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5 Essential Items You Need To Throw The Perfect House Party

5 Essential Items You Need To Throw The Perfect House Party

So you’ve decided it’s finally time to throw your own get-together at your place. You figure you have enough room to accommodate everyone, and have a pretty good idea of how to ensure everyone has a good time. But do you have everything you need to help the party run smoothly? Undoubtedly, it’s best to plan ahead, so check out this list of items you’ll want to make sure you have if you want to throw the ultimate house party.

1. The Right Guest List

I know, by now you probably already had a good idea of who you were going to invite, but did you really think about it? What will happen when all those people are put in the same room? Does person A not get along with person B? Are you setting exes up for an unexpected reunion? Is person C a drama queen eager to start some sort of rift between friends? You may get along great with each person on your invite list, but how would they get along with each other?

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You also want to make sure you don’t invite people that will get completely out of control. If you aren’t confident that your home won’t be entirely destroyed by someone on your guest list, don’t invite them.

2. Music System

What’s a party without music? It’s practically a must-have, but so is the right entertainment system. If you’re hanging out with more than just a few people, you’re going to want a system that can keep up. Investing in good, quality loudspeakers is a great idea, especially if you plan on having more parties in the future. You can either create a playlist to run throughout the night, or turn on the radio, but you want to try to play music the majority of your crowd can enjoy.

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3. Good Food (& The Right Kind)

If you really want to throw a great party, you want to at least have something for your guests to munch on. You don’t have to have an entire buffet or a full spread of appetizers, but you don’t want a bag of chips with a lame bowl of dip either. When thinking about the type of party you want to have, and the people you’re inviting, does a specific kind of food come in mind?

Perhaps a giant platter of chicken wings is the way to go. Or a slow cooker full of barbecue and a side of baked beans. You could even do a taco bar, or a build-your-own sandwich bar. The options are endless; just make sure you avoid serious allergies if necessary, and serve something that isn’t too difficult to munch on with a drink in the other hand.

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4. Plenty of Drinks

Speaking of drinks, you’ll want to be sure you have enough of the right kind of those as well. Don’t set your mind on alcohol and forget about the rest. It’s important to have a variety of options available, even if you’re doing a BYOB-style party. You can easily choose to serve beer and wine only, but you’ll still want to have a variety of each, as well as some non-alcoholic beverages . Water, lemonade, soda, or tea and coffee are all great options. If you do want to serve liquor, don’t pressure yourself to have a full bar available. Just two or three options is plenty.

A great way to take some stress off yourself in terms of actually serving drinks is to set up a bar cart or drink station. Have an ice bucket filled and ready to go, as well as plenty of cups. Then your guests can serve themselves and you don’t have to worry about it.

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5. Security

No, I’m not telling you to go and hire someone to check IDs at the door. If you’re planning on throwing that kind of party, you may want to take it outside of your own home. When inviting a large group of people into your home, you want to be smart about what you give them access to. If you have roommates, lock their doors. If you have medications, hide them somewhere safe. If there’s anything you don’t want another person having access to, secure it. Even if you think you can trust everyone that you’re inviting, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

It’s also a good idea to be conscious of drinking and driving. Not only for your sake, but for the sake of others. You can go as far as to collect everyone’s keys if you see them drinking, or ensure that each person somehow has a safe ride home. Don’t make it too easy for someone to get behind the wheel if they’ve had multiple alcoholic beverages. Believe me, you want to remember the night because of a great party, not a tragic accident.

Get Out There & Party

Now you at least have a better idea of how to make the most of a party in your own home. Whether you go at it alone or enlist a friend to help you throw the ultimate event, you’re all but guaranteed to have a great time. With just a little planning a few essentials, you’ll have everyone talking about how great of a time they had for weeks to come.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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