Tips for the perfect summer evening in

May 28, 2013

(BPT) - For many, Memorial Day is the official start to summer - and its flurry of travel and outdoor activity.

Sometimes, after a long week at work or a vacation road trip, all you want to do is unwind in the comfort of your own home.  What’s better than dressing down in those yoga pants, kicking back and reveling in some “me-time”?

You don’t have to go out and spend half your paycheck to have a good time - some of the best summer nights are spent at home with a glass of wine, delicious snacks and a comfy couch. The perfect summer night can be as easy as taking the night off to relax and recharge with some good food and stress-free activities.

Here are some easy ideas to consider this summer:

* Treat yourself to a DIY spa night. Summer calls for bursts of color, from soft pastels to glowing neons, especially on your nails. Whip out your favorite nail polish colors, and turn your living room into a spa to complete your summer look. Flip through your favorite gossip magazines while your nails dry, or even make a homemade facial mask for the full spa experience at little to no cost.

* Summer movie marathon. One of the best ways to end a busy week is to curl up on the couch and watch a good movie or two. The newest blockbusters are exciting, but try revisiting some of your chick flick favorites. Settle in for the night and watch a variety of movies to keep you crying, laughing and shrieking - you’ll be surprised how classics still resonate no matter how many times you’ve already seen them!

* Mix savory and sweet. No night in is complete without summer refreshments, so pair your favorite savory snack with a sweet finish. To spice it up, think outside of the box with snack favorites like Lay’s Classic potato chips drizzled with chocolate or caramel; or a glass of crisp white wine with Lay’s Wavy Garlic & Sea Salt flavored potato chips. Check out the Frito-Lay website for more fun snack ideas. 

* Do something crafty. You may “pin” those creative projects you are eager to try, but never seem to get around to execution. Stop by the craft store and pick up everything needed to complete that one special idea you’ve wanted to try. Perfect or not, it’s always exciting to try something new - and if it turns out well, brag to all of your friends about it on Instagram!

Summer can feel crazy with work and travel, but try to make time each week for some downtime fun. So whether you invite a close girlfriend over (or just go it alone), be sure to bask in the moment and enjoy a perfect summer night in.