Planning a Company Picnic: Do-It-Yourself or Professional Catering?
Great at strengthening workplace bonds, boosting office morale and expressing worker appreciation, company picnics tend to be casual affairs. That said, your planning should not be taken lightly. And, several of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make include picnic food preparation as well your picnic menu.
Your first thought may be to serve hot dogs and hamburgers and assign barbecuing duties to a willing volunteer. Then there’s the shopping required to obtain the company picnic food, picnic side dishes and the transportation and set-up of the barbecue itself. All of this preoccupation with cooking for your company picnic will prevent volunteer(s) from joining the morale-boosting and team-building activities that were the aim of the outing in the first place.
Consider, too, the uncertain skills of your designated chef. While Bob from accounting may be an “ace” barbecue chef at weekend backyard get-togethers, serving a crowd of 10, 20 or more co-workers may be beyond his “enthusiastic amateur” capabilities.
All these factors, of course, point to relying on a professional caterer for your picnic. You’ll be assured of great picnic food and you’ll be relieved of a great deal of worry! With the decision to “go pro” also comes a great amount of flexibility and fun.
In the hands of an event caterer, standbys like hot dogs and hamburgers can be complemented by molasses-baked beans, fresh-roasted sweet corn, homemade coleslaw and other inventive picnic side dishes. The next step up summer picnic menu-wise would be a catered barbecue.
Then there’s the creativity and adventure a professional picnic caterer can offer. How about a Mexican-food themed picnic? A picnic with a Middle-Eastern menu, or Mediterranean-food picnic cuisine?
With an experienced picnic caterer taking responsibility for a key ingredient to your outing (the food!), you’re not only assured of enjoyable company picnic cuisine, but also of devoting more time to what matters most – building office morale and enjoying the company of your employees!
All about creating mouthwatering – and memorable – experiences, rely on Catered Creations to enhance your next event. From weddings and social parties to picnics and corporate functions, we’ve been serving West Michigan since 1986.