I felt like this past winter was never-ending, but this spring is flying by! It’s Memorial Day weekend already, and I say, “Bring it on.” I’m looking forward to a 3-day weekend to have some time to relax and enjoy friends and family. At the moment, planning an entire DIY, totally sustainable, Pinterest-swoon-worthy Memorial Day weekend backyard shindig sounds fabulous, but unrealistic if I want to spend some time recharging.
If you’re up to the task my friend, I say, “Go for it!” I invite you to post some photos of your best ideas on Jing Ai’s Facebook page to inspire us all. As for me, though, I’m thinking about including small sustainable touches for any party I’m attending or throwing this weekend. I’ve come up with 3 simple ideas that I think people will absolutely love.
- Make a Spanish Sangria with a Rose wine from a local winery. There are so many wonderful wineries in my region and they produce lovely sweet and semi-dry Rose wines. I can support one of them by buying their wines and making a Sangria that will be the hit of any party.
- Buy a pie from a local farm market made with in-season fruits. Strawberries and rhubarb are both abundant right now where I live and together they make such a yummy pie filling. Supporting local agriculture while letting someone else bake a mouth-watering pie for me to share? Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
- Take a growler of beer from a local brewery or brewpub. If you want to be sustainable and right on trend, don’t buy a 6-pack of craft beer from another state; buy a refillable growler or two of beer brewed right in your own back yard. If you’re taking it as a guest, leave the growler as a gift for your hosts so they can visit the brewery and get it refilled as often as they want.
While you’re celebrating the unofficial start of summer this weekend, remember, you don’t have to do it all. Do what you can and make sure you take time to recharge. Spending time with the people you love is the most important part of any holiday.
Pure Love Grows, Donna XOXOXO