My new vacation plans are for “summering at home”. This summer is a good time to get things done that I always put off and don’t seem to take the time but now I can. Many of us are in this boat, whether we might not feel comfortable traveling and getting around crowds or some of us no longer have a job to have the luxury to get out of town.

So for those of us who are choosing a summer staycation and have been mostly at home already for months, how can we stand being cooped up in these four walls any longer? I have a few ideas to help. And I am also interested in your ideas so I need your help to share what you are going to do when you “summer at home”.

Create Your Own Summer Oasis

Make your summering place, you might even call this your summer nest. It might be on a party, patio, an apartment balcony or even inside next to a window. Make your summer place lovely, relaxing and cozy and something that you love. Use items that you already have at home or get something new if you like. You can even upcycle. You can do so much with some clothing dye or paint. And even thread and fabric.

Plants

Move one of your existing plants to your oasis or treat yourself to one or even start some seeds for your oasis plants.

Found objects in jars to make lamps

Found Object Lantern Using Jar

Strings of lights and pretty lanterns are great.

I have been collecting some cool jars that you have recycled and collected. Add some of your favorite collections in your jars like seashells, mosaic glass/sea glass, buttons, stone collection and marbles. Add solar lights or even a tea candle to your jar. I keep the lids on my jar when I am not using the “jar lanterns”. I even carry my jars inside until I use them again.

Another cool jar lantern idea would be a jar full of pennies. I think seeing the copper glisten at night would be beautiful.

Another summer tip that I want to share is that artificial lights all evening are not so healthy for lightening bugs so keep evening lights to a minimum and use less frequently. Here is a link with some tips to help lightning bugs healthy:

https://www.firefly.org/how-you-can-help.html

vintage metal chair

Chair

I love adirondack and wicker but my heart goes out to metal lawn chairs. I think that is because both of my grandmothers had a set. They are a little more comfortable with a pillow.

Pillows

You may have some outdoor pillows to decorate your oasis but if not you can bring in some of your favorite pillows from indoors as long as you bring them in when you come in. You can also make some fun pillows from items around your house.

Rug

I love the longevity of outdoor rugs in my oasis but if you can temporarily bring out a favorite rug that you bring in when you go inside. It makes your space comfortable and gives it a cozy look.

Serving Tray

A serving tray comes in handy if you are bringing a cool drink or snack to your summer oasis. It also can be helpful to bring out a book, a craft, a deck of cards or other game.

Tables

Whether it is a picnic table for meals or side table to put your serving tray on, tables come in handy when you are outside. You can also turn over an large empty pot and make a table.

Plan Some Summer Fun

Having some fun summer things to do helps pass the time and keep our mind off of things that may concern us.

Summer Outdoor Activities

Having outdoor games like hula hoop, pogo, outdoor swing, kiddie pool, croquet, putt putt, obstacle course, hopscotch, chalk art, and things for a scavenger hunt are fun things to have on hand. Having a picnic table for board games and cards is good to have also.

Summer Indoor Activities that Can be Taken Outside

Good books

There is nothing like reading a good book while relaxing in a comfortable chair and if you can do it outside that is all the better. Here are some good book lists that you might enjoy checking out:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/author-ann-patchett-on-what-to-read-while-staying-home

https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/summer-reading-challenge-2020-47538152

Sketch Pad

You might not have sketched since childhood but now is a great time to get inspired again. You might even explore a coloring book.

Jig Saw Puzzles

I would not recommend a jig saw puzzle outside because I would loose the pieces out there but this is a great inside activity that you might enjoy when you are looking for a little self-nurturing.

Journal

For some of us keeping a diary and journaling during this time can be very therapeutic. Others of us may feel inspired to write music or poetry or even stories.

Craft

This is one of my favorites. I am inspired by embroidery, knitting and sewing. I have a group of friends that I get together with once a month to craft. During the pandemic, we have moved our group online.

Musical instrument

I think about my husband here because both he and my son play guitar. It is fun to play and hear live music outside and it is a great stress reliever. It can bring joy to our lives!

Movies

This can be a fun activity inside and out. For something different throw a blanket on the ground, have a picnic and watch a movie outside.

Summer Staycation Attire

Loose and Flowing Outfit

You can wear anything you want when you are at home but to make it fun, plan a few things to wear. How about a summer caftan? They are comfortable and cool plus I also think that they are cute. Not everyone has a sewing machine but here are some ways to make one simply.

You can find lots of fabric online but you may also have a tablecloth, curtain or something else around the house that can be upcycled into your new caftan.

Here is an easy no pattern caftan that you can easily make:

And if you do not have a sewing machine, try using some of these “no sew” methods to put your caftan together.

Summer Hair Accessories

Whether it is headbands, summer hats or hair clips, these are necessities when the weather gets hot and humid and for some of us, it can be difficult to get a hair cut.

If you do not have any cool hats, here is a fun post about making some paper hats with newspaper

Staycation Sunglasses

You need some of these to make things fun and to protect your eyes. Even if you paint or decorate an old pair. Here is some inspiration

https://www.buzzfeed.com/pippa/diy-sunglasses-5ocb

Staycation Summer Sandals

Sandals are an important part of your attire for summering at home so your feet are protected

You can add earrings, lipstick and paint your toes. Whatever, you need to add for your staycation outfit.

Cool Summer Food and Beverages

Now that you have your ambiance for your oasis, you summering attire and your staycation summer activities, now it is time to plan some delicious things to eat. We like to eat cool meals in the summer.

Cool Summer Desserts

Ice Box Cakes, Frozen Pies, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Sorbets and Popsicles are a delicious way to stay cool. Here are a few yummy ideas for some cool sweets.

https://vineripenutrition.com/3-cool-healthy-summer-desserts/

Pictures of Cool and refreshing summer desserts

Cool Summer Meals

Lunch and suppers can be cool and refreshing. Here are some easy and delicious supper ideas that go great for a staycation. Whether it is cool summer salads or cool summer sandwiches, there are a lot of delicious, healthy summer menu ideas in the blog post below.

Cool Summer Beverages

Picnic List Ideas

Other Fun Summer Fun Ideas

Country Living has lots of fun ideas for what to do when you are planning “Summering At Home” that may give you ideas also!

This article was from April 2020 and I have a feeling that the author felt that we may be out and about more by then and the virus would be contained. Although, you may be able to do many of these ideas with small groups, social distancing and wearing masks, I personally would not be comfortable with every idea on this list until the COVID 19 is much better managed than that. That being said, I love all of the suggestions but I am going to focus mostly on staying at home.

Here are some of the suggestions that I am most excited to try right now:

  • Hanging a rope swing and/or hammock
  • Making a cool soup
  • I also love the decorating ideas

https://www.countryliving.com/life/g1718/fun-things-to-do-in-the-summer/?slide=65

Here is me and my friend Bobbi with our summer hats. It was before the pandemic so we have not included our masks and are not social distancing but it was during a more carefree time several years ago. However, I hope this post has given you some ideas of all the fun that you can have when you “Summer at Home”. I wish you the best and hope that you and everyone that you love stay healthy and safe!

wearing summer hats
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