Let’s Make Your Memorial Day a DIY Breeze

If you have ever had the responsibility of hosting a get-together over Memorial Day weekend, you probably know that it can be a daunting task. Between barbecuing, decorating, and general mayhem, the three-day weekend can feel like its own brand of work. To ease those stresses, we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite DIY Memorial Day traditions that can make everyone’s lives easier. Who knows, you might even have a little fun with them!

Make decoration creation a family event

If your attic shelters a full array of patriotic decorations, it may be no trouble for you to adorn your home appropriately. For the rest of us, here are some family-friendly options for last minute party décor.

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  • Grab several slats of wood, paper, or any other surface you feel comfortable displaying.
  • Set up a “paint-friendly” space, ideally outdoors, with rags or paper laid out underneath to avoid excess mess.
  • Optionally, you can create or buy stencils of flags, fireworks, stars, and other thematic artwork to help guide the youngest in the group.
  • Set up the kids with age-appropriate artistic implements and let them go wild. While a watchful eye will surely remain necessary, not only will you have family-approved decorations for the weekend, you might just get a moment to actually catch up with one another.

It’s the little things

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  • Candle holders and vases make just as big an impact in theming as grand gestures. Small DIY decorations such as adding stars and stripes to your accent pieces helps flesh out the theme you’re going for.
  • By sticking with a consistent artistic tool (sharpie, paint, pencil, etc.) you can deliver a sense of consistency to your guests while saving yourself time an effort.
  • Function can be found in all sorts of items. If you find yourself caught in a windy day on Monday, your creations can play double-duty as paperweights and board game savers.

Help nature help you

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  • The simplest of decorations are those that grow all by themselves. Whether in bouquet form, wreaths, or, in your own garden, natural coloring adds the perfect touch to your party decor.
  • Mixing roses, petunias, and irises creates a charmingly patriotic array.
  • Plan for your guests! Will there be children at your party? Setting out a dozen single-stem vases will look great but may lead to disaster, so consider your audience before decorating.

This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com Blog. 

Local Market Update – May 2018

Another month, another record. Despite a slight uptick in inventory that showed the highest level of active listings since last August, both King and Snohomish counties saw home prices in April hit all-time highs. There is less than one month of inventory available in both counties, far below the four to six months of supply that is considered “balanced.” As long as the severe shortage of homes remains, improving supply is unlikely to reverse rising prices.

Eastside

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With the median price on the Eastside hovering at just under $1 million, you’d expect a softening of the market. Instead, sales were strong at every price point. The median price of $943,000 was a slight dip from the record of $950,000, but up 7 percent from last April. That does show some price moderation. According to Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner, mortgage rates are expected to increase modestly in the coming months, which he predicts should further moderate price growth.

King County

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After setting a record in March, the median price of a single-family home in King County hit a new high of $725,000 in April. Prices soared 16 percent over a year ago, an increase of $100,000.  The rising cost of both rental and home prices is taking its toll. According to a new study, 68 percent of King County residents rate the quality of life here as high but 35 percent said the cost of living is the worst problem in the county.

Seattle

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The median cost of a single-family home in Seattle was $819,000, unchanged from March but up 13 percent from a year ago. There doesn’t appear to be any price relief in the near future. The booming job market in Seattle continues to fuel housing demand that far exceeds supply. As a result, home prices are predicted to rise at above-average rates in the coming year.

Snohomish County

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In Snohomish County, the median price of a single-family home exceeded half a million dollars, setting a new record for the region. The typical home cost of $505,975 in April was up 15 percent over the same time last year. Despite record-setting prices, the area continues to draw buyers seeking to find more affordable housing options. Of the 100,000+ people who leave King County each year, the majority move to Snohomish County.

Join Us For The 2018 Windermere Cup Weekend!

 

Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington are excited to host the women’s crew from the Dutch National Rowing Team and the men’s crews from Oxford Brookes University and the University of British Columbia as the challengers for the 32nd annual Windermere Cup Regatta on Saturday, May 5th.

Enjoy the annual regatta as part of Seattle’s Opening Day of Boating Season followed by the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. This year’s regatta will include 23 races featuring athletes ages 14-70.

Schedule of Events

 8:30 – 9:00 am Pick up coffee, scones and find your spot along the Montlake Cut or Bridge for the races.
9:40 am Montlake Bridge closes
10:00 am – Noon Windermere Cup Regatta (22 Races)
10:14 am

The Battle of the Brave:
Police vs. Fire Department Race
 12:30 – 1:00 pm Windermere Cup and Cascade Cup Award Ceremony (Stage)
 1:00 – 2:30 pm Masters, Collegiate and Junior’s Award Ceremony (Stage)
 3:00 pm Montlake Bridge Opens

More than 800 athletes earn a spot to compete in this prestigious event, which culminates with the women’s and men’s Windermere Cup races. After the races, fans are invited to join the regatta champions for an awards ceremony and presentation of the Windermere Cup Trophy on the stage located near the finish line at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Admission to this event is free. Viewing is available on the shores of the Montlake Cut or by boats anchored to a log boom in Lake Washington.

 

Party On The Cut

$10 Child Admission | $25 General Admission ($30 at the gate)

The boats hit the water Saturday morning but the party begins Friday night! Kick off Windermere Cup weekend at Seattle’s annual party on the Montlake waterfront featuring three live bands: Brian DiJulio & the Love Jacks, The Groove Surfers and SPIKE & THE IMPALERS! Enjoy live music, food vendors, beer garden, lawn games and more Friday, May 4th from 6-10 PM on the northeast shore of the Montlake Cut. All ages are welcome!

Proceeds from the Party on the Cut will establish rowing scholarships for low income youth through the Windermere Foundation.

Download the App!

Looking to find all the information for the 2018 Windermere Cup in one place while you’re on the go? Download the Windermere Cup 2018 App now! You can access the schedule, stay up-to-date on the events, and more. Go to Google Play Store or IOS App Store, download “CrowdCompass AttendeeHub”, then search for “Windermere Cup 18.”