Do you have plans for guests to be trickling in this summer? In between your own travel plans and busy life in general, you might find yourself pressed for time before receiving visitors. Check off the items on this list for a quick way to make sure you've got it all together before houseguests arrive, this season and beyond.
Q: I am lucky enough to have a decent sized apartment in Brooklyn, NY. The only problem is that all my space is in my bedroom! I'd love to have a dinner party or a game night or just anything where I can have a decent number of people over, but I'm worried it would be awkward to have everyone hanging out on my bed!
You probably have big plans to celebrate America's birthday today and you might even be participating in some traditions that have been in place since the very first Independence Day. Way back in 1776, John Adams made a few suggestions for future Independence Day celebrations that sound pretty familiar (and if you happen to drink a few beers at some point today, we have no doubt our forefathers would have heartily endorsed that, too). Here's why we do what we do on the Fourth of July.
Name: Rebecca Rosenfelt & Michael Yamartino Location: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Years hosting on Airbnb: 6 years
When Rebecca and Michael were apartment hunting, they never saw themselves in a big modern lofty space. So when they first saw this light-flooded Bernal Heights home, they couldn't picture themselves living there. But then they fell in love with the bright and airy space, and they realized they could personalize the apartment to suit them. Sure enough, their mix of traditional and eclectic furnishings are a surprisingly perfect fit for the contemporary space. Their home is clean and simple, but also cozy and welcoming, for the couple and for their many Airbnb guests.
Maybe it's a birthday or the first day of a new job. Maybe it's just Tuesday. No matter what, everyone loves a spontaneous little love fest. Here are ten pint-sized projects to tackle today so you can surprise a friend, roommate, partner, or your kids with a fun gift or gesture. Chances are you've already got everything you need to get one of these done — time to check the junk drawer!
Now that sunshine and warmth have arrived, it's time to start hosting BBQs, parties, and outdoor hangouts. If you're looking for some activities to jumpstart your gatherings, here are ten DIY ideas that will liven up any lawn.
We all work so hard to make our homes beautiful, relaxing spaces where we can host our friends and family. So what if I told you that by merely uttering one little word, you could derail all the positive, beautiful attributes of your home in the eyes of your guests? Please, lovelies, never say this!
You have just moved to a new place. "When are you having a housewarming party?" well-intentioned friends and associates ask. "Never!" you cry inwardly, because never is exactly when your new space will be ready for inspection by all your nearest and dearest. Trust me, I have been there. And I have a few reasons why never cannot happen soon enough, and why right now is exactly the right time to entertain your friends in your less-than-perfect new space.
The key word for a budget wedding is prioritize. Decide what to splurge on — I suggest a great photographer and delicious food — and cut back on everything else. So when it comes to decorating your (probably already amazing) venue, opt for DIY projects that are easy to pull off.