Sizzling Summer Summits
Summer is here and I personally could not be happier. An office is the last place I want to be on these long, sun-filled days. So, when I am planning summer meetings, corporate picnics, and incentive groups, I always incorporate the outdoors into my events. I think everyone welcomes an outdoor setting, and using it allows a planner to be really creative outside of four walls.
Here are some outdoor summer tip ideas:
1. Movie Magic – After the sun goes down, entertain guests with an outdoor movie (rental equipment can be found nationwide). This is great because it can be done on a beach, in a park, and even on a rooftop. I really love this for after a daylong meeting, since fresh air refreshes attendees. Have blankets laid out, cold drinks strategically placed, a picnic basket and/or BBQ stations and popcorn stations to complete dinner and a movie!
2. Sailing – Sailing can be used for a team-building activity, and/or as a great location for cocktail hour. Sipping champagne while seeing some sights is a tremendous way to make a splash with attendees.
3. Zip-Lining – Nearly everyone loves an adrenaline rush! As a planner, I love this for a couple of reasons. First, because most people of average athletic ability can do it. Second, it’s always talked about even after it’s over. And third, it offers great views. You don’t need to go somewhere exotic to make it happen. There are mobile zip line rental companies (NY Party Works, for example, in my area) that come to you and set up. It’s fantastic for a company picnic.
4. Get in Sync–If you are at a hotel or venue with a pool, plan dinner outside. The “floor show” afterward can revolve around synchronized swimming!
5. Creative Castles –Transport attendees back to their childhood with all the tools they need to build sand castles. This is a team-building activity that inspires creativity while having fun in the sand. Additionally, professional sand castle builder’s create show-stopping presentations for an evening outdoors.
6. The Game Zone – Planning enjoyable games is an excellent way to keep guests entertained outside. Here are some ideas to keep things light: hopscotch, beach volleyball, lawn bowling, life-size Jenga, glow-in-the-dark-bocce ball, and ping-pong.
What are your groups doing outside this summer? We would love to hear!