Planning a corporate outing doesn’t have to be stressful. Consider these questions to help determine the perfect location and activity for your group – and then read on for some great spots!
- Who are the attendees – employees only, employees and guest, or employees and their families?
- What purpose will this event serve – celebration of company achievements, employee appreciation, or meetings / strategy session
- What is the desired outcome – employee morale boost or productivity?
Once you have these questions answered you can start looking for an event professional, like Swank, to help with event idea generation and logistical planning. While some traditional outdoor corporate events may come to mind, like attending a sporting event or playing in a golf tournament, an event planner can help you look outside the box and take advantage of what beautiful New England has to offer!
Where To Go
Once you have your goals defined for the event, start exploring where you would like to hold it. Here are some of our favorite suggestions outside of Boston:
For a getaway and a taste of nature – head west! One place we enjoy is heading out to western Massachusetts to the Lenox area. There are various options for either a company retreat or a family-friendly gathering that include sleeping accommodations and local attractions. No matter where you hold the outing in the Berkshires, you should have activities planned both at the hotel / inn you are staying at as well as group outings to nearby sites.
Looking for a beach experience? Heading to the Cape during the summer for a beach-side outing can be a daunting trip due to traffic and high seasonal pricing. Heading to the North Shore during the warmer months of the summer or early fall is a great alternative! Salem, Gloucester and Ipswich are all lovely locations that offer hotels, inns, dining and great historical outing opportunities beyond the beach.
On the Water
If you are Boston-based and want a unique experience just outside of the city, consider an outing to the Harbor Islands or a Charles River boat cruise – both are really fun options!
Another New England option that is rich in history and picturesque, with plenty to do is Newport RI and the Mansions. There are many events held throughout the spring and summer in the coastal enclave, so planning your outing well in advance to avoid or coincide with one of the many Newport happenings is crucial.
Wherever you hold your summer event, a professional event planner can help with the details and execution to make it a memorable occasion.
Contact us today to get started planning your next event.
Summer is the best time for entertaining, because the decor options are endless, and dining al fresco is often an option! Here, we’re sharing some beautiful ideas and inspiration for your next warm-weather gathering.
We love the wild, lush feel to this table setting, which is overflowing with succulents and other seasonal flowers. The coordinating color scheme throughout brings a bunch of disparate decor ideas together to make a really cohesive setting.
This minimalist setting is perfect for those not wanting to create an elaborate tablescape, but instead just hoping to put together a simple, pretty setting to host their guests. Tall blooms are front and center, with a coordinating patterned table cloth and complimentary napkins and dinnerware.
This is another somewhat minimalist table, but the rustic burlap tablecloth provides a really neutral background for a vibrantly colorful tabletop display. The summer flowers are star of the show here, with dinnerware that has coordinating colors to match.
If you’re really looking to go all out with your table setting, this one could be for you. The oversized flowers and elaborate place settings with distinctive chargers and dinnerware in varying shades of blue makes for a really stunning picture, full of intrigue and texture.
For those that reside sea-side (or wish they did!), this nautical themed setting is perfect. While somewhat basic, it has a distinctive look and feel. Many of the accents are deliberately beachy, and the color scheme suggests you might have just come off a day at the ocean.
This bohemian setting is loads of fun, and definitely unique. The mixture of colors and textures, and the display of mismatched dinnerware, glassware, and accents really gives it a playful vibe. The overflowing flowers make it feel lush and just a touch untamed.
While this isn’t a traditional table setting, we implore you to consider this absolutely darling dessert bar. Perfect for any occasion with it’s customizable bunting flags and simple vases of in-season blooms, it’s beautiful, classy and timeless, and we’re so in love.
What’s your favorite way to dress up a summer table?
In this most splendid of seasons, cocktails are one of the best ways to keep cool and pay homage to the summer. Craft cocktail making has really taken off in past years, which makes the art of creating them so much more interesting, and the range of options available much more diverse.
1. Peach Melba Mimosa
Peaches and Raspberries scream summer, as does this fruity and beautiful summer cocktail. The only alcohol involved is something bubbly (cava, prosecco, sparkling white wine – whatever you prefer!) so it’s a lighter alternative to some of the boozier summer favorites. A touch of lemon is the perfect zip to round out this refreshing drink!
2. Vanilla and Fresh Cherry Bourbon Cocktail
Cherries are one of our all time favorite fruits, and they go so nicely with bourbon and vanilla in this unique and intriguing summer mix. Accompanied by a touch of lemon, a dash of sugar, and some club soda for bubbles, this one is not to be missed!
3. Strawberry Frose
Rose is all the rage these days, but have you ever tried it frozen? With strawberries?! Rose lovers will go wild over this simple but flavorful mix of lemon, strawberries and vodka, paired with your favorite “pink wine.” Some ice adds the slush factor, and so much fun. Serve with a striped pink straw for extra flair.
4. Tabernacle Crush
This drink is for the more adventurous, featuring peaches, basil, lemon, lillet, and gin. Add a touch of simple syrup for the right balance of sweet, and a quick pour of club soda at the end for some pleasing bubbles. It’s a beautiful drink that tastes as wonderful as it looks!
5. Calavera Catrina
Tequila lovers unite! Instead of going the traditional margarita route (which is always a good idea, especially in the summer), this drink incorporates a surprising ingredient – cantaloupe! – along with the traditional orange liqueur and lime. A splash of orgeat and super smokey mezcal are added to the mix, for a complex fruity beverage that looks simple in a glass, yet tastes anything but.
6. Coconut Margarita
In case you were really hoping to see a margarita on the list, we’ve included one with a tropical flair. In addition to the requisite tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice, this cocktail features coconut milk, coconut cream, a touch of simple syrup, and an indulgent splash of half and half to really push it over the top. Elevate your game for Mexican night and you’ll never go back!
7. Cucumber Lemonade Mocktail
Alcohol doesn’t jive with everyone, especially on those extra hot days, so this mocktail is just the thing! Fresh lemon and lime juices meet cucumber juice, with a touch of agave for some sweetness, and club soda for carbonation. And for an unusual but awfully pleasing addition – fresh dill! It comes together to create the ultimate in refreshing summer bevvies, without the booze.
What’s your favorite drink to imbibe in the warm summer months?