From the first-ever Olympic games in Summer of 1896, to the endless backyard gatherings today, Summer has always been the most active, inspiring time of year to throw some good parties. There’s something about the hot weather that brings people together for timeless memories.

If you’re looking to make the most out of this summer, planning a get-together is the perfect way to do it. Even though it’s been done a million times, there are many unique ways to make your next summer party memorable.

Read on for our top 10 out-of-the-box ideas for summer parties.

  1. Campout Party

One of the most classic yet unexpected summer parties you can throw is a campout night! Camping is a fun and inexpensive way to disconnect from the world and enjoy some rugged hangouts with your family and friends.

Check out some campgrounds in your area and reserve a few spots ahead of time. Or, if you’ve got the land, why not transform your yard into a campsite? Then, all you’ll need is some stories, campfires, and s’mores!

  1. Movie Night

If you’re looking to throw summer parties that offer something different, why not set up your backyard like an outdoor theater? This one requires some investing, but the payoff can be more than worth it.

If you’re up for it, shop around for a good overhead projector and screen that will turn your backyard into an outdoor theater. You can also bring your regular tv to the yard if you’re looking to work with what you’ve got.

Along with a few great movie selections, put some theater candy and popcorn out for your guests to help themselves. It’s like having a drive-in theater in your own backyard!

  1. Luau party

Themed summer parties are easy to plan and leave lots of room to get creative. If you’re looking for ideas, try setting up a luau-themed party that will have your guests saying “aloha!”

 A luau party is a fun, inexpensive theme that is perfect for the summertime. All you need is some leis, tropical decor, tiki cocktails for the adults, and breezy island music!

  1. Backyard Carnival

Another fun theme to consider for summer parties is a backyard carnival! Set up games and prizes for your guests, and let your inner carnie go wild!

You can take this theme as far as you want, or you can keep things simple. Rent a clown or a petting zoo, or just set up a kiddie pool with some rubber duckies for a guessing game! The possibilities are endless.

  1. Pig Roast

When you think of summer parties, one of the first things that comes to mind is a big backyard barbecue. While this is obviously a classic for a reason, you can take it up a notch by having a full-blown pig roast instead. 

Throw a hog in a big smoker and kick things off early in the afternoon. Put out drinks, appetizers, and games in your backyard and invite some guests over to enjoy the feast. It’s more low-maintenance than minding a grill and will yield some delicious meat for pork sandwiches, salads, and more!

  1. Boating Adventure

Another unique idea for summer parties is to take things out on the water! If you have a boating license, you could use it to invite some guests out for a one-of-a-kind party that’s sure to make their summer.

Grab some coolers, ice, drinks, snacks, music, and lots of SPF. Spending the day on the water is one of those quintessential pleasures of summer that is sure to please.

If you don’t have a boat of your own, you can rent one out for the day or even ask your friends to borrow theirs. For even more fun, take a tube out too and prepare for a wild ride!

  1. Let the Games Begin!

If you’re into sports and competition, why not plan your summer parties around that? Set up a bunch of different outdoor games, such as bean bags, ring toss, or even an obstacle course!

You can form teams and make it a competition, or just keep things laid back for some casual playing. Either way, it’s a fun and active way to spend the day!

  1. Fancy Outdoor Dinner Party

Outdoor summer parties are usually casual and informal. If you’re trying to break the norm and go for something a little fancier, why not bring a dinner party outdoors?

Set up clothed tables and design pretty centerpieces to bring it all together. You can use flowers, crystals, or pretty much anything you desire. Then, all you’ll need is a nice meal to finish things off.

Accent your setup with some flameless LED candles and outdoor string lights to give a dim, warm atmosphere. Don’t forget some tiki torches to ward off mosquitos!

  1. Summer Parties On Wheels

Limousines aren’t just for wedding and the prom: in fact, they’re the perfect way to have some luxurious summer fun on the road. Just add some music, drinks, music, and scenery for a wild night!

You don’t have to keep the party on the limo either. In fact, you can go just about anywhere! Check this post out for more ideas!

  1. Beach Party

If you live anywhere near a beach, use it to your advantage! Summer parties on the beach are wholesome, inexpensive, and a ton of fun.

Get to the beach early to claim your spot and start setting up. Pack lots of blankets, SPF, and a few extra towels. Another great thing to bring is some beach umbrellas or an outdoor canopy to provide your guests with some shade.

Be sure to bring lots of food and snacks, as well as enough plates, silverware, and napkins for everyone. If you have a small charcoal grill, bring it if your beach allows it. A few floaties and a frisbee or two are also good ideas for things to bring!

Let’s Party!

Summer parties are some of the best things in life, filled with opportunities to make some great memories. No matter what you decide to do, you’ve got the warm weather and relaxation on your side. Now that you have some ideas for out-of-the-box summer parties, start planning your next gathering now!

Check back soon for more inspiring ideas!