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Delicious Hot Cocktails to Enjoy Under Your Eclipse Awning This Winter

While we enjoy skiing and ice-skating, our favorite cold-weather activity, hands down, is mixing up a round of hot cocktails. While a snifter of cognac or a dram of Scotch can certainly make you feel warmer, nothing is as comforting as a steaming mug of a delicious and boozy concoction. So as the nights get ever longer (and ever more freezing), fix one of these amazing warming drinks. Cheers! Hot Toddy This drink is arguably the most famous hot cocktail of all time—not to mention our favorite remedy for a cold—and it’s super simple to make. The original Hot Toddy […]

Flowers That Can Be Planted in December

December often brings to mind images of snow-blanketed lawns, holly berries and evergreens. Seldom does even the most avid gardener think about dragging out the rake and hoe in the midst of winter. When the ground is frozen, there are very few options for winter planting. Flowers that are in bloom or in a non-dormant stage will ultimately go into shock if their roots are exposed to the frigid and cold soil. However, if the conditions are right, gardeners can jump-start the season in time for the first blossoms of spring. Tulips •Tulips originated from the mountainous regions of central […]

Decorating Your Front Porch for the Holidays

Our favorite way to light up the season is with a brilliant array of paper luminaries. Line them along front walks, driveways, and porches for a fiery Christmas display that’s so simple (and affordable) to pull off. To create your own gleaming arrangement, generously cover the bottom of white paper bags with sand, which will keep them sturdy and stationary when exposed to the elements. Arrange bags in desired positions (the luminaries lining the walk all 2 feet apart), and then insert tea lights or battery-operated LEDs. Top off a square mailbox with an abundant bouquet of winter plants. Fill […]

Make Your Porch More Welcoming in 7 Easy Steps

Your front porch is the first thing guest will see, and a huge part of your street cred (aka, curb appeal), but it rarely appears at the top of cleaning to-do lists. While the inside of your home probably should take priority, it’s important to clean your porch at least once a year. Here’s a no-nonsense guide to making your porch pretty: 1. Move Everything Anything that isn’t nailed down has gotsta go! Move everything out to the yard or into your house – you want your porch to be a blank canvas prepped for cleaning. Tip: If you have […]

How to Protect Your Outdoor Furniture During All Seasons

Over time, weather – good or bad – can do serious damage to your patio furniture. A little wind, a lot of precipitation and too many direct rays can all turn your expensive patio set into a ramshackle pile-o-rust. Regardless of what type of outdoor furniture you use, it’s important to know how to properly care for it in any conditions. Wondering how to protect outdoor furniture from rain? Need advice on how to clean your outdoor cushions? And does outdoor furniture need to be covered? At Eclipse Shading Systems, we’ve got you covered with simple answers to all your […]

5 Budget Friendly Ways to Entertain on Your Back Patio

Hosting a backyard soiree is a blast, but sometimes it can be a struggle to find fun entertainment ideas for your guests without spending a ton of cash. This year, throw a fun and festive bash on the cheap! Take advantage of these five low-budget ways to entertain in your backyard. 1. Throw a Popcorn Party No shindig would be complete without a few delicious snacks! If you’re new to backyard entertaining, try throwing a “popcorn party.” Set up different flavors of popcorn and allow guests to serve themselves, buffet style. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to […]