Summer Conference Ideas to Lively Up Your Event

Summer Event Goals

As an conference planner, how do you ensure your attendees don’t mind spending their summer at your conference? Add some classic fun and nostalgia with Zerista’s summer-themed conference ideas! From the largest trade show events and conferences, to smaller meetings and hosted buyer events, take a cue from classic summer favorites to make the most of the season’s weather and activities:

Get Outside

OutsideIf your event location is too hot, hazy, or humid, by all means, keep your guests cool and inside. But if the weather is warm or the evenings are cool, ditch the meeting room and get outside! Many event spaces boast beautiful outdoor areas where you can treat your guests to welcome events or after-parties outside on the lawn, roof terrace, or garden. Just add summer cocktails and seasonal canapés and your guests will feel like they’re at a summer soiree instead of a work obligation.

Fire Up the Grill

GrillingNothing says summer quite like a barbeque! The laid-back feel and fun of a barbeque reminds us of the weekend, time with friends and family, and tasty grilled food. Plus, it’s a great way to take the edge off of meeting new people. Help your attendees feel even more at ease by encouraging them to interact before the event even starts. An event app like Zerista helps your guests message and connect with each other ahead of the conference. By the time the barbecue starts, they’ll already have people they know and want to meet in person.

Go to Camp

CampingWith the kids heading off to camp in the summer, help the adults get in on the fun with a summer camp theme. Set up faux-forest backdrops and Adirondack chairs, encourage guests to wear summer attire like shorts and flip flops, and put s’mores on the menu and the summer camp theme will come together in no time. Don’t forget fun games and challenges! The Zerista app’s advanced gaming features are easy to setup and will encourage your attendee’s competitive spirit. Consider awarding ‘merit badges’ for interacting with your event’s sponsors and exhibitors. Don’t forget to award the ‘campers’ with camp-related promotional items and giveaways.

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