How to Plan Seating for Your Wedding

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Your wedding task list is long, but you’re slowly checking items off your to-do list. When it comes to the seating arrangement for your wedding, let Pine Valley Rental make the process easy. We will provide all of the tables and chairs for your guest, along with any other items you might need. Here are a few tips to help you plan your guest seating assignment.

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Choose between assigning seats or letting guests choose

Will you be assigning guests to a particular spot, or letting them pick for themselves? Either way, make sure that it is clearly specified whether guests will need to find their seat or simply sit down.

If assigning, provide signs or charts to direct guests in the right direction. Placing a name card at each seat will also make the task of finding individual seats easier. If you’re letting guests choose, then make a sign that will let them know to do so.

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Choose table shape

Round? Square? Oval? Rectangle?

The shape of your tables will determine how many people can be sat at each table, and will also affect the seating layout. Round tables are the most common, but rectangular tables can seat more people and make it easier for guests to converse. Decide what you think will work best for the area where your reception will be held along with the number of guests you will have.Wedding table under tent, with Mr and Mrs signs on the chairs

Put yourself first – then family and wedding party

Traditionally, the bride and groom sit facing the rest of the wedding guests. If this is what you want to do, then decide next whether you will want to sit at your own table or employ a long table to share with the wedding party. After you’ve made this decision, then you can build the rest of your seating arrangement around your choice.

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Go digital

Several websites such as WeddingWire, AllSeated and Tablerrr allow you to work on your seating chart online, making the process much more simple. The drag and drop options allow you to you rearrange tables easier and customize seating assignments until you are content with the seating chart.

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Keep in mind who your guests are and who they will be most compatible with at your wedding.

Parents and grandparents should be placed close to the wedding party and their families, in a place where they will be able to see what’s going on. Avoid sitting the elderly near speakers or the band, as they might not appreciate the loud noises around them.

If you know that certain friends get along with other friends attending the wedding, then give them the opportunity to sit together, catch up, or enjoy the reception together.

Avoid a single’s table. While you might be trying to play matchmaker for your single friends, they might be put off or embarrassed by the decision to sit with a bunch of other people they might not know.

A kid’s table with activities such as coloring books or other crafts is also a great option to keep them preoccupied while the reception is happening.

 

Once you’ve got your seating chart perfected, give Pine Valley Rental a call at 970-731-4410 to reserve the tables and chairs you need for your big day.

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Plan An Unforgettable Party This Year

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Happy New Year! One of the most common resolutions for the New Year is to spend more time with friends and family. One way to do this is by throwing a party. Birthday parties and dinner parties are excellent ways of bringing those you love together to celebrate milestones in life. Your relationships are important, and Pine Valley Rental wants to help you throw the best party possible this year. Here are a few tips for planning your next party, and you can keep stress levels to a minimum. For all of your party essentials, call Pine Valley Rental!

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Plan Ahead & Organize

            Planning a party takes time, and maintaining good organizational skills from the beginning will help you to stay on track and reduce stress. Give yourself at least three weeks of planning to ensure that everything will run smoothly.

To get started, ask yourself these six questions: Who will be invited? What kind of party will it be (formal, themed, holiday)? When will the party be? Where will the party be held? What is the budget? Will there be music or entertainment?

Lists are another good way of staying on top of your party planning. Making a guest list with contact info for each guest helps with communication. A shopping list for both groceries and supplies will also help to make sure that you aren’t forgetting anything crucial or necessary for your party. A master list or checklist is also beneficial to keeping on track from start to finish.

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Guest List & Invitations

Not every party you throw needs to have an official invitation. Sometimes a simple phone call or Facebook event invite will do. Save the mailed invitations for larger, formal parties. Planning a party is already a lot of work, so why add another task to your list when you don’t have to?

If you are planning on sending out invitations, then make sure that this is one of the first things you do. Send invitations at least three weeks ahead of the party, if not earlier for more important events such as weddings. Make sure to include an RSVP with your invitation in order to properly build your guest list. Don’t hesitate to follow up with a phone call to potential attendees that have not responded within a couple of weeks of the party. It is important to have a good idea of how many people will attend the party to better guarantee that you have the appropriate quantities of items such as food, tables & chairs and party favors.

The construction of guest list for your party is an art. Take into consideration the individuals that you are inviting and how they will interact with other guests. A balance of introverts and extroverts is ideal, as social butterflies will engage those that are a little shy. Avoid awkward situations by making sure that the people you invite don’t have any issues with other guests. Last but not least, make sure everyone you invite knows at least one other person at the party. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable and out of place at a social get-together.

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Ask for Help

When you first start planning your party, you might feel like you can take on the whole process on your own. As the day of the party nears though, you may find that a lot of the steps are time consuming, or just straight out easier with someone else to help.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help! Whether you employ the services of a professional event planner or the assistance of a friend, the goal is to keep stress levels to a minimum and be prepared for the party. Most of the time, guests are more than willing to help, especially if it means delivering an unforgettable party.

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It’s Party Time!

Use the day of the party to make sure that everything is set up and that you have everything you need. This is a great time to look over your guest list again and confirm that you have enough food & drink as well as tables & chairs for everyone. Start setting up early so that you have time to run to the store if need be. Once the party is set up and guests start to arrive, sit back and reap the benefits of your hard work.

Pine Valley Rental wants to make sure that you are as prepared for your next party as possible. For more information on our party rental options, give us a call at 970.731.4410.

Pine Valley Rental’s Guide to Fall Weddings (Infographic)

Fall is an excellent time to have your wedding; the temperatures are mild and the colors are changing. At Pine Valley Rental, we want to make sure that you have everything you need to make your big day run as smoothly as possible. Here are four things that many people tend to overlook when planning their wedding. For all of your party rental needs, call Pine Valley Rental at 970-731-4410 (Pagosa Springs) or 970-884-0338 (Bayfield).

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Benefits of Lawn Aeration

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Lawn aeration is a great way to increase the health and longevity of your beautiful grass lawn, no matter what size. The process involves removing small chunks of soil to reduce the impact of soil compaction on your lawn’s root system. By doing so, roots have additional room to grow, which allows for healthier, richer grass in the long run. Aeration helps soil to receive more air by removing small cores of soil from the ground, allowing more air to reach roots and soil.

At first, aeration may seem like an odd concept. It does look a bit weird to bore a bunch of holes all around your lawn and leave the cores on the surface. If you’ve never seen it before, it definitely looks pretty odd! However, once you get in the habit of aerating your grass once a year, you should begin to notice a positive change in your lawn’s health.

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Aerating your lawn is more than just encouraging root growth and air flow. The process also helps with soil water and fertilizer uptake, which will help your lawn absorb more nutrients with less rainfall. The process of aeration also helps to reduce soil compaction, which further allows for more oxygen to reach the roots of the grass. More access to air, water, and nutrients will help your lawn stand up to wear and tear, as well as hot and stressful drought conditions.

Many people don’t know that when a house is built, the area where the lawn is placed usually experiences increased compaction from construction equipment and increased activity. This compaction is further exacerbated by human activity, such as children playing or mowing the lawn. Rainfall can even compact soil over time, resulting in much more dense, clay-like soil over time. Compacted soil, typically the first few inches of soil, contains fewer air spaces and is more resistant to root growth. Compacted soil leaves less room for roots to expand and find additional nutrients, which if left unchecked can stunt the growth of grass or sod beyond a certain point. Aeration helps to reverse this process and make your yard’s soil a bit more similar to topsoil, which is much richer in nutrients.

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The average lawn only really needs to be aerated about once a year, unless it’s used very heavily, very often. As a reference point, grass areas that receive heavy traffic, such as sports fields or golf courses, are often aerated three to five times a year. Too much aeration can actually hurt your lawn, as it does not allow enough time for the roots to expand and the original holes to fill in.

The process of aeration is fairly easy, especially with the advent of modern aerators. Aeration is best done either in the spring, between March and May, or in the fall, between August and November. Choosing the time of year depends on your type of grass, as more warm-season grasses are best aerated in later spring months. If you’re planning on using fertilizers or herbicides, it’s key to apply them after aeration, followed by a thorough watering-down of the lawn.

After using an aerator, your lawn will be covered by small plugs of soil that will break down after about two weeks or so. Within a week or so of aeration, you should begin to notice roots beginning to fill in the holes that were dug out in the aeration process. This development is a great indication that the roots are responding to increased space and air and are beginning to strengthen.

The benefits of aeration can truly make a difference in your lawn. Not only will you have healthier, stronger grass, but your yard will also need less water and nutrients to retain its health and strength. In addition, stronger roots will help keep out invasive weeds and pests, which will help your yard to remain uniform. It’s important to understand, however, that these benefits will not happen over night. It will take time for your grass to adjust to the new conditions, and for your yard to strengthen again after aeration.

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In extreme cases, a power rake may be necessary to remove the layer of thatch, or decaying plant material, that is between the grass and soil. Some thatch is necessary for healthy grass, but can be harmful if it exceeds ½ inch. Heavy thatch can be a breeding ground for harmful insects, weeds, and other undesirables. A power rake helps to remove thick layers of thatch by using a rotating wire or blade to slice through the thick debris. As noted earlier, this is only in very extreme cases, and should be used sparingly as it can cause damage to grass.

If you think that your yard could benefit from an annual or bi-annual aeration, or even dethatching, stop by Pine Valley Rental in Pagosa Springs, CO to rent your equipment today! We carry a number of aerators and power rakes that are equipped to get the job done. If you have any questions about the process, or would just like to know about the benefits, feel free to ask!

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http://www.ryanturf.com/ryan-why-aerate/

https://www.briggsandstratton.com/na/en_us/support/maintenance-how-to/browse/aeration-why-how-and-when-to-aerate-your-lawn.html

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/should-power-rake-lawn-41020.html

How to Choose and Use a Power Auger

Choosing the right tool for the job

If you have a job that requires you to dig a significant number of deep, even holes, a power auger can help make the process incredibly easy. Operating an auger can be about as easy as operating a lawnmower, and will save you a lot of time and effort for fencing or deck installation, or other projects that require deep holes to be drilled. Power augers come in a few varieties and power levels and offer a range of drill bits depending on the intended size of your holes. Here at Pine Valley Rental & Sales, we offer one-person, two-person, and Power Head augers for skid steers.

One-person augers tend to be useful for smaller projects, such as those that involve anchoring certain types of poles and fences. These augers can usually only handle 4-8” auger bits, which will suffice for the majority of typical household projects. If the job you’re undertaking looks to be a bit more involved, graduating to a two-person auger might be the answer. These machines operate just like they sound, using the stability of two people to power and handle the auger as the hole is being drilled. These augers can usually handle bits up to 12,” and come in handy for more involved projects, such as the installation of footings for a deck that will be attached to a home. An auger attachment for a skid steer, on the other hand, is naturally reserved for very labor-intensive projects that require holes to be dug over a large area. This option works best for those looking to develop a large piece of land in a shorter amount of time.

Call Before You Dig!

Although in hindsight this step in the process may seem fairly obvious, it is very important to call your utility companies and have any pipes or lines properly marked. This will prevent the dangerous puncturing of any electrical, gas, or water lines, and also help avoid the headaches from severing your Internet or cable lines. Dialing 811 will bring you to the national hotline that will assist you in determining if any important utility lines lie below your intended location. Pine Valley Rental & Sales can also help provide you with information on this issue. Another issue to consider is whether or not you require a building permit to begin your project. This requirement will ultimately depend on the code determined by your local municipality. Additionally, you may want to contact your HOA to see if you need additional permissions to conduct your project.

How to Properly Use an Auger

Operating an auger by itself is unfortunately usually not enough to get the job done. Try and have these tools on hand as well to handle and rocks, roots, or other objects that will have to be removed to finish digging your holes:

  • 6’ Digging Bar
  • Shovel
  • Post hole digger

Once you have chosen the correct auger for your project, you should begin by marking the locations in which you intend to drill holes. Begin the process by digging a ‘pilot hole,’ which will remove any grass or surface materials that may be difficult to puncture with the auger.

If using a one-person auger, begin by turning on the auger and placing it over the pilot hole. When you engage the throttle, you will feel the auger begin to spin in a clockwise motion. It is important to remember to remove dirt as you go along; otherwise, the auger will be quite difficult to lift out or may even end up stuck underground. The rule of thumb, in this case, is to remove the dirt built up by the digging process every 12″ or so. This process will begin to feel more natural as you continue to dig more holes. Dirt can either be removed by periodically turning off the auger, lifting it out of the hole, and dumping it in a pile on the ground, or by slowing the throttle and slowly lifting the auger out of the hole, which will cause any accumulated dirt to fling off.

A two-person auger functions much in the way that a one-person auger does, the only caveat being that it requires two people to operate. The two-person auger exerts a large amount of torque as it digs through the soil, so therefore operators should prepare by bracing their left shoulders for significant resistance to avoid any mishaps.

To ensure that your auger remains in good operating condition, leave it upright in one of the holes when it’s not in use. If that’s not an option, you can also lay it on the ground with the spark plug facing up to prevent what is known as “fouling,” which can result in engine misfiring.

Operating a Power Head auger attached to a skid steer is a much more complicated procedure which will require prior knowledge of skid steer operation and significant experience with construction equipment.

Safety Concerns

In addition to calling before you dig, there are several safety concerns to take into account. Before you even begin your project, make sure to have eye and ear protection. While it may seem unnecessary, augers can be quite loud and tend to fling debris all over the place, which can be dangerous at times. Definitely opt for closed-toed shoes, preferably steel-toed boots if you have them. A good pair of work gloves will also reduce the wear on your hands and help you reduce the vibration and torque of the auger. Finally, ensure that you’re not wearing any loose or dangling objects that may get tangled up in the auger bit.

While using an auger for the first time may seem daunting, they are often very manageable and end up saving you time and energy in the long run. Stop by Pine Valley Rental & Sales in Bayfield, CO or Pagosa Springs, CO and we’ll provide you with the tools and expertise you need!

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