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Fixing Up Your Man Cave for the Big Game

Fall Man CaveFor the next several months, thousands will tune into the football games occurring every weekend. Instead of wandering out to the corner pub or trekking to a neighbor’s house, why not create a unique and personalized basement for optimal sport-viewing? Turn you basement into the perfect man cave this fall with these robust decorating tips.

Upgrade your flooring. Football season starts in September and can last through the entirety of February, so you’re going to want your flooring to maintain the room’s cozy feel. If you opt for hardwood flooring, add a throw rug into the mix to give feet somewhere warm to land. If you want to stick with carpet, choose a neutral color that will jive with your favorite team’s colors.

Make repairs. If your basement has been lacking, now’s the time to make repairs. Fix patches in the drywall or ceiling. Replace burnt out light bulbs. Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls, ceiling, or both. If you’re in over your head with repairs, reach out to an interior painting professional. They’ll handle all the work, freeing you up to watch more football.

Update your para-FAN-alia. If you have old jerseys of outdated players, pack them away in the closet or donate them to charity. Replace them with your new favorite player (or even your new favorite team). If you have shelves lined with bobble-heads and other collectibles, give them a swift dusting with a can of condensed air.

Opt for used furniture. If you are looking for man cave furniture, or your current couch or chairs are not as comfortable as they once were, take the “newer” used furniture route. Remember, this is going to be a man cave where spills of all kinds might occur. Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on something that stands the chance of getting ruined when you can find a perfectly good used couch at a local thrift store.

Obtain awesome electronics. The most important of any man cave are the electronics. First and foremost, have an awesome television set up. If you feel so inclined, throw in some surround sound to make it feel like you’re actually at the game. For added man cave points, incorporate a mini fridge into your décor to store snacks and beverages.

Add some accessories. Don’t leave the women in your life out of the man cave – they tune into sports every weekend just as much as men! Incorporate some fall smelling candles or family portraits into the man cave décor. After all, this space is truly for everyone in your home.

Covert your basement into an awesome space to watch all of your favorite sports teams this fall.


Outdoor Springtime Events You Can Host

The warmer temperatures of spring usher in a new season of activities. Once the last snow melts and the chilly winter winds clear out, it’s time to head outside and enjoy the outdoors. So, you know you want to host an event, but can’t decide what to do? You’re in luck, give these options a try for a springtime party to remember.

Kentucky Derby Party. Each May, viewers across the country tune in to see which horse and jockey will take first place at Churchill Downs. With long running traditions including seersucker suits, big hats, and mint juleps, the pomp and circumstance of the derby is the perfect time to throw an outdoor get together. Be sure to stock up on decorative plates and decorations, and don’t forget the mint leaves for the event’s traditional cocktail. Since this party will revolve around a televised event, getting a television outside may seem like a hurdle. However, a few well-disguised extension cords and a well-decorated deck can offer a simple solution, while renting a tent could provide a more expensive alternative.

An Easter get-together. This outdoor gathering is something the kids will definitely enjoy. Springtime and the Easter bunny are virtually synonymous, so why not make a party of it? Coordinate a giant Easter egg hunt with fellow parents and let the kids run wild searching for them. For the adults, put together a menu of spring foods that may not be available during colder months—think asparagus, artichokes, or beets—to add some much needed color after a gray winter.

cocktail partyA cocktail party. The arrival of spring brings with it longer days, which means a few more hours to enjoy sunlight. To take advantage of this longer period of natural light, put together a simple, or refined and elegant, cocktail party. Setting up a wet bar outside and mix one or two signature spring cocktails, like a gin and tonic or Tom Collins, for your guests. Be sure to keep other libations on stand-by as some of your guests may not deviate from their preferred drink. For food, set up a buffet so your guests can grab a bite when they need one. Also, make sure you have plenty of comfortable seating outdoors to encourage fun conversation.

A wedding. Ok, so this event is a big one. However, spring is a great time to host an outdoor wedding, before the weather gets too hot. Spring is also the blooming season, so take advantage of beautiful flowers for the event.

Don’t forget that these are your events. Feel free to make them as formal or relaxed as you like and, more importantly, relax. Of course you want everything to go perfectly and for your guests to have a great time, but it’s just as important that you get a chance to cut loose with your friends and family members.

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