Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are company picnics?
A: In short, company picnics are a day out of the office to have fun at your location of choice. These corporate events are centered around team building, relaxation, fun, and, of course, food.
Q: Are company picnics still a thing?
A: Company picnics are definitely still a thing! In fact, company picnics have experienced a major resurgence since lockdown ended and are bigger and better than ever!
Why should a company host a picnic for its employees?
Company picnics are a day of fun, strengthening bonds between coworkers, and giving them a chance to have fun. Company outings are proven to boost team morale, by giving back to employees and giving them a chance to kick back and have fun!
Q: What are the objectives of a company picnic?
A: The objectives of a company picnic are to have fun, strengthen bonds between staff, and give back to your team. This should be an annual event your team looks forward to; a day out of the office to have fun and spend time with each other.
Q: Should you go to company outings?
A: Of course, you should! We strive to make company picnics fun and accessible to all, and work to ensure everyone can join in and have a good time. Think of all the raffle prizes you could win, or the delicious food you could try, or even the fun games you can participate in! Company picnics are loads of fun and an amazing way to get to know your coworkers and have fun while you’re at it!
Q: Can I skip the company picnic?
A: While you can check with your company to see their policy on skipping it, we also love seeing a full attendance. Remember to always check company policies! That being said, if you’re worried about accessibility, or about social situations, we work to make an accessible environment that’s fun for all. No matter your reason for hesitating, we assure that company picnics can be very accessible, relaxed environments, and are an overall great experience to try out.
Q: Why do companies have company picnics?
A: Companies nationwide host company picnics to give their employees a chance to get out of the office and come together to have a good time. They’re an amazing way to grow closer with your fellow team members and enjoy each other’s company outside of work. Picnics are also a great way to give back to the team and tend to rejuvenate them as well as grow them closer together.
Q: What is an office picnic?
A: Office picnics, company picnics, and every term in between are events held by a company for all of their team members to get out and play games, share food, and have fun together. While they’re usually held outdoors in a local park, they can be held anywhere! All that is necessary is picnic guests, loads of fun games, and some good food.
Q: What happens at a company picnic?
A: Usually, the events at a company picnic involve some sort of organized field games, other game areas (carnival booths, game tables, or inflatable attractions), a served lunch (though buffets are open for the entirety of the event), and another form of entertainment (a band, dancers, etc.). You’re free to join in the organized games, mingle over lunch, or try your hand at any of the game setups; basically, enjoy the environment, soak in the fun and relaxation, and have a good time at your leisure. Check out our case studies for a deeper look at what a company picnic entails.
Q: How do you get people to stay at your company?
A: Company picnics are an amazing way to get people to stay! It’s been proven that they’re an amazing way to boost team morale, strengthen staff’s bonds with each other and the company, and show them how much you appreciate them.
Q: How do you plan a corporate picnic?
A: Here at A Company Picnic, we do the planning for you! We’ll work with you to choose a location, a theme, and plan a menu, and from there, we work to gain permits, gather any performers or setups you need, and make any arrangements required. We fully staff each event and perform all setup and cleanup for you, and everything in between, so you can relax and enjoy the day as well.
Q: What makes a successful picnic?
A: A picnics’ success is solely defined by its participants having fun. It doesn’t take fanciness or a premier location (though they help!); just give your attendees a fun environment and some delicious food. Picnics, like life, are what you make them. If you offer a fun, accessible environment and plenty of good food, your attendance will be full, and your team will have a great time.
Q: How do you plan a picnic for a large group?
A: It takes a lot of coordination to plan a huge picnic! We handle it all for you. You’ll need to send out invites, and we’ll handle registration, wristbands, and other fine details. We’ll work with you to figure out a catering plan, what entertainment you’ll need, and find the perfect location for your event.
Q: What do you need for an aesthetic picnic?
A: We have loads of beautiful themes to choose from! We fully decorate each picnic location to our clients’ vision, bringing in loads of prop décor, lighting, seating, and picnic tables, color coordinated. We also offer a variety of menus, so even the food will be aesthetic!
Q: How do you plan a work picnic?
A: We can help you plan your work picnic! Talk to our amazing picnic planners and provide some details on location, budget, and attendance expectations to get started. Each picnic is personalized and tailored to you and your company’s needs, and our team is always ready to help!
Q: How do you throw an amazing picnic?
A: Find your perfect location, plan a tasty menu, and bring in loads of picnic games. We’ll handle all the details for you, but really all you need to consider is the location, the food, and the fun!
Q: What is the most important part of a picnic?
A: The most important aspect of a picnic is the people, of course! We focus on the people attending and build the picnic around them to ensure it’s successful to that specific group, and engaging to all.
Q: How do you set up a quick picnic?
A: We’d recommend planning company picnics in advance. We advise setting the date six months in advance, or up to a year for certain locations. However, if you’re in a pinch, we have an amazing network of locations and vendors so we ensure a quick turnaround rate.
Q: How do you organize a company picnic?
A: Our picnic planners will walk you through the process, but you’ll need to set a date first and then send out invites, think about what location suits your picnic best, and work with us to plan the food, entertainment, and games. Our picnic planners can handle sending out invites for you and collecting RSVPs, as well as helping you decide on the location, so you can be worry-free.
Q: How do you host a fun picnic?
A: Fun picnics are our specialty! Choosing a theme can be a great way to ensure the picnic is unique and enjoyable. Once you’ve picked the theme for décor, food, and entertainment, pick out loads of games, and the day will be memorable for all.
Q: How long should a company picnic last?
A: Company picnics generally last around four hours. But every company is different. We’ve hosted picnics 8 hours long, as well as week-long picnic events! See our past events.
Q: What time should a picnic start?
A: Picnics can be held just about any time of day, depending on the season! We usually do noon or 2:00, but we’ve even planned picnics beginning at 4:00. If it’s a summer picnic, there’s plenty of sunlight, and the afternoons are usually cooler, while in winter, lunchtime is generally warmest, and the days are shorter. You can also consider if you want your picnic meal to be lunch or dinner, and coordinate the start and end around that.
Q: What is the most critical element of a successful picnic?
A: As mentioned previously, the people attending are the most crucial aspect. Understanding them and their likes and needs really makes a picnic. If you take the time to understand your team’s desires (we always recommend sending out a survey) and put them at the center of the planning process, you’re guaranteed to have a successful picnic. Talk to your team, see what they like and don’t like, and use that as a basis for planning your budget as well as picnic activities and even location.
Q: How do you plan a company cookout?
A: Here at A Company Picnic, we assure you that when you partner with us, it’ll be a breeze. Know your budget, an estimate of attendance, and where your picnic will be held, and we’ll walk you through the rest! Call 1.800.316.6722 to talk to a company picnic specialist.
Q: How do you organize a company picnic?
A: Start by getting a total guest count; is it employee-only, bring your kid(s), or bring your spouse? Plan your budget either per head or in total, then set a date and choose a location. Once again, we’d recommend sending out surveys to your team when you’re thinking of holding a company picnic. Once you’ve figured out these basics, our picnic planners will be able to take the logistics and fine details over for you.
Q: What do I bring to a picnic with coworkers?
A: If you’re attending a company picnic, there’s very little you’ll need to bring. Be sure to have your usual necessities on hand and pack some sunscreen if it’s outdoors. We provide refreshments and lunch, so you won’t have to worry about anything else. Do dress appropriately for the weather, pack a hat if it’ll be sunny, and check with your company to see what may be required for you to bring. Some companies apply dress code to company picnics if they’re on company grounds, and some may require a work ID or company badge to be checked at registration.
Q: What is proper etiquette in picnic?
A: Be kind, be respectful, be professional! Remember to speak and act appropriately and obey any rules in your company’s picnic policy. Take the time to relax and have fun, but remain respectful and courteous of your coworkers.
Q: What do you need for a group picnic?
A: At company picnics, you’ll need to bring some identification and your usual necessities. We provide wristbands so our staff knows you’re part of the team. We handle refreshments, food, and game equipment, and have first-aid crew on hand with band aids and other necessities, so you won’t need to bring very much!
Q: What should I bring to a picnic top 7?
A: We’d say, bring any necessary items, bring your ID, bring your phone (there’ll be a lot of fun you’ll want to capture!), and wear comfortable shoes. Company picnics are fully prepared with drinks, food, and everything under the sun, so you can pack lightly.
Q: How do you carry everything for a picnic?
A: We typically transport things on our end in trucks and vans. For you, you’ll have loads of swag and things to carry home. Generally, you may want to bring a bag to carry your keepsakes back in.
Q: What do you wear to a company picnic in the summer?
A: Wear cool, comfortable clothing that promotes air circulation and mobility. Also, be sure to wear comfortable shoes; there’s lots of walking and moving involved!
Q: How do you dress classy for a picnic?
A: We’d recommend loose garments, like slacks, and some good athletic shoes or sandals. Check with your company when planning the day’s wardrobe, since they may have a dress code like Hawaiian shirts or company T-shirts for the day. And always ensure what you wear is easy to move around in!
Q: What not to wear to a company picnic?
A: Don’t wear anything that’ll restrict your movement, anything not appropriate for the weather (especially if the picnic is outdoors!), and shoes that inhibit your activity.
Q: How do you throw a chic picnic?
A: We offer lots of upscale picnic ideas. Our Luxury package can take any picnic to the next level! Focus on luxe food, décor, and entertainment, and your picnic will be tremendously chic.
Q: What is a boho style picnic?
A: A boho picnic style focuses on laidback picnics with free-spirit qualities and bohemian styling. Think of a barefoot afternoon in the sun with low-topped picnic tables, beautiful picnic blankets, and plenty of finger foods! If you like these vibes, you might like our luxe picnic or our luau picnic theme.
Q: What is a rainbow picnic?
A: A rainbow picnic is a whimsical, colorful outdoor picnic with loads of balloons and food and drink containers in bright, fun colors. This picnic is fanciful and fun and is sure to foster whimsy and delight in your guests. If this is the style for you, you’re sure to love our fanciful, colorful Wonderland theme!
Q: What are the 3 most popular foods?
A: Our three most popular picnic foods would be hamburgers, hotdogs, and BBQ! We grill everything over wood, fresh the morning of the picnic, and each item is unforgettably perfect. Take a peek at some of our best menu options for more ideas.
Q: What is the best picnic food that travels well?
A: We like to bring in ingredients and cook them on the spot. Our catering crews are amazing at whipping up anything under the sun, freshly made then and there!
Q: What are 3 popular foods?
A: The best picnic foods would have to be the classic burgers and dogs, and definitely a side like potato salad or coleslaw. You really can’t go wrong with these classic cookout foods! Check out our classic menu for some more ideas.
Q: How long can you keep food out at a picnic?
A: We bring in coolers (and sometimes even refrigerators!) to keep everything chill in the summer and always keep food on ice and change the ice as needed. With the proper heating or cooling, food is perfect all afternoon!
Q: How do you serve hot food at a picnic?
A: Our amazing catering team grills everything on-location, but we also implement plenty of warming trays and containers to keep it all fresh and warm.
Q: What is the number one picnic food?
A: That’d be potato salad! Potato salad is a classic picnic and cookout food, and our catering team makes some of the best we’ve ever had. It’s chunky yet creamy and perfectly seasoned, and we think chilled potato salad makes any summer picnic a million times better!
Q: What are typical picnic foods?
A: Typical picnic foods are usually hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, garden salad, and potato chips. We love bringing in BBQ (chicken, pork, or beef) as well. We also feel that fruit is perfect to eat at a summer picnic, be it fresh coconuts, classic watermelon, or fruit cups!
Q: Can I request a food truck(s) instead of or in addition to your catering?
A: Of course you can! We’ve brought in countless food trucks to events over the years, in a variety of specialties from donuts to Indian cuisine.
Q: Do you work with third-party caterers as well?
A: Yes, we do! Whether you’re looking for our own caterers or a third-party caterer, we’re more than happy to provide either.
Q: How many people can you accommodate?
A: We’ve planned picnics with a wide variety of attendees. Whether it’s a picnic as small as 80 guests or one as big as 6,000, we can handle just about any number!
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