Olympic-Themed House Party Ideas

by crblog - August 18th, 2016

The 2016 Olympics is here and the new homes of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are perfect for hosting an Olympic-themed house party that’s sure to draw in the crowds! With modern home designs, open floor plans and a few of these tips, the possibilities are endless for a gold medal worthy party!

Edible Torches


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Use popcorn and ice cream cones or create DIY paper cones and fill them with your flame-colored favorite snacks. These torches will keep the crowds satisfied all throughout the games.

Give Them the Gold


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Give your guests their own medals to make everyone feel like Olympic champions! Here’s how to make these DIY Olympic Gold Medals.

International Refreshments


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Keep your guests hydrated with an array of international beers and sodas. For an extra layer of fun, pour them into clear cups and have them try to guess what country the beverage comes from!

Olympics of Your Own


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Watching all of the incredible athletes on TV, you can feel inspired to do it yourself. Pool noodles, skewer sticks and a hammer is all you need to have your own hurdle race that’s fun for the whole family.

DIY Olympic Candy Jars


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Give your guests a sweet treat with these creative candy jars that only need a little spray paint, hot glue and candy to get the crowds cheering.

Olympic Backdrop


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Make your Olympic party one for the books with this photo booth that will capture your memories and the spirit of the games. Create your own props and decorations and it’ll sure be a hit!

These fun and creative party ideas will keep your friends and family entertained at your Olympic-themed party. To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, explore our website today and take a look at the available homes!

Olympic Legend Michael Johnson

by crblog - August 12th, 2016

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is all about active living, and that is evident by the many recreation and fitness amenities that are located within Craig Ranch. Michael Johnson Performance, which was started in 2007 by the Olympic legend Michael Johnson, is one of the amazing places located in our master-planned community that people can go to train like an Olympian. Here are a few other things you should know about the Olympic legend, Michael Johnson.

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Texan Born and Raised

Born in Dallas, Texas on September 13, 1967, Michael Johnson is the youngest of five siblings. His full name is Michael Duane Adalbert Adam Johnson. As a teenager, he devoted his time to his studies and participated in athletics as a mere extracurricular activity.

College

At the age of 19, he went to Baylor University in Waco, Texas for accounting. It was at Baylor, in April 1987, that coach Clyde Hart spotted him as he broke the university 200m record. At that point in his athletic career, he had already adopted his distinct running style, characterized by an upright gait and short stride. That running style eventually lead to his nickname “the Duck”.

The Road to the Top

In 1990, after getting his degree, Michael Johnson decided to focus full-time on athletics. At the end of the year, he was at the top of the international rankings for both the 200m and 400m distances. It was very rare for one athlete to excel in both. Then, at the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, he helped the USA team secure the gold in the 4×400 relay.

Sprint Superman

Following Barcelona in 1993, he went undefeated in 58 400m races, which soon hailed him the nickname “Superman”. However, his true accomplishment came in 1996 during the Atlanta summer Olympics where he completed a remarkable 200m-400m double, an achievement never matched before or since in men’s athletics. His world record 19.32 second 200m remained unbroken until Usain Bolt in 2008. Then in 1999, he set a new world record for the 400m at 43.18 seconds, which remains unbeaten to this day.

Michael Johnson Performance

In 2007, Michael Johnson founded Michael Johnson Performance at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Every program uses the same fundamentals that brought Michael record-breaking success and helps athletes of all ages, in any sport, reach their full potential.

To learn more about Michael Johnson Performance or Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, explore the Craig Ranch website today.

Ideas for a Summer Dinner Party

by crblog - July 28th, 2016

Warm summer evenings in new homes of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are the perfect place for a lovely summer dinner party. If you want to host a summer dinner party of your own, here are a few menu ideas to make your gathering a true success!

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California Peach Sangria

Start off your summer dinner party with a refreshing southern version of a timeless classic. Adding some fresh peaches and raspberries will make it even more delicious. Make the California Peach Sangria the night before so all of the flavors have time to mix and blend.

Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

Nothing says summer like a glass of iced tea, and you can make your own Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea that is sure to keep your dinner guests coming back for more!

Spicy Greens and Plum Salad

When it comes to appetizers, you can never go wrong with a tasty salad! Be a little adventurous and try a salad you’ve never eaten before like the Spicy Greens and Plum Salad.

Lobster Rolls

Summertime is the perfect time to crack open some shellfish. These classic lobster rolls are sure to be a hit on any summer dinner party menu! This recipe works best if you’re able to get live lobsters.

Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Breasts

While seafood is delicious, you can never go wrong with chicken. These Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Breasts will be sweet, spicy and savory!

No-Bake Mascarpone Fruit Tarts

Now, when it comes to a summertime dessert, it’s always a good idea to use fresh berries. Try making these No-Bake Mascarpone Fruit Tarts to give your guests a sweet treat with a pop of color.

Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding

For those looking to really satisfy their sweet tooth, this Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding won’t disappoint!

The new homes in our master-planned community are perfect for hosting a summer dinner party with your friends and neighbors. To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, visit the Craig Ranch website today.

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Upcoming Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - July 21st, 2016

There’s always something going on near the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Active living has never been so easy, and here are just a few of the upcoming events near Craig Ranch in August.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme

When: August 3 – 14, 2016

Where: American Airlines Center in Dallas

What Time: Depends on the date

Sure to be fun for the whole family, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme will feature artists performing never-before-seen spectacles with some incredibly hilarious moments.

Cooper Kids Triathlon

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016

Where: Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch in McKinney

What Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

It’s not too late to get your little athletes signed up to compete in the Cooper Kids Triathlon. It’s open to children ages 6 to 15, and it’s sure to be a great triathlon. Find out more about the Copper Kids Triathlon here.

Trivia Night

When: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Where: Nine Band Brewing Co. in Allen

What Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

One of the many fun Allen events, Trivia Night at Nine Band Brewing Co. is sure to be a great time! Team up with your friends and test your knowledge of beer, literature, history, science and more.

Third Monday Trade Days

When: August 12, 13 and 14, 2016

Where: Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney

What Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Third Monday Trade Days flea market is the largest and oldest flea market in North Texas. With over 450 vendors there, you’re sure to find anything you can think of! Here’s more information on McKinney’s Third Monday Trade Days.

If you’re ever looking for something to do outside of the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, there are plenty of Allen and McKinney events to enjoy. For more information on active living in our master-planned community, visit the Craig Ranch website today!

Things to do to Stay Cool This Summer

by crblog - July 15th, 2016

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With generally little rainfall and triple-digit temperatures, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX knows that Texas summers can be brutal. The last thing you want to do is stay inside all day, so instead, keep up your active living this summer with these fun things to do to stay cool.

Freezy Tees Contest

Sure to be a fun and chilly race, all you need to do for a Freezy Tees Contest is to wet some t-shirts, wring them out, fold them and then freeze them. The winner is the person who can unfold the frozen shirt and put it on first.

Water Hose Limbo

As simple as it sounds, all that’s needed to play water hose limbo is a water hose with a nozzle. Use the stream of the water hose as the stick, and if you get wet, you’re out!

Water Balloon Toss

Grab a partner and stand across from them. Toss the water balloon back and forth, and with each successful catch, take a step back. You’re only out if the balloon bursts. You can also make a variation by catching the balloon in a bowl, bucket or towel.

Water Gun Tag

Have a fun, colorful, wet-n-wild time with water gun tag. This game works more like laser tag where everyone wears white t-shirts and puts food dye in the water so you can know who you squirted.

Wet Sponge Relay

For this game, you’ll need 2 buckets filled with water, 2 large sponges and 2 empty jars. First, have everyone split up into 2 teams. Then, each team makes a line next to their bucket full of water. The first person dips the sponge in the water, places it on top of their head and then rushes to the empty jar at the other side of the yard and squeezes the water into the jar. The first team to fill their jar wins.

These fun activities are sure to keep you and your family cool for the rest of the summer. To find out about more active living in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, visit the Craig Ranch website today.

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Come Play at The Beach at Craig Ranch

by crblog - July 7th, 2016

Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun! One of the best ways to enjoy active living in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is to head to The Beach. The Beach at Craig Ranch is a premier athletic facility for beach sports. Here are the beach sports you can play at The Beach at Craig Ranch.

Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball is one of the most popular sand sports! You can play in teams of two, three, four or even six. The first team to score 21 points wins. Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or a beginner, beach volleyball is fun for everyone. Here are the full beach volleyball rules and regulations.

Sand Soccer

While normal soccer is already a fast-paced game, sand soccer is even more difficult because the soft sand makes running to get the ball significantly harder. Since the sand doesn’t stay flat, passing the ball is a bit harder as well. The field size is also smaller, which means players can shoot from anywhere. Here is a quick guide to the rules of beach soccer.

Beach Tennis

The game of beach tennis takes an interesting twist on the original game because the ball can’t bounce on the sand. While this may be a large difference from regular tennis, it makes the game a little bit easier for everyone to enjoy it, regardless of their skillset. Here’s how to play beach tennis.

If you’re looking for somewhere to have fun in the sun and feel the sand between your toes, then look no further than The Beach at Craig Ranch. The 12 pristine sand courts are perfect for sand sports. To learn more about The Beach or the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, visit the community website today.

Upcoming July Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - July 5th, 2016

Family Swim Night/Luau

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Date: Thursday, July 7th

Location: Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center – Plano

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost: $5.00 per person

Sure to be a fun-filled night with swimming, burgers and ice cream, Family Swim Night Luau in Plano will be a splashing good time! The cost of admission also covers the cost of the food, so come hungry and ready to have a great time.

Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk

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Date: Thursday, July 14th

Location: Downtown Plano

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Cost: $10 per person

Another great event for active living, the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk is a great way for people to walk around their favorite shops and sample selected wines. There will also be live music and curated art exhibitions!

There are always so many things happening near Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. To find out more about McKinney events or our master-planned community, visit the Craig Ranch website today.

4th of July Events

by Craig Ranch - July 4th, 2016

The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas is in an ideal location for active living. There are so many things going on in and around Craig Ranch! Here are just a few of the great July events happening near Craig Ranch.

Frisco Freedom Fest

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Date: Monday, July 4th

Location: Simpson Plaza at City Hall and Toyota Stadium – Frisco

Time: 4:00 PM – End of Fireworks (start at 10:00 PM)

Celebrate Independence Day in Frisco at the Frisco Freedom Fest. With live music, fantastic food and one of the largest fireworks finales in all of North Texas, this is one 4th of July celebration you won’t want to miss!

Red, White and Boom

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Date: Monday, July 4th

Location: Historic Downtown McKinney and McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch

Time: 10:00 AM – End of Fireworks (start at 9:45)

For a 4th of July celebration close to home, the Red, White and Boom Parade is the perfect way to kick start Independence Day! The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney will be hosting the second part of the great McKinney event at the McKinney Soccer Complex.

Tips for Hosting a 4th of July Cookout

by crblog - June 16th, 2016

With good food, great company and fireworks, the Fourth of July is one of the biggest celebrations of the year filled with fun! Here are a few tips for hosting a 4th of July cookout in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Bandana Banner


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String up red, white and blue bandanas and then hang them between two trees. It’s very simple! All you need to do is fold the bandana in half and then tie each end to the string.

Flag Goody Bags


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Using a Hershey’s Cookies N’ Cream chocolate bar, Twizzlers and blue M&Ms, you can create easy and tasty goody bags for your guests that look like American Flags!

Independence Punch


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Keep guests hydrated with this layered, patriotic punch! All you need is cranberry juice, blue Gatorade and 7-UP. Here are the instructions to make Independence Punch at your cookout.

Red, White and Blue Soda Bar


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There’s nothing quite like a scoop of cold ice cream on a hot, summer day. Use red, blue and clear sodas to make tasty, Fourth of July ice cream floats. If guests don’t want the soda, put out red, white and blue sprinkles or serve with blueberries and strawberries for a healthy alternative.

Chalkboard Cups


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Instead of writing guest names on plastic cups with a permanent marker, paint some mason jars red, white and blue! Then use chalkboard paint on a portion of the jar where guests can write their names.

Fire-Free Sparklers


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For the young children you don’t want running around with a lit sparkler, let them join in on the Independence Day festivities by letting them use flameless sparklers! You can let the children make them as a craft, or you can make the fire-free sparklers yourself.

The modern home designs and open floor plans of the homes in Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX makes our master-planned community perfect for hosting a 4th of July cookout! To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, visit our website today and take a look at the available homes.

Tips and Tricks for Your Summer Camping Trip

by crblog - June 3rd, 2016

There’s nothing like a summer camping trip with the family, and the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX wants to share a few tips and tricks to make your summer camping trip an even better experience!

Tic Tac Box as a Miniature Tackle Box

There’s no need to carry an entire tackle box if you only need a couple of hooks and bobbers. Keep them stored in an empty tic tac box that you can easily carry in your pocket or backpack.

Use Sage to Keep Away Bugs

Camping is a lot of fun, but dealing with the bugs and mosquitoes are not. By adding sage to your campfire, you’ll be able to ward off those pests and enjoy the warm glow of the fire underneath the stars.

Last-Minute Camping Spoon

If you forget to pack a spoon with you, but you have a knife and a plastic bottle, then you can make a spoon! Here are the instructions to make your own plastic bottle spoon.

Altoids Emergency Kit

While you should always have a first aid kit whenever you go camping, it’s also smart to have a miniature one that you can easily fit in your pocket. Putting things like adhesive bandages, a few sheets of toilet paper, a pocket knife and a lighter into an Altoids container can come in handy in a tight spot.

Corn Chip Kindling

Always pack a little bag of corn chips like Fritos or Doritos, not for eating but for kindling. If you go camping soon after it has rained, it can be difficult to start a fire. However, corn chips will light easily and make it easier to start that toasty campfire.

Toilet Paper in a CD Spindle

Keep your toilet paper dry by storing it in a CD spindle. Now, if you’re trying to conserve space, you can take the tube out of the toilet paper roll, then flatten it and store it in a plastic bag.

Camping can be a lot of fun, and now it can be a bit easier with these tips and tricks. If you live an active lifestyle and are looking for a place to call home, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is perfect for you. Visit the Craig Ranch website today and take a look at the community amenities.

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