By Gemma Hartley
Summer is all about making the most of long days, family time, and the great outdoors. But all too often, summer gets off to a sluggish start as we wind down from school and fritter away some of the best weather those summer months have to offer. Fear not! We’ve gathered five great ways to kick off summer with a bang, so you can make the most of this fun-filled season.
Host a “Start of Summer” Party
Barbecues and summertime go together like popcorn and movie theaters. It’s practically a requirement of summer to eat food hot from the grill while enjoying the long summer evenings. Why not host a party to celebrate the start of summer and get the good vibes rolling?
Bounty: Your Summer Party Helper
When you’re hosting a get-together of any kind, keep a roll of Bounty paper towels on hand to mop up drink spills, ice-cream drips, and more!
All too often, I won’t find myself sleeping under the stars until the very last weeks of summer – and not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t plan ahead. Get down to business and pick a spot to camp out as soon as summer starts. Even if it means pitching a tent in the backyard, it’s sure to get you into the summer spirit.
Have a Summer-Themed Movie Night
There are plenty of great blockbusters out there that will get you in the summer mood. Pick a couple of your favorites and settle in for a night of summertime nostalgia to get you pumped for the months ahead.
Turn Off the TV for Some Summer Reading
Trying to cut back on screen time this summer? Take a trip to the library or bookstore and let everyone pick out a few titles they want to finish by the end of summer. When the days are hot, sitting in the shade with a good read is an excellent way to pass the time.
Seriously, it isn’t truly summertime until you break out the sprinklers or take a dive into the pool. Whether you decide to cannonball into a lake or dip your feet in a backyard kiddie pool, splashing around in the water is a true sign that summer has arrived.
What’s your favorite way to welcome summer?
Gemma Hartley is a freelance writer who writes about parenting, health, and personal finance. She lives in Reno with her husband, three young kids, an awesome dog, and a terrible cat. You can follow her on Twittter