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Simon Emmanual

Simon Emmanual

Simon Emmanuel is a freelance writer who conducts interviews and writes research articles for Bright Settings.

How I Saved a Cocktail Party

How I Saved a Cocktail Party

One of my favorite parts of the holiday seasons is that old friends, many who have moved far from home, return to the fold for Christmas and the New Year. Usually (in my case, anyways), those friends come home for the holiday looking to have a good time. This year, since I still live close... More

Fresh Ideas for Gift Wrapping

Fresh Ideas for Gift Wrapping

If you ask anyone who knows me they will tell you that when it comes to doing handy things, such as arts and crafts, I am like a monkey with five thumbs. This problem, of course, extends to gift wrapping. I can recall many times when I tried to wrap a gift with wrapping paper... More

Holiday Buffet Seating and Preparation

The holidays are a time for the family to gather and enjoy good food and good company. Of course, if your family is anything like mine, the extended family members come in large numbers for the holiday meals. While it’s always a good time, it can create issues with space, especially when food is involved.... More

Holiday Party Decorations

Holiday Party Decorations

The holiday season is officially on! After recently enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving dinner (well attended by my siblings this year) my family and I sat back and pondered whether or not we were going straight for dessert or, perhaps, wait a while to enjoy our pie. While my middle brother Andy (a skinny fellow with... More

tips for serving a banquet

Tips for Banquet Servers

Unlike many of my advice articles where I found my guidance through research, I happen to have some first-hand knowledge of the banquet and hospitality industry that allows me to share some tips with those hoping to break into the field. It can be intimidating working in a fancy environment, so I have decided to... More

Halloween Theme Party

Decorating for a Theme Party

A theme party is a popular way to celebrate any number of special occasions. For example, children's birthday parties are often theme-based (I can't tell you how many Spongebob Squarepants parties I have attended). The key to any good theme party is the decoration, so here are a few ideas for parties, for both children... More

Fabrics and Color Combinations

Choosing Fabric Colors

For the interior decorator, choosing fabric colors can be a difficult task. With all of the basic tones available (not to mention all of the "off-color" shades such as eggshell white), the various combinations may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are several basic schemes from which you can work that can help you find the perfect... More

Tips for a Romantic Dinner

Tips for a Romantic Dinner

Before I even get started with these tips for a romantic dinner I want to put out the disclaimer that these are coming from a man. Moreover, they are geared towards helping other men. If this sounds like the blind leading the blind then perhaps it will encourage female readers to read on, at least... More

folding tables and chairs

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In the case of folding tables and chairs this is definitely true. Moreover, military necessity is often the impetus for many useful inventions that are eventually used in the civilian world. In fact, many simple domestic items such as folding tables and chairs were actually invented... More

fall-tablecloths

Fall Tablecloths

Well, I hate to admit it, but fall is now upon us. And, with the changing of the season comes redecorating your home. In terms of tablecloths, the fall is time for festivities that allow for many creative designs. While the summer often lends itself to outdoor dining, outdoor tablecloths are generally made from vinyl. Vinyl... More

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