Company picnics should always be planned thoroughly to ensure that the company and employees will receive the maximum benefit. These gatherings allow for companies to bring their employees and families together, boost company morale and hopefully increase productivity. Here are a few ideas to think about if you're planning a company picnic or looking to give your company suggestions on making yours better.
Where do you have your picnic?
Most companies (in my experience) prefer to have their company picnic at a location that is relatively close, cheap to rent and provides some type of entertainment on site. State or city parks are always good locations to have picnics because you can rent the entire park for a fee that normally includes all the activities at that location (swimming, putt putt, paddle boats, horse riding, golf, etc.) So if you're looking for a place to throw the party check with some locations similar to this-- I bet you'll find the cost is reasonable (and you won't need to pay others to bring in the entertainment).
If your budget is quite small there is nothing wrong with throwing a picnic in the parking lot of your company. You can turn your parking lot into a great time by hiring local companies to provide the entertainment.
Whether you're renting a location or having a get together in the company parking lot you need to show your employees that you appreciate their dedication to your business. In order to have a successful picnic you need to provide entertainment for the entire family. These events do not need to be expensive, just entertaining. Here are some great ideas:
- Face Painting
- Horse Shoes
- Fortune Tellers
- Treasure Hunts
- Scavenger Hunts
- Pie eating contests
- Petting zoo
- Bounce Houses
One of the most exciting things you can do for the adults is have great door prizes. If you're going to do door prizes don't make it cheap. People would rather have twenty great door prizes instead of tons of things no one would want. Most companies register the employees for the door prizes instead of each family member. Get prizes you know your employees will use, here are a few examples:
- Heavy duty flashlights
- DVD players
- Gift cards
- Movie tickets
- Amusement park tickets
- Blu-ray players
- Grill accessory kit
If you're renting out a location at a park your food may be included, if not you have tons of options. You can always hire a local caterer, cook the food yourself, have everyone bring a dish, or cook the food while you're there (bbq, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc!) You'll also need to have plenty of snack food around as well-- you can have someone serving popcorn and nuts or go out and buy food wrapped in individual packages. Find a huge bin or different coolers and fill those full of soda, water and juice.
Themes are of course optional and again can be pulled off on a small budget. Some great theme ideas that I've seen in the past include:
- Mardi Gras
- Decades (For example, have an 80's themed picnic)
- Hawaiian Luau
Of course be creative! If your company wants to go less traditional for a company picnic, go to an amusement park or have a day on the beach or a day at the zoo!
Looking For Someone To Plan Your Event?
If you don't have time to plan an event, no worries. There are people willing and ready to throw you the best company picnic ever! You can always employee local caterers and event planners, but here's some folks that specialize in throwing amazing company picnics.
Nikolic Predrag from Serbia, Belgrade on May 31, 2014:
Very interesting and useful article. Voted up!