Here’s an idea: Invite a number of family and friends to your home on July 4th, purchase some sparklers, and eat hot dogs. Well, you could host a party like that, and you and your guests would probably have a lot of fun—but your likelihood of winning the Most Original Party award is slim.
If you’re looking to get a little more creative with your summer fiestas and enjoy the great outdoors simultaneously, consider these ideas for outside-the-box summer parties that will be the envy of your neighborhood.
Halloween in July. Christmas in July has been done before. Throw the offbeat party scene on its head by hosting a Halloween in July party! Invite guests to wear costumes and bring Halloween-themed treats. Having a Halloween party outside of October will encourage everyone to be more creative with their costume and snacks—after all, if you can’t buy an off-the-rack costume and can of pumpkin cookies, you have to use your imagination!
Stargazing party. On a clear night, get a group together to visit a local observatory and check out the current constellations. StarDate offers daily recommendations of what to look for in the sky, so you’ll know if a particularly bright solstice or star will appear. Observing the beauty of our planet’s night sky is a great reminder of why to go green and protect our environment.
Sunrise party. For many of us, if we do ever notice a sunrise, we’re either just getting out of bed or on our way to work. Few people have time to fully appreciate it. Host a sunrise party on a weekend and invite your friends over to watch the sun come up. Start the party a couple hours before dawn, and have everyone bring their favorite breakfast snack or drink to share. Enjoy your munchies on lawn chairs or the roof (if your roof has sufficient safe seating for everyone), and enjoy watching the sun come up together. Take time to appreciate its splendor—as Earth’s primary source of energy, it is pretty incredible.
Summer gardening party. Consult the Farmer’s Almanac planting calendar to see when to plant your favorite items of produce. Then tell your guests their options for which seeds to bring, and make sure to remind everyone to wear dirt-friendly garb! Provide the tools for everyone to plant (like spades and recycled rainwater), and spend the morning or afternoon getting your hands dirty. Bring along your iPod and a solar-powered sound system to enjoy some tunes while you plant. Continue to take care of your seedlings over the next couple of months, and when harvest-time arrives in the fall, invite everyone back to your place to share the fruits of your labor.
Did we miss any ideas for perfect summer parties? Share your creativity with us!