Celebrate With Colleagues This Summer
Sun, sea, and Sangria? Well not quite, but we do have some great ideas to make sure your summer party is talked about this season.
Boosting morale, team building, just two reasons why companies embrace the summer party season and organise all kinds of social events for their staff, but what kind of options are there if you’re planning a company summer event? There’s plenty to think about, from whether it will be an event just for staff or a family get together, to go all out on a theme or plan something simple, and how much involvement do you want from an event agency/organisers. Decisions can be hard to come by though, so here’s 10 fun ideas for a company summer event to get you started.
Wow with the Venue
A quick venue search on events search engines come up with some interesting results, and they’re not just in Essex either. If you want to travel beyond the county, the results we found included HMS Belfast, Chilford Hall Vineyard in Cambridgeshire, Ascot Racecourse, and London Zoo.
Get Creative With The Catering
This website has a mind-blowing number of ideas for food and drink from watermelon punch bowls to fun table cloth ideas, and tiki cocktail cakes.
Unleash The Talent
You may just have some talented musicians, poets, stand-up comedians or even magicians among your staff so why not hold a talent show and really have a night to remember. Alternatively you could organise a fun skills workshop with some pro’s and show off what you’ve learned at the end. Circus skills anyone?
Celebrating A Summer Of Sport
How about a Wimbledon themed party? Go all out on the Pimms and strawberries, book an outdoor event space with tennis courts, and challenge your team to a tennis match. Perhaps you can even move indoors for the evening with a winner’s ball, complete with trophy and decked out in all things green and purple. Alternatively why not go for an equine theme and hold your own race night?
Summer Fun Days
One of the most popular ideas for including family in your summer events, and one that will unleash the big kid in everyone. We’re talking picnics and barbeques, sports day style competitions, fairground side shows, live bands and bouncy castles.
English Country Gardens
There are some stunning backdrops available at country houses, hotels, and even farms, where you can enjoy a traditional and stylish garden party – lawn games, champagne, and maybe even a string quartet for entertainment.
May seem like a risk with the British weather, but a pool party can be a great way to entertain and mix summer fun and BBQ al fresco dining into one event. Venues such as the Pool and Gardens at Kings Oak Hotel offer Marbella style and exclusive pool side luxury for the ultimate party. Rumour has it the gardens have been used for firework displays as well!
Why not head to an outdoor sports venue and take part in anything from archery to white water rafting, or maybe book a corporate away day at somewhere like Go Ape – famous for its zip wires, tarzan swings, and Segway forest adventures.
All about the Cocktails
Outdoors or in a cocktail party could be the best way to unwind away from work – maybe you’ll choose a unique venue and book a cocktail bar, or perhaps learn to mix your own summer drinks with a mixologist.
Supply the picnic blankets and popcorn and invite your guests to an outdoor summer movie screening. Enjoy the unique atmosphere and create a fun family event. Add some pre-screening entertainment for some extra magic.
Have you tried out any of these ideas, or perhaps you have some original themes and ideas of your own? Either way, it’s time to be creative and create some lasting memories with your next summer event!
Charlie Berry is the Event Director for London based Zing Events, a corporate event company that delivers innovative and creative team building activities.