The secret is: out!
Capetonians are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to festive fun in the sun, and for those tasked with overseeing corporate retreats and year-end functions, the main head-scratcher is often deciding which outdoor option to go with.
With balmy weather on tap, sunshine for days and beautiful scenery within easy reach, Cape Town positively glows in summer – making everything from swanky yacht cruises to beach vibes and unique experiences amid historical vineyards spot on.
What’s more, South Africa’s favourite pastime – the much-revered braai – gets extra credit come summertime and adding coals, tongs and Mzanzi’s best boerewors to a party will certainly add some spice. Venues for outdoor braais in Cape Town are not in short supply, so all you have to do is choose between seaside or countryside feasts.
Bright Sunshiny Day
It would be a shame to let all the good light at the height of the season go to waste, which is why outdoor year-end functions during the day are so popular down south. And with everyone’s calendars being busier than a mega-mall the day before Christmas, a party that doesn't eat into people’s personal time is a huge plus.
Apart from the key ingredient – summertime in Cape Town – other elements to consider for outdoor parties include:
Easy-to-eat food that will go down a treat. Braais aren’t so popular for nothing – there’s plenty of bonding going on around an outdoor fire and nothing beats the flavour of juicy tjops with a Braai Cook Off.
A plan B – Cape Town sometimes surprises everyone with a shower of summer rains. This may be exciting, but it can dampen party spirits somewhat. Make sure your plans include a solid back-up strategy and indoor - outdoor braai venue.
Keep your cool – things can get hot when the sun is out, especially on the beach, so it’s crucial to have ample shading in the form of umbrellas, tents and/or indoor seating options. Also, activities call for extra hydration. Rather over-cater when it comes to soft drinks and ice for Beach, Braai & Sunny Sky.
Relaxed activities like an ultra-cool Summer Yacht Party – complete with cocktails, swimming, DJs and dancing – never go out of fashion. If you're looking to add some glamour, roll the dice on a fabulous Casino Cruise where you may just return as a paper billionaire!
Sublime settings – the Cape’s world-famous beaches are just the ticket for themed parties, like a chilled Club Tropicana bash. Think sultry beats and sand between your toes teamed up with sensational drinks while soaking up the sea and sun.
A word of warning though: Cape Town’s beaches are like Instagram gold dust, so don't be surprised if your pretty pics end up being the flavour of the week all over social media!
Hit the play button
Feel like getting out of town and a change of pace? Nearby towns like the postcard-perfect Elgin feature a magnificent lagoon surrounded by verdant forests, tranquil mountains and fresh country air. Coupled with hammocks, refreshing sips and a round or two of action cricket, there could hardly be a better location for a mouth-watering spitbraai to bid the year goodbye with a Sand & Splash Bash.
If it’s a rush of energy coupled with outdoors fun that you’re after, the Cape delivers in spades. Where else in the world can you choose between a mobile treasure hunt on an historical wine estate, culminating in a sublime braai; an epic Amazing Race up and down the breathtaking Atlantic Coastline – pitting your team’s skills against those of your colleagues; or a Survivor-style competition to settle once and for all who reigns supreme as the ultimate Braai Master?
What are you waiting for...?
It’s time to spring into action and turn your dream event into reality. With Summer just around the corner promising plenty of fun in the sun, an iconic Cape Town outdoor braai, beachside bliss and all kinds of thrilling activities are there for the taking.
When it comes to conceptualising and planning outdoor events, Team Orange has a wealth of experience in year-end functions that shine. We specialise in igniting the unique and inherent energy in companies – and sparking connections among colleagues that are authentic, meaningful and lasting.
Our vast network of venues and suppliers provides our clients with a wide range of options, so you can pick and choose to ensure just the right combination – from venues and menus to activities and entertainment. What’s more, as proud Capetonians ourselves, we’re passionate about the Mother City’s beaches and all the thrilling outdoor pursuits on offer here… And there’s nothing we love more than organising an unforgettable outdoor braai – with some extra-special end-of-year sizzle, of course!