Do you work with a diverse group of colleagues? Then, consider this idea for your next company summer picnic; everyone will feel included … and excited to attend!
In late July, on a gorgeous Saturday evening, my client, Jane, hosted a casual dinner party for her team and 1-2 other departments. It was a potluck picnic where she provided the main entree and an assortment of drinks; her co-workers were encouraged to bring their favorite appetizer, side dish or dessert.
The picnic theme was Under the Tuscan Sun, a departure from the typical American BBQ and therefore, an international opportunity to celebrate diversity. The Tuscany region of Italy is also one of Jane’s favorite travel destinations!
To bring this theme to life in Jane’s home, I suggested the following elements:
- Bold yellow decor with lots of sunflowers, including floral arrangements (assembled by me) and fun table linens (from DC Rental).
- Mouth-watering Italian menu including grilled chicken breast and salmon filets (which smelled so delicious), as well as an antipasti planner and Mediterranean salad (from Windows Catering).
- Italian wines and imported beer, as well as assorted soda, bottled water and juice boxes.
- Extra help – server and bartender – to take care of the food and drinks while Jane and her husband enjoyed their guests.
For an extra touch of Tuscany, Jane suggested a popular orange drink called a Spritz, which is made with prosecco and Aperol liqueur. Guests loved this refreshing cocktail; I loved the color!
To complete the picnic design, Jane provided a variety of entertainment – soccer, ping-pong and video games for older kids; bubbles, chalk and pla-doh for the littlest guests; and iPod music for everyone to enjoy!
Remember there’s still plenty of time to plan your company picnic. Please visit the Under the Tuscan Sun gallery to see more inspiring photos … and call me if you need help!