October 2016 archive

How to host a Halloween Party, by Bubblegum Balloons

Halloween is great fun for people of all ages, particularly if you really embrace the event and host a party. In our latest guest blog post, Sally Hodge, director at Bubblegum Balloons, shares her tips on how to make the most of the spooky festivities.

Halloween is one of the most exciting events of the year, especially for children.

Whether you’re throwing a spooky shindig or simply dressing your home for trick or treating, here’s a few tips on decorating and throwing the ultimate Halloween party.

Party pumpkins

It wouldn’t be Halloween without pumpkin carving. Get some inspiration for a scary face from Pinterest or paint them as an alternative. Put candles inside and place then by the front door or around the house for the perfect Halloween accessory.

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DIY decor

The kids will love turning your home into a haunted house. Hang fake spiders, creepy crawlies and cobwebs, and keep young ones busy by making creepy ‘Beware’ and ‘haunted house’ signs.

Sweet tooth

Sweets are a must if you want to win over little ones. Provide plastic buckets decorated with spooky stickers for kids to take their haul home with them.

Creepy cocktails

Conjure up a kid friendly punch to keep them refreshed. Serve in a punch bowl surrounded by creepy crawlies and cobwebs, and draw their attention with Halloween-themed helium balloons.

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Game for a laugh

A party isn’t a party without games. Kids will love a Halloween-themed party game of pass the parcel – use spooky wrapping paper and small gifts hidden in each layer. Apple bobbing is a time honoured tradition at this time of year, and pass the balloon is a firm favourite all year round.

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Bubblegum Balloons has a spooktacular range of Halloween themed party balloons priced from £6 to £30. Visit the fang-tastic Halloween themed party range at http://www.bubblegumballoons.co.uk.

 

COSY HOME, HAPPY HEART: THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A FIRE IN YOUR HOME

Since the leaves have started to turn and there is a noticeable chill in the air, we’re looking ahead to the Fall Winter months and our favourite ways to enjoy the dark evenings. We love sitting fire-side during the colder months, and being warmed by the crackling heat and cosy settings. Brian Irvine, CEO of Firemizer explains more.

How often do you gather with your family and friends, and relax in the living room with the fire ablaze? Take some time out, unwind and surround yourself with the ones you love. Not only is family time important, but having a digital detox and really focusing on being in the moment is a healthy step in the right direction. Rediscover the art of conversation and enjoy the comfort of hearing all your family’s news at the end of a busy day.

Of course, there are many benefits of having a fire in the home – here are just a few to get you started:

Romance

There’s always a scene in a romantic movie, where a happy couple cosy up in front of a dimly lit fire, sipping wine and laughing. Well, this doesn’t just have to be fiction. Make this your reality and have your very own movie moment with the one you love. What’s better than being snuggled up in front of the fire when it’s cold outside?

Comfort Food

Cook your dinner on a wood burning stove, saving money on the heating and electricity bill. You’ll have a delicious meal and a warm home, perfect for a social get-together or quiet night in. You’ll often find if you have a tiled floor in your kitchen, that it’ll be chilly in the autumn and winter months, so using the wood burning stove will also help to heat them up nicely.

Heart of the Home

Having a fireplace, mantel or open fire in the heart of your home creates a focal point for family and friends to gather, providing a perfect alternative to sitting in silence watching the TV. Socialising with your family creates a calm and cosy atmosphere and with a fire lit in the background, there’ll be the perfect amount of warmth too.

Staying Eco Friendly

Lighting a fire in your living room can save you money, look great, and give a cosy but traditional feel to your home. But, staying eco-friendly is often the worry. You can become even more eco-friendly and reduce your carbon footprint with Firemizer. This device sits at the base of your stove or hearth and makes sure all the fuel is burnt thoroughly, allowing you to enjoy your fire for even longer whilst also limiting emissions by up to 72%.

Decorative Focal Point

A mantelpiece can sometimes be overlooked and becomes a little unsightly if you don’t look after it. Once cleaned and refreshed, it can become an impressive focal point in your home (rather than the TV!) Pinterest is awash with ideas and inspiration on how to decorate your mantelpiece so it reflects your interior style season to season. Get pinning and make your mantelpiece a real focal point in your home.  

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