Category Archives: Entertaining

Food Safety in Your Atlanta Apartment

Unattended cooking is the number one cause of fire in Atlanta apartments. According the National Fire Protections Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for kitchen fires in all homes. Frying poses the greatest risk to Atlanta apartment dwellers. Remember to follow all cooking directions when preparing your holiday meals this season.

Come home for the holidays this year. Come home to Emerald Pointe Apartments in Riverdale, Georgia.

Entertain in every square foot of your Atlanta apartment

Hosting a party in your Atlanta apartment is less restricted by the size of your rental than you think. Having the right furniture and layout provides more space for entertaining in an apartment or townhome. Invite everyone with room to spare. Try these tips to get the most out of every square foot.

Armrest free seating offers guests more flexibility for sitting. Benches at the dining room table and chic modern furniture, instead of traditional couches and loveseats, provide more seats in your apartment home.

Most people will hesitate to sit on a traditional coffee or end table. Be creative by considering alternatives. Decorative and useful, storage chests or ottomans with firm tops can make excellent tables AND they invite guests to have a seat.

The private patio at Riverside Apartment Townhomes

Entertain on a private outdoor patio at Riverside Apartment Townhomes

Expand your home onto the outdoor patio or balcony of your Atlanta apartment. We enjoy warm weather most of the year, so why not? While decorating for the party, carry the theme to your outdoor “living room.” Opening up the doors will relieve the congestion even in a tiny apartment. Remember to be considerate of your neighbors.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. celebrates summer at all 20 apartment communities in metro Atlanta. Start entertaining in a new home today!

Apartment Housewarming Party

Not long after you move into your new Atlanta apartment you will be ready to host a housewarming party. Don’t wait too long so the apartment will still feel like a new place. There are a few things you can do to ensure your party is fun for not only your guests, but also for you.

First, remember to invite your neighbors. Getting to know the other residents helps build the apartment community. Also the invitation, whether delivered in person or in writing, tells your neighbors why you have so many guests right after you move in. If the other apartment residents do not attend, be respectful and keep your party to reasonable hours. Follow the rules set up by the on-site management team.

Spacious living room and dining area at Oak Run Apartments

Oak Run Apartments in Jonesboro, GA – Now leasing 2 bedroom apartments

Next, be sure to keep it simple. Save time and money by keeping the affair casual. Provide some light snacks. If you want to keep people from being in and out of your fridge all night, fill one half of your kitchen sink with ice and place cold beverages in there. Instead of trying to have everyone’s favorite, pre-mix a couple different drinks. Just stir and pour over ice as people want them. This keeps the party cheap and cuts down on cleaning your apartment the next day.

Then make sure guests have see all your rooms. A housewarming is the one party when all of your guests should be checking out the spacious bedroom and walk-in closet of your apartment rental. You and everyone else will feel more comfortable if the place is clean and you have hidden all your old embarrassing childhood photos.

Finally, prepare a soundtrack in advance. Great music sets the tone for the entire party. Make a mix that will not over take the conversation. Choose beats that turn your apartment into a dance club if you want, but don’t forget your neighbors! Burn copies of the music for each guest to take home. It will be a great souvenir from your amazing Atlanta apartment.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. invites you to make your next housewarming party at one of our 20 affordable metro Atlanta apartment communities.

Having a roommate in your Atlanta apartment…

Stories of terrible roommates abound whether the parties began as BFF’s or met through a Craigslist apartment listing. Chances are, you have a bad roommate story, but don’t let that stop you from saving even more on your affordable Atlanta apartment. Co-existence can be made enjoyable with simple communication.

Interview. Before you co-sign the lease on an apartment rental, conduct a thorough interview with the candidates for roommate. Ask a lot of questions. People share tons of information on the internet these days. Look them up on Facebook or Google their names. Doing your research now may save you a nightmare later.

Two bedroom two bath floor plant at Riverside Townhome Apartments in Austell.

The 2 bedroom – 2 bath townhome at Riverside Townhome Apartments in Austell, GA is perfect for roommates, families or anyone that needs extra space.

Plan. Spell out the apartment rules from the start by talking about rent, bills, other common expenses, guests and household chores. Make sure you agree on how to keep your clean Atlanta apartment tidy. Cleanliness compatibility can affect your entire roommate relationship.

Discuss. Maintain an open dialogue about your living arrangement by being respectful and open-minded. Don’t sweat the small stuff, but don’t let issues fester either. Apartment lifestyle is about community which begins in your own apartment home.

Listen. Be honest but not too loud and listen. Whether it is a spacious Atlanta townhome or small Midtown apartment, it’s only natural for a roommate to do something that gets on your nerves and vice versa. If you have a bad roommate story, the other guy does too. Peacefully discuss your feelings about the trash being taken out rather than arguing. Treat your roommate the way you want to be treated.

Finally, don’t forget to do the dishes! If your roommate forgets once let it slide instead of leaving a strongly worded note. Just don’t let it become a habit. Be sure to wash your own, also.

Visit any one of JAMCO’s Atlanta apartment communities when it’s time to select your next apartment rental

Atlanta Apartments, get to know your neighbors

Meeting your neighbors in the apartment community is not as simple as it once was. Residents in Atlanta apartments have changed with the times. But getting to know your neighbors is not only fun, it is smart. People are busy, so here are few ideas for turning your Atlanta apartment complex into a real community.

Nothing brings people together like free drinks and snacks. Throw a party and invite all your neighbors. Even if only a few people attend, going door to door with an invitation puts a name to your face. Maybe the apartments feature a barbeque grill amenity you can use or supply your guests with plenty of home baked goods and other goodies neighbors might share.

Man’s best friend can help you meet new people too. Pet friendly Atlanta apartments bring animal lovers together. Walking your dog at the same times as your neighbors helps you socialize with other renters that have the same interest as you! And if Fido ever escapes, your neighbors will know where to return him.

Garage or yard sales are not just for single family homes. Organize a multi-family yard sale in your Atlanta apartment community or nearby. Make room in your spacious closet, a little cash and new friends all at the same time. Large multi-family sales bring a larger crowd so you can show those outside your apartment home what makes your community special. Before you know it, you’ll have new residents to meet!

Oak Run Apartments features bbq grills and a peaceful setting

Oak Run Apartments in Jonesboro, GA features bbq grills and a peaceful setting

The final tip for meeting and getting to know your neighbors may seem obvious. Be in the habit of saying hello. A friendly smile goes a long way in meeting others in the Atlanta apartments around you.

JAMCO Properties, Inc. maintains 20 pet friendly Atlanta apartment and townhome communities throughout metro Atlanta. Our on-site management teams organize events where residents can get to know each other and their apartment community.

Curry Deviled Eggs

With Easter around the corner Maplewood Pointe Apartments for lease in Jonesboro, GA
wanted to share this twist on classic deviled eggs.

IngredientsAtlanta Apartment Recipe for Entertaining
12 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon (2 tbl. if you ♥ it) curry powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, course ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons mango chutney 

1. Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks; place in small bowl. 
   Mash yolks with fork or potato masher.
2. Stir in mayonnaise, curry powder, mustard, pepper and 
   salt until smooth and creamy. 
3. Spoon or pipe mixture into egg white halves. 
4. Top each with a bit of mango chutney.
5. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.

To Hard Cook Eggs: Gently place eggs in single layer in medium saucepan. 
Add enough cold water to cover eggs with 1 inch of water. 
Bring just to boil on medium-high heat. Remove from heat. 
Cover and let stand about 15 minutes for large eggs.
Adjust time up or down by 3 minutes for each size larger or smaller.
After 15 minutes, pour off the hot water and 
rapidly cool eggs by running them under cold water.
Refrigerate and use within a week.

Atlanta Wedding Tips for Tiny Budgets

Atlanta brides can earn big savings by planning early. Decide in advance which elements of your wedding are most important to you and make your investment there. Also, look at some of these tips from The Village at Wesley Chapel apartments:

Simplify The devil is in the details. Cut back on what doesn’t mean so much to you, so you can invest in what does.

Cut the guest list. If your guest list is 150 try scaling it back to 100. Think about who you will remember 10 years from now when you look over the wedding album.

Drop the open bar. Offer a specialty drink that means something and sparkling wine. Most people don’t keep cash anymore, so a cash bar probably is out dated.

Set Trends for anything. Remember there are two of you. Tell the story of you as a couple. Don’t get lost in the craziness.

Upcoming Events

12 – 4 p.m., Sun, Feb 24: The Ultimate Wedding & Event Planning Expo at the Fabulous Fox, currently 50 percent off .

1 – 4 p.m., Sun. March 3: StudioWed Bridal Tea with cake tasting, table design and more for brides, mom and bridesmaids. Get 50 percent off the ticket price with the code “ajcbride.” The discount code is valid through Feb. 24.

12 – 5 p.m. Sun., March 10: Get half-priced tickets to the Georgia Bridal Show  which features a range of vendors showing their products and services.

Hotlanta NYE Party Ideas


Watching the giant peach drop in downtown Atlanta is a once in a life time New Year’s Eve experience. Do it once and you’re done! Expensive hotel parties can break the bank and with the holiday hub bub who has time to rent a tux? So why not ring in 2013 with your own celebration at home? No matter your budget or how many square feet you have, these party tips are for you:

  • You want people to move around and mingle, so don’t clutter your space with tons of decorations. Save space and money by letting your party favors (i.e. hats, noise makers, boas…) double as decor. Spread them out in the party area for guests to use as they want.
  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day AND it is inexpensive. A midnight brunch buffet is a trendy affordable way to give your friends a late night bite. Danishes, casseroles, fruit salad, and even cold cereal are easy.
  • Don’t forget cocktails, keep it simple. Search the internet for one holiday themed cocktail and serve sparkling wine at midnight. Provide mixers like soda, juice, lemons, and limes for guests that might bring something special or that won’t drink. Remind everyone to drink responsibly and have the phone number for a taxi service if you need it.
  • People will be kissing at midnight. Have mints available.
  • Finally, put together a take home recovery kit for everyone. Pack asprin, bottled water, vitamin C, and maybe a burned CD of your favorite songs from the previous year.

You can entertain from the comfort of your own home or apartment on a small budget and be the toast of the town. Just remember to have fun and be safe.

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