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101 Things To Do In Memphis #49: New Years Eve in Memphis

by Melissa Thompson


We know you’re already thinking about New Year’s Eve. Why not ring in the world’s partying-est holiday in Memphis? The city that rocks year ’round rocks hardest on New Year’s Eve, when landmarks, attractions and local-favorite bars invite everybody in for a party.

Beale Street and the Hard Rock Guitar Drop

Beale Street can be a party almost any night of the year. It’s the kind of place where you’ll see brides-to-be wearing bachelorette-weekend tiaras; where you can bar-crawl, sing karaoke and dance late-night. Beneath it all is the music (literally—look down while you’re strolling the sidewalk and you’ll notice stars commemorating Memphis music legends). But also, listen: live music streams from clubs, sending the sounds of electric and acoustic blues, rapid-fire rockabilly and searing soul out into the night. 

Since Memphis’ musical legacy meets the city’s love of a good time on Beale, you can bet the street’s New Year’s Eve celebration is big. You’ll party with tens of thousands of people, spilling in and out of bars and restaurants onto the wide street. You’ll dance under the stars to live music by headliners (last year, blues legend Bobby Rush). Just before midnight, you’ll count down as a giant guitar drops instead of a crystal ball—this is Memphis—and fireworks explode overhead, announcing the new year. Note that to join the NYE party on Beale, you’ll need to be at least 21. And for the best view of the Hard Rock Guitar Drop, look into general admission and VIP ticket options. 

Overton Square New Year’s Bash

By day, pretty-as-a-picture Overton Square is where you take the kids for pizza or burgers, load up on candy at Sweet Noshings and play cornhole in the courtyard. Where you shop clothing boutiques and snap selfies with public art. By night, the scene shifts: couples and friends take over restaurant patios, sharing tapas and drinks. Live music pours out of Lafayette’s Music Room and Zebra Lounge. This is the vibe come New Year’s Eve, when you can catch Memphis musicians in concert and the countdown craze outside, then take the party inside the Square’s restaurants, bars and music venues.  

Party at The Peabody Memphis

The Peabody has held a solid place in Memphis’ social scene for decades (check back in summer for info on the hotel’s sultry rooftop parties). On New Year’s Eve, the lobby and mezzanine will fill with revelers dancing to live R&B and pop, plus DJ sets. Your best bet? Dress up and do dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants first: reserve a table for New Year’s Eve Dinner at posh Chez Philippe or its more casual counterpart, Capriccio Grill, and your party admission is included. Note that New Year’s Eve events at The Peabody Memphis are 21-and-up.

New Year’s at Noon, Children’s Museum of Memphis

Traveling with kids, the Children’s Museum of Memphis is the one place you don’t want to pass unless you’re prepared to stop. The building and its surrounding playground, vintage carousel and seasonal splashground are painted with what seems to be every color in the crayon box. Inside, kids climb on a real firetruck, sit in the cockpit of an actual FedEx plane, shop in a miniaturized grocery store . . . and on December 29, they get their very own New Year’s Eve-style celebration. There will be costumed characters from movies they love. A dance party, with a DJ, in the museum’s ballroom. Themed crafts. And a balloon drop and goody toss at 12 noon—all included with general admission. 


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Fun Things to do With Kids on New Year’s Eve

by Melissa Thompson


The holiday rush is winding down and there is one more big celebration on the horizon…New Year’s Eve.  If you plan to stay home with your kids (where it will be safe and warm) this year, here are some fun activities you can do with them to make the night special:

  • - Take a hike before dark.  If it’s nice outside (and not too cold) it will be good to get outside and burn off some energy.  If your little ones want to stay up to ring in the new year (and you’re ok with that) taking a long walk early in the day may tire them out enough to take a short nap so that they can stay up for the festivities.
     
  • - Create a sparkling Mocktail for you and your kids to enjoy.  Don’t trust them with your crystal champagne glasses?  Buy some plastic ones for the occasion.  Have everyone give their own toast to the new year by telling one thing they will remember about 2018 and one thing they are looking forward to in 2019.
     
  • - If your littles are too young to stay up until midnight, let them have their own special countdown earlier in the night.  They can ring in the new year with 14 Family Friendly Countdowns on Netflix.
     
  • - Set up a photo booth.  Just because you aren’t going out to a fancy party doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up, right?  Put on your favorite party outfits and set up an area with some fun DIY New Year's Eve Photo Booth Props and take some great photos to commemorate the night!
     
  • - Have a dance party!  Make a play list of your family’s favorite songs and boogie the night away! 
     
  • - Enjoy a family game night.  Lots of families are so busy throughout the year that they rarely get the opportunity to just spend time together enjoying games.  Take advantage of New Year’s Eve and spend some quality time playing games with your kids.
     
  • - Have a pajama party.  There’s nothing more cozy than a night spent in your favorite comfy pajamas!  Build a fort in the family room and let the kids sleep in sleeping bags on the floor. 

Whatever you end up doing with your kids on New Year’s Eve this year, I hope you have a safe and happy one!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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Amazing 3BR Colonial Acres Home! 4961 Kimball Avenue

by Melissa Thompson

4961 Kimball Ave, Memphis, TN

Just Listed

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS |

 

Think Quick...This AMAZING 3BR All on One Level Home in Colonial Acres Will Not Last Long! The handyman in the Family will Love the Wired Workshop in the Fenced Backyard with Delightful Covered Patio! Wonderful Eat-In Kitchen with Full Complement of Appliances. As You Walk Through the Front Door You are Welcomed into the Spacious Living & Dining Room Combination. Snuggle Up Beside the Fireplace in the Den. Smooth Ceilings. Roof is Under 5Yrs Old. HVAC Less Than 1Yr Old. Hardwood Under Carpet.

 

 

101 Things To Do In Memphis #48: Choose901 Holiday Pop Up Shop

by Melissa Thompson


Visit the Crosstown Concourse for the annual Choose901 Holiday Pop Up Shop!

Find them on the 4th floor of the Central Atrium and get your gift list taken care of with brand new Memphis-themed tees, mugs, socks, new sweater designs including a “tacky” Christmas sweater, a limited edition bomber jacket, and more. Several guest vendors will also be on hand with even more goodies.

Vendors include:

Mbabazi House of Style Memphis
My Cup of Tea
Sweet LaLa's Bakery
Inclined Christian Design
Beerings
Por Fuego Lento
The Faint of Heart
Rough Feathers Clothing Co.
Seetos Naturals
Playhouse on the Square

The Choose901 Holiday Pop Up Shop is cash-free. Debit and credit cards only, please.

Start: November 30, 4:00 pm
End: December 30, 8:00 pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/405254033342221/

Crosstown Concourse
1350 Concourse Avenue 
Memphis, 38104

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Easy Home Updates That Won’t Break the Bank

by Melissa Thompson


Another year is coming to an end and like many people, you may already be thinking about what you are going to do to make next year better.  If home improvement is on your new year’s resolution list, but your budget is already a bit strained, there are a lot of home updates you can do that are inexpensive.  Try these easy upgrades to give your home a fresh look for 2019:

  1. Freshen Up the Front Door

Whenever I am decorating or even just cleaning, I always start with the places that guests will see first.Well, your front door is one of the first things people see when they come to your house, so why not make it as appealing as possible?Perhaps give it a new coat of paint with a color that makes it pop and say “welcome”!Or, if you already like the color of your door, give it a thorough cleaning to make it shine and add a pretty wreath.

  1. Modernize Light Switches and Outlets

If you are still living with the light switches and outlets that the builders put into your house, chances are they were the cheapest ones they could find.And if your home is older, they might not only be “dated” but also kind of faded or yellowed.You might be surprised how much it will brighten up your house to have clean, new switch plates and outlets!

  1. Embellish Mirrors with Frames

A plain sheet of mirror sitting above a sink is, in a word, boring.Take it down and replace it with a mirror with a frame and you will be amazed at the difference it makes! If you don’t want to take down the existing mirror, you can add a frame to it!

  1. Change Up Lighting Fixtures

Every space in your home is impacted by lighting.If you have outdated light fixtures, or you simply don’t like the ones that came with the house, switching them out for new ones is a great way to update your home!

  1. Don’t Like It? Paint It!

A new coat of paint can transform just about any surface!Kitchen cabinets dull and drab? Paint them! Paint stores will allow you to purchase samples so that you can try different colors before choosing one.Whether you decided to paint the walls of a room or just some accents like cabinets or furniture, a change in color can give things a whole new aesthetic.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #47: Memphis Maker Holiday Market

by Melissa Thompson


Get Your Holiday Shopping Done! 

The Memphis Maker Market is a juried, curated shopping event that brings together the very best makers & purveyors in the Midsouth!

Guests enjoy exposure to 20+ booths from some of our area's most talented makers... and if you get hungry, there are even a few food trucks. You will have fun and leave the event with fabulous handmade gifts ready to put under the tree!

December 15, 2018 11 am-4pm

Muddy's Bake Shop MIDTOWN
585 S Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

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SANTA Vacations at Nottaway in Germantown TN! 1885 Wellton Drive

by Melissa Thompson

1885 Wellton Dr, Germantown, TN

Just Listed

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS |

 

SANTA Vacations at Nottoway!Spectacular 4BR 3.5BA Home in the Sought After GATED Nottoway Subdivision in Prestigious Germantown w/Beautiful Lake View! 2Romantic Fireplaces,3Car Garage,Outdoor Oasis w/Arbor,Frig & Viking Grill,Gleaming Hardwood Flrs,Smooth Ceilings,Butler's Pantry w/Wine Cooler,Gourmet Kitchen w/Granite & Stainless Steel Appl,Formal Dining Rm,Wood Beamed Ceiling in Hearth Rm,Living Rm w/Built-In Bookshelves,Office,Bonus Rm,Master Down w/Salon Ba,Wet Bar Up!Germantown Schools!

 

 

Who’s Who in the Home Buying Process

by Melissa Thompson


Buying a home is not something you do alone. There are a lot of players that participate in the process.  You will work together with several people who will use their professional expertise to guide you along the way to home ownership.  It might seem a little overwhelming, but once you understand the role each of these individual’s will play, you will realize the benefit of having them on your team.  Are you wondering who these people are?  Here is a “who’s who” list of the professionals you will meet along the path of your home buying journey:

  1. Mortgage Lender - Meeting with a mortgage lender is something you can and should do prior to even starting your home search.  Getting a pre-approval for a mortgage loan is a great way to make yourself stand out to sellers.  Your mortgage lender could be an independent lender, a credit union, or a bank.  Meet with several so you can choose the one that suits you best.  Once you choose, you will work with an individual Mortgage Banker who will be your guide through home loan process.  Your mortgage banker will help you determine how much you can afford to spend and assist you in filling out your loan application.
     
  2. Realtor - Navigating the home buying process will be much easier with an experienced Realtor on your side. A professional Realtor will not only help you find the perfect home, she will also be your advocate throughout the whole process; before, during and after you close on the home.  Take the time to interview several Realtors to find the one whom you feel comfortable with.
     
  3. Home Inspector - Trust me when I say that you don’t want to skip the home inspection. No matter the age of your future home, having it inspected can save you from buying a one that has issues that could cost you a lot of money in the long run.  A Home Inspector is trained to carefully check the home’s structure, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and roofing among other things in order to provide you with a detailed report on the condition of the home.  This report will have an impact on your decision to continue with the purchase of the home and may help you negotiate for repairs by the current owners before the sale is completed.
     
  4. Appraiser - The home appraiser plays a crucial role in the home buying process.  This is the person who will make sure that you are not overpaying for your new home. He or she will look at the condition of the home and make a comparison to similar home sales in the area to come up with the fair market value. Guidelines for Home Appraisals
     
  5. Title Searcher - A Title Searcher will review public records for your property to make sure there are no issues that will be problematic for the home sale.  The research things like overdue taxes, zoning restrictions or liens against the property that prevent the issue of a clean title on your new home. The title company facilitates the closing on the home and provides the documents involved.  Finally, they will make sure that the new home’s title records are appropriately filed.
     
  6. Insurance Agent - As a home owner, it is required that you have home owner’s insurance when you obtain a mortgage.   This insurance will financially protect you and your home should there be a disaster.  Be sure to do your research prior to submitting your mortgage application so that you can find the best insurance policy for your needs.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

101 Things To Do In Memphis #46: Germantown Holiday Parade

by Melissa Thompson

Lining the City streets, residents watch as decorated floats, horses, school groups, clubs and booming marching bands wave to neighbors as they slowly make their way along the parade route. Be sure to stay until the end to get a glimpse of Santa aboard a Germantown fire truck. 

In support of the U.S. Marine Reserves Toys-for-Tots organization, uniformed Marines will be a part of the parade in their big truck to collect new, unwrapped toys for children. Let's spread the holiday cheer by filling up their truck!

The parade begins at the corner of Kimbrough Road and Farmington Boulevard, proceeds west on Farmington Boulevard to Exeter Road and ends at Germantown Athletic Club

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2 PM – 5 PM CST
Rain date: December 10th

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How to Decorate for Christmas Without Breaking the Bank

by Melissa Thompson

The holiday season is here and if you have your house on the market, you might be packing up everything you own very soon.  The last thing you want to do is unpack all your Christmas decorations only to have to pack them back up again.  In addition, if you are showing your home to potential buyers, you are going to want to keep your holiday décor as simple as possible. You don’t have to be a scrooge though!  You can decorate beautifully without spending a lot of money and without having to unpack all your personal treasures.  Here are five inexpensive ways to decorate for the holidays;

  1. Homemade Garland - A lot of craft stores have great sales and coupons this time of year.  Grab some greenery and then head on over to a dollar store and pick up some pretty ornaments.  You can find DIY instructions for making a festive garland on YouTube.  DIY Dollar Tree Christmas Garland
     
  2. Real Tree - If you have been using an artificial tree and don’t want to unpack it, this is a good time to buy a real tree.  Some can be very expensive, but you can find a pretty tree for as little as $30 in some places.  Consider using a smaller tree and placing it on a table top instead of on the floor.  Decorate with old-fashioned strings of popcorn and cranberries.  And you might be surprised at the sparkly ornaments you can find at very little cost.
     
  3. Wrapped Gifts - Beautifully wrapped gifts can be used to create any aesthetic you desire.  For a more formal look, wrap gifts in shiny silvers and golds.  Want to go whimsical? Try wrapping paper in fun shades of red, green, pink and white. And if you’re going for a winter wonderland look, use blues and silvers.  The point is that you can use the gifts themselves to create gorgeous holiday décor.
     
  4. DIY Christmas Wreaths - All you need is a hot glue gun, some inexpensive ornaments, ribbon, and a coat hanger and you can make pretty wreaths. There are lots of other ways to make them to. Check some out here: 45 Christmas Wreaths For the Most Festive Display on the Block
     
  5. Poinsettias - You can find pretty poinsettias just about anywhere this time of year.  Care for them properly, and they will last the whole holiday season.  Display them in reds, pinks and whites to create a classy ambiance in your holiday home.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson, and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today.

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