03 May Treat your Employees: Company Appreciation Picnic
In a world where work burnout is rampant, it is more important than ever to show appreciation for your employees. It can go a long way in boosting morale, improving productivity, and increasing employee retention. One of our favorite ways to treat our employees is with a company appreciation picnic, typically hosted during the spring or summer months. With a greater chance of blue skies and sunshine, it is a fun way to get everyone together outside of the office. With the intention of showcasing just how much you value your employees and appreciate their hard work. Keep reading to learn about the key elements to consider when planning an employee appreciation picnic, featuring large tents and rentals from Classic Tents and Events.
The foundation for any outdoor event is shelter. Depending on the size of your company, you may need a large tent or multiple tents to accommodate everyone. As well as their families, should you plan to extend an invitation. When looking for tents, we also recommend considering climate control features. This is especially important if you live in an area with unpredictable weather or if the picnic is taking place during the hottest months of the year. Our team can easily install fans or air conditioning to keep everyone comfortable.
Pro tip: Make a rain plain! Forgoing a rain plan can make or break your company picnic. Moreso if you plan to host in the springtime when a light shower or thunderstorm can swoop in at any moment. Consider featuring siding on at least 2 to 3 sides of the tent, along with gutters to redirect runoff water. If rain is already in the forecast, we can also install covered walkways. Along with flooring and carpets to create a sturdy, yet stylish, event space.
Event Rentals & Furniture
It takes more than a tent to keep people comfortable. Beneath the tent, you will want to place enough tables and chairs to seat the entire company. If you are hosting a lunch or dinner, don’t forget to grab colorful linens. Should the forecast predict clear skies, we also recommend a small number of outdoor tables equipped with umbrellas. Once the sun goes down, keep the party going when you install soft bistro or string lights beneath the copy. If it is more convenient, we recommend that you consider our Tent Packages, with options for parties with up to 128 guests. Each package comes with everything you need, furniture, lighting, and more, to host memorable company appreciation picnics.
Yard games and outdoor picnics go hand-in-hand! Entertainment is essential for outdoor events, and are a great way to encourage team building and friendly competition. Plus, they’re a lot of fun! Depending on your budget and the size of your event, take a look at our inventory of classic yard games. The adults are sure to love classics such as Cornhole, or for a more competitive group, Ping Pong. If there are children in attendance, they will get a kick out of oversized yard games like Connect Four and Jenga. Lastly, don’t forget to rent audio equipment. Unless you have a live band, music will go a long way to set the scene and create a lighthearted atmosphere.
Food & Beverage Rentals
In the South, we like to show our appreciation with a hefty plate of food. No summer company appreciation picnic is complete without a full spread of hot-off-the-grill foods and ice-cold cocktails (or mocktails). A memorable party starts with a well-stocked event bar, serving booze-infused lemonades and soda pop. We also rent a variety of cooking equipment like grills and coolers to keep everything fresh and at the right temperature. Once the food is made, utilize chafing dishes to create a simple self-serve style buffet that guests can enjoy well into the evening.