Tips Throwing New Years Eve Party At Home

There’s a lot of fun things going on in the New Orleans area for New Year’s Eve, but sometimes the best way to spend it is to throw a party at home. To be sure your party is fun and festive, we’ve got some pro tips for throwing an awesome New Year’s Eve party at home.

New Year’s Eve Party Tips

Party Punch – One of the first things that a party needs to be guaranteed awesome is some delicious party punch. Food and Wine Magazine has some exciting and creative punch recipes with unique combinations like rosemary, cucumber and Vinho Verde or apricot liqueur with basil and bitters. Impress your guests with these unusual and refined party punches!

Countdown – If you can’t be in Time Square to watch the famous ball drop on New Year’s Eve, you can still have it on your TV as a background at your apartment party! Pick out or create a great music playlist or station of fun party songs to play at the party. Leave the Times Square action on silent in the background, then when it comes time for the countdown, turn off the music and on the TV, and then back to the music again after the clock strokes midnight!

Decorations – There are endless possibilities for party decorations and to put your own personal creative touch on them, consider making them yourself! Options for DIY party decorations are cheap and plentiful, from a tissue garland, to a paper fork placeholder, handmade signs, cupcake liner garlands and much more. Check out some of these ideas from

Moving First Lease Tips

Signing your first lease, or a new one at a different apartment can be very exciting, but is also a big commitment. There are many factors you might not immediately think of that if not considered, might come back to haunt you later after you’ve signed on the dotted line. Use this checklist before you make this big decision to ensure the best experience possible in your new home.

What to Consider Before Renting An Apartment

Location – The location of your prospective apartment is one of the most important factors to consider. You should make sure that the apartment is conveniently located to where you work, to schools if you have kids, to grocery stores, etc. Not only that, but confirm that the neighborhood compliments your lifestyle.

Inspect – A big risk you run if your apartment is not inspected property before signing a lease is unforeseen problems that arise after you move in. When viewing the apartment, there are a few major things to check for quality and functionality. Make sure to turn on all the faucets, including the shower, to check for water quality and pressure. Confirm with your leasing agent the process of repairs if needed so you know what to expect in that scenario. Scan all appliances, walls, closets, etc. for any flaws or damage prior to moving in, and make sure to notate everything down on your Move-In Checklist and return it to your leasing agent.

Ask Questions – Because deciding to lease an apartment is a big decision, you should get all of your questions answered, no matter how minor they may seem. For example, check with your prospective apartment’s pet policy, as some have weight or breed restrictions. Confirm what utilities are included or not included in the monthly rent so that you can budget accordingly. Make sure you understand the community rules regarding guests and noise restrictions. In addition, double check the terms of renewal and date range of your lease.

Avoid Unwanted Noise Home

Do you have noisy neighbors, renovations or construction near your apartment? That unwanted sound can be quite the nuisance. However, there are great, easy solutions for preventing noise pollution in your home.

Soundproofing At Home

Insulate – Insulating your apartment will help create a sound barrier to aid in blocking out outside noise. This can be done by hanging curtains, laying down floor rugs, adding art or tapestry to your walls and other fun decorating projects. Insulating your apartment will not only keep the noise out, but will also encourage you to vamp up your apartment’s interior design.

Noise machines – White noise can do wonders for drowning out distracting noise. Any device that creates a buzzing noise, even the air conditioner, can help, but a machine built just for that purpose is ideal. You can go as basic as the White Noise smartphone app which is particularly helpful for going to sleep or more advanced with something like the Marpac sound conditioner.

Headphones and earplugs – If you have a home office where you work during the day, loud noises can be particularly detrimental to your daily operations. Noise cancelling headphones are very helpful for work from home residents, not to mention on planes and public transportation. Similarly, soft earplugs like Mack’s Pillow Soft Earplugs will fit snugly and do the trick, especially when it’s time to get some sleep.

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Home Decorating Organization Ideas Fall

The summer heat is starting to dissipate and the cool fall air is moving in, which means new produce will be in season, warmer clothing will be necessary, and holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Here are some ways to acclimate your apartment and organize your life for the change in season.

Fall Decorating Ideas for the Apartment

Clean out the closet – A change in season is as good a time as any to go through the closet and throw out anything that doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn in a long time. Hand the discarded clothing, sports equipment or whatever it may be down to a friend or family member, or donate it to charity.

Fall wreaths – Get in the fall spirit and add a festive fall wreath either inside your apartment or on the front door. Wreaths made out of twigs and foliage are always nice for fall and add that autumn touch that signals the season.

Decorate for the holidays – Here comes the fun part – fall decorating! For Halloween and even all season long, place pumpkins throughout your apartment, including your mantle or fireplace. For Thanksgiving, set up a basket of pinecones in your living room and a cornucopia on your counter for that decorative touch.

Break out the warm clothes and blankets – Fall means that temperatures are starting to drop, so it’s time to break out the blankets, comforters and coats from the back of the closet.

Color scheme – Consider changing your drapes, sheets and wardrobe to more fall-friendly colors like jewel and earth tones to really embrace the season.

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Registry Ideas for Weddings and Baby Showers

Getting married and having a baby can both be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time doing either. Registries are a genius invention to take advantage of that will give you a head start.

Chances are, if you’ve never done this before, you probably don’t know where to start. Both wedding and baby shower registries have come a long way over the years, and there are some that exist you probably never heard of.

To get in the know, use our ideas for different types of wedding and baby shower registries to get all the best loot for either getting hitched or giving birth.

Wedding Registry

Whatever you want: Register practically anything you want, not just china and linen sets, using

Honeymoon Registry: Would you rather have an amazing honeymoon instead of a fully stocked kitchen? You can register honeymoon activities like hotel stays, dining out, tours, lessons, and much more with a honeymoon registry.

Wine Registry: If you’re a wino who doesn’t have the money to actually have multiple bottles of wine stored for future consumption, you can register for nice bottles of wine you wouldn’t normally purchase to be saved for special occasions.

Baby Shower Registry

There aren’t too many themed baby registries or different types, but knowing what you should and shouldn’t register for will be a huge help in the long run.

What you should register for – Essentials, including outfits, pajamas, socks, booties, hats, crib or cradle, mattress, sheets, baby wipes, diaper cream, diapers, bottles and nipples, bibs, baby thermometer, car seat, diaper bag and stroller. Check out The Bump’s complete baby essentials checklist.

What you should not register for – Some things you should skip that either aren’t necessary and probably won’t be used or are better suited to buy yourself are wipes warmers, blankets, changing tables, bassinet and baby shoes.

Moving in with the new Mr. or Mrs or need a bigger space for the new addition to your family? Check out all the great New Orleans apartments that are available from 1st Lake Properties!

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