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How to Throw a Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick's Day Party

St. Patrick’s Day may just be a few days away, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still time to throw a festive celebration. At Warsaw Buick GMC, we’ll use any excuse to get together with friends. If you’re the same way, use these two tips to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party this weekend for a last-minute themed get-together.

Opt for a Potluck

Since the party is so soon, not only will you not have time to send out invitations, but you’ll also be hard-pressed to plan an entire menu. Instead of stressing over food, figure out which of your friends are coming and turn this fiesta into a potluck. Have guests bring Irish dishes like Guinness Stew, Irish Soda Bread, or Corned Beef and Cabbage. You can supply the dishes, the cutlery, and the green beer.

Choose Ambiance Wisely

There’s no need to rush to the store in search of four-leaf clover garlands. Instead, focus your energy on finding the perfect soundtrack to your party. Nothing says “Irish Pub” more than live music. Ask around and see if you can find someone who’s willing to play music during your party to give it a special, memorable kick. If not, create a playlist ahead of time filled with Irish bands and traditional Celtic music. Encourage guests to come dressed for dance, and don’t forget to say “Sláinte!”

Live Reindeer Visit in Milford on December 15th

We associate a lot of things with the holiday season—snow, Christmas lights, pine trees, mistletoe, and Santa Claus. One of the most beloved symbols associated with Christmas is reindeer, and if you love reindeer or animals in general, then you’re in luck! This December, Milford is welcoming reindeer to the Milford Community Building for a Live Reindeer Visit on the 15th. Bring the whole family to meet the graceful creatures known for pulling Santa’s sleigh.

The visit will be totally open to the public and free, but make sure you mark your calendars—the event only lasts an hour, from 6:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, December 15th. The reindeer will be accompanied by an attendant dressed as one of Santa’s elves, and there may be other animals there native to the North Pole so your little ones can meet and interact with all kinds of fun and interesting creatures.

If you want to keep a memory of the Live Reindeer Visit, you and your family can even get a photo with the reindeer after the event is over. Make sure to visit Milford for this rare opportunity to see a real life reindeer and friends at the local public library for education and fun.

Travel Tips

The holidays are right around the corner so now is the time to make the proper travel arrangements. Outside of making arrangements, there are quite a few steps you can take to ensure a happy holiday. We here at Warsaw CDJR have some helpful Thanksgiving travel tips to make your holiday a relaxing one!

  • Pack Light – Taking the time to pack light can save you some major hassle when packing the car or heading through airport security. It can also save you a good chunk of change on extra baggage fees. Take only what you need and ship things that aren’t necessary, like extra clothes, to your destination through the mail.
  • Technology – Use technology to your advantage this holiday season. Flyers can access their flight information and other pertinent details through apps on their smartphone. Some apps even show users maps of the airport. Drivers can use navigation systems that provide real-time directions to avoid accidents and find the fastest route.
  • Call Ahead – It’s understandable that you simply want to get to your destination as fast as possible but don’t forget to call ahead. Giving your hosts a 15-minute notice of your arrival will give them time to finish what they’re doing and reduce their stress as well as your own this holiday season.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to come together over a wonderful meal and enjoy one another’s company. Unfortunately, you all have to come together first and that alone can be a major problem. Traveling during the holidays is never easy but there are things you can do to streamline your adventure. Here are some easy-to-follow Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at Warsaw Buick GMC!

  • Pack Light – Whether you’re boarding a flight or hitting the road, packing light is one of the easiest ways to make traveling easier. Flyers can avoid expensive baggage fees by packing everything they need into a carry-on bag. Drivers can avoid the hassle of loading, shifting, and squeezing luggage into the car. Instead bringing everything you need, consider shipping your belongings to your destination through the mail. It’s cheaper and easier.
  • Use Technology – Apps can do almost anything, including help navigate the roads. Navigation apps tend to use real-time information to plan your route. That means that sitting in congestion and traffic jams are a thing of the past – or they could be. Those who choose to fly can use airline apps to access flight information and see a full layout of some airports.
  • Notify Hosts – A simple phone call telling your hosts when you’ll be arriving can relieve stress all around. Your hosts can finish what they’re doing and you can all kick back, relax, and catch up.

How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh

keep your Christmas tree fresh
Well she is adorable, and she wants you to keep the Christmas tree looking green!

If you’re like millions of other families across the country who prefer a real Christmas tree, the biggest challenge is how to keep your Christmas tree fresh. Here are a few tips to help keep your tree looking and smelling great all month long.

  • Choice. The most important factor in keeping your tree fresh is choosing the right tree. The ideal tree is one that you can cut down yourself, which means you’ll bring it home in peak freshness. If you don’t cut your own, inspect the trees and look for dry or brittle branches and needles. Ask the vendor how long ago the trees were cut.
  • Once you get your tree, start taking care of it right away. If your tree was pre-cut, you will need to cut an additional inch or two off the bottom to give it a fresh cut—this makes it better able to absorb water.
  • As soon as you can, get your tree in some water. If you aren’t going to trim the tree right away, at least place it in a bucket of water outside. Check the tree stand daily to make sure the base of the trunk is immersed in the water. Tree experts say you don’t need to add anything to the water.
  • Setup. Choose a location in your home that is away from direct sunlight, heater vents, and fans, as these will make your tree dry out faster. For an extra dose of freshness, you can use a room humidifier.
  • Decorating. Make sure your lights are in good working order and have no exposed wires. LED lights use very little energy and stay cooler.

What methods do you use to keep your Christmas tree fresh all season long?

Don’t Get Tricked! 3 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Car Safe on Halloween

tips for keeping your car safe on halloween

Halloween is the troublemaker’s paradise, a time of year when it’s okay – in fact, it’s encouraged, – to cause chaos. As lighthearted as this can seem, if your car is the target, a little bit of hooligan fun can cause you cash in damages.

Here are our 3 quick tips for keeping your car safe this Halloween:

Keep It Covered

If at all possible, park your car in the garage. As potent as silly string can be on your ride’s paint, it won’t blast through wood or brick. If a garage isn’t an option, now might be the time to invest in a car cover.

Wax On, Not Off

This is the time to finally get to putting on that new coat of wax. Wax, whether synthetic or natural, can be an extra layer of protection between your paint job and the acidic elements of egg, silly string, pumpkin guts, and anything else a trickster might imagine.

Be Ready to Rinse

If your car is hit, the best defense is a quick counter-attack. Hit the stain fast with the hose, or be prepared with a squirt bottle of soapy water to start soaking off the goo, whatever it may be.

We hope you follow these tips for keeping your car safe this Halloween – consider them our treat to you!