Summer Event Ideas Anyone Can Pull Off

Summer Event Ideas Anyone Can Pull Off

Summer is officially here, and it feels like it crept up out of nowhere. Wasn’t it February just a few days ago? 

If you’re feeling a little behind on planning summer programming for your friends, family or employees, don’t stress! We’re sharing some simple summer event ideas that anyone can pull off. 

Family fun day: Whether you’re an employer and want to host something for your team or you’re an individual looking to connect with other folks in your neighborhood or community, this is an easy but fun way to connect folks. You can make this event pretty cost effective, too. Head to a dollar store and grab items like bubbles, chalk, kickballs and other miscellaneous items kids of all ages can enjoy. For the adults, grab some classic yard games like Kan Jam or a wooden ladder toss. Provide snacks and drinks and you’re set! Invite folks to come hang for a few hours while letting their kids run around and everyone’s sure to have a good time. 

Keep it cool: Particularly if you’re based in the south like our team, this is a great option for the summer months. Essentially you take the family fun day idea we outline above, but add some water play to it. You can find cheap items like kiddie pools, squirt guns, water balloons and other water toys for folks to engage with. You can create a designated “wet zone” so those who don’t want to participate can stay dry. This is a great option for all ages to keep cool during an outdoor event. 

Summer potluck: Everyone loves to eat, and this easy event idea gets them in on the fun. Simply have everyone bring their favorite summer snack or treat for others to enjoy. Pro tip: Create a shared spreadsheet so you don’t end up with duplicate items. Another pro tip: make it more unique by creating a theme. For example, a “sweet” theme might include ice cream, a fruit salad, baked goods and more! 

Summerween: This is the perfect event for all of the fall lovers out there who are sick of summer. Have folks dress up like they would for Halloween, host a costume contest, bob for apples and enjoy some candy. Who ever said Halloween has to stay in October? (In the holiday spirit, but maybe not spooky? Check out our 17 "Christmas in July" Party Ideas we shared with Southern Living last summer by clicking here.)

Summer crafts: We know this event might sound like it's for kids, but as adults we tend to become so far removed from creating just for fun. This can make for a great team building exercise or just a fun way to spend a few hours with friends. You can find plenty of summer craft ideas on Pinterest if you want everyone to create the same thing, or you can provide paints, markers and other materials and tell folks to create whatever they want. Three are also paint-by-number kits available which you could buy in bulk for everyone to do. If you wanted to make this more geared toward professional growth, you could have folks collage a mood or vision board for the remainder of the year. The possibilities are endless, but the goal is to get folks creating together and having fun!

All of these events are designed to be simple enough for just about anyone to pull off without a massive budget or a lot of time, but you can of course adjust them to your individual needs! If you end up trying any of them out, be sure to let us know!




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