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Two Desserts For An Adult Halloween Party

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Desserts For An Adult Halloween Party

Autumn brings falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and arguably, one of the most fun holidays for both children and adults: Halloween. While adults may not go out trick-or-treating, many still enjoy dressing up in costumes and heading to their local haunted house. You may not be going door-to-door, but you’re never too old for treats. If you’re planning on having a get-together for grown ups, here are two ideas for the perfect upscale dessert with a boozy Halloween theme to serve at your party. Bread Pudding With Whiskey Ice Cream And Spider Web Cola Syrup This tasty dessert is perfect for cold autumn nights, and it is best made ahead, which means you’ll have more time for fun at your Halloween party. Buy day-old bread from your local bakery or grocery store or, clean out your freezer of the stray odds and ends leftover from the holidays. Using your preferred bread pudding recipe, add milk, sugar, eggs, butter, cinnamon, and real vanilla to your stale bread pieces. Use your ice cream maker to make the whiskey ice cream. Follow the directions for vanilla flavored, adding one-third cup whiskey to the mix. When the ice cream is set, scoop it onto a piece of parchment paper and carefully roll it to form a cylinder. Place in the freezer to continue hardening. While the bread pudding is baking and the ice cream solidifying, carefully boil in a saucepan a 2-liter bottle of your favorite cola until it reduced by 75 percent, and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, pour it into an empty squeeze bottle. When you’re ready to serve, top each piece of bread pudding with a slice of whiskey ice cream, and carefully drizzled with the cola syrup to form a spider web. Top with a plastic toy spider, found at party and discount dollar stores. Rum-Soaked Carrot Cake With Candy Corn Cream Cheese Frosting Carrot cake can be a favorite among adults, and it’s even better when the raisins are doused with dark rum. In a small dish, measure one cup of raisins and ¾ cup of dark rum. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dried fruit to absorb the alcohol overnight until they are nice and plump. For the cake, mix two cups of all-purpose flour with 2 teaspoons each of baking soda and baking powder. Add 2 cups white sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon allspice. Mix the dry ingredients together, and then add ¾ cup vegetable oil, ¾ cup buttermilk, 4 large eggs, 1 tablespoon real vanilla, the drunken raisins, and one pound of peeled, shredded carrots. Stir thoroughly until well mixed. Divide batter into two buttered 9-inch round cake pans and bake for one hour at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. While the cakes are baking, make your cream cheese frosting using two sticks of softened butter, 3 8-ounce packages of softened cream cheese, and 2 cups of powdered sugar. When you’re done beating until smooth, divide ½ of the frosting into to two other bowls. Use food coloring to dye one bowl yellow and the other orange. Leave the remaining ½ white. After the cake has cooled, frost the between the layers. Looking at the top of the cake, frost the center circle with the white frosting, the next circle with the...

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3 Great Types of Wedding Entertainment

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Great Types of Wedding Entertainment

Your wedding day is a wonderful and exciting day for you and your new spouse and is meant to be a day of celebration. Because of this, it is a great idea to include different kinds of entertainment at your wedding. This will provide joy and fun for you and your spouse as well as for all your friends and family who attend your wedding. While there are several different kinds of entertainment that you can choose from, some are more suited to your interests than others. This article will discuss three great types of wedding entertainment that you can consider.  Live DJ or Band If you are really into music and dancing, then hiring either a live DJ or a band can be an awesome idea. A live DJ is great because they can play all sorts of different songs for you, and they will sound amazing thanks to the DJ’s skills. A band, on the other hand, is also amazing because they are going to be playing all of the music live, and you can choose a band that you and your spouse absolutely love. Also, because bands can generally cover different songs, you will be able to hear other songs from them that you normally wouldn’t if you were playing their album. You, your spouse, and all of your guests can enjoy listening and dancing to the music, all while enjoying your amazing wedding day.   Bounce Houses If you want your wedding day to be a bit more lighthearted and fun, you can rent a few different bounce houses for your guests to enjoy. You can get some regular bounce houses, some that have slides, and others that even include obstacle courses. This gives your guests some variety and provide enough bounce houses for everyone to use. Whether there are kids at your wedding or not, these are going to be a hit with many of your guests. Also, because most bounce-house services that you rent from are going to provide setup and take-down services for you, you won’t have to worry about much of anything.  Carnival Games Another fun idea is to have several different carnival games set up at your wedding for your guests to participate in. This can include things like a ball and bucket toss, dart games, throw the ring on the bottle, bean-bag toss, bobbing for apples, and other fun yet simple games that everyone will be able to enjoy. Your guests will love having something to do before and after your wedding ceremony as well as during your reception. And you can even have prizes for the different carnival games to make things even more fun for all of your guests who play...

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Fundraisers That Can Help Your Local Swim Club

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fundraisers That Can Help Your Local Swim Club

If your son or daughter is involved in the local swim club, either during the summer months or throughout of the year, you want to be sure that the club is alive and thriving. One way that you can contribute, other than encouraging your child’s friends to also join up, is to meet with the club’s management and suggest a few fundraisers. These events can help to earn funds for the club, as well as raise awareness of its important role in the community. Here are some simple fundraisers that can benefit the club. Swim-A-Thon A swim-a-thon event is perfectly suited to a swim club, given the level of endurance of its members. In this fundraisers, swimmers canvass their neighborhoods and seek sponsors who will provide a monetary incentive for each lap that is swum during the event, which may take place for two hours. Generally, a potential donor will ask the child how many laps he or she expects to swim, and then make a pledge per lap. For example, if the young swimmer thinks that he or she will manage 50 laps in two hours, the donor may pledge 50 cents per lap, for a total donation of $25. The swimmer follows up with the donor afterward to collect the money, which could be a little more or a little less, depending on how many laps that swimmer actually achieves. Healthy Food Drive Healthy eating is something that is important for young swimmers, and a healthy food drive can be an effective fundraiser — but with a twist. Swimmers will circulate through the neighborhood or, with permission, set up booths outside local grocery stores. The premise is that people will donate healthy, non-perishable food items — canned vegetables, whole-grain pasta, etc., that the swim club can then donate to a local charity. This donation will earn a charitable receipt, which the club can use as a deductible to save money at tax time. Summer Pool Party If the swim club has an outdoor pool, which is common at many aquatic centers, a summer pool party can be an effective way to raise money. Organize swimming-related games, seek donations from local food providers and maybe even consider having a live band playing. People from the community can pay a fee for tickets, giving them a chance to enjoy the games, do some swimming and also know that they’re supporting a worthwhile cause in the...

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3 Ways A Groom Can Help A Nervous Bride Look Her Best In Photos

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways A Groom Can Help A Nervous Bride Look Her Best In Photos

Wedding photos are one way for you and your spouse to remember your special day. Unfortunately, some individuals feel uncomfortable or shy about having their picture taken. If you feel confident while you are having your photo taken or rarely notice when a camera is around and your fiance is nervous about having her picture taken, there are several things you can do to help put her at ease and allow your wedding photographer to get the best pictures possible on your wedding day.  Practice Posing Together  If you know that your fiance is shy about having her picture taken, you may want to spend some time posing together before your big day. You may go to your wedding  photographer to have engagement photos taken or simply for a practice photo shoot. Alternatively, you can have a friend snap some pictures of you two together. Either way, this will allow you and your fiance to determine ahead of time which poses look good. This will give you a few poses that you can fall back on during the wedding if you get nervous in front of friends, family, and the cameras.  Tell Her She Looks Beautiful  Both of you will go through a lot of effort to look your best on your wedding day, so it should not be a problem to tell your fiance that she looks beautiful. However, you may want to remind her several times throughout the day. If you notice that her smile is forced or she looks nervous, simply lean over and whisper to her that you think she looks fantastic. This can put her at ease and help create a natural smile as well as a sweet, intimate moment to capture on film.  Distract Her From the Camera  Another way to make your fiance feel more comfortable is to help take her mind off of the camera. You may want to flirt with her or tease her. For example, you can surprise her by picking her up or by sweeping her off of her feet onto the dance floor. All of this will help distract her from the camera and allow her natural beauty and your relationship to shine through the photos.  If you have a photo-shy bride-to-be, the best way for you to support her is to ask her how she would like you to handle photos before your wedding. This way, you can have several ideas on the day of the...

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How To Implement Team Building Games At A Party

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Implement Team Building Games At A Party

When you are trying to decide what type of entertainment you want for a party, you might think about music or some sort of performance. However, these tend to be passive forms of entertainment that may not make your guests enthusiastic about getting to know each other and talking. An interesting alternative that you can try is to prepare some team-building games for your party. Team-building games help people get to know each other and often give them many topics to talk about. Additionally, they create a common goal for participants that can help your party guests bond, creating lasting friendships.  Because most parties do not involve team building games, here are some tips that can help get you started.  Let People Know About the Games Before They Arrive Unless you often host parties with unusual themes, consider letting your guests know that you will be running a few team-building games. This can allow people to prepare for extra interaction. Also, you can get support from some of your more enthusiastic guests if a few of your guests do not want to participate.   Carefully Select Games Based on the People Who Will Be There Team-building games come in many different styles. They can be as simple as sitting in a circle and talking or as complex as building something together. You should pick a few games based on the number of people who will be at your party and they type of personality they have. For example, if you have a small group of reserved guests, consider a game that involves sharing and discussing rather than moving around and being silly.  Consider Outside Help  Professional team building consultants are used to running team building games and getting people to participate. You can hire one to come to your party and lead more involved games that involve props and more complicated personality assessments. However, it is important that you choose someone who has experience hosting team building games at parties and not simply for corporate events.  Make Sure You Have All Necessary Materials  If you are trying to get people interested in a team building game, stopping to look for extra supplies can make you lose your momentum. For that reason, it is important to make sure that you have everything you will need on hand, including plenty of pens and paper if necessary.  Although team building games might seem like a strange idea for a party at first, you may find that your friends become closer and your parties are more enjoyable with a few games that break the ice. Contact a company like Houdini’s Room Escape for more...

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3 Tips For Making Your Money Go Further On A Slot Machine

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Making Your Money Go Further On A Slot Machine

There are so many things to love about a slot machine — the glitz, the glamour, the lights and the excitement. However, one thing that you probably don’t love is how fast one of these machines can eat your cash. Luckily, it is possible to make your money go further on a slot machine. These aren’t secrets for winning on slots; instead, they are secrets for enjoying the money that you put in for as long as possible, regardless of the outcome. 1. Join the Players’ Club No matter what casino you might be gambling at, such as, there should be a players’ club that you can join for free. Signing up for the players’ club typically involves providing some basic information about yourself and being offered a card that you can insert into the machine. Joining the club at many casinos can come with various perks that can help you make the most out of your gambling dollars, such as by receiving a certain amount of free play when you join. Plus, the casino might send you promotional offers for things like lower-priced rooms after you spend a bit of time gambling with your players’ card. 2. Don’t Rush Things Slot machines in themselves can be pretty exciting and fun to watch. Even though today’s modern slot machines typically allow you to skip past the lights and graphics so that you can hurry up and spin, there is really no need to do so. Skipping constantly can cause your money to go that much faster and can take away a lot of fun of the machine. Consider slowing things down so that you can enjoy every moment. 3. Enjoy a Tasty Beverage Many casinos offer complimentary or affordable beverages — alcoholic or non — to patrons who are playing on their slot machines. When the cocktail waitress stops at your machine, don’t hesitate to order a drink. Having something tasty to sip on while playing the slots — and people-watching and otherwise enjoying the casino vibe — can make things that much more fun. Even though you might wish that you had the secret to hitting it big on the slot machine, the real key is to have as much fun as possible while you are playing. Luckily, following these three tips can help you maximize your experience and have as much fun as possible, regardless of how much or how little you are looking to feed through the...

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Bad Weather Event Tent Rental Tips

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bad Weather Event Tent Rental Tips

Renting an event tent for your next outdoor party services several purposes. First, it provides a central location for the main festivities. It also gives your guests an area to eat, mingle, or dance out of the hot glare of the sun. But perhaps most importantly, it gives you an option in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. A tent means your event can happen, rain or shine. The following tips can help ensure your safety and enjoyment if weather poses a problem on your big day. Tip #1: Check Out Your Anchor Options There is always a chance for foul weather, which is likely part of the reason why you are renting a tent for your party. When it comes to safety, wind resistance is your main concern. Check with the rental company, such as Joliet Tent Co, to see what options they have for anchoring their tents. The best option is a combination stake and weight anchor system. Stakes and ropes provide the main structure and support, while lines or posts attached to concrete weights add a second tier of protection against blow-downs. Tip #2: Opt for the Side Curtains The point of an outdoor party is to enjoy mother nature, so hopefully you won’t need sides on your event tent and the top will be sufficient for providing shade. It’s still a good idea to choose a tent with curtain panels, though. These panels can be closed and secured, much like curtains, in the event of wind or rain. They can also be opened quickly, just in case it was just a quick drizzle blowing through. You can even rent a tent with see-through windows in the curtains, just so you don’t have to completely block out the outdoors. Tip #3: Make an Evacuation Plan Even the best laid plans can go awry. Make sure the rental company provides a wind and weather rating for your tent, so you know when it’s a good idea to move the party indoors. If the tent is set up for electricity, it’s also a good idea to make sure the main breaker switch to the temporary power is easily accessible. In the event of high winds or a storm, open at least two sides of the tent so people can leave safely, and then cut power to the outdoor circuit. Then, if it is safe to to do so, close and secure the side panels. This should help protect the furniture and other items inside the tent. It will also prevent the wind from blowing up and under the tent, which could pull the canopy free of its tethers. The rental company may also have other evacuation or emergency tips that are specific to the tent’s...

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Maximize Your Summer Music Festival Experience with These Tips

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maximize Your Summer Music Festival Experience with These Tips

Summer is synonymous with outdoor music festivals and whether you favor the guitar riffs of classic rock or the pulsing beats of electronica, this year’s upcoming festivals offer something for everyone. If you’re new to this world, it can feel overwhelming to buy your wristband and be immersed in acres of people, stages, and concession stands. To successfully navigate the upcoming festival on your agenda, knowing some simple-to-execute tips can help you have the time of your life and avoid any misfortunes along the way. Here’s how to maximize your summer of music. Travel Light You might want to hit the festival feeling prepared for everything, but you’ll quickly tire of lugging your lawn chair, cooler and camera bag from stage to stage. Traveling light — even if it means sacrificing a little comfort and convenience — can greatly help you boost the enjoyment of your festival experience. Always check the festival’s website to determine the rules on what you can and can’t carry inside the gates, but it’s generally best to leave bulky items at home. Sure, you’ll have to spend more than you’d like to on bottled water, but it’s better than carrying it all day and potentially losing your cooler. Even if you’re an avid photographer, opt for your smartphone’s camera over your digital SLR. Many concerts restrict the use of professional-style cameras and the last thing you need is to have your equipment confiscated. Memorize the Schedule One of the best parts of a music festival is seeing one band on one stage and then scurrying across a grassy field to catch another act elsewhere. You’ll get more out of your experience by taking time to really analyze the schedule and make an action plan for the day. Which bands do you really want to see? Are there some for which you want to be in the front row? Does seeing one band’s full act mean leaving another show early? Don’t be shy about writing down your strategy on a piece of paper and referring to it throughout the day. Keep Your Battery Charged If you’re attending the festival with a large group of friends, it’s reasonable to expect that you’ll split up at times to each catch the acts that you enjoy. Text messages will allow you to keep in touch when you want to meet up, so it’s important to start the festival with a full smartphone battery. Many festivals also offer charging stations that you can use when needed. Extend the life of your battery by shutting down unnecessary apps and limiting your use of games between shows. Talk to a professional like The Correspondent to see what the upcoming concerts...

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Getting Your First Tattoo

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have never gotten a tattoo before, and you are interested in getting one done, you may have a lot of questions about the procedure and what to expect. Getting a tattoo can be an exciting and meaningful experience as long as you are understand the long-term commitment. Here are some tips you can use when deciding what type of tattoo you would like to have placed upon your skin. Think Hard About Meaning For many people, getting a tattoo will be done in honor of a person, place or thing that you have a connection with. Getting any old tattoo from examples on the wall of a tattoo parlor will not give you the satisfaction you would have in choosing something with meaning. Think hard about what drives you in your life. What experiences have you had that you would like to remember? Is there a person that made a difference in your life? Is there a specific item that means something to you? These questions might help you come to the conclusion you are looking for.  Decide Where To Place It Placement of your tattoo will have an impact on the overall experience, as well as who will see it afterward. If you have or intend to have a corporate job in the future, consider how you would feel about not being able to take a job because of your tattoo. If this would upset you, work with your tattoo artist to pick somewhere where it can be hidden. You will still be able to flaunt it with the proper apparel in the proper settings without giving up your dream of working in business. Size Does Matter Deciding how large to make your tattoo goes along with where you want it placed. You don’t want to put a huge tattoo on a small area, as it would need to be wrapped around the skin, making it harder to tell what the tattoo represents. If you plan on getting something very large, such as a sleeve tattoo or an entire back tattoo, be prepared to break up the work in several sessions. You will need to allow the tattoo to heal in between appointments, which could make the end result stretch into the future a bit. Do not make a tattoo so tiny that it cannot be seen, as well. If you are taking the time to have something placed on your skin, you will want to be able to share it with those close to you. The overall result may be distorted if you try to squeeze it into a tiny...

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4 Tips For Selecting The Perfect Wedding Flowers

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are so many things that go into creating a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception, and one of the most eye-catching details is the flowers that you choose. There are so many flower options, and a rainbow of colors to select from, so some brides find it difficult to decide which types of flowers will be perfect for their big day. Use the following tips to help you pick wedding flowers that you’ll love: Keep Your Budget in Mind Like every other aspect of a wedding, some flower options can be substantially more expensive than others. Before you even start thinking about the flowers you want, it is important to have a specific floral budget. The last thing you want is to fall in love with certain types of flowers only to learn that they are out of your price range. Having a budget will allow you to focus on gorgeous flowers that you can easily afford. Find a Reputable Florist Early One of the best things you can do when deciding on wedding flowers is work with an experienced florist like one from Aladdin’s Florist & Wedding Chapel who can help guide you in your selection. Florists understand when different flowers are in season, and how much different types of flowers cost, so they can be a great help when you have a specific floral budget. A reputable florist may even have some ideas that you haven’t thought of yet. Many florists offer consultations, so take advantage of that time to ask questions and look at a portfolio of his or her work before hiring him or her to provide flowers for your wedding day. Consider the Style of Your Wedding Dress A wedding dress is often one of the first major purchases that a bride makes for her wedding, and the style that you choose can greatly influence the types of flowers that would look best at your reception and ceremony. If your dress is a very modern style, you may want smaller, sleeker bouquets and flower arrangements. For a lacy, romantic wedding dress, bigger, looser bouquets and arrangements can be very complementary. Show a photo of your dress to your florists and ask for opinions if you are unsure of which flowers may best suit your personal style. Stretch Your Floral Budget If you’re on a tight floral budget, ask about flowers with bigger blooms. Using these types of flowers result in having to buy less for each bouquet and arrangement. Some popular wedding flowers with large blooms include ranunculus and...

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