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3 Common Company Picnic Planning Questions (& Answers) from the Pros

picture of family enjoying company picnicWe’ve been involved in planning a few (dozen or so…) company picnics in our 25+ years of event planning, and have heard some of the most common—and critical—questions just as many times.  Here are our (experienced!) answers.

How do I choose the right venue for my company picnic?

Your company picnic venue is one of the most critical decisions you make during planning and plays a key role in the success of your company picnic.  Take the old real estate rule to heart: “location, location, location” and choose a venue that is a ideal location for your guests.  Beyond location, consider these factors to narrow your company picnic options: budget, event purpose, atmosphere, event needs, and number of guests when choosing the right hall, park, arena, aquarium, or other space for your picnic festivities.

We’ve given you a list of potential company picnic venue sites to start your company picnic planning.  If you’re holding a company picnic for one of your remote locations, we’d recommend you hire a local expert knowledgeable in venues.  They can recommend and book venues that can assist with meeting your event goals, fit your guest list quantity, has the appropriate accommodations for your event and fits any other criteria needed for your event.

How do I get started planning a company picnic?

Anyone can plan a company picnic and hire a caterer.  To create a company picnic atmosphere that makes your guests feel appreciated and want to come back, you have to plan a company picnic with atmosphere.

Start with a theme (we’ve given you company picnic theme ideas here).  Plan every other detail around that theme: venue, food, entertainment, etc.—or hire an event planner that can put all the pieces together and plan an event beyond your expectations.

What entertainment is right for your company picnic?

Company picnic entertainment is an important part of your picnic, and with a lot of risk; your entertainers are the highlight of your picnic—and what your employees are going to talk about after your picnic is over.  There are a lot of factors that play into the selection of entertainers for a company picnic—and so many entertainers to choose from.  To get the best combination of entertainers for your picnic, contact an entertainment agent with a full line-up of quality, reliable entertainers.  An entertainment agent can recommend main entertainers (bands, hypnotists, etc.), children’s entertainers (jugglers, face painters, magicians, etc.), and all the atmosphere entertainers that’ll make your company picnic unforgettable.

25 Company Picnic Entertainment Ideas That’ll Wow Your Guests

group of happy child outdoor having fun at company picnicA company picnic is supposed to be fun, right? Yet, for some reason, so many companies and event planners plan a company picnic without entertainment. The result is a bunch of people standing around—and a lot of employees (and their families) staying home from another boring company party.

You can change your company picnic atmosphere by making a few changes during the planning process:

  • Give this year’s company picnic a theme, such as a carnival or sports (we’ve listed 10 company picnic themes here). A company picnic theme gives you direction as you plan every detail.
  • Choose a fun venue that is interactive and gives your employees an extra incentive to come. We’ve given you a few ideas for company picnic venues in our recent post.
  • Contact an entertainment agent for entertainers that fits your company event and budget. An entertainment agent can select the best entertainers for the demographic of your guests, and coordinate your company picnic entertainment.

Entertainment Ideas for the Family Company Picnic

Game ideas:

  • Potato sack races
  • Bingo
  • Relay races
  • Pool party
  • Sand castle contest
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Bounce house
  • Food-building activity (i.e. bugs out of marshmallows and toothpicks, food sculptures, etc.)
  • Cooking s’mores

Entertainers:

  • Magicians can bring magic to your company picnic. Magicians are versatile company picnic entertainment because they can adapt to almost any crowd or event venue and provide tricks that wow guests of all ages.
  • Jugglers are entertainers that are suitable for any company picnic crowd, and can mingle through your crowd and incorporate everyone into their act (including the boss!).
  • Face painters may come to mind as company picnic entertainment only for the kids, but adults seem to enjoy their services as well. If you want another entertainer for adults at your company picnic as well, ask an entertainment agent about caricature artists. The face painters can keep the children entertained while the caricature artists give the adults some artsy entertainment as well.
  • Musicians are a mainstay for company picnic entertainment, and it’s easy to see why. Just ask us about singers that can include children and adults into their acts, or for a children’s singer for one stage, and a singer more suited to adults for another area.

Entertainment Ideas for the Adult-Only Company Picnic

entertainers for company picnicGames:

  • Sports (basketball, softball, volleyball, etc.)
  • Obstacle course
  • Dunk tank
  • Team-building activity
  • Tug of war
  • Trivia
  • Entertainment ideas from the kid list (bingo, sack races, etc.)

Entertainers:

Musicians are a company picnic entertainment favorite because they give your guests that ‘night-out’ feel.  To select the best entertainer that fits your company picnic theme, contact an entertainment agent with an extensive list of choices—and the experience to know what act is perfect for your company picnic.

Impersonators are a big hit at company picnics with a retro theme.  Ask your entertainment agent for an impersonator that fits the decade you’re planning your company picnic around, such as the 20’s or 50’s.

Comedians make a big impression on your guests—especially if your entertainment agent has access to the best acts in your area.  For a personalized show, give your agent information about your company and picnic theme.

Hypnotists leave your company picnic attendees, well, hypnotized and give them a topic to talk about around the water cooler for years to come.  These interactive entertainers bring your company picnic guests into the show so you can avoid the boring company picnic of the past.

Stiltwalkers are definitely a conversation starter as they mingle throughout the crowd.  Perfect for a carnival theme or a circus, stilt walkers can keep your guests entertained and curious about what’s coming next.

This list is just a sample of company picnic entertainment that can bring a new level of fun to your annual employee picnic. If you are looking for more company picnic entertainment ideas, or want to book the top entertainers in Chicago, contact us. We can make sure that your picnic is a successful and fun company picnic everyone wants to come to, and everyone—-adults and kids—walk away happy.