My Summer Bucket ListJune 29, 2015
For this year's summer, like every summer, I have big plans. I always get so cheery and all adventurous from deliciously warm weather, but sometimes I have so many plans that it's hard to remember whát exactly.
What I always find helpful, and cute, is a bucket list. I usually have three bucket lists going on, like, 100 things to do before I die ... or 50 things to do before I turn 30. It always makes me happy when I can cross things of my bucket list, because it means a wish, or dream, came true. I have had the privilege to see many come true.
For now, with summer arrived, I wanted to share with you my summer bucket list. Without further ado ...
◦ Hosting a glamorous cocktail party for me and my good friends
I am actually already working on this, and I'm buzy inventing delicious cocktail recipes (alcoholic and non alcoholic) and tasty, healthy bites to go with it. Everything will be held in a glamorous and vintage atmosphere. I will post about it, too.
◦ Picnic with my significant other
I always think of picnics as something romantic. Being all hazy in the grass, looking up at a blue, blue sky in a perfect summer frock, with delicious food to nibble on and have selfmade lemonades as a refreshment. In a perfect world ... bugs wouldn't be there, too!
◦ Taste every ice cream flavor
Who can do without ice cream in a heatwave, right?
I used to do this many summers back with beloved friends. We'd just park our bicycles somewhere and lay on our backs in the grass in a forest nearby, a bit dazed by alcohol, and gaze at the stars .... contemplating if we would still be friends when we would all be consumed by our grown-up lives. The answer to that question? Many of us still are. I would love to do this more often this summer.
◦ Make home made ice cream / Make ice cream sandwiches
Pinterest gave me much inspiration what flavors to make and I am quite eager to start this.
◦ Having pizza on the grill
BBQ's will be held plenty, but I'd look forward to have a night with friends where we would just throw selfmade pizza's on the grill.
◦ Have a water balloon fight
It's so much fun!
◦ Drink from a coconut
Tropical and so summer-y
◦ Travel to different cities and villages
I've always loved travelling on a whim - and luckily so does my partner. I love to just grab our bikes, pack food and drinks in a rugsack for on the way, and ride to another city, have an ice cream there or go out for dinner in that particular city, have a drink on a terrace and then ride back. It's so fulfilling.
◦ Pick wildflowers
I love wildflowers and especially in a bunch of different colors. Put them in a colorful vase and they summer-ize your house in an instant!
I have a huge thing for botanical gardens; it has something nostalgic and romantic. Perfect for a soft summer, hazy afternoon.
◦ Take a mini road trip
The perfect summer adventure, right?
◦ Make homemade lemonade
Homemade lemonade is so much better than the chemical sweetness sold at the supermarket. I want to make many flavors this summer and have them in beautiful vintage glass bottles - or mason jars.
◦ Dance in the rain
The summer usually also knows huge rainfall and these are so refreshing (and makes the air smell soooo good). When I was very little I used to dance in the rain with mom in the garden. I want to do this again!
◦ Visit the farmers market
Although farmers markets are not as big in the Netherlands as they are in the U.S., we do have them. I live in a diverse city with lots of farmers in the outskirts. Many times when I grab my bike and go for a ride on a lovely summer day I come across farmers that sell their homegrown fruits and vegetables at the side of the road, and even honey for a steal. I usually take a basket or a shopper with me, for this sole purpose. There's something so satisfactory in buying from these local farmers instead of buying it from the supermarket. You help the farmers heaps, too!
◦ Dining Al-Fresco
One of the most popular things to do in summer with many people, and it's something I want to do véry often this year. A large table, candles lit, a wind chime heard in the background and a cold, selfmade summer pasta salad on your colorful vintage plate, whilst being in good company! Ah, the good life!
◦ See lots of live music
Summer and live music are a match made in heaven. I used to go to festivals very often in summertime and it were one of the best moments in my life.
◦ Make a summer wreath and wind chime
To cheer up the house!
◦ Just enjoy life!
Well, enough said right?