With just six weeks left until Labor Day, it is not too late to plan your summer company party. A company gathering, such as a picnic, BBQ, pool party, etc., is a great way get your crew’s morale boosted high before the seriousness of fall sets in, and (gulp) we all get on the runway to the holidays.
The Venue & Games
Picking an outdoor venue for a corporate event is easy in the summertime, between backyards, our many local parks and gardens, lakes, and reservoirs, there is a space for any party. For a smaller work team, perhaps a co-workers backyard will do. For a larger event, look into renting a beach area at a reservoir many times these areas come with a barbeque on-site and a friendly game of beach volleyball can be set up! If you are in need of a more family oriented place, look for a nearby park with a water feature to keep the kids entertained.
It is inevitable that shoptalk will come up at a company party. Try to give everyone (and their spouses) a break from thinking about work by having a game or two available for guests to jump in on! Easy yard games like croquet, bocce ball, volleyball, and badminton are quick, easy summer activities for kids and adults.
Pick a Theme!
We always love a good theme! For summertime there are lively ones to choose from: a variety of beach parties from luaus to clambakes, picnics, a summer fiesta, pool party (if you have access to one) or simply a BBQ. Have the food reflect your theme. Decorating for outdoor parties is simple! Just add a few small touches such as tiki torches and leis for a luau or red and white checkers for a picnic or barbeque. Use colorful bandannas for napkins and let the feel of summertime take over the rest. For parties that include kids, we always recommend having a make-your-own food station such as a hot dog or hamburger bar, ice cream sundae bar, or a decorate your own cupcake.
If the budget allows, a company party favor is nice. When it is a little more high-end than the typical favor, try to give something the guests can really use such as re-usable water bottles, coffee mugs, paperweights, or key chains. Customize the favors with individual names or the company logo. After all, the point of a company party is to show appreciation for employees!