Company picnics, at their best, are all about putting the same people you see every day into a completely different, carefree context. You’re there to grow your bond as coworkers in a way that you might not while inside the workplace.
But you’re also attempting to contrast the vibe of rushing off with your coworkers to decompress at a happy hour. It’s not the easiest balance to strike! So here are 3 simple tips to get you started with striking the perfect tone for your upcoming corporate event this summer:
Provide simple, comforting concession-style food. Set up one or two stands that provide a simple, universally-beloved concession food. Popcorn is perfect. Churros kick it up a notch. Cotton candy is an absolute classic that’s hard to go wrong with. Go for concessions that give off a rush of nostalgia, perfect for encouraging everyone to relax and smile a little.
Go with a unique venue. There’s nothing wrong with the standard public park; there’s a reason that’s the go-to spot for company picnics. But you can do better, combining both the pleasant family fun of an outdoor event with the amenities and activities you can only get with indoor options. Encourage great conversation under the open sky, and get people moving on an indoor dance floor when the evening sets it!
Come up with at least three contrasting activities. Picnic activities should run the gamut, as your goal is to make sure everyone finds something enjoyable and memorable. If you set up a sack race, make sure there’s also a team charades. After a day of canoeing, wind your crew down with bingo. Schedule the events, make sure there’s room in-between for people to chat and decompress, and try to end on something that a group of slightly tired, full and happy people will enjoy.
These simple tips should help provide a compass for planning a successful, enjoyable company picnic that everybody will remember for years to come. For more helpful direction on making sure you have all the right amenities for your upcoming corporate event, don’t hesitate to contact us at Chandler’s Gardens today.