(BPT) - With warm weather in sight, it's time to celebrate the return of sun, travel and outdoor parties. Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth.
Lunch in the park
The cold of winter has kept you and your coworkers eating lunch indoors or at your desk. Now that the days of craving warm weather are over, it's time to bring your lunch outdoors and soak up the sun. Invite your coworkers to gather at a picnic table at a nearby park or bring a blanket to a grassy area to enjoy a potluck-style meal. Offer a snack of your favorite Athenos Hummus paired with the authentic Greek brand's baked pita chips in addition to fresh, crunchy vegetables for dipping. Push 'work talk' aside and take a moment to appreciate the clear sky while chatting about vacation plans.
Get ready for the return of swingy dresses, casual T-shirts and brightly-colored shorts by stepping up your exercise routine. After a boring winter on the treadmill, now is the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with the joy of exercising outside. Go for a run in the park to appreciate the newly uncovered green grass and flowers or get together with friends for yoga in the park. No matter what activity you choose, you'll feel great being outside and knowing that you are making healthy choices.
Quality time for two
Mouthwatering fresh produce is a sure sign of the season. Spend a memorable day with a significant other or your best friend perusing your local farmers market stalls for seasonal fruits and vegetables. Invite your special someone to help you whip up a delicious lunch or dinner featuring chicken accompanied by a succulent strawberry salad or side dish presenting the fresh produce you found at the market. Don't forget to celebrate your relationship with a toast of Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet before enjoying your flavorful dish with a side of laughter.
A backyard party
Nothing quite says warm weather like firing up the grill! Invite friends and family to enjoy a beautiful day in your backyard while munching on your favorite seasonal dishes. To keep things interesting, surprise your guests' taste buds with an unexpected delicious appetizer, like a refreshing grilled Mediterranean-styled flatbread featuring fresh diced tomatoes, red onions, Kalamata olives and Athenos Feta Cheese.
Spend time with yourself
If you're someone who enjoys time by yourself every once in a while, take advantage of outdoor relaxation. Head to the beach with your chair, umbrella and SPF 30 to enjoy a book you've been dying to read or enjoy the afternoon in your own backyard while sipping on freshly squeezed lemonade. Spending time alone is one of the best ways to take a break from parties and get-togethers to appreciate the joy of spending time outdoors.
Because the increase in temperature is usually accompanied with lighter fare for your taste buds, there's no better time to be reacquainted with white wine, an easy go-to for pairing with the dishes of the season. Look for a wine that is vibrant and refreshing, such as Cupcake Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc. With tasting notes of Meyer lemon and key lime, this wine complements many foods without overpowering delicate dishes like grilled seasonal vegetables.