Its summer, but not as we know it. It is easy to feel stay-at-home summer holiday blues as we face a very different summer this year; summer holiday plans are in ruins, vacations abroad are on hold, festivals are all cancelled, and we are all a little fearful of crowds. The prospect of more weeks at home over the summer break can feel incredibly tedious. We are all desperate for a holiday, or at least a break from this pandemic.
To ward off any pre-holiday blues we thought it best to come up with ideas to create some summer vibes at home these holidays. Here are our eight top tips for counteracting the monotony of working and holidaying at home.
1. Turn off your devices.
If you are working from home, likely, you never switch off entirely from work. All lines between work and home have blurred, and we never seem to stop working. Summer holidays are usually our one big chance to get away from the office and take a well-earned break. When your office is now in the spare bedroom, taking a complete break from work is almost impossible. The only way is to turn off your computer and your phone, take off your watch and refuse to check your emails for at least a couple of days. Let some summer vibes in by taking a day off to sit in your garden with a book. You deserve it.
2. Enjoy Your Back Yard
While we can’t get away to a fabulous beachfront location this year, we can try to make the most of an unfortunate situation. If you wanted a reason to upgrade your garden furniture, this is it. There is no better time to invest in some fantastic garden furniture to transform your backyard into a tropical oasis. Add a hammock, parasol and some outdoor lighting to turn your yard into a place worthy of an exceptional stay-at-home summer holiday.
3. Discover your new favourite summer cocktail
Experiment with making personalised summer cocktails. Find a great cocktail recipe that makes the most of summer fruits, fresh herbs and exciting liquors. If alcohol-free drinks are your preference, try experimenting with different lemonades and iced teas. Add lots of crushed ice and serve in tall glasses.
Our favourite recipe:
The Sparkling Berry Cocktail
1/8 cup of berries (frozen or fresh)
1 tsp sugar
Mix all the ingredients in a classic champagne glass and serve with a slice of lemon.
4. Embrace Laziness
Summer holidays are about relaxing and putting your feet up. This isn’t so easy when you are stuck at home. There is a natural tendency to keep busy doing the usual chores and tasks around our homes and never truly take a break. For a few days, take a break from all chores; supermarket shopping, cleaning, and even cooking if you can. Enjoy at least a day each week of freedom to do whatever you want to – with no obligations.
5. Summer Tunes
Create a great summer playlist that reminds you of beach holidays or travelling to exotic locations. Music can improve our mood and energise us. So turn up the volume as you relax on your new hammock and embrace the easy-going joy of having a stay at home summer holiday this year.
6. Brighten Up
Summer is the time for bright, breezy and fun outfits. As the weather warms up, it is time to ditch the work at home comfortable style we have been sporting all year. It is now time to opt for a brighter and more fun look. We love this season’s brilliant shades of pink, white and orange.
7. Holiday Food
Summer holidays are made for indulging in fresh, delicious food. Just because we are holidaying around home does not mean we cannot indulge a little (a lot). We suggest making sure you have a large fruit bowl filled with fresh summer fruits; watermelons, cherries, berries, melons and nectarines. We also love the idea of recreating some of our favourite holiday meals at home. This could be as simple as a lazy continental breakfast of orange juice, croissants and coffee. Or a full dinner menu with your favourite pasta dish with a nice Chianti, followed by tiramisu.
8. Full Bloom
Fresh flowers have the ability to make everyone feel good. Adding some bright flowers or lush greenery can bring a luxury hotel feel to our homes. It is easy to make a beautiful arrangement filled with fresh summer blooms from your local florist. Even better, arrange for a new bouquet to arrive each week of the holiday.
We wish you a happy summer break, and we hope our summer vibe suggestions spark some joy in this most unusual stay-at-home summer holiday.
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”– John Lubbock