Ways to Have the Best Summer Ever

Here’s how to have a summer you’ll never forget.
1.Greet Guests With a Vintage Touch
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Hang a pretty pastel watering can over your front door and fill with fresh flowers for an easy decor upgrade.
2. Find the Perfect Porch Furniture
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There’s something about finding a great swing or the most comfortable wicker furniture for your porch or patio that makes it truly feel like summer.
3. Make a DIY Backyard Connect Four Board
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While there are several outdoor games you can play with your kids this summer, they will love this life-size Connect Four game you can have in your yard all summer long.
4. Brighten Your Front Door with a DIY Summer Wreath
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Welcome guests with a personal message by crafting a DIY summer wreath for your front door.
5. Host a Backyard Bash
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We tend to think of barbecues and picnics as the only options when it comes to fuss-free outdoor dining, but it’s totally possible to host an elegant, stress-free outdoor dinner.
6. Hang String Lights Over Your Porch
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Add some twinkle to family game night or a relaxing afternoon by hanging string lights on your front porch.
7. Spend a Lazy Afternoon in a Hammock
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Let’s get real here: Can you think of anything better than spending your day napping in a hammock like this one?
8. Make Your Own Salsa
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There is no greater testament to a salsa’s amazingness than its ability to make you eat an entire bag of tortilla chips. Whether it’s tried-and-true pico de gallo or salsa fresca, or a more unique recipe with ingredients you have to look up, salsa can be relied upon to provide a light, summery counterbalance to salty fried dishes or accentuate the flavor of all manner of meats and vegetables.
9. Decorate Your Home for the Fourth of July
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Hang patriotic pleated fans from your front porch for the holiday.
10. Step Up Your Outdoor Entertaining Game
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By adding color and state-inspired details to your table, you can easily freshen up your dining table’s look for your next dinner party.
11. Gather Friends for a Cookout
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Long summer nights are best spent in the backyard with a group of close friends.
12. Make Homemade Ice Cream
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When made from scratch with the season’s sweetest ingredients, ice cream captures the essence of summer. Give everybody something to scream about with these yummy ice cream flavors you can make at home.
13. Hang Up a Rope Swing
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Kick that tire to the curb! This elm disk—stunning in its simplicity—offers a much classier ride to play on.
14. Sleep with Your Windows Open
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Turn off the A.C. and spend at least one summer night falling asleep to the sounds of crickets, frogs, and the soft summer breeze.
15. Take a Canoe Ride
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Spending at least one summer afternoon in a canoe is a must!
16. Make a Dish with Your Backyard Garden Bounty
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From spinach to mushrooms to peppers, let backyard edibles the stars of your summer meals.
17. Get Outside and Play a Game
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Bright idea: A few chalked lines can turn a deck into a game board for oversize chess pieces. Other fun ideas for lawn games? Croquet, bocce, cornhole, lawn darts, ladder toss—the list goes on and on!
18. Take a Hike (or a Bike!)
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Gather friends, family, and, of course, pets for a long hike or bike ride on a cool evening.
19. Start a New Collection
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Whether you’re planning on checking out a new antique store, trying out a new hiking trail, or just hanging at home, find something—like vintage maps!—that you can spend the whole summer collecting.
20. Host a Yard Sale
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Spring isn’t the only time to do a bit of purging! Spend some time this summer getting rid of excess household items by hosting a weekend yard sale.
21. Visit a Farmers’ Market
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These days, farmers’ markets offer more than just nature’s finest and freshest produce.
22. Take a Nap Under a Tree
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Need we say more?
23. Take in a Baseball Game
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Whether you live in a major metropolis or a small town, chances are you’re never far from a baseball game. It’s a good thing, too, because with its dusty fields and open stadiums, baseball is summer’s perfect complement. So gather the family, don the colors of your favorite local team, and spend time outdoors enjoying America’s favorite pastime.
24. Pick Wildflowers
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From wild columbines to prairie roses, summer is full of gorgeous blooms. Pick a bunch and use them to create a beautiful centerpiece—kitchen canisters make great impromptu vases at a backyard picnic. Mix tulips with wildflowers and group the blooms by stem length for a casual-yet-stylish display.
25. Make S’mores Around a Bonfire
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End a perfect evening with friends and family by enjoying s’mores around an open fire. All you need to make this summer-camp classic are bamboo sticks, graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows.