Fall Activities to Make You Forget About Summer

Every season of the year offers something unique. Whether its the activities that depend on a certain kind of weather or the seasonal recipes that just wouldn’t taste right during a different month, there’s almost always something to look forward to no matter what season is on the horizon. It’s easy to get excited about summer, but for those of us who would rather throw on a light jacket instead of a swimsuit, who might prefer the smell of burning leaves to bonfires, or kicking back with a warm mug on a cool day rather than an ice cold glass in the hot sun, fall is the best season of the year. And these fall activities will make you forget all about summer.

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Crazy for Crisp Weather
Sometimes the sweltering summer heat and humidity can be unbearable or start to get on our nerves. Fall provides a nice change of pace in most regions of the United States. While temperatures steadily decrease as winter eventually approaches, the majority of the fall months are nice and crisp. It’s the perfect weather to take a walk outdoors, particularly when the leaves start to change colors, or take a drive through nature. The season also offers many family activities and community events, especially when the harvest season gets in full swing. Apple picking at a local orchard can be a great way to spend an afternoon and gather supplies to make homemade cider or apple pie. Strolling through a pumpkin patch with the kids can result in finding the perfect pumpkins for Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and Thanksgiving pumpkin carving. And local harvest fests can offer some of our favorite summer rides with additions that only pop up in autumn, such as corn mazes.

Keeping Cozy Indoors
Just like there’s nothing better in summer than escaping inside to fans and air conditioning, there’s nothing better in autumn than warming up inside after a long day in the crisp fall air. The summer months keep us outdoors for longer periods of time, while winter forces many of us to hibernate through the coldest part of the season. Fall gives us the best of both worlds. With the leaves changing and a whisper of cold in the air, it can be very satisfying to stay indoors and cuddle up watching a movie, or kick back with a good book. It’s also, more so than any other time of year, the cooking season. The cooler climate makes it possible to use the oven again without warming up the house, and the beginning of the holiday season allows you to cook your favorite homemade meals and try out some new recipes. The harvest season is also the best time for canning, and a bountiful harvest for gardeners makes it easy to keep things fresh with home-grown flavor.

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For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Nothing makes a cozy afternoon inside sweeter than a productive morning in the outdoors. Fall is arguably the best time of the year to get outside and enjoy the fresh air without having to worry about bringing things like sunscreen or coating your skin with bug spray every half hour. Hiking and mountain biking, as well as fall sports like football and soccer are perfect for the cool weather of the fall season. Athletic endeavors like jogging and cycling, recreational sports like fishing or rock climbing can be more enjoyable in autumn. Fall is also the biggest hunting season of the year, with specific start dates in appropriate areas for big game as well as waterfowl, pheasants, quail, turkeys and more. There’s a big difference between keeping warm with the right fall apparel and skimping on layers during the summer, and the temperamental weather of spring can be hard to enjoy with rainfall and humidity. Get out and enjoy the crisp fall weather before winter starts.

From awesome mugs to pour your favorite warm beverage, good books to keep you entertained and throws to keep you cozy to great wardrobe solutions for cold weather and fall home maintenance tools, Lakeside is packed with items to make the upcoming autumn season your most enjoyable and memorable season yet.

5 Great Summertime Party Ideas

Summer-ToysSummer parties are something everyone looks forward to every year.  Spending time with friends and family outdoors is always a good way to spend your summer. This year, it’s time to kick it up a notch.  Themed parties are trending and are a good alternative to the everyday summer bash.  Here are a few sure-fire party themes that your friends won’t want to miss!

1.  Luau
A luau is an amazing summer theme for a party because it’s like a stay-cation.  Who wouldn’t love to be in Hawaii lounging on the beach?  Since we all can’t hop on a plane to the islands, why not host a party mimicking it. Fire up the pit and roast a full pig.  Bowls of macadamia nuts on every table gives your guests the chance to munch on local snacks.  Sugar cane stalks, Pineapples and native Hawaiian flowers create the perfect setting.  If you happen to have a pool, this is also a great chance to break in the new inflatable pool toys for the kids! After the sunsets, it’s time for the entertainment! Offer your female guests grass skirts and it’s time to dance!  Don’t forget the tiki torches!

2. Fiesta

Start your blenders! We’re having a Mexican fiesta!!! Serve frozen margaritas and homemade sangria in your favorite drinkware sets to get the party started! A mariachi band, or background music sets the scene.  Line your tables with an abundance of chips with salsa and guacamole and for the meal, plan a taco or burrito bowl bar for your guests to fill their plates with as many different ingredients as they please.  Keep it as rustic and authentic as possible so you  have time to enjoy the party yourself!  When the meal ends, break out the piñata…you’re never too old to for a piñata!

3. DIY Drive-in

This theme is more relaxed and comfortable than the rest.  A DIY drive-in is a fun alternative to a party.  Lay blankets and pillows on the grass and set up a portable screen with a projector.  Serve flavored popcorn and movie snacks to your guests.  Nachos, soft pretzels, and candy are perfect finger foods that can be served on your casual dinnerware for the movie.  When it comes to the film, pick something that is appropriate for your guests.  Whether it be a classic movie such as the Wizard of Oz or a fun party flick like Clueless, your guests will surely enjoy themselves. (This theme is also a great idea for children’s parties.)

4. Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t host a derby themed bash.  Invite your guests to dress in their best derby attire.  Women wearing dresses and big hats, and men dressed to the nines in their Sunday best! Serve wine and bourbon and keep the food as authentic as possible by offering a delicious southern menu.  Play games and place bets like you would at the racetrack.  Your guests won’t leave disappointed!…unless they lose all their money.

5. Rooftop Party

If you have the luxury of having a rooftop deck, I highly suggest you plan a party. There is nothing more beautiful or romantic in the summer than a rooftop party overlooking the amazing skyline that any city has to offer.  The lighting at this party is key.  String lights across the deck and light candles on the tables.  Offer your guests finger food and appetizers to nibble on. When it comes to alcohol, keep it simple and serve wine and beer.

Obviously the list for themed parties is endless.  Whatever you decide on will surely make your summer parties the talk of the town!