The winning recipe includes a dash of imagination that creatively and sensitively blends people, venue and food.
The summer months in Michigan present wonderful outdoor opportunities for associations and organizations to honor their members and employees. Creating an imaginative corporate picnic revitalizes your event each year.
We offer four of our top tips for how to create a memorable corporate picnic instead of another ho-hum event.
Tip 1: Creativity increases attendee engagement.
A creative and memorable corporate picnic keeps your guests talking – to each other! Employees who normally may not have much to say to each other in the workplace now have a lot to enjoy: together! Your corporate picnic becomes an icebreaker that creates a mutually-enjoyed experience. These shared experiences often are carried back into the workplace, resulting in enhanced employee relationships that contribute to collaboration and team-building.
Tip 2: Think venue, menu and Plan B.
First of all, when planning your corporate picnic, factor in whether your venue is accessible for employees and members and their families. Also, consider whether the caterer can accommodate employees and family members who have food allergies. Simply Scrumptious Catering specializes in menus offering gluten-free options which are as scrumptious as the rest of your menu! Then create a contingency plan. After all, the first person on your invitation list is Mother Nature, and sometimes she is a bit unpredictable!
3. Being mindful is just as important as being creative.
Co-creating a memorable corporate picnic with an event and catering expert like Simply Scrumptious Catering reflects your corporate brand, vision and mission. The event flows together as a total employee experience. Your corporate showcases not only how you feel about your members or employees, but also how valuable your employees are to your corporation or association.
4. Executive Chef Lori Shepard starts with a blank slate.
A core defining principle of Simply Scrumptious Catering is that each event is unique, reflecting your taste, style and sentiments. Recently, we took a professional women’s gathering in Ann Arbor and turned it into a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!
Initially, the association planned to hold indoors. The idea became Plan B in case Mother Nature became uncooperative. However, Simply Scrumptious Catering Founder and Executive Chef Lori Shepard had an epiphany when working onsite to help board members plan the event.
Then, Chef Lori looked outside and viewed the lovely wooded area surrounding the indoor venue. That was it! And outdoors she went.
Chef Lori incorporated the plants, space and brought in furnishings that transported attendees Through the Looking Glass. Her menu became a whimsical reflection of the theme, complete with an “un-picnic” table, unconventional seating and colorful food and decorations.
Let Simply Scrumptious Catering create a memorable corporate picnic as your next corporate event!
Have we piqued your interest on how to take the “usual” corporate picnic and turn it into an engaging corporate event?
Call us today at 734.424.0500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . Let’s get started on creating a memorable corporate picnic for your association or organization!
And some extra (scrumptious) food for thought …..