Summer Party Ideas: Try Something New

Most of the time when you think about summer party ideas, you think about food: grilling, eating outdoors, those are the key ingredients. But what if you thought about it in a different way?

One of the moms at Pear Tree wanted to organize an outing for her family reunion, so she came up with a list of activities that they could do as a group that would be something more than the usual picnic. We thought we’d share it, and added a few ideas of our own, in case they sparked some summer party ideas for you!
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  • Go to an amusement park.
  • Take the picnic to a local lake or beach. No water? Rent a room at a hotel that has a pool or water park.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Have a clambake or lobster boil.
  • Go canoeing or kayaking for the day.
  • Take a hike.
  • Go to your county or state fair.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Build something together. Do you have an outdoor project, such as building a play fort that you could use a hand with? Invite everyone over to help build it, like an old-fashioned barn-raising, complete with food and beverages for the workers, of course.
  • Organize a work party. Volunteer to clean up a park, work for a day with Habitat for Humanity, help an elderly neighbor, or look for other local volunteer opportunities you can do as a group.
  • Visit a winery or brewery.
  • Look for local events and tours. Check local websites for group activities such as historical or architectural tours, boat cruises and other events you could turn into a party.

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Check out our party invitations for more summer party ideas. And be sure to read the other posts in this series: Summer Party Ideas: Any Idea is a Good Idea and Summer Party Ideas: Party Food.


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