Saturday, December 21, 2013

Preventing Holiday Fires

Is your family safe this holiday season? In the United States, Christmas trees are the cause for hundreds of fires annually. In fact, 1 in 3 Christmas tree fires are caused by an electric problem with decorations! There are several things we can do keep our families safe, like preventing the tree from drying out, using strip plugs to power decorations, and using battery operated candles. Keep reading today’s blog to learn more about how to keep your family and home safe this holiday season.
  • Keep heating sources such as fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, space heaters, and candles away from Christmas trees
  • Never place a candle within 1-foot of anything that can catch on fire
  • Prevent fires by throwing out dry Christmas trees, or taking your Christmas tree down on December 26th
  • Never connect more than 3-strands of mini lights
  • Never connect more than 50 bulbs to a screw-in lighting set
  • If you are going on vacation, remove your Christmas tree before leaving
What measures do you take to protect your family during the holidays? Share responses with us on our SeaGate Homes Facebook page.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fun Holiday Party Ideas!

Wow! Christmas is just around the corner. The holidays are the perfect time for inviting friends and family over for a holiday party. If you have not started planning your party, use today’s blog for holiday inspiration. We have plenty of effortless ideas to help you get started!

If you’re behind on decorating your tree, enlist the help of friends and family at a Christmas Tree-Trimming Party. Setting up for tree-trimming party is very simple, all you will need is a tree, boxes of ornaments, garland and lights, along with appetizers and drinks to serve. Arrange the lights and garland prior to the arrival of guests, and then organize ornaments and other decorations into a neat pile for guests to choose from during the party. We recommend serving mess free food options, such as fruit, nuts, veggies, and pigs in a blanket or other snack mixes.

One of our favorite Christmas Party ideas is a White Elephant Gift Exchange! Set a price limit for the gift exchange and ask each guest to bring a wrapped gift. Serve a mixture of light and heavy h'orderves as well as drinks. Before the exchange begins ask guests to place gifts in the center of the room and draw a number out of a hat. The individual with the highest number picks a gift first, and so on. After the first guest selects, a gift, the next guest has two options: to steal a gift, or select a new one.

Our last party idea for this season is a Holiday Cookie Exchange! Most families have holiday baking traditions. A cookie exchange is perfect for showcasing recipes. Ask each guest to bring 1 to 3 dozen of their favorite holiday cookie to share with others! You will only need to supply beverages for guests, but don’t forget to bake a dozen or two of your own favorite holiday cookies.

Join us on our SeaGate Homes Facebook page to share photos of this year’s holiday parties!