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How to Throw the Best Halloween Party Ever!

How to Throw the Best Halloween Party Ever!

Halloween is just around the corner and this means many Halloween themed parties are on the horizon. Holding a party at your home or at an event hall is a great way to celebrate this fun day with friends and family. So, to ensure your Halloween party is a huge success, keep the following tips in mind!

Have a Genre

We all different styles of what a party is and it’s important to establish early-on, the angle your party will be taking. For instance, some people love the traditional Halloween costumes, while others take a Halloween party as an opportunity to dress up in something stylish. So, make sure to clearly communicate the tone in the invitation to people can prepare accordingly. 

Go Big with Décor

Decorations help to bring your intended theme to life, create the wow factor for your guests and even help promote the event–as people will share it on social media and tell friends and family about it. This aspect is especially important with corporate events, where a successful Halloween party could lead to new clients or partners.

Get the Right Music

 Nothing gets people in the party spirit faster than great music. With any party, music is a crucial part of creating the right atmosphere and much consideration should be put into the tracks on your Halloween party playlist.

When your playlist you’ll want to strike the ideal balance Halloween tunes and regular party tunes that will keep your audience having a good time throughout the entire event. Now, since it’s Halloween, it’s best to get the party started with Halloween classics, like Thriller, off with your head, etc.) and after approximately 30–45 minutes start transitioning into other party music of the non-Halloween variety, to keep the atmosphere lively.

Incorporate Surprises

Take your Halloween planning outside of the box, by incorporating spooky Halloween surprises for your guests. Not only will this add to the fun, but it also goes along with the Halloween theme. For example, you could have people in costumes tasked with jumping out and scaring guests!

Use This Advice to Host the Perfect Outdoor Thanksgiving!

Use This Advice to Host the Perfect Outdoor Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving makes a great occasion for friends and family to slow down the hectic pace of life and gather together to reconnect with one another. If your family normally holds Thanksgiving indoors, taking the festivities outdoors is a great way to capitalize on the good weather and utilize your outdoor space before it truly becomes cold outside.

Have a Back-Up Plan

Should weather conditions take a turn for the worst (heavy rain or the temperature gets too low), it’s a great idea to have indoor space prepared to house your guests. 

Consider Starting Earlier

Higher temperatures allow you to take advantage of more daylight and higher temperatures before the evening comes. For instance, starting Thanksgiving between 1:00 and 3:00 pm gives you plenty of light during your Thanksgiving dinner and your guests will likely be warmer. 

Prepare Your Outdoor Living Space

Entertaining guests outdoors in the fall requires some planning to maximize the appearance of your space and ensure everyone’s comfort. The following are details you’ll want to consider for your event.

  • Look into various ways to keep your outdoor space heated (e.g., fire pits, outdoor fireplaces or patio heaters). Since the temperature begins to drop much earlier in the fall, these additional sources of heat will be necessary. 
  •  Ensure your outdoor space looks its best by removing any dead plants from flower beds, consider adding a rug to your stone patio or artificial lights for the evening hours.  
  • With shorter days comes less lighting, which means some form of artificial lighting should be incorporated into your plans, so you and your guests can enjoy.

 

 

Maximizing Outdoor Living in the Fall

Maximizing Outdoor Living in the Fall

With great weather and long days, enjoying your outdoor living space in the summer is really quite simple; however, as the days grow shorter and the weather gets colder our desire to be outside is still there but a little bit more planning is required to prepare our outdoor spaces for the fall and winter season. Use these tips to enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest this fall!

Incorporate Cosy Lighting

In the fall the days begin to get shorter and we lose more and more of the natural light that allows us to enjoy the outdoors well into the evening hours. Although they don’t replace the lighting offered by the sun, artificial lights are great ways to add brightness to your outdoor space, so you can continue to enjoy your evenings outside. 

Opt for Weather-Proof Furnishings

Harsh winds, rain and snow can be harsh on furniture–stripping it of paint and causing certain materials to crack or warp. Choosing furniture created from the durable material will drastically increase their lifespan and allow them to be used year-round.

Take Advantage of Weather Protection

Now, even with weather-proof furniture and great lighting, enjoying your outdoor living space in fall is still difficult if you’re exposed to the elements. To address this, the final topic we’ll discuss is weather protection. Structures such as gazebos, awnings and umbrellas are all effective ways of sheltering you and any guests you may have from bad weather. Depending on factors such as your budget and the size of your backyard, you may opt for just one form or weather protection or multiple. For instance, awnings and umbrellas are great for sheltering you from rain; however, gazebos come in a variety of forms and can provide excellent shelter from winds as well. 

At Canadian Home Leisure, we offer a wide variety of equipment for outdoor living, including umbrellas, awnings, gazebos, outdoor furniture, fire pits and more! For more information on the products we offer and how we can enhance your outdoor living space, click here

How to Pick the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture

How to Pick the Best Outdoor Patio Furniture

Walking into a patio furniture store can feel overwhelming. With all the styles and budgets to choose from, it’s hard to find the right mix of function and aesthetic. Thankfully, there are ways to narrow down the selection and identify furniture right for your home.

The first criterion you should address when shopping for patio supplies is the weather. Your climate should determine the materials you seek. For example, dry climates can splinter wood prematurely. As well, windy climates can blow lightweight furniture around.

Try to balance the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials described below.

Wicker and Wood

Natural materials are stylish and comfortable; however, they require special treatment. Wood and wicker need weatherproofing and UV protection to prevent splintering, cracking and fading. Likewise, you should inspect the finish on all natural products. For wicker, specifically, check for looseness around the frame.

Steel and Iron

Alloy-framed furniture provides ultimate sturdiness, but you will need cushions to make it comfortable. Like natural products, steel and iron need treatment to prevent rusting. These days, most paints incorporate anti-rusting solutions, so you’ll likely find vibrant colours available. Just make sure that the finish is uniform and that all joints have been well-fitted. Unpainted and stripped areas can reduce the lifespan of the furniture.

Aluminum and Plastic

Unlike the previous materials, both aluminum and plastic are lightweight, rustproof and easy to maintain. Interestingly, these materials are cheapest too. You can leave this furniture out all year, but you may need to tie it down in a wind storm. Likewise, you need to ensure the furniture is not too flimsy and will not wobble under pressure.

Outdoor Furniture Buying Considerations

Space is a big factor when buying patio furniture—not just outside. Indoor storage space is necessary for cushions during rain and snow seasons. As for the patio itself, you need enough room to walk comfortably around the furniture. The rule “less is more” often applies. After all, your guests will want to frequent the barbeque and cooler without tripping over obstacles.

You will also want to consider the style of your outdoor living space. The benefit of using natural products is that they go well with almost any décor. Conversely, bright paints are hard to pair and complement. This is especially true with cushion sets you may want to purchase or replace after time. Matching fabrics with loud colours is not always easy.

Happy friends are doing barbecue in the park and making fun

Why You Need a Portable Barbecue in Your Life

Barbecuing is an awesome addition to a meal. Not only does it allow you to add excellent flavouring to your food, but it creates a space for people to gather around as food is cooked and served for the meal. Barbecuing is a hub for social interaction and many of us can only enjoy it in the backyard. But what if your barbecue could accompany you to a variety of locations, so its joy could be experienced everywhere you go! Here are three great reasons to invest in a portable barbecue!

Lower Cost

Although larger gas or charcoal grills enable for greater cooking quantity and diversity with what can be cooked and how it’s prepared, they also come with a much greater price tag. If you’re not interested in all the bells and whistles, a portable barbecue provides the means to enjoy well-barbecued food at a reasonable price!

Optimal for Small Groups of People

Another important aspect of barbecuing is how many people you’ll be preparing food for. If you live on your own or are mostly just looking to use the grill with your small family, purchasing a large grill may not make the most sense. If you won’t be maximizing the grilling quantity a larger grill offers, considering a smaller option will enable you to enjoy barbecued meals while realizing the cost and space savings of a smaller BBQ.

They’re Portable!

And the last, but certainly not least point is that portable barbecues are portable! Imagine being able to take enjoy the benefits of a barbecue no matter where you are–whether it’s a camping trip, picnic in a park, trip to the cottage, or even visiting a friend who doesn’t have one of their own.

Four Things You Should Never Do to Your Hot Tub!

Four Things You Should Never Do to Your Hot Tub!

Hot tubs are great ways to unwind after a long day and with the right care they can be used throughout the entire year; however, poor maintenance can greatly reduce the effectiveness of your home spa. Here are four things you definitely shouldn’t be doing to your hot tub!

Ignoring Water Tests

Water chemistry cannot be overlooked with a hot tub. These tests work to protect your spa’s equipment as well as all bathers in the tub. Consistent water tests help prevent bacteria development and ensure regular chemical levels.

Failing to Perform Basic Maintenance

Maintenance is a must for a safe, sanitary and correctly functioning spa environment. Adding to regular testing and chemically treating your water, rinse the filters, clean the spa cover, wipe the waterline and drain/refill when necessary.

Mistreating Your Hot Tub Cover

Spa covers are essential to hot tub health. They prevent the sun’s rays from promoting algae growth in the pool, stop debris from entering your hot tub and clogging your filter, help maintain the water temperature and much more.

Improper treatment of your hot tub cover will not only shorten its life but also reduce its effectiveness, which means it won’t be able to provide all the benefits listed above. After chemical treatments, wait an hour before putting the cover back on the tub. Never use sharp objects (e.g., a razor blade) to remove dirty or sticky objects, like tree sap, from your hot tub cover. Also, allowing your spa cover to fully dry out once a move goes a long way to reducing hot tub maintenance costs.

Acting Like it’s a Bathtub

It’s important to remember that hot tubs and bathtubs serve different purposes. Your home spa is not the place for soap and suds. Adding such products can lead to costly damages to your spa’s filtration system and cause a foaming issue in the tub. Other products that shouldn’t be added are shampoo, detergent or soap products. It’s also not ideal to enter your hot tub sweaty or dirty, as this compromises your water balance and can impede your filter cartridge from working properly.

 

Is Stress Negatively Impacting Your Health?

Is Stress Negatively Impacting Your Health?

In small amounts, stress is good to keep us focused and motivated to complete the necessary work in our lives; however, in large amounts stress is very unhealthy and comes with a plethora of negative consequences. Stress negatively impacts various aspects of your being such as physical health, mood and behaviour. 

Physical Health

  • Upset stomach
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Fatigue

Mood

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness 
  • Lack of focus or motivation
  • Irritable or angry
  • Sad or depressed

Behaviour

  • Social withdrawal
  • Fits of anger
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Over or undereating

How Hot Tub’s Help Relieve Stress

 

Warm Water Temperatures

A hot tub has water that can be approximately 102 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature. These warm temps have proven to be very efficient in putting the body in a deeply relaxed state. Another aspect of water is its increased buoyancy. Since water helps support approximately 90 percent of the body’s weight, an individual’s muscles can relax and pressure is taken off of joints. All of these factors combine to reduce stress levels throughout the body.  

Massage from Jets

The water pressure delivered through the jets also works to relieve muscle aches and tightness that further aids the relaxation process.

Quiet Space

Not only do hot tubs provide numerous physical benefits, they also provide an opportunity to get away from the noise of life. Whether it’s a backyard deck or a sunroom that has been converted into a space for a home spa, relaxing in a quiet environment, free of distractions is just as important to calm the mind, as the warm waters and jets. 

To capitalize on the de-stressing effects of a hot tub, make sure you get the right one for you. Pick a hot tub with seats you find comfortable and adjustable jets that allow you to change the direction of the water pressure as well as its strength. Just a 10-20 minute soak, daily, goes a long way to reducing stress levels in your life and feeling more at peace.

Why Your Outdoor Living Space Needs an Awning

Why Your Outdoor Living Space Needs an Awning

It’s probably safe to say most homeowners would love a home feature that improves how they enjoy their outdoor living space, helps them realize cost-savings in their home and adds to the overall aesthetics of the home. If you’re one of these homeowners, awnings are a house feature that you definitely need to explore!

For those unfamiliar with the product, awnings are sheets of canvas attached to a frame and act as a shelter over windows, doorways and decks. Discover all the other ways this product can benefit your home. 

Increasing Home Value

High-quality awnings are not only an attractive addition to a home but also increase the livable space, which raises your home’s equity. Homeowners looking to enjoy outdoor space and weather, without worrying about the sun will gain greatly from having an awning attached to their home.

Allow for Control of Patio Space Environment

Depending on the environment you’re looking to enjoy and the daily forecast, some days you’ll seek the shelter your awning provides, while still having the ability to retract it when you welcome the natural weather.

Reduce Energy Costs

In addition to providing a sheltered space when outside, awnings also minimize the direct solar heat your home absorbs, through windows, in hot weather. This feature can save you up to 23% on your air conditioning bill in warmer weather. Retractable awnings enable further energy savings, as they can be closed in the winter so the sun’s heat helps to heat the home.

Protect Interior Furnishings

When placed over windows, awnings shade your interior furnishings from harsh direct sunlight that causes damage over time.

At Canadian Home Leisure, all our awnings are produced in Canada and engineered to achieve the best possible quality. We carry a variety of awnings, each providing different features. The strength of our products is clear as we offer an awning with a 4 metre projection–the longest projection in Canada.

Beat the Summer Heat with the Ultimate Game Room

Beat the Summer Heat with the Ultimate Game Room

Many of our previous blog posts examine how to maximize your backyard space during the warm months, but what about your indoor space? Although reading a book under a gazebo, enjoying a morning soak in a home spa or laughing with friends you’ve invited over for a barbeque, are all fun ways to spend the summer, there will be days when you want to beat the heat indoors. Does this mean the fun has to end?

At Canadian Home Leisure, we recognize the value a well-planned game room brings your home and want to suggest how to go about realizing yours!

Where Will It Be Located?

Before you start planning out how every inch of your game room will be used, you must first choose a room! Is your basement a free space that can be transformed or maybe you have a spare bedroom or den that can be utilized.

When picking the right space, keep in mind, you’ll likely want your game room away from busier parts of the house (e.g., the kitchen or living room) to help achieve a more relaxed atmosphere for the space.

How Do You Plan to Use the Space?

No two game rooms are exactly the same. You may plan on dedicating your space to poker night with the boys or include other table games like a billiards table or shuffleboard. Maybe your vision for the area goes past table games, to incorporate video games or even a dartboard. Whatever your ideal game room will consist of, it’s crucial you have a clear vision so you can plan accordingly.

Are You Going to Incorporate a Bar?

Having to go up to your kitchen for cold refreshments is a real nuisance. If you have space and the budget allows it, look into incorporating a small bar area into your game room. This section can serve as another section with seating and give all users of the space a place to have drinks and talk.

Create Great Moments with Well-Planned Summer Parties

Create Great Moments with Well-Planned Summer Parties

Life goes pretty fast and if we’re not careful, we can miss it! Making the most of the current moment is so important, which is why we’re helping you catch that moment with great backyard parties! Letting the summer end without spending quality time in the presence of those you care about means missed opportunity. So, use the following practical tips to have fun, engaging summer socials. 

Provide Entertainment for the Kids

It’s important to have suitable entertainment for the crowd that you’ll have. This may mean having various activities to capture the attention of different age groups. If your outdoor gathering only consists of adults you’re likely fine, but if there are children in tow, make sure to set up activities for them as well! In warm weather, consider a slip ‘n slide, blowing bubbles or other fun activities to occupy their time. This also gives you adults the opportunity to enjoy the uninterrupted company of other adults.

Ensure There is Adequate Seating

Let’s look at the following hypothetical situation:

You’re planning to invite approximately 20 people to your outdoor party, but your outdoor seating arrangement seats at most 10, which means a lot of standing people. 

To accommodate your guests, flexibility is essential. Consider utilizing some of your indoor chairs (e.g., dining or family room chairs or stools). For those not keen on having their indoor furniture taken outside, renting chairs is another great way to outfit your backyard with enough seating for your guests). Folding chairs can be rented for as little as $2 apiece. You may also be able to rent coolers, speakers, tableware and even a larger grill–if you feel yours isn’t enough to grill the amount of food required for the number of guests you’ll have. 

Have the Right Lighting for the Occasion

Another factor that goes a long way to creating the perfect atmosphere is lighting. If your party takes place in the afternoon, artificial lighting likely won’t be required; however, as the evening begins to set in, a bit of ambient lighting can be great for the eyes. 

Tips to Make the Most of the Hot Tub in the Summer

Tips to Make the Most of Your Hot Tub in the Summer

 In the cooler months, your hot tub is a steamy retreat that you can’t wait to submerge yourself in, but what about the summer? With hot temperatures, it would seem as though the summer season is a write-off for the hot tub; however, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Use these tips to enjoy your home spa in the hottest months. 

Drop the Water Temperature

To achieve an enjoyable hot tub experience in the summer, you’ll want to lower the water temperature. Keeping the water hot on an already warm day, will not only be uncomfortable for you but it drastically increases your chances of overheating, which can lead to more serious problems–like passing out in your home spa. To stay safe and enjoy a relaxing soak, your hot tub water should be lower than your body temperature (which is approximately 37°C).

Protect Your Skin

Another important aspect to consider with summer hot tub use is the sun! Bodies of water attract the sun’s ultraviolet rays and can cause sunburn if unprotected. To enjoy your time in the hot tub and protect yourself, make sure to apply an appropriate amount of sunscreen to exposed skin. 

Also, if you don’t already have a good source of shade over your hot tub, this is an effective way to reduce heat exposure and protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. 

Adjust Your Times of Use

In colder seasons, using your hot tub in the middle of the day ca neb quite enjoyable; however, the intense summer heat makes this time much less appealing. Consider adjusting your hot tub time to early in the morning, before the sun comes out, or later at night, once it has set. 

Not only will this help protect you from overexposure to the sun, but you’ll be able to appreciate the cooler air temperature as you unwind. 

Create the Ultimate Party Playlist

Creating the Ultimate Party Playlist

Music is something that we all love! With many different genres, it has the ability to lift us up and bring us down, which is exactly why it’s so important for us to be able to choose the right music for a backyard summer party! Keep these tips in mind to generate a playlist that will help create the optimal party atmosphere for you and your guests!

Know Your Crowd

The type of crowd you’re inviting over should have significant weight in the sound you’re striving to create. Although it’s hard to please everyone; ideally, you want to create a playlist that most people can enjoy. To achieve this, you will need to understand your group’s demographics (e.g., age, gender, lifestyle, etc.).

Check Sound Levels

If your playlist will be comprised of both newer music and older recordings, you may find that older songs offer a softer sound than their more recent counterparts. To ensure an even sound throughout your playlist, you’ll want to “equalize” it. This can be done under volume controls and will give you a consistent, even level throughout. 

Go for a Specific Vibe

Different social gatherings call for different vibes. The first thing you’ll want to do is determine what vibe your gathering needs. For example, a more relaxed get-together may be better served with gentle music playing in the background that still promotes an ideal environment for talking amongst your guests. On the other hand, if you’re hosting a dance party, louder, high-energy music is likely a better fit.