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20 Ways to Enjoy a Hygge-Filled Summer

by Laura Donnelly on June 03, 2024

As the days grow longer and warmer, it's the perfect time to embrace the joy and comfort of a hygge summer. While hygge is often associated with the colder months, the principles of creating a warm, inviting atmosphere and enjoying life's simple pleasures can be beautifully applied to the summer season. Here are 20 tips to help you make the most of your hygge summer:

Outdoor Dining Transform your garden or balcony into a cosy dining oasis. String up fairy lights, light a few candles, and enjoy al fresco meals with family and friends. Picture yourself under the twilight, savouring delicious food and heartfelt conversations. Make it a nightly tradition!

Nature Walks Immerse yourself in the beauty of the natural world with leisurely nature walks. Whether it’s a local park or a countryside hike, these walks provide the perfect escape from daily stress and a chance to connect with nature.

Picnics Pack your favourite snacks, a soft blanket, and head to a nearby park for a relaxing picnic. Don’t forget to bring a good book or a fun game. There's something incredibly hyggelig about enjoying simple pleasures in the great outdoors.

Garden Gatherings Host intimate gatherings in your garden. Set up a cosy seating area with cushions and blankets to create a relaxed, hygge atmosphere. Share stories, laughter, and perhaps a glass of wine under the stars.

Beach Bonfires If you’re near the coast, gather friends for a beach bonfire (always check the rules around this as some beaches do not allow this). Roast marshmallows, share stories, and let the soothing sound of the waves enhance your evening. It's the ultimate hygge summer experience.

Summer Reading Create an outdoor reading nook where you can enjoy your favourite summer reads. A hammock or a comfy chair with soft pillows is perfect for this. Let the summer breeze be your companion as you dive into a good book.

Fruit Picking Spend a day at a local farm or orchard picking fresh, seasonal fruits. It’s a delightful way to connect with nature and enjoy the fruits of your labour, quite literally. Plus, it's a fun activity for all ages.

Mindful Mornings Start your day with mindfulness. Enjoy your morning coffee or tea outside, taking in the sights and sounds of summer. It’s a peaceful way to set the tone for your day and embrace the hygge spirit.

Outdoor Yoga Practice yoga in your garden or a local park. The fresh air and natural surroundings will enhance your relaxation and mindfulness. It's a wonderful way to stay active and balanced during the summer months.

Cool Refreshments Make homemade iced teas, lemonades, and smoothies. Use fresh ingredients for a refreshing and healthy treat. Experiment with flavours and share your creations with friends and family.

Crafting and DIY Projects Engage in summer crafting projects. Whether it’s making your own candles, painting, or gardening, these activities are perfect for a hyggelig summer. Let your creativity flow and enjoy the process.

Star Gazing On clear nights, set up a cosy spot to lie down and watch the stars. A blanket, some pillows, and a warm drink will make this a magical experience. It's a perfect way to end the day with a touch of wonder.

Light and Breezy Decor Update your home decor for the summer. Use light fabrics, airy colors, and natural elements like fresh flowers and greenery to create a cool and inviting space. Your home will feel like a summer haven.

Cooking Together Cook and bake with seasonal ingredients. Invite friends over to cook together and share the delicious results. It's a fun and interactive way to enjoy summer flavours and good company.

Slow Down Take time to slow down and enjoy the moment. Whether it’s a lazy afternoon in a hammock or a leisurely walk at sunset, savour the slow pace of summer. These moments are the essence of hygge.

Outdoor Movies Set up an outdoor movie night. Use a projector and a white sheet, and create a cosy seating area with blankets and cushions. Enjoy your favourite films under the stars with loved ones.

Water Activities Enjoy water activities like swimming, kayaking, or simply wading in a stream. The cooling effect of water is perfect for a hot summer day and adds an element of fun to your hygge summer.

Herb Garden Start a small herb garden. Fresh herbs add a wonderful touch to summer dishes, and having a mini garden is a joy in itself. It's a rewarding and fragrant addition to your home.

Summer Scented Candles Use candles with light, refreshing scents like citrus or lavender. Our Hygge at Home summer candle collection such as 'Sommer' is perfect for bringing those breezy summer vibes indoors, making your home smell delightful.

Reconnect with Loved Ones Most importantly, spend quality time with loved ones. Whether it’s a family barbecue, a game night, or simply chatting over coffee, these moments are the essence of hygge. Cherish every minute.

By incorporating these 20 tips into your summer routine, you’ll create a season filled with warmth, comfort, and joy. Embrace the hygge spirit and make this summer truly sensational!


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