How to host a dinner party without a dining table?

Most of us will have a dining table for four or six, but what happens when you have invited more than twelve people for dinner. Here are some tips to host a dinner party without a dining table.

Party food – Party food is easier to serve than a sit-down Look at party food like dips, crackers, fruit, sliced meats and cheeses. If people can eat your food standing up, you will also need a lot less seating.

Serve on a coffee table – Use your coffee table to serve food and drinks. Add some coasters to protect your table or use a table cloth.

Make it comfy – Making your space more comfortable with cushions will encourage people to sit on the floor, and it also means that you will need less seating.

Portable drinks station – A portable drinks station is a good idea to store your glasses, cocktail shaker, spirits, and ice. Your station can also be used to serve desserts later on during the night.

Mix and match chairs – Use all the seating you have in your home by mixing chairs, stools, and benches to create a comfortable vibe.

Use outdoor furniture – If you have outdoor furniture, bring it indoors. Create uniformity by placing a tablecloth over the table.

Borrow – If you know your neighbors well, ask them if you can borrow any extra furniture for the night.

Tips on looking after your mailbox

When it comes to yard maintenance, one of the last things that comes to a homeowners mind is the Mailbox. Most of the time go unnoticed for very long periods until something happens like damage, rust, or it starts to fall apart.

For a homeowner who is interested in mailbox maintenance and upkeep, here are some basic tricks and tips you can employ to keep your mailbox looking new.

First, take care of the loose hinges on the door. Make sure they are tight and oil them regularly. Make sure you replace the faded or missing house numbers and somehow don’t let rust develop. As soon as rust sets in, it is just a matter of time before it needs replacement.

One easy way to keep the mailbox in good shape, is to paint it often. As soon as it starts to chip, peel, or fade, give it a fresh coat of paint. It will look like new. Sandpaper or a wire brush the mailbox to remove mold or rust. Use an all-purpose cleaner on the surface before you paint and remove any grit.

The right time to paint the flag and the door of the mailbox is when the paint coats and the primer on the mailbox are drying. Before you reassemble the mailbox make sure the paint is dry.  Lastly, if you need to replace a mailbox that has been knocked down, remember to check with your local postmaster about rules and guidelines on how to proceed with a replacement.

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Getting Your Dog Used to a New Bed

Summary: If you purchase a bed for your dog it could take some time and effort before your pet is comfortable enough to use it.

 

Your process for getting a new bed for yourself is probably fairly simple. Once your current bed is no longer in proper working condition you can simply donate it or throw it away to make space for a new one. Once you have purchased a new mattress all that is left to do is put some sheets on it. Unfortunately, it is not that simple for dogs. Simply placing a new dog bed on the floor for your pet to use is not enough to get your dog accustomed to it. Your dog will need some encouragement to help him warm up to the bed before he feels comfortable enough to lay down on it. This process can take some time.

 

Associate the Bed with Happiness

 

One you can get your dog to feel more comfortable near the bed is to associate the bed with happy things. If you purchased a small bed from The Foam Factory, your dog may not understand what its purpose is. Place some of your dog’s favorite toys near the bed so he knows that the bed is a safe place to be. If your dog gets near the bed feel free to reward him with treats and praise.

 

Give the Bed a Familiar Scent

 

Scent can play a powerful role in how we feel about certain places. A scent you recognize from a happy event could make you more joyous, while a scent that reminds you of a sad time could negatively impact your mood.

 

If your dog has a favorite blanket lay it on top of the new bed. This will help turn the bed from a couch foam into a familiar place. When your dog approaches the bed and is greeted with scents he knows, he will likely feel calmer and more likely to lay on top of it. Additionally, you can rub your hand on the bed so your dog smells someone he trusts when on the bed.