June 4, 2013

24 Fun Summer Ideas: Food, Activities, Crafts & More!

Summa Summa Summa-time. School's out. The temperatures are rising. The days are long. It's Summer time and, I've got 24 FUN Summer ideas for you. Food, crafts, decor and so much more! 

Each of these projects were linked up at one of our recent weekly link parties.

I shared this photo on Instagram last week, saying you could find us at our local sprayground. And, I was serious! This is where we'll be keeping cool this Summer. Anyone else a frequenter to your local sprayground? They are the BEST! 

Summer Outdoors & Decor

Decked Out for Summer via The Happy Housie
Summer Porch Decor via Dixie Delights
Building a Pergola via That's What Che Said
Building a Tree Ring via Grandma Agnes' Attic
Plant a Window Box Garden via An Extraordinary Day
Make a Knock-Off Flower Tower via Second Chance to Dream
Make No-Sew Outdoor Drop Cloth Curtains via Our Home Away from Home 
Plant an Herb Garden- The Wandmaker's Mother

Summer Recipes

Chicken Salad Recipe via It's Overflowing

50 Summer Cookout Recipes via Create. Craft. Love
Sweet & Sour Cucumber Recipe via Family Home & Life
Crunchy Romaine Strawberry Salad Recipe via Love Grows Wild
Mango Salsa, Feta & Black Bean Quesadilla Recipe via The Winthrop Chronicles
Custard Tart with Summer Fruit via Mums Make Lists
Patriotic Cheesecake Parfaits via Becoming Martha
Homemade Oreo Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches via 52 Mantels

Summer Craft Ideas

Summer Burlap Wreath via Just Us Four 
Jar of Button Tags (with Printable Template!) via Live Laugh Rowe
Summer Skirt Tutorial via Made for a King
Yellow & Teal Summer Wreath

Summer Activities

Printable Beach Tag + Summer Favorites via Michelle Lea Designs 
Build a Wobble Board via Crafting in the Rain
Bandana Place Setting via Uncommon Designs
Popsicle Bucket List + Template via Poofy Cheeks
Happy Summer!

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  1. So many great ideas! Sending the construction links to the Mister and pinning a few craft/cooking links for myself. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I think I'll send the construction links to the Mister as well. Great idea :)

  2. Love it! Thanks so much for featuring my parfaits! Hope all is well xo

  3. Emily, thank you so much for adding my summer bucket list!! I love your blog and am so honored!!!

  4. Thank you for including my outdoor curtains! So glad you like them! Great Summer recipes and ideas!

  5. Such a fun collection Emily!! Thank you so much for including our deck:) And thanks for highlighting all these other fabulous ideas!!

  6. I can't thank you enough for featuring my skirt tutorial! That's so amazing, I am in great company!

  7. You have blessed me so much by featuring my Window Box Tutorial. Thank you soooo much Emily!!!

  8. Such a great collection of fun ideas! Thanks for putting it together, and for sharing my little wobble board too :)

  9. Thanks so much Emily for featuring my Herb Garden Tower! The rest of the ideas you have collected are truly inspirational and I must get to work on some of them right away:) Thankfully, the summer is just starting so it looks like I will have plenty of time to hopefully accomplish a few of them. Thanks for always hosting and I can't wait to see what is to come:)

  10. I'm totally ready for Summer now! I would love to tackle some of those outdoor projects. Thanks so much for featuring my salad!
    xoxo Liz

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  11. Thanks so much for featuring my burlap wreath! All those projects make me so glad summer is here so we can get working outdoors!

  12. Thanks so much for the feature, sweet friend!! Trust all is well. xo

  13. A very belated thank you for featuring my cheat's custard tart - we were all in bed sick last week and this was a lovely "cheer me up" - Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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