Ah, summer – the season of sun-kissed skin, steamy adventures and the most refreshing of cocktails. As June unfolds and the temperatures rise, so do the opportunities to infuse your dating life with a dose of excitement. However, let’s face it… the pursuit of those summer adventures can often leave our wallets feeling a little ( or a lot ) lighter than we’d prefer. Even more so as we deal with this damned inflation. So in today’s topic, I wanted to embrace the spirit of summer by exploring some creative and memorable date ideas. Ones that won’t break the bank, but ones that will most definitely result in lots of laughter, genuine connection and some unforgettable experiences. From beachy bonfires to DIY culinary delights, I’m here to help you make the most of your money and moments in these next summer months. Grab a glass of whatever is floating your boat at this particular moment my babe, and let’s dive in…
Beach Bonfire – There’s something inherently magical about a beach bonfire, wouldn’t you agree ? I mean personally, the smell of the ocean mixed with fire, my husband cologne and roasting marshmallows is one of my favourite scent combinations ever. So if you’re lucky enough to live in a state or city that allows beachy bonfires ( or you have access to your very own fire pit ) I suggest grabbing a bundle of firewood, your comfiest swimmers/sweats combo and cozying on up next to that special someone on the sand or in the backyard. Let the mesmerising glow of the crackling flames ignite the passion between you as you create sweet memories under the starry night sky. The perfect beverage for such an occasion ? Im glad you asked. My suggestion is a bottle of Rosé -a personal favourite being Cote des Roses Rosé. Around $20 a bottle, both cheap and delicious, it’s bound to spice up an already sandy and sultry night.
Movie Nights – Speaking of outdoor adventures, why watch a movie indoors when you can enjoy a cinematic experience under the summer night sky? Im here today to say – transform your backyard into a charming outdoor theatre ! Hang a white sheet, set up the comfiest seating, and project your favourite movie onto the screen. Snuggle up together under the softest blanket available and immerse yourselves in the cinematic experience while savouring buttery popcorn and ice-cold beverages. You can get a decent projector for around $50 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/cheap-projectors/s?k=cheap+projectors that will last you for a few summers to come. Drink of choice for such an occasion ? Nosotros Tequila. You’ll find them at all major grocery/ liquor stores, or here at https://www.nosotrostequila.com. My favourite is the Blanco Silver, for only $40. And even though I’m typically a vodka/wine gal myself, I promise you can trust when I say this is some of the smoothest and most delicious tasting tequila that has ever crossed my lips.
Wine Tasting – When it comes to wine tasting, swirling glasses filled with exquisite flavors and basking in a vineyard’s charm may seem like a luxurious affair reserved only for the deep-pocketed. However a tour of tasting doesn’t have to drain your savings account. Many vineyards have budget-friendly options that cater to wine enthusiasts of all economic backgrounds, so my suggestion here is to look for wineries that offer affordable tasting flights or discounted group packages. Embrace the thrill of exploring lesser-known wineries or local wine festivals where you can sample a wide variety of wines without breaking the bank. And if even this sounds like too much of a strain on your cents, host your own at home !
Playful Picnics – When it comes to satisfying your taste buds without completely emptying your wallet, picnics and potlucks are your allies. Gather friends, family, or that special someone and organize a delightful al fresco feast. Pack a basket filled with homemade treats or invite each guest to bring a dish, creating a delectable spread without straining your budget. Bask in the sun, savour the flavours, and let laughter fill the air as you share a memorable meal together. Don’t forget to bring a frisbee, football or perhaps even boardgames for some playful moments amidst the picnic serenity. The perfect picnic drink you ask ? An Aperol Spritz.
Embracing the Great Outdoors – Nature’s playground awaits you my friends, offering a plethora of wallet-friendly adventures. Lace up them hiking boots, grab your trusty backpack, and set off on a scenic trail. Explore hidden waterfalls, conquer majestic peaks, or simply revel in the tranquility of a peaceful forest. Bask in the sunlight, breathe in the fresh air, and let the wonders of the great outdoors ignite your spirit of adventure. Now I’m all for a beer once the hike is done, but I suggest sticking to the sober road whilst out and about. My go-to hiking beverage of choice ? The Lime Bubly or any delicious CBD concoction from the humans over at Mad Tasty.
Sunrise Hike, then Breakfast Bliss – For all my early risers and breakfast buffs. Wake up early and embark on a sunrise hike together. Conquer a new or nearby trail, and reach that scenic viewpoint just in time for the breathtaking beauty of dawn. Bask in the golden hues and serenity of the moment before descending to a cozy breakfast spot, where you can indulge in a delicious morning meal and reminisce about this beautiful shared adventure. If you’re in LA, I highly suggest stopping in at BRAVO TOAST ( Doheny and Santa Monica ) for their Strawberry Matcha and Green Goddess toast, or Great White ( on Melrose ) for their Overnight oats and an iced Flat White.
DIY Culinary Delights – Who says satisfying your taste buds has to burn a hole in your wallet? Embrace the joy of cooking and get creative in your own kitchen. Organise a B-F culinary adventure by trying out new recipes, hosting themed dinner parties, or challenging your friends to a friendly cook-off. Explore local farmers’ markets for frugal yet fresh ingredients, infuse your dishes with flavours from different cultures to add some much needed spice back in your life, and let your taste buds embark on a budget-friendly gastronomic journey. Beverage of choice ? Anything by 19 Crimes would pair perfectly https://19crimes.com.
Tap into The Community – Expand your horizons and immerse yourselves in the rich tapestry of cultural experiences your city has to offer. Many museums, art galleries, and cultural centers have discounted or even free admission days. Discover hidden gems of art, explore captivating exhibitions, and let the beauty of culture ignite conversations and create lasting memories. Summer is also the season that teems with community events, from lively festivals to outdoor concerts. Keep your eye on local calendars and/or social media pages to stay informed about free or low-cost happenings in your area. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of street fairs, listen to live music in the park, or witness the magic of open-air theater performances. These events not only provide affordable entertainment but also foster a sense of connection with your community. Which is exactly what we need post COVID.
So there you have it my friends. With a bit of creativity and a dash of resourcefulness, you can uncover a world of budget-friendly bliss that allows you to experience the magic of summer without straining your savings. Indulge in nature’s free treasures, unleash your inner gourmet, uncover hidden gems in your city and embrace the magic of DIY. Because at the end of the day, it’s not about the size of your wallet—it’s about the experiences that enrich our soul’s and create lifelong memories. Until next time x
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