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Tips For Creating An Amazing Outdoor Party Space!

Tips For Creating An Amazing Outdoor Party Space!

OUTDOOR PARTIES can be easy and enjoyable when you are prepared and have a great plan. At Party Bluprints we are sure of this, and when it comes to outdoor parties it’s essential to create a footprint for entertaining. A footprint is unique to you and when creating it you need to factor in your own personal style, budget and space constraints. To help you get started we partnered with Kmart to come up with wonderful ways for you to transform your outdoor space. Kmart’s Outdoor Living products made each one of our tips beautiful and budget friendly. Below we feature Kmarts’ NEW looks from La-Z-Boy Outdoor, Jaclyn Smith Today’s World, Kenmore and Country Living – in store and online for you.   Then, when you have finished designing your space get FIRED UP for a Backyard BBQ! Host a party for friends and family with our Outdoor Entertaining Party Bluprint. We have simple and special recipes, tips and ideas for you to host the best party of the season! GET READY! Here are the tips and tools you will need to build your own personal footprint for your party. There is no place like HOME for Outdoor Entertaining! First, think about your space, everyone’s is different. If you live in a big city, your outdoor space may consist of a terrace balcony. If you live in a rural area, you may have many acres to party on!  Both situations present their own challenges and we are here to help. SMALL SPACE: When space is an issue, stick to the basics. Buy a great table and chairs and don’t clutter the space with lots of extras. A round table works best in small spaces because you can fit more chairs, therefore guests at your table. If you live in the concrete jungle, think about bringing nature to your party scene with potted or hanging plants, or maybe potted a tree if you have the room. String up little white lights, they work great against the backdrop of a dark sky and create a vacation vibe for the evening! If you are incorporating cushions or pillows, go monochromatic and stick with solids so you don’t overwhelm the space.     LARGE SPACE: If you have lots of outdoor space, guests may wander. You need to create a party perimeter. This will keep guests together, encourage conversation, increase the energy level, and overall...

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Dave Kennedy

Dave is the co-founder and resident “Good Guy” of GoodGuyAdvice.com, an amazing resource for women who are struggling with any issues and need help working through it. He is a Boston-based entrepreneur and is also the President of College Judicial Consultants. Dave has been a practicing attorney, a higher education administrator, a counselor, a transition coach, and a stand-up comic. He has spent over 20 years studying personal and spiritual development, emotional intelligence, active listening, and other disciplines that have helped develop his innate empathy, insight, and compassion. Dave lives in Boston with his amazing wife, his active toddler, and his neurotic dog. You can follow Dave on Twitter at @GGADave or like Good Guy Advice’s Facebook page for updates. Dave’s Article: My Wife’s First Mother’s Day: What Do I Get...

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My Wife’s First Mother’s Day: What Do I Get Her?

I’m normally a great gift buyer, but since our son was born in February this will be my wife’s first Mother’s Day (well, she has a mother so the first as the direct object in a Mother’s Day sentence). I have never bought someone something on Mother’s Day (well, I have a mother, so the first time buying a gift for a mother I sleep with.) This is apparently a big deal. Everything I read says this is a big deal. Strangers at work and on the subway say this is a big deal. I get it, but what I don’t get, is what I’m supposed to do about it. I want Mother’s Day to be special for her. It’s a lot of pressure, and I have no idea what to get her.   Normally when I give my wife a present it shows how intimately I know her and love her. I like doing things that fit her interests or give her a chance to do something that she wouldn’t do for herself. The problem is that the only thing we’re currently interested in is our son, and he still smells like plastic he’s so new. In my desperation, I turned to the Internet to see what wisdom people I probably wouldn’t talk to in real life have to offer. And the first thing I found was about 96 sites emphasizing that the first Mother’s Day is a very special day for new moms. Thanks for the added pressure, Internet. Not useful. Here’s the one thing I’ve learned about being a dad — no matter how much my son loves me, no matter how many diapers I change, and no matter how much spit up I clean off the couch I am fairly replaceable.  I am not being self-deprecating or feeling sorry for myself, but that’s just the way it is. My son is three-months-old this Mother’s Day. My wife carried him, my wife feeds him, and my wife’s essence has been part of his existence since he had gills.  What I can do, what I feel like I have to do, is make sure that her first Mother’s Day is special so that she knows how grateful I am not just for what she does, but also for giving us our son. Of course this means I have to keep searching the Internet. Here’s one thing that’s...

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You Taurus Child

You Taurus Child

You child’s birth chart is a snapshot of the heavens reflecting the gifts and challenges of your child’s life and its many cycles. This knowledge is an invaluable tool to assist in understanding the unique nature of each person young or old. As a parent, it would also be helpful to find out about your own chart and discover your strengths and weaknesses in parenting. Knowledge is power. This is the twelfth and final article in our series on Children’s Astrology. Taurus birthdays begin April 20th at 06:18 am PDT, and 09:18 am EDT. (If this description does not accurately describe your Taurus child, there may be strong modifiers coming from other planets or sensitive points in the Natal chart which can overshadow Taurus characteristics.) Taurus (April 20 – May 21) Taurus babies, like the bull are slow and may not show much activity in the beginning. They don’t like change and disruption or anything sudden. Provide them with a feeling of security and lots of comfort with soft and cuddly blankets and toys with many textures and colors. They become very attached to their comforts and pleasures and will become upset and frustrated when they are changed. Move them slowly and reassuringly. Keep their necks warm and covered especially when it is cold as they are ruled by the throat and when over tired or upset they can easily get a swore throat. Little Taurus might early on have a pleasant speaking and singing voice which should be encouraged. They could talk early and will often use words to get their way. Your Taurus baby will have great stamina and persistence which can turn into stubbornness. They are patient and steady until they become angry and then watch out as they will charge like the little bull. Work at solving their issues before it reaches their threshold. Taurus is a fixed sign and even an older Taurus child will resent being rushed or having plans and routines changed. This can seem like stubbornness, however, they naturally resist change. This is not something they do to cause trouble for you. Be patient and after a time of adjustment they will come around. Taurus is deeply connected to the physical world with reliance on the physical senses and the accumulation of possessions and wealth.. The physical senses and beauty are so very important to these practical Bulls. They enjoy looking...

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Your Aries Child

Your Aries Child

While there are many philosophies on child development and parenting, their weakness can be in the lack of personalization. Astrology provides that personal factor. There is no better information to assist a parent then an understanding of a child’s astrological makeup. It is a child development strategy written specifically for your unique son or daughter. Every parent wants to do what is best for their child. Astrology can give you the insight you need. This is the eleventh article in our series on Children’s Astrology. Aries birthdays begin March 20th at 07:21 pm PDT, and 10:21 pm EDT. (If this description does not accurately describe your Aries child, there may be strong modifiers coming from other planets or sensitive points in the Natal chart which can overshadow Aries characteristics.) Aries (March 20 – April 20) As the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries relates to beginnings of all kinds, the primary energy that gets things going. Full of fire energy and that of an initiator, Aries is a self-starter. Willful and with a strong drive and desire to be first, they are always looking for a new adventure, challenge, project or experience. Intent on the preservation of individuality, Aries may display a preference for doing things by themselves at an early age, insisting, “I can do it myself, Mother.” It is best to give your Aries child as much latitude as possible, within the bounds of safety, allowing them to learn from mistakes, for they will resent you for imposing your will on them. Try not to show amusement or anger by their intense need for independence. Humiliation will produce combative behavior. Because they prefer to live life on their own terms, approval from others is not as necessary as for other signs. As long as they can do exactly as they please, it doesn’t matter what others think. Aries is a highly aggressive and impatient energy. They bring in wonderful ideas and initiate their desires usually leaving the finishing details to more pragmatic signs. Their life theme is “I AM”. This life is all about them and becoming who they are. Aries are the butterflies of the Zodiac as they light on a project, suck out all the nectar, get bored, and then fly off to light on something more exciting. They prefer to talk rather than listen. Aries has a strong unconscious drive for competition and will...

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