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7 Summer Party Themes For An Unforgettable Summer, 2023

Yashika Tangri
January 22, 2024
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Clear summer skies call for a fun summer party with your friends, family, and colleagues. It is the perfect time to celebrate with your loved ones- that too without a reason.

We have compiled a list of exciting summer party themes and activities that could possibly make your summer the best to date.

Let’s get the party started

A. Pool party

What is a better way to kick off the summer than with a cool pool party? This is one of the most exciting summer party ideas that does not even need much preparation. Just put on some music, offer food and drinks, throw around some floaties and you are good to go. For a more elaborate party, here is what you can do.

Best practices

i. Prepare festive invitations

Before you start planning, take a moment to think about what your dream pool party looks like. Which foods do you want to serve? Is there any overarching theme? 

If you plan to throw a unique party, start making your invitations early and circulate them among your attendees. Make sure your invitation complements the theme of your party. Put all necessary information like venue, date, timings and any items that your guests should bring such as swimsuit or towel.

ii. Decorate for feels

Decoration has the power to set the tone of the party. For example, if you are planning for a relaxed, happy vibe, you need lots of inviting colors. Summer inflatables, palm trees, beach balls, and flamingos are also a perfect addition.

iii. Keeps the drinks ready

Spending many hours in the sun can make your guests dehydrated. Make sure your party is stocked with refreshing drinks or fill a cooler with some ice and popular drinks where guests can refill their glasses. If the party involves only adults, you can also set up a mini bar with fancy cocktails and popular drinks.

iv. Have the snack tray ready

Keep a good balance of junk and healthy food to suit everyone's palate and dietary needs. An ideal balanced snack option would be fresh fruits and typical party foods like chips and pretzels.

v. Throw in some cute pool floats

For the ultimate lounging experience, throw in cute picturesque pool floats like classic ice cream, pizza, flamingo, or unicorn.

vi. Turn on the party playlist

Pool parties are all about having fun, so keep a playlist full of summer hits that everyone can vibe to. Place some high-quality outdoor speakers in strategic places to keep the vibe of the party alive.

vii. Create a sunscreen station

Summer and sun tans go together, especially when you are in a pool. You should not expect everyone to bring their sunscreen, so make sure to set up a sunscreen station. Place a few different kinds of sunscreen, spray bottle, and sunscreen on a small table so that people can apply them at their convenience.

B. Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics is an excellent way to get people moving and interacting. This theme offers an incredible opportunity to team up with your favorite people and work together towards a common goal.

Best practices

i. Register for the event

Ask the participants whether individuals or groups to register for the event. Plan out a schedule and circulate it among the participants and other attendees of the event, so that everyone is in the same place regarding the event activities

ii. Host an official opening ceremony

Initiate the day with the passing-of-the-torch ritual from team to team. You can use a candle or draw an inflatable plastic torch.

iii. Choosing the right activities

The choice and range of games will depend on the ages of your participants as well as the physical space. Try to include a variety of activities-athletic, strategic, and silly.

Here are some game ideas for inspiration-

Water-based

  • Bucket brigade
  • Water-balloon toss
  • Over-and-under race with a wet sponge
  • Blow out a candle with a water gun competition

Relay race

  • Egg on a spoon
  • Potato sack 
  • Three-legged race
  • Tipsy Waiter 

Games

  • Egg toss
  • Corn hole
  • Volleyball or Newcomb
  • Kan Jam lawn game (or use a Frisbee and a bucket)
  • Freeze dance
  • Plank challenge
  • Tug of War
  • Jump rope contest
  • Capture the Flag
  • Sudoku (first to finish) and other pencil-and-pen games
  • Who can build the tallest Lego tower in five minutes
  • Hedbanz game

Eat and drink

  • Finish a doughnut first handing on a string
  • Cookie-eating competition on the bottom of a whipped cream pie
  • Watermelon-eating contest

To make it more fun, try the games without the use of hands.

iv. Close with a medal ceremony

To close off real Olympic style, tally up the points to hold a medal ceremony. Line up 3 low stools, milk crates, or anything stable for the winners to stand on and accept medals.  Read out the scores and acknowledge the winning teams. You can even hand out participation ribbons to everyone.

C. 4th of July

4th of July makes a fantastic summer party theme for events of any size. With colors red, white, and blue, fireworks, and music playlists full of American classics, this day is a great way to celebrate unity and independence.

Best practices

i. Start planning early

We recommend you start planning the party as early as April to ensure your event planning process is smooth and enjoyable. If you want to celebrate the event in parks and beaches, you have to secure the venue early as these locations book fast in the summer.

ii. Family-friendly celebration

July 4th makes a great party for kids, so keep the party open to families and kids. Be careful with your food choices. Set up an ice cream bar or even a patriotic arts and crafts or cookie decorating station. 

iii. Make food the main attraction

Fresh BBQ, brisket, ribs, hamburgers, and hot dogs are the perfect 4th of July food. Also, fresh watermelon, baked beans, potato salad, and grilled corn make a wonderful addition to the lively party. Some popular food options include-

  • All Beef Hot Dogs (with Fixings)
  • Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers
  • Chicken & Steak Kabobs
  • Street Style Grilled Corn
  • Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa
  • Red, White & Blue Colored Chips
  • Multi Flavored Snow Cones
  • Sprinkled Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Red, White & Blue Sangria
  • Fresh Lemonade & Ice Tea
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Carnival Style Popcorn
  • 4th of July Cake Pops
  • Assorted Fruit Pops
  • Watermelon Slices

iv. Be ready to face the heat

Outdoor parties in the summer can be particularly challenging due to the heat. Depending on your venue, you may or may not have an area for shade for your guests to cool off. Keep umbrella tables, tenting, and even misting systems ready at locations such as the beach to help your guests remain cool. Ideally, a first aid station should also be included for those who are sensitive to the heat.

D. Ice cream social

Ice cream social is a great way to bond over ice cream and engage in conversations while beating the summer heat. To create a calm atmosphere your decor should include a pastel palette, hand cards, balloons, and streamers.

Best practices

i. Serve homemade ice cream

Making homemade ice cream can serve as a great source of fun. You will not only enjoy making it but also learn something new. From vanilla to chocolate to other exotic flavors, you can whip up a batch of your choice and serve it to your guests.

ii. Add baked goods

Include toppings like baked goods for layering and crumbling, sprinkle nuts, and fruits, and don’t forget the sauces.

iii. Build a sundae bar

Lay out all the essentials such as toppings, spoons, and the ice cream along with pretty dish towels, fun serving spoons, and ice cream scoop to let guests help themselves.

iv. Make stamped napkins

Add hand-stamped ice cream napkins to add a touch of personalization and whimsy.

v. Pre-scoop ice cream

This step will keep your ice cream from melting too fast. You don’t need to let tubs of ice cream sit out while your party guests scoop their sundae. Instead, you can prepare the dessert before the party starts by scooping several ice cream flavors onto a lined baking sheet and keeping it in the freezer until party time.

vi. Offer ice cream favors

As a party favor, offer your guests the recipe for your favorite ice cream, a wooden spoon, and a pint-size container with a pretty holder. You can even include fun topping ideas like dark chocolate hot fudge, salted caramel sauce, and sprinkles.

E. Summer sip and paint

Sip and paint sessions are a sophisticated way to welcome the summer while giving people a chance to hang out, bond, and get creative together.

Sip and paint essentials-

  • Paint Easels (one for each person)
  • Paint Canvases or Stretched Paint Canvases (one for each person)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Palette
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Water Cup
  • Paint Knives (optional)
  • Pencils (one for each person, for sketching)
  • Art Frame Tablecloth
  • Sample of painting for the night (optional, but very helpful)
  • Variety of Beverage Glasses
  • Cocktail Bar Set
  • Cocktail Mixers
  • Snacks 

Best practices

i. Announce the event

Announce the event on social media to let people know about the event. Let the interested attendees register through an event management platform like Ticket Generator. Put all essential information like date, time, the equipment you will provide, and session fee if any on the poster.

ii. Prep as you should

Set up your paint space at least an hour before your guests arrive. Ideal options include a dining room table, or center island, depending on how many people will attend. Cover the surface with a tablecloth or plastic wrap to avoid stains. Place all essentials (easel, canvas, pack of brushes, paint palette, water cup) at each place setting.

iii. Put on relaxing music 

Put on relaxing or classical music to set the vibe of the event. This will help create a calming atmosphere allowing the participants to paint comfortably.

iv. Keep the snacks ready

As the name suggests, tea and snacks are as important for the event as the painting activity. Keep a variety of snacks and beverages ready like sandwiches, chips, pretzels, pastries, and anything else complementing the theme.

v. Click and click

Make sure to click a lot of pictures to keep the memories. They will make you smile later :-)

F. Summer carnival party

Carnival parties are an incredible theme for adults or families with kids where your decor centers around a circus tent, bunting, and string lights. You could even rent out carnival games, circus performers, or fortune tellers as entertainment for large-scale events.

Best practices

i. Light up the party with the right decorations

For a successful carnival party, the key is to create an immersive atmosphere that transports your guests to the midway. 

  • Hang colorful banners and streamers to mimic the look of a circus.
  • Add balloons galore. You can even consider adding balloon bouquets featuring circus characters and primary colors.
  • Feature a concession stand area with a cotton candy maker, popcorn machine, and lemonade stand.

ii. Dress the part

Encourage your guests to dress up in carnival costumes to embrace the true spirit of the carnival. Offer clown wigs, red noses, and fun accessories for a costume station to get everyone in the act.

iii. Games and activities

Set up classical carnival games like ring toss, duck pond, and bean bag toss. You can even innovate games or rent carnival game booths for an authentic carnival feel. Also, keep a photo booth ready with carnival-themed props for some cool snapshots.

iv. Set up the food table

Serve up classic carnival treats like the following for a happy indulgence-

  • Popcorn
  • Cotton Candy
  • Hot Dogs
  • Sno-Cones
  • Carnival Treats

G. Summer block party

A block party is the perfect opportunity for members of a community to get together, meet each other, and observe an event for mutual solidarity and enjoyment. The key idea is to celebrate an event with fun and enjoyment while building meaningful relationships.

Best practices

i. Assemble the volunteers

You need a team of at least 6 volunteers to help you organize a block party. Start by asking people if they are willing to help or you can even try posting signs on the street post asking for volunteers.

ii. Get your permit

Permits are necessary to obtain if you want to close down a street or re-direct traffic. If you are hosting the party in someone’s yard or house, you can skip the option but if the event involves a public park, you need a permit. For more information on permits, block parties, and more, check your city’s special events portal.

iii. Choose the date and time

Summer skies can be burning hot in some areas, so decide early whether daytime or evening makes more sense for your neighborhood. Check your weather forecasts for temperature and surprise showers. Whatever the forecast is, make sure to be prepared. Have tents, umbrellas, and canopies just in case the sun shines too bright.

iv. Decide on a theme

Think about what you want your block party to look like. This will help you decide the overall theme of the party and guests will know what to expect. Some themes include sports, neighborhood potluck, or a children’s play event.

v. Clean up after you are done

Block parties involve a lot of fun, enjoyment, food, and props. The after-party scene can look like a mess if you don’t have a proper disposal system in place. That is why it is important to have a plan regarding the clean-up process. Set up enough trash cans and use signage and barricades to indicate where people can throw away their trash. After the party winds up. you can focus on cleaning up any last trash or debris.

Done deciding? Let’s plan

Whatever theme you choose, we are here to help you plan the perfect summer party. Ticket Generator is an all-in-one event management software that helps with your registration and ticketing needs. From setting up a summer events page, selling tickets, and allowing custom design uploads to offering highly secured check-ins, we will make sure your participant gets the smoothest event registration experience.

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Yashika Tangri

Yashika Tangri is an amazing marketing manager who operates from Trycon Technology's Noida office. Her name signifies success and fame, and she has certainly lived up to these expectations.

At work, Yashika is a highly efficient digital marketing organizer and a source of inspiration to her colleagues with her positive demeanor and professional work ethics. Despite being a lifelong student of science, Yashika decided to pursue a career in marketing in 2018.

After work hours, Yashika enjoys creating new playlists on Spotify, and she is an avid reader who finds solace in escaping reality through the pages of mythology books.