Preparing Your Yard For A Party

There’s nothing quite like getting together with family and friends to enjoy the summer sunshine. Having a few refreshing drinks while a mouthwatering steak sizzles on the barbecue – what’s not to love?

Yescom-FirstBatch-13-1Dependent upon where you live this could be a great idea, or something of a gamble. Some places can almost guarantee great weather for a summer party in the great outdoors whereas others can let you down badly at the last minute and with the least amount of notice.

So what can you do about it?

No, cancelling the party is not an option; neither is all piling into the kitchen and putting muddy footprints all over the best carpet.

The secret is to be prepared. Just a few well thought out and planned items can help to make your party a success whatever the weather (well, almost).

When you organize a party in your back yard you don’t only have to worry about your guests getting cold or wet, you also may need to worry about them getting sunstroke.

You need to make sure that there is plenty of shade to be used as required, whether that means shelter from the summer showers or shelter from the sweltering sunshine. Make sure that there are plenty of shady places for your guests to gather as and when they want to.

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This could include something as simple as installing a sail shade canopy onto the patio, a few well placed sun shade patio umbrellas or even a fully fledged gazebo. Incidentally, a gazebo with side netting can also provide great respite from another potential problem at outdoor parties – uninvited guests arriving in the form of bugs and insects.

Depending upon the layout and vegetation in your garden or yard you may be able to take advantage of the shade which is already available. How about clearing out the garage and opening up the door to provide an emergency shelter if needed? How about installing a sail shade canopy between the trees in the back yard? Perhaps you are lucky enough to have lots of natural shade from trees, hedges or have a shed where you can take cover if necessary.

No outdoor party will ever be complete without a barbecue. Guys love to barbecue so it gives the women the chance of a well earned break. Well, just so long as they have already bought the food, prepared the food and are willing to run in and out of the house fetching and carrying the food to the dude standing by the barbecue with the apron, tongs in one hand and a tin of beer in the other then they can have a well earned break. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

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You also need to think about how to keep the drinks cold when the sun is hot, hot, hot.

If you aren’t lucky enough to have an outdoor refrigerator then you may have to be a little more creative in your thinking. A few buckets of ice with beer and soda bottles placed in them will work well for a few hours. If you have children with a paddling pool then this could also make a superb drink cooler – fill it with cold water and a few ice cubes and add your drinks as required.

For many of these items (and a whole lot more) visit yescomusa.com. They’ve got lots of great products and ideas which can really help your garden party go with a swing. Check out the details at http://yescomusa.com and see for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

Ciara’s Maternity Look Was Yanked Right From Men’s Fashion Week

ciaraThat Ciara’s got goodies is stale news, about 28 years old; it was known that she had it all on 25 Oct, 1985. That was the day she was born: Born to be one of the most beautiful singers of all time…and a ditto actress. That she has added one more item to her list of goodies, i.e. the baby she and Future are expecting, is not hot potato news either.

Ciara and her current partner, singer Future had announced their engagement in style. The singer sports a tattoo on her ring finger that leaves no one in doubt. The capital N stands for the first letter of Future’s given name, Nayvadius. A fifteen carat diamond ring personified the engagement that drew the world’s attention. In the interview given on 14th singer/actor announced that she and Future are expecting their first baby.

Ciara’s baby bump was prominently visible to her admirers at the Hyundai/Grammys Celebration Activation on Sunday January 26. Ciara was wearing Ashton Michael leather and beaded trench. She spoke on the cravings she was subjected to by her pregnant condition. Her cravings were not limited to just one particular thing. She would keep eating something over and over again and then transfer her attention to something else and would continue with the routine.

New York fashion week is scheduled for 6 to 13 February, 2014. The fashion aficionados are keen to access the knowledge of who will wear what. Ciara draws more than her fair share of attention due to her pregnant state. What dress would possible show her pregnancy or may be hide it? Will she or won’t she want to make people see and guess how pregnant she is?  

Lighting Ratios For Portrait Photography

Lighting Ratios For Portrait Photography

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Did you notice that the paintings by a Van Gogh or Da Vinci have the lighting in them carefully drawn? It is the lighting in right proportion that lends the portraits their ethereal quality and the life-like look.

When it comes to portrait photography, the ratio between the “key light” and “fill light” that emphasizes shadows has to be very accurate.  It is the appropriate lighting that gives shape to expression, the brightly lit parts in a portrait lending a contrast to the least lit portions. We daresay lighting makes or breaks a portrait photograph. Generally, the ratios followed fall into four categories. They are, 1:1, 2:1, 3:1 and 4:1.  

5 Great Photo Apps for iPhone and Android

Just about everybody has heard of the Instagram app for their iPhone or Android, but there are plenty of great photo apps for both types of phones! Whether you are an aspiring photographer or you just want to touch up a picture from dinner with your friends, there are many app options to help you out.

Pixlr Express (Both)

Pixlr was created in Sweden with the intention of allowing amateur photographers to put some nice touches on their photos. Quickly you will be able to see all of the amazing effects you can create after uploading your picture. You can add more color, or you can go all out and add flames to your photo!  

Learning How to Photograph

Get backdrops for photography that will really make your photography pop. Combining backdrops with photography lights from TheLaShop.com will be just what your subject needs to look beautiful. There are lots of different reasons for learning how to photograph correctly.  

New Hobby – RC Helicopter – WLToys V911

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Microsoft FY12Q4 Results – Plus That Lost Decade Thing

There has been a lot of conversation in the last few weeks about “Microsoft’s losing decade” thing and it really is a complicated considered when you actually take a look at Microsoft’s windows record. People don’t really have inside information about the company and its plans in the near future, but they are still going to discuss its position in the market today, which is certainly not the same as rumors.
 

DYE Design Your Own Contest

I joined a design contest for paintball guns by DYE Paintball. Fortunately I qualified to received for the last and final voting in the Asia region. Two of my design got in, but only 1 design per region can win. So I’m writing to ask everyone’s help and vote for my designs and win the gun with my design. :D

Design #1 SKULL KENDI

Design #2 VEGA UNKNOWN

Please click on the photos to open the voting page.
Please note that you can only vote one per region.
Type in your name and email and the security code to vote.

Thank you in advanced,
J


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