In some places, the summer barely gets going before it’s over. For those who spend their lives in the car, sitting at a desk at work and in front of the TV at home, it’s easy to miss out on it altogether. It takes some people completely by surprise. They wonder how the house got so hot and why everything is so bright. After checking their body temperature, they glance out of the window and realize that summer has arrived. Then they feel that they should do something to enjoy it, so they go outside and stand there for fifteen minutes before they start fidgeting and wondering what they might be missing on TV. Ah, well – that’s enough summer for this year.
It doesn’t have to be that way, of course. With a little preparation you can enjoy summer to the fullest at home. Here are just some of the excellent ways in which you can maximize your enjoyment of the summer season:
If you happen to have a swimming pool in your yard, pick a date for a pool party and send out a group email to the people you want to invite. Pool parties are actually quite easy to plan for compared to other parties. People should bring their own swimming gear, towels etc. but you’d better have some spares on hand as there will always be a few people who turn up without having given any thought to where they were going. If you’re holding it in the evening or at night time, place long candles strategically around the poolside area. These will add to your guests’ safety and enable them to hide their less attractive features when wearing swimming pool attire. Hook up some speakers around the pool to provide some music. Download some classic summertime hits from Mungo Jerry and Will Smith, and also some soothing evening music from Chris Rea and Barry White. Stock up on drinks and glasses, learn to make some cocktails and get ready to get wet.
If you don’t have a pool, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a party. Summertime is a great time to host a barbecue. Invite your guests in the same way as you would to a pool party, but ask them to RSVP so you can get an idea of how much food you’ll need and how many chairs to put out. The same apples if you’re planning on using disposable plates and cups. Get veggie burgers and other veggie options aplenty in addition to your regular burgers, wings etc. It’s not only vegetarians and certain religious folk that will go for them – plenty of meat eaters can enjoy tucking into a delicious veggie burger, too. As for drinks, it’s much simpler than a pool party as cocktails don’t really work at a barbecue. Cold beer, wine, and soft drinks will be most appreciated. Don’t forget to include some sides of things like corn, chips etc.
As for music, the vibe will be pretty different from a pool party. Hook up your speakers in the same way, but this time go with some classic favorites such as Waylon Jennings, Trace Adkins and of course, some good old Skynard. If you’ve got a couple of good buddies you can rely on, let each other take turns tending to the food so you can make sure you get to spend some time with everyone who came.
If you’re not in the party mood every day, you can always enjoy the good weather by spending longer in the garden, perhaps adding new vegetable beds or planting some new flowers. Alternatively, just put out a sun lounger, turn the radio on and soak up some rays while resting your eyes. If you want to read the paper or a book and it’s too bright, get online and choose yourself a good pair of shades from Sunglass Picks.
If you have children, spend time outside with them. If you have a lot of time, you could help them build a treehouse, or just shoot some hoops or play softball. Summer is a great time to spend with the family and you’ll give your children memories they can cherish for the rest of their lives.