Make your backyard the place to be this summer! From how to do some small budget decorating upgrades, to creating your own water blob for the kids, we have found some of our favorite backyard tips from our cable channel, HGTV.
3 Outdoor Upgrades Under $100
DIY Backyard Kerplunk Game
How to Make a Backyard Water Blob
DIY Pool Noodle Kids’ Games
Backyard Camping Ideas for the Whole Family
Want to jazz up your backyard even more? Don’t forget to enter our Summer Story giveaway where we will be giving away a 36 in. Endless Summer Deep Drawn Bronze Fire Pit! Just go to our Facebook page and find the SUMMER SOCIAL GIVEAWAY – WEEK 2 post for details on how to enter.
Another way you can win this summer is by saving with our summer promotion!
Add any new service and receive FREE installation.
Upgrade your Internet speed and receive a $25 bill credit.
To sign up for this great deal or learn more about this promotion, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.
Sometimes it is hard to think of a gift for mom. Want to do something other than the annual scarf, candle or necklace? Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channels, the DIY Network and HGTV for some of our favorite DIY gift ideas she will love this Mother’s Day.
Turn a Cooler into a Storage Table
Jazz up the screened-in porch or patio with these deceptively cheap storage tables. All you have to do is buy a polystyrene cooler, some fabric mom will like and legs that easily screw into the foam. Assembly is quick and something the kids could help with!
Colorful, Modern Headboard
While in the video they are making it for a kid’s room, there is no reason this headboard couldn’t be painted to match mom’s décor. As Rosa Armstrong explains in the video, you will just need to cut the wood pieces to fit the bed.
DIY Succulent Sphere
Succulents are beautiful and low maintenance. Rather than buying her an ordinary succulent garden, create this gorgeous sphere that will be a statement piece to any yard or porch.
DIY Outdoor Movie Screen
Rather than a physical gift, how about you create an experience for mom? With this easy set-up, you will have your very own outdoor movie theater for a fun night under the stars the whole family can enjoy and remember.
Are boxes still stacked around the house and trash bags full of wrapping paper? The last thing you want to do is stress about planning what to make for New Year’s Eve. Great Plains Communications wants to help you out! We have looked to a couple of our cable channels, HGTV and the Cooking Channel for some of our favorite recipes and helpful tips when keeping foods at the right temperatures all night.
How to Make an Epic Meat and Cheese Spread
Let’s start with a classic – a meat and cheese board. While they are a crowd pleaser, they can be intimidating to make. In this video, HGTV breaks it down into almost a formula that is sure to result in a beautiful and delicious spread.
Coconut Shrimp Skewers
These skewers are quick to make and definitely not lacking in flavor. Plus, by adding the avocado dip to small glasses, it becomes portable for a more social setting. Make it even easier on yourself and buy some disposable cups, so your guests can toss them when they are finished. Less dishes = less stress!
How to Keep Party Food at the Right Temperature
It can be tough to keep certain foods cold or hot throughout the night. These tips from HGTV will include things like a heated brick and ice packs, things you probably already have around the house – simple yet effective.
3 Ways to Make Ornament Cocktails
Keep the holiday theme rolling with these festive drinks. Make them ahead of time and you get decorations and drinks all-in-one!
Great Plains Communications hopes everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration!
Halloween is next week, which means there is still time to do some fun and festive crafts to prepare for the spooky night. We are thinking outside the box and found some of our favorite Halloween crafts that the kids will love – and they don’t include cleaning or carving a pumpkin!
Last-Minute DIY Halloween Décor
These five quick ideas include things like toilet paper rolls, old socks and ice – all things you already have in your house.
3 DIY Halloween Wreaths
Who said wreaths were just for Christmas? These creative creations will add a little Halloween flair to your front door.
3 Spooky Mason Jar Crafts
Who doesn’t have a few mason jars laying around the house? Have the kids help create some fun and beautiful decorations to light up the porch for all the trick-or-treaters.
DIY Pool Noodle Halloween Costumes
Looking for a last-minute costume idea? Here is a way to use pool noodles to create costumes for the whole family!
We found all these great ideas from our cable channel, HGTV. If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.
2017 is quickly coming to an end and Great Plains Communications wants to help you throw an amazing welcome party for 2018. Forget fighting the bitter cold weather that Old Man Winter seems to throw our way each New Year’s Eve and snuggle in with friends and family and our favorite party tips from cable channel, HGTV.
3 Easy Party Mix Recipes
It is always good to have some simple snacks you can place around the room for your guests as they arrive and settle in. With these three recipes, you will be sure to please the sweet, spicy, and salty cravings of the group.
3 No-Bake 5-Minute Appetizers
Sticking to easy access finger foods will allow guests to eat with drink in hand and continue to mingle around the room. With these quick no-bake and better yet, no-stress recipes there is no hassle of silverware or dirtying any dishes other than the ones you serve them in.
Champagne Jelly Shots
These champagne jelly shots are not only adorable, but they pack an additional surprise in the popping candy topper. Just add your favorite champagne, some agave syrup, and water to some plain gelatin and this party treat is sure to be a favorite. If you don’t want the popping candy, try adding your favorite fresh fruit pieces before chilling.
DIY Balloon Photo Booth Prop
Add a little extra fun to your party with this DIY balloon photo booth prop. You can truly make it specific to your style by changing up the colors of balloons, flowers and arrangement. As you can see in the video, they use PEX tubing and a connector for their base, but if you can’t find these items or just happen to have an extra hula hoop lying around it could easily be substituted in.
Great Plains Communications would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year!
We have shared some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, but there is a lot more that goes into hosting than just the food. Our cable channel, HGTV has some useful tips to keep in mind when pulling everything together before the big day.
How to Check a Propane Tank Level
Are you planning to fry your bird? Don’t get stuck with an empty stomach due to an empty propane tank. All you need is some hot water and a little science to find your propane level.
5 Ways to Fold a Napkin
An easy way to add simple elegance to any table is by folding the napkins. Check out these creative folds that are sure to impress your guests.
How to Make Velvet Pumpkins
While you could really use any fabric you want, these velvet pumpkins are a super simple way to add a little pop of color to your tablescape this Thanksgiving.
If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about what services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.
With the current heatwave moving through, it is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of fall. Even still, Great Plains Communications is gearing up for all the excitement the fall season brings. We have looked to our cable channel, HGTV and found some quick snacks to share with friends and family as the weather cools.
3 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Fall
Talk about easy, these three simple recipes take barely any effort and pack all the warm flavors of fan favorite – pumpkin spice.
Pumpkin Spice Sangria
This recipe combines two fall favorites, pumpkin spice and apple cider. Place the bowl in a hollowed pumpkin for a quick and natural décor.
Mini Apple Pie Pops
Pumpkin not your thing? Try these adorable apple pie pops for a flavor of fall in a convenient hand-held fashion.
Are you not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and interested in learning more about the services we offer in your area? Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.
Not only are we approaching a long weekend with a sunny forecast, but it is the start to the Nebraska Cornhusker football season! Saturday, September 2 marks the first game as we take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves at home in Memorial Stadium at 7 PM. The game will be aired on BTN. With an evening game, Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, HGTV for some tailgating tips.
After the game, you will still have two full days of weekend bliss to enjoy. What better way to revel in the nice weather and welcome the fall season, than to craft a wreath for your front door or as a gift. Below we have included a few beautiful designs we found from HGTV.
Giant Star Wreath
Floral Hula Hoop Wreath
Recycled Denim Wreath
We hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend! If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about what services we provide in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.
She checked for monsters under your bed, still holds the gold medal for best chicken pot pie, can’t carry a tune but was the last voice you wanted to hear as you drifted off to sleep. Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and the question is, what do you get the woman who was the supporting hand in who you are today? Great Plains Communications wants to take you back to the days when it wasn’t necessarily money you turned to, but handmade gifts you knew she would enjoy. We looked to our cable channel, HGTV for some DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas to keep in mind this holiday.
DIY Copper Jewelry Organizer
As simple as some copper pipe and craft glue, you will have a classic piece your mom will be proud to display her jewelry on.
DIY Modern Hanging Vase
With Mother’s Day not until this Sunday, there is plenty of time to make this modern hanging vase, with room to customize in the cement base.
DIY Gel Candles 2 Ways
These gel candles won’t just smell good; they will look great throughout your mom’s house. And while these are two examples, this is another craft that you can customize to your mom’s style.
These are just a few of the supplies on the list sent home with your kids as they start school. This time of the year is full of new routines and many new things. Great Plains Communications has teamed up with a couple of our cable television channels, the Food Network and HGTV, to bring you a few creative ideas on things like school lunches and organizers for all the new art supplies.
Giada’s School Lunch Ideas
Back-to-School Supply and Craft Storage with Dan Faires
We haven’t forgotten about the college students! Moving into a dorm room can be exciting and a little scary. With this video by HGTV, it could also be beautiful.
3 Totally Removable Dorm Décor DIYs with Tanner Bell
As you are checking off that supply list this month, remember that Great Plains Communications has some exciting Back-to-School promotions going on. To find out what is available in your area, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a representative would be happy to assist you.