Forecast: another summer of evolution for corporate events. This year’s changes feel promising and hopeful, but as the world slowly normalizes, it’s clear that not everyone is comfortable rushing back to life pre-COVID. From adjusting to mask-wear mandates to re-envisioning corporate workplaces, surveys everywhere are seeking to gauge employee attitudes. And as we mentioned before, with a quarter of employees still concerned about returning to work, keeping employees comfortable is crucial to employee satisfaction in 2021.
With all of this in mind, the outdoors seem to have become a common ground where everyone feels comfortable socializing, which 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.
We recently catered and provided all the rentals for a boho company picnic lunch that made a trite outdoor activity feel fresh and elegant. With a long, low row of coffee tables down the middle, atop a selection of rugs and floor cushions with a beautiful tablescape, 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.
An outdoor gathering is the perfect way to ease employees who have spent the last year working remotely back into corporate gatherings. Let one of our coordinators help you plan the perfect company picnic for your team!