10 Simple Ideas for Decorating for the Holidays!

The holiday season is upon us. We have come up with a list of 10 simple ideas to bring the holidays into your home!


1) Twinkle lights hung from the ceiling and around doorways are perfect when space is at a premium!


2) No room for a tree? A little tabletop vignette with candles and greenery is appropriately festive.


3) Mistletoe is a Christmas classic that doesn’t take up any space at all. All you need is a doorway (or ceiling).


4) The idea of leaning a wreath on a bar cart (or bookcase or dresser) is super simple and easy! No hanging required.


5) If having a tree is an absolute necessity, try a compact tabletop version.


6) If even a tabletop tree is out of the question, look even littler. Tree branches in vases on a tabletop or windowsill are a stylish solution.


7) With slightly larger branches, you can even add ornaments.


8) Drape a garland around a mirror or doorway.


9) If you’ve got a chandelier, it could be the perfect spot for a little holiday greenery.


10) And finally, if you haven’t got a chandelier at all — why not just hang something from the ceiling? Think of it as a sort of upside-down Christmas tree.

We hope that these 10 simple ideas help your home decorating process this Holiday season!

Thanks to ApartmentTherapy.com

Top 5 Things to Remember When Hosting a Holiday Party

Now that some major Holidays are on the horizon, it’s time to begin planning for the years most festive celebrations. Whether you are having an intimate romantic dinner for two — or a 20 person cocktail party — it’s always nice to be prepared.

Even if you must prepare a checklist to ensure you have everything you need…it will be more than helpful.


1. Gather together your flatware, linens, candlesticks and place settings. Make sure you have everything washed, cleaned — and most of all — the right amount for all your guests (don’t forget some extras for multiple courses or dropped spoons!).

2. Place cards should always be considered when you’re hosting a large dinner party of mixed crowds. You would hate for your Aunt Helen to mistake your Boss for your best friend’s husband, right? It’s a subtle way to introduce yourself and often make good conversation starters.

3. A centerpiece to any table should be full of color, grab the attention of the room and most of all should be festive. I love this squash centerpiece above, with the clean white dishes and linens. Very elegant, classic and will warm up the table immediately!

4. When considering which beverages to serve, consider that not everyone prefers wine with dinner. Whether you’re serving a cabernet or a pinot grigio, it might be helpful to have champagne, a bottle of vodka or gin and some beer handy. For the underage , make sure you to supply sodas, juices, and when I was a kid I always did love a fancy Shirley Temple. Bottled water both flat and sparkling go nicely with orange and lime slices. Also consider these few things when preparing your menu; are there any vegetarian or vegan guests? Do any of your guest have food allergies? Will anyone need a kosher prepared meal? We don’t want anyone left offended, sick or starving at your party.

5. Breaking out a nice dinner set for special occasions always feels a bit more formal. It doesn’t have to be your great grandparents’ china, but splurging on some “special” plates and glasses is worth it. Plus, do you want to serve your special holiday roast on the same plate you cook Monday’s spaghetti on every week?

Hopefully these tips will ease the stress of hosting the next holiday party at your home!

Looking for more space at Latitude 44 Apartments? Do not forget that the Event Center is AVAILABLE to be reserved for your next gathering. Call 920-707-4222 to reserve your next get together TODAY!

Originally posted by: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/hosting-a-holiday-party-131221

Latitude 44 Apartments NOW COMPLETE!

We have come a long way over the past two and a half years. The completion of building #9 marks the end of construction at Latitude 44 Apartments. New residents started to move in today and make L44 their new home. Building #9 has been completed a full two weeks early and we are excited to welcome the new tenants before the New Year.

We would like to that all of our current residents for your patience. It has been a long journey since we broke ground in the Spring of 2012. Many adjustments have been made along the way to make Latitude 44 Apartments like none other in the area. Below are photos from throughout the construction process at L44.

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Building 9 December 14

With the completion of building #9 Latitude 44 now consists of 52 total units that our tenants call home. In the spring of 2015 we will be finishing up some odds and ends like grass planting, landscaping repair and continued site improvements. Additionally in 2015 we will be working hard on tenant-management communication, making sure that we are as available and flexible as we can. Future plans for L44 include a landscaped fence behind building #8 & #9 between the two buildings and Prospera CU parking lot, adding additional guest parking spaces, future storage garages, and a final coat of black top throughout the complex. These are items to help continue to improve Latitude 44 as a community.

We are excited to kick off 2015 with all of our 52 units full, meaning the community of Latitude 44 is thriving! In 2015 we will host a number of events for our residents to encourage the community feel and lifestyle. 2015 will be all about the community of L44 and focusing on improving the lifestyle that is Latitude 44 Apartments!

If you are interested in becoming a resident at L44 follow the link to our Contact Us Page: http://www.l44appleton.com/contact-us

Trick or Treat – First Annual Latitude 44 Apartments Halloween Party!

Happy Halloween!Halloween is just a few days away! Many people are putting the final touches on costumes, trick or treat routes, and Halloween Parties! We here at Latitude 44 are putting the final touches on our own Halloween Party which will be held on Friday October 31st from 6 – 9 PM at the Event Center! We hope that all our current and future residents can join us! We have also put together a list below of local trick or treat hours in the communities near Latitude 44 Apartments.

Local Trick or Treat hours:

Appleton: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31

Brillion: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Buchanan: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 31

Chilton: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31

Clintonville: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Combined Locks: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Freedom: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Grand Chute: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Greenville: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Harrison: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Kaukauna: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31

Kimberly: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Little Chute: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Menasha (city and town): 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Neenah (city and town): 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31

New London: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Seymour: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31

Shiocton: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Stockbridge: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Winneconne: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31

Wrightstown: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 31

Once you have made the rounds through many of the local towns and cities be sure to stop by the First Annual Latitude 44 Halloween Party! We will have food, fun, games, and prizes! We encourage costumes and have plenty of food, refreshments, candy, and prizes to go around! We have goodie bags for the kids along with Halloween cookie decorating and mini pumpkin decorating! Games including: pumpkin bowling, candy corn toss, and witch pitch (ring toss) will be occurring throughout the night! We have plenty of prizes and fun to go around!

Do not miss the First Annual Latitude 44 Apartments Halloween Party! We have been hard at work decorating the entire Event Center in advance for this great community event!

First Annual Latitude 44 Apartments Halloween Party – Located in the Event Center at L44 – October 31st, 6 – 9 PM!

This is just one of the many events that we plan to throw for the community of Latitude 44!

If you are interested in joining us as a resident at Latitude 44 please contact us today!


Latitude 44 Construction Update


Wow we really have come along way so far this year. We are in the final phase of construction! The final building, building #9 is really starting to come along!


The entire building has been framed up, trusses set, and sheeting for the roof has just been installed. Front sidewalks will be poured very soon. Shingles and siding are the next big step as far as exterior work goes. Then onto the inside.




Inside work work starts with rough-ins. Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC rough-ins need to be done before the entire building can be insulated. Once insulation has been put up it is time for windows, exterior doors, and drywall. Drywall is then covered with plaster. With the cool, dry, fall weather plaster can be dry and ready to be painted in just a couple days! The painters cover all windows and exterior doors before spraying out the entire unit. Sprayed on paint speeds up the painting process drastically in comparison to rolling it on and provides better coverage on the textured walls.



Once painting has been completed. We can start installing the flooring. During flooring installation we are also able to start the finish carpentry. Finish carpentry consists of trim, installing cabinets, and hanging doors. Once the finish work has been completed we will install the appliances, clean, and welcome in our new tenants!the flooring can be installed.

Building #9 is set to be completed by the end of 2014 and we will be welcoming in the new residents on January 1, 2015! If you are interested in joining us at Latitude 44 be sure to reserve your NEW home now. Only 4 units remain!

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Community First – Fox Cities Marathon!

Community First Fox Cities Marathon - Presented by Kimberly-ClarkThere is still time to sign up for this years Community First Fox Cities Marathon! The 2014 Community First Fox Cities Marathon will take place this weekend, this is a whole weekend of events planned with the whole family in mind. It all kicks off tonight September 19th at 4:00 PM at Appleton North High School!

This years weekend of events kicks off with the Guardian Kids Fun Run. The 2014 Guardian Kids Fun Run will take place at the Appleton North High School Track & Field complex.  Join us this year as kids will be able to run and finish on the state of the art high school track complex! Below is important times for this event:

4:00 p.m. Registration

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. - Huggies® Diaper Dash & Toddler Trot- FREE!!

5:30 p.m. Mini-Dash

6:30 p.m. 1/4 Mile Race

7:00 p.m. 1/2 Mile Race

When you register for the Guardian Kids Fun Run you will be asked which race your child will be running. This is to help us coordinate the runs the most efficiently so everyone enjoys the experience and has fun!

2014 Registration Fee - ONLY $10!


The weekends events continue with the Health & Wellness Expo which also kicks off on Friday, September 19 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, September 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The 2014 Network Health Health & Wellness Expo returns to the UW-Fox Valley Field House and Communication Arts Center. This event features high-quality vendors with many of the products, samples and latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition that our participants have come to expect.

For 2014 Network Health Health & Wellness Vendors and information follow the links to visit the vendor websites and to learn more about what they will have to offer YOU at this year’s expo: AdvoCare, Affinity Health SystemAirfeet InsolesBondi BandCelebrate The RunCellcomCellcom Green Bay MarathonConcordia University of Wisconsin – Appleton CenterThe Chiropractic AdvantageFitleticFleet Feet Sports Fox Valley, Genesis Chiropractic, GNC Live WellHB TuneMadison MarathonMassage Envy SpaMotionWorks Physical TherapyNational Running CenterNaute’ SportNetwork HealthReal Time Pain ReliefRun Away ShoesSimple-TrendsSPIbeltSportHooksSynChartUniversity of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, and many more!

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The action continues on Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 9:00AM with the Affinity Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 5K Run/Walk! Run, jog or walk the exciting 3.1 mile course, starting and finishing at Riverside Park in Neenah.  Not only does the course feature flat terrain and residential neighborhoods, the final mile is along beautiful Lake Winnebago.  Finishing at the same location as the Sunday Marathon & Half Marathon participants, you’ll experience an energy and excitement unmatched at any other 5K event! All participants will receive a custom-printed short-sleeve shirt, finisher medal, and post-race refreshments. The Affinity Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 5K Run/Walk is also stroller and dog friendly!  The little riders and furry friends do not need to be registered. An event designed with the entire family in mind!

Sunday September 21st is the grand finnally for the weekends events with three races! The ThedaCare Half Marathon, the Orthopedic & Sports Institute Relay Marathon, and the Community First Fox Cities Marathon. 

The ThedaCare Half Marathon Open Division begins at 7:00 a.m. with the Competitive Walk Division starting at 7:05 a.m. in front of the Barlow Planetarium on the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley campus in Menasha. The 13.1 mile route will follow the Marathon course until mile 2.25 where it splits off on its own before rejoining the last 8 miles of the Marathon to the finish line.  The course features a flat terrain with only one bridge overpass at mile 2. All Half Marathon finishers receive a 2014 custom printed short sleeve technical FINISHERS shirt and a Finishers medal to commemorate their race participation and finish at the 2014 ThedaCare Half Marathon!

Round up your family, friends, or co-workers and get in on the excitement of the Orthopedic & Sports Institute Relay Marathon!  Relay teams are comprised of 2-5 people, each of whom runs one (or more) leg of the race and hands off the timing tag to the next runner at pre-set relay exchange zones. Team members will wear a timing tag on a strap attached to their race bib and will hand off the tag to their teammate at designated Relay Zones.  Relay legs vary in distance (see below). All participants receive a 2014 custom printed short sleeve technical shirt and a finisher’s medal to commemorate their race participation and finish of the 2014 Orthopedic & Sports Institute Relay Marathon!

The Community First Fox Cities Marathon begins in front of the Barlow Planetarium on the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley campus in Menasha and makes its way through seven Fox Cities communities before finishing at scenic Riverside Park near downtown Neenah. We offer a 6:00 a.m. early start ONLY for participants expecting to finish in 7+ hours.  The earlier start time allows you to be able to beat any heat concerns on race day and makes you part of a finish line with Half Marathon & Relay Marathon participants featuring over 5,000 runners and walkers! All Full Marathon finishers receive a 2014 custom printed long-sleeve technical FINISHERS shirt and a Finishers medal to commemorate their race participation and finish at the 2014 Community First Fox Cities Marathon!  For additional information click on this link: http://www.foxcitiesmarathon.org/marathon.html

This is an action packed weekend with plenty of opportunity for the whole family to get out and get active! For additional event and race information follow this link: http://www.foxcitiesmarathon.org/

Quarry Quest!

Quarry QuestDon’t miss out on all the action this weekend at Quarry Quest: An Earth Moving Experience! Quarry Quest is an exciting family learning event that is held at Michels Materials limestone quarry in Neenah, Wisconsin. The event provides an opportunity to educate the whole family about the mining and construction industries.

Quarry Quest is more than just an exciting family experience. This a learning opportunity and a great fundraising event. The fun begins with being able to take a tour a live working quarry, riding on and exploring gigantic construction equipment, and a whole host of hands on activities. Activities include prospecting for fool’s gold, mixing up a batch of concrete, and constructing a wall with bricks and mortar.

Family fun, educational experiences, and rides; all while raising money for children’s charities and the Environmental Education Fund throughout the community. Quarry Quest was an created in 1998 by a team of community organizations in order to help provide a better understanding of the construction and mining industries. The greater goal was to be able to educate the community while raising funds to give back to local community through local charities!

bca48a4e-3faa-491d-aa4e-f69d71861b9e-quarry-1Over the last 15 years the event has continued to grow as a great community event. It now includes more than 250 businesses and 1,000 volunteers in order put on the super successful event, each year. Over the last decade the event has attracted 200,000 people and raised more than $1,000,000 for local children’s charities and the Quarry Quest Environmental Educational Fund, which is dedicated to funding grants for classroom supplies, activities and field trips related to earth science, geology and construction.


Quarry Quest 2014 will be held on September 13th. The event kicks off at 9 AM and runs until 4 PM, with lots of activities all day long! This years activities include:

Cool Cranes
Take control of a giant crane for some exciting equipment action.

Diggin’, Dumpin’ an’ Liftin’
Here’s your chance to work the controls of a giant backhoe or loader (along with an experienced operator) and ride high above the quarry in a boom lift.

Cooking Up a City
Learn how to make concrete—watch it firm up right before your eyes.

Brick Laying 101
The original LEGO blocks! Construct a wall with bricks and mortar.

Jammin’ for Gems
Go on a treasure hunt for various colored gemstones. Dig up a buried treasure box with a special surprise inside.

Jewelry Jamboree
Make your own jewelry with these sparkling “stony gems.”

Prospecting for Fool’s Gold
Be a miner for a day—sift through sand for golden nuggets of pyrite! Find a gold coin for a special prize.

All these great activities listed above and so much more! Do not miss out on this years Seek It! Seek It! is a Quarry Quest challenge designed to promote some of the great sponsors that help make Quarry Quest happen. Complete the game card and turn it in at the TREASURE TREK activity on Sept. 13th for your chance to win a gift basket valued at $250! And while taking in all the excitement and adventure be sure to check out the Sand Sculpting, featuring Disney Themed Sculptures!

Quarry Quest is just a short drive from Latitude 44 and definitely worth the trip!


Grandparents Weekend at Trout Museum of Art

04e2a1a9c3b73d6ad7361a19f1343302Downtown Appleton is always full of life and full of family fun! This weekend is no exception. This weekend September 6th & 7th it is Grandparents weekend at the Trout Museum of Art.

This special event was designed for grandparents to bring the grandchildren down for a weekend full of fun at the Fox Cities Building for the Arts. The Fox Cities Building for the Arts is home to The Trout Museum of Art, APPLETON BOYCHOIRFOX VALLEY SYMPHONY, MAKAROFF YOUTH BALLET, and newVoices. The highlight of this weekend is the exhibit at the Trout Museum of Art.

Seuss Home Page SMThe current exhibit is Under the Hat: The Many Worlds of Dr. Suess. This weekend take a peek Under the Hat and explore imaginative worlds through the art of Dr. Seuss.  From his well-known illustration art, to the oddities of his ‘unorthodox taxidermy’, to his early work in war-time advertisements—join us to see Dr. Seuss like never before!

FREE activities with admission or membership:

* Grandchildren (under 18 years old) are FREE with paid grandparent admission

* Self-guided tour and gallery activity for kids

* Guided docent tour Saturday 11am-Noon

* Grandparent-led story stations inside the gallery

A great community and family event! Gather the grandchildren and spend the day at the Trout Museum of Art in Downtown Appleton!

For more information go to: http://www.troutmuseum.org/Seuss

L44 Construction In Final Stage

Latitude 44 is in the final phase of the construction process. Building #7 has been completed and we were able to welcome our new residents as of August 1st! We are happy to be in the final stretch of construction with building #8 ready to be painted and have the finishing touches installed. The FINAL building, building #9 has been started. We are on schedule to have all the buildings completed by 2015!

Building 8

Building 8 Progress

Building #8 has been coming along nicely this summer. This building will be a 6 unit townhouse, with each unit being a 3-bedroom. Siding is being completed, paint is going on the walls, next step is the finishes. We are on schedule to welcome our second to last group of tenants in October! We are also excited to announce that we have the building filled as far as tenants go and they are anxiously awaiting its completion!


The FINAL building, building #9 is ready to be framed up. We are hoping that we can get a stretch of nice dry weather in order to get all the walls up. Once completed building #9 will feature 6 townhouse style units, with all 6 being 3 bedrooms. Weather permitting this fall, we are expecting to welcome our final round of NEW tenants into building #9 on January 1, 2015! Still looking to fill some open units in the final building, do not miss you chance to Latitude 44 home!

Building 9

Building 9 Progress

Contact us today!


Construction Update

Event Center Now Open

Event Center

Latitude 44 is really starting to come together. The Event Center is now accessible and we are excited to open its doors to the residents of the Latitude 44 community*.  Equipped with a fitness room, office, reservable party room and bathrooms, the Event Center adds great amenities to your experience as an L44 resident.  Feel free to give us your feedback and let us know what you think of the fitness room.

Please note: The parking spaces located directly in front of the event center are for vehicles using the center. These spots are not intended for overflow parking.

*Residents, if you have not picked up a key for the Event Center and would like to use the fitness area please contact our office.

Construction Continues: Building 7 is Underway!

Building 7

We recently broke ground at the site of Building 7, a 6-unit townhouse with six 3-bedroom units. Reservations are now being accepted for this building. It is important to get on our list early as these units will fill up fast!

Stay tuned for more updates on the progress at Latitude 44!