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7 Simple Ways to Kick Good Ol' Summertime Favorites Up a Notch

Christina Marfice

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

Summer feeling stale? Here's how to take classic seasonal activities to the next level

Summer is in full swing, and that means it's time to get outside and enjoy the sun.

But what to do if you're feeling stuck in a summer rut? If your barbecue is feeling stale? If your pool party isn't hoppin'? Sometimes summertime favorites just need to be kicked up a notch. Here's how.

1. Pool party

Summer feeling stale? Here's how to take classic seasonal activities to the next level
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Need to amp up your summer pool party? Instead of scheduling a daytime dip, move the party to after dark. Swimming under the stars is enough to take a pool party from played out to played up, but to really up the fun factor, get creative with the lighting. Disco lights, Christmas lights, lasers if you've got 'em — anything will look rad on the water at night. And if you can work a movie screen in there for a little film night action, well, that's perfection.

More: The 5 Best Lake Vacations for Summer

2. Iced tea

Summer feeling stale? Here's how to take classic seasonal activities to the next level
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Ah, the summertime staple: Cooling off with a good old fashioned glass of iced tea. There's nothing like an iced cold glass of tea to amp up the nostalgia and make you feel young again — but it is actually possible to take this classic to the next level when you try a new-school flavored tea. We're in love with NESTEA Peach Flavored Tea, a total summer classic.

3. Day at the beach

Summer feeling stale? Here's how to take classic seasonal activities to the next level
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Once upon a time, we were all about laying still to soak up those rays — but now that we've entered the internet age, just posting up on the beach feels a little bit like wasted time. Instead, put that beach towel to good use with a shoreside yoga sesh. The water will provide an extra-calming atmosphere so you can focus on nailing that Half-Moon pose. You'll feel like you're being productive and you'll give your racing brain a break. Two birds, one stone.

4. Weekend camping trip

Summer feeling stale? Here's how to take classic seasonal activities to the next level
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It's 2017, and it's OK to admit that traditional camping has its downfalls. Yeah, it's calming AF to commune with nature for a weekend. But it's even better to commune with nature from a comfy couch with a drink in hand, right? This summer, give glamping a try. It takes all the good things about camping and mixes them with all the good things about civilization, and the result is a creature comfort-filled escape from the hectic nature of day-to-day life.

5. Backyard games

Summer feeling stale? Here's how to take classic seasonal activities to the next level
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If kids are part of your summer plans, there's not much better than playing backyard games like T-ball, volleyball and soccer. On hot days, give backyard games an exciting and heat-beating twist by playing them with water balloons. Trust when we say going in for a spike at the net and having the ball explode makes volleyball so much more lit.

6. Picnic

Summer feeling stale? Here's how to take classic seasonal activities to the next level
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Picnics are one of the best parts of summer — they give you a chance to enjoy great weather, plus there's food. But when the summer sun gets high in the sky and the heat is a little too much to handle, here's a way to chill out your picnic game. Host a post-sundown dessert picnic. Combine it with some stargazing and you've got yourself a night to remember.

More: 5 Pool Safety Tips for a Stress-Free Summer

7. Barbecue

Summer feeling stale? Here's how to take classic seasonal activities to the next level
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Barbecues might be the No. 1 summer staple, but all that red meat is bound to leave you feeling sluggish in the summer heat. So upgrade your barbecue by going meat-free. Grilled veggies and fruit kabobs are a delicious and healthy alternative to burgers and hot dogs, and they still take on those Instagrammable grill marks, no problem. Win-win, right?

This post is sponsored by NESTEA.

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