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Feb. 27, 2019

What's Trending in Home Décor This Year

Are you looking for easy trends to modernize and refresh your home? Look no further than the five newest home décor trends that won’t cause you to pick up a paintbrush or have you start ripping out your flooring. A super cute home with less work, sign us up!

 

Eco-friendly accents

Introducing natural elements into the home can be pleasing to the eye. Designers are seeing more people incorporate socially responsible design materials into their homes. Eco-friendly materials like jute, rice paper, and clay can be introduced into your space to help create a comfortable grounding vibe. Bonus: these materials don’t harm the planet and its precious resources!

Big bold plants

The jungalow vibe is going strong this year. It’s all about big, bold plants like a dragon tree a rubber tree or any kind of palm tree. If you are ready to turn a room into a green wonderland there are a few things to keep in mind. Before plant shopping determine where you will position your plants in your space. You’ll want to make sure the plants can survive and thrive in their new environment where they will be placed. Also, find out how much sunlight and water your plants will need. Some plants can be high maintenance. Plants bring a great pop of green color into any space and they are good for your health. Other natural textures you may want to incorporate into the look are jute rugs, storage baskets, rattan chairs, and woven wall-hangings.

Modern Retro – 70’s BoHo Chic

Many older design trends are coming back in style, such as velvet and geometric patterns. Design experts are expecting to see many nods to the 70’s era this year. 70’s chic decor is all warm palettes, funky textures and abstract silhouettes. Think elegant and luxurious, not eclectic like the 70’s just exploded all over your home. Think soft and unconventional textures and materials like velvet, tweed, leather, marble, metal, brass, and teak wood. Whimsical and abstract silhouettes, and vintage accessories make a retro glam-inspired space. Incorporating this trend into your home will bring out amazing personality into every living room or bedroom design.

Mementos & heirlooms will adorn walls & start conversations

 

If your photos have been living only on Instagram or Facebook for the past few years that’s about to change. The trend is to incorporate your mementos and heirlooms that tell stories into your overall design concept. They make for great conversation starters and add a personal touch to your space. Print your favorites and display them in chic, clean frames on your wall.

Design trends change rapidly but some of these trends just may turn out to be more than this year’s fad. In fact, there is a good chance that more than one of these ideas will make its way into your home décor for years to come.

 

 

For more trends follow favorite designers like Nate Berkus or Emily Henderson or check out Pinterest, Instagram and search the web for 2019 home décor trends for more inspiration.

 

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Feb. 18, 2019

Meridian, Idaho: The City of Love

Anyone can plan something romantic on Valentine’s Day but doing something special for your loved one the other 364 days might require a little extra inspiration. We are here to help! Meridian, Idaho is a great place to celebrate and spend time with the one you love. If you are looking to try something new check out these great local spots.

 

A New Vintage Wine Shop

If you or your sweetheart likes wine, we have the perfect place! The Old Vintage Wine Shop offers those visiting a variety of wines to taste at their wine bar. Come try their Involuntary Commitment Red Blend or Hat Ranch’s Rosé. If wine isn’t your thing, they also have a variety of beers on tap for you to sample.

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It’Sugar

There is nothing that says “I love you!” like some sugar! Get your sweetie something sweet at the candy shop! Drop by It’Sugar in the Village and peruse the multitude of different sweets available. The store has something for all tastes– five-pound gummy bears, pink Starbursts, and lots and lots of chocolate.

 

Louie’s Pizza

If your love doesn’t have a sweet tooth then how about some pizza! You won’t find a more romantic spot than Louie’s Pizza. Savor a candle lit dinner next to the indoor fountain while being serenaded by the likes of Frank Sinatra. Louie’s offers a wide variety of Italian food and amazing desserts to share.

 

Big Al’s Bowling

If you are looking for something different to do on date night, you should head to Big Al’s. Enjoy some refreshments and friendly competition by challenging your date to a game. If bowling isn’t up your alley, an arcade is located upstairs.

 

The Flower Place

You can’t go wrong with flowers and you really can’t go wrong with flowers from The Flower Place in Meridian. The shop has beautiful bouquets of roses, lilies, carnations, daisies, and tulips. They also offer at an affordable price unique and beautiful arrangements.

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Nothing Bundt Cakes

If your date has a sweet tooth and you want to surprise them with something a little outside of the box try cake. But not just any cake. Bundt cake! Nothing Bundt Cakes makes delicious bundt cakes for any occasion. These sweet treats are sure to surprise and impress.

 

Sunrise Cafe

Are you and your special someone an early riser? Most romantic dates focus on dinner. We think this is a missed opportunity! What says romance better than bacon and eggs? There is no better breakfast in town than at the Sunrise Café. The original diner is a Meridian treasure. The signature Sunrise Scramble or scones made from scratch are house favorites.

 

Meridian, Idaho is quickly becoming the best destination to work, live, and play in the Treasure Valley. With so much to do it can be overwhelming. As experts in the Meridian area, we are here to help identify the greatest Meridian has to offer. If you are thinking about moving to Meridian and would love to learn more about the area, please feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to give you a tour of this incredible city!

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Jan. 29, 2019

Easy Fixes For Indoor Chores

During the warmer months of the year we are often inspired to take care of those outdoor chores because that is where we spend our time. No one wants to relax on the patio and look at a messy backyard. In the winter, we are mostly stuck inside which means we should want to take care of our indoor chores. While that might not always ring true, we have put together a list of easy fixes for those annoying inside projects so that you can take care of them quickly. At least this will help us stay busy until we can dust off the BBQ and get back outside!


Squeaky Doors

One the easiest problem areas to fix is squeaky doors. WD-40 or petroleum jelly does the job. Either spray the hinges with WD-40 or coat them in petroleum jelly. Move the door back and forth a few times for no more squeaking. Be sure to wipe away any extra lubricant to avoid dust collection.

 

Creaking Floors

Creaking hardwood floors can be irritating. To take care of this issue, simply sprinkle some talcum powder onto the problem areas and sweep into the cracks. The squeaking should cease and you can now enjoy quiet floors. If floors begin to squeak again, simply repeat the process.

 

Stained Tubs

For a bathroom tub that looks a little less white, mix equal amounts of baking soda, Cream of Tartar, and lemon juice to create a paste. Apply the paste to the stains and let it sit for about 45 minutes before rinsing with warm water. This process will have your tub looking bright in no time.

 

Slamming Cabinets Doors

Opening and closing cabinet doors can make quite a racket, and the cabinets can take a beating. Purchasing packs of peel and stick drawer bumpers from a home improvement store can solve both problems. Be sure to clean the cabinet doors before applying the bumpers to ensure the bumpers stay put. This easy fix stops the sound of slamming cabinet doors and protects the cabinets.

 

Sticky Drawers

Hard to pull out or sticking drawers can be annoying. An easy way to fix this is to pull the drawers out and rub Gulf wax along the tracks of the drawers. Once the drawers are back in place, you should find the drawers slide much better when opening and closing them.

 

Ceiling Water Stains

To remove those pesky water stains on your ceiling try spraying the stain with a solution of 90% bleach, 10% water. Leave the solution on the stain for a day or two and it should disappear. If not, a quick touch up with paint should clear up the issue. Remember, a water stain could be a sign of a bigger problem so get a professional out to take a look.

 

Calcium Build-up

Over time a showerhead may not work to its full capacity because of calcium build-up on the exterior. To remove the calcium build-up and get that full spray back, fill a plastic quart sized bag with white vinegar, immerse the showerhead in the plastic bag, and attach the bag with a rubber band to the showerhead. Leave the bag on the showerhead overnight and most of the build-up should disappear. If the full spray does not return, you may have to remove the showerhead to remove particle build-up from inside.

 

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Jan. 23, 2019

Explore Northwest Meridian

Are you looking for some new ways to get out and connect with the Northwest Meridian community this year? The city of Meridian sponsors and area businesses host events that cater to every person no matter age or interest. Why not check out some of the great activities Meridian has to offer this year? Check out this list we put together. See you in Meridian!

Last Call Trivia Nights

Calling all trivia buffs! Bring your friends or come alone to duke it out with other trivia enthusiasts every Wednesday night at Moxie Java. You and your team could win refreshments while having fun and meeting others in your community. Best of all, this event is free to the public. Are you ready for the challenge? Check out their Facebook page for more info.

 

Out N About Social Dog Walk

If you love the outdoors and dogs then this is the event for you. This free event sponsored by the Meridian Library District invites you and your furry friend to come out for a stroll every second Saturday of the month from 10:00 to 11 A.M. at Julius Kleiner Memorial Park. Leashes and smiles are required.

 

Meridian Library at City Hall

Want to check out a new book but don’t have time to run to the library? Well, let the library come to you! The Meridian Library’s Mobile Library makes a stop at City Hall every Wednesday from 2 to 4 P.M. A smaller selection of books, movies, and CDs are available from the mobile library. You can even return books or pick up holds from the bookmobile. If you have reading on your New Year’s Resolution list then here you go!

 

Game Night

Head over to Heritage Hop Haus in Meridian for some Rock n’ Bingo every Wednesday from

6:30 to 10 P.M. While you’re there, be sure to check out the craft beers on tap. This is a great place for a date night or some fun with your friends age 21 and older. Be sure to bring your growler for their Growler Fill Station so you can take some fun home! Check out their Facebook page for more info.

 

Safety Screenings

The City of Meridian is committed to the safety and well-being of its residents. Free car-seat inspections and free hearing tests are offered every month. Make sure to spread the word to friends and family who might also benefit from these services. Those interested can check out the City of Meridian’s Community Calendar for more information.

 

This is just a sampling of what Northwest Meridian provides its residents. The changing seasons also welcome yearly favorites such as the Farmer’s Market, Trunk or Treat, and holiday bazaars you won’t want to miss. Be sure to check out the Community Calendar on the City of Meridian’s website each month to stay informed. No matter how long you have lived in Meridian, there is always something new and exciting to explore. This year enjoy all your community has to offer and have a wonderful 2019!

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Dec. 31, 2018

Housing and Real Estate Trends for 2019

2019 will be a year of change for nearly every industry, but especially real estate. We have a rise in younger and younger buyers who are mostly digital natives and are some of the savviest consumers to ever walk the earth. They can have access to reviews, property histories, and real estate agent profiles in seconds and in the palm of their hands. 2018 showed us that if you’re not careful, buyers can know more about a property than a seasoned real estate agent. And it’s just getting worse (or better, depending on your perspective). Here are a few trends to watch out for and to prepare for in 2019.

 

Home Inventory Will Rise

While 2018 was a banner year for real estate sales, it was also a banner year for builders and new construction. Inventory will continue to rise as builders get better budgets and more efficient at cranking out quality homes. Inventory is high and prices are remaining steady, especially when compared to the median consumer income. Income isn’t rising fast enough to keep up with inflation and home prices, so inventory will be rising as sales slump.


Millennials and Generation Z Are Going To Dominate The Market Share

Forget about Millennials. Their time has come and gone (almost). 2019 is the year that many Generation Z children are graduating from high school and college and are entering the real estate marketplace. By the end of 2019, over 40% of the workforce will be comprised completely of Millennials and Generation Z aged individuals. Are you prepared to sell to these two generations and to meet their ever-changing needs? The future is digital!

 

The Hammer is Coming Down on Airbnb And Similar Short Term Rentals

You know that when California passes a law on something, that other states (if not the nation) are soon to follow. In 2018 we saw some SWEEPING changes and regulations regarding short term rental property management. And none of it good for property owners. Neighborhoods and city municipalities are fighting back against the growing trend of short term housing rentals and it doesn’t look good for the future of the industry. If you’re thinking about investing in a property to list it on Airbnb and similar services, you may want to think again and move to a more long-term investment property.

 

Prices Will Continue to Rise

As sure as the morning sun, prices will continue to rise to keep up with inflation, rising labor costs, and unsure international trade and supply concerns. Expect to see prices continue to rise in 2019 even as inventory grows as well.

 

Find a Real Estate Agent You Can Trust

Enlisting the help of a qualified and experienced real estate agent is more important than ever. You need an agent with the knowhow to guide you through all of the new real estate trends. At Boise’s Best, we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the real estate market in the Treasure Valley. Contact us in 2019 to talk about your real estate goals.

 

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Dec. 12, 2018

New Year's Resolutions-Steps to Declutter Your Living Space

It’s that time of year again;  time to make New Year’s resolutions. After reading this last sentence we all probably gave a long sigh and thought about the resolutions we didn’t keep for 2018. Usually, the lists we make are just too hard or we don’t properly plan for them. This year, make an achievable resolution to declutter your living space. Having a clutter-free home is a great resolution and can help keep you organized for the rest of the goals on your list. Here are some simple steps to get you there.

 

Take it one room at a time. Every project starts somewhere and when it comes to decluttering, take it slow. Most of us give up on projects because they are daunting. If you approach the decluttering process a bit at a time, you won’t give up on it entirely. Start by working on one room at a time and don’t rush. You don’t have to finish in one day or even one week. Simply work room by room until the job is complete.

 

 

Start with the obvious trash. The easiest way to begin decluttering is to first get rid of trash. Old magazines? Trash. Knick knacks from three years ago? Gone. The most stressful part of decluttering is figuring out what to keep and what to ditch.

 

Only keep what has value. Once the trash is gone, you now must decide what you want or need. The rest needs to leave. The easiest way to make this decision is to hold the object in your hand and ask yourself, “How do I feel about this object?” If you have a strong positive reaction, keep it. If not, get rid of it. And if this approach doesn’t work, set a quota for yourself. If your shelf only holds ten pictures, which ten mean the most to you?

 

Find a home for what matters. Once you have the room pared down to only the objects you want, put the items away. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” If there isn’t room for it, do you really need it? Or if you can’t live without it, isn’t there something else you could part with?

 

Don’t clean until a room is clutter-free. Don’t confuse decluttering with cleaning. It is much easier to dust a shelf if there is less on it. Don’t start cleaning until the room hold the items you are keeping. This will not only make cleaning easier for you, but it will also make the decluttering process move more quickly. Do one job at a time.

 

Ring in the New Year with a decluttered home and one resolution checked off. Happy Holidays!

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Nov. 29, 2018

The Idaho Wine Lover’s Guide To Holiday Shopping

You know who you are. You love it red. You love it white. And, when no one is looking, you enjoy a glass of the pink stuff. That’s right, you’re today’s modern wine lover. If you have purple-stained teeth at least twice a week then you’re going to want to get the best gifts for both yourself and your best wine-drinking friends and family this year. If you or someone you love is a wine lover, here are a few of our favorite gift ideas that are lighting up our wine cellars this year.


Wine And Food!

You can’t go wrong by getting the wine-lover in your life something simple like, let’s say, wine! Stop by Divine Wine, Cork & Fork in northwest Meridian today and pick up a few gift cards for the wine lovers on your list. Also, you should stop and enjoy a glass yourself. They offer hors d’oeuvres from fresh pan seared scallops and steak to mouth-watering desserts like creme brulee and molten fudge cake. Enjoy a song or two on their outdoor patio that features a real grand piano! You’ll be glad you did.

 

Great Wine By The Case

While you’re out shopping for gift cards, stop by Boise’s hit new place to pick up an amazing bottle of wine: The Gulch Wine Room off of Chinden near the fairgrounds. The Gulch is the perfect place to pick up a few of the best quality wines in the country for under $50 and sometimes closer to $20. The wine is made in Ketchum, Idaho and is from a family owned winery. The Gulch offers outstanding wines at a price point that will make you smile. As all wine drinkers know, when it comes to wine vs beer, the buzz is always better with wine. They offer amazing deals on wines by the case as well. So, buy a case and keep a few bottles for yourself while you’re gifting them to friends.

 

Handy Hand Tools For The Elite Wine Drinker

Ever heard of Swiss Army knives? You may have had one as a Boy or Girl scout or you may even have one in your pocket right now. What you may not know is that they offer the world’s most sophisticated wine utility knife. The knife is called, (appropriately enough) the Wine Master and it commands a solid $150.00 price tag. But, rest assured, it is worth every penny and then some. The Wine Master has 6 main tools including, for the first time ever in a pocket knife configuration, a functional two step tool for uncorking even the toughest bottles. In addition to the corkscrew it has a bottle opener, a wavy-edged blade that is custom designed to cut wine bottle foil which also locks into place for safety, and a key ring. The knife comes with it’s own custom leather pouch. The handle is made from natural stained walnut wood.

So, if you have a wine lover in your life, treat them to the very best. With a new gift card for some local craft wines and a new Wine Master Swiss Army knife, they will fall in love with wine all over again and be toasting your name for years to come. Cheers!

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Nov. 19, 2018

Snow Time Like The Present: Your Idaho Winter Adventure Planning Guide

People tend to spend a lot of time looking forward to the summer months in order to have road trips and explore the outdoors, but forget about all of the adventure that winter has to offer. There are those of us that prefer a toasty winter coat and a steaming mug of fresh hot cocoa over sunburns and itchy bug bites. After all, humankind conquered winter long before AC was invented. Winter is the original time of year for adventure. Your crops were dormant and many of your trade routes were snowed over. With little else to do around the homestead, it was time to create your own adventures and activities to pass the time and ward off cabin fever. We’ve put together an authentic Idaho-centric winter adventure guide that will keep you and your family entertained from now until springtime. Enjoy!

First Event: Take an Epic Idaho Road Trip. Recommended in November.

Get the family ready for a road trip like no other. It starts in Boise and loops around the entire state and ends back in Boise. The trip is about 40 hours of driving over 10 days. You will travel from Boise north to McCall, Lewiston, and finally Bonners Ferry in the panhandle. Then you will loop east and south down to Salmon to Idaho Falls then to Twin Falls and Stanley while finally looping back to Boise from Stanley. This trip is such a good showcase of Idaho and everything she has to offer. The complete guide can be found here from the Visit Idaho website. That PDF lays out the entire map and details every leg of the journey. It also includes recommendations for great places to eat and stay along the way! 

This is such a great road trip that will help you and your family enjoy so much of what Idaho has to offer that will be unlike any other family vacation they’ve seen before. Pack up the ol’ station wagon and head out! You’ll be glad you did.

Sleigh Ride Adventures: Mid to Late December

Nothing says “Christmas Time” quite like a sleigh ride. The family is going to love dashing through the snow in these fantastic and authentic horse drawn sleigh adventures. There are many great places in Idaho to enjoy a transcendent sleigh ride this winter, but our favorite is in Garden Valley at Idaho Sleigh Rides. 

Believe us, it’s worth the journey from Boise to spend an enchanted winter evening peacefully gliding along the snow, bundled up tight in your winter jacket and mittens as the sleigh bells ring off the trees. After your sleigh ride, you are treated to an authentic dutch oven dinner with a side of homemade bread and warm cider. As you’re enjoying your dinner, they will also provide live music. Besides actually meeting Santa Clause, it doesn’t get much more Christmas than that!

The Great McCall Winter Carnival: Late January

You’ve never seen a carnival like this! McCall is home to a lot of things. Celebrities like Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger may live in the slightly swankier Sun Valley, but the real party happens in McCall every year. Get the family to McCall this year and see what some people call the “Winter Mardis Gras” is a celebration “of all things winter” according to the McCall Chamber of Commerce website. 

McCall Winter Carnival Dates: January 25, 2019 – February 3, 2019

Theme: Legends, Myths and Superheroes

“During Carnival, enjoy our famous snow sculptures, Torchlight and Mardi Gras Parades, live music, daily events spanning everything from comedy shows to art auctions, snowbike races to the Monster Dog Pull and much more.”

The Winter Carnival is a great time to celebrate and say goodby to winter in one last hurrah! It’s a perfect last stop on your Idaho winter adventure tour.

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Oct. 26, 2018

Northwest Meridian, Idaho: Hidden Treasure in The Gem State

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Just because Boise is the most popular girl at the ball doesn’t mean that Meridian’s dance card isn’t full. It is the third largest city in the state and is one of the fastest growing in the entire nation according a recent Idaho business Review report. The city is growing at a massive pace as more and more people discover its charms. It has great golf courses, gourmet restaurants, and first class live entertainment. Meridian has been recently ranked in the top 50 “Best Places to Live” by Time magazine. It’s a great place to buy a home! Northwest Meridian has many great homes for sale that are perfect for families who want a quiet homelife with quick access to the “big city fun” in downtown Boise. Let’s look at a few highlights of what this great city has to offer.

 

Food

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then you can’t help but fall madly in love with Meridian. If you like a good steak (and who doesn’t?) you should head on over to Kahootz Steak and Ale House located off of Main Street downtown. It has one thing in common with a lot of businesses in Idaho: It’s family owned and operated. Two friends partnered up to bring healthy and fine dining together with an inviting atmosphere. John Forsberg and Joe Anderson founded Kahootz Steak and Ale House in 2002 and the rest is history! Stop on by for one of the best steaks in Idaho and one of their 43 beers on tap. 

 

If you’re feeling more like Italian, then you have to check out Garbonzo’s Pizza. They make their dough fresh daily and let it age to perfection before hand tossing it into the perfect crust. Their cheese and toppings are sourced locally from other Idaho businesses. They deliver but also have a great dining space. But, don’t take our word for it! Give them a try next pizza night. 

 

Golf

Hit the links at the majestic Lakeview Golf Club. It is one of Idaho’s best golf attractions. It features over 6,521 yards of playing area on its competitive 18 hole par 72 course. If you’re a golfer and are looking for a great place to live, then you might want to buy a house close to this course. Imagine waking up every Saturday morning and strolling or biking down to your favorite course. Or hitting a quick nine with your buddies after work. The possibilities are endless! Check out more features here:

CLUB FEATURES

  • Competitive Rates
  • An 18 Hole, Par 72 Golf Course
  • Junior Programs
  • Full Tournament Programs
  • Private Carts Allowed
  • GolfBoards!
  • Golf Lessons and Packages
  • Driving Range and Practice Facility
  • Restaurant and Bar with Nightly Specials
  • Beautiful Setting for Weddings and Special Events
  • Located just 5 minutes from the Ten Mile Interchange at I-84

 

Great Home Prices

While the food and golf may be great, you also have to think of how you’re going to be living day to day. The good news is that Northwest Meridian offers fantastic homes at great prices. Many of the homes in the area are new construction or have been built within the last decade. Houses can be found for about $126 to $169 per square foot, depending on the neighborhood. Just like in the rest of the state, your dollar goes a long way when buying a house here. 

 

This is but a taste of what Northwest Meridian has to offer. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us today to let us be your guide to one of Idaho’s best hidden gems. 

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Oct. 12, 2018

The Perfect Menu for Your Next Fall Dinner Party

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It’s fall (finally!) and the leaves around Boise are turning a spectacular shade of orange and yellow. The wind has a little bite to it and the nights leave morning frost instead of dew. This is the perfect time to put another log on the fire and invite friends and family over for a delicious home cooked dinner. We have put together a perfect menu for your next dinner party this fall. 

 

Drinks: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Bar

Let’s start with the apps and the drinks. We want everything to be on-theme so your guests will be sipping on homemade pumpkin spice lattes that you can serve iced or hot. Yes, there are many jokes and snide Twitter comments about pumpkin spiced lattes and the people who enjoy them, but they are popular for a reason: they are delicious! Here’s how you can make a huge batch of them for the party with ease. You’ll have a full pumpkin spiced latte bar up and running in no time! Just make sure to save some for yourself as they will go fast. 

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Appetizers: Rosemary and Sea Salt Chips With Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

For the appetizer, we are going for a mix of a classic with a new twist. Potatoes are all the rage these days and making your own artisanal chips at home has never been easier. You’ll be serving handmade rosemary and sea salt chips with a warm spinach-artichoke dip. With this one-two flavor punch, your guests will never know what hit them. The hearty chips are perfect for dipping and the hint of rosemary, a fall staple, will take the whole affair to the next level. Here is the recipe for the chips and the recipe for the dip can be found here, courtesy of Alton Brown

 

Main Course Drink: Warm Spiced Mulled Wine

Staying on brand for our fall dinner party, we are going to be serving hot spiced mulled wine. You can make this ahead and just keep it simmering on low until dinner is ready to serve. The beautiful thing about mulled wine is that it is a great pallet for experimentation. Try a few dashes and pinches of your favorite fall flavors like pear, cocoa, mango, or ginger. The final flavor is up to you but it is always delicious. Here’s a great recipe from Ina Garten’s kitchen. How bad can that be?

 

Main Course Dish: Oktoberfest Beer Holiday Chili

The great thing about chili besides how it tastes is that it is deceptively easy to make. For this dinner party we are going to be serving crock pot “Oktoberfest” beer chili that you can make hours ahead of the party and let simmer all day filling the house with warmth and sumptuous smells. What’s special about this chili is that it has its flavor backbone supplied by the year’s most flavor-packed beer: Oktoberfest. No summer or spring beer comes close to the depth and richness of flavor that the average Oktoberfest beer has. They are typically darker and malt driven and have complex notes of citrus and spice. All of which makes for the perfect chili! We recommend using Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest as it is a top shelf quality beer that is widely available. For the chili recipe, we recommend this one, which is a slow cooker beef chili with beer

 

Dessert: Homemade Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Going “traditional” has been the officially “non-traditional” thing to do lately. So, we are rounding out this fall themed dinner party meal with a very traditional dessert with a small twist. We are serving a homemade pumpkin pie ice cream instead of just plain old pumpkin pie that can be made in your freezer without expensive and cumbersome ice cream making equipment. Find the recipe here! This can be made a day or two ahead of time as well. Simply mix, stir, pour, and freeze!

 

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed this festive fall menu. Feel free to use it for your next fall or even Christmas get together to help you take a little pressure off of the planning stage of things. Fall is a time for contemplation, relaxation, and spending time with valued friends and family. May this menu help you enjoy your next fall party a little bit more. If you don’t currently have the perfect home to host your next dinner party, then please give us a call and we will help you find the home of your dreams in the Treasure Valley and beyond! Contact us today to get started.

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