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Modern Day Cowboys

Many of us, as young children have enjoyed playing Cowboys – these seemingly fearless people were the ultimate action hero to many young children. Stars of the Big Screen, ‘High Noon’, ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’ and ‘The Searchers’ were just a few of the iconic films that have gone down in history and despite the time that has passed since they were made, are still as popular as ever, making a household name of John Wayne. Read more

Coping in the Snow

The UK has seen more than its usual seasonal dumping of snow over the last few weeks. As ever, we seem totally unprepared and much disruption ensues. Perhaps we should get better prepared and assume each winter there will be snow. That way we can react better like countries such as Sweden or Canada. Here are a few ways we can get ready so next winter doesn’t catch us unawares: Read more

Gift buying chore

Maybe it’s a male thing or maybe it’s just a me thing but I am terrible at buying gifts for people. I wander round the shops, I browse on the net and I agonise over and over about what to buy someone, so I end up buying precisely nothing. Then it’s all a mad rush and I fall into that “anything will do” phase that you find yourself and it’s usually sifting through what’s left especially if it’s and event like Christmas or Valentines Day for example. There are people that specialise in this, so I’m told. That sort of feels like cheating to be honest and even more impersonal than buying something rubbish. Read more

The benefits of upcycling furniture

Upcycling has become extremely fashionable in recent years as more and more of us try to live more sustainably, as well as assert our individuality in the way we decorate our homes. Upcycling takes many forms, from simple DIY projects to extravagant works of art by renowned designers. This article discusses some of the benefits of upcycling furniture and explains how anyone can try their hand at this fun pastime. Read more

Throwing the Perfect Movie Party for Kids

You don’t have to spend a small fortune to celebrate your child’s birthday. They may want to celebrate it with lots of their friends, while you secretly panic about how much it will all cost, but there are ways of giving your child a memorable party that won’t break the bank. Hosting a movie party is the perfect idea for kids of all ages, and even better for parents when you realise how little it actually costs. Read more

Why you should keep your home’s Victorian features

If you have a Victorian property, you likely want to show off the elegant features left over from this era and refrain from ripping it all out. Whether you have a tiled fireplace or ornate cornices, it’s so much better to celebrate these period, architectural features instead of renovating your home with garish modernisation. Listed below are some of the main renovations to keep in style with your historic home. Read more

Ideas for the perfect Christmas party

With Christmas looming and the party season almost in full swing, if you haven’t yet organised your festive get together, it’s high time you put your thinking cap on. To ensure your yuletide bash goes off with a bang, here are some top ideas.

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Eat, drink and be merry

Christmas is the one time of the year you can overindulge on food and drink without feeling guilty until the New Year has at least been and gone. So, when it comes to organising party food and drink, don’t skimp at Christmas. Food can be heavy and filling at this time of year, so opt for lots of finger foods and light bites, such as vol-au-vents, blinis and mini versions of favourite dishes.

Certainly, it would be a sin to let the drinks run dry at any Christmas bash, so stock up on festive cocktails, eggnog, and mulled wine.

Create an ambience

You don’t need to go over the top to create a Christmassy feel to your party space. At the very least, a Christmas tree, mistletoe and a few strips of tinsel will suffice. However, you can add a few touches here and there that can add style to your festive setting. According to Goodhousekeeping, with no shortage of empty bottles lying around, once rinsed and decorated, they make perfect receptacles for candles.

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If you want to impress clients, colleagues or friends and family, but have no experience of organising a Christmas party, it might be an idea to get some assistance from expert party planners, such as http://davisevents.ie, which is an event agency in Dublin.

Set a dress code

Inject an element of fun into your festive bash and request guests to dress up according to a specific theme. You could suggest that guests have to wear a particular seasonal colour, such as red or green, have to wear a silly festive jumper or should come dressed as a Christmas character.

Organise entertainment

Food and drink aside, an essential ingredient of a good Christmas party is having some entertainment to keep everyone amused. This could be something as simple as having a top-notch music playlist, to organising a live band, or having a few festive party games up your sleeve. Again, if organising this is something alien to your comfort zone, seek professional guidance from a Christmas events organising company.

 

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