Using a Year-Round Haunted House for Profit: Tips for Haunting Appeal

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

A haunted house is typically something people associate with the Halloween holiday, but people love being spooked or trying something new for a date night or day out with friends any time of the year. If you want a quirky way to make money while giving people a good fright, consider doing a haunted house all year long. You can do this by adding special features to make it more about spontaneity and less about the creepy and crawly. Here are tips to make a year-round haunted house a real hit in your community. Have a night club appeal A haunted house that features a night club the whole gang can enjoy with a dance floor, fun lighting, and a smooth DJ is bound to be a hit. The haunted aspect can lie entirely in surprise: the DJ can release sound effects throughout songs that are meant to startle and incite a few goosebumps, such as a wolf howl, a foghorn, or even a hooting owl. Furthermore, stage fog can float around the floor near tables and chairs, giving the night club an ethereal but not-so-creepy effect. You can add purple, magenta, blue, or even green lighting to the dim room to give it a more whimsical appeal that won’t frighten young ones. If a night club sounds too adult for your style, then you can consider doing a small eatery instead that is meant to be dimly lit with fog lighting. The eatery can feature a small menu of date-night fare, such as appetizers or a few pasta or pizza dishes, and guests can stay on the alert for the haunting sounds or sights they may see throughout their meal. Add a difficult maze A haunted corn or straw maze open year-round is a great way to bring in a crowd. You can have silhouetted figurines line the walls of the maze, or have tiny lanterns adorn the ceilings to dim the lighting to heighten the senses. At the end of the maze, have a bright sound with a flash of light startle guests while taking their picture for a fun and memorable keepsake they will never forget. A haunted house doesn’t have to be limited to a certain holiday. You can make money with this type of entertainment any time of the year. With the right venue and theme you can delight and spook guests of all ages for a hauntingly great...

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Misunderstood Music: Songs You Want To Avoid At Your Wedding

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

When hiring a wedding DJ, you may have many concerns. Perhaps you want to combine a playlist with a DJ’s carefully curated tunes or have both a DJ and live music at your wedding. Whatever your musical wishes are as you enter married life, you may want to steer clear of these often misunderstood songs. While they may be assumed to be love songs, there’s more to them that meets the eye. I Honestly Love You Performed by Olivia Newton-John, “I Honestly Love You” is a timeless love song, and it has been a staple at weddings all over the country since its debuted in 1975. While it may have enjoyed consistent wedding popularity for over 40 years, the song is actually about unrequited love. Olivia croons about how she would have been with her love in another place and time, but the song is about the harsh realities of loving someone that you cannot actually have. Brick While “Brick” by Ben Folds Five is heralded as a mysterious love song from 1997, this track is actually written about an abortion. With its lyrics that speak of such everyday things as buying flowers and gifts for the woman he loves, it also gets deeper. The specifics are never clearly addressed, so the song is often misinterpreted about simply being about love. Few brides and grooms are eager to add a tune about abortion to their marital playlist, so be sure to skip it when assembling your list of love songs. The One I Love As far as love songs go, “The One I Love” by R.E.M. was meant to be the exact opposite of a love song. In fact, the reaction to the beloved 1987 tune surprised the band, and it was received as a positive love song despite lyrics that describe the subject of the song as merely a prop to occupy the singer’s time. While couples still celebrate it and call it “their song,” you may raise a few eyebrows if you play this one at your wedding. Waterfalls As an iconic TLC song of the 1990’s, most people remember “Waterfalls” as a love song that explains how it’s important to stay close to those who love you. However, the truth is that this deep ditty from 1994 is actually about drug use and HIV. The meaning of the song involves deep issues and a warning about bad behavior, but it is not exactly perfect for the optimistic mood most weddings hope to create. Finally, keep in mind that no song is truly off limits If you and your fiancé enjoy it. A wedding day should be all about what makes the bride and groom happy. However, if you are wanting songs that reveal tales of happily-ever-after, steer clear of the above tunes. Celebrate your wedding with music that is hopeful and focused on the beauty of...

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Fun Ways To Decorate Standard Folding Chairs For An Event

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

If you are hosting an outdoor event in the near future, and you have several guests attending, chances are you will need to rent several tables and chairs if you plan on serving food or if you wish for attendees to have a place to rest. Many people rent folding chairs from a rental service as they are easy to transport and are relatively inexpensive compared to other models. If you wish to add some spice to your party atmosphere, consider trying one of the following tips to incorporate color and texture to plain folding chairs. Add Some Festive Color With Ribbon One great way to add color to your chair is with the addition of ribbon strands. Measure the height of a chair from the top to bottom and double the number. Measure a strand of ribbon to this amount and subtract an inch or two from the total so the decoration will be an ample distance from the floor after it is attached. Fold the piece of ribbon in half and drape it over the back of the chair. Tie it into place underneath the back rest. The tails will hang down in the back of the chair. Do this with several ribbons for an easy bit of decor without spending a lot to obtain it. Bring Out The Smiles With Balloons If your event involves children, adding balloons to the chair backs is a great way to get attendees into the party spirit. Consider drawing faces or writing guests’ names upon the balloons with a black marker to give them a whimsical appearance. Helium-filled balloons can be tied directly to the chair back or if you would rather, air-filled balloons can be taped to this backs of the chairs instead. To avoid having excited children pop the balloons, inform them that there is a prize hidden inside of each one and everyone will be popping them together to reveal the secret. Wait until the end of the party to let the surprise loose! Give Chairs A Bit Of Beauty When someone hosts a wedding, they may want to stick with an elegant theme throughout their special day. Chairs can be dressed up with silk flowers to give them the aura of romance and togetherness. Purchase several artificial blooms from an area craft store. These can be attached to pieces of taffeta or lace and tied across the backs of the chairs horizontally. Make sure there are no flowers upon the portion facing the seated guest. Accomplish this by tying the material first. Afterward, hot glue the flowers to the knotted portion on the back. To rent the chairs, visit...

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Tips For Planning A Memorable Christmas Party

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

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

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

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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