Alcohol and Company Picnics

Alcohol is a common feature of any corporate event. Whether it’s a toast of champagne at a sophisticated VIP dinner or cold bottles of beer at a team building event, alcohol definitely has its place in the company event sphere. You may have a few questions about alcohol and company picnics, and we’re here to answer them for you. Whether you’re wondering about our standard procedure for serving alcohol, or curious if you can plan a dry picnic, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown on alcohol and company picnics.

Is Alcohol a Good Thing at a Company Picnic?

In short, yes, it is. It’s a very common aspect, as mentioned above, after all. Depending on your company and guests, it may even be expected. Many employees are used to being served drinks at a company event, be it formal or informal. A company picnic is no different from these other events; it’s just a bit more of a fun informal kind. It’s part of many companies’ cultures to celebrate with drinks, or bond over them. Alcohol can help foster bonds between members of your team and gives them a medium to connect over.

Bar Notice with Havana Day Dreamin' Decor for Company Picnic in Newport Beach, California

Company Picnic Ideas for Celebrating Diversity:

  • A Diversity Highlighting Theme
    • International – Perfect for Large, Mixed Groups
    • Luau – Explore Pacific Islander Cultures
    • Fiesta, Dio de Los Muertos – Celebrate Latino Heritage
    • African Art & Dance – Feel the Heartbeat and See the Beauty in Diversity
  • Educate and Explore Heritages with Authentic Exposure

What are the Benefits of Alcohol at My Company Picnic?

Not only can alcohol promote bonding between employees, it can boost attendance at your event. After all, sharing drinks is a great way to decompress. And what are company picnics for if not for decompressing? Sharing some cold drinks after an exciting match of a game really sets the mood for relaxation. Company picnics are all about that relaxation and letting loose at the end of a week. Having some beer or wine on tap can help in fostering that mood.

What is your Protocol?

Of course, alcohol can’t just be served recklessly. Here at A Company Picnic, we value responsibility and an event running smoothly. We have a standard procedure of checking ID at registration and providing wristbands to prove it. While you can have an open bar at a company picnic, we only offer that if the event is employee-only and everyone is of age.

Group Posing at Edwards Lifesciences Havana Day Dreamin' Themed Company BBQ 2022 in Newport Beach, California

Company Picnic Ideas for Kids

  • Include Fair Favorites like Face Painting, Balloon Artists & Bounce Houses
  • Include Kids-Friendly Items on the Menu
  • Family-Friendly Music (Live Band or DJ)
  • MC Lead Family Games per Age Group or by Family Unit

How do You Keep Things from Getting Crazy?

We have an amazing line of bartenders, catering staff, servers, and DJs who know how to keep a crowd on the line between professional and fun. Our entire team works together seamlessly to assure events and guests don’t get out of hand. We guide them in the right direction smoothly enough for them to not even realize we’re doing so. Above all, we value events going smoothly and happily.

Company Picnic Ideas for Accessibility

  • Easy Accessible Parking Lots, Restrooms & Booths
  • Noise Cancelling Headsets for Sensory Sensitive Individuals
  • Bilingual Attendants & MC (Including ASL Interpreters for Speeches/Awards)
  • Customizable Options for Inclusive Activities & Locations

What We Recommend

Company picnics are a relaxed, carefree type of event. It’s completely casual and meant to be a time to let loose. For alcohol, we recommend beer and wine to complement these feelings. For a staff-and-family BBQ, we recommend providing ID wristbands for drinks. However, as mentioned earlier, if the picnic is going to be all employees over 21, you can opt to have an open bar. When planning your picnic, our event coordinators will help you plan ahead for all of this.

What if I Want a Dry Company Picnic?

Of course, there’s always the option of having a dry picnic.

Group Preparing to Play Balloon Toss at Edwards Havana Day Dreamin' Company BBQ 2022 on a California Beach

If you choose to do so, we’d recommend adding in extra games and fun activities. If you’d like to figure out what your employees think is the most fun way to spend the picnic, we can help you put together a survey to send out in your email blast or add to your next employee newsletter.

Share a Cold One at Your Next Company Picnic!

Regardless of if you’re looking to plan a picnic with alcohol or one without, our event coordinators will help you every step of the way. If you have any questions, we’d be happy to answer them. To start planning your next company picnic, have a peek at the form below. We’d love to hear from you!