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Saint Germain Offers Tips & Tricks to Hosting The Perfect Corporate Picnic or Summer Event

As we officially kick off the start of summer, many companies are looking to host corporate events for their team members and families. There is no better way to show your appreciation for your employee’s hard work than hosting a corporate picnic! Allowing your team to enjoy a fulfilled day out of the office with their family is the perfect way to say thank you and is a great moral builder. Company Picnics are the perfect setting to allow your employees a chance for teambuilding with their peers, strengthen the company’s culture and will keep them refreshed and engaged as they head into the end of the year hustle.

Your next corporate event can be the talk of the office by offering unique menu options and planned activities to keep the party entertaining and fun for all ages. We have pulled together our list of tips and tricks to help you throw a memorable corporate picnic!

Start Planning – 

Think about your company when planning your corporate picnic and ask yourself and team the following three questions.

  1. What is its personality or “culture” like?
  2. What are your values?
  3. What picnic activities would capture these values?

Once your team has thought through the type of corporate picnic that will work best for the company and attendees, let the planning begin!

  • Have your leadership team express enthusiasm for the event in advance and let your staff have several weeks to plan accordingly. The summer months can be extremely busy with sports schedules and family vacations that your staff will appreciate a save the date for this fun company event.
  • Make sure to plan ahead so that you are able to provide a well thought out and thoroughly executed event for your team. A well planned and executed picnic will show your employees how much you appreciate them and value their part in the company.
  • Choose a venue that will allow entertainment for all ages. Utilizing an outdoor area that is near a lake with boating and kayaking will allow for additional activities for your team to take part in.

 

The Menu:

There are several options to choose from when deciding what the perfect menu will be for your event. Depending on how many people you are hosting and what the makeup of your attendees will be can easily help you determine which menu option will best fit your event. Some of our most popular menus for corporate picnics are listed below. Be sure to offer a menu that will be enjoyed by all ages and fit the needs of those who may have dietary restrictions.

Themed Menus – Southern BBQ, Chesapeake Cook-Outs, Mexican Fiesta, Hawaiian Luau Celebration, Tailgate Party, Traditional American BBQ & Comfort Finger Foods

Dessert Options – Ice Cream Station, Popsicles, Cotton Candy Machine, Cookies & Brownies, Custom Cakes & Cupcakes incorporating the company logo, Cake Pops, Rice Krispy Treats, Candy Bar, and if the budget allows an Ice Cream Truck!

 

Activities:

Organizing activities that will provide entertainment throughout the afternoon is a great way to ensure that your attendees stay engaged with the event and make the most of the afternoon.  Planned Activities can be as simple as having sports equipment available for use or planning group games to include the youngest attendees. Depending on your venue you may have to plan ahead to ensure that entertainment for the day is available. Choosing to utilize a venue that has access to water activities such as canoeing, boating, and swimming can make planning the entertainment very easy. We have pulled together some popular games & activities to help add a fun element to your afternoon picnic.

Games for Everyone – Lawn Bowling, Frisbees & Kites, Croquet, Bocce Ball & Ladder Toss

High Intensity Games – Softball, Kickball, Volleyball, Corn Hole, Tug of War, Scavenger Hunts, Horseshoes, Sack, Wheelbarrow & 3 Legged Races

Kid Activities/Entertainment – Face Painting, Bubble Stations, Side Walk Chalk, Hula Hoops, Inflatable Bounce Houses, Balloon Artist, Magician or Clown Performer

 

Overall, the most important part in hosting a company picnic is to make sure the group has fun and spends time together. Allowing your team and their families the opportunity to take part in team building activities, enjoy great food and spend time outdoors will make for a memorable event.We hope that our tips on menu selection and activities will help planning you plan your next company picnic. We have a menu for every occasion and unique dessert options to add a memorable touch to your event. Call one of our Event Specialists today so we can begin to plan your perfect corporate picnic!

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