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5 Ways To Make Your Farmer’s Market Stand Out

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

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If you enjoy shopping, relaxing, playing, and working hard outdoors, then having a portable canopy is a must. Here are a few ways to make a canopy work in just about any situation.

1. Selling Outdoors

Whether you’re selling crafts or produce at a farmer’s market or flea market, having the right canopy can make or break your sales. Be prepared for any kind of weather and keep your products out of harsh sunlight or other weather elements. Your stand will look more professional and welcoming under the cool shade of a canopy.

On hot days, customers will be inclined to browse your booth longer if it’s also a cool, shady place. Place a sign, banner, or other decorations at the canopy’s top to make your booth stand out in the crowd. At night, spotlights or string lights hung inside a canopy illuminate your booth so shoppers can continue to feel welcome to browse.

2. Relaxing Outdoors

Bring smaller canopies along every time you visit the beach, park, or campsite. You’ll want a cool shady spot to relax under and take in the beautiful scenery. Add zippered screen walls to keep pesky bugs away while eating or hanging out.

3. Partying Under Blue Skies Or The Stars.

A canopy is a great addition to any gathering and can take a party to a whole other level. Outdoor weddings can look either elegant or breezy and casual with a canopy decorated in lights, fabric, or flowers. It all depends on your creativity. For a daytime soiree or even a tailgate party, a canopy keeps the focus on food, drink, or whatever else guests want to congregate around.

4. Protection For Your Four Legged Friends

Pet canopies are now available for dogs and cats who love the outdoor life. These canopies are made of the same uv protective, durable material that makes so many humans love using them. Now your pet can stay cool and comfortable no matter how hot the weather gets.

5. Accessories Make It Better

With just one canopy, you can transition from place to place and still enjoy the same protection. Privacy walls are affordable and come in one piece that’s easy to install. These are great for using anywhere you need extra coverage. Zip up screen additions provide protection from bugs on all sides without sacrificing cool air circulation and visibility.

This accessory can come in quite handy if you plan on eating outdoors or just can’t tolerate insects. If you ever change your mind about the color of your canopy or just a replacement, canopy tops are sold on their own and are easy to switch with an old one. Choose a color that better coordinates with an event, or replace a faded or torn canopy with a new one.

There are also extra steel stakes that can be useful for replacing lost stakes or to reinforce a canopy in an especially windy or unstable area. Wheeled carrying bags make it easy to keep all the canopy’s parts together, so you’re ready to take off for the next location. Choose a color bag you like or that matches the canopy you already have.

Quik Shade canopies are the ultimate outdoor accessory. Choose the canopy that works best for you and enjoy protection for years to come.

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5 Things You’ll Need For A Backyard Wedding

Posted on: September 12th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

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With the cost of planning a wedding steadily on the rise, many are choosing a diy approach when planning their big day. The result is a simple, memorable wedding day that has a look that’s all your own.

A backyard wedding is indeed less expensive and stressful to plan. But there are a few things you should remember when tackling a backyard wedding that can save you from a lot of stress on the big day.

1. Make Sure You Have The Right Backyard

You want to create an atmosphere that’s beautiful, natural, and enchanting. Choose a yard that already has these qualities naturally. The whole point of a backyard wedding is to save yourself some trouble, so playing up the existing subtle beauty of a yard should be the first thing to think about.

Take a look around and decide what the focal point of the festivities will be: a large tree, scenic view, or lush garden can all be a central point for the ceremony. Your decor should complement, not overwhelm, the natural qualities of the yard. Table linens, furniture, outdoor canopies, lights, and flowers can all be coordinated to create an elegant look that makes it all come together.

2. Choose A Theme

From the colors of the bridesmaids dresses to the cloth napkins at every settings, an overall theme will delight guests and create a cohesive look for the wedding no matter where you decide to have it. Here is where you can really creative and express your individuality if you choose to do so.

A backyard wedding presents so many possibilities, ranging from fancy white napkin affair to a more casual picnic style festivity. You can choose to do the decorations yourself for a more cost effective approach. Remember, simple can be elegant and impressive too and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

3. Get Creative With Serving Ideas

Food and drink are another big part of a successful wedding party, and another area where you can take all kinds of approaches. Again, you can go diy to save some cash or opt for the traditional route with a caterer and full service bar. Going diy has the added benefit of letting you be more creative and lending your wedding festivities an air of charm and friendliness.

Having guests serve themselves from a buffet or barbeque is an option, along with limited alcoholic drinks to two types of cocktails that are made in advance. Be sure to have the wining and dining area of your wedding set up away from the altar. You don’t want the smell of food taking the attention away from the vows being made.

4. Be Prepared

From having enough restrooms for guests to being prepared for unexpected changes in the weather, you need to have all bases covered. Having a celebration outdoors presents its own unique set of challenges that you should be aware of.

A sudden downpour can drive the wedding party inside, so make sure that things can be moved indoors if absolutely needed. High temperatures can makes guests uncomfortable. Providing adequate outdoor shade and cooling misters will keep guests happy.

5. It’s Worth It The Fuss

The unique experience of a backyard wedding and having friends and family truly enjoy themselves makes all the planning worth it. With the right people there to help you out and proper preparation, the day should be stress free and one that you’ll always remember.

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Quik Tips For Installing Quik Shade Replacement Parts

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

Quik Tips For Installing Quik Shade Replacement PartsOne of the great things about owning a canopy besides being able to create a shady spot anywhere, is having access to a wide variety of great replacement parts. Here are some of the accessories you can enjoy with a Quik Shade canopy:

Single Privacy Panel:

Consists of a one piece panel that easily fits onto to your existing canopy to add extra shade and privacy. The privacy panel is affordably priced and an easy to install way to transform your canopy. The added sides make using a canopy more convenient at outdoor markets or festivals, or anywhere else you need extra coverage.

Screen Panel Kit:

The screen panel kit is an easy, zip up kit that provides coverage all around a canopy. Add screen panels when you want to keep bugs out, but still want to stay cool. An added screen panel is great for outdoor dining or parties under a canopy, or to use at a campsite or anywhere else where bugs can be a nuisance.

Canopy Tops:

Over time and with heavy usage, your canopy made fade or become worn. Luckily it’s easy to replace a canopy top. Choose a new color to try something different, or stick with what you like.

Steel Ground Stakes:

It’s easy to lose stakes when you’re setting up a tent or canopy. Everyone has done it at one time or another. Luckily it’s easy to purchase more. Sometimes you may also just need extra stability when using a canopy in a windy or less stable spot. Adding extra stakes can help keep everything in place.

Wheeled Bag:

Like stakes, the carrying bag for your canopy can easily be misplaced if you don’t use it for awhile or are transporting parts around. A wheeled replacement bag is available for all the canopy models. Just choose the color that matches your canopy and you’re good to go.

With all these great accessories, a canopy can go wherever you need it and be able to adapt to your changing needs if necessar. Some places that you can take a canopy include:

  • Beaches or campgrounds : Add a screen panel kit to keep sand flies or mosquitoes out of your canopy. If things get windy, add a few extra stakes to keep the canopy firmly in the ground.
  • Farmer’s markets or flea markets: A privacy screen lets customers browse your wares, while creating privacy in the back for you relax behind the scenes.
  • When you’re on the road: Traveling from place to place and needing a canopy means needing to have a convenient way to carry all the parts. A wheeled bag lets you keep canopy parts in one place and it’s easy to transport it all together.
  • At an outdoor party: Party goers will appreciate a screened in canopy when dining or drinking outdoors at a location where insects could be a problem. You can also easily switch a canopy top with a replacement one to better match the color scheme of a party.

You can take a canopy that’s this solid and versatile anywhere your outdoor adventures take you.

Maintenance Tips For Keeping Your Canopy Nice

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

Maintenance Tips For Keeping Your Canopy Nice

With proper care and maintenance, your canopy will last for years to come.

Whether you’re purchasing a canopy for an event, your business, or just to have a nice shady place in your backyard, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the most out of your canopy. Along with easy to use accessories and replacement parts, a canopy can be adapted to be used in a variety of situations. Here are a few tips for keeping a canopy in good condition and ready to use for any occasion.

1. Take precaution when setting up.

Putting together your canopy sounds a lot harder than it really is. Keeping a few things in mind the first time you set up will make the process easier and quicker the next time you have to do it. Be sure to set up on a smooth, level surface. You want to be sure the stakes can easily go in the ground and also stay in the ground to create stable support. Set up the canopy in calm weather, Strong winds or rain can make it hard to keep parts in place while setting up. Do not force or jam parts together. Use a firm yet gentle grip and follow instructions. Do not attempt to change things around or put a canopy together without looking at the instructions. You may be able to get it set up, but stability and safety may be compromised. If you get frustrated or confused at all when setting up, consult customer service for your canopy company for help.

2. Protect Against Wear And Tear.

It may be tempting to leave a canopy up after getting it all assembled. But leaving a canopy out in the sun and exposed to the elements will cause rapid wear. Yes, the canopy is built to withstand the elements, but only up to a certain point. Harsh sunlight day after day will cause bleaching and fading. Leaving a canopy out in the rain or in other severe weather conditions will also increase wear. Setting up and taking down a canopy should be easy, so there’s really no reason a canopy should be left out for a prolonged amount of time.

3. Keep away from fire.

This can be especially tempting when using a canopy at a barbeque, picnic, or camping trip. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for how far the canopy should be placed from a barbeque or campfire. Yes it’s true that most canopies are made from fire and water resistant material, but damage can still occur if placed too close to these elements. The same goes for using insecticides or pesticides around your canopy. These harsh chemicals are not only bad for your canopy, they are bad for your health too.

4. Keep it clean.

After some time and lots of use, your canopy will become dirty. So what’s the best way to keep it clean without causing damage? Avoid using harsh soaps, bleach, or putting canopy fabric in the washing machine. These things can cause fading, shrinking, or even tearing. Some mild soap, like liquid dish soap, should be good enough to clean dust, dirt, or bird droppings from your canopy. Spray it down gently with hose water and allow to air dry completely in a sunny area.

Planning The Perfect Outdoor Function

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

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Summer is coming to an end, so you may be thinking about that last chance to throw the perfect outdoor party. If you’ve never thrown one before, don’t fret. Simpler is better and with a few tips in mind, you can create an outdoor function that your guests won’t soon forget. Whether it’s for a birthday, holiday, or just to celebrate the good weather, following these tips will ensure your party is a hit.

Setting The Scene

Entice your guests as soon as they set eyes on the party. An air of fun and festivity can easily be created with pops of color. You can easily do this with coordinating paper lanterns, table linens, flowers, and lights. Choose what you like best or what works with the party’s theme.

Make sure guests are comfortable by creating areas that are great for mingling and relaxing. A beverage station gets guests involved (and in a more festive mood). Pillows and chairs create relaxing spots, but be sure not to overdo it – you want your guests mingling and having fun, not taking naps.

Create A Fine Dining Experience

Who says outdoor parties have to be all about paper plates and styrofoam cups? You can bring everything you use to create a beautiful table setting indoors, out to your backyard or patio. A sturdy dining table set with glasses, china, cloth napkins and utensils will create an atmosphere of comfort and elegance.

Create a table setting for each guest if a meal is the center of the festivities. Make each person feel special by placing a handmade party favor at each setting so they can have something to take home once the night is over.

Renovate Your Outdoor Space

Your backyard or patio may be looking a little worn, but don’t let that stop you. Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint, matching outdoor draperies, or adding colorful to cushions to existing patio furniture can instantly transform the look of the space.

Investing in an outdoor canopy is also a great way to make an outdoor area more inviting. A canopy adds instant elegance and provides a comfortable, shaded space for guests to relax and mingle in.

Keep It Coordinated

Choose three colors that you know look great together and make them the theme of your party. This means everything from napkins to patio chair cushions can coordinate for the party. This helps unify the space and delights guests with visual appeal.

Create Comfort

At the end of a meal or party, guests will begin to wind down by finding a comfortable place to sit, drink, and chat with other partygoers. Make sure there are enough seats to do this and places to set down drinks or dessert plates.

Improvise

If you don’t have enough tables, chairs, or other essentials, don’t sweat. Sometimes a little improvisation can create a charming effect that guests will notice. Make a temporary buffet table by suspending a piece of plywood over two sawhorses and covering with an attractive tablecloth. Borrow chairs from neighbors or friends. The mismatched effect will look spontaneous and playful.

Let There Be Light

Lighting can create a mood that can really set the tone for the whole party. There are a lot of fun options for lighting an outdoor space out there. Even if you don’t have outdoor electrical outlets, you can provide ample light with candles or solar powered lanterns. Get creative, have fun, and make the most of your space. 

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What You Need To Survive The Summer

Posted on: September 1st, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments

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Items for Fun, Fashion, Sun Protection And More.

You’ve been looking forward to summer all year, now it’s finally here. Make sure you’ve got everything you need to make the most of it with these essentials. Some you may already be familiar with, others may come as a surprise.

1. Bring out the fashion.

Now’s the time of year to be more daring and also more comfortable with what you wear. Shorts, sandals, and sundresses are summer staples no matter how much fashion has changed over the last year. It’s perfectly acceptable to spend a whole day wearing more casual items, like flip flops and cut offs.

Transition from an early day strolling along the beach to an evening dinner by layering clothing. This keeps you warm as temperatures drop and spruces up your look.

2. Protect your skin.

Sunburn is one of the biggest concerns during these scorching hot months. Even on overcast days, the risk of damage is still there. Make it a habit to apply an high spf sunscreen everyday before you go out. Reapply frequently, especially if you’ve gone swimming or have been sweating.

Another way to protect your skin is to cover up. Wearing a hat protects delicate scalps from burning and keep you cool. Long sleeves can also help. There are also ways to bring shade wherever you go. A portable shade canopy that’s lightweight enough to take anywhere. These are great for long days spent outdoors at the beach, park, or even a festival.

3. Get active.

Certain sports and other fun activities are just more fun during the summer. Now’s the time to practice or learn swimming at a community pool, lake, or at the beach. Enjoy the outdoors by getting out your bicycle and cruising down the boardwalk, or organizing a ride with family or friends.

There’s also boating, volleyball at the beach, hiking in the mountain, and endless more possibilities for staying active. Don’t let the heat bring you down. Exercise during cooler morning or evening hours, or indoors whenever possible.

4. Stay hydrated.

Rising temperatures means a higher risk of heatstroke and dehydration. Be sure to always have a supply of cool water nearby, especially when being active. Refillable water bottles are great, and they’re good for your wallet and the environment too. Make sure pets stay hydrated as well.

Dogs left outdoors should have a bowl of cool water and a shady place to relax under. Cats enjoy water bowls or special pet fountains as well. Learn to recognize the signs of heatstroke, such as faintness, nausea, and headaches, in yourself and others. Get medical attention quickly because it can get serious fast.

5. Take time to relax.

Summer is the time to recharge and take stock of the year. You can do this in many ways, either in your own backyard or abroad. Traveling to an exotic locale for fun or just taking a weekend trip is a great way to relax and gain some much needed perspective. If you aren’t able to travel, create a getaway at home.

Set up a hammock in the backyard, make a margarita or other favorite drink and let your worries melt away. You’ll find that when September rolls around, you’ll be ready to face whatever challenges school, work or life will bring.

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