Orange County

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So, you’ve got a new place—time to celebrate! Welcome friends and family into your fresh digs with a housewarming party. Here, we spotlight five tips for throwing a fun, stress-free fête that will help you and your guests feel at home in your new abode.

POTLUCK THEME - Get to know your new neighbors by opting for a potluck party. Ask guests to bring over their favorite dishes (always nice conversation starters) and be sure to provide plenty of cocktails, mocktails and additional snacks. 

EASY SNACKS TO SERVE - If you’d rather provide the eats yourself, consider savory and sweet options that can be made in bulk and stay fresh for a while—appealing to guests at all stages of the party. Make a tray of ham and swiss cheese sliders (and be liberal with the

Feeling at home also means feeling at peace, and these four residences have been thoughtfully designed—some using the ancient energy-focused Chinese art of placement, Feng Shui—to maximize good vibes and positive energy. 

720 Griffith Way, Laguna Beach

Built in the 1940s, this pair of beach cottages boasts an eclectic mix of retro-chic style and breezy, new-age serenity. Crystal chimes are hung prominently in the living room, and an amphitheater yard is the perfect setting for relaxing outdoor movies or transporting musical jam sessions. Represented by Michael Caruso and Phillip Caruso, these quaint, beachy abodes will capture the heart of today’s bohemian-spirited nature-lovers. 

Oakview, Montecito

Represented by Eric Haskell,

Summer is winding down, but there’s still time to savor the season. From street festivals to craft fairs here are four of our favorite end-of-summer activities in Orange County. 

KNOTT'S BERRY FARM - Now is the perfect time to spend a day at Knott’s—with school back in session, the crowds will be smaller and the lines for rides shorter. Plus, the much-beloved Knott’s Scary Farm kicks off September 19, promising haunted mazes, dramatic shows and more than 1,000 creepy creatures around the park—it’s the perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit.  

FIESTAS PATRIAS FESTIVAL AND PARADE - September 14 and 15 from noon to 10pm, head to 602 N Flower Street in Santa Ana for the Fiestas Patrias Festival and Parade, which offers delicious food, carnival


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Orange County.

VEG OUT HERE - Get your fill of fabulous plant-based foods at the OC Vegan Fest Downtown, which features more than 25 cruelty-free vendors making a range of eats and treats, from vegan chocolate and cheese to burgers and banh mi. The free festival takes place from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, September 8 at 253 E 3rd Street in Santa Ana. 

TOAST TO A GREAT CAUSE HERE - Tickets are going fast for the 10th Annual OC Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival, an all-day, family-friendly event on Saturday, September 7 from 11am to 7pm. Choose from more than 160 craft beers—you’ll get unlimited tastings, so be sure to pace yourself. After a few brews, check out the cigar lounge


A memorable day calls for an epic venue, and these five spots in and around Orange County promise to provide truly unforgettable settings. Whether you and your partner are drawn to ocean views, scenic vineyards or want to add your own style to a blank canvas, these Orange County venues has something for every couple. 

SEVEN 7 SEVEN - Set in the lively Laguna Arts District—home to dozens of galleries and studios—Seven 7 Seven is an indoor-outdoor space that can be adapted to deliver a range of wedding aesthetics, from classically elegant to relaxed and contemporary. For the ceremony opt for the lush courtyard bursting with greenery and an atmospheric waterfall. Receptions can take place nearby under a beautifully lit tent. 

THE WATERFRONT BEACH RESORT -


A memorable day calls for an epic venue, and these six spots in and around Southern California promise to provide truly unforgettable settings. Whether you and your partner are drawn to ocean views, hotels with a Hollywood history or rustically elegant ranches in the Santa Monica Mountains, these SoCal venues have something to appeal to every couple. 

MILLENNIUM BILTMORE HOTEL - If it's Old Hollywood glamour you seek, book the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. For more than 100 years, this iconic Downtown Los Angeles venue has been a coveted site for weddings and receptions. The hotel’s legendary Crystal Ballroom—with stunning, hand-painted 30-foot ceilings, carved columns and glimmering mirrors—was host to the Academy Awards in 1927. Dazzling Austrian crystal


Keeping our lives and homes organized is truly a never-ending challenge—but there are ways to make the task slightly less daunting. In addition to providing a sense of calm, an uncluttered space lets your home’s interesting design features shine and architectural elements breathe. Here, we spotlight eight tips to maintain a tidy home (and a peaceful mind) from leading authors, life coaches and organization gurus.  

VISUALIZE THE ORGANIZED ROOM - “When I’m decluttering, I like to take a moment to take a look at a room, and think about how I want it to look,” says author and Zen Habits founder Leo Babauta. “What are the most essential pieces of furniture? What doesn’t belong in the room but has just gravitated there? What is on the floor—only furniture and


Originally named for the acres of citrus groves that once flourished on its land, Orange County still offers a range of fresh produce and fruits from its local orchards and farms. These seven markets and cafes offer all kinds of locally sourced crops and products—make sure to support their efforts the next time you head to OC. 

SURF CITY NIGHTS - On Tuesdays, take to Main Street in Huntington Beach, where from 5pm to 9pm, the first three blocks are closed to traffic and  bustling with bikers, local artisans, fresh produce, flowers, live music and games for Surf City Nights. During this community event, local shops and eateries also offer sidewalk sales and exclusive deals. Pick up fresh-cut flowers, local baked goods, and dried fruit and nuts. 

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Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Orange County.

FOR A FAIR AMOUNT OF FUN - Make time to catch the OC Fair before it leaves town August 11! From delicious deep-fried fare to all kinds of nighttime entertainment, the fair has something for everyone. See local bands perform at The Hangar or do karaoke with a live band at the Plaza Stage—just make sure to play some carnival games before you leave. Someone has to win those prizes! 

FAM FRIENDLY FEST - Party for the arts at Brea Fest on August 16 at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center. From 6:30pm to 10:30pm, enjoy food from over 30 area restaurants, plus live music, theater performances, a balloon artist, magicians and much more. Admission is free, but there is


From fantastic fresh cocktails to sensational seasonal dishes, there’s an art to throwing a beautiful summer BBQ in the OC. Boasting about 278 sunny days each year, Orange County’s weather provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy summery weather year-round. So, no matter what kind of celebration is on this season’s calendar, here are a few tips to help make your next fête unforgettable. 

Summer is Served - Celebrate SoCal’s bountiful summer harvest by serving up dishes that highlight the season’s brightest flavors. This grilled salmon with lime and avocado-mango salsa and coconut rice has the perfect amount of tropical zest, and this grilled flank steak pairs beautifully with summer veggies like corn, zucchini and tomatoes. 

Game Time - Beat the heat (and