The coronavirus pandemic has changed how we traditionally celebrate holidays. From family barbecues by the pool, to long weekend vacations, most have found themselves suffering from boredom from the new normal.
Prior to this health crises, we could easily pull up to the beach or community pool, or even outdoor gatherings, but now we have to worry about social distancing guidelines and self-isolation guidelines in order to maintain safety.
Although things may seem a bit uncomfortable, there are still some ways to enjoy this holiday while adhering to safety guidelines in your area. Here are a few ideas.
Have An Indoor Barbecue
If you aren’t able to grill on your back patio, bring the barbecue inside. Consider baking your barbecue chicken in the oven, stove top burgers, or slow cooking your barbecue brisket. Add potato salad, and baked beans to the side with strawberry shortcake for dessert. If you really want the backyard picnic feel, change your normal tablecloth to a red and white checkerboard tablecloth. Let the window up and enjoy!
Plant A Garden
If you’re like us, nature has been one of the things that has created calm in a time of uncertainty. The weather is warming up in most areas and its the perfect time to watch something grow. You don’t have to have a large backyard to start a garden, just seeds, soil, pots and an area where your fruits and veggies can get the right sunshine.
Mood Movie Binge Watching
Watching the right movie can set your mood. If you want some Memorial Day Nostalgia, try binge watching some summer movies that can create the summer experience without you leaving your living room.If you want to be transported to another time and place without having to actually leave your couch, there is no better way than with a great movie. Want to take a trip to New Orleans? Try the new Netflix movie Love Birds or Girls Trip. Want to sight see in Chicago? Try Love Jones, The Blues Brothers, or Candyman. The possibilities are endless when you know what you’re in the mood for.
If you’re looking for a change from your normal wine or mixed drink, now is the perfect time to experiment and create something new. There are many resources to give you a head start. Google mixed drink recipes and experiment with different ingredients until you find your new summer favorite.
While we may not be able to celebrate the next few holidays like we have in the past, we can still find a way to have a safe and enjoyable experience.