The Countdown’s Begun: How To Prepare For June 21st
Following the Prime Minister’s long-awaited speech last month, June and 21st have been the only two words on everyone’s lips - and it’s not very hard to see why! Yes, from the day of the summer solstice 2021 (very fitting indeed), this country plans to lift the vast majority of legal limits on social contact, freeing up our summer for the halcyon days of warm weather, outdoor activities and, crucially, time with family and friends. With BBQs, garden cinemas, beach trips and nights out all on the horizon, there’s certainly plenty to look forward to this season of sunshine and fun!
Whether your plan on treating your mates or pampering yourself, making up for lost time has never been more enticing. Here at OnBuy, we want to share in this excitement because, after all, who doesn’t? In preparation for the first day of freedom this year, we’ve created a list of some pleasing and pleasurable activities to help you get organised for every upcoming festivity. From gatherings to garden parties, music to makeup planning, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
All that’s left to say is: grab those glad rags and get ready to witness a revelry renaissance… the countdown has truly begun!
Give your home a makeover
We all know there’s nothing worse than house-barrassment, especially after months of trying to hide any lockdown-induced clutter from prying eyes on Zoom (we’ve all been there!). The solution? Arrange a home makeover. We know this may sound scary (and don’t worry, we’re not talking about a costly refurbishment), but a small lick of paint can really make a difference to your interior, adding that snazzy splash of pizzaz to any room crying out for some TLC. It doesn’t even have to be a bold statement, either. In fact, the more neutral colours can be best for freshening up, injecting a light, chic and minimalistic feel to any dull, dark space. With ample time between now and that oh-so sweet date, you needn’t limit yourself to just one room - why not transform your entire home from top to bottom?
If you’re planning on accommodating a plethora of pals this summer, it may be worth investing in some handy makeover tools to take your dwelling from drab to fab. From ergonomic paint rollers to general DIY lifesavers (ladders and electric screwdrivers, we’re looking at you!), you’ll never have to worry about decoration hesitation again!
Adding that sense of je ne sais quoi is incredibly simple and easy with OnBuy’s extensive selection of beautiful furnishings, decorations and accessories, all intended to enhance your humble abode’s atmosphere and heighten the tranquil setting. Why not add some artificial plants and flowers to your living space, for example, to bring the outside in (without the pressure of maintaining living shrubs)? Or perhaps embellish the guest bedroom with some scented candles and scatter cushions to give your visitors the full five-star experience. With just a few stunning additions to your rooms, you can transform your home into the tranquil retreat of your dreams - without the expense of a vacation!
Organise some outdoor events
Thanks to the longer nights and warmer weather (here’s hoping, anyway) that summer stalwartly brings, we’re set to enjoy some smiles this sunny season. Whether open-air gatherings are at the forefront of your mind, or you’re already thinking about drinks around the BBQ, one thing’s for sure: it’s certainly going to be enjoyable! Dust off those firepits and solar-powered lanterns from the depths of your shed or garage – it’s time to say ‘cheers’ to freedom! We recommend these gorgeous string fairy lights as the perfect outdoor companion. They’ll make every night a starry one.
If, like many, you need some helpful advice on how to upgrade your plot, why not check out our latest buyer’s guides and blogs? From handbooks on seating to suggestions on how to spruce up your space, there’s plenty to keep you occupied from now until June. In any case, cultivating your greenery is a fantastic way to beat boredom over the final few months of lockdown, and it’s wonderful for combating anxiety and stress, too.
Consider creating your own garden cinema as soon as restrictions are eased, so you won’t have to brave a busy public setting with all your friends and family. Particularly beneficial for those who don’t feel completely comfortable returning to normality quite yet, making your own outdoor cinema will not only make for a private and personal experience, but it also doesn’t have to break the bank! All you’ll need is a projector, a white sheet or screen, and all your favourite blockbusters and snacks (perhaps some blankets and floor cushions too if the glamping mood strikes you). What more could anyone ask for?
Prepare some fun fitness challenges
Summer fitness doesn’t have to mean breaking out into an uncomfortable, hot sweat. In fact, often it just connotes something joyful and entertaining to be enjoyed with your mates and relations combined. After all, everyone loves to get those endorphins pumping, and what better way to do it than with your closest chums?
For anyone that’s recently been trawling through TikTok, you’re sure to have heard of weighted hula hoops. Never seen them? New to the world of tech trends? Then allow us to fill you in. These flexible circles of happiness are taking the world by storm as the newest way to keep fit while having fun. Whatever your preferred method of training: dancing, bending, hula(ing), stretching and toning alike, they’re sure to boost your endorphins and leave you feeling refreshed.
If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about a spot of outdoor tai chi, yoga, or pilates, to fully invigorate your senses while spending time with friends? In many cases, all you’ll need is a mat and a strap, along with a couple of accessories like absorbent super-soft towels and handy blocks and props.
Or, when stumped for activities involving larger groups of people, why not whip out a fun-filled rounders or cricket set to satisfy the troops? If you’re lucky enough to live near a wide open space, even the beach or a park, playing outdoor team sports can be a tremendous way to bring everyone together in a broad and inclusive setting. Watch out for the competitive ones though!
Practise your culinary skills
Though lockdown may have turned us all into kitchen connoisseurs (truthfully, who hasn’t loved experimenting with food?), it might be worth honing your skills before hosting the first function of 2021. Whether it’s a tray for celebratory cupcakes or a deep dish for lasagne that you need, OnBuy is here to help with all your culinary requirements - think of us as your gastronomic fairy godmother!
From cookbooks to oven gloves, spatulas to storage, there’s loads to keep you occupied in the lead-up to summer. Though your kitchen may not need an upgrade, your crockery and utensils might, so it’s definitely worth browsing our online selection to help you prepare in advance. Perhaps even invest in some serveware to really impress your guests: platters, placemats and punch bowls could make a significant difference to your gourmet game!
If you’re looking forward to al fresco dining the most, why not invent some unique garden party ideas to level-up your post-lockdown merriment? Host a daytime Mad Hatter’s tea or a romantic seasonal soiree with your partner to truly capitalise on the gorgeous weather. With marquees, decorative bunting and inflatables in your arsenal, you’ll never be stuck for social themes again!
Update your home bar
Even if you don’t have this boujee accessory in your home, there’s nothing stopping you from creating one. Ultimately, any surface can double as a bar, so from a desk to a countertop, bookshelf to the mantelpiece, there’s thousands of makeshift tables just waiting to be utilised. Yes, forget the pub (we know, we know!), and bring the joys of your local to the comfort of your own home instead! With a range of fancy accoutrements and extras to hand, it won’t be long before you get the post-lockdown party started. And, whether you’re devoted to daiquiris or passionate about Pimms, it’s certainly worth investing in some ice cutters, coolers, coasters and corkscrews (not to mention some spirit decanters - just for good measure!).
Stuck for some recipe ideas on the best boozy beverages around? Check out our recent blog on how to shake up your cocktail game from home and never be confused by coladas and cosmopolitans again. Trust us on this one - your friends will certainly thank you for it!
Revive your makeup artistry skills
In anticipation of fun-filled functions and lavish black tie events, it might be worth reviving those swanky makeup palettes for only the most special of occasions. If you’re a fan of elegant nights out and sessions on the town, it’s understandable that you’d want to look your best (especially after months of practising in the mirror!). With a vast range of hair, face and body cosmetics to choose from, you’ll be able to pull off every look and complement every ensemble. Forget the same-old mascaras and brushes… now is your time to shine. Stick on those falsies and spotlight the shimmer – you may as well make the most of it!
The best is yet to come
However you plan to celebrate lockdown lifting, one thing’s for certain: June 21st is sure to bring a lot of excitement - and what better way to prepare than with a list of all the fun-filled activities you can look forward to in the upcoming weeks and months? Though summer may seem a while off yet, it’s sure to come round sooner than you think – and who doesn’t love a bit of anticipation? In the immortal words of Frank Sinatra… the best is truly yet to come!
The information in this blog is correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.