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Tips For Planning A Memorable Christmas Party

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If you don’t typically entertain guests in your home, even the thought of planning a Christmas party for your loved ones can be overwhelming. However, you don’t need to plan an elaborate event to host a memorable Christmas party. It’s okay to keep things simple. In fact, because so many people spend the holidays rushing around, your loved ones might appreciate a relaxed, casual gathering. Check out these tips to learn how to plan a simple, yet memorable, Christmas party for your family and friends. Give Your Party a Theme Take your holiday celebration to the next level and make planning simple by having a themed Christmas party. You just need to put a holiday twist on a fun party theme. For example, if you live in an area with a warm climate, you could host a “Christmas at the Coast” backyard beach-themed barbecue by asking your guests to come in beachy attire and decorating your yard with a combination of Christmas and beach-themed decorations. You can also roast a pig instead of serving Christmas ham. Alternatively, you could host a holiday-themed pajama party. Simply ask your guests to come dressed in their best winter pajamas. Then, instead of mingling over glasses of wine and champagne, you and your guests can watch Christmas movies and play board games all evening. Hire a Santa Many people only consider hiring someone to play Santa at their Christmas party if they are planning a party for children. But, what’s a Christmas party without Santa? Your adult guests can have just as much fun posing for pictures with Santa Claus, especially if you have fun props for them to use in their photos. So, consider setting a box filled with reindeer antler headbands, elf hats, and funky scarves out for your guests to play with when Santa arrives. Remember, when you hire a Santa for your party, you should have gifts for him to distribute. If children will be attending your party, purchase and wrap a small gift for each of them. If your Christmas party is “adults only” consider having Santa pass out gift certificates to all of your guests. Entertainment Chances are, your house will already be decorated for the holidays. So, you don’t need to put much effort into party decorations — unless you’re hosting a theme party. Instead, focus your energy on your party entertainment. Christmas carol karaoke is a great way to entertain guests of all ages. Alternatively, having a marshmallow roast, a gingerbread decorating contest, or a white elephant gift exchange are all good ways to keep your guests entertained. Remember, holiday parties are about spending time with your loved ones. So, instead of focusing on minute details while you’re planning your party, focus on things that you can do together. Before you know it, you’ll have a fun, memorable holiday gathering...

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Game On: Tips For Fixing And Maintaining A Pinball Machine

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One of the most beloved pastimes in America is the classic pinball machine. Whether you’re an arcade owner, collector, or just a fan of the game itself, these intricate machines consist of a whole lot of moving parts. If you own a pinball machine or even a few, there are some things you should know about when it comes to properly caring for or making repairs to your precious arcade game. Here are a few helpful tips that will prolong the life of your pinball machine so you can continue to enjoy playing with it for years to come. Keep Track Of Repair Since most pinball machines are full of tiny pieces and parts as well as a series of movements, it can be tough to keep track of what you’re doing when you make repairs. For example, if you begin to fix an issue with the flipper and a small gear comes loose, it can cause a snowball effect. Even losing or breaking one small part can render the machine unable to be played until it gets replaced. Keep track of everything you’re doing either by taking pictures as you go or writing it down. This will help you retrace your steps back if you need to determine what went wrong during the repair process so everything continues to run smoothly when you’re finished. Clean It Up In order for pinball to be a fun game, the surface or playfield should be kept as clean as possible. You can maintain a nice smooth playing surface by regularly dusting the playfield and finishing it with carnauba wax for a really slick playing field. You should also pay close attention to the balls being used. Even the tiniest nick, crack or ding can cause the balls to become wobbly and not play correctly. Replace balls that have become worn out so you’re sure that the machine is giving players the best experience possible.  Pay Attention When Moving Whenever you need to move your pinball machine, you run the risk of damaging the delicate parts inside. Be very careful when lifting and moving it, and never slide it across the floor. If you’re moving the machine a long distance, the playing mechanism section where the playfield is should be detached from the scoreboard head, and everything should be stored flat. Wrap everything in high-density foam or use a heavy-duty moving blanket to create a protective cushion. Always make sure everything is powered off and unplugged before attempting to move your pinball machine, and check everything thoroughly as soon as you plug it back in and set it up to be certain all of your lights and moving parts are working well. With a little extra TLC, you can enjoy your pinball machine without worry for a long time to come.  For more information, contact Great Selections or a similar...

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Fun Backyard Birthday Ideas For Your Kids Party: Big Yards And Small Yards

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If you’re planning on throwing your child an outdoor birthday party, then you should plan ahead and make it special. Take advantage of the nice weather and have some sort of fun kids entertainment arranged. Below you will see a few examples of some great entertainment ideas for your kids special day. Some will be perfect for people who only have a small backyard, while others are perfect if you have a big space with which to use. Small Space? No Problem If you only have a very small backyard space, then you might think that your limited to setting up a picnic table, decorating it, and putting out the cake. However, you do have some options. Here are a few options. Magician or Clown You can hire a magician or clown to work indoors, but they will have much more free rein outdoors. If the magician works with birds, balloons, or even rabbits, they probably like a large platform. It’s better working in the backyard then in a living room (unless you have a mansion)! Likewise, a clown will also have more space to gesticulate and perform their routine. Fiesta Time For older kids, you might like the idea of a Mexican themed fiesta. You can get a colorful piñata and fill it with candies and small toys. The adults can supervise the children going over and hitting the piñata. You can hang it from a tree limb in your yard. You could serve tacos and burritos and a tres leches cake. Big Backyard? Big Entertainment If you’re fortunate enough to have a large backyard, then you have a few more possibilities. You can still have the magicians, clowns or fiesta, but here are two other ideas to consider. Bouncy House These are large inflatable houses, sometimes called castles, which the kids can play around in. The floors are bouncy and the kids can jump and flip around in them. The companies who provide them will show up and inflate them before the party. Make sure that you pick one that has a good protection ring so people don’t go flying out. The ones that are designed for kids tend to have good safeguards, but it’s important to check it out. Pony Ride This is a real treat. You can hire a pony for your kids and their friends to ride around. The pony wrangler will walk the pony around the yard and help your kids on and off the horse. You could go with a cowboy or cowgirl theme, and have the yard decorated like a dude...

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Learning To Swim As An Adult? Use These Tips To Help You

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Learning to swim as an adult can be a daunting task. You might feel a little embarrassed about being a late starter and you might not know how to make your learning journey easier. Here are some things you can do to become an adult swimmer. Use Swimming Aids You might want to avoid getting any swim aids because you think they’re childish, but the right swim aids can help you focus on different elements of swimming so that you can become better overall. For instance, if you swim with a snorkel, you don’t have to worry about breathing. Instead, you can concentrate on your arm and leg movements. If you use a board, you can focus on your legs and kicking without having to breathe underwater. Look at all the swim aids available and consider how you might use them to make yourself a stronger swimmer. Get the Right Bathing Suit When you are trying to learn to swim as an adult, you have to rethink the string bikini or the huge board shorts. Look at what professional swimmers wear and consider getting a suit like theirs. With a proper bathing suit, you will be able to move more easily in the water and you won’t have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction while you’re trying to get your technique right. Join a Swim Club As an adult, it can be a challenge to find time to practice your swimming. And when you do, your local pool might be scheduled to run classes for children. It can be a challenge to find the time and right place to get your practice in. That’s why joining a swim club (like Jersey Wahoos Swim Club) can be a good idea. Not only will you be able to learn from other adults in the club, but you can improve your swimming with a purpose, as many swim clubs have competitions with other clubs in the area. Consider Private Swim Lessons You might be insecure about learning to swim as an adult, and with all the videos and information online you might think that you’ll be able to teach yourself. However, it can be helpful to have someone else observe what you’re doing and give you feedback to make things easier. Don’t worry that instructors will laugh at you; they are unlikely to do so. The individualized attention you receive will make you a better swimmer. Now that you have some ideas to help you get used to swimming as an adult, use the information above to get you started. Be sure to practice often so that you can be a better swimmer as time goes...

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4 Unique Ways To Entertain Guests At Your Wedding

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Planning your wedding is so much fun, especially once you realize that you can schedule anything you want. You get to decide what your wedding is like, and that’s a liberating thought. If you aren’t one for a black tie wedding, you may want to add a little personality to your reception. If you have a lot of people on the guest list, consider providing amazing entertainment options so they have something to do while you’re meeting and greeting. Your guests will stay longer and walk away thinking they just left the best wedding ever. Provide Yard Games  One way to entertain guests is by literally bringing in games for them to play. However, you can make it more fun and formal than putting board games out on each table. Create oversized, over-the-top yard games like life-size Jenga, Connect 4, and Bocce Ball. This is a great idea if your wedding venue is small and you want guests to enjoy the beautiful outdoor area at the reception.  Set Aside a Kids’ Area Another idea that will put you in the Reception Hall of Fame in your friends’ opinions is a kids’ area. When your wedding is laid-back and family friendly, there are bound to be small children running around. Your best friend may want to stay the entire night, but her 5-year-old will get bored within the hour. But not with a kids’ area! Set aside a corner with a plush rug, a little basket of books and toys, and kid-friendly snacks. Kids will enjoy themselves, and parents will thank you. Bring in a Caricature Artist If you want your guests to really enjoy themselves, bring in specialty entertainment like a caricature artist. They can set up an area near the photo booth and offer free caricature drawings for couples or even groups. You’ll bring in a state fair vibe (fun!), and guests will have a memento to take home at the end of the night. Who doesn’t love a personalized party favor?  Show Off a Fun First Dance  If you’re a natural dancer (or have always wanted to take wedding dance lessons), why not entertain guests yourself? Show off your moves with a truly entertaining first dance. Go for traditional ballroom, or spice it up with a spoof on a modern dance like the Nae Nae.  Whatever you decide to provide for entertainment, your guests will enjoy a personalized look at how you party. Make it your own and you can’t go...

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4 Tips For Planning Your Daughter’s DIY Princess Birthday Party

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Does your daughter have her heart set on a princess themed birthday party this year? Is your budget a little too tight to spend money on fancy decorations and favors? Don’t worry. You can plan a fun and memorable princess party and make many of the decorations and favors yourself. This will save you money and making the party items could be a fun experience for you and your daughter to share together. Here are four money-saving tips for planning your daughter’s princess party: Homemade invitations. There are plenty of princess-themed invites that you can order online or buy in party supply stores. However, it’s not necessary to buy fancy invites when you can make them yourself. Simply take a picture of your daughter in her favorite princess dress. Then simply upload the picture to your computer and create your own princess invitation. You can print the invites off from your home printer or take them to a print shop to have them printed on a heavier stock of paper. Princess cake. Again, you could get a princess cake from a baker, but that may be a little outside your budget. Instead, bake your own princess cake using a mixing bowl and a large plate. Put the cake batter on top of the plate and then put the bowl on top of the batter upside down. The bowl will give it a round shape much like the bottom half of a princess’s formal dress. When it’s done, you can decorate with icing to match your daughter’s favorite princess’s dress. You can also buy princess figures at many party supply stores to top off the special cake. Royal treats. A princess wouldn’t dine on pizza or hamburgers. Instead, create a meal fit for royalty with some basic items from your kitchen. Sandwiches are a good dish, but they shouldn’t be just regular sandwiches. Instead, use cookie cutters to turn them into formal finger sandwiches. You may even be able to find a crown-shaped cookie cutter to make the sandwiches match the party’s theme. Also, for a special treat, get some rock candy on sticks. You may be able to find pink-colored sticks at your local candy store. Then put those out on little plates at each seat around the table. They’ll look fancy and the kids will love them. Princess table ware. Finally, the table’s decoration can set the whole tone for the party. Use a pink table cloth and possibly put a white, lacy runner down the center. Create your own place mats out of colored paper. For an added touch, write quotes from your daughter’s favorite princess movies on each place mat. Quotes from movies like Cinderella, Snow White, and more recent movies could be a big hit. Ask your daughter what her favorite parts of the movies are to find good Frozen quotes, Cinderella quotes, and Tangled quotes. For more help, browse through a place that can teach you more like Disney Quotes. For more information, visit your local party supply store. They can help you find the right items to make your daughter’s party a...

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Hassle-Free Ways To Liquidate Your Relative’s Estate

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If you are the executor of the estate of a relative who has recently passed away, then you are likely feeling completely overwhelmed with the task. The good news is that there are some specific things that you can do to make the process a lot easier for yourself. Here are three suggestions to help you begin to liquidate your beloved relative’s estate: Gather All of Your Family Together at Your Loved One’s Home As the members of your extended family are sending you their condolences, they are also offering to help if you need assistance with anything. While it is human nature to resist their offers for help, this is one time where you should accept the help of any family members willing to donate some time to the cause. Organize a “work day” that will take place at your relative’s home. When everyone is gathered at their home, then allow your relatives to take whatever items they were left in the will, or that they may have an emotional attachment to. This step is vital because it allows people the chance to take mementos of their loved one and helps to stop any arguments later down the line about the disbursement of the estate. Sell Unwanted Gold and Silver for Scrap While you are inventorying the items in the estate, you should remove any gold and silver. Rather than have these type of items sold at an estate sale, you should sell the metal for scrap to a local jeweler. This will bring in the highest cost, and it will eliminate items which are often stolen at estate sales. Outsource the Estate Sale If you do not have time to price items and hold an estate sale, then you should hire an estate liquidation company to hold the estate sale for you. The estate liquidation company will have their staff come out to the house and create a complete inventory and price items for sale.  On the day of the estate sale, the company’s representatives will be onsite and will handle all aspects of the sale. After all of the items have been sold, then the estate liquidation company will furnish you with a detailed listing of what items were sold, how much they sold for, etc… You may need this information for the probate courts. Final Thoughts By following the suggestions above, you can liquidate your relative’s estate quickly and with the least hassle for you and your family. If you would like professional help liquidating the estate, then you should contact a licensed, insured estate liquidation company in your local area. Talk to experts like International Auction Gallery for more...

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Planning A Backyard Wedding On A Tight Budget

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If you have always imagined having an outdoor wedding, but your budget for the festivities is low, you can still create an unforgettable and beautiful event. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on flowers and decorations that people will enjoy for a few hours. More importantly, the day is about you and not décor. You can have a wedding in the yard of a family member or friend, at a local park that offers free rental, or somewhere that has property to rent at a low rate. When planning your reception, consider the following: Rent The Big Stuff There are some items that are easiest to rent, so you don’t have to deal with the set up and take down. All your need for your reception—or even for the ceremony itself—is a tent, tables, and chairs. The rental companies are going to do all of the heavy lifting, configuration and the take-down at the end of the event. You don’t have to worry about a thing. For more information, contact a company like Joliet Tent Co. Use Shabby Chic Décor You can get decorations for the event on a very tight budget, without having to sacrifice elegance. You can get floating lanterns to hang from the ceiling in packages at discount stores, along with crepe paper and balloons. You can also get candles at these stores, with a decorative mirror to place underneath—use these as the centerpieces with prepackaged flower petals. Add Christmas lights around the interior of the tent, place some fresh flower bouquets throughout the space, and you’ll have a complete look that is very low cost. Catering Is Easier Than You Think Do you ever sit at a wedding and feel like you are eating a bulk food store’s vegetables, salad or coleslaw? You probably are, because it’s easy for catering companies to purchase some of these items already prepped in bulk. You can get family members to help contribute or make a dish for the big day. You don’t need to have catered food to have a good time. Your budget wedding could be everything that you have ever dreamed of, if you think that you can manage to do the majority of the work on your own. You can get create and use ideas from pictures online to create your own decor and wedding theme, and you can save your money for the more important things that will come in your...

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3 Fun Ways To Save On Your Wedding Reception

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Are you planning your wedding? Are you trying to figure out how to have a great reception on a small budget? Here are some ideas that will help turn your wedding into a budget-friendly party: Potluck: Up until recently, many after-wedding meals were done potluck. The bride’s family would supply the cake and the guests would bring the remainder of the meal. Afterwards, the leftovers would be given to the newlyweds, so that they would be freed of needing to cook meals for the first day or two of their honeymoon. Resurrect this tradition by letting your guests know that you value their presence as you and your spouse-to-be solemnize your commitments to one another and that they should bring their favorite potluck dish to share, instead of gifting you an expensive present. These kinds of wedding receptions are great for couples with established households who do not need five more toasters and a half dozen bedspreads. Cupcake cake: It’s no secret that a beautiful wedding cake can be a substantial part of the budget for many wedding receptions. Instead of spending several hundred to a thousand dollars for a large cake that guests will only get to admire briefly, consider having a small one tier wedding cake made and serving your guests cupcakes. There are many cupcake stands out there that will allow you to use the small cake as the traditional top tier, while allowing your guests to help themselves to a cupcake. Nearly all cake flavors will work well as a cupcake, so try a few bakeries until you find one willing to make cupcakes in the flavor of your dreams. Cupcakes can also allow you to offer your guests three or four flavors, something that can be difficult to pull off with a normal tiered wedding cake. Early wedding: If you’re set on having what most people consider to be a normal wedding with a regular reception, consider holding the wedding earlier in the day. Lunch or even breakfast food is usually substantially cheaper than serving everyone dinner. In addition, because most receptions happen during the dinner hour, having a catered meal at another time could save you money on more than just the food. Some catering companies may offer discounts for wedding receptions held early in the day. They may also offer discounts for booking on a particular day of the week, when they might otherwise have no...

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Want To Get Started Playing Poker?

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Poker is one of the most popular gambling games. It is one of the only casino games that is a spectator sport. The WSOP is broadcasted every year. Thousands of people fly to Las Vegas and enter the World Series Of Poker. Thousands more watch the action on TV. Are you a poker fan, but have never played the game? It can be intimidating, so this article is designed to give you an idea of the different options for beginners. So, lets get started and see what your options are in the San Diego gambling area. You Saw It On TV, Now Play It In A Casino! If you like watching tournament poker, then it makes sense to play tournament poker. You will already be familiar with the rules and the structure. The added benefit is that you have a set amount of money you will put up. In a poker tournament, unlike in a cash game, you pay an entry fee and that’s all you have to spend. Only a certain percentage of the field will win a cash prize. Everyone’s entry fee is lumped together and then the top finishers all get a piece of it.  Here is a good example of how prizes are distributed. Tournaments are fast, fun, and a great value. Most casinos that offer poker also offer poker tournaments. Some places have daily tournaments that are over in a few hours. Other casinos run bigger weekly tournaments. Here is a list of some of the bigger tournaments that are scheduled in the upcoming months. Forget Tournaments. Show Me The Money! Maybe you like watching televised cash games like Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker. If that’s so, then you will prefer a cash game. Cash game poker is different from tournaments in that you can leave whenever you would like. You buy chips and play at a single table. There is no prize like in a tournament.  Each time you are involved in a hand, you have the chance to make money, as well as lose everything. So You Want To Play Cash: What Type? There are two types of cash game poker: No Limit and Limit. Limit games include Texas Hold’Em, Stud and Draw. No Limit is usually Texas Hold’Em. If you have never played a hand of poker before, then you should chose a low level game where the money at stake is not big. A popular game in casinos is $2 dollar No Limit and $4 dollar Limit. These are great for beginners. You can buy in for less than $100 dollars and get used to playing. When you visit a San Diego Casino, look for the floor person and tell them which game you...

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