How to Celebrate the End of Summer
Just because summer is coming to an end, doesn't mean you should stop celebrating! Celebrate the end of this bright and colorful season with these great ideas!
As quickly as the last school bell rings to announce the start of summer, it’s all too soon time to hang up the beach towel and store those favorite flip flops. But before you do, remember to give summer a final send off. We don’t have to take out those winter coats yet!
Visit Your Local Farm Stand or Farm Market. Take advantage of the last of the delicious, local summer foods available to you. Enjoy it now or preserve some for those sun-starved days of winter. Jar your own fruits and veggies in some adorable mason jars and you’ll have summer at your fingertips for months to come.
Take a Summer Nature Walk with the Kids. All too soon, the grass will be turning brown and the lushness of our summer gardens will fade. Why not take an afternoon to explore summer’s bounty while helping them to fill out their very own summer nature journal? Collect some flowers and pin them in your hair or gather them for a vase. Take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass. Watch the butterflies lazily meander through the flowers, and breathe in the remaining sweetness of summer.
Make Your Own Frozen Fruit Bars. Take advantage of the remainder of the summer fruit harvest and create your own summer frozen fruit bars. Go organic and make them even healthier like this all-fruit watermelon pop recipe! Or, try this recipe for the ultimate flavors of summer pops:
- 2 cups summer fruits (watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 teaspoons of water (as needed)
Place fruit, sugar, and lemon juice in food processor or blender. Add water to thin if necessary. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze until solid.
Preserve Those Plantings. All too soon cooler weather will zap whatever’s left of your garden. Why not dig up those herbs you planted (be sure to leave the perennials such as rosemary and oregano), put them in some cute flower pots and place them in a sunny window to enjoy the fruits of your labor for months to come.
Slough off the Old Summer Skin. Days of soaking up the sun and walking barefoot can do a number on your skin. Give your arms, elbows and little tootsies some pampering with a homemade sugar scrub like this DIY homemade citrus scrub.
Have a Summer-Themed Movie Night. Dust off your video rental subscription or order from the many movie choices available on demand through your cable company. But be sure the movie is summer-themed. Some oldies but goodies to consider: Summer School, Stand By Me, National Lampoon’s Vacation, One Crazy Summer, Point Break, Dirty Dancing, American Pie 2 and Weekend at Bernie’s. Set up some lounge chairs on the lawn and use a digital projector to display the movie on an outside wall or white sheet and you’ve got yourself a box office winner of a night!
Give Yourself Some Down-Time. String up that hammock. Dust off the porch swing. Brew some fresh iced tea. Grab that overdue library book and take a little R & R in the warm summer air. You might even want to take a sketch pad with you to plan out your fall perennial garden.
Keep It Old School. Grab a mason or jelly jar. Punch some holes in the lid. Grab your friends, catch what’s left of the summer fireflies and sip cocktails by the magical glow. And for old time’s sake, throw in some ghost stories to scare yourselves silly. And what's more old school than a 7-11 slurpee? Try our adult spiked version here. We won’t tell if you sleep with a nightlight on tonight.
Check Your Local Listings. With the last of the warmer weather and longer days still in our grasp, why not check out some outdoor entertainment? Check your local office of tourism for summer music concerts, “Shakespeare in the Park” performances, Balloon Festivals, and other outdoor activities.
Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.Read More »