We're all for binging a good show with a glass of wine, but as much fun as a low-key night in can be, nothing beats getting dressed up and sipping bubbly with your besties — especially now that we've mastered the art of safe mingling. So to elevate the day-to-day, we rounded up five ways to turn seemingly ordinary moments into occasions to remember. From setting up a sunset picnic fit for the Italian coast to indulging in a day of self-care that's worthy of a five-star vacation, keep reading to see how you can make those everyday moments more memorable.
Is there anything better than the sun setting after 7 p.m.? Take a moment to indulge in that extra hour of daylight with a socially distanced picnic with friends, the Italian way. Tell the group chat to dress like they're headed to the Amalfi Coast: flowy patterned dresses, wide-brim hats, and strappy sandals. Don't be afraid to go big with the picnic setup: a charcuterie board, big blankets, personal mini bottles of La Marca (straight from Italy, of course), and freshly cut flowers. Make sure you pack a film camera to snap some group pictures with as the sun goes down.
Yes, you can absolutely re-create a romantic fine-dining experience from the comfort of your home. Plenty of acclaimed restaurants are now offering to-go services, so if you're not in the mood to cook for date night, skip the dishes and order delivery instead. Ahead of dinner, set the table. Go all out with linen napkins, sparkling wine flutes, gold flatware, and tapered candles. If you really want to channel white-glove service, place a chilled bottle of La Marca Prosecco tableside. With notes of honeysuckle, crisp apple, and fresh citrus, it pairs well with any meal.
Whether it's the latest streaming-platform drop or an upcoming award show, roll out the red carpet for a movie night that you'll never forget. Channel the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood by wearing your shiniest jewels and that dress hiding in the back of your closet. For the snacks, arrange a selection of the finest finger foods — think old-school boxes of candy, citrus-marinated olives, stovetop popcorn with cheesy nutritional yeast — the options are endless. Try bringing the big-screen experience to your home by setting up a projector against a blank wall. Then it's lights, camera, action!
The beauty of game night at home means there's no intense pressure to win — it's just good, lighthearted fun. Start by setting up the gaming area. If you don't have a card table, place a throw blanket over your dining table and lay out a deck of cards. Guests can take turns playing the role of dealer. But if cards aren't your thing, board games work too. Go for easy snacking foods like a bowl of mixed nuts to munch on while placing those high-stakes bets.
With the temperatures rising, there's no better time to take advantage of your outdoor oasis. Invite a few friends over and indulge in a backyard staycation: a day of self-care at home without the hassle of traveling or the expensive price tag. Incorporate all the details of a five-star resort, like refreshing, fruit-infused water and oversize terry-cloth robes. Then curate a calming playlist, open up an easy read, and pretend you're at a beach far, far away.
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