Corporate Party Ideas for Summer

Summer is a great reason to host a party! Client entertainment or employee appreciation opportunities abound when the days are long and the evenings are warm. This is a good time of year to get creative with the venue, no longer confined to the indoors. So take your party out to the pier, the garden, or the roof. Get together a corporate group and get ready to have some fun!


Craft Cocktail Party


Mix up the standard cocktail party with a breezy outdoor venue and an artisan drink. Does your city feature a special brewery that could be the star of the party? Have a brewery representative on hand to answer questions and explain pairings and brewery history.


Don’t leave food out of the fun; serve heavy snacks, pretzels and dips, cheeses and bacon popcorn. Décor can be inspired by the beer ingredients themselves: hops, spices, and wheat. Most breweries will have a root beer available for the non-imbibers.


Night Swimming


Hire a reputable guide service and hit the beach, at night. Night time glow stand up paddle boarding is all the rage. The Sheraton San Diego and Marina offers tours of the marina while standing on LED lit paddle-boards. Afterwards, attendees crowd around a fire pit on the beach for refreshments and story-telling.


In fact, night paddle boarding is popping up on beaches and lakes all over the country and is a fun, adventurous excursion for all ability levels.


Scavenger Hunt


Make up your own list of public sculptures, duck feeding, and stranger serenading fun. Break into teams and mandate that photo/video documentation is a must. Give a time period and meet up for a late lunch to see who could document the most items on the list.


There are a number of ideas online or guide services that can facilitate more complex scavenging. Be sure to check out, which is an urban race series across the USA for teams of 2-4 to solve clues and compete in challenges.


Sailing Lessons


Set sail with your mates on a sailing adventure. Halcyon Sailing in New York City offers classes and tours for groups up to 24. People meet at their sail loft for a class then head to the high seas for racing and sightseeing. The tour ends in a champagne toast.


Sailing is a great way to get some fresh air while learning a new skill and connecting as a team. This can be done on many lakes, rivers, bays and shores across the country.




What do you need for an old fashioned BBQ? Lots of people, lots of napkins and too much food. Keep things simple with gingham table clothes, galvanized tubs for ice and beverages, and mason jars for drinks. Have a bean bag game like corn hole set up or a giant Jenga for attendees who are feeling lively or looking to work off an extra helping of corn bread. Our client picnic ideas will also give you some inspiration here.


Summer is just around the corner, so start planning now. Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the great weather with friends, associates and co-workers. Take your event to the beach, the water or out on the town, just don’t forget the cool drinks and remember to have loads of fun.