How To Make The Most Of A Weekend At Home

How To Make The Most of a Weekend at Home

So…we’re spending a lot more time at home than we’d like to at the moment and our Summer isn’t looking quite the same as usual. With Summer holidays having been completely cancelled, or altered, and weekends being spent in the garden rather than in our favourite busy city spots, it can be tough to see how we can still make the most of our time off. But just because 2020 has seen us having to change our plans and make staycations the new vacations, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t still have fun at home. With a few little essentials, a weekend at home can be great and I’m going to tell you exactly how you can make the most of your weekends.

This post contains items that were gifted to me. All opinions are of course my own.

How To Make The Most of a Weekend at Home

Find The Perfect Playlist

I’m a big believer in thinking that all we really need to have a good time is good music and good food/drinks. So I’m kicking off my ‘weekend at home’ tips with some music recommendations.

The key to finding the perfect playlist is figuring out what vibe you’re going for. Are you looking for an afternoon playlist full of Summer tunes? Is it more of an upbeat pop playlist that you’re after for a bit of a weekend dance party vibe? Or maybe you want something that’s suitable for a late night dinner party.

I shared my 5 top tips on where to find music on here earlier this month and my no.1 suggestion on the list was to search Spotify/your streaming platform of choice for pre-made genre playlists. My current recommendation from Spotify is the ‘Summer In The Garden’ playlist. It’s perfect for general weekend listening as there’s a really great mix of smooth listening tracks as well as a few disco tunes on there too.

How To Make The Most of a Weekend at Home

What’s on my weekend playlist?

But it’s always fun to make your own playlists as well. What’s on my weekend playlist you ask? Well, currently I’m all about 80s music. That might have something to do with the fact that I’ve been watching old 80s Top of the Pops on the BBC over the last couple of weekends though. We’re talking Wham!, Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, New Order. If anyone wants to join me on the 80s music hype then definitely go and give my New Wave playlist a listen from last year’s Music Monthly series. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking to learn a bit about 80s music.

Every year I also love making a huge playlist of around 150-200 songs for the Summer holidays. I’ll just listen to it all Summer long and it instantly puts me in a good mood (let me know if you want me to pop this years playlist on my Spotify). At the end of the day if you’re really enjoying the tunes that you’re listening to then your weekend is automatically that little bit better.

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Stock Up On Some Delicious Drinks: Cider

Now for the drinks…you know how much I love a great drink. Whether it’s a cocktail, a spritz or a wine. But is there one drink that’s more ‘British Summertime’ than a refreshing glass of cider? I think not. If there’s a drink to have in stock for a banging weekend at home (and in the case of this year, a whole Summer at home) it’s got to be cider. I’ve got you covered with a few recommendations of ciders to have in stock this season.

Cider Is Wine

Allow me to introduce you to Cider Is Winea UK-based online company that focuses on bringing their customers only the highest quality of cider and perry that’s available. From the highest quality cider and perry makers too.

All of the ciders and perries on their website are exclusively fermented from 100% apples and pears and are not from concentrate. How does that compare to the mass market ciders that we’re oh so familiar with? Well, in some cases they can often contain as little as 35% apple or pear juice (from concentrate!) as there is no global standard for cider and perry production.

Where does the wine come into Cider Is Wine? Well, it’s because they believe that if wine, which is made in a similar way to cider, has to contain 100% grape content with zero concentrates then why should cider and perry be any different? And so every cider and perry on their website is 100% apple and pear juice resulting in the finest quality of product. Proving the statement that ‘Cider Is Wine.’

The team at Cider Is Wine very kindly sent over a few of their favourite bottles for me to try so I’ve picked out a couple of my favourites to share with you.

Cider Is Wine: Gospel Green Brut

I always go on about how much I love a dry wine in Wine Wednesday, and it’s the same when it comes to a cider as well. The first cider I’m taking you through is a lovely dry cider from Hampshire based Gospel Green. This one is produced using the ‘champagne method’ which means that it goes through a double fermentation process, the second of which is done in the bottle.

Crisp and bubbly… this felt like a really luxurious treat. It’s absolutely perfect for celebrating a special occasion at home, maybe a birthday or a graduation, and has a super celebratory feel about it. It’s also gluten free and vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Cider Is Wine: Killahora Poiré Perry

Next up we’re onto the perries. I have to say that perries haven’t ever really been something that I go for. I always opt for a cider and often completely dismiss perries as an option. But after trying out the Killahora Poiré my views have definitely changed.

Based near Cork, Ireland the Killahora Orchard cidery focuses on producing small batch perries that use only hand-picked fruit. And this care and extra time taken to produce their perries defintiely translates through into their Poiré 2017. The fermentation process for this one takes place in the bottle which creates a naturally sparkling perry that is slightly less fizzy, resulting in a super flavourful drink. This one is actually currently their perry of the month for July and I completely see why…it’s incredible!

Cider Is Wine: CLAIM Dessert Cider

Topping it all off we’ve got a stunning dessert cider from Swedish cider producer Brannland Cider. Now, I’d never tried a dessert cider before. I know right? And boy was I missing out. I think out of all the ciders I was most excited about this one. Firstly because it was something I hadn’t tried before. And secondly, because it had the coolest looking bottle ever. I mean, seriously, how can you NOT get excited about trying a cider that looks that cool?

Cider Is Wine - Brannland CLAIM Dessert Cider

Anyway, after a lovely Saturday night meal at home I decided to crack open the bottle of CLAIM by Brannland Cider to share with the family. I’d had it chilling in the fridge all day so it was looking amazing. I popped it open and was instantly hit with a scent that was so similar to a sherry. It transported me back to my sherry tasting experience in Jerez last Summer.

Cider Is Wine - Brannland CLAIM Dessert Cider

However it was completely different to sherry in taste. Light yet syrupy, fruity and delicious. It was an absolute dream!

Get Yourself Dressed Up

So you’ve got your drinks and your music sorted for your weekend at home. Now it’s time for the outfit. My final way to make the most of a weekend at home is to get dressed up. You might be familiar with my latest blog mini series I Got Dressed Today. And if not then you can go ahead and read that here. But basically in the series I’ve been sharing a few outfits that I’ve been wearing during lockdown on the days where I decided to get a little bit more dressed up than usual. It didn’t necessarily have to be a super extravagant outfit, but more so something that I’d put a bit of effort into.

How To Make The Most of a Weekend at Home

Just because you’re not leaving the house that doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself dressed up in some of your favourite clothes! I’ve found that when I do get a bit dressed up I feel a lot more like I’m doing something with my weekend. So throw on your favourite Summer outfit, pop on an 80s playlist, grab a cider and enjoy your weekend at home.

What are some of your favourite ways to spend a weekend at home? Are you all about the drinks and the tunes like me? What cider do you like the sound of the most from Cider Is Wine? Let me know in the comments.

Female Original

*Photography is a mix of my own and images taken from UnSplash.

50 Comments

  1. Ella-Rose
    July 24, 2020

    Loved this! Such a little day brightener to go into the weekend with. I’ll definitely be checking out those cider recommendations 🙂

    Ella-Rose ~ http://www.wanderingterra.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 28, 2020

      Ah thanks! They’re all such lovely ciders for a Summer weekend 🙂 x

      Reply
  2. Kelly
    July 24, 2020

    Staying at home is something I am struggling with now that lockdown has lifted slightly, but this sounds like the perfect Friday or Saturday night. I’m not usually a fan of cider these days, but these from Cider is Wine sound really refreshing! x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 28, 2020

      I’m the same, aside from being at home I’ve only ventured out to places that’re familiar with me since lockdown has lifted slightly. I’m still trying to feel more comfortable with going out a bit more so until I do feel comfortable I’m just trying to make the most of being at home! Good drinks and music definitely help! 🙂 x

      Reply
  3. Jenny in Neverland
    July 24, 2020

    Oh God I don’t want another weekend at home for the rest of the year! I am SO BORED of being at home! But it’s important to make the most of it anyway. Especially when we have lovely weather 🙂 I have so many nice clothes I haven’t worn in months – think it’s time to get them out!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 27, 2020

      Haha I’m ready for a weekend outside of my house for sure! For now it’s the garden though lol x

      Reply
  4. Lucy
    July 24, 2020

    Stocking up on the drink is vital for any weekend at home! I’m all about drinks and tunes too Faye, even before the pandemic, I barely went out on the weekends! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 27, 2020

      Agreed! I’m quite similar, aside from trips to my local pub (and for afternoons in town) my pre-lockdown weekends aren’t too different to my weekends in lockdown x

      Reply
  5. Macey @ Brine & Books
    July 24, 2020

    I’ve been implementing these tips for the last couple of months! My June & July playlists have been banging and have been the perfect fuel for a swim, a jog, some at-home weight lifting, tidying up, or laying out to sunbathe. Having the perfect, cool, summer drink alongside that definitely adds to the vibe, and although I usually wear less makeup and put in less effort over the summer holidays, it’s been nice to throw on a dress and a spot of makeup to make myself feel good for the day!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 28, 2020

      Amazing! I definitely feel as though they make sure a huge difference to a weekend at home. It’s important that we try and make the most of the circumstances and it sounds like you have 🙂 x

      Reply
  6. Jaya Avendel
    July 24, 2020

    I love the sounds of your weekend at home and, of all the drinks you shared, the CLAIM Dessert Cider sounds so fresh and sweet, it is a treat in a fancy bottle! I love saving intricate bottles to use as vases and this bottle would be no exception. 🙂

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 27, 2020

      Glad you enjoyed reading. The CLAIM cider was amazing! It’d definitely make a perfect vase! x

      Reply
  7. Paige
    July 24, 2020

    I absolutely love a crisp, refreshing cider! It’s so nice to have on a summers day; especially how I’ve never been a wine drinker. My boyfriend isn’t quite so keen though, but means there is more for me, haha! Thanks for sharing these great picks.

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 27, 2020

      It’s such a lovely drink especially for Summer! Glad you enjoyed reading 🙂 x

      Reply
  8. So I’m sad I probably can’t find these ciders “across the pond” here in the Southern US. There is an awesome cider house in our area we soooo miss going to at the end of date nights. Date nights have been on hold for FAR too long; all our babysitters are at risk and/or have house guests. These look so good!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 28, 2020

      Aw that’s such a shame you can’t try them! They were really lovely. Maybe there will be some similar ciders on a US site x

      Reply
  9. Manasa
    July 25, 2020

    The weekend is just starting for me and I read this post at the perfect time! Love the photos throughout the post and enjoyed reading the post!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 31, 2020

      Glad I could help! Thanks so much x

      Reply
  10. Lauren Kenny
    July 25, 2020

    Loved this! Cider is wine looks really cool too 🙂

    Lauren // https://www.wooloftheking.com/

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 28, 2020

      Aw thanks! Thee ciders that I tried were lovely – perfect for Summer sippin’ x

      Reply
  11. Your photos and ideas for perfect weekend are amazing.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 31, 2020

      Thank you so much! x

      Reply
  12. Natasha Evans
    July 26, 2020

    Lovely post! Those ciders sound lovely – I reckon my dad would be a big fan of them!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 29, 2020

      Thank you! They were so lovely, especially on a hot day 🙂 x

      Reply
  13. Lozza
    July 26, 2020

    How nice does that dessert cider sound?!

    I’d love to try that! I’ve never heard of this brand before but their products sound lovely!

    Glad you got to try them out ☺️

    Thanks for sharing!

    Love Lozza x
    http://girlygabble.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 29, 2020

      Oh it was fab!! Such a lovely treat, especially on a Saturday night 🙂 x

      Reply
  14. Aimsy
    July 26, 2020

    Sounds like a fab way to spend a weekend! Even better if the weather is nice too. I love the sound of the sweeter ones, but think I would only e able to have a glass or two. Sometimes the sweeter ones get a bit much, don’t they?
    Lovely post!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 29, 2020

      The dessert cider was a ‘small glass only’ kinda drink but it was so lovely! Such a lovely treat for a weekend at home x

      Reply
  15. Tilly Haines
    July 26, 2020

    Cider is Wine sounds amazing!! I am an absolute cider lover – and usually have one during my weekend down times. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 31, 2020

      I love a cider during the Summer! It’s always so crisp and delicious in the Summer time x

      Reply
  16. Sophie
    July 26, 2020

    Cider is Wine sounds like an amazing company and I love love love their attitude about the higher quality ingredients. That dessert cider sounds delicious. I’d never heard of dessert ciders either before. I need to try some ASAP x

    Sophie

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 29, 2020

      Their focus on high quality drinks was something that stood out to me too! The dessert cider was incredible! Definitely worth a try if you get the chance to 🙂 x

      Reply
  17. Mari
    July 26, 2020

    Love the weekend vibe of music and drinks of this post!
    I need to give this a try!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 29, 2020

      Good tunes and good drinks are the way forward!! x

      Reply
  18. Radi
    July 27, 2020

    Yesss, totally! This is my kind of ideal weekend. So fun!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      August 2, 2020

      Glad you agree! x

      Reply
  19. Ellis James Designs
    July 27, 2020

    Lovely tips for a great weekend!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      August 2, 2020

      Thank you! x

      Reply
  20. Anika
    July 27, 2020

    A good summer playlist and a tasty cider sounds like the perfect combo! Lovely post 🙂

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 29, 2020

      Agreed! Thank you x

      Reply
  21. SundayDahlias
    July 27, 2020

    Love the idea of making the most of a weekend at home. Especially with all the time we’re spending at home nowadays, it’s important to stay positive and try to make the most of it!

    https://sundaydahlias.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      July 29, 2020

      For sure! It’s so important to try and make the best of the situation that we’re in and for me drinks and tunes are the way to do it 🙂 x

      Reply
  22. Melissa
    July 29, 2020

    This sounds like such a great way to spend a weekend! Thanks for sharing, I loved reading this! 🙂

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      August 2, 2020

      Glad you enjoyed reading! x

      Reply
  23. Evie Braithwaite
    August 1, 2020

    Loved this! I’m not a big drinker, but my best friend loves her wine so I’ll be sending some of these recs her way! And a breezy summer playlist is a must 😌 x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      August 4, 2020

      Thank you! Music and drinks are the way forward for sure! x

      Reply
  24. I would love to taste these ciders. A lot of the fruit versions seem to just be really sweet and over flavoured but this seems really interesting, thanks for sharing

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    1. femaleoriginal
      August 3, 2020

      Agreed, sweet ciders can be a bit much for me but all of these were absolutely lovely. x

      Reply
  25. Holly
    August 3, 2020

    Such a lovely way to spend a weekend! We’re currently doing up our house and garden, so we’re spending weekends in scruffy clothes doing lots of manual labour lol xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      August 3, 2020

      You can’t beat drinks and tunes at the weekend! Haha aw I’m sure it’ll be worth the work in the end 🙂 x

      Reply

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