Have you noticed that everyone seems a little happier lately? A little more eager to celebrate any and every occasion? You can thank the sun. The summer heat brings out the best in people, socially speaking – it’s a meteorological fact. Take advantage of the trend by ditching your devices to spend some actual face time with friends. Your Instagram will thank you later.
If you’re searching for outdoor activities, start in your own backyard. Summer is chock-full of local fairs and festivals. Assemble a group and savor the unique qualities of the city you call home. Here in Santa Barbara, you can’t go wrong with our signature wine, food, and cultural events – and we never miss the annual Sandcastle Festival!
For an extra memorable gathering of your own, host an ice cream social. We recommend churning a homemade batch or two, to give it that homespun touch. For a recipe that’s guaranteed to please, check out The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. Encourage your friends to bring their best toppings and favorite friends so you can meet, greet, and treat all at the same time.
Summer is also an ideal time to try your hand at a new, old, or long forgotten sport. Dodgeball, kickball, volleyball, and bocce are amongst the many leagues that pop up during this cheery season. Don’t worry about your athletic level – most leagues are more concerned with the post-game cocktails than the score. Speaking of summer cocktails, here’s one called the Porch Swing from one of our favorite cooking blogs, Smitten Kitchen. It’s light, refreshing, and easy to make in large batches for the whole team.
When you’re on your feet socializing all day, you’ll need a comfortable pair of shoes or two. We like to wear our Brias during the day and keep a back-up pair of evening shoes in the car, like the super-elegant D’Alessios , just in case.