How to Celebrate Summer with Coworkers

Summer brings so many possibilities for celebrations. With the warm weather and clear skies, you can take a break from your workspace and head outside for summer company activities. So many options are available, but choosing activities appropriate for coworkers to enjoy is essential.

We’ve put together summer event ideas that will surely be a winner for any company, from larger corporations to startups. Whether your teams prefer a competitive field day or an over-the-top summer-themed party, our suggestions will help you organize an event sure to impress.

9 Summer Office Activities and Work Party Ideas

Summer is the perfect time of the year to have some fun in the office. There are plenty of fun summer activities and party ideas that you can enjoy both in our outside the office. Take a look at our top suggestions:

1. Plan a Fun Field Day

Get some fresh air and enjoy the outdoors by planning an office field day. Plan entertaining and competitive team activities such as a water balloon toss, tug of war, relay and sack races. All you need is an open space and equipment. In many cases, you can even use items you already have on hand — for example, used printer paper can be repurposed for a paper airplane race. Have a prize for the winning team to encourage them to give their all.

2. Volunteer for a Day

Giving back to your community or a charity is an excellent way for your team to feel fulfilled and connected. You can spend the day outside cleaning litter from a local waterway or park or plant trees.

3. Celebrate a Summer Holiday

You can plan celebrations for holidays such as Independence Day, National Ice Cream Day and National Donut Day. Pick a day and organize a themed celebration for the whole office. Go big with decorations, activities and themed food and drinks.

4. Organize a Cook-Off

Instead of buying lunch for the office, organize a cooking competition. You might have a salsa-off or have people bring in and compare popular versions of a local dish, like gumbo or clam chowder. Prepare a tasting station and a ballot box where everyone can vote for their favorite meals.

5. Hold a Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t enjoy a good scavenger hunt? It’s a fun yet challenging activity you can have in your office or take your quest outdoors and explore your city for even more of a challenge. Divide your employees into pairs or groups. Give them clues they need to solve and items to track down. Set a time limit for your hunt of about two or three hours. Once the time is up, you can all meet at a specific location.

Make the scavenger unique by personalizing it and basing the clues on your work or employees. It will make it exciting and allow the teams to get to know each other.

6. Host a Classic Cookout


A cookout is a summer staple. On a sunny day, get together outside and enjoy good food. If you have a large team, you can go all out and hire a rooftop space with a beautiful view and a catering company. For a cost-effective option, you can often find a local park that has charcoal grills.

7. Prepare an Ice Cream Bar

Summer brings the perfect weather for ice cream. Instead of a coffee break, give your employees the option of a scoop of ice cream. You can hire an ice cream truck to come to your office or visit your local ice cream shop. Better yet, you can dedicate one day a week to an ice cream day to celebrate National Ice Cream Month in July. On hot days, employees can look forward to a refreshing sweet treat.

8. Gift Summer-Themed Items

Why not gift your employees practical summer items they can use? Your employees will appreciate the gesture and the functionality of the gifts. Spread your company message and give your employees valuable goodies with these items:

9. Start Wellness Challenges

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy exercise outside. A wellness challenge is a great way to encourage employees to get outside and improve their physical and mental well-being through exercise. Your office might set a company- or department-wide step goal, or you can host sponsored wellness activities like hikes or kayaking trips on the weekends.

Summer Work Party Themes for Adults

Summer makes a party so much sweeter. Our summer theme party ideas for adults will help you to plan the perfect soiree for your employees.

Picnic Party

A picnic is one of the best summer work party ideas, excellent for lounging outdoors under the sun. A picnic is an affordable option for smaller companies and is easy to organize. All you’ll need is a couple of blankets, cushions, coolers and tasty picnic snacks.

Carnival Party

For out-of-the-box fun, a carnival will ensure your employees have a good time. Rent a large outdoor tent and set up different spaces for carnival activities and performers. You can rent a photo booth, hire performers and set up carnival games such as ring toss to entertain your staff. A carnival party would not be complete without food like corn dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes from food trucks and stands — or, use private catering with higher-end carnival-themed selections.

Color of the Year Party

If you want a more elegant theme, plan your party around Pantone’s Color of the Year. The color of the year has a significant influence in many industries, such as fashion, graphic design and interior decor. Using one color as your inspiration, you can create an immersive visual experience for your party that’s unique and on-trend. For a bold and memorable event, hiring an event planner is best.

Purchase Your Summer-Themed Gear From ePromos

summer promo items

During summer, buzz and excitement are in the air, making it the perfect time to plan fun activities and parties. Gift staff and clients summer-themed gear that is practical for them to use in the sun. You can promote your brand while helping your staff enjoy the great outdoors. At ePromos, we have a wide variety of gear you can gift as prizes or in goodie bags at your summer events. You can trust us to market your brand with high-quality promotional gifts this summer.

Strengthen your brand by shopping online for summer-themed gifts or chat with a branding expert today!

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