As the May bank holiday rolls in, we are optimistic about enjoying it at home.
It feels like just yesterday that we were talking about the Easter bank holiday weekend. Parents across the country were anxious about making it feel like Easter for their children. We did it though. We got through Easter and the majority of people seemed to have a really lovely time. The May bank holiday is no different. It's not ideal and it's not what we had hoped for but we can absolutely make the most of it.
While trips away and visiting our friends and family is off the cards, there are some simple ways to plan ahead for a weekend that still feels special. Here are some ideas for a fun May bank holiday at home.
Food Glorious Food
Food is a brilliant way to raise people's spirits. It is also a powerful tool in terms of having something to look forward to. Many of us are working from home and having a reward at the end of the day or week can really motivate us to get through the work day with a positive attitude. Why not plan something really special in the food department. Did you know that many restaurants have adapted their service to provide take-out food? Why not treat your family to restaurant quality food in the comfort of your own home?
Turn Your Home In To A Family Festival
We love following artist Audrey Hamilton on Instagram. In recent weeks she has kept us entertained with her creative date night ideas (which she has saved to a highlight on her page). One such idea was turning her house in to a music festival. It was completely genius. One room was a bar, one was a food truck and the others represented different styles of music and performance. We think this idea could work brilliantly for a family. Why not turn your home in to a family festival? We're talking wacky festival paint, silent disco, hair-braids, music, board games and tasty fun food with the kids! Throw a tent in the garden and go all out.
Make A May 2020 Momento
Wouldn't it be lovely to have a special piece of art to remember this very surreal time as a family? Something to show our children, and theirs. We have fallen in love with the idea of these salt-dough hand print creations. Such a simple and beautiful way to capture life right now for years to come. Why not use the May bank holiday weekend to focus on a positive project together? You can learn how to make your very own one in this post.
Make And Eat ALL The Baked Goods
Baking with the kids has been a great weekday activity. It fills an hour or two and helps teach our children some cooking skills. It's also a lot of fun. Weekend baking is that little bit sweeter (no pun intended) because we can enjoy the process without worrying about work or home-schooling. Why not enjoy a weekend of baking and eating delicious treats with the kids? Whip up a batch of three ingredient brownies or tasty banana bread and snuggle up together to watch a movie while you devour your treats.
Soak Up Some Quality Garden Time
We can't promise stunning weather but we can remind you of the benefits of being outdoors with your family. The May bank holiday weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy some quality family time in the garden. Children will love making the garden more bee, bird and insect friendly while you can enjoy a sneaky glass of wine and a chapter or two of your book. Fresh air does everyone the world of good.
Make A List For The Future
We don't know what the future holds but we do know that better days are coming. It's been a really challenging couple of weeks for everyone. With that in mind we are planning to spend the May bank holiday weekend making exciting plans for the future. We're going to talk about our favourite family memories and make plans and lists of places we want to visit and enjoy together when life returns back to normal some day soon. As part of this we plan to support a local restaurant by purchasing a voucher that we will very much look forward to using in the future.
Stay safe and remember that we are all in this together.