Since Memorial Day Weekend officially kicks off summer, here’s a round-up of some of our best ideas for your own summer ramblings, even if those ramblings are just in your head.

For years this gang at the Seattle tubing party has been our role models of the perfect way to party and relax. Though we’d be happy to just float around.  (You can buy auto inner tubes here)

vintage summertime photos
Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Magazine

While you’re in the water, make some music (this teeny video is amazingly refreshing)…

african water music: river as percussion instrument

Build structures and sculptures out of sand

geometric sandcastles by calvin seibert
photo: calvin seibert

…or tattoo the beach itself with ephemeral images like Jim Denevan

sand-drawing-spiral

Balancing rocks is really relaxing

gravityglue.com
gravityglue.com

As is making some bubble art with a giant bubble rig (have one delivered)

Bubble man's bubble

or stage a balloon invasion

Photographer Charles Pétillon
Photographer Charles Pétillon

…or just DAYDREAM what you want to do...

Maira Kalman "Once again I walk across the country...In my head"
maira kalman/new york times

Have a fab, out of control endless night outdoor dinner party

Manny Howard
Manny Howard

Maybe grill a paella, fish, vegetables or a slab of lamb on a rigged grill 

grill stand charcoal

…and serve a fruit tart for dessert

Ellen Silverman
Ellen Silverman

maybe emboss the crust with shells 

Catherine Gratwicke
Catherine Gratwicke

Why not sleep outdoors SOMEWHERE, even the roof or backyard can be magic

thomasjs.com/bivouac
thomasjs.com/bivouac

or at least rig a magic space…

 Mikkel Vang/Livet Hemma
Mikkel Vang/Livet Hemma

Read some books…here are our favorites

Sally Schneider
Sally Schneider

Bottom line: spend a lot of time hanging out!!!!

Maira Kalman
Maira Kalman

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2 replies on “Our ‘Best Of’ Summer Fun

  1. Just a beautiful collection!!! Thank you! Enjoy yourselves back in NYC…gorgeous here in Klamath Falss, OR.

  2. Hey Em, all of these are great ideas. loved them all. Love, Pat xxx

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