With unreliable weather conditions a key part of living in the UK, catching up with friends can often be put on the back-burner during the wintertime. But with spring just around the corner, the nation is finally looking ahead to the warmth of spring.
As we leave the worst of the winter weather behind us, there’s never been a better time to reconnect with your nearest and dearest. From hosting a springtime coffee morning in the crisp outdoors to holding a family-friendly Easter egg hunt, today, we’re bringing you a handful of ways to open up your home to friends as you welcome spring in with style.
1. Host a bring-your-own-baking afternoon tea
From Shrove Tuesday to the Easter weekend, the array of national springtime events means you’ll never fall short of an excuse to treat your friends and family to a catch-up with home-baked goods – and that means that afternoon tea should certainly be on the menu!
A bring-your-own-bake event is one of the tastiest ways to catch up with good friends, whether it’s the chance to see who’ll bring the best bake or a fun-filled afternoon in aid of a local charity, an afternoon indulging in freshly-made cakes is guaranteed to be enjoyed by all.
2. Make the most of the garden and dine outdoors
We may fear the infamous April showers during the springtime, but with warmer temperatures and bright flowers beginning to bloom, heading out into the sun-drenched garden means you can make the most of an afternoon of good weather.
You might not be quite ready for BBQ season just yet, but serving deli platters or canapes and fresh fruity cocktails, after a long winter, there’s nothing better than enjoying a taste of spring al fresco under your conservatory veranda.
3. Spring clean your wardrobe with an outfit exchange
Spring is a time for welcoming the new and for many of us, this starts with the annual spring clean. If your wardrobe is also in need of a makeover, this is a perfect excuse to switch up your style and exchange outfits with friends. From out of season styles to outfits that no longer fit, there’s nothing more satisfying than cleaning out a wardrobe – especially when it means making way for the latest trends.
Hosting an outfit exchange with friends means you can give your least-loved outfits a new home, and encouraging guests to bring their own unwanted attire means you could give their old getups a new lease of life too!
4. Invite the family to an Easter egg hunt
With the schools breaking up for a two-week Easter holiday, having fun with all the family will solve any childcare issues – so you can still catch up with any friends who have children. Holding an outdoor Easter egg trail will no doubt get the little-ones excited over the bank holiday weekend, and the hunt for hidden eggs can be just as fun for the adults too. This is a great way to make the most of your garden and dig out those old weeds to make it child-friendly – so when summer finally hits, your garden will be ready.
5. Start a book club and share your thoughts over coffee
Whether it was a New Year’s Resolution to enjoy more ‘me time’ or you’ve been meaning to finish that thriller since your summer holidays, the post-Christmas calmness means there’s never been a better time to start up a book club.
Bookworms or not, discussing your thoughts about the latest novel means you and your friends can try an entirely new activity together – and by whipping up some flavoured coffees and snacks at home, you can impress with your knowledge of literature, and your skills in the kitchen!
With warmer temperatures on their way, there’s never been a better time to say goodbye to cosy nights by the fire and hello to opening up your home. From trying something new to traditional Easter time activities, our springtime ideas are sure to help you give spring a warm welcome in 2017!