Summer Soirees: Ideas for the Perfect Summer Party

By Katie Stearns

Summer, we’re so glad you’re finally here. Tis the season for outdoor barbecues, long days by the pool, refreshing cocktails, and get-togethers that last long into the night. That’s right—we’re talking summer soirees, and we’re here to show you some of the best ideas for summer parties.

Glamping Sites with a Grill

A get-together just isn’t a get-together without food, and by booking a property with a grill, you’re guaranteed the perfect tool to make your summer party a memorable (and delicious) one. Glamping with a grill means you can take your summer party menu to the next level, whether you choose to go with some of our pre-approved summer grilling ideas or go your own way. With a grill as the centerpiece of your summer soiree, everything else simply falls in place.

Our top picks:

Restored Fisherman's Cottage with Modern Amenities near Woodstock, New York

Lovely Cabin with Wrap-Around Deck near Strawberry Creek in Idyllwild, California

Rustic Cabin along Trinity River in Northern California

Outdoor Seating

If what’s important to you is being outside and enjoying this beautiful burst of hot weather, then we’ve got some lovely glamping sites with outdoor seating picked out for you. Outdoor seating is key for those long lunches that linger into the afternoon, morning cups of coffee while watching the sun come up, and of course, those late-night chats accompanied with the occasional bottle (or two!) of wine.

Our top picks:

Luxury Tented Camp in Sequoia National Monument, California

Romantic Tree House Cabin Nestled in Trees Outside Asheville, North Carolina

Beautiful Family Friendly Cabin for Rent in Idyllwild, California

Poolside Glamping

There are few things more satisfying than jumping into a refreshing pool on a hot day, which is exactly why we’ve chosen three great rentals with pools. A pool is just what a party needs to boost summer vibes to the maximum. Whether you’re the type of person who likes to spend the entire submerged, or you’re someone who jumps in and out throughout the day, these glamping sites outfitted with luxurious pools are sure to meet your summer party needs.

Our top picks:

One-of-a-Kind, Upscale Villa with Private Freshwater Pool & Hot Tub in Malibu, California

Upscale Cabin with Private Community Beach & Pool near Lake Tahoe, California

Deluxe Cottage with Private Outdoor Pool and Jacuzzi in Woodstock, New York

Activities Galore

Who says a party is all food, drink, and lounging around? Well, we kind of say that, but we also recognize that a party for some people might mean getting out in the world and enjoying the stunning surroundings. When it comes to glamping parties, outdoor activities are a natural fit. These glamping sites are the perfect place for a summer soiree, active style! From hiking to biking and fishing to swimming, there’s plenty to keep you busy at these great places for a summer get-together.

Our top picks:

Rafting Excursions and Luxury Camping on American River near Sacramento, California

Inviting Log Cabin Suites at Activity-Filled Site near Zion National Park in Utah

Tent Cabins in Big Basin Redwoods State Park Linked to Numerous Hiking Trails

Movie Night

There’s something special in the air when the lights are low and the screen is lit, don’t you think? A movie night is just the right mix of relaxation, excitement, and comfort, which is why it’s a great idea for a summer party. Grab your closest pals, download some old favorites or new releases, and get the popcorn ready—a movie night is a lovely way to celebrate summer and connect with the people around you.

Our top picks:

Gigantic Cabin with Movie Theater and Hot Tub, Tennessee

Deluxe Glamping Cabins at River Farm in Virginia

Spacious Log Cabin Chalet with Stunning Views & Amenities in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Wine-Filled Festivities

Go glamping in wine country, and you can open your horizon to a world of delicious bottled goodness. Each of the glamping properties we’ve highlighted below offers prime location (read: easy access) to the area’s top wines and wineries. That means you can easily add wine to your summer festivities, or even move your party over to a nearby winery or two for a day of tastings. No matter how you decide to incorporate wine into your summer party, we’re pretty sure these glamping sites are certainly a place to start.

Our top picks:

Luxury Safari Tents in Enchanting Finger Lakes Region, Upstate New York

Upscale Japanese Farmhouse near Wine Country in Sonoma County, California

Unique Villa with Spiral Staircase and Meditation Room, Texas

With these ideas for summer parties, your summer soiree is sure to be a hit. No matter what type of party you plan, here's to an unforgettable summer, an extraordinary get-together, and time spent well with loved ones.