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Embrace the Sunshine: How to Keep Summer Alive All Year Long

Do you find yourself longing for the warm days of summer even as the seasons change? The good news is you don’t have to say goodbye to the sun and fun just because it’s over. We’re here to help you discover how to keep summer alive all year long.


Summer is renowned for bringing joy and happiness to many people. Its longer days, sunnier skies, and warmer temperatures provide the ideal backdrop for outdoor or backyard water activities and relaxation. So, as the days grow shorter and colder, it’s common to yearn for those sunny summer moments.


But who says summer has to be limited to a few months of the year? There are plenty of ways to embrace the sunshine and keep the spirit of summer alive in every season. Whether through activities, mindset shifts, or incorporating summer-inspired elements into your daily life, you can create a year-round summer experience that will lift your spirits and bring you joy no matter the time of year.


Why Do We Love Summer So Much?


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It’s the season of endless sunshine, outdoor adventures, backyard barbeque, and carefree days. There’s something undeniably magical about those warm months that leave us longing for more.


Putting it simply, summer is not just about the warm weather. It’s a state of mind, a feeling of freedom and joy that the summer season brings.


During those sun-soaked months, life seems more straightforward. The days are longer, and the worries feel lighter. We embrace a more laid-back attitude, trading our business attire for flip-flops and our hurried pace for strolls on the beach. The summer state of mind encourages us to relish simple pleasures – a scoop of ice cream, a dip in the ocean, or a spontaneous road trip. And why wouldn’t you want to keep those summer vibes going for as long as possible?


How to Keep the Summer Spirit Alive All Year Long


Now that we’ve established why we love the summer vibe let’s explore how to keep it alive throughout the year. Here are some tips to infuse your life with the spirit of summer, regardless of the season:


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Travel to a Tropical Country Where It’s Summer All Year Round


Can it be summer all year round? Well, in some places, it is. If the winter blues are getting you down, consider planning a getaway to a tropical destination. Whether it’s a sandy beach in Mexico, a lush rainforest in Costa Rica, or a cultural adventure in Bali, a trip to a warm and exotic locale can reignite your summer spirit.


Use Tropical-Scented Candles or Essential Oils


The influence of fragrances is genuinely remarkable. Using scented candles or essential oils, infuse your own outdoor space with tropical scents like coconut, pineapple, or zesty citrus. Each breath will transport you to a distant tropical paradise in your outdoor haven.


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Decorate Your Outdoor Space with Bright Colors


Another way to extend the summer feeling is by decorating your outdoor space with vibrant hues. Think sunny yellows, ocean blues, and sunset oranges. Add throw pillows or colorful Adirondack chairs to create more accent to your outdoor space.


Capture Some Coastal Charm With a Beach Backyard


You could even transform your backyard into a coastal oasis. Add elements like a hammock, beach chairs, and a tiki bar. Plant palm trees or install a minor water feature to capture the essence of the beach. Even on those winter nights, your beach-themed backyard will be able to bring you right back to warmer memories.


Bowl of cut summer fruits


Prepare Summer-Inspired Dishes


Who says you can’t enjoy summer dishes in the winter? Prepare meals that remind you of sunny days, like grilled seafood, fruit salads, or tropical smoothie bowls. Cooking and savoring these dishes can evoke the taste of summer, even on the coldest days.


Fire up your grill or take dishes prepared inside into a cozy outdoor dining space. With some portable outdoor heaters, blankets, and warm beverages, you’ll be able to comfortably relish summer flavors in the colder months.


Keep the Summer Music Turned Up


Create a playlist filled with your favorite summer tunes and play it in the background. Music can remarkably transport us back to cherished moments and places, so let it carry you back to those warm summer days.


How to Keep Summer Alive All Year Long With a Backyard Beach Bash


Table set up and decorating for a summer soiree


Who says you can’t host a summer-themed party when there’s snow on the ground? People love to throw Christmas-in-July parties, so why not switch things up and celebrate summer in December? We’re always up for a good get-together, and this one is an ideal remedy for the winter blues.


Deck out your space with beach balls, surfboards, and tropical decorations. Encourage guests to dress in their favorite summer attire under warm, cozy coats and sweaters, enjoy tropical drinks, and dance to summer beats outdoors. Here are some ways to do it:


Bring the Backyard Beach Party to Life


With a few simple steps, you can transform your outdoor space into a beach paradise. Use beach towels as tablecloths, set up beach umbrellas, scatter sand or seashells, and serve tropical drinks and snacks. Add in some heaters and provide blankets with stylish tropical prints if needed.


Beach-Themed Photo Booth


Create a beach-themed photo booth with props like sunglasses, sun hats, and beach toys. It’s a fun way for guests to capture memories of your summer party.


Games That Evoke Summer Fun


Set up beach games like volleyball, paddleball, or cornhole. These activities can add a touch of summer fun to your party.


Family playing a game of cornhole on the lawn


Tropical Music Playlist


Compile a playlist of tropical and beach-themed songs to create a festive atmosphere. Reggae, calypso, and steel drum music can all help set the mood.


Surfboard Craft Station


Set up a crafting station where guests can decorate mini surfboards or create beach-themed crafts like seashell jewelry. This will surely keep the summer alive.


S'mores Station


If you have a fireplace or fire pit, set up a s’mores station where guests can toast marshmallows and make delicious s’mores reminiscent of summer campfires; it can also help keep you warm during these freezing months.


S'mores ingredients set up for preparation


Summer-Inspired Cocktails


Serve cocktails that evoke the feeling of summer, such as piña coladas, mojitos, or margaritas.


Remember to capture the memories with videos and photos to reflect and relive the summer vibes you created during the off-season.


Preparing Yourself for the Summer Season


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While keeping the summer spirit alive year-round, preparing for the actual summer season is crucial. Here are some tips you can consider:


Update Your Wardrobe


Sort through your summer clothes and donate or replace items as needed. Ensure you have swimsuits, sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen ready for sunny days. Remember comfortable shoes for walking or outdoor adventures.


Self-Care Routine


Keep your skin healthy during the colder months by using lotion and other moisturizers. Then, stock up on sunscreen so you’re ready to go when summer is here.


Plan Summer Activities


Create a bucket list of summer activities you want to experience, whether hiking, camping, attending outdoor concerts, or taking a road trip. Planning will get you excited and extend the fun further.


Get Your Home Ready


If you have a garden or outdoor space, start prepping it for summer. Do some poolside gardening, set up outdoor furniture, and ensure your outdoor dining area is ready for backyard brunch.


By preparing for the summer season, you’ll be well-equipped to enjoy every moment of the warm and sunny days ahead.


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Don't Let Other Seasons Steal Your Summer Spirit


The summer spirit isn’t limited to a particular season. It’s a state of mind, a choice to embrace joy and sunshine that you can take no matter the weather outside. By surrounding yourself with summer-inspired elements, planning summer-themed activities, and nurturing a summer mindset, you can keep the warmth and vitality of summer alive every day of the year.


At Ledge, we want to make sure you can fully enjoy every moment in your outdoor space. Whatever the weather outside, you can enjoy experiences you’ll never want to forget. Set up your space for making memories with our in-pool and outdoor products.



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