Preparing For Your Very First Haunted House Experience

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Blog, Entertainment

Haunted houses are a favorite form of entertainment for some individuals, but if you have never been to one, you might be terrified about the experience. There are a few things you can do to make your first haunted house experience memorable. You may even become addicted to going to haunted houses too. The following points will prepare you, and keep you looking forward to future experiences. Safety Precautions Some haunted house establishments give visual or oral safety guidelines at the beginning of their tours. Others may require participants or their guardians to read and sign waivers prior to entering the houses. It is important that you carefully read anything you are required to sign. If you are the head of a group, you may want to pull your group to the side and read the waiver out loud to ensure that everyone understands. If safety instructions are presented orally, ensure that you are not talking or whispering, because both are distractions that could cause you or someone else to miss out on pertinent safety information. Proper Shoes Haunted houses may have trick floorboards that collapse unexpectedly to enhance scare tactics. If you are wearing the wrong type of shoes, this could result in you losing your balance and falling. There are other dangers to wearing the wrong type of shoes, such as tripping. Ideally, you should wear flat-bottomed, closed-toe shoes. Laces should be tied or tucked inside of shoes. Avoid shoes with open heels, because someone walking behind you could injure your heel unintentionally. Hair Care Aim to wear a ponytail, bun, braids or another style that does not allow hair to hang loosely. This is because loose hair could get caught in haunted house props. It might also get in your eyes or someone else’s in attendance if there are fans or weather conditions that produce a breeze. Some haunted houses have doors that slam. They are designed to scare tour participants, but imagine your hair getting caught in a door jamb.  Emotional Control Excitement mixed with fear are common emotions that people experience during haunted house tours. You can keep your emotions under control by remembering that the experience is in a controlled environment. Props and actors are present on the scene, and neither is likely to cause you harm. Also, keep in mind that there may be young children present and your reactions to the experience could cause them to become more...

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3 Exciting Ways To Spend Your Vacation

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Blog, Entertainment

With the warm weather not far away, many people are already starting to plan their spring or summer vacation. Regardless of whether you are going to the same place you have gone for the past 10 years or you are trying something new this year, you want to find something exciting to do. If you aren’t sure what to check out in the area, consider doing some of the following. Check out an upcoming concert. Regardless of whether you are into classical, rock, jazz or opera, you are sure to find an upcoming concert in the area where you are going to be. Take some time to browse through the calendar for the upcoming concerts and see which one is going to be available when you are there. Once you know what ones are going to be available, you can easily book your concert tickets in advance and secure the seating that you desire. Depending on how much you want to spend, you are sure to find a seat that best accommodates your budget and lifestyle needs. Visit sites like Ravinia to find out if there are any concerts happening in the area when you’re there. Take a bus tour. For those who are going to a new town and aren’t sure where they are going, a bus tour might be right up your alley. The tour often takes an hour or two. It takes you all along the main streets in town and shows you all of the main attractions that the area has to offer. This helps you find out where to go and what might be open all while on this tour. It also gives you a way to relax and enjoy making your way around town without having to try and figure out where you are going. It’s cheap and fun for the whole family to enjoy. Head over to a local carnival. What better way to spend time with the kids than at a local carnival? Everyone can enjoy riding rides, playing games and taking in some of the best tasting foods around. Find out what day they have specials to buy the all-day pass and save even more on your total cost to attend. This is a great way for the kids to expunge some energy and have a blast in the process. While these are only a few suggestions, you are sure to find any number of other attractions and events that you and your entire family can enjoy...

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Ensure You Properly Prepare For Live Entertainment At Your Wedding Reception

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Blog, Entertainment

When planning a wedding, there are many people who forget to consider the rentals that they will need for the entertainment during their wedding reception. Many couples choose to have dancing take place during their wedding reception to allow the wedding party and the guests to hang out and have fun together. If you plan to have dancing at your wedding, use this guide to ensure you rent everything you need to have the reception be as great as it can be. Consider Renting a Stage If you plan to have a live band at your wedding reception, you should consider renting a stage. The stage will allow the band to play freely without worrying about someone bumping into them while dancing. Also, the stage allows everyone at your reception to be able to see the band while they play. Rental stages are available in many different sizes so choosing the right size stage for the space is important. Consider Renting Lighting Many party rental companies have lighting available that you can rent to shine on the band as they play. The lighting needs to be set up correctly to ensure that the light does not shine in the bands’ eyes the entire time they are performing. The lights will often be secured to poles so they can be adjusted in height and situated on the edges of the stage so no one’s view of the band is obstructed. Consider Renting a Dance Floor Finally, all of your guests need a place to dance during your reception. Measure the area available to you and choose a floor that will fit perfectly in the space. You want to choose a floor that is large enough for many people to dance at one time, but not so large the floor takes over the little space you have available to you. You can also choose a lighted floor if you want to give the space an even more unique look. These three rental options can typically be rented from a single party rental company, like Alex Party Supplies. The company will deliver the items to your venue and some companies may even set them up for you. Be sure that you take the time to listen how to operate the lights and establish a time when the items will be picked up after the wedding finishes. You want to be sure that everyone leaves the dance floor and that the band stops playing before the people come to get the rentals....

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3 Questions To Ask Possible Wedding DJs

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Blog, Entertainment

Getting married is one of the most important days of your life. It’s a day when your life is going to change forever. You are making the commitment to spend the rest of your life with another individual. Because of this, you want everything to be perfect. One of the main facets of most wedding receptions is a DJ. These individuals are responsible for playing the music for your first dance and bringing life to the room. To make sure you get what you want, here are three questions to ask potential DJs. Are there restrictions on music played? Some DJs aren’t willing to play certain music. You need to know what that music is to make sure it doesn’t go against what you are looking for. Let’s say you want nothing but Christian contemporary music played and they won’t play it. You aren’t going to be happy and your wedding reception isn’t going to be what you want. Are you willing to make the announcements? Many DJs aren’t comfortable with making any announcements over the microphone. They would prefer that the site manager or someone else at the reception make the announcements instead. However, there are some who are fine with announcing the dances, bride and groom entrance, and so on. It is important that you know if the individual you hire is willing to do this or if you need to have someone else on stand by to handle the task. Can you play music provided by the bride and groom? Oftentimes, brides and grooms like to create their own playlist from their music collection. This is where you would simply provide everything to the DJ and they would play them at the appropriate times for you. If this is something you want to do, you need to make sure the DJ is comfortable with doing that for you. This helps make the DJs job easier since they don’t have to worry about doing all of the guesswork. In knowing the answers to these questions, you can make an informed decision on who you want to hire and what they can do for you. The last thing you want to do is hire a DJ only to find that they aren’t going to work for your reception needs. Spending the time to talk with the wedding DJ and get a feel for who they are and what they have to offer can go a long way in helping you create the perfect...

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3 Tips For Creating An Effective Art Show

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Blog, Entertainment

If you paint professionally, you might be thinking about gathering your friends, family, and clients together for an art show. In addition to showcasing your work, an art show might help you to sell your work and build your reputation. Unfortunately, if your event falls flat, it might be bad for business. Here are three tips for creating an effective art show so that you can afford to keep doing what you love: 1: Start Small, End Big Before you plan your art layout, consider saving some of the better pieces for the end of the exhibit. By incorporating smaller works with your larger masterpieces, you can build your theme as people explore your talent. Choose your favorite piece and highlight it on display at the end of the exhibit. That way, when people leave, they will remember what you want them to.   Also, if you display larger pieces at the beginning of the exhibit, people might lose interest. Try to plan your display so that people will keep wanting more. If they can spot that impressive painting from the entryway, they might not feel motivated to peruse your entire show. 2: Collaborate With Other Artists Although you might feel like other artists are your competition, resist the urge to exclude them from your art show. Instead, find artists with a complementary style and ask them to participate. For example, if you specialize in high-end oil painting, look for an artist who specializes in sculpture or etching. By collaborating, you might be able to attract a more diverse clientele, while networking with other professionals. Also, the more artists you invite, the larger your turnout might be. Because people have the chance to see several artists at the same show, you might be able to enjoy more guests—which can help you to build your brand. 3: Choose Your Venue Carefully Last but not least, try to choose your venue carefully. Think about things like the size of the building, the lighting, and the way that traffic would flow through the area. Also, think about viewing distance. If guests are too close to your larger works, they might not be able to step back and enjoy the view.    If you have questions about how to show off your art, consider working with an event coordinator. In addition to decorating the space, a professional might also know how to keep people comfortable and flowing through the exhibit. Visiting other professional galleries, like Silverman Gallery, can also help you get a good idea of how to set up your own art...

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