Take advantage of the sun this summer and live your life to the fullest. Continue reading to learn about some fun types of parties that you could host.
If anything, the last year has taught us to live in the moment and enjoy life as much as we can. We are all looking forward to getting back to partying and seeing all our friends and family. This summer will be celebrated bigger and better than ever before, and we will celebrate everything we can, in the most creative and fabulous ways. There is so much to celebrate with weddings, birthdays, and holidays coming up, so you definitely won't want to miss out. It's time to take advantage of the sun and live life to the fullest.
Go With The Classic Garden Party
One thing we will certainly enjoy is having garden parties again. With barbecues, friends, and cocktails alongside kids playing around happily laughing and creating new memories to last a lifetime. Garden parties are great, especially if you're nervous about mixing in large groups again after the pandemic. You can limit yourself to a number of people. Have over as much as you feel comfortable, and all enjoy the comfort of your own home. So if things get too much, you can take a quick break indoors and then go back to the festivities once you feel better. To throw a fabulous garden party, it is best to include barbecues of delicious food, some mood lighting like fairy lights hanging outside, and making sure you have enough seating for everyone attending. If you have kids coming along to the party, make sure there are some things for them to do like play equipment, for example, swings and slides. You can even set up a little craft table and give them something creative to make that they can take home with them. You can also make your party stand out by having a signature cocktail that you made yourself. Or you can go one step further and just have a cocktail-making kit available, so people can experiment and mix their own drinks.
Themed Nights Are Always A Hit
You can't go wrong with a theme night. Everyone loves getting dressed up and getting involved in the occasion. With a themed party, there is so much that you can do, like the 80s, fancy dress, neon, black and white party and even something like a film night where you come dressed as your favorite character from a popular film within your friend group or family. Theme nights are really easy to throw, as when you have a theme, there's so much that you can research and find online. You are able to find certain recipes for appetizers that go with certain themes as well as decor, balloons, and anything else that you need to throw together. These types of parties can be great for bachelor parties, birthdays, and anything else you want to celebrate.
You Can't Go Wrong With A Boat Party
Boat parties are timeless and luxurious as everyone will look forward to them as it is something different and not a lot of people have attended boar parties. Show off your hosting skills by throwing a party on a boat this summer to come back with a bang. With the warm weather, the smell of the sea air, and the option to jump in the sea for a quick swim, if you fancy and have your bikini prepared, then you can't go wrong. It will give such a luxurious feel to your party, and everyone will want to come. They will also be talking about it for a long time after. These types of parties are great for things like bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or wedding anniversaries. By having a boat party, you can drink under the stars as well as take advantage of beautiful beaches nearby. It doesn't have to be the only thing that you do that night. You can pair it with something like an escape room or even an evening show to make a night of it. Then it's onto a party under the stars until the sun comes up. Try something like Lagerhead Cycleboats to book your party.
Brave A Beach Party
By having a party on the beach, your options are endless. You can do something fun like volleyball and watersports. Pair that with mixing with your friends and family and then going into the evening with drinks. Or you can even do something more classic like a bonfire, roasting marshmallows, catching up, and enjoying each other's company again with some lovely cocktails and beers on hand. IIf you have a beach party, you don't have to worry about numbers as you won't be in a crowded space. You've got a whole beach to enjoy and set up how you want the party to be. You can take a dip in the ocean at any point if it's hot. There will also be food vendors nearby and ice cream parlors nearby, so if you run out of food, there's going to be plenty around. You will also not have to worry about outfits too much as most people be in swimwear and sundresses.
Make Your Own Pizza Party
If you aren't sure about crowds and don't really want to be in big groups with everything that has gone on, you can do something simple like make your own pizza party. This is where you get the supplies to make pizza, dough, marinara sauce, and cheese and then have lots of different options for toppings available. It's a really creative and engaging night as everyone will be getting involved. They will roll out the dough, but what they want on the pizza, and then all you need to do is cook it. It's also great for kids to get involved in, so if you have friends with kids, you can have it as a play date party to help them mix and create social bonds. All while you are having fun. Then to make it more interesting for the adults, add in some cocktails and wine, and you're good to go.
Would you like to find your high school or college friends? Continue reading to learn ways you can connect again and maybe restart your friendship.
Every now and then, it’s fairly normal to feel a little nostalgic about your high school or college days. You might remember the days you spent with your friends, the holidays that you enjoyed together, and also the bittersweet memories of having to say goodbye to them. Perhaps you moved away to another city and lost contact, or perhaps there were other circumstances that led you to drift apart. Whatever the circumstances were, there’s no reason why you can’t try to reconnect with them.
So instead of trying to avoid Facebook, how about we make use of its features to find our high school friends and college buddies? In this post, we’re going to talk about how you can find and reconnect with your old friends and maybe even family members that you’ve lost contact with.
In most cases, a quick Facebook search will help you find them
Most of the time, you can get away with just using a quick Facebook search to find the person you’re looking for. This is obviously much easier if you know their full name and some of their history. Many people on Facebook will list the places they’ve worked or studied at, and they’ll also include some pictures. You can start these kinds of searches by just typing in the name. For example, you can search for Katherine Marraccini if that’s the name of your friend or family member, then you’ll be given a bunch of different results. Of course, there are likely multiple people with the same name, so you’ll need to look at the different results and try to compare them to see which one could be your friend.
However, these days, not everyone is using Facebook. In fact, a lot of millennials and younger people might not actually use Facebook. In some cases, they might have an account or be listed on Facebook, but they might not actually use their account. So in this case, what can you do? What’s another option to help you find your friends and family members?
Consider checking LinkedIn instead of Facebook
Another social media platform to check instead of Facebook is LinkedIn. This is very similar to Facebook, but the difference is that it’s geared towards industry professionals. There are plenty of people that don’t use Facebook but will have a LinkedIn account because it can help them find a job and creates a professional portfolio.
On LinkedIn, you’ll typically find a history of where they’ve worked and studied. However, if it’s been a while since you’ve met, then you might not recognise them from the information alone. LinkedIn usually doesn’t have many photographs of people, but you can usually work out if they’re the right person from their description and location.
You can also check other social media platforms if you can’t find them, but LinkedIn and Facebook are the most common platforms to help you reconnect with old friends and family members. If you can’t find the people you’re looking for, then it may help to search for someone that could know their whereabouts, such as old colleagues and classmates.
Read 4 tips on how to have the best possible backyard tailgate party in 2020
If this was any normal Fall, families everywhere are going to gather around for football season. 2020 is a little different, but that doesn't mean that you can’t have all your usual traditions with Fall fun for friends and families! There may not be as intense a football season this year, but you can still enjoy the change of the leaves and the cooling temperatures!
Parties in the Fall are part of the season, and one of the most important traditions is a backyard tailgate party! You could go for generic frozen pizzas and beer, but it really depends what you want for your event. So, with that in mind, we’ve got four tips for the best possible backyard tailgate party you could have this year!
No matter what you do with your backyard tailgate party, make it as fun as possible for your guests. Always observe the current rules regarding the pandemic in your neighborhood, and you will ensure that everyone is safe and healthy. Provide your guests with masks and hand sanitizer to go one better and make sure that everyone is comfortable and happy. Your backyard tailgate party is going to be one of the best things that you plan this year, and it won’t take too long to get sorted if you start now!
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I got a reminder on social media that today is the anniversary that I self published my 10th book: From Friends To Lovers: Stop Being Her Emotional Cookie Man. On July 12, 2009 I self published it.
In celebration, of this 8th anniversary of this book, I present the introduction of the this book written by Will Hicks.
-Frank Kermit, Author
Introduction to From Friends To Lovers
by Will Hicks
My Mother told me that it was an extreme honor when someone asks you to write an introduction or forward to their book as she was asked by one of her colleagues at work.
When Frank asked me I took it as an extreme honor because of our friendship and the caliber of person that he is.
Once Frank becomes your friend he’s there for you through thick and thin, rain or shine.
He also makes sure he stays in communication with all his friends as well as open doors for you through friends he has that may be able to help you in any way.
I remember when I first met Frank Kermit when we were speakers at the same event held in Canada. Frank, the gracious person that he is, reached out to me first and introduced himself and with that gesture started what would be a unique life long friendship.
The Cliffs List Convention in Canada where
Will Hicks and Frank Kermit Met
Will Hicks first appearance on Frank's show
He always kept me in the loop with everything he was doing including his radio shows, which I had the pleasure of being a part of on more than 1 occasion.
The most memorable show for me was the New Years Eve show we did together. This was one of the funniest hours of my life.
We talked about everything from where to go, where not to go, the mindset that you need to have...etc. The show was professionally done, as is everything the man does.
We found over the course of that hour that we had many things in common, even though we each had our own unique methodologies and delivery systems with which we conveyed our messages.
In other words that show helped cement our friendship.
How To Pick Up On New Years Eve
We’ve shared many private moments off the air also, friends talking shop, giving advice, and trying to help out guys that need it the most. There are a lot of pretenders out and I can say not just with my own experiences but also out of the mouths of countless others that Frank Kermit is No Pretender. His body of work speaks for itself and I’m honored to be a part of that great body of work.
When Frank speaks it’s always from the heart and he’s speaking from experience. He genuinely doesn’t want you to make the same mistakes as he did or take some of the roads that he’s traveled. I’d say he generous to a fault with an infectious smile and as cool as the other side of the pillow.
Once you enter his world, Frank becomes your mentor, coach, confidant, counselor and most importantly Friend. So enjoy what’s about to happen next. There will probably be things along the way that you disagree with or don’t like but you’ll always appreciate where they’re coming from, that I can assure you. Also know that Frank Kermit wouldn’t have you do something that he wouldn’t do himself.
Will Hicks, Dating Coach
By Christine Champ for Match.com Happen Magazine
At first, it sounded like a fabulous idea — but just one month later, Anna “fired” Kim.
You see, whenever the two met a single man somewhere, Kim turned into a flirting machine: tossing her hair, giving seductive sideways glances…she stole the spotlight every time away from Anna, even going so far as to physically block her friend out of some conversations by standing in front of her!
Whenever Anna asked Kim if she was interested in these men herself, she’d deny it. Instead of a boyfriend, all Anna acquired during her short-term experiment was self-doubt, frustration and confusion.
As Anna describes it, all her experience managed to do “was clip my own wings.”
So — (frenemies aside, obviously) — why would a friend, sister, brother or other close comrade get in your way when you’re looking for love?
We’ve come up with a few reasons that take malice out of the equation entirely.
Fitzgerald has been on both sides of the wingman block himself; once, when a friend’s flirting turned into floundering, he felt responsible for keeping the conversation going so the woman his friend was interested in wouldn’t leave. Fitzgerald now realizes that commandeering the conversation might actually intimidate a tongue-tied buddy, so he makes an effort to tread carefully when helping cultivate initial small talk before excusing himself from the conversation entirely.
For some people — single or not — the subconscious urge to compete with their peers trumps everything else. It’s about proving they can win the guy or girl’s attention, even if they’re not looking for a relationship themselves. Dr. Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., author of Love in 90 Days, observes that often, insecurity is what’s really behind these competitors’ outward show of confidence and flirting — along with the drive to demonstrate they’re desirable, regardless of the cost to their friendships. Sometimes, adds Dr. Kirschner, “scarcity consciousness” can also make people worry “there’s not enough to go around” when it comes to finding potential dates.
Ron Geraci, author of The Bachelor Chronicles, notes that some people simply “cannot stand the fact that someone else is getting attention.” But, adds Geraci, don’t condemn these attention hogs too harshly; basking in the romantic limelight gives a “shot of adrenaline to their ego” that boosts their own low self-confidence.
A recent University of Indiana study suggests that people note the preferences of others — regardless of whether they’re friends or strangers — to make their own search for a mate more efficient. This stems from the idea that “who others like might be a good choice for ourselves,” according to Skyler Place, a researcher in UI’s Department of Psychological and Brain Studies who coauthored the study, along with Peter M. Todd, a professor in the university’s Cognitive Science Program. Frank Kermit, relationship coach and author of From Loser to Seducer, cites another reason: sometimes people don’t trust their own judgment when it comes to finding someone else attractive.
University of Texas psychology professor David Buss coined the term “mate poaching” to refer to people’s tendencies to try to steal romantic partners away from others. Geraci believes the principle applies equally to singles on the prowl, saying that “it’s a convenient way to find a mate because someone else is doing a lot of the work.” Singles should use caution when choosing wingmen or wing women; watch out for those friends who exhibit potential poaching tendencies and avoid going out with them when you’re looking for dates. After all, when you’ve engaged a prospect that piques your pals’ interest, “it’s like bringing your kill into a pack of hyenas,” warns Geraci.
Before you try to mend your relationship with a failed wingman or wing woman, make sure you’re not misreading any signals — like the silent cues that your tall, dark and handsome (or blonde and beautiful) target sends that indicate your attraction isn’t mutual after all. According to matchmaker and etiquette coach Joy Nordenstrom, the three biggest clues that your flirting is indeed being reciprocated include: direct eye contact, mirroring (i.e., your crush copies your body movements) and leaning in to get physically closer to you.
If it’s still obvious your friend’s crossed a boundary, here’s one solution: exclude him or her from social situations where you might connect with someone romantically. Advises Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D., author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again: “that’s how you teach people that they’re socially unacceptable,” though she considers an intervention to be worthwhile if you believe your friend’s bad behavior is unintentional. If you do decide to stage an impromptu bathroom meeting to interrupt the offender’s advances, Kirschner recommends keeping it positive — like asking your cousin to tell the ladies about your smooth salsa moves, then adding that you’ll be ready to take the lead on the dance floor right after the next song begins.
Establishing the rules of engagement
If you really want your wingman or wing woman to “rise to the occasion,” says Nordenstrom, establish some rules of engagement first so that it’s clear “you’re playing on the same team.” Start by clarifying your goals for the outing, and have your friend do the same. Agree to put each other in the best light possible throughout the evening — from subtly pointing out the broccoli in your friend’s teeth to bragging about his or her tennis skills. Think of flattering stories to share about your friend or make a mental note of his or her most attractive features before you go out together. Mutually agree on a code word (like “yesterday”) to indicate you’re interested in someone so both of you don’t end up inadvertently flirting with the same person. If you end up eyeing the same hottie without realizing it, take a beat by yourselves to discuss and compare your desire levels on a scale of 1 to 10. A good wingman or wing woman knows when “to step back,” but as Tessina also cautions, “every person you meet isn’t Mr. [or Ms.] right” — so choose your showdowns wisely!
Flying solo: is it an option?
The insights we’ve shared here should help you choose a wingman or wing woman that brings out the absolute best in you — because, according to Nordenstrom, when your romantic radar reacts, you often “have a very short window to make a strong impression.” Or, try flying solo — Kirschner believes you may unleash your “inner charisma” when you’re forced to conquer your shyness and/or social anxiety. If you attempt a solo recon mission for scouting dating prospects and spend all night cowering next to the bathroom instead, finding a friendly co-pilot you can rely on is definitely the better way to fly!
Christine Champ is a freelance writer based in the Northwest. Her writing has appeared on MSN.com, MSNBC.com, Film.com and in The Seattle Times.
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