It is no secret that I love summer. It is no secret that I love parties and entertaining, and this weekend is one to ditch the boring chores and make the most of the sunny weather – especially when we don’t know how long it is going to stick around.
Whilst it is lovely to get out and about on a sunny day, many of us have spent the last 6-months with the house shut up and the heating on so now is the time to enjoy the sun at home too.
- Get the BBQ out of the shed
This is the number 1 must do if you are thinking about the weekend sunny weather. There is actually nothing better than cooking outdoors. As a Kiwi we are a bit BBQ obsessed, and a BBQ is more than Sausages it was always a regular weekend occurrence and sometime a Breakfast treat too. Fresh Seafood is also great on the BBQ, Scallops wrapped in Parma Ham or Prawns.
2. Impromptu party
If you have done as above and got the BBQ out of the shed, then the next must do is to call some friends, have an impromptu party, the more the merrier, the better the mix of people the more fun it is. The more impromptu party are usually the best parties. You don’t need a lot of organising, if it is ‘with kids’ then make sure you have a few balls to get the kids in the garden entertaining themselves if it is ‘without kids’ then you could go for boules, or just simply set up your outdoor entertaining area and create the atmosphere. Music, candles, wine, olives, crisps and cheese are the essentials and I have had many great nights where this is what we have called ‘dinner’. Whilst it is still too early for bugs and mosquitos Sweetness and Light do have a new Summer Nights candle which is Citronella and Lime. It is great to keep the bugs away or just to add to your party ambience. Citronella transports you to the east so your East London garden could suddenly be a beautiful beach in Thailand.
3. Antipasti & Spritz
This one is simple, and a great way to enjoy a Saturday evening with your partner. My husband and I have had some of our best holidays in Italy so sometimes once the daughter is in bed there is nothing better than a relaxed Antipasti for dinner and a Aperol Spritz. We have learnt over the years that our dog is also a fan of Antipasti – so if you do have a familiar situation high tables are recommended! Otherwise you suddenly find a piece of parma ham slip from the plate!
4. Picnic on the lawn
Picnics are a fab Sunday afternoon family activity, but it can be a hassle, packing everything up, loading the car and driving to some super busy spot where everyone else has had the same idea! Well instead do a Picnic on the lawn! It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is, as long as you have enough space to get a picnic blanket down then you can while away the afternoon. Get the kids playing cricket, enjoy your afternoon with a spot of Sauvignon or Pinot Gris (again I am a kiwi so these are always must haves) but then you have no worrying about the driving! And if you forgot something you can run inside and grab it or if someone has a desperate bathroom need, no running to public bathrooms. Everyone is a winner.
5. A spot of gardening
I realise the top 4 things here have all been to do with eating or drinking but a touch of gardening is a hugely satisfying early summer weekend activity. A quick visit to the garden centre for supplies and then an afternoon getting your hands dirty (literally). Of course, polishing it off with a hard earned cold drink. Number 3 on the list is a perfect activity to do next – as who wants to cook when you have been gardening all day.
6. Al Fresco Breakfast
Ok – we are back to food, but this one is easy really. Just eat your breakfast outside. Soak up the fresh smells of a sunny morning, listen to the birds and just eat in a little peace.
7. Outdoor Yoga
I was back in New Zealand in February and whilst enjoying a morning walk and swim at the beach I saw some Yogis set up and practicing their Yoga on the beach. Amazing idea, I do miss the beach and if I lived near and had the time this would be a fabulous way to do a weekend workout. So many of us in the UK are not close enough to the beach to do this right? but there are now so many great Yoga apps now, it is now easy for anyone to practice yoga at home, outdoors, without having to trek to a Gym or Yoga studio. So why not, this Sunday (before your Al Fresco Breakfast) grab your yoga mat or a towel if you don’t have one and get outside, either your own garden or the local park and practice some yoga. What a fabulous way to start the day.
What ever you do this weekend – make sure you get outside and soak up some Vitamin D and enjoy the summer feeling.