Outdoor Events for Indoor Enthusiasts: How to Get Your Friends to Join the Fun

 In Event Insurance, Special Event Insurance

Hosting an outdoor event offers a refreshing and memorable experience for your guests. Still, everyone has that one—or more—friend who simply needs a bit more encouragement to participate in alfresco festivities.

Nevertheless, our indoor friends’ participation is essential to the success of your outdoor event and meaningful to you as a host. That’s why our special events insurance team produced a list of ideas and advice on how to politely inspire nature-averse friends to attend outdoor events.  

1. Glamping Group GetawayA glamping tent in the woods.

Glamping intersects nature with luxury by providing a tent-like structure with high-end comfort, stable temperatures, privacy, and, in some cases, electricity. We love it because it creates an indoor and outdoor camping experience that allows our indoor friends to try something new without compromising comfort.

What’s more, glamping fosters a sense of community and relief in nature, making luxury campsites perfect for family reunions, weddings, and other significant moments for those seeking a more creative, natural setting.

How to Get Your Friends to Join The Fun

It’s important to take initiative when communicating with an indoor enthusiast. Ask questions and listen. Then, use that information to gently address any misconceptions or hesitations they may have about glamping.

For more rugged experiences, we agree with REI’s recommendation of keeping things small and taking the lead. We also recommend getting overnight event insurance for added peace of mind.

2. Outdoor Entertainment EventsTwo people sit in folding chairs watching a movie outdoors.

While outdoor live events might not be everyone’s cup of tea, they offer unforgettable experiences that bring people together and create lifelong memories for those who venture out and that’s something to cherish.

Outdoor Entertainment Event Ideas:

  • Concerts in the park
  • Outdoor comedy shows
  • Movies in the park
  • Live theater outdoors

How to Get Your Friends to Join The Fun

Remind your friend that most venues offer covered seating and allow you to bring your own chairs or blankets for added comfort.

3. Outdoor GamedayA blonde woman playing outdoor giant Jenga.

An outdoor game day fosters quality bonding time by bringing loved ones together for fun, friendly competitions in the fresh air. Thoughtfully selecting the perfect venue and curating engaging activities for all ages sets the stage for an unforgettable experience filled with laughter and memories—even for our outdoor-averse friends and family.

Outdoor Game Ideas for Large Groups

How to Get Your Friends to Join The Fun

Communicate the fun nature of the activities. Express that your friend can participate at their own pace or not at all because having them there is more important!  

4. A Classic Outdoor BBQSix people gather around a BBQ smiling as they wait for the food to cook.

Even those who usually prefer the indoors can appreciate the simple pleasures of an old-fashioned backyard cookout. However, you can even turn up the fun meter with a theme or activities.

Outdoor BBQ Themes:

  • Western BBQ
  • Hawaiian luau
  • Beach party
  • Mexican fiesta
  • Mediterranean grill

How to Get Your Friends to Join The Fun

Ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions or drink preferences. Ask them to make a favorite dish so they can show off their skills. Emphasize comfort and make your BBQ a no-pressure environment.

5. Pool Party

A pool party is a quintessential summer experience. With the right amenities, even your most indoor-oriented friends may find themselves making a splash.

Pool Party Ideas:People at an outdoor event in the evening sitting in pool floaties watching a movie.

  • Beach ball games and pool toys
  • Inflatable floats and loungers
  • Potluck or catered poolside snacks and beverages
  • Outdoor speakers for music
  • Shade umbrellas or cabanas
  • Pool games like Marco Polo

How to Get Your Friends to Join The Fun

Ease any apprehension by letting your guests know there will be ample areas to lounge and relax by the water. Provide essentials like towels, sunscreen, and cover-ups. They can participate as little or as much as they’d like!

Get Affordable Special Event Insurance for Your Outdoor Party

We offer affordable event insurance coverage that lets party planners focus on what matters most—your outdoor occasion and elevating the guest experience.

Have questions about special event and party insurance? Our event insurance company is on hand to answer your questions and curate a plan tailored to your experience. Contact us to get started or get a quote today

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