Vitamin D has been calling our names with a megaphone lately, and we’re betting the same goes for you. And what better way to spend these sunny days than kicking it with your bridal squad. This time of year offers the widest variety of activities you can do as bachelorette party alternatives, and we double dog dare you to capitalize on that. In fact, we implore you! Your gals will thank you for something totally unique, and it may just be the perfect, relaxed setting for them to get to know each other better. Sans strobe lights + stilettos. So dive in with us as we go through these 16 unique ideas for friendship dates this summer!

porch entertaining
Photo by Julia Engel

Let’s get started!

1. Forage for flowers

lilac foraging
Photo by Gal Meets Glam

2. Experiment with new cocktail recipes

summer cocktail recipe
Photo and cocktail recipe by Williams-Sonoma

3. Spend some time on the water

Venice canal kayak ride
Photo via Show Me Your Mumu

4. Have an epicurean feast with dishes native to your honeymoon destination

Lindsey Marie Photography
Photo by Lindsey Marie Photography

5. Bake your heart out with fluffy summer cakes

raspberry sponge cake
Photo and champagne + raspberry curd sponge cake recipe from Erin Made This

6. Throw a tropical dinner party

tropical place setting with margarita
Photo by Ailee Petrovic from this tropical soiree

7. Palm Spring Pool Party

citrus ice bucket
Photo and DIY by A Joyful Riot

8. Go berry picking

blueberry picking
Photo by Ariele Alasko

9. Have a picnic on the beach

beach picnic basket
Photo by Lauren Conrad

10. Go to a flower arranging workshop or host a party at home with your friends

floral arrangements
Photo by Sabrina Bot and Paul Ferney for this Oh Happy Day birthday party

11. Make spiked lollipops together

colorful marbled lollipops
Photo by Jared Smith for this Sugar & Cloth DIY

12. Winery Weekend

Bachelorettecampfest Styled 25
Photo by Kelsea Holder

13. Make homemade ice cream

roasted strawberry ice cream
Photo and recipe by Teresa Floyd

14. Binge Watch Party

Mean Girls inspired cookies
Photo and cookies by Lovely Indeed

15. Donut Decorating Party

doughnuts with edible flowers
Photo by Billye Donya Photography with edible floral doughnuts from A Sweet Savory

16. Book a spontaneous weekend getaway (#PTL for sites like AirBNB!)

summer lounge chairs Spain
Photo via Architectural Digest España

These ideas are totally unique, and it’s these new + original ways to spend your time that will foster the best memories. And also give you new skills to share with the world for the future! That’s why we’re not sorry that several of these are food related. What can ya do?! So map out some time for these alternative bachelorette parties, because what better way to thank your bridal squad than fun-filled activities dedicated wholly to them?

pink watercolor wall tablescape
Photo by Angela Coomey

Follow us on Pinterest for more inspiration, and if you’re looking for more unique ways to celebrate your bridesmaids, we’ve got 35 unique bridal shower ideas right here!

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