The Best Early Summer Party Planning for 2023

by | Apr 6, 2023 | Events, Holiday, Outdoor Dining | 0 comments

Are you ready to make this summer one for the books? Looking to bring in a little extra fun and sun? Planning an event can often feel daunting, but don’t worry – we have you covered! Check out these eleven unique summer party ideas that will guarantee your guests have the time of their lives when summer rolls around.

From outdoor movie screenings to glow-in-the-dark games, these exciting activities will get everyone out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. All it takes is a bit of planning, and you’ll be able to craft the perfect bash that’s big on the wow factor! So what are you waiting for? The countdown has started – start prepping early and prepare for one unforgettable celebration with your friends and family this summer.

Go For A Cinco de Mayo Themed Party

As the weather warms up, nothing welcomes Summer better than a Cinco de Mayo celebration! You could serve Mexican cuisines like tacos, guacamole, salsa, and chips. You could also hire a live band to play Mexican music and set up fun activities like a pinata for the kids, or a dance competition for the adults. Or, you could skip the hassle of buying and preparing all the food and other items for your party and just bring your guests to The Refuge. Cinco de Mayo is a big event here and we provide a full menu with margaritas, outdoor dining, and live Mexican-themed music.

Find the Perfect Venue – Get Out And Get Fresh Air!

The options are endless when choosing a venue for a summer party. You’re spoiled for choice, from lush gardens to sandy beaches, the city skyline to countryside manors. What about renting a colorful beach house with panoramic ocean views? Keep it simple and host your friends for a lawn party in your backyard. Imagine sipping on icy cocktails and grilling up a storm with your friends while the sun sets over the horizon. Whether you’re looking for a relaxed vibe or a glamorous event, there’s a perfect venue out there waiting for you.

No matter what location you choose, the best venue for a summer party is the great outdoors. The warmer weather is perfect for celebrating and hanging out with friends. If you’re looking for a low-key way to host your own summer party outside, why not check out The Refuge? We’ve got a full outdoor patio where we serve lunch and dinner all the time. We’ve got you covered. At your next party, you can have just as much fun as your guests.

Choose the Perfect Summer Menu

Are you ready to make your summer party an unforgettable event? Look no further than the perfect summer menu! The key to a successful menu is variety and freshness. One of the best ways to take your menu to the next level is to pick a theme and stick with it. For instance, if you like reggae music, relax and have fun at The Refuge with our Rose & Reggae event featuring a live reggae band every Thursday!

Serve Refreshing Drinks

Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cold drink. Have plenty of water and lemonade, or get creative and serve some fun summer cocktails. If you’re serving alcohol, have plenty of non-alcoholic options.

Plan Fun Activities

No summer bash is complete without activities that keep everyone cooled off and having fun at the party! A water balloon toss is a classic game that everyone loves. Consider a few activities to play at night, like a glow-in-the-dark ring toss. Super easy to set up and won’t break the budget!

Attend a Brunch

Why not bring your party to a place where they can get great food and hang out with their pets? The Refuge is hosting a fun, Barkin’ Brunch on their open patio where you, your guests, and their furry friends can have a blast. Starting Sundays May 7th, the Barkin’ Brunch will have raffles, prizes, and great drinks. It’s the perfect place to host your party!

Stand Out with a Sunscreen and Bug Spray Station

One of the finest aspects of summer is enjoying time in the sun, but getting sunburned or bitten by insects is undoubtedly one of the worst. Set up sunscreen and bug spray stations throughout your summer party to avoid either of these scenarios. Whether you choose to be creative or minimalist doesn’t matter—guests will undoubtedly love it.

Water Activities

What better way to beat the heat than with fun and exciting water activities? Whether you’re looking for a way to cool off or want to make a splash, there are plenty of options. The possibilities are endless, from water bounce houses with extravagant water features and slip-n-slides to swimming in the pool. So why not liven up your next summer bash with these unique water-based activities? Your guests will indeed have a blast and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Have a Movie Night

An outdoor movie night would be an excellent alternative to a daytime gathering. Set up a backyard movie screen, invite friends and stock up on popcorn. To relax, spread out some lawn chairs or blankets on the ground. Choose a fun summer-themed movie, and you’re ready to go!

Between all the delicious food, fantastic music, festive decorations, intriguing activities, and all your friends and family in attendance, your summer party will be a blast.


With The Refuge helping to take the burden of food preparation off your plate so you can focus on enjoying your eventful summer party, sending out invitations, and making lasting memories couldn’t be any easier. Plus, it’s getting warmer, so it’s fresh air season! The Refuge is opening up their outside patio. Whether you’re looking for a place to entertain guests or just enjoy a good meal in the open air, The Refuge has everything you need. So get ready to host the most significant summer bash of 2023 – it’s sure to be memorable! Contact The Refuge today to inquire about catering your summer 2023 bash!