Entertaining

Home Improvement: The secrets to cold weather entertaining – Salisbury Post

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Upon the arrival of cold weather, people tend to move indoors and limit their time spent in the elements. For those who live in places where there are restrictions placed on indoor entertaining and gatherings, it may be challenging to find ways to spend time safely together as temperatures drop. The COVID-19 virus as well as other respiratory viruses are spread from person to person through respiratory droplets released into the air while coughing, talking or sneezing, states the Mayo Clinic. A person is more likely to inhale these droplets from an infected person while indoors, especially when they’re in close contact with that person. When outdoors, there is a lower risk of contraction.

Outdoor entertaining in winter may be challenging, especially in regard to keeping everyone warm. The following are some solutions that can help people stay warm and have fun outside.

• Invest in fire pits: Fire pits are an affordable way to heat a patio or another outdoor area. They can be great places for friends and family to gather around and enjoy special occasions. They’re readily available from garden centers and home improvement retailers at a variety of price points. Permanent fire pits can be built by a homeowner or professionally built by masonry experts.

• Install an outdoor fireplace: A step up from a fire pit, outdoor fireplaces not only add warmth, but also improve the ambiance and value of an outdoor entertaining area. Set up outdoor furniture right next to an outdoor fireplace and you have a cozy alternative living room where everyone can gather.

• Explore outdoor heating systems: Few things are more effective at warming up outdoor entertaining areas than patio heaters and infrared heaters. These devices are far more effective than average fire pits or fireplaces. One or two

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Zephyr Shares How to Design a Delectable Kitchen for Entertaining at Home

Take Advantage of Fun Technology

Kitchen appliances can prompt a party state of mind just as easily as a cheese board and a favorite playlist. The new Roma Groove Wall by Zephyr is a kitchen ventilation hood with built-in Bluetooth® speakers that streams music from any Bluetooth®-compatible device. It offers functionality such as playing/pausing music, skipping tracks, or changing the volume directly from the hood itself using the built-in Bluetooth® controls. With its quality sound, powerful performance, and striking contemporary design, Roma Groove turns the kitchen into the ultimate listening lounge.

Embrace a Convivial Layout

Opening the kitchen to adjoining spaces and opting for a kitchen island helps spark connection. An island range hood, such as the Lift Downdraft by Zephyr, is a space-efficient solution that rises to the occasion with a touch of a button. It discreetly hides behind the cooktop, range top, or range and once powered on, Lift elevates to an 18-inch rise. When the home chef is finished cooking and the air is ventilated, Lift retracts out of sight with a push of a button.

Bring the Bar to You

No need to venture out for a perfectly chilled chardonnay or a refreshing Pilsner. If there is limited space in the kitchen, consider carving out a bar in an underutilized area such as an island end, a built-in kitchen desk, or an underused closet. Presrv™ Panel Ready Wine & Beverage Coolers are another option that blend seamlessly into existing under-counter cabinetry. Oenophiles should look for a wine cooler with precise temperature control, air filtration, protective glass and dual zones for whites and reds.

Take the Party Outside

Extend your kitchen into the backyard for a staycation-style vibe. From elaborate outdoor kitchens to intimate patios, the 24″ Presrv™ Outdoor Beverage Cooler transforms any size space into

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