Planning The Perfect Summer Staycation

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Misty Boggs
Misty Boggs is the Creative Director at MSGPR. She lives in Angelina County and recently earned her bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a minor in Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University. Between studying and working, she enjoys teaching her niece and nephew the fine art of never growing old.

Kicking back with friends and celebrating is one of the best parts of summer, particularly if you are surrounded by great company. Whether on an official staycation or you simply want to make the most of the entire season, there are plenty of great ways to enjoy summer vibes near home.

Host a Backyard ‘Beach’ Party

Invite friends over for a full day at the “beach.” Get the grill fired up and a game of beach volleyball going in the yard. If it’s hot, cool off in the sprinkler. You don’t need to be a kid to have this much fun. After sunset, use Tiki torches to set the mood. Encourage beachwear as the dress code. If your neighborhood allows it, have a bonfire.

Celebrate the Sunset Glow

Eighty percent of the public says they prefer company while watching a sunset, according to results of a recent survey conducted by ORC. More than half of the people surveyed prefer to experience sunsets on the beach. Whether it’s date night or a night out with friends, you can capture island vibes on the mainland by kicking back with Caribbean-inspired chicken, seafood and steaks.

Get friends together any night of the week for sunset toasts, tell your musician friends to bring the guitars, or simply hook up the tunes and get your sunset groove on.

Outdoor Movie Night

Many communities host outdoor movie nights in the summer. Bring a blanket, grab your friends and get there early. Scope out the best vantage point and witness a terrific summer sunset. Or host your own outdoor movie night at home. All you need is a projector, a white wall or sheet and plenty of snacks — popcorn anyone?

Break out Granddad’s slide projector and those old slides. Its a great time to reminisce and grow closer as a family.

Staycations are growing in popularity and with good reason. So much fun can be had without leaving town.


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