Tips for catering a corporate picnic

If you’re thinking of throwing a picnic for staff, suppliers or for business partners, there’s never been a better time of year. The sun is out (most of the time!) and it’s a great way to enjoy some delicious food, while having pleasant conversations and enjoying a bit of fresh air. It’s also the perfect opportunity to show your attendees a little appreciation for their ongoing contribution to the company.

Organising a company picnic is no walk in the park however, and it’s vitally important to be organised and have all your ducks in a row well before the event. So how can you guarantee that your fun, al fresco day out goes ahead without a hitch? Here are a few handy tips.

Choosing your picnic location

Australia has some wonderful outdoor spaces perfect for picnics and corporate BBQs, so it’s unlikely you’ll have trouble finding a venue! Think about the areas in the vicinity of your office (or thereabouts) such as glorious green parks, refreshing waterside grassy knolls or a beautiful private garden filled with flowers. Areas with lots of leafy trees that will provide shade are good for the warmer months. You will also need to consider permits for some parks and outdoor locations, bathroom facilities, garbage bins and plenty of parking in the area too. If all this seems a bit daunting, contact our events manager and they can take care of all these details and more for you.

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Picnic catering

Take the hassle out of catering by ordering all the food prior to the picnic and getting it delivered on the day. In the summer months, it’s best to make sure you have somewhere cool to store meat, cheese, creamy salads and fruit, or alternatively, get everyone to dig in straight away!

Think about items that are easy to eat and don’t require too many utensils. Delicious gourmet sandwiches and wraps are a great bet, as are things like tasty chicken skewers and good old party pies. Why not add some fun additions such as cupcakes or cakes too? Maybe you’ve decided to put on a traditional Aussie BBQ? Again you can pre-order the meat. Just make sure you get your designated chef to start cooking straight away or hand it over the experts who will grill the perfect snag.

Finally, make sure you cater for people with food allergies and special diets. Provide vegan burgers, gluten and dairy free options and if people are still concerned, it’s a good idea to label the food so that people know what they can and can’t eat.

Drinks on ice

Stock your eskies with tonnes of ice and have a wide selection of drinks on offer – enough that you’re certain you won’t run out. Order the drinks alongside the food to make things easier in terms of delivery and keeping everything cool.

Every Aussie knows that a BBQ isn’t complete without an ice cold beer in a koozie, but make sure you also include refreshing, non-alcoholic options like water, soft drinks and some iced tea.

If you’re really looking to push the boat out, why not organise some cocktails to complement your surroundings? Pimms has made its way from the UK and is the perfect accompaniment to a sophisticated picnic, as are elegant champagne cocktails and even a light fruity punch.

Entertainment for everyone

No, we don’t mean the dreaded egg and spoon race! Think about organising some gentle entertainment, such as a live band or even a special speaker to add an element of surprise to the proceedings.

Bring along a set of boules or a cricket set, so if people are looking to unleash their competitive side, they can.

Want to take the headache out of organising a corporate picnic? Let us handle everything for you — Get in touch with the catering experts at Order-In today, or call us on 1300 851 900.

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