Company picnics are an excellent way to get your employees out of the office and create camaraderie. The actual budget can be fairly low depending on your location and size of the event, but the upside can be massive!

But before you pick out your next shaded place for people to sit, and start setting out the utensils, check out these tips for your next company picnic!

Considering Adult Beverages?

An outdoor bar is an excellent idea depending on your company culture, line of business, date/time, and of course, your audience. The bar can be themed based on your picnic location. Make a variety of drinks available both alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages.

It is best to hire a certified bartender and not allow attendees to serve themselves. It’s recommended to never let anyone drink irresponsibly which the bartender can assist with this.

Every Company Picnic Requires Great Food!

Plan the schedule so that everyone at the company picnic will always have something to eat with their drinks. Consider starting the picnic with a few finger foods or light appetizers as guests arrive and then stop them half an hour or so before lunch or dinner. 

Make you sure you offer plenty of food options and choices for your guests that keep allergies and dietary restrictions in mind.  The appetizers should be food that is easy to eat while mingling with other guests. Then during lunch (or dinner), consider a buffet set-up which will allow you to offer a variety of food choices and allow the guests to walk through the buffet line at their leisure and find a place to sit and eat when ready.

For something a little more unique, consider bringing in a couple different types of food trucks for the guests to choose from.  This would allow for a little more of an interactive experience and a good way to offer a different variety of food.  Don’t forget about a dessert truck! 

Seating Arrangements

If you have an outdoor area for drinks, perhaps high top tables are ideal here. Outside of this, ensure there are enough tables that can accommodate groups of 8 or 10, and of course, make sure people aren’t stacked on top of each other.  Maybe even consider some picnic blankets for relaxed seating before or after the meal is served.

If the space available is limited then mingling prior to lunch can take place all in that space. Give people their places to sit and talk, which is very important in every company picnic.

During lunch, ensure there is enough seating for everyone. The tables will allow guests to enjoy their meals without having to carry them around.

Games and Activities in a Company Picnic

Different highly acrobatic activities to relaxing games can be arranged in a company picnic. So that everyone in the event can participate and try for the prizes. Some excellent games that can be played in a picnic area:

  • Three-legged Race

Here each team has two participants, their opposite legs are tied up together and they are made into a single unit or team. This unit will have to coordinate with each other and run a distance towards a finishing point. The first one to reach the finish line wins.

  • Scavenger Hunt

It is a brilliant idea to arrange a company themed scavenger hunt. Where clues based on a product and its location will be provided to the teams and the teams will have to guess the product and find it. The first one to find it wins.

  • Charades

Here someone will be explaining or acting out a movie, person, place or thing to the audience without making a sound or speaking. The audience will have to guess the correct answer. Each one to guess the correct answer will be provided with a gift.

  • Pinata

At a company picnic, a piñata is pretty uncommon but it’s awesome if the piñata is company branded and the piñata will be full of money or gift cards. Now that sounds like fun.

A few other fun yard or picnic games are, bags/Cornhole, giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, Croquet and Bocce.

The Wrap

These are a few unique ideas for an extraordinary company picnic. Keep these ideas in mind while planning a picnic and impress your bosses with our support.

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