While the sunshine and warmer temperatures have been around for the last few weeks, summer’s officially here. Gone are the dreary cold days of winter and rainy days of springtime; summer is all about enjoying the beautiful weather that Mother Nature has to offer. Now’s the perfect opportunity to kick off the warm season with friends and family. So cancel all of your indoor plans and head outside to welcome summer with open arms! Here are a few simple ways to celebrate the summer season:
- Make a Bonfire
Bonfires are the ultimate salute to summer. Invite your best friends over to sit around the fire and tell ghost stories, share laughs and toast some marshmallows for a delicious batch of s’mores.
- Have a Pool Party
What’s summertime without a dip in the pool? If you have your own backyard swimming pool set up, invite the family and friends over to soak up the sun and cool off in the water. If you don’t have a pool of your own and don’t know anyone with one, head to the local beach and get your toes in the sand.
- Brew Some Lemonade
Nothing says summer on a hot day quite like a nice, cold batch of fresh brewed lemonade. Make a traditional pitcher of the sweet stuff or find a recipe that mixes things up. Look through these fun summertime lemonade recipes by Taste of Home for some inspiration.
- Go on a Road Trip
Grab your friends and get in the car, roll down the windows, blast the music and hit the wide open road! You can plan a road trip across the state, or you can just drive aimlessly on a nice summer’s day. Just let the road be your aimless path!
- Hit up the Local Farmer’s Market
Now that the weather’s consistently nice, your local farmers and artisans are filling up the side streets for the farmer’s market! Find out where they set up shop in your town and go shopping for fresh fruits, vegetables and other handcrafted goodies you simply can’t find in the grocery stores.
- Have a Picnic
After visiting the local farmer’s market, use your fresh ingredients to make a delicious picnic lunch! Take the traditional route and pack the blanket and basket full of summertime favorites like fresh fruit and deli sandwiches. Don’t forget the lemonade!
- Get Some “Just Because” Flowers
Whether you want to make someone’s day or spruce up your own patio table, grab some summer flowers, just because! Let Mother Nature inspire you to fill your front porch, backyard and rooms inside your home with a few gorgeous flower arrangements encased in beautiful vases.
Embracing the great outdoors is the easiest way to welcome summer. Make a day of fun with these tips!