Set the scene in your backyard and create the perfect ambiance for your family and guests! It’s easy to make the atmosphere feel similar to an outdoor restaurant patio. There are plenty of options to beautify your backyard, no matter how it is set up. One of the most common sources of lighting are outdoor string lights, which can be elegant for an evening dinner party, or casual fun for every day use. The most popular types are globe lights, a standard clear bulb that creates a soft, beautiful light. Paper lanterns are easy to maintain and offer a unique glow. Or, you could go the classic and more simple route and use strands of Christmas lights to enhance your deck and railings. You probably already have the materials handy! Decorating plants or trees is also a tasteful option that brings an aura of tranquility.
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Central Park is NYC’s most tranquil and beautiful park, but it has more to offer than just the scenery. Because the land is so vast, there is an amusement park called Victorian Gardens right inside of the park! Who would have known? It is actually fantastic and has many rides and activities for our little ones. They also have live entertainers, as well, for us parents to have a laugh. I heard about it from Mario, our studio manager and dear friend, who is also a parent. This tiny carnival paradise in the middle of the city is a perfect fun-filled outing for the whole family! We’ve been told that it’s best to visit this attraction in the early hours of the day when it first opens, or in the later hours of the day before it closes because it is exposed with little shelter from the blazing sun. Other than that, it looks like a great place to play games, have some snacks, and watch the kiddies go on rides!
For hours of operation or to learn more, visit their website. They even host birthday parties.
You’ve probably already discovered that there are some pests at your summer parties that you didn’t invite. No, I’m not talking about your daughter’s friends or your mother-in-law. I’m talking about the mosquitoes that gnaw at us while we are trying to enjoy our meal and our company. They can end the party really quickly and that’s when we start relocating to the air-conditioned house and onto the couches. Sure, we might love staying inside during the peak hours of the afternoon, when temperatures are above 90 degrees, but as the sun is setting, it is the best time to sit outside. However, it is also feeding time for our enemies. Bug spray only works temporarily and haven’t we all wondered if they actually like the scent of the spray? It seems that they are more attracted to us after we already doused ourselves with the bad-smelling repellant. Sitting beside a fire works to keep them away, but we can only last for so long before the smoke gets to us.
Citronella candles are our best bet and we should never set up a table without them. The best part about them is that they smell good and they can serve as a cute decoration, or even a centerpiece to keep your table cloth from blowing away. My favorite kind are the ones made in cute, little buckets. They have a nautical and authentic, vintage look to them. Many times, we take the easy route and buy some at a store, but what we do not realize is that the candle might just be “citronella scented,” which means that it most likely does not have the natural citronella to repel the mosquitoes. It’s a great craft and a useful one that is relatively easy to do. You can make them however you like to match your outdoor décor!
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