Think Big and Plan Even Bigger: How to Plan for Large Group Events

Think Big and Plan Even Bigger How to Plan for Group Events

Thinking of having a big Holiday party for a large group? Are you trying to ditch the mainstream, and go with something bigger and better? Well fear not, because we have a plethora of ideas available on how to plan a successful event which is as amazing, as it is big.

Budget

First and foremost make a fixed budget. Since you are planning for a huge amount of people, keeping the budget in mind will eliminate any unexpected problems, and reduce the chance of overspending on a huge event. Planning for a large party with a lot of people can be overwhelming, and you could make the mistake of overspending while you plan. Instead, start your planning off with a well-organized and thought-out budget.

Map Out a Timeline

Since the event is large scale, start your planning a couple of months before the big day. Don’t leave every task until the last minute, as that would only increase the hassle. Plan everything from the catering, to the theme, to babysitters. If you’re worried you won’t have anything left to do in the last month, you’re wrong. After you start, the problems and worries could just keep on multiplying, so planning well in advance of the event will at least ensure that you don’t forget to get your best dress ironed before the party.

Theme – Be Creative

If you want something fun and exciting to kick off your party with, then pick a creative theme relevant to the event. The key is to think outside of the box. Try to steer clear of the mundane, and find a theme that will not only be meaningful to you, but to your large group of guests as well. Pick up color schemes and clues from the season and add to it, to develop your theme.

Venue Selection

Selecting a venue for a small group of people is relatively easier than selecting one for a bigger group. Since you are planning an event for a large group, you definitely might want to give the venue some thought. Venues that cater to larger groups are usually booked solid through holidays and weekends, so make sure your name is on the booking list well in advance of your event. Choose a place that won’t go outside of the budget while still maintaining a fun feel for everyone.

Make Careful Catering Considerations

Select a caterer that will offer a wide enough selection of food so all of your guests can find a favorite item on the menu, while not going outside of the budget. With a big group, there are many food considerations, especially in regards to food allergies. Make sure you find about any possible food allergies well in advance of your event so that you can pass them on to your caterer. In addition, consider vegetarians and other special food requests that you guest may have.

Hot Tubs

With a hot tub or even several hot tubs your party will be a success. It sets the mood for a good time almost immediately. Make sure your outdoor space can hold all the people in the tub as well as anyone not swimming. Select a hot tub that will hold as many of your group as possible. Remember, the more the merrier is the rule of thumb with selecting a hot tub.

These tips will ensure that your event is bigger and better than the rest. The biggest tip, of course, is not to forget to have fun. This is your party after all, and you have put in a great deal of time towards its planning so you are entitled to have fun.

Adding JetPaks to Your Hot Tub For Fun and Therapy

If you are looking for a little bit of fun and therapy within your custom hot tub or portable spa, there’s no better way to achieve these results than by choosing to go with JetPaks. The JetPak Therapy System is exclusive to Bullfrog Spas and was designed to provide users with an amazing hydro massage sensation that can be personalized specifically for you.JetPaks-banner

Hot Tub Therapy for Each Individual

Each and every jet used in the Bullfrog hot tub with JetPaks serves a different purpose to massage and provide wellness for all types of therapy objectives. By opting to add JetPaks to your at-home hot tub, you will have the ability to enjoy a therapeutic hydrotherapy session right in your own backyard, whenever you desire. There is truly no more customized and personalized experience that you can have in a hot tub.Exchanging a JetPak in a Bullfrog Spa

Types of Jets and Therapeutic Benefits

There are many different types of JetPaks that you may opt to add to your hot tub. Each JetPak has its own focus that can help provide you with therapy, relaxation, and fun at the same time. Each JetPak is created using different jets that each have their own specific therapy use. Let’s discuss these individual jets.

DeepRelief hot tub jetDeepRelief Jets are some of the most popular and most powerful jets. Many people choose to add at least one JetPak with these jets to their hot tubs. You can relieve extreme day to day tension with the help of this intense-powered jet that was specifically designed to provide you with a focused deep-tissue massage in your spa. If you are dealing with aches and muscle pains, JetPaks using this jet will be the the ideal for you.

FirmRelief Hot Tub JetFirmRelief Jets provide hot tub owners with a steady firm massage designed to help to relax and remove the tension from various muscle groups. For a great mix of therapy and relaxation look for JetPaks that feature this jet.

Dual Pulse Hot Tub JetBoth Single Pulse Jets and Dual Pulse Jets use a rhythmic pulsing motion to give you a kneading pressure that provides extreme relaxation and relief of tension. DualPulse jets are a bit quicker in their intervals between pulses and SinglePulse jets provide a slower more relaxing massage.

If you are looking to address certain parts of your body with your hot tub massages, you may opt for Target Therapy Jets. These types of jets are placed in various areas of the hot tub and focus on high tension parts of the body like feet, calves, wrists, and hips. Firm pressure will relieve your muscles, giving you a relaxing and rejuvenated feel.

Oscillator Hot Tub JetOther types of exclusive jets only available in JetPaks include Oscillator Jets and Shower Jets. The Oscillator Jets provide an wide ranging massaging action that covers a large area of your back with a figure-8 kneading motion for maximum relaxation. Shower Jets are like a dream with their light and soothing caressing feel. This is the perfect massage for escaping your cares for a while.

Fun With JetPaks

Not only do JetPaks provide users with hydrotherapy relief in their spa, but also add in a little bit of fun. You can experience new and unique feelings while relaxing in the comfort of your very own hot tub. Whether you’re looking for deep-tissue massages, soothing motions, firm relief or kneading actions, adding JetPaks allows you to experience it all, offering a fun and relaxing time at home.

Practical Matters: Tips for Keeping a Pool Clean and Well Cared For

Practical Matters Tips for Keeping a Pool Clean and Well Cared ForIf you’ve recently installed a new pool or hot tub, you’re probably pretty excited about the benefits to your lifestyle and social status. Pools are a great excuse to have friends and neighbors over to socialize, but before you throw your first big pool bash, it’s important to ensure that your pool and hot tub are nice and clean.

Check The Water

Purchase a good chemical testing kit and test the water in your pool and hot tub at least twice a week. The pH of your water should remain in the recommended range for your pool type and area, and chlorine levels should be maintained at recommended levels to ensure sanitation. In between testings, always visually inspect the water in your hot tub at least once every few days.

Add Chemicals if Needed

After you check the water, you can add the chemicals that you need. First you must maintain the pH and then the chlorine, as the chlorine can’t work properly without the pH being in balance.

Keep it Clean

It’s important to physically clean your pool regularly. Skim the surface daily to remove any debris, fallen leaves, or dead insects. At least once a week, use the scrub brush to clean the steps and walls. You should also check the skimmer and pump baskets for clogs. When it comes to spas and hot tubs, you will want to entirely change the water every 3-6 months or whenever it begins to look cloudy.

Enhance Your Water

There are a number of different chemical enhancers that can be used to make your pool look even better. Although this step is certainly optional, pool-water enhancers can be very valuable in preventing scum stains, fixing cloudy water, and removing any potential odors.

Clean Your Filters

Clean your filter at least once a month. Always check for rips and tears, as these can affect the filter’s efficiency. Replace the filter or cartridges any time you see that the pressure is still remaining high even after it has been cleaned.

All of this sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really quite easy, especially when you consider all of the benefits of having a backyard paradise to enjoy. The most important part of owning a pool is jumping in and having fun with your friends and family, so what are you waiting for? Your pool is calling your name.

Keep Romance Alive: Tips for the Young at Heart

Keep Romance Alive Tips for the Young at Heart

Young love is easy. You’re both excited about your future and each other. This initial spark can tend to fade a bit, but, settling into a comfortable, quiet routine with your partner as the years go by, doesn’t mean that romance has to die. In fact, quite the opposite is true, a committed long-term relationship is the ideal climate to foster intimacy. Check out these three tips on how to fan the flame within your relationship.

Be Intentional

Author Madeleine L’Engle wrote, “Love isn’t how you feel, it’s what you do”. Your relationship requires more intentional maintenance than most other parts of life. Set aside regular time that is only devoted to your spouse. It could be making every Friday “date night,” or spending some quiet time on Sunday afternoon in the hot tub together. Whatever you choose, stick to it. Intimacy is facilitated by routine.

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It may sound a little gooey, but it really helps to make sure that kids, friends, and coworkers are aware of your affection, too. The kids will learn that the value of a strong relationship. Your friends will know where you stand and appreciate your commitment. Plus, the public accountability will encourage you to put in the hard work necessary to maintain the relationship.

Reconnect

Within the time that you’ve set aside for each other, find new ways to reconnect. Accept that your partner will change, and embrace the new sides of him or her. Consider trying activities that will challenge you to grow together, like taking a cooking class, or joining a book club. Not only will you have more to talk about, but you’ll uncover new sides of each other. Try making a list of activities to try for a week. Whether you’re writing a love letter to your partner, or eating a picnic in the park, the change of pace will refresh the relationship. Add in a few silly items too, like having a food fight or watching a comedy together. You’ll be surprised by how much fun reconnecting can be.

Find Ways to Serve

Secretly spend a week or two doing everything exactly in the way that the other person prefers. This could be as simple as putting on the toilet paper roll in the way they like. These small changes will both surprise and delight your mate. Plus, you might realize that the problems weren’t so annoying as you thought. They might even start doing the same for you! You don’t want to change your spouse, but find things you can both work on to make the relationship more enjoyable.

Carving out time in a busy schedule to focus on your partner, finding new ways to connect and putting the other person first are easy ways to keep your romance alive.

Fun Family Games to Play With Young Kids

Fun Family Games to Play With Young KidsNothing beats an afternoon playing classic family games with your children. Playing family games keeps your kids out of trouble when there’s nothing to do, and playing regularly with your children, is a superb way to strengthen the parent-child bond. The perfect family game has to be challenging for older children, yet simple enough for younger players to understand. If you’re having trouble picking the right game for your family, check out this list of awesome family games:

Monopoly

This board game is hands down the most popular family game to ever hit store shelves in the history of board games. Monopoly comes in different versions like Barbie Monopoly, or Aquarium Monopoly, but the classic is still the most played. In this game, the goal is to control every single square inch of property on the board. Although it takes a while to win the game, it will still cause some fierce competition amongst the players.

Chutes and Ladders

This game is ideal for younger children because it’s easy to play, but even older children will love the game. This game requires both luck and strategy, and the goal is to make it to the finish line before the other players. It is the perfect game for a rainy day.

Hedbanz

This game is perfect for families that are silly and want to laugh. In this game, players wear a headband that holds a card. The players are not allowed to look at the card when they put it on the headband. Then, they have to ask the other players questions so they can figure out what’s on the card. Basically, the game is like charades except instead of guessing what the other person is, you have to guess what you are

Life

One of the most fun board games to date, Life requires players to use a spinning wheel to earn points. Throughout the game, players get cards that have good or bad news like winning the lottery or losing your job. At the end, the player with the most money and future planning skills wins.

Marco Polo

Family time in a hot tub by Bullfrog SpasNamed for the famous explorer, this game is fun not just in the hot tub or pool, but out at a park or even just the backyard. Blindfold one family member and see if they can find others through just the sounds of their voices. This classic games can be played by all.

The Logo Board Game

This board game challenges your knowledge about popular brands and logos. First, the players looks at a piece of a popular logo and try to guess what it is. This game is great for all ages and is a really fun way to spend time together.

A family that plays together, stays together, and these games will surely put a smile on everyone’s face. All the games in this article are great for children and grownups alike.

Making Memories: Tips for Keeping Family Time a Priority

Making Memories Tips for Keeping Family Time a PrioritySpending time with family is one of the most important parts of life, but can easily be neglected with busy schedules, and an overload of responsibilities. By establishing a few habits through simple steps you can begin to bond with each family member now and create stronger long-term relationships.

Plan Fun Activities

Although the living room is often the most common place for the family to congregate, it can often make for too much routine and repetitive time spent together, for a family that needs some variety. Try to plan a few fun nights each month for the family to go out, whether to a favorite restaurant, or to the local fair. By having fun together, it will be easier to bond and you will form true friendships within the family unit. Have each family member take a turn to plan the family activity each week and opt for activities that include going out for ice cream, spending time riding bikes, or enjoying time together in hot tubs, all activities that are low-stress and involve minimal planning and cost.

Forget About The Chores

According to The Quarterly Journal of Economics, having more time for leisure activities has risen since 1965 from four to eight hours a week, due to less time spent cooking and cleaning. By hiring a professional cleaning service once or twice a month, and cooking more simple and convenient meals, it will provide less stress when it comes to approaching family time for peace of mind.

Make Family Vacations a Tradition

Make it a rule to take a family trip together each year, which will make for valuable memories and intentional time where the family spends several days exploring a new place without interruption. Plan the vacation each year, and vote on what destination will be visited, along with the planned activities on the excursion. For kids, a trip to Disneyland or Disney World is appropriate, along with camping in Yosemite, taking a cruise to the Bahamas, or experiencing the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It will require time spent together planning the trip, and will help each family member to truly value and appreciate the tradition.

Eat Dinner Together

Make it a habit to always sit down for dinner together, whether over pizza, or a four-course meal. Schedule dinner for the same time every night, and ask each child to help with the cooking or setting of the table. It will provide a good amount of time each day of the week to practice communication and continue to get to know one another.