Bonadelle Neighborhoods Holiday Tips 101: How to Throw the Best Holiday Party

img1‘Tis the season for lots of celebrations and holiday parties! With Christmas only days away and New Year’s quickly approaching, we sat down with Susan Vang-Xiong from Circle of Events to find out what tiny details create a special holiday party. From welcome drinks to setting a picture-perfect table, the tips below will make your holiday party an event to remember!

 

Functionality is Key

For your party to flow, the layout of the event should be well thought out. Would you prefer your guests to mingle in the living room? Or is the kitchen a better gathering space? Vang-Xiong recommends that you take time out of your party prepping to plan each of your home’s gathering spaces accordingly.

 

Pre-set Your Glasses and Mixers

If you have a bar cart or designated bar area, make sure it is ready to go for your guests with mixers pre-poured and cocktail glasses out. Adding labels to the mixers is a small detail that adds a fancy touch to the party. Whether you handwrite them or print them, your guests will appreciate it!

 

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Set Your Dining Table Before the Guests Arrive

Setting your dining table ahead of time is an easy item to complete so that you can focus on the last-minute details as the party’s start time approaches. To really make your table glamourous, Vang-Xiong says to start by layering a charger base. Then, accent the table settings with a colorful glass. Make sure you have the correct table-top items needed to accommodate your menu at each place setting. Then, finish your table by placing a holiday-themed centerpiece, like poinsettias on the table. Now you have yourself a glamourous holiday table!

Distribute Snacks

Before your guests arrive, strategically place small snacks throughout the gathering spaces on end tables or coffee tables for guests to munch on while they catch up with one another. Nuts, pretzels, and popcorn are all delicious crowd-pleasers.

Set Out Small Bites

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Take advantage of your large countertops by placing small bites out for guests to have before dinner is served. Don’t forget to put out small plates and forks as well! When your guests arrive welcome them in and begin leading them to the island to enjoy the bites.

Welcome Drinks

When the party starts, greet each of them with your signature welcome drink in hand. During the holiday’s it’s great to incorporate pomegranate and rosemary in your cocktails to make them festive. Champagne is also a classic welcome drink that never goes out of style.

Time for Dessert

To top off your party, once dinner has wrapped up place your favorite holiday cookies on the table for your guests to enjoy family-style. A tip from the expert is to pre-plate the cookies on your festive platter before the party begins so all that’s left is to serve.

Now you have thought of everything, and your guests will love your holiday party! 

Bonadelle Neighborhood’s Holiday Tips 101: Weatherproofing Your Outdoor Decorations

 

With winter storms hitting the Central Valley earlier than most years, weatherproofing your outdoor holiday decorations this year is a definite must. Not only will weatherproofing preserve your decorations so you can enjoy them longer, but it will also prevent any damage to your home and yard. With just three easy steps, your outdoor decorations will be prepared for the next storm that is quickly approaching the Valley!

 

Spray Layers of Scotchgard

Although most outdoor decorations are already waterproof, using Scotchgard on your decorations will make it easier for them to handle the damp conditions. PLUS, almost anything can be sprayed with Scotchgard, and this will help make your decorations last longer. With all the rain and fog the Valley has been getting this December, this step is necessary!

 

Anchor Down Your Decorations

No one wants their Frosty the Snowman blowing into their neighbor’s yard or the street. To prevent this from happening, make sure your decorations are deep into the ground. Anchoring your decorations down like this will help them better withstand windy conditions and protect your yard from any damage.

 

Secure Your Wreath

Nothing is more inviting than a Christmas wreath on a front door hanging over a welcome mat. However, door wreaths can cause major damage to the door’s paint job if they are not hung correctly. Make sure your wreath is secured on all sides so that it won’t blow in the wind or move when the door shuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonadelle Neighborhoods Holiday Tips 101: How to Keep Your Decorations Clean and Fresh

Filling your house with Christmas decorations is a great idea – until the decorations start collecting dust and other germs and you’re left with a tricky cleanup. With the holiday season always so busy, no one wants to waste precious time figuring out the best way to dust their nutcracker. So, to help alleviate some of the holiday stress and make your cleaning shorter and easier, we’ve listed cleaning tips you’ll want to remember for all the holiday seasons to come. 

 

Use a Small Brush to Clean Fragile Decorations

Decorations like delicate family heirlooms and nutcrackers usually are in the most need of dusting. It can be tricky to clean out all the dust behind the nutcracker’s mouth, or without damaging a fragile heirloom, but a small brush can help with this job. We recommend using a makeup brush that is small and soft for dusting decorations like these.

 

Your Plush Decorations Can Go in the Dryer

Plush decorations are great to use when you have a home filled with children, but they can get dirty after being out for several weeks. Luckily, plush decorations are dryer-friendly! Simply place your decorations in a mesh bag and in the dryer for a quick and easy clean.

 

How to Clean Your Stockings

No one wants a dull and dirty stocking hanging from their fireplace mantel for all to see. If your family has needlepoint stockings try using a vacuum to freshen them up a bit. If your family prefers knit stockings, hand-wash them to brighten up their colors.

 

Cleaning Greenery

Adding greenery to your home gives it a cozy feel, but it also can make it much dustier because it collects the various particles in the air. Regularly dust your greenery with a large damp brush to clean it up. If you have decorated with real greenery, don’t forget to spritz with water after dusting. 

 

Tree Skirt Stains

It is inevitable for your tree skirt to collect a few stains over the holiday season from tree sap and footprints. Immediately take care of the stain once you find it – the longer the stain is there the harder it is to get out. Always use cold water and blot the stain (never rub) to prevent discoloration from happening. 

 

Bonadelle Neighborhoods Holiday Tips 101: Decorating a Cozy and Festive Home

 

There is nothing better than coming back to a warm and cozy home during the cold winter months. However, sometimes adding your holiday décor can make your home feel more like a Christmas window display than anything else. To help find a balance between cozy and festive, the Bonadelle Neighborhoods team went straight to the expert, Susan Vang-Xiong from Circle of Events. Keep reading to hear what she had to say on decorating a cozy home for the holidays!

 

Accent Your Chairs with a Warm Throw Blanket

Do you already have a throw blanket draped over the accent chair in your living room? If you do, simply swap it out with a warmer holiday-themed throw. If your chair doesn’t already have a throw, you’ll find that this addition instantly warms up the feel of the room. Not only does this décor look good, but it also “makes for a perfect pairing to a late-night Christmas movie with hot chocolate!” said Vang-Xiong

 

Don’t Pack Up Your Everyday Pillows

Rather than getting rid of the pillows already on your couch, incorporate Christmas pillows with them. Adding decorative pillows throughout your home mixed in with your everyday pillows brings the “festive feeling of Christmas time in every room,” said Vang-Xiong.

 

Utilize Your Counter Space

Large kitchen islands and countertops come standard with a Bonadelle Neighborhoods home – use this space to showcase your decorations! Vang-Xiong recommends placing your porcelains collected over the years, or other family heirlooms, on your countertops for display. Silk florals and Christmas bows are also festive decorations that can be used for this space.

 

Don’t Skip Out on Decorating the Kitchen

The kitchen is usually the busiest room in the house, especially during the holidays. From baking Christmas cookies to preparing family dinners and mixing up holiday cocktails, much of your every day is spent in the kitchen. It is important to carry your Christmas decorations into the kitchen to both enjoy the beauty of them and tie in the decorations of your home.

 

Decorate Going Up

It is just as important to decorate your upper cabinets as it is anywhere else in your home because this instantly gives your house an elevated and full look. Wondering what exactly to put up there? “Simply add a pine garland or incorporate one of your favorite seasonal silk florals,” adds Vang Xiong. It’s as simple as that!

 

 

Bonadelle Neighborhoods Holiday Tips 101: How to Maintain Your Christmas Tree

If you and your family are like most Americans, then you probably spent the day after Thanksgiving at the Christmas Tree Farm (or maybe even Target if you bought a fake one) picking out the prettiest tree for your home. Reports have shown that Black Friday is the busiest day in America to buy a Christmas Tree, and while it is a great way to kick off the season, come mid-December you might be struggling to maintain your tree.

From reading almost every holiday article online and our own trials and errors, our team has discovered the best tips for keeping your tree looking full, fresh, and most importantly alive, throughout the entire holiday season.

 

Regularly water your Christmas tree

This first step might seem obvious, but with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be too easy to forget to regularly water your tree. One quart of water should be added to the stand for every inch of the tree trunk’s diameter. This step is the most important one in taking care of your tree – setting reminders in your phone or checking the water level while your coffee is brewing in the morning are easy ways to incorporate it into your morning routine.

 

Keep your tree away from heat

Most Christmas trees go in the living room, but be strategic about where in the living room it is being placed. Try to avoid putting your tree near air ducts, stoves, and fireplaces, as they all release a lot of heat during the winter.

 

If you have pets in your home – use a citrus scent

Our furry friends seem to want to enjoy the Christmas tree as much as we do, but unfortunately, they don’t usually admire it from afar. If you’re having trouble keeping paws out of your tree’s branches, we recommend spritzing the tree with a citrus scent like orange or lemon. Pets are known to dislike citrus making this a great option to distance them from the tree and make it smell delicious at the same time.

 

If you have a home filled with children – decorate your tree with non-breakables

Nothing is better than watching the magic of Christmas through our children’s eyes. but having young children and a Christmas tree filled with breakables can be a major headache! Try using plastic and paper ornaments rather than glass to avoid any possible breaks. For extra holiday fun, have your children help make some of the ornaments.

 

Take your tree down before it dries out

Taking down your Christmas tree is sad enough, don’t make it harder on yourself by letting the tree dry out first. Dry Christmas trees lead to dead pine needles which leads to a major mess. You might still encounter a few rogue pine needles even when taking down a fresh tree, but luckily, it’s nothing a good vacuum can’t handle.

 

Meet the team: Mary Amador and Jasmine Paredes, Home Service Department

At Bonadelle Neighborhoods, we take pride in both building houses and relationships that will last for generations to come. This relationship begins from your first encounter with a sales team member and continues long after you receive your keys through our home service/warranty department.

Mary Amador, who has worked for Bonadelle Neighborhoods for 17 years and leads the warranty department, is assisted by scheduling coordinator, Jasmine Parades. With Amador’s extensive experience working with thousands of new homeowners to ensure quality that will last for generations and Parades commitment to customer satisfaction our service team ensures that your new home is well protected. Our warranty team paired with trade partners who Bonadelle Neighborhoods has trusted for several years, or even decades for some, helps fulfill Bonadelle Neighborhoods commitment to both value and service.

 

Interview with Mary Amador:

 

Q: What about the company has made you want to stay working here for so many years?  

Amador: “The dedication Bonadelle Neighborhoods has to our homeowners to provide a quality home.”

 

Q: What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of your role? 

Amador: “Helping homeowners ease into their homes and providing them with the tools needed. I also enjoy seeing the homeowner’s excitement when they do their orientation.”

 

Q: What do you think is the most important thing for homeowners to know regarding their home warranty? 

Amador: “That Bonadelle stands behind their warranty and has confidence in their trades partners.”

 

Q: What is the most often asked question you receive from homeowners?  

Amador: “’When do I get my keys?!’ More seriously though, they will ask about the function of the home and how to troubleshoot some problems they may be having.”

 

Interview with Jasmine Parades:

 

Q: What led you to the home warranty department? 

Paredes: “I come from a work background of customer relations and I felt that being a part of the home warranty department would be a great fit for me. I’ve always enjoyed helping and engaging with homebuyers. It’s nice to see how excited they are to enjoy their new home.”

 

Q: What advantages do you think being a local homebuilder has in regard to warranty for homeowners?

Paredes: “Purchasing a home with a local builder has its advantages regarding home warranty because you get to continue to build a relationship with the builder outside of the Welcome Centers. You are not forgotten about after receiving your keys. Bonadelle Neighborhoods really strives to be there every step of the way from beginning to end.”

 

Q: What do you think is the most important thing for homeowners to know regarding their home warranty?

Paredes: “Communication is key. As we form a relationship working together, we become a team of our own.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Team: Anna Renna, Sales and Construction Coordinator

Anna Renna serves as Bonadelle Neighborhoods Sales and Construction Coordinator and after 32 years of working at the company, it’s safe to say that Renna is an expert at what she does. Renna plays a vital role in the homebuying process and acts as the company’s ‘control center’. All paperwork, design options, and contracts go to Renna’s desk. She is there for the homeowner from the beginning steps all the way to the end of the process when she makes the new homeowner baskets with the keys inside.

Over the last few decades Bonadelle Neighborhoods has played a role as both Renna’s employer and extended family. When Renna started working at Bonadelle Neighborhoods her daughter was only seven months old. When her daughter grew up and joined the work force, she worked at Bonadelle Neighborhoods. Renna’s family ties with Bonadelle Neighborhoods don’t end there. Her son and his family were recently house hunting and ultimately chose to live in a Bonadelle Neighborhoods home.

Having been hired by JB, Renna has seen the transition of roles between him and John Bonadelle. More recently, Renna has also experienced the beginnings of the next transition within the company with John Anthony and Bianca Bonadelle and Tyler Pryor joining the Bonadelle Neighborhoods team. The perspective and experiences Renna has gained over the years maker her a vital employee to Bonadelle Neighborhoods.

Q: What about the company has made you want to stay here for so many years?
Renna:
“I love that they are family oriented first. JB would close the office during the Christmas/New Year’s Holidays so we could be home with our families. I never had to miss a school event, awards, cross country meet, soccer, basketball games for my kids or grandkids.”

Q: What has it been like to see the transition between generations of families working for Bonadelle Neighborhoods?
Renna:
“I love, love, love seeing the kids, John Anthony, Bianca and Tyler Pryor grow up and take part in Bonadelle Neighborhoods. My daughter also worked here as a receptionist for a few years.

Q: What about this company do you believe sets it apart from others in the industry? Renna: Bonadelle homes have been around the Fresno area for years, they are a quality-built home at affordable prices.

Q: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Renna:
“Knowing that these families have made a very important purchase and now have a new home that they can take pride in. My son just purchased a Bonadelle Neighborhoods home in Bella Vista in Friant. His family loves it there and that makes me happy.

 

Meet the Team: Cindi and John Dewey, Sales Counselors at Canyon Creek

Potential homeowners who walk into the Canyon Creek welcome center will be greeted with the friendly smiles of Cindi Hargrave and John Dewey Miles and will most likely be offered a fresh cookie and a plethora of candy. To both Hargrave and Miles being a sales counselor at Bonadelle Neighborhoods doesn’t mean just selling houses, to this team it’s all about building a community, and they want every person who walks through the welcome center doors to feel at home within the community. From the very beginning of the homebuying process new homeowners will experience the confidence this team has in the company they work for, the knowledge they both have in the product they are selling, and the support they offer each new buyer.

Hargrave has sold homes in nine different communities over the last 10 years that she has worked for Bonadelle Neighborhoods and has simultaneously built friendships with her buyers while the company builds their new dream home. For Miles, Canyon Creek is the first Bonadelle Neighborhoods community he has sold at after being hired three months ago, and he is looking forward to the next communities he will sell.

 

Interview with Cindi Hargrave:

Q: What is your favorite thing about this job?

Hargrave: “Seeing what was once a dirt field become a community, watching the kids riding their bikes, families taking evening walks, and new mothers pushing strollers. Knowing that in some way I have helped make this possible.

 

Q: What about this job surprises you?

Hargrave: “The many close friendships and personal relationships that I have been blessed to make with my buyers that have continued even after I have moved to another community.

 

Q: What about the homebuying experience do you think is the most important thing for potential homeowners to know?

Hargrave: “Do not lose sight of the dream of becoming a homeowner. It is possible and all they have to do is start the process and give us an opportunity to make their dream come true. Bonadelle Neighborhoods strives to make a prospective buyer into a homeowner from the very moment they walk into our welcome centers.  We figure out a way to sell them a home, even when they aren’t prequalified. That is the dream that Mr. Bonadelle had when first starting his company, for everyone to attain the American dream.”

 

Interview with John Dewey Miles:

Q: What do you believe sets Bonadelle Neighborhoods apart from other builders?

Miles: “I did not grow up in Fresno, but I have a decent social circle since I moved up here. Everyone knows Bonadelle Neighborhoods, even up in Coarsegold. Bonadelle is family owned business and there is something to be said about that. It is more personal from an employee and homebuyer position.”  

 

Q: What about the homebuying experience do you think is the most important thing for potential homeowners to know?

Miles: “The most important thing is the confidence they will get when they buy a Bonadelle Neighborhoods Home.”

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about this job?

Miles: “My favorite thing about this job is handing the homeowners their baskets, you can never quite anticipate their reaction.”

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Team: Daniela and Amanda, Sales Counselors at El Paseo

It’s been a year since Bonadelle Neighborhoods hired Daniela Ataide and Amanda Lopez and within that year both have sold at several of our communities. Currently, you can find Ataide and Lopez at El Paseo welcome center working on paperwork and finalizing purchases for El Paseo development.

When it comes to buying a house, both women emphasize the importance of purchasing a home from a local homebuilder – it’s also the reason why Ataide and Lopez applied to work for Bonadelle Neighborhoods when the job opportunities arose. To them, choosing to buy from a local homebuilder means exceptional customer service that is only a short drive away, employees who are ready to help, and a reputable history in the local community. Ataide and Lopez strive to make the homebuying experience as exciting and easy as possible and hope to show all prospective homebuyers what sets Bonadelle Neighborhoods apart as the Valley’s local premiere homebuilder.

Interview with Dani Ataide:

Q: Why should someone buy from Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Ataide: “I think it’s important to buy from a local builder, Bonadelle Neighborhoods, who has been building quality homes in the Central Valley for generations, takes pride in providing exceptional customer service from a team of supportive and knowledgeable professionals, offering peace of mind to buyers by streamlining the entire process of purchasing and building a brand new home.”

 

Q: What about the homebuying experience do you think is the most important thing for potential homeowners to know?

Ataide: “I think it’s important for potential homeowners to ask questions when unclear on anything pertaining to the purchase of their new home, be patient and understanding of the many variables with a new build and understand and trust the process during the build and loan processing time.”

 

 

Interview with Amanda Lopez:

Q: What is your favorite thing about this job?

Lopez: “I enjoy people and paperwork (I know that’s weird). I enjoy checking items off my lists, makes me feel accomplished. I enjoy the people I work with and that everyone has an open door even the main bosses.”

 

Q; Why should someone buy from Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Lopez: Bonadelle is a local builder. Their corporate office, lending, title company, and most important warranty department are all within driving distance. You’re not going to get the run around with answering machines or email you can speak with us face to face.

 

Meet the Team: Jeff & Kate, Sales Counselors at Harvest

This Team Member Tuesday we are introducing Jeff Nermon and Kate Leonard, our sales team at Harvest at Riverstone. Jeff has been with Bonadelle Neighborhoods for almost ten years and has worked at nine of our communities! Kate joined the company almost two years ago and worked at the Canyon Creek welcome center before coming to Harvest.

 

Both Jeff and Kate have unique perspectives on Bonadelle Neighborhoods homes because both have lived in them! They go beyond the position of sales counselors and can understand the needs of every Bonadelle Neighborhoods homeowner, being one themselves. It is evident that both Jeff and Kate stand behind the quality we strive for and are eager to help homeowners find their own home sweet home. Make sure to stop by Harvest and meet this experienced team!

 

Interview with Kate Leonard:

Q: What led you to work for Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Leonard:After moving back to California, I knew I wanted to work for a local builder with roots in the Valley and understood the needs of the community. From my very first interview, I could sense that everyone on the team really enjoyed their job and was treated like family. I also grew up in a Bonadelle home in Clovis and could personally attest to the quality of homes we build.”

 

Q: Why should someone buy a home at Harvest?

Leonard: “Harvest is a great option for anyone who wants to be a part of Riverstone at an affordable price. The Central Valley has never seen a community of this size with resort style amenities before and I think it’s really exciting to be a part of this brand-new concept.”

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about this job?

Leonard: “So many of our homeowners first come to us initially wanting to buy but not really thinking it’s within their reach. My favorite part of my job is helping people understand it is a possibility for their family and the steps they need to take to achieve this dream. I really love seeing the joy on my client’s faces when they receive their keys!”

 

 

Interview with Jeff Nermon:

Q: What led you to work for Bonadelle Neighborhoods?

Nermon: “The opportunity to work for a family business where you don’t have all the layers.  Prior to Bonadelle Neighborhoods, I worked for a couple of national builders, where you are just a number to them.”

 

Q: What makes Bonadelle Neighborhoods communities unique?

Nermon: “Knowing firsthand with not only having bought a brand new Bonadelle home myself, but also compared to other builders, quality and value stand out.”

 

Q: Why should someone buy a home at Harvest?

Nermon: “First, Harvest is the most affordable in Riverstone.  Second, being able to be a homeowner in a community that is all about being a part of something bigger.  The sense of community and the comradery you just don’t get anywhere else.”