The 5 Ways to Make Your Next Outdoor Party Epic

The 5 Ways to Make Your Next Outdoor Party Epic

For the residents of Creekshaw, a master-planned community located in historic and charming Royse City, Texas, any time is the right time for entertaining friends, family members, book club members ,or an entire wedding reception! Located near Interstate 30/U.S. 67, a thoroughfare that runs through the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Creekshaw’s vibe is as cool as the other side of the pillow.

During the spring, early summer, and early fall, taking the shindig outside only multiplies the fun. However, before stringing up those lights, or firing up that big honkin’ grill, a few planning tips are in order for an event in the great outdoors. 

Five Tips for Your Next Outdoor Party

Several professional party planners, featured in a very insightful and laugh-out-loud funny article waxed eloquent on the little things a host or hostess can do to make their next outdoor party the talk of the town.

It Starts with the Invitation

You have 25 people invited to your backyard, where backyards are almost always found – OUTSIDE. What could possibly go wrong? The weather, for one thing. The invitation should be clever, but specific. Is the party happening, rain or shine? Will the guests be served a 7- course meal or nibbles with drinks? Inquiring minds want to know.

Take the Elements into Consideration

Depending on the time of year, the guests (like the steaks) at an outdoor soiree can be medium or well-done. If the backyard blast is happening on a summer afternoon, experts suggest borrowing umbrellas from everyone in the zip code to block the sun! If it’s a beautiful fall evening event (and there’s nothing better than Royse City in the fall), it might turn a little chilly. Some light afghan wraps or scarves should be placed on the chairs to keep the party warm and toasty.

Creative Party Decor Is a Must

This is a tricky area, but the party planning experts in this article have a tip or two. “Interior designer Mark Eckstrom of Maison MxM, in Omaha, Neb., ticked off the elements of the most routine outside-entertaining aesthetic—all to be avoided: “Mason-jar glasses, mini-chalkboard menus with exaggerated calligraphy, galvanized steel buckets as wine chillers and baskets of ‘Rosé All Day’ paper napkins.” Not sure we need to listen to everything Mark says, but we say, have fun with it and deliver a setting your that will make your guests feel comfortable. One cool idea for decorations could be employing a theme – for example, the elements of famous paintings – for the look of the decor.

Let There Be Light

Nothing creates a great party ambiance like light. Just be sure it’s not a floodlight! According to the experts, “Aim for warm lighting that emanates from multiple levels. ‘Make a space even cozier with a perimeter of large lanterns,’ said designer Dakota Willimon of Charleston, S.C., who also likes to tuck small flameless—and windproof—tea lights among low tabletop floral arrangements. Portable table lamps, which can be set on the ground, also work wonders for creating an ambient glow.”

Seating Sets the Tone

These experts who party for a living, know how the seating layout can encourage conversation, or stifle it. They suggest that you “think beyond dining tables. Denver interior designer Julie Brayton sets small benches or lounge chairs in unexpected corners so guests can move about. If you’re lucky, you can exploit your hardscaping. A broad set of steps or a low wall with outdoor pillows will allow for smaller conversation groups.”

New Friends Are Waiting

One of the best parts of living in an amenity-rich environment like Creekshaw is the people you run into on the walking paths or at the swimming pool (which is opening very soon!). These folks are just like you and your family. They’re friendly, have great stories, and make wonderful party guests. Maybe it’s time for you to check out where all the fun is happening. Click here to schedule a visit, and let’s get this party started!

Here Are 8 Great Ideas for Summer Fun at Creekshaw

Here Are 8 Great Ideas for Summer Fun at Creekshaw

There are no better memories for kids and their families than those from summer. In the master-planned community of Creekshaw in Royse City, the livin’ is indeed easy. 

The amenities of this great new community are spectacular, making a “stay-cation” something that families can put at the top of their Fun-To-Do list. Whether you enjoy the aerobic workout of swimming laps, the skill of diving, lazy floating, or the irresistible silliness of splashing your kids, the massive pool at the Creekshaw Amenity Center is the perfect place to indulge in all these activities.

The walking and biking trails are also perfect for a leisurely stroll or ride. These scenic trails were designed for the gently rolling terrain of northeast Texas and they are extremely popular with all residents in Creekshaw. One of those trails passes by the community fishing pond where making that perfect cast can be a blast!

Other Great Summer Fun Near Creekshaw

The area around Royse City is a paradise for summer activities for kids. With a little planning, kids can join in the fun among a wide range of day camps that help them learn new skills, exercise, get some much-needed chill time, and meet many new friends.

Here are five camps to consider:

The YMCA Day Camp at W.R. Fort Elementary for ages 5-12 

  • Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Early drop-off or late pick-up are available for an additional fee.
  • Operating the weeks of June 6 through August 4 (minus the week of July 4)
  • 2 snacks per day provided
  • Students should bring their own 
  • NUT FREE lunch and water bottle
  • Free t-shirt
  • RCISD will transport kids for swim time once per week at the Rockwall YMCA
  • Weekly field trips provided

Stone River Junior Golf Camp

  • Only 30 kids in each camp
  • June 13 – 15 and July 11 – 13
  • Boys and girls, 7 – 15 years old
  • Instruction, golf games, snacks, and camp shirt

Capricorn Equestrian Center Summer Camp

  • Ages 6 – 14
  • Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm
  • Week 1: May 30-June 3
  • Week 2: June 6-10
  • Week 3: June 13-17
  • Week 4: June 20-24
  • Week 5: June 27-July 1
  • Week 6: July 11-15
  • Week 7: July 18-22
  • Week 8: July 25-29
  • Week 9: August 1-5
  • Week 10: August 8-12 

Ninja Nation Summer Camp

  • Ninja Nation Pre-Teen (9 – 12) Single Day Camp
  • Ninja Nation Junior (5 – 8) Single Day Camp
  • Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm
  • Lunch provided
  • Skills training
  • Obstacle courses
  • Constant activity

Acting Studio Rockwall Summer Camps

  • Musical theater
  • Acting
  • Theatrical dance and movement
  • Film “101”
  • Monday – Friday 11 am – 3 pm
  • Ages 8 – 17 years old

Too Much Fun

There’s nothing like the quality of life in a small community. And for residents of Creekshaw, the diversity of activities is nothing short of amazing. Come see why more and more families have decided to build a forever home in one of the hottest communities in the country. Click here and set up your visit to Creekshaw.

Tips, Tricks, and Tackle for Small Fry Anglers

Tips, Tricks, and Tackle for Small Fry Anglers

There is no more exciting sound on planet Earth than that of the high-pitch “whirling” of a nicely-made cast and then the “Ker Plunk” of a lure or bobber hitting the water. It is iconic. This is true for both seasoned anglers and small fry who are just getting started with the lifetime sport of fishing.

In the master-planned community of Creekshaw, located in the quiet, historic town of Royse City, the fishing hole is just a few steps from the backdoors of residents. One of the truly fun amenities of this beautiful spot in North Texas is the community fishing pond. Surrounded by lush landscaping, this is the perfect spot for mothers, fathers, or grandparents to show kids just how cool fishing is.

Getting a child excited about fishing is all about parents and grandparents having patience. It also entails getting some simple and inexpensive gear that is designed for young arms and strength and almost no experience with “wetting a line.”

How To Teach a Kid to Fish

Teaching a kid to fish involves the art of storytelling and hands-on experience. As with any learning experience, success in fishing for kids will typically lead to lots of laughter, excitement, and even more success. For those kids who are lucky enough to live or visit Creekshaw, the weather is almost perfect – save for a couple of months in winter – for year-round fishing. 

Sweet!

According to Fatherly , a wonderful website for teaching kids the “essential” skills for having fun outdoors, “the best time to start a kid fishing is always the autumn. It’s the season with the most comfortable weather, and the fish are on the feed, which provides a more exciting outing for screen-dependent youths

“The best fishing poles for kids facilitate casting, are reciprocal to the child’s own miniature dimensions, and often include a few hooks to spare, affording for the inevitable snags and break-offs. But there’s more to the best kids fishing poles than just numbers and features; the tackle represents a portal to outdoor adventures, as well as the quality time between you and your child and a lifetime of lessons.”

The editors of the site tracked down fishing expert Hernan Santiesteban. “When introducing kids to fishing, focus on making the experience as positive as possible — and be patient with the initial interest level. If you can incorporate other activities like swimming or boating, great because the progress on the fishing side might be slow at first. Second, don’t get too intimidated by all the jargon and gear out there — you can have an amazing day on the water (and still catch a lot of fish) with a basic setup. Start with finding a good kid’s fishing pole. 

“When choosing a kid’s fishing rod, pay attention to length. It should be just long enough for your little angler to handle it with ease, so about 3-4 feet in length. And because kids break stuff, get them rods made of graphite, fiberglass, and composite blends, so you won’t need to replace them every month.

“For toddlers, consider a “no-tangle” kids fishing rod with a line that runs inside the shaft rather than along the exterior via stubborn metal eyelets. For kids in the four to six range, think about a rod with a closed-face, push-button “spin-cast” design — this will teach your child a modified but effective casting technique. For coordinated seven-year-olds and above, the sky’s the limit as long as they’re willing to put up with the occasional few minutes of frustration. But hey, that’s fishing.”

The great thing about getting fishing equipment suitable for boys and girls is the price. Well-made, kid-friendly rods, reels, and all of the hooks, bobbers, and other “stuff” that kids LOVE, can range from $15 to $40.

For younger kids, Fatherly suggests:

Zebco Splash Kids Spincast Reel and Fishing Rod Combo 29″ Durable Floating Fiberglass Rod with Tangle-Free Design, Oversized Reel Handle Knob, Pre-Spooled with 6-Pound Zebco Fishing Line.

Price: $14,99 on Amazon

Kid Casters Orange Edition Complete Fishing Kit This telescoping spin-cast package from Kid Casters. Besides a few basic lures and a tackle box, the kit also includes a variety of training aids, including a casting plug, a plastic safety hook, and three sponge lures.

Price: $30 from Dick’s Sporting Goods

Shakespeare’s Catch a Monster Spincast Kids Combo, With playful graphics and a big button for easy casting, spin-cast combos like this one are perfect for real fishing. The finger guard keeps little digits out of harm’s way, and it comes with a plastic minnow so your kid can practice launching man-sized casts into the middle of the lake.

Price: $14.99 from Bass Pro Shops

A Paradise for Kids

Family activities such as fishing is just one of the many outdoor “attractions” of Creekshaw. This place is a paradise for kids! Plus, the exemplary Royse City schools take care of the non-fishing side of your small fry’s brain.

Win/Win.

Don’t let this big one get away! Creekshaw is just one of those places where childhood memories are made. Click here and come see why they’re always biting at this family-friendly community.

Got Kids or Grandkids? Here are 10 Cool Places Near Creekshaw to Wow Them!

Got Kids or Grandkids? Here are 10 Cool Places Near Creekshaw to Wow Them!

For more than 130 years, families have gravitated to historic Royse City, Texas, home to one of Northeast Texas’ newest master-planned communities, Creekshaw. Since it is located halfway between Garland and Dallas in Rockwall County, it is close to employment, entertainment, and professional sports in Dallas, but far enough away to have that small-town feel. With I-30 and State Highway 67 running adjacent to the community, Dallas and all of East Texas are easily accessible.

For families with kids or grandkids who love to visit, Creekshaw is just minutes away from more fun things to do than they have time to do them! While there’s not enough space here to list all of the cool places to take kids for a “rambunctious rally,” here are 10 places to get your fun-o-meter cranked up to 11!

10 Ways to Have an Epic Day With Your Little Ones

1. Shenaniganz

Located just a hop, skip and a jump from Creekshaw, in Rockwall this place will help your kids or grandkids blow off some steam and go to bed exhausted. It’s all indoors, so the weather is not a problem. Bowling, laser tag, go-karts, jump zones, and a ton of fun are all under one roof.

2. Hawaiian Falls 

This water park is minutes from Royse City in North Garland with rides, slides, and LOTS and LOTS of water. Cool off with kids of all ages at this Texas-sized water-themed park.

3. Gentle Zoo

If your little ones love sweet animals, this is a great choice. Located in Forney, the Gentle Zoo is home to some of the cutest animals on the planet and they are just waiting for a nice child to come along and pet them. The park also has a playground, train, and maze.

4. Celebration Station

Just 20-minutes from Creekshaw, in Mesquite, Celebration Station is a non-stop bop for kids of all ages. Paintball, laser tag, go-karts, mini-golf, bumper boats, rock wall, video games and (don’t forget) batting cages for the future major leaguers are all here.

5. Cosmic Jump

In the words of rock band Van Halen, “Go ahead and JUMP!” This indoor trampoline park in Allen also has dodgeball, basketball, and very cool, after-dark fun. Bounce on by with the kids or grandkids and touch the Texas sky.

6. KidZania

Edutainment on the highest level, KidZania in Frisco is a 100,000 square foot city with more than 100 immersive “occupations” that kids can assume. It’s fascinating, fun, and definitely worth the trip. If your little one wants to be a firefighter, here ya go!

7. Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Downtown Dallas is just down the road from Royse City and Creekshaw and one of the premier museums in the country is found downtown. The Perot Museum has five floors of interactive exhibits and a special section for kids younger than 5 years, 3D animation, and interactive games. Yes, it will be fun for you too.

8. Zero Gravity Thrill Park

So, you thought “the thrill is gone?” Nope. It’s right here. Extreme rides for EXTREME families, this place will test your mettle. It’s in Dallas and only the brave should enter!

9. Going Bonkers

If your little ones are driving you bonkers, it’s time to reverse the roles. Located in Lewisville, this large playground has mesh tubing, zip lines, and crazy things to do for kids of all ages. 

10. Splash Kingdom

If you’ve not had the chance to experience “First Monday Trade Days” in Canton, this massive flea market is a must-see. You can even take the kids or grands and let them cool off at the Splash Kingdom. It has slides, volcanoes, rivers, castles, and all things wet.

Creekshaw Living is Special

With its charming, historic downtown, its lush landscaping and convenient location for shopping and entertainment, Creekshaw is a perfect choice for young families or empty-nesters. This impeccably designed master-planned community allows you to exhale and relax when you come home.

If you’re thinking about building your “forever” home, put this community on your shortlist. Click here to set up a visit.

School, Work, and Fun: All Minutes from Creekshaw

School, Work, and Fun: All Minutes from Creekshaw

One of the best parts of living in Creekshaw, a master-planned community in the charming city of Royse City, Texas is its terrific location. As savvy folks have been saying for more than 130 years, this community is close enough to the big city to enjoy almost any entertainment, cultural, or employment opportunity but far enough away to “hear the songbirds sing.” 

Creekshaw is located about halfway between Greenville and Dallas in Rockwall County. With easy access to both I-30 and State Highway 67, it is accessible to both “Big D” and the natural paradise of East Texas. For those who are considering building a “forever home” in this lovely community, here are some routes and travel times to reach the places you want to go from the entrance of Creekshaw.

How to Get to the Top of the Class

Young families with children are always on the lookout for exemplary schools. Fortunately, the schools in Royse City are some of the best and only minutes away from Creekshaw. According to Niche.com this school district boasts a student-to-teacher ratio of 15 to 1, which allows for more individualized instruction. The graduation rate for students in the district is an impressive 96 percent. Royse City ISD is among the top 500 Best School Districts in Texas. 

The youngest school-age kids in Creekshaw attend W.R. Fort Elementary, located at 2801 FM 35. This school is about 2 minutes from the community, via Creekshaw Road and FM 35. Ouida Baley Middle School is also convenient to Creekshaw, at 1310 State Highway 66. It’s about an 8-minute trip. For high school kids, Royse City High School, located at 700 FM 2642, requires about 8 minutes’ drive-time, using Creekshaw Road, to FM 35 and then FM 2642.

Compared to most urban school commutes, these distances make getting up, out, and on the way to school quick and easy!

What About Work?

For anyone who works in the Dallas Central Business District, I-30 presents a straight shot to the office. While commute times vary based on traffic conditions, the 33-mile commute typically takes about 40 minutes. For employment centers in Garland, State Highway 66 is an easy ride with minimum traffic congestion. For those working in Rockwall, the office is only a few minutes from Creekshaw, via I-30.

The recently completed President George Bush Turnpike (Highway 190), off I-30, makes the commute from Creekshaw to far north Dallas, Addison, Las Colinas, and to one of the world’s largest airports – DFW – simple and quick.

When It’s Time for Fun

Thinking about a little dinner for “date night?” The dynamic population growth of the area around Royse City has led to many excellent and cozy spots within minutes of Creekshaw. Minutes south of the community, off I-30 and in the award-winning “Main Street” area there are dozens of charming restaurants such as Four Czechs Bakery, Los Pinos Mexican Restaurant, Smoke Sessions Barbecue, Palio’s Pizza Cafe, Charlie’s Old Fashion Burgers, Taqueria el Arquito and dozens more!

For dining in downtown Dallas, the I-30 trip takes about 40 minutes and if north Dallas or Addison restaurants are on your list to try, I-30 to President George Bush Turnpike makes it easy.

Speaking of downtown Dallas, the Dallas Museum District is a great day trip from Creekshaw, and the red-hot Dallas Mavericks NBA team and the Dallas Stars hockey team play in the American Airlines Center. This downtown venue is also a prime stop for the hottest musical acts, rodeos, and the occasional circus! To catch a Dallas Cowboy or Texas Rangers game, the trip from Royse City is via I-30, non-stop to Arlington.

This Great Community Could Be Your New Home

It’s easy to see why more and more families are moving up to Royse City and the master-planned community of Creekshaw. With exemplary schools, stunning amenities, a charming, historical downtown and easy proximity to just about anything needed for a better quality of life, this community may be a perfect fit for your family. Click here and come take a look.