20 Great Ideas for a Company Picnic

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My husband works for a large company in Portland, Oregon.  Every August they host an amazing company picnic at Lakeview Farms, a beautiful working farm and pumpkin patch in nearby Forest Grove. The picnic is always one of the highlights of the summer, and is looked forward to by both employees and their families. It is so much fun!





By now, the gals who put this picnic together have it down to a science, but it takes lots of planning and hard work behind the scenes to make things run smoothly. Here are some photo memories of this year’s event, and 20 ideas that help make this company picnic great!

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1. Start with an organized plan — Make sure you have all the details of your event worked out before the day of the picnic.

2. Find a scenic spot — Consider the size and age range of your group when looking for a space to hold your company picnic. It’s important that you can visualize the party in the location you choose.

3. Hire a great caterer — Food is an important element of a company picnic, so choose someone whose menu fits your group’s appetite!

4. Consider using a drink vendor — At our company picnic beer and wine are served. We hire a company that will take care of checking IDs and handing out bracelets to those old enough to drink liquor.

5. Create an inviting seating area — Set up tables and benches in areas where people can congregate and rest.

6. Welcome guests with a door prize raffle — Everybody loves a giveaway, so as your guests RSVP, keep track of your invitees and hand each person a raffle ticket. Then throughout the night call different numbers for door prizes.

7. Hire a Band or DJ — Music can set the tone of your whole day. It makes people happy and gets them up and dancing.

8. Include karaoke in your music plan — If your DJ offers karaoke, this can be a ton of fun. Who knew they guy in the next office was such a great singer?

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9. Set up a photo wall — A collage of photos from the workplace or past company events is a great ice breaker. Everyone loves to see themselves and their friends having fun throughout the years.

10. Hire an entertainer for the kids — At this picnic, BJ the clown is a perennial favorite. He has been entertaining kids in the Portland area for over 20 years and he does a great job keeping the little ones happy.

11. Remember the teenagers — Having some crafts and activities for older kids is a great idea too. This year we had a table of teen crafts, as well as many games that were perfect for this age group.

12. Play volleyball — Volleyball is a great outdoor game that can involve lots of people and a variety of age groups all at once. We also set up tetherball this year and it was a big hit.

13. Put out some independent game materials — Setting out bubbles, balls, racquets, and other independent activities is a good idea for people looking to fill some free time.

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14. Hire a face painter — The face painter is always a highlight of the company picnic. We have an amazing artist who can airbrush amazing faces and tattoos. The line for the face painter is always a mile long.

15. Have a bounce house —  Bounce houses are another fun idea for fun lovers of any age.

16. Hire a photo booth with props — There are lots of great reasons to hire a photo booth — they are good ice breakers, they get everyone loosened up, and they allow your guests to leave with a memento of the day.

17. Play carnival games — Setting up some carnival games can be another fun and easy activity for your guests.

18. Hire a mechanical bull — Do you have an adventurous group? A mechanical bull might be just the thing!

19. Host a sundae bar — The sundae bar is another much anticipated highlight of the company picnic. Have some employees chip in and serve up some fun, along with a lot of whipped cream!

20. Recognize loyal employees — At some point during your event, remember to stop and say a few words about the people and reasons your company is so great.  Recognize employees who have been working with you for a while or made significant contributions this year, and remember to say thank you to the people who put together such an amazing company picnic!

 

 

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Have a Berry Picking Adventure

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Celebrate the sun-soaked days of summer with a day of berry picking!

Spending a day at a local U-pick farm is a great way to get out, connect with nature, and collect a treasure trove of beautiful local fruit. Here are some tips to help you plan a great day:

  • Locate a farm near you by going onto http://www.pickyourown.org
  • Be sure to plan for a day outdoors by bringing some sunscreen and lots of water. Wet wipes are also a good idea to help clean hands and faces at the the end of the day.
  • Make things extra fun! — Think up some contests to make your picking more challenging.  See who can find the biggest, most colorful, or strangest berry of the day.
  • berry picking bucketBring your own hands-free berry buckets — Make these by cutting off the top third of a clean gallon milk jug (preserving the area around the handle).  Decorate your jug with permanent markers. At the berry farm, you can run your belt through the bucket’s handle to secure it to your waist.
  • Make the best of your bumper crop! — There are lots of great ways to enjoy what you’ve harvested.  Consider making jam, baking a pie or fruit bread, or freezing your berries to enjoy later in the year.

Click here for a link to some easy berry jam recipes.



10 Things to do on the 4th of July

10 great things to do on the fourth of July

It’s almost time to celebrate Independence day, and a great time to gather family and friends and make the most of great summertime weather with some all-American activities. Here are our top 10 things to do on the 4th of July.

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  1. Watch a Parade (or be a part of one!) — Check your newspaper for parades big and small in your area.
  2. Have a Barbecue — Invite some friends for some burgers and hot dogs. A true summertime favorite.
  3. Hit the Water —  Live near a beach or river? How about a pool? Make a splash with a special outing to your favorite body of water. You might even rent a boat or try casting your line for some fish!
  4. 10 things to do on the 4th of JulySee a Rodeo — If you live somewhere that hosts a rodeo, this can be a great all-American outing. Here in Oregon we have lots, including the St. Paul Rodeo and the Molalla Buckeroo.
  5. Play a Game of Softball or Baseball — What could be more American than baseball? This can be a great activity for all ages. At the end of the game be sure to grab an ice cream cone!
  6. Have a Picnic — Pack up some sandwiches, summertime fruit and your favorite beverages and get out in the sunshine with a picnic.
  7. Go for a Bike Ride — Hit the trails or explore your neighborhood on your bicycle.10 things to do on the 4th of July
  8. Roast Marshmallows — Circle around the firepit and roast some marshmallows wth your best buds. You might even make some s’mores by sandwiching them with chocolate between two graham crackers.
  9. Go Camping — Summer is a great time to get outdoors, so why not get back to nature with a camping trip?
  10. See Some Fireworks! — End your 4th of July with the perfect grand finale of fireworks. No Independence Day would be complete without them.

thumb_4th_of_july_page1If you live in Oregon, you can find lots of great activities to keep you busy all summer, including many suggestions for the 4th of July, by visiting red tricycle.com.  You can also find lots of great 4th of July celebration ideas on our website. Have a fun and safe holiday!



4th of July Treats!

4th of july ideasAdd extra sparkle to your 4th of July by giving out some goodies to enjoy while watching the fireworks!



Every year we get together with family friends to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s such a great,
all-American day, with picnics, barbecues, rodeos, and of course, fireworks!  To make the evening even more special and keep the younger crowd busy while waiting for the fireworks to start, we like to send everyone off with a bag of goodies. Here are some ideas for making and filling your own bags 4th of July treats:

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Start with plain craft paper bags and decorate them with patriotic ribbons, stickers, markers or free 4th of July printables. (We found these at My Sister’s Suitcase.)

Add any combination of the following 4th of July party treats:

  • 4th of July favorsGlow in the dark necklaces (these are also great for keeping track of the people you came with once it gets dark!)
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Peanuts
  • Water or pop (Click here for some cute printable water bottle labels like the ones in the picture made by Tea Party Designs)
  • Candy (we chose big lollipops so they would last a while)
  • Bubble gum (you can often find red, white, and blue gumballs which look pretty if you put them into small cellophane bags tied with ribbon)
  • 4th of July ideasSparklers
  • Pinwheels
  • Bubbles

If you want to get more elaborate, you might consider making up tee shirts or ball caps to commemorate the day.

4th of July Party If you want even more great 4th of July party ideas and inspiration for 4th of July treats, take a look at the 4th of July party page on Creative Party Themes.