Category: ‘Picnic Pointers’
If you visited our warehouse three years ago and again today, you’d hardly recognize it with all the new inflatables, games and activities we’ve acquired. That’s not to say the classics you’d expect aren’t there because they are, but it does show our determination to constantly improve, keep things new and provide our clients with the best event experience possible. Whether your event requires games and activities for children, adult employees or all ages, The Company Picnic People have you covered.
We keep things fresh by providing clients with the newest and coolest attractions, while continuing to offer time-proven classics everyone enjoys. Simply put, we offer more choices so you can be sure to find the best fit for your company and your event.
Among The Company Picnic People‘s new offerings are Quarterback Blitz and Golf Chip. Employees and guests of all ages will amuse themselves — or find ‘friendly’ competition — in both. These two activities are a sampling of the adult-oriented games we’ve been adding. Employees can go play as they want: throw the football around for a few minutes or practice their chipping. The practicality and simplicity of QB Blitz and Golf Chip make them great choices for an employee event as they don’t need much staffing, encourage interactivity and are perfect for a lunch at the office or for a Saturday picnic.
In addition to the games that are great for any picnic or age, Wacky World and Animal Farm are fantastic new choices for picnics with kids attending. You’ve invited your employees and their families — now how does having games and inflatables affect your event?
In our experience, inflatables generate buzz and excitement at your picnic. They get kids running from the car exclaiming, in Chris’ words, “‘Oh cool! I gotta go see what that is!’” They’re hooked, and our myriad games, inflatables and activities keep the whole party happy for hours.
However, we don’t stop at simply providing superior selection. The details of execution are extremely important to us.
We often use the metaphor of ‘a blank canvas’ to explain the consideration we take when setting up events and picnics. With years of experience we’re able to arrange everything from food to games in a manner that enhances the picnic by keeping things tight and close together, which we’ve found makes the event more enjoyable for everyone.
Of course, inflatables and games oriented towards children require more focus and staffing. Over the years we’ve taken a real strong approach towards safety. We are current on our industry-certified training courses and we strictly follow the manufacturer’s rules on proper staking, weight limits and capacities. It may seem obvious, but our staff actually pays attention to the little things, like making sure a ten year-old isn’t going to go into the Moon Walk and bounce a toddler into the night sky. People don’t get hurt at our picnics because we’re smart and cautious on top of providing well-trained staff.
We stay ahead of the competition with innovation, intelligence and high safety standards. Every year we increase our selection while keeping the old standbys that your employees and their families have come to love, so whether this is your first or fourth picnic with us you can be assured The Company Picnic People will meet and exceed your expectations.
Whether you are planning your first or fifteenth picnic, the amount of details to consider is enormous. Here’s how we’d start thinking about our company picnic:
It’s important to pick your event date early in the process, choose a day that works for as many people as possible, and start getting the word out. The best day is usually a Saturday, but companies often have successful events on weekdays. Clear the date with all involved parties, check for conflicting events both in the workplace and in your community, and make sure your company’s production schedule allows for people to be mostly available that day.
Determining a budget is crucial to know what shape your picnic will take. A budget determines the scale and scope of your event. It establishes a framework for your planning process so you don’t plan something grossly over-budget or end up with areas you wished you would have spent more on. Your budget establishes your options. With a budget, you can prioritize aspects of your picnic and maximize the results of your event and planning. One little rule of thumb we have, for budgeting purposes, is that the amount of attendees at your picnic will be extremely close to the total number of employees you invite. Trust us.
Make sure your site is big enough for the number of people you’re going to have. Do you want a pavilion or shelter? Do you want a local park? Can you bring alcohol? Are inflatable games and activities allowed at the site? What are all the various permits you need? Is the availability of your site time-sensitive? Does your location have all the necessary facilities and infrastructure such as electricity, water, restrooms and parking? Try to find a place that’s central to most of your employees, which is perhaps why we see more and more companies that choose to hold company events at their place of business. The Company Picnic People also helps clients across America find the local site that is just right for their employee celebration while taking care of the nitty-gritty logistical details.
Put a committee together. Try to get people from different parts of the company. It’s good to delegate roles: someone on finances, another on promotion, maybe someone on logistics, giveaways, etc. Try to keep your committee small and active with people passionate about the event. However, we know the difficulties of pulling people out of their workdays and the time consumed by simply organizing a committee. For most of the picnics we do, there are one or two people in charge of organizing the event and we handle all of these things for them at no additional cost.
There can be a lot of pieces to organizing a picnic — a lot of vendors to be contacted and organized. You need to secure a venue; pick out food and hire a caterer; coordinate games, activities, clowns; rent tents, tables, chairs, etc.; determine electricity, water access, order portable restrooms…the list drags on. At The Company Picnic People, we provide all of these pieces in-house so you only deal with ONE vendor and don’t miss anything you need for your party.
Simplify your planning process and maximize your event by letting the experienced staff at The Company Picnic People tackle the details. We will gladly explain our options, walk through your budget and priorities, and work with you to craft an event perfect for your company and size. Begin planning today, call (888) 509-5057 or send us an email and we’ll get started!