Summer in the City: How to Design the Ultimate NYC Event this Summer

Summer in the City: How to Design the Ultimate NYC Event this Summer

Summer is not only our favorite time of year, but a period where many amazing outdoor and indoor events take place. Although you may think of beaches and backyards as prime settings for a summer event, there are many venues throughout New York City to host any type of gathering. Rooftop venues, tropical installations and bold color schemes are all elements you can utilize to transform your NYC summer event.

Check out our team’s tips on how to design the perfect summer event in New York City below!

Take Advantage of Rooftop Season


One of our favorite things to do in New York City each summer? Visiting the best rooftop bars and restaurants the city has to offer! With gorgeous temperatures and stunning views of the skyline, it’s a must to check out the endless rooftop spots around the city. While planning a summer event, a rooftop venue is the perfect spot to entertain.

Rooftops are great for both private and corporate events— product launches, cocktail parties, networking events and more. Whether day or night, guests will love hanging outside and experiencing lovely weather. Floral arrangements in differing sizes and in a variety of colors will add a personalized feel to the venue. There’s no better way to make a statement than surrounding guests with blooms and city views.


Fill the Space with Tropical Installations


Bring the feel of summer indoors with a tropical installation. An installation composed of tropical flowers, greenery and fruit will transport your guests to a summer locale without leaving NYC. A flower wall is a popular install that can be designed with a tropical twist. A design including palm leaves and exotic florals will become a focal point. You can also easily incorporate a logo or hashtag to add another branded element to your event. Guests will love posing in front of a personalized tropical wall and sharing photos on social media— making it easy to spread brand awareness.

Another way to infuse a tropical feel into an event is through an interactive installation. It’s important to make sure guests are engaged and interacting with one another and your brand if it’s a corporate event. A tropical installation can become a photo moment that captures the essence of your summer event, even if you’re miles away from the beach. Create a full and lush install and place chairs and couches in front, so guests can interact and engage with the space.  


Stick to Bright & Bold Colors


Transform an indoor summer event by incorporating bright and bold hues throughout the space. Any element in a venue can include a touch of bright colors such as furniture, linens and of course floral arrangements and installations. Colors such as orange, yellow, pink and purple will elevate a plain and simple NYC venue.

When it comes to floral arrangements and installations, mix a variety of summer hues together for the ultimate summer statement pieces. Unique varieties such as protea, orchids and flamingo lilies will add a pop of summer to your event. The contrast of vibrant colors against white or brick surroundings will certainly make a statement and exude the feeling of summer.


Make sure to keep in mind the top design trends and tips of summer before you begin planning an upcoming event in the city. With the many rooftop bars and restaurants in NYC, there are endless ways to style an outdoor summer event. Through the use of tropical installations and bright and bold colors, you can combine your brand and personal aesthetic to throw a memorable summer event!