If you work with a detached or more independent team, you know the challenges of bringing your crew together for fun and entertainment. With busy summer schedules and competing work priorities, it can be hard to stay connected as a group outside of the office.
Most businesses have some sort of budget, and many employers try to stick within this budget when planning team events. If this sounds like something that applies to your workplace as well, don’t worry – there are still great options for you!
We’ve pulled from years of experience throwing corporate parties to bring you 8 summer team party ideas that will get everyone out of the office and enjoying each other’s company!
A tropical paradise theme is a great way to bring the fun and relaxation of the beach to your event. If you want to go all out with this theme, consider hiring a DJ or band that specializes in island music. You can also decorate using palm leaves on tables and chairs, balloons shaped like pineapples or coconuts hanging from tree branches or bamboo poles (or even better yet some real ones), tiki torches around the perimeter, beach balls bouncing freely throughout the crowd…and maybe even some sand!
Coolest Summer Night
If your office is a bit stuffy or you want to take it outside, why not try a summer party themed around the great outdoors? The main idea is to get everyone outside and enjoy a pleasant summer evening.
This is a classic theme that will never go out of style! It’s perfect for hosting a large group of guests who want to have fun without getting too fancy. Set up games like volleyball or croquet, or create an obstacle course for guests to navigate through with their teams! Decorate with pool inflatables and classic summer items.
Ultimate Summer Picnic
Forget your everyday office parties, and go big with a summer picnic theme! Get the team together and create a fun picnic setting in your office or venue. Make it as simple or as elaborate as you like, but make sure there’s plenty of food and drink on offer!
Carnivals and Fairs
Carnivals and fairs are a fun way to celebrate summer, and they’re perfect for office parties. A carnival is a good way to get people together and have fun. You can plan activities like games, rides, food, and other entertainment that people can enjoy while they socialize with their coworkers.
This is a great theme if you have the opportunity to use water balloons, which can make for some very fun photos afterwards.
If not, there are other ways to get into this one:
- Water guns: You can purchase them at your local store or buy them online and have them delivered to your office. For a more authentic water gun experience, try out a paintball gun instead!
- Water balloons: If you want to go all out with this theme and make it as memorable as possible, consider buying some inflatable pools and filling them up with colorful balloons of different shapes and sizes. They’ll be sure to bring everyone back into the summer spirit!
Moonlighting Under Stars
This is a perfect summer party theme for the office. You can make it fun by having a bonfire and playing games. If you want to take it up a notch, you can also have a star gazing party! You can get telescopes or binoculars from Party City or any local department store that sells outdoor equipment.
Hawaiian Luau Party
A luau is gathering of friends and the word “luau” means feast in Hawaiian. It’s usually held outside and features food, music and dance. It’s one of the most popular and fun party themes for adults and a great way to loosen up your team at work. The theme can be used for any type of summer event.