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Including Music in Your Special Event

Every event can be enhanced by music. Whether you are planning a backyard barbeque, a wedding or reception, or a formal dinner, music will add to the ambiance of the event. The type of music you choose should reflect the formality of the event and the overall mood you want to create. Your budget will also be a consideration. Hiring a band is the most expensive option and the price will vary by the number of musicians in the group. You can choose anything from a three-piece blue grass group to a 15 member swing or jazz band. A band offers less flexibility than a DJ. Most play for 45 minutes, then take a 15 minute break. If you plan to have toasts or make any type of announcements, those activities usually occur during the band's breaks. A band is great for events at which the primary activity will be dancing. If you are planning a wedding, you might choose to hire a string trio or quartet, a brass ensemble, a harpist, or several guitarists to play for the ceremony. If you have a chu…

Get to Know Your Neighbors - Have a Block Party

Fall is the perfect time to hold a block party. School is in session; vacations are over; the days are no longer miserably hot. You can host the party or you can co-host it with some of your neighbors. If you live in a cul-de-sac, you might close the street and party in it (be sure to check with the police and fire department first). If you live on a conventional street, then have the party in someone's yard. Set up games, such as volley ball, croquet, or bad minton, to attract the younger crowd. You may need to make it a BYOLC party - bring your own lawn chair - to have enough seating, or spread blankets on the grass. Be sure to provide munchies and something to drink. It might be as simple as cookies or you might have a barbeque and ask guests to bring a dish to share. The party is a good time to get acquainted with your neighbors and to also conduct any neighborhood "business." You might discuss safety or crime issues, set up a neighborhood watch program, or make plan…