Summer is finally here! With temperatures rising, it’s the perfect time to invite your friends and family over. Whether you’re planning to host a barbecue this summer or organize a camping trip, our Signup Tool has you covered. Seamlessly organize group events using PlanHero and save yourself more time to enjoy some fun in the sun!


In this post, we offer 7 fun summer activities that are easily organized with our Signup Tool. Each idea includes an example signup to inspire your own festivities!


1. Organize a camping trip


With school out for the summer, this season is the perfect time to take your family on a camping trip! Camping gives us the chance to unplug and explore our local parks, forests, mountains, and beaches.


If you want to get other families involved in the fun, let our Signup Tool help! 


It can be stressful to coordinate with other parents to see whether they plan to attend and if they have a tent to spare. With our Signup Tool, all you have to do is send your fellow campers a link to your camping signup, and they can sign up to bring whatever they have on hand!


Here’s an example for a Family Camping Trip signup!


You can create multiple signup lists on the same page, allowing you to organize activities, meals, and bonfires all at once – in a fraction of the time.


Fun summer activities - camping trip


2. Celebrate Father’s Day


Father’s Day is a time to show your dad how much you love him. Celebrate your dad this summer by hosting a party in his honor!


If your dad is a beer drinker, hosting a beer tasting is a fun way for your family to share their tried and true favorites with him. Have his favorite foods prepared and ask your guests to bring along a pack of their favorite beer. Everyone gets to try new drinks together, and your dad gets to explore new beverage options!


Here’s an example of a Father’s Day Beer & Brunch signup!


Pro tip – ask your guests to share what they’re bringing in the Comments Box when they sign up. This way, everyone brings something different!



3. Plan a picnic


Summer is the perfect time to gather with our loved ones to eat, drink, and soak up the sun! Take the opportunity this season by hosting a picnic. 


Picnicking is a great way to enjoy new scenery and spend quality time with the people that you love. You can host a picnic in your favorite park, by the beach, or even in your own backyard. All you need are a few blankets, some delicious food, and good company.


You can host a picnic for a special occasion, like a family reunion, or just for fun.


Here’s an example of a signup for a Family Reunion Picnic!


If your picnic is doubling as a potluck, our software can help! PlanHero automatically sends email confirmations and reminders out to your attendees. Once you set up your signup and send the invitation out via email, text or social media, your work is done. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy your summer feast with your friends and family.



4. Host a barbecue to celebrate the Fourth of July


What’s more American than barbecuing on the Fourth of July? 


Barbecuing is a great way to unwind and celebrate Independence Day with family and friends. There’s nothing quite like throwing a few (dozen) hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill and listening to them sizzle. Once the grill work is done, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy some delicious summer eats with your loved ones. That is, until the sun sets and it’s time for the fireworks.


Here’s an example of a Fourth of July BBQ signup!


Our Signup Tool keeps an accurate headcount so you don’t have to, ensuring that you and your guests know how much food to prepare – and no one goes hungry on the big day.



5. Host a cocktail swap


This summer, spice things up by inviting your friends over for a cocktail swap. It’s the perfect excuse to get creative with your beverages and spend quality time together!


To host a cocktail swap, invite your friends over and ask them to bring a specialty cocktail (or mocktail) for the group. You’ll all get to explore new flavors, and have fun trying them together. If you’re feeling competitive, you can vote on a favorite at the end of the night.


Here’s an example of a signup for a Cocktail Tasting Party!


To avoid repeat drinks, you can ask your guests to share what they’re bringing in the Comments Box when they sign up!


Fun summer activities - cocktail swap


6. Plan a tournament


Summer is the perfect time to get outside and get active! If you’re looking for a way to get your friends involved in the fun, consider planning a competition or tournament this summer.


You can plan a competition for any sport, from baseball to soccer to field hockey. All you need is a venue, a date, and a group of excited participants. You can keep it casual and host a few games of soccer in your backyard, or you can make it official and secure your local baseball diamond or basketball court for the event. It will be a day of fun for everyone – athletes and spectators alike!


Here’s an example of a Beach Volleyball Tournament signup!


If you’d like to charge an entry fee for your tournament to cover the event’s costs, you can use PlanHero’s Collect Money List to gather payments on the same page participants use to sign up.



7. Host a DIY ice cream party


There’s nothing better than a cool, sweet cone of ice cream to beat the summer heat! 


Growing up, my school hosted an Ice Cream Social in August to kick off the new school year. It was a great way to meet new classmates and catch up with friends as the summer drew to a close.


This summer, consider hosting an ice cream social for your child’s class! You can invite their class over for DIY ice cream sundaes, providing the ice cream and asking fellow parents to bring fun toppings along. All you have to do is set everything out in a buffet and share in the sundae-making fun!


Here’s an example of an Ice Cream Social signup!


Fun summer activities - - ice cream social


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And please share any of YOUR favorite fun summer activities with us!