Summer Thursdays Are the New Summer Fridays

Start a new tradition with friends, fun and, of course, cocktails

The easy pace of Fridays (especially if you plan on taking the day off for a three–day weekend) give rise to a new unofficial seasonal tradition: Summer Thursdays. This easy gathering idea revolves around alfresco cocktails on rooftops, patios or any other type of outdoor space—and, of course, plenty of sunshine.

The overall vibe of a Summer Thursday get–together is cool and casual; guests should be able to come and go as they please. Keep it laid–back by texting your "invites," then prep your space for fun.

Start by rounding up your bar must–haves, which can be as simple as raiding the fridge and pantry. Next, layer in DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice, which can serve as the base for any number of summery cocktails, from Mai Tais and Banana Piña Coladas to tropical punches and refreshing mocktails like Agua Fresca. Batching drinks in pitchers makes it even easier on you, the host: Guests can just serve themselves.

After the drinks are squared away, set up a bunch of group games; the sillier, the better. Classics like cornhole always work; between rounds, guests can lounge on the cushions, outdoor pillows or folding chairs you've dutifully scattered about.

Want to upgrade the gathering to a laid–back dinner party? Fire up the grill and cook up a batch of tropical marinated meats, or Island Chicken Skewers—another unexpected use for DOLE® beyond cocktails. Just don't be surprised if your outdoor space becomes the regular hangout on Thursdays—and beyond.