Have you considered renting bikes or kayaks if you are near water? You could hire a band for a concert? Or do karaoke. Try to get everyone involved!
First I would make sure you have enough volunteers so that everyone will have fun..If the picnic serves alcohol, have Kareoke. Have a clown pasing out balloons and face painting, have someone organize softball, vollyball, or kickball
Is it a family picnic or an employee's only picnic?
Is this a year in which you want to be having a grand celebration or is it a year to have a great time but on a lower budget?
March 15, 2010
It's for employees and their family. We don't want a "grand celebration", just a great time on a moderate budget.
My company used to have an inflatable obsticle course, volley ball, softball, a dunk tank to dunk the higher ups and we donated the money to charity, also an ice cream truck came and it was free, and a Dj with karoke. All the excutives manned the huge grill they rented....
March 16, 2010
Different games to build team cooperation, plus I would suggest a DJ that has the understanding of what games the company can play to generate friendly competition. If family members are invited a few games that can be played as a family unit or team.
March 17, 2010
Find a caterer that has a wood fired pizza oven on a trailer. The pizza is unbelievable and everyone loves pizza.
I'm a Motown singer/entertainer; perhaps I can offer my services. We'll have a great time at the event. Email me directly to discuss it: firstname.lastname@example.org
Talk to you soon,
The Duke of Motown
March 24, 2010
Find a good barbershop quartet. It's different and they can be a lot of fun.
Don't forget to have a videographer or photographer, so you guys can get all the craziness documented
March 27, 2010
If your looking for a great Food Vendor, You might want to look at Sassy Hot Dogs They have been setting up at Northern Tools on I 35 in Saturdays and Sunday. At least you can check them out. They have a great looking trailer. The hot dogs are gourmet on fresh baked buns. They have every kind of dog you can think of. Hire them to do the cooking, and get the people in some awesome out door activities. Like Horse Shoe contest, washers, What is really crazy is tricycle races.
April 5, 2010
I work with a affordable catering company and we do on site BBQing and delicious milkshakes!! Call Robyn @ Elegant Catering
Why not try a Fortune Teller? It is an excellent way to liven up your party or special event. It is both fun and highly popular. Its a great ice breaker and suitable to any age group and involves minumal set-up time and preparation. We can do special pricing based on time and venue. Pamela Fortune Telling Plus!! 612 250 6198
I am looking for someone in Eufaula, OK area. We are looking for someone to cook out for our family reunion over Memorial Day weekend.
Elvis impersonator - usually a hit at reunions and family picnics. :-)
Hi, I usually plan our small company's picnic and last year I called a place in Ca. called Scandia amusement park. (very small) BUT EVERYONE had a blast! Alex arranged pic nic food and games then we rode the parks rides....VERY fun...
April 11, 2010
How about hiring a balloon twister? I was at an event where they had one, and everybody was walking around in these crazy hats and having a GREAT time. The artist was very entertaining and fun to watch. And the balloons everywhere made the atmosphere really festive. It was funny how much the adults were getting into it, even more than the kids were!
April 13, 2010
Piano Music for All Occasions can be a hit at a party. Call Steve Johnson, Duluth, who can play every song but one! Try a unique part of his performance. Name That Tune!! www.pianoballoon.com or call (218)-724-3747 He also offers an informative and fun indoor Hot Air Balloon Presentation for Banquet Programs and meetings. Highly Recommended !!
April 19, 2010
I am the Event Manager at America's Incredible Pizza Company in Urbandale and we have great accomodations for a company picnic! We have 4 themed dining rooms to choose from which include a 50s diner, gymansium, a leave-it-to beaver family room, a starlite theater and private party spaces. We offer an all you can eat buffet with items ranging from pizza, pastas, homestyle favorites and full salad bar to ice cream, brownies and much more. Incredible Pizza offers go carts, bumber cars, miniature bowling, mini golf and games for your guests as well. We are company based on Christian values and family entertainment. I would love to speak with you, for more information please contact me at email@example.com.
April 20, 2010
Where and when are you looking at having your event? I own a corporate events company in Phoenix, AZ and have travled to Vegas, LA, San Diego, and other close by cities to help organize picnic events. We have been in business since 2000 and can help you put together a family friendly, interactive style picnic. Musical relays, inflatalbes, entertainers, contests, and more. We staff all areas of the event so you and other committee members can actually enjoy the event. Feel free to contact us for more information. The Event Zone 602-689-2765
Usually this is budget driven.... If you're real busy - work with an entertainment management company. If not, you can find all kinds of the vendors googling ideas...
April 22, 2010
If you are having a Tropical Theme party look up your areas Frozen Drink Machine Rental. They deliver a machine (no Ice Needed) you poor in the Alcahol and the mix they provide and you have a self serve Tropical Drink Bar for your guest. Its so awesome. My guest love this. I do it every single year.
April 24, 2010
My name is RUSSTY a signer\guitarist entertainer great for private or business parties, BBQs ,dances and RestoBars events. Songs from the 60s to the newest hits.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I would go full on family style carnival, or maybe luau with pig roast, dancers, maybe someone to teach the hula and kids can perform? Something fun!
A good close-up magician can be an attraction for kids and adults. The routines a magician performs can be customized to any kind of audience, and the experience of a great magic show is the memory of a lifetime.
We've provided a variety of musical entertainment for many company picnics that have proven to be a lot of fun for everyone. The important thing is to focus on fun, while you keep speeches and company "business" to a minimum during these events. We've found families (adults and children) relate well to Karaoke, DJ "dance music" and live vocal shows. Children love face-painting, "temporary tatoos," etc. Ron, Cape and Islands Entertainment 508 274-0388
Face Painting is great. Try Face Art by Jan - She's the best. She's done big company parties & does amazing artwork.
Compass Rose Events is a turn key event provider. We deliver company picnics across the country and we bring our catering and activities for all ages right to you. You can visit our website at www.CompassRoseEvents.com for ideas. If you would like pricing information, please give us a call at (866) 733 1101
Not sure what area you're in....Photo booths are fun, as well as Karoke, Hula hoop contests, trivia, and "the history of dance".
After reading all of the post...I would love to be able to speak with you to assist you step by step of what you can do to ensure all involved will have a good time...including you!
Noelle @ En-Sight...An Event Planning Firm
It really depends on the kind of event, and the mood, will there be drinking and fun??? How about a casino night and Cigars? Check us out!
There are a couple ways to think about this. There seem to be two dilemmas that arise when trying to decide which way to go. The first is how do you think your employees will react to having a celebration that is much different than it was in the past? If you do nothing at all, you risk the impression that the business is in trouble causing more insecurity for employees. If you have had to lay off a number of employees, one solution might be to scale it down and combine the event with a food drive for the local food bank or something to help kids with school supplies.
Second, are you concerned about how your clients might feel if they see you having a celebration? Creating an event that will benefit a non-profit or charitable organization can make it appear to be more acceptable, but make sure that it looks like a sincere partnership without ulterior motives.
If families are coming you might consider some structured activities for the children. Often that gets the parents involved. Structured games in general (that are not too physical) can be real fun. They did that at the last casino employee event I was at and it seemed to work.
What kind of entertainment would you like? Do you want to focus on the Employees (read adults) or the children? There are 2 major different live entertainment options from quality performers; Strolling (roaming) style or a show.
Ask for website and most importantly see if they have videos on their site and see send info you find to all the event committe members.
Also, price and value are very different. You might get a similar price range from a quality entertainer (but typically they are much higher) consider those factors when looking at vendors. Hope this is helpful.
On the off chance you are in the LA area...
I plan 'road rally' events. Solve clues to find the next location, find the party, etc. If you are interested you can email me at:
May 30, 2010
Pin the tail on the boss is always fun!
I planned a company picnic using the Olympics as the theme, complete with opening and closing ceremonies, trophies, the whole thing and folks had a blast. Outrageous Olympics is the company that helped me put the event on and we were at Smoky Glen Farm in Maryland. The key to this event was the hype before, getting the managing partner and other management folks in on it and really making it fun for the staff and the families. The kids had fun too - if you need help, just let me know!