31 Summer Hygge Ideas to Nurture Yourself will set you on the right path to embracing the cozy side of living – even in the heat of summer!
Who said you could only hygge in the winter when summer has so many cozy elements to savor?
“Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.” – Regina Brett
Summer is the time when we’re able to enjoy longer daylight, being outdoors more and taking note of the simple pleasures of life.
Hygge is a term used by the Danish, who has been determined to be the happiest group of people on earth. It’s a lifestyle that celebrates living in the moment, finding beauty in simplicity and nurturing yourself and others with coziness.
This list is not something to add more tension to your life by trying to complete each task, but simply to offer ideas from which you pick and choose.
Since you love cozy living, I created a Facebook group called Creating a Cozy Life with over 5,000 like-minded souls.
It’s a group where we share recipes, pictures of things that leave you in awe, and ideas on how to make your life just a little bit more snug. Join here to be part of the virtual cozy cabin.
Here are the 31 Summer Hygge Ideas to Nurture Yourself:
1) Make jam.
Summer means berry season. June through August the berries are abundance and full of flavor. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, huckleberries, gooseberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and tayberries are just a few of the fruits to enjoy.
Preserving food used to be a necessity. Now we can do it for pure pleasure. There’s so much satisfaction in growing your own food and then letting your harvest live on the rest of the year.
2) Potluck bonfire.
My cousin and his wife have a Friday night standing tradition on their farm – a potluck bonfire. They never know how many people are going to show up from week to week, but its always filled with love and laughter.
3) Arm yourself for a fun war.
What is a fun war you ask? It’s an organized day where everyone comes bearing their choice of fun weapons like: nerf guns, buckets of water, whipped cream, silly string, water guns, or water balloons and the war begins.
We could all use more laughter in our lives, why not create an annual memorable event to enjoy life with our family and friends?
4) Hygge summer photographs.
On the first day of summer, take a daily picture of something that is a celebration of this time of year.
Some ideas might include lighthouses, summer garden, birds, farmers markets, boats, sandcastles, county fairs, freshly painted toes in sandals, 4th of July, and beach balls.
Create a photo diary of each day of this magical season. You can share a daily photo on Instagram, or simply keep them for yourself.
5) Hammock nook.
It’s time to treat yourself with a nice hammock set up in the corner of your yard with a side table to hold your beverages and snacks.
Place a stack of books you want to read this summer together and pencil time out in your calendar.
6) Hygge evening meteor shower.
Every August the Perseid Meteor Shower takes place.
Take a pickup truck outside the city to get a clear view of the starry sky. You can put an inflatable mattress in the back of the pickup and snuggle together to watch one of the most beautiful shows on earth.
The sight of shooting stars streaking across the sky never ceases to amaze me.
7) Family reunion.
Whether you have a large family reunion or a mini-reunion, it doesn’t matter.
Start an annual tradition of getting together during the summer to spend more time together.
Instead of one person being responsible for the get-together – why not select a place you can all go to where no one has to do the work.
Whether you rent out a cabin or house or stay in a hotel – pick somewhere you will all enjoy exploring together.
8) Hot air ballooning.
If you haven’t taken a hot air balloon ride yet, what are you waiting for? Climbing to new heights will give you a different perspective on the world.
Make this outing an invent by bringing along a picnic that you can nibble on after the big ride.
9) Homemade hygge ice cream.
It’s time to create your “flavor-of-the-year.” Start an annual tradition of making a new ice cream flavor that has your family’s stamp of approval.
Try different ideas until everyone agrees that the one you pick is the best.
Some fun ideas are to try flavors that have meaning to your family. How about a combination flavor of everyone’s favorite fruit?
Did you visit a county fair? If so, how about trying cotton candy flavored ice cream?
The possibilities are endless.
10) Outdoor concert.
There’s something magical about outdoor concerts. Whether you go to them in the day or night, each brings with it a special outing with friends or family.
I especially love the ones where you’re able to sit on the grass and bring your own food. Make a date with at least one concert this summer for a memory that will last a lifetime.
11) Hygge garden tours.
Most towns have an annual garden tour that for a small fee, you can tour a handful of private gardens.
This is one of my favorite activities in the summer. I love to see ideas of how people transform their outdoor space into an oasis.
Make sure you take pictures of all the ideas you like. Most garden owners love to share with you their knowledge on growing specialty plants and they might even give you packets of seeds so you can start growing your own plants in your garden.
12) Hygge lighthouse lover.
Take a trip once a year to see a lighthouse in person. There’s something so beautiful about lighthouses, they were beacon of hope to guide loved ones home.
Some of the lighthouses you should put on your bucket list are: Portland Head Light, in Portland, Maine, Big Sable Point Light is located near Ludington, Michigan, The Eldred Rock Light is an historic octagonal lighthouse located in the Haines Borough, Alaska, and Rose Island Light in Newport, Rhode Island are just few to visit.
13) Create a cozy enchanting entrance.
Make the entryway into your home something that will release all tension the moment you walk toward your front door.
Plant flowers that release their scent as you pass by, string fairy lights on your front porch, and add stepping stones that bring you to your destination.
14) A fountain tour will bring hygge to your soul.
Find out where all the public fountains are in your town or city and go on a fountain tour. Include local historic mansions, arboretums, and parks throughout the town.
Take photos and drop a penny and make a wish in every one.
15) Hygge is small town carnivals, food festivals, county fairs and craft shows.
Summer is the time for all types of small town special gatherings. Spending casual leisure time with your family is what hygge is all about.
Bring back the magic you experienced when you were a child. Taste a variety of foods like deep-fried pickles or cheese curds and rate your favorite one at the local carnival or fair.
16) A cozy hygge picnic.
Picnics and hygge go hand-in-hand. Why not make this summer the one where you experience a picnic in all your special spots?
Picnic in the mountains, at the beach, on the front porch, in your favorite park, in a boat or by a river are just some of the ideas to pick from.
You can make this a fun adventure by tapping into your creativity to find the best places to picnic near your home.
17) Summer fireflies dotting the night sky.
Fireflies are a beautiful gift from God. Finding out where the best place is to look at fireflies and you’ll have a magical night that you’ll remember forever.
The best places to find fireflies can be found on the Firefly Conservation and Research website.
18) Add fresh summer herbs to your daily world.
Herbs are a bountiful gift from summer. Make herbal iced tea, tie bouquets of herbs together and display in small vases, simmer fresh herbs on the stove with fruit.
I’m officially obsessed with fresh herbs. I use them in cooking, my tea and I love how they smell outside my backdoor.
19) Hygge summer rain.
Watching a hygge summer rain storm is the perfect way to let the stresses of the world fade away.
The next gentle rain or even a thunderstorm is the perfect break to set aside some time for yourself and enjoy the show.
Whether you watch it from the porch or go out and dance in the rain, the choice is up to you.
(Thunderstorms stay inside and watch it from the safety of your home!)
20) Summer means an abundance of flowers.
The cheapest way to surround yourself with fresh flowers is to grow them yourself.
If you really look at how gorgeous each bloom is, your environment will be enhanced both visually and by smell by making sure they dot your world.
Floating flowers in bowls of water, using them in your culinary recipes (including cocktails), and place small bouquets in every room are just some of the ways to surround yourself with such beauty.
Check out this tutorial on how to make a flower crown by Eco Friendly Mama.
21) Creating sandcastle works-of-art.
Turn to your artistic side and challenge your family and friends to a sandcastle competition.
You can create an annual theme. Take pictures of all the entrants and compare your progress year after year.
If you don’t live near a beach, perhaps you can bring in sand for your backyard?
A fun vacation might be to go see an annual sandcastle tournament. There are several events across the country.
Here are a few of the annual sandcastle competitions:
22) Host a New England-Style clambake with all your family and friends.
Who doesn’t love a good clambake? Make it a potluck clambake to make it easier on yourself.
Typically a clambake has lobster, fish, clams, mussels, corn, and potatoes. Whether you have the clambake in your backyard or at the beach, you can turn this into a fun and memorable event.
23) Hygge backyard camping.
Devout one weekend a year to backyard camping. Pitch tents, build a fire, and make smores.
You can also tell ghost stories and play flashlight tag.
24) Learn how to forage food.
There’s a trend going on that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Going out into the wild and foraging for food is a fun adventure that is good for the body and soul.
You get to find edibles to use in your cooking, and at the same time nourish yourself with time out in nature.
Two members of the Creating a Cozy Life group went out on a rainy day, foraging for ingredients to make tea!
25) July 4th celebration
Who doesn’t love the 4th of July? The area where I live, we celebrate the holiday in a big way. I don’t even need to leave my house, the party comes to our neighborhood.
This year, find a new way to celebrate this fun holiday. You can even plan a mini-vacation to experience the red, white and blue in another neck of the woods.
Tripsavvy listed the best 4th of July celebrations across the United States. You can find it here.
26) Summer seasonal vegetables.
Celebrate each season by trying new recipes featuring the vegetables that are at the peak of their flavor.
Summer brings arugula, beets, bell pepper, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, sunchokes, tomatoes, and zucchini are just a few of the shining stars of summer. Is fresh zucchini your favorite vegetable?
Make it the centerpiece of a meal and celebrate their arrival.
27) Summer seasonal fruits.
Let’s not forget about using fruit in our cooking and recipes.
Apricots, bananas, berries, cherries, grapes, limes, melons, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, and watermelon are just a few of the fruits that are in season this summer.
Let your family enjoy the bounties of the season and taste these fruits in yummy desserts, sauces, and salads.
28) Come sail away.
Whether you go on a rowboat, kayak or canoe – summer and boating go perfectly together.
There’s something about being out in nature and on open water that speaks to our souls. Whether it’s a lake or the ocean, the water is calling and you must go at least once.
29) July is National Pickle Month.
So dust off Grandma’s old recipes and lets make a few batches of homemade dill pickles.
The fun doesn’t have to end there. Other types of pickles includes: sweet pickles, bread and butter pickles and Gherkin.
Massachusetts is home to the Boston Pickle Fair in June. You can find out more about it here.
30) Summer Flea Markets.
Treasures are waiting to be discovered. Grab a few friends and hit the road for the best flea markets and garage sales in your area.
Give yourselves a $5 limit and see who can find the most creative “find” of the day. For lunch, treat yourself to lunch at a tea room.
31) Create a summer memory jar.
Make this summer about creating memories with your family and friends by exploring the world around you.
Start a summer memory jar to place one prized souvenir from each outing. By the end of the summer your jar should be full.
We’ve reached the end of 31 Summer Hygge Ideas to Nurture Yourself. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite way to add hygge to your summer is.
Thanks for stopping by!
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