This year’s changes feel promising and hopeful. More and more life is returning a bit closer to “normal.” As sentiment about large group events continues to wax and wane, we forecast another summer of evolution for corporate events. With this in mind, the outdoors seem to have become a common ground where everyone feels comfortable socializing. This makes a company picnic the perfect corporate event for summer. And we have three ideas to keep yours from being the boring old picnic on a lawn.

Go Boho

We recently catered and provided all the rentals for a boho company picnic lunch that made a trite outdoor activity feel fresh and elegant. We started with a long, low row of coffee tables down the middle, atop a selection of rugs and floor cushions. Then, we added a beautiful tablescape, and our clients had an amazing time. So choose a shady, breezy spot and let us do the same for you.

A Cool Take on Happy Hour

Let’s face it, it’s time for Zoom happy hours to become a thing of the past. Instead, why not bring your team together for cocktail popsicles and food at a centrally located park. Everyone can enjoy a delicious adult beverage, while also staying cool.

Beat the Heat

As summer heats up, one of the biggest challenges for a company picnic in Austin is keeping everyone from being miserably sweaty. A great solution is to pair the event with an activity that keeps everyone cool. Luckily, Austin abounds with such activities. You could pair an outdoor lunch with paddle boarding or kayaking on Lake Austin. Or shift to dinner and an outdoor movie night. For an outdoor movie, our wide selection of rentals, such as rugs, cushions, and lounge furniture could make the picnic feel especially luxurious.

Choose Refreshing Flavors

Another way to beat the heat is to create a light, refreshing menu. Drinks like mint limeade or watermelon cucumber agua fresca, or our fresh, seasonal menu options, like a chef attended Poke Bowl Station or Heirloom Tomato Carving Station, pair better with warm, outdoor events. A lighter menu is also key if your event will offer any other activities like those mentioned above, to keep guests feeling energized.

Photo by Hyde Park Photography

An outdoor gathering is the perfect way to ease everyone back into corporate gatherings. Let one of our coordinators help you plan the perfect company picnic for your team!