Kicking back with friends and celebrating is one of the best parts of summer, particularly if you are surrounded by great company. Whether on an official staycation or you simply want to make the most of the entire season, there are plenty of great ways to enjoy summer vibes near home.
Host a Backyard ‘Beach’ Party
Invite friends over for a full day at the “beach.” Get the grill fired up and a game of beach volleyball going in the yard. If it’s hot, cool off in the sprinkler. You don’t need to be a kid to have this much fun. After sunset, use Tiki torches to set the mood. Encourage beachwear as the dress code. If your neighborhood allows it, have a bonfire.
Celebrate the Sunset Glow
Eighty percent of the public says they prefer company while watching a sunset, according to results of a recent survey conducted by ORC. More than half of the people surveyed prefer to experience sunsets on the beach. Whether it’s date night or a night out with friends, you can capture island vibes on the mainland by kicking back at SunsetFest, a summer-long celebration hosted by Bahama Breeze Island Grille, a restaurant which specializes in Caribbean-inspired chicken, seafood and steaks.
Get friends together any night of the week for daily sunset toasts, live music and summer-inspired cocktails and fare. On Saturdays, the party starts early and goes late, with live bands and D.J.s to keep you on your feet. And if you don’t live nearby, you can visit the restaurant’s website and make one of their island-themed recipes at home.
Outdoor Movie Night
Many communities host outdoor movie nights in the summer. Bring a blanket, grab your friends and get there early. Scope out the best vantage point and witness a terrific summer sunset. Or host your own outdoor movie night at home. All you need is a projector, a white wall or sheet and plenty of snacks — popcorn anyone?
Staycations are growing in popularity and with good reason. So much fun can be had without leaving town.