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How to Throw a Company Picnic on a Budget

Budget Picnic

A company picnic is a popular summer event to show appreciation to your employees. We love any excuse to bond with co-workers and eat good food, which is way a company picnic is our favorite way to show some company love in the summertime.

If you need help planning your company picnic or coming up with company picnic ideas, check out these great resources:

Send Invitations to Their Inbox

To help save on costs, send your invitations to your event straight to your guests’ email inboxes. You can enlist help from your graphic design team to come up with a cute email or you can use a free site like, evite.

Bonus: This is also an earth-friendly option!

Keep it Dry

Alcohol tends to drive higher bills. Providing fun, non-alcoholic beverages is a great way to keep cost down. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite mocktail margarita recipes to help keep spirits up without any actual spirits.

DIY Backyard Games and Activities

Rent, borrow, or create your own games instead of hiring entertainment. Ring toss, ladder golf, and cornhole are all classic BBQ games that spark tons of fun for less.

Gather Volunteers to Cook Up the Food

Catering can be nice, easy, and convenient, but if a few volunteers don’t mind stepping up and cooking the food, you could save a good chunk of change. Buy ingredients and supplies in bulk to save even more. Hot dogs and burgers are simple dishes that always please!

Host it at Your Office or a Local Park

No venue fees here. Avoid paying to host your event at a venue by throwing the party at your office or a local park (please note some parks may have a small party fee to use facilities, check with your local Park and Rec office before you plan your event).

DIY Decorations

Get crafty and give your event more of a cozy feel with DIY decorations. Put together cute flower arrangements for the tables or create your own tassel garlandPinterest is your friend!

Following these tips will help keep your employee picnic cost down so you can spend those savings on other employee recognition initiatives!

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