Party Central

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Holidays / Social Life

Downsizing. It is one of the most common reasons people give for buying a home in Maples at the Sonatas. Once the children are on their own, many find there is no longer a need for as much living space.

And then there is maintenance. Our buyers also come looking for less upkeep, both inside and outside the home. After they settle in, they realize they are living comfortably — luxuriously even — in less square footage that is used more efficiently.

But what about those once- or twice-a-year, larger gatherings? Where is there room to host a holiday meal for the extended family? Where can you throw a graduation party? A milestone birthday party? A family reunion?

The best place to hold social events that do not fit comfortably in a home is the large party room in our clubhouse. Homeowners can reserve and rent this space for a reasonable fee and the obligation of cleaning up afterward.

Over the past few years, our clubhouse has served as a location for family dinners, holiday parties, wedding showers, baby showers, graduation parties, and birthday parties. It also has been used for a wedding reception and a celebration of life. The space is versatile enough to work for almost any gathering.

Let’s take a peek at a recent event to see how this space works. A couple of weeks ago, my neighbor, Bonnie, rented the party room for a bridal shower for her grandson’s fiancée. Bonnie was gracious enough to let me take a few photos during the shower; I was gracious enough to stay on the sidelines and not interrupt. This is how she and her family utilized the space.

First, they decorated the room.

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Our kitchen gave them ample space to serve food and beverages.

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The guests look comfortable as they watch the bride open her gifts.

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Before the shower ended, there was time to get this 4-generation photo of Bonnie, her daughter, granddaughter and great-grandson. Sweet memories of a wonderful family gathering.

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