKinney and are more than willing to hire local McKinneyites. No matter what industry you work in, you should be able to easily find a job in McKinney or one of the nearby cities. You can find out about the top employers in McKinney here.

Poverty Rate Decrease

Following the increase in employment opportunities, McKinney, Texas also tied for first in the highest poverty rate decrease. That means not only are more citizens being employed, but they are also getting paid a sufficient amount. The city is coming together to employ its own citizens and make the city as a whole an even better place to live!

Record-Breaking High School Stadium

Aside from the WalletHub study, McKinney is also proving its extreme growth by building the nation’s most expensive high school football stadium. The $70 million stadium will be able to seat 12,000 people is being funded by a $220 million bond. The rest of the bond is being used for other McKinney ISD improvements.

With all of this growth comes a lot of new homes in McKinney, TX, and that includes the beautiful homes at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Are you ready to make your move to this booming city? If so, contact Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX today, and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our master-planned community!

Show Your Thanks with These Simple Acts of Gratitude

by crblog - November 10th, 2016

We all have people in our life that we are grateful for, and we want them to know how much we appreciate them. To help you do just that, our master-planned community is sharing a few simple and fun ideas of how to show your gratitude!

Write a ‘Thank You’ Letter

This may seem like such a simple task, but it can really make a big impact on someone. Let them know how much you appreciate all that they’ve done for you by writing them a letter and sending through the mail. By handwriting the message, you’re showing the person that they mean that much more to you!

Volunteer for a Cause

Whether it’s at a soup kitchen or with an emergency relief team, giving back is a great way to show your gratitude for the things you have. This can also put things into perspective, and you’ll feel better knowing that you served rather than being served.

Pay for the Person Behind You in Line

Like the idea of paying it forward, pay for the person’s food or drink who is behind you in line. You’d be surprised how much this could improve someone’s day, and they’ll more than likely pay for the person behind them.

Be There for Someone in a Tough Spot

If you know someone who is going through a tough time in their life, give them a call. Just by being there for them to talk to can be a big stress reliever. Sometimes it’s the simple act of doing nothing and just listening that can have the greatest impact.

Hand Sandwiches Out to the Homeless

Go out and buy a dozen sandwiches and hand them out to the homeless. For safety, do this with a group of people, and each of you can bring a few sandwiches. You’d be surprised how something as simple as a bologna sandwich can completely make someone’s day when they don’t have much.

This is the season of giving back and showing your gratitude, and these ideas will help you do just that! If you would like to know more about our master-planned community of new homes in McKinney, TX, contact us today! We’d love to answer any questions you may have as well as give you a tour of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

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