Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Oscars: 8 Ways to Throw the Party of the Year

If you’re not walking the red carpet this Sunday, it must be because you’re throwing the biggest party of the year! It’s time to roll up your sleeves, get out your planner, and start making some calls - you never know which celebrities could show up on your doorstep…

There is something to be said for glamorous parties, even if they’re on a budget. Is it possible to replicate a 90210 affair with supplies from your local craft store? Absolutely. From the invitations and attire to the cocktails and appetizers, there is always a way to make your party an award winner!
Whether your guest list consists of Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie, or just your friendly neighbors down the street, here are 8 ways to make your Oscars party the talk of the town:

A-List Admission

First impressions are everything. Keep it classy by using the official Oscar’s Site to design your invitations before you send them out to your VIP guest list. No one wants to get caught with the same evite as the event down the street, so add a quick preview of your party with a few photos and a fresh theme to get your guests ready for the big night!

Dress to Impress

“Who are you wearing?” will be the question of the night, on or off the red carpet. There has never been a better time to grab that sparkly dress out of the back of your closet, or visit your favorite department store to show off the newest 2018 trends. You may have a grade-a guest list, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be the star of the party!

Set the Scene

Every tabloid-worthy party has a color-scheme, a pop of art, and a timeless theme. Perhaps pastels are your thing – throw some baby blue napkins on the table and some rose pink cups at your refreshment bar! Or maybe you prefer the classic black, white, and gold look. Some gold confetti on the table with black and white balloons will give a classy feel to your home theater.
To add a cinematic touch to your viewing party, consider hanging up the nominated movies’ posters on the walls using our LED Marquee Poster Frames. These will illuminate your posters, making even the smallest room feel like a 5-star movie theater!

Spoonful of Sugar

The popcorn is only the start of your concessions stand for this premiere. Add a thematic touch with Red Carpet Cake Pops, and some decorative cupcakes!


Want to be the new Gatsby? Try some upscale appetizers like Caprese salad skewers and artichoke bruschetta bites. These will keep your guests coming back to your parties for years to come!

Pop, Fizz, Clink!

Originality is at the heart of every award-winning party. What better way to make a name for your event than a unique Oscars’ cocktail? Try your own rendition of the Leading Lady Martini – fresh lemon, raspberry and citrus vodka, orange liqueur, and raspberries for garnish.


Have some wine connoisseurs on your guest list? Make some decorative black-tie wine glasses for the occasion! But don’t forget your wine glass caddy to prevent spillage on your luxury home theater seats.

Lights, Camera, Action

There is no point in having a party if you can’t show it off! Head to your nearest craft store to create a small photo-booth and fun accessories, so your guests can share their photos on social media and make your party the talk of the town!


May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor…

Friendly competition can always spice up a small get-together. Make everyone a bingo card with the nominated actors and movies. Each time an award is announced, everyone crosses it off their boards! Treat the winner to a wine and crackers gift basket, or some free movie passes so they can check out the best films of 2018!

Oh, Goodie!

Hit up your local dollar store to find some black and gold bags, a few treats, and miniature Oscars statues to make the perfect goodie bag for your guests to remember the evening by! You want all your guests to know that this will be their Oscars party destination for the 85th Annual Oscars in 2019!

Just because you don’t have Manhattan’s finest party planner, or George Clooney’s personal chef in your contacts doesn’t mean your event can’t be the party of the year… just follow these 8 simple steps to give your guests the Hollywood treatment this Sunday night!

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Power of Lumbar Support

A great home theater seat should not only look quality, but also FEEL like quality. Comfort and strong, lower back support should be staples in your chair selection. Daily routines often include extended periods of standing or sitting, which tend to increase the potential for significant back strain overtime. Even if lower back pain doesn’t pop up right away, the possibility for gradual damage is more likely if you’re not getting the support you need.



Control over every area of your life isn’t feasible. Sometimes, sitting at a desk and staring at a screen is part of the daily routine. Recent studies show that 70% of Americans believe they are sitting too much at work. This makes choosing a seat with lumbar support that much more important when the choice is yours. Lumbar support keeps the spine from overworking itself, allowing a pain-free, care-free experience every time you unwind. Comfort is an obvious priority, but what defines maximum support, extended relaxation, and style vary from person to person. You don’t purchase luxury home theater seating to curl up and fall asleep! You make the investment to enjoy gaming, sport events, and the occasional binge watching with complete comfort.



The best case scenario after sitting for an extended period of time is to get up and not feel stiff or sore! No one wants to sit for 20 minutes and get up to stretch because they feel uncomfortable in their seat. At Seatcraft, we carry a variety of customizable designs for seats and sectionals that take lumbar support seriously, providing comfort that lasts. Each chair has been topped with plush cushioning, made with high quality materials, and innovatively designed with lower back support in mind.


The Seatcraft Equinox, for example, features an adjustable power lumbar and adjustable headrest. You can fully recline, hook up your USB devices with ease, and most importantly, each individual can select personal settings while providing support at the push of a button.


Space is also an important factor to consider. Just because space is limited doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice comfort or style. The Seatcraft Napa takes all of these components into consideration, and then some. The storage-free arm reduces row width by over 10%, allowing more space in your confined area.

Just like the Equinox, there’s a power adjustable headrest, as well as that much needed power, adjustable lumbar support. The gap between the seat and footrest has been removed, creating a chaise lounge, so you can still really stretch out. The quality and comfort of this Spacesaver is innovative and, best of all, reasonably priced.



If you’re looking for a real crowd pleaser, check out the Seatcraft Vienna Sofa. It combines all the standout elements of the most popular designs, making it not only one of the most versatile options but, hands down, the most comfortable. It features power lumbar, power headrest, and power recline options. It also includes in-arm storage, USB charging ports, and many other convenient features to simplify and satisfy.

54% of Americans claim to have chronic lower back pain and the numbers keep going up. Join Seatcraft in planning ahead and putting comfort first, ensuring that back pain will be the last thing on your mind when it’s time to take a seat.

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Guide To Choosing the Best Home Theater Seats

You’ve chosen the room, projector, screen, and speakers for your new home theater. Or, maybe on the opposite end of the spectrum - you’re just searching for a place to start. Either way, choosing the right theater seating can be one of the most important decisions for your movie viewing and gaming experience. All of the high-tech equipment will become irrelevant if you and your guests are uncomfortable in your seats. Whatever your theater experience, there are many Seatcraft chair options you can fall in love with!

Space Saver

Seatcraft Rapture Space Saver



When you’re in a small space, your seating choices can be limited. You want to optimize seating without compromising comfort. Seatcraft Rapture Space Saver seats are one possible option for wallhugger efficiency. This specific style can fully recline when placed within 7½ inches of a wall. The slim armrests also save width space, allowing you to add more chairs without sacrificing comfortable seating. Each chair still comes with a cupholder and other optional inserts for the full luxury seating experience.


Chaise Lounger

Seatcraft Grenada Chaise

Looking for a space saver that also provides full leg and body support? The Seatcraft Grenada Chaise can also recline within inches of a wall but still provide the comfort of a chaise lounge. This set also features cupholders, a swivel tray, and LED base lighting.




Comfort Seating

If comfort is your top priority, consider a cuddle couch! The Seatcraft Swivel Cuddle Couch maximizes your relaxation time. This option is ideal if you are looking to put one or two seats in a smaller theater room. Snuggle up close with the kids or your loved one in this Seatcraft favorite.

Majestic

Does your home theater feature a vintage popcorn machine? Do you have a stash of Abba Zabas and Charleston Chews? Is your room filled with nostalgic movie posters? If so, Seatcraft Regis is the perfect fit for your personal theater! Enjoy old Hollywood glamour with this flashback style. These seats offer all the comfort of other Seatcraft products as well as memory foam toppers and cooling gel padding. Transport your guests to another time with this classic option.




Sectional

If you have a larger space to work with and are looking for a statement piece, consider a sectional for your home theater. The Seatcraft Entrada Sectional is sure to impress. This curved seating option provides each movie viewer the real theater experience, including all the bells and whistles. Enjoy the benefits of a chaiselounger as well as wallhugger recliners. Multiple customization options allow you to choose a combination that best fits your movie room.

Stadium Seating

For a true movie theater experience that will wow your guests, set up your theater room with a stadium seating arrangement. Start with a front row of Seatcraft Monterey seats that feature overstuffed headrests and in-arm storage. Bring another element to your viewing experience by adding Seatcraft Monterey Back Row seats. Stadium seating is your best option if you have a large theater room and a tiered floor. It will provide the most seating, all with a fantastic view, during your next flick.




Accessories

No matter which direction you go, almost all of the options above are customizable with Seatcraft accessories. With 360 degree rotation, the swivel table is a must for entertaining guests with popcorn and other movie treats. The wine caddy is perfect for any wine connoisseur. Easily added to most Seatcraft chairs, the wine caddy has an aluminum finish and sturdy base to help prevent spills and keep your chairs spotless. A cigar host is the perfect entertainment accessory for any cigar enthusiast. Create the atmosphere of a cigar lounge in the comfort of your own theater.

You can have all the right elements for the ideal home theater, but if you don’t have enjoyable seating, your guests will be less than impressed. There is an excellent option for any size and style home theater room you’re working with. Follow this guide, and you will have no problems creating your dream theater that is both functional and comfortable!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Increasing the Value of Your Home: Add a Home Theater Room

A home is often the biggest investment that you will ever make. Increasing the value of your home is important, along with doing renovations that will provide you with the biggest return on investment.  Whether you’re planning to put your house on the market or just want to enhance your home’s features for your own enjoyment, these improvements will provide you with the best added home value for your money.

Kitchen 


The kitchen is often one of the most important aspects that house hunters look for when checking out homes. It is the core of the household and any improvement would undoubtedly increase the overall value of your home. Most think of a kitchen remodel as a pricey and daunting task. However, by implementing minor upgrades, you can give your kitchen a cost-efficient face lift. Some upgrades that would give you the most value for your money and time are:

Updated cabinets: Instead of completely restoring your cabinets, opt for simply replacing the cabinet doors for a new, fresh look. You can also add simple touches like roll-out shelving, spice racks and new hardware.

New lighting: New lighting fixtures will give your kitchen a more ambient and cheerful appearance.
Upgraded appliances- The appliances worth investing in are ones that will be used on a regular basis- such as the refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. We suggest buying appliances in neutral colors and if affordable, stainless steel is always a great option.

New countertops: Choose the right style and color for your home and budget. We recommend granite because of its aesthetic appeal, its durability and versatility. Granite can pair well with and complement almost any interior design. It’s easy to clean and highly stain and heat resistant, making it a practical, worthwhile choice.

Energy Efficient

Decrease your household carbon footprint while shrinking your utility bills and adding value to your home. Creating an energy efficient home means more than just adding solar panels. Here are other ways to save money while saving the environment:

Appliances: Appliances that are labeled with the Energy Star logo are deemed energy efficient by the U.S. EPA. Look for these appliances when shopping for refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers and room air conditioners.

Insulation: The proper insulation in your house has the ability to make a huge difference in your energy consumption. It will also reduce noise, provide better humidity control and decrease the amount of dust and insects in your home.

Home Theater 


A high quality home theater has the potential to have a high return cost. A home theater does not require any additional costs for updating or maintaining (unlike a swimming pool addition) so after the initial cost you are done! A home theater adds value to your home because it is attractive to potential buyers. They can picture themselves entertaining in the space, and it makes the home stand out against other properties. There are plenty of designs and ways to personalize your own home theater. Listed below are some of the items you’ll need to get started:

Seats: Comfortable seating is the core of your home theater. The Seatcraft Innovator features a power recline and headrest, LED light up cup holders, a fold down table and many other features to provide the ultimate design and comfort.

Projector: When shopping for a projector consider these aspects: the resolution, brightness, picture contrast and lens shift. There are many options to fit your ideal budget so you can have the full theater experience.

Remote: Don’t waste quality family time searching for several different remotes. Instead, choose a universal remote for a more convenient alternative.

Sound: Amp up your movie-watching experience with our SoundShaker seat vibration kit. Simple to install and easy to use, this device will make you feel every moment of your movie.

Decor: Lastly, add some finishing touches to your home theater by decorating with your favorite movie posters.

Enhance Your Entrance


An entry door replacement is a simple upgrade that has one of the highest percentage return on investment, meaning that it is a cost-efficient investment. Add some curb appeal to your home with these simple upgrade ideas:

Replace the door: A fresh, new door is the best way to give a great first impression to your home.

Spruce up the paint: If your door is still in good shape, try a fresh coat of paint in a new color to brighten up the entrance. Consider using a high-quality paint for a lasting finish.

Add some decor: Something as simple as adding planters or a unique wreath to your entryway will go a long way.

Add lighting: A new fixture will light up your entryway and add a stylish touch. There are many different styles to choose from to match the aesthetic of your home.

These are only a few of the many different projects you can take on to add value to your home. We hope that these ideas will inspire your own home improvement!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How to Plan the Perfect Valentine's Date at Home

Valentine’s Day can be daunting for many reasons, but fear not! There are many simple tips to keep in mind in order to keep things going smoothly the entire date night. You may even consider an evening at home this Valentine’s Day for an intimate evening together. You won’t need to hire a babysitter, stand in line for a table, or even deal with the crowds. So here are some great ways to make an evening at home really shine for this special occasion!

Wine and Cheese

While dinner is cooking, serve up a great wine and cheese pairing to kick off the evening. Knowing how to masterfully balance out these flavors can set the tone for the evening to come. Utilize your wine caddy and tray to wow your date with these classic pairings.



Port & Blue Cheese - Balance out sweet and bitter with a Port and blue cheese pairing.
Prosecco & Parmesan - Enjoy Italian flavors with this bubbly and salty combo.
Cabernet & Gouda - This full bodied wine complements the nuttiness of the cheese.
Riesling & Ricotta - Balance a sweet ricotta with this classic German wine.
Pinot Noir & Brie - Bring a subtle wine to the table with this stronger cheese selection.

The Dinner

Dinner is the main attraction of a stay at home Valentine’s Day. If you’re not a culinary master, eating in can be intimidating. But there’s no need to worry! There are a few simple tips that can turn a simple night at home into a romantic evening.

Dress Code

Dress up! Ladies, put on that dress that’s lived in the back of your closet since you bought it. Gentlemen, bust out that tie your date won’t allow you to wear to anything but a formal wedding. Yes, you might just be using your stilettos to kick the kids’ toys out of the way, but dressing up will give the entire evening a different feel.

Mood Lighting

Dim the lights and scatter some candles around the room to set a dreamy ambiance. Keep a few other lights on and don’t go overboard with candle placement. Remember, you don’t want a fire hazard on your hands!

Dinner

Dinner can be as simple or complex as your skills will allow. If your cooking expertise is limited, try to keep it simple. Avoid ordering takeout as it can diminish the intimate, personal touch of a homemade dinner. However, if eating out is a rarity in your relationship, order from a favorite restaurant and serve it up on that fine china that rarely sees the light of day.

Entertainment

Looking for a fun way to get to know your date? Here are some unique ideas on how to spend some fun, quality time together this Valentine’s Day.

Movie

Find a new release or reconnect over a movie with sentimental value. Rewatch the film from your first date or the first time you held hands. There are plenty of top romantic movies to choose from as well.

Charades

No talking! Get to know each other through acting out animals, movies, and people. Make this game of charades personal by reenacting out past dates, pretending to be mutual friends, or acting out inside jokes.

Taste Test

Go blindfolded and raid the fridge for a taste testing date. If you plan ahead, you can even go shopping to make a theme for this game, such as ‘name that ice cream topping.’

The Classics

Feel like a kid again when you play cards, Twister, Jenga, or any number of childhood favorites.

Cuddle Kit

Pull together a cuddle kit to spend some personal time with each other this Valentine’s. Change into pajamas, pull out the wine and chocolate, and curl up on a cuddle couch for some quality time together.

Dessert


Finish off a perfect evening with a perfect dessert. With an abundance of choices, it can be hard to choose a dessert that will impress. Start with your date’s favorite, whether that is ice cream, cake, brownie, pudding, or any number of sweet treats. The key to making the dessert special for the occasion is presentation. If ice cream is what’s on the menu, add some fresh fruits and mint leaves for color. Consider a dessert platter for an array of choices. If you and your date are more adventurous, stop by a new bakery in town and select desserts you’ve never tried before. Store bought treats can still have a personal touch when served in a martini glass, mason jar, or on a fancy plate for an elegant presentation. Whatever you decide, your date will be impressed with the effort you put in for this special day.


This guideline will put you on the right track for a romantic day, but remember to make it special and unique to your relationship. If you like cliché celebrations with chocolates, flowers, poems, and giant teddy bears, don’t be afraid to go all out and make your date blush with your over-the-top gestures. Or, maybe you tend to be a bit more subtle and would prefer to plan a classy, quiet night at home. No matter your style, have fun and spoil your special someone this Valentine’s Day!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Best Movies to Watch with Your Date this Valentine's Day

Every couple has different expectations and hopes for the perfect Valentine’s date. Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner out or seeking adventure with your significant other this Valentines Day, the best way to end the night is cuddled up enjoying a great film. Plan your movie night in by trying some snacks from around the world paired with some fine wine. Select from one of our various movie suggestions below to finish off the perfect Valentine’s date night!

Comedy: Definitely Maybe
Heartthrob Ryan Reynolds plays father Will Hayes in this charming film about past love. The movie begins with his curious daughter (Abigail Breslin) asking about how her parents fell in love. Hayes shares the amusing stories of his past three serious relationships to his daughter as she tries to guess which one ended up being her mother. Join his daughter in trying to solve the mystery and witness his refreshingly honest accounts of experiences falling in love. Definitely Maybe is currently available on Netflix.

Drama: Me Before You
Be prepared to get teary-eyed while watching this emotional story about the relationship between a paralyzed young man and his caretaker. Will Kanyon, played by Sam Clafin, has his life turned upside down after a serious accident makes him wheelchair-bound for life. Louisa (Emilia Clarke) is a young spunky woman who is hired by his mother to serve as his companion and caretaker despite his insistence that it’s not necessary. Stream Me Before You on Hulu, keep the tissues nearby and enjoy a spill-free evening sipping on some wine using our wine caddy.



TV Show: New Girl 
If you’ve got a full night ahead and feel like taking on a new tv show, try this hilarious comedy series. New Girl, now streaming on Netflix, follows a young and quirky woman (Zooey Deschanel) who is distraught after discovering her unfaithful boyfriend with another woman. In hopes of starting over, she moves to Los Angeles and rooms with three men. Follow the funny and unexpected journey of these eccentric characters as they experience relationships and challenges of adulthood.



Independent: Moonrise Kingdom 
Director Wes Anderson captures this story of young love in his signature whimsical style. Snuggle in our cuddle seat and watch the story of two 12-year olds unfold as they run away from their New England homes to the wilderness. Emmy award-winning actor Bruce Willis stars as the town sheriff who leads a search party to find the young couple before a dangerous storm hits. Enjoy Moonrise Kingdom, now streaming on Netflix.

Action: Mr. and Mrs. Smith 
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie star in this comedy about a married couple who find themselves suffering from boredom in their relationship. The excitement reignites, but not in the way they’d expect. The discover that they are both undercover assassins working for competing agencies who are tasked with killing each other. Follow the action-packed story of this couple as they decide how to handle their most difficult challenge of marriage yet. Rent Mr. and Mrs. Smith on Amazon Video.

Oldie but Goodie: Forrest Gump 
This oldie but goodie movie (now streaming on Netflix) follows Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks, through his fascinating life experiences beginning in the 1960’s. Gump, a lovable character, somehow finds himself involved in some of most important events in history. Throughout it all, his love for his childhood friend Jenny never fades. Their relationship is unpredictable but Gump remains optimistic. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get,” he says. Grab your own box of chocolates and snuggle in for this classic.



Family: Beauty and the Beast
Sharing the evening with little ones? The newest Disney adaption of Beauty and the Beast is the perfect love story for everyone to enjoy. Share some snacks with the family using
our tray tables and enjoy this delightful film, now streaming on Netflix.

Musical: La La Land
Emma Stone plays aspiring actress, Mia Dolan, who lives in Los Angeles hoping to make her breakthrough. She meets Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), an aspiring jazz pianist, and they find themselves falling in love while encouraging one another to follow their passions. This romantic drama showcases the journey that this couple faces when both their relationship and dreams seem out-of-reach. Watch La La Land, available to stream on Amazon.

We hope that your Valentine’s date night in is one full of laughter, love, and comfort! Seatcraft is here to ensure that your movie nights are always luxurious and relaxing.