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Month: December 2016

Throwing An Outdoor Party? Keep These 3 Tips in Mind

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Throwing an outdoor party is a lot of work and can actually be extremely stressful if you aren’t prepared. Outdoor events if you successfully prepare, on the other hand, can be great fun for everyone involved.

Here are a few tips to help you plan your outdoor party and make sure it’s a blast.

Party Rentals

Tent rentals and other party rental equipment are often ignored during the outdoor planning process, but they can help ensure protection and fun for all your guests. No matter the weather, if you’re throwing an outdoor party, you’ll need to have some sort of shelter. There are special party rental companies that can assist you with all your rental equipment needs. It’s wise to contact them prior to any party planning.

Plan, Plan, and Plan Everything

It’s essential that you do not try and wing any part of your planning process because one mistake can lead to mass confusion, which could potentially ruin the entire party. Try and figure out at least a rough estimate of how many people will be attending. Once you determine how many people will be there, you can start planning other aspects of your party. You’ll be able to start figuring out how much space you’ll need, which is important to know whether you’re hosting the party on your own property or a rented space.

Don’t Try to Cook for Everyone

A common outdoor party mistake is attempting to cook enough food for all your guests yourself. Don’t even bother trying because you will just stress yourself out even more than you already are. Encourage all your guests to bring a dish to pass. Obviously you’re still responsible for providing the majority of the food and beverages, but it’s unfair for your guests to expect you to provide for everyone. Putting out a few sandwich platters and other little snacks is more than enough for your part and have your guests bring a few entrees and deserts.

Despite the importance of planning everything, it’s just as important to not overdo it and stress yourself out more than you need to.

Top Five Tips For Creating The Ultimate Home Entertainment System

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How’s your home theater looking? It can be a little disheartening not having all the latest toys to look forward to when coming back from a long day at work or school. Thankfully, home automation systems have never been easier to cobble together — whether you’re into movies or prefer to play videogames online with friends, a little research and a proactive mind can give you the home entertainment system you’ve always wanted. Below are the top five tips to putting together the ideal home automation systems.

Know Your Goal

Did you know there are nearly four million Hulu subscribers? Additional studies have revealed a whopping 38 million people have watched Hulu at least once, if not a few times, in the past year. A good entertainment system is one that knows what it wants to be. If that means helping you address your proverbial sweet tooth, then so be it! For those interested in videogames, a strong Internet connection is a must-have so you can spend more time enjoying competitive multiplayer instead of slogging through lost connections.

Be Familiar With Different Options

Hulu isn’t the only major film source, however. There are nearly 64 million Netflix subscribers, with 30% of Internet traffic during peak hours coming from people watching Netflix movies, shows and documentaries. Nearly three-quarters of TV streamers (nearly 74%) say they have positive feelings toward binge streaming television while 76% of TV streamers say watching multiple episodes of their favorite television show is a welcome respite from their busy week.

Save Money

According to ongoing surveys, the average household energy bill is around $110 per month. That’s pretty high! With home automation systems you can save around 15% every month, adding up to nearly $20 per month or around $200 per year. This is due to the interconnected nature of home automation systems rerouting energy in a more efficient manner, making sure everyone’s happy at the end of the day!

Stay Secure

Home entertainment is pretty expensive. The last thing you want is to lose all that hard work! Smart-home security and safety systems have represented the second-largest service market by revenue for the past few years, expecting to top most industries by 2017. Studies have shown people will, on average, save around 20% on their insurance with a home automation system than the alternative — that totals to at least $1,000 extra per year.

Get Started

Putting together a flexible and up-to-date home entertainment system isn’t as hard as it looks. One of the most important elements is a powerful Internet connection and strong reception, vital for streaming films, videogames and shows alike. Staying comfortable is often high on people’s priority list, too — around 44% of participants in a survey said they had recently been to a theater with cushy recliner seats and wanted to add it in their own home. According to the latest available data, the sales of home theater-in-a-box systems have reached a whopping $750 million over the past five years. Are you ready to create your very own home theater?