The art of setting your table is THE trend of the moment. With all the swoon-worthy photos on Instagram, the fad may just turn into the norm. Who doesn’t like to serve fabulous food to their nearest and dearest in a picture-perfect dining environment?
Now that it looks like we’re soon to come to the end of all this lovely pandemic fun, I’m even more thankful that summer is just around the corner! With the summer season comes everything that goes with it, including vacations, cookouts, sports outings, tailgates, pool parties, beach parties, camping trips, family gatherings, reunions, and more. All of these activities are great and they help you make a lot of great memories, but it can also lead to you not seeming to have time to get together with friends and family that you do not get to see often. It is so important to make time to see friends and family when it is possible, whether you browse a grilling blog for a cookout with them or plan a getaway together.
Here are a few fun ideas to do this summer that will give you a great time together and amazing memories to last a lifetime.
Ice cream socials
When it is summertime, you obviously want something that is fun, tasty to eat and helps cool you down at the same time. Ice cream is the best creamy treat to add to any party and it can be turned into something as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. Purchase a few gallons of different flavor ice creams, or make it yourself. Have just a couple or a few dozen toppings set out to put on top. People will flock to your house and you are sure to have a lot of laughs and great conversations over several bowls of ice cream.
The holiday season is a time of tremendous joy, happiness and all-around warmth. However, as any seasoned parent can attest, it’s also a time of consistent messiness. (I mean…more so than usual.) With every member of your household on vacation at the same time and various guests coming and going, there are ample opportunities for messes to be made. Furthermore, the festive decorations most households are adorned in tend to be much easier to put up than take down. While working up the resolve to clean your home in the wake of the holidays may prove somewhat challenging, a little bit of follow-through and assistance can go a long way.
When preparing to clean your house after the holiday rush, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, with so many tasks to undertake, it’s hard to determine where you should even start. Many people respond to this stress by putting post-holiday cleaning on the backburner. However, while this may provide relief in the short term, it will ultimately make the cleanup more difficult to carry out. To prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed, sit down and write up a checklist of every post-holiday cleaning task you need to tackle. Once this list has been created, attend to each individual task one-by-one, taking care to place a checkmark beside each completed chore. On a subconscious level, many of us crave structure, and adding a sense of organization can make even the most arduous post-holiday cleanup seem considerably more manageable.
Adhere to Neighborhood Policies Regarding Decorations
Many neighborhoods, apartment buildings and condo complexes have rules regarding how long holiday decorations can be left out. While the exact timeframe varies from location to location, these rules typically dictate that all outdoor holiday decorations must be taken down shortly after the first of the year. Failure to adhere to these rules can result in fines and stern condemnations from neighborhood associations, landlords and building managers. Keep in mind that some locales are far stricter about enforcing these rules than others, and the consequences can range from mild to severe.
It’s that time of the year, folks! We are officially in the midst of “the holidays”, and one of the most important things on MY list this time of year is: Christmas cards. Here’s our card from last year:
Not too bad! I ran short on time and had to pound these out at Walgreen’s. They ended up being your basic cheap Christmas cards, but I thought they were cute! (And YES, I did include the crying child. Because she cries a lot and I figured, why not share. HA!)
Normally I like to order my cards online, just so I can get them perfectly customized, and take my time with all of the options…you know how it goes. The only thing with online ordering is, you’re never quite sure exactly what you’re getting, right?
No matter where you are in the country or what the weather is like, there’s an approaching feeling of fall in the air. Summer is coming to a swift close, and the carefree feeling of vacation season is fading away. Pumpkin spice products are starting to appear on grocery shelves, even if it’s still hot and humid.
Before you get the end-of-summer blues, make some plans to brighten up your home this fall with these tips:
Bring Your Garden Indoors
Spring and summer are when our flowers bloom and our gardens thrive—but what about the fall? Sure, you can find some beautiful late bloomers at great prices this time of year, but your outdoor space still won’t have the pizazz it had when in full bloom. Save yourself the “garden gloom” and find a few easy-to-care-for houseplants to brighten up your indoor rooms!