Summer is the perfect time for an outdoor picnic! Company picnics are a great way for corporate businesses to promote team building, boost company morale, and give back to employees. If you’ve been chosen to plan your company’s picnic, then you’ve come to the right place. 

There are many reasons why companies choose to host their summer picnics at Independence Grove, but the primary reason we hear most often is because we’re a one-stop shop for all their needs. Not only do you get a unique venue and a dedicated Event Coordinator, but also award-winning catering from Catering by Michaels. Win win!


We understand that it’s not always realistic to carve out extra time to plan a company-wide event when you still have your regular job duties to attend to. That’s why one of our extremely talented Event Coordinators will work closely with you to choose the perfect space (North Bay Pavilion or the Grassy Knoll), design a delicious menu, and plan entertainment and activities based on the style and theme of your picnic. From your very own carnival rides and antique style concession stands to authentic Chicago-style hot dog and pizza carts — we guarantee an unforgettable experience for your guests.

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You can’t have a corporate picnic without an exciting spread of food. And remember, the food you select should positively reflect your company’s brand. If budget is tight, and we know it always is, make sure to cut from anywhere but catering. Providing a high quality, delicious meal conveys one very important message to employees: we care about you! 

Here are some important menu tips to take into consideration:

  • Offer variety. Everyone has different taste and eating habits so offering a good selection of traditional and healthy options is a must. No matter the setting, your employees will appreciate having healthier options to choose from so they aren’t tempted to overindulge.
  • Gluten-free. Perhaps misclassified as a trend, making sure a menu has gluten-free options is essential for making sure that everyone gets to enjoy your corporate picnic. Going gluten-free can also make for the the perfect catered desserts, as gluten-free frozen desserts need only be thawed and plated before serving!
  • Tapas. If the main feeding frenzy won’t start for a while, appetize guests with some delicious small plates. As long as these items are portable, guests can take their food on the go, which encourages them to mingle with corporate friends, new and old.

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With the right systems in place, planning a company picnic should be more fun than chore. Look to your employees to help make it a special event, and work with the right venue and catering partner to chose the perfect backdrop and picnic menu that everyone can get excited about.

Ready to plan your next company picnic? We are. Contact us to get started!