8 Company Picnic Ideas for Oregon

Check out all the awesome alternatives that you can bring to your Portland Company Picnic.

It’s April, and we are less than three months away from the hottest summer months for Portland and Seattle. If you aren’t knee deep in planning your summer corporate and non-profit special events yet, we’ve got a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Check out these 8 ideas below, and add your own in the comments section!

    • Forget a Picnic, let’s go on a Cruise! – Why do throw a company picnic at all? Mix it up and do something completely different. If your group isn’t too large, booking a cruise can be a ton of fun! Cruise ships can have nearly all the normal attractions of a regular company picnic, such as food, drinks, and dancing, with the added benefit of some spectacular views and a new experience. They can also be quite cost effective, while having the feel of being more luxurious. Reach out to a local Portland Curise company to see what kind of potential your event could have. Bonus: much of the entertainment equipment you would rent for a company picnic you can put on a boat. Work with your local Portland Event Rental company to see what options you may have.
    • Put Together a Crazy Wipe-Out-Esque Obstacle Course – Have you ever seen the television show Wipe Out on ABC? The basic idea is that contestants make their way through a very difficult obstacle course and try to reach the finish. Along the way, they have some truly spectacular “wipe outs” and some never finish. By putting together a string of inflatables and other obstacle course rentals, you can make your very own Wipe Out obstacle course. Start with the Boulder Dash, Lagoon of Doom, and some Tires, and build from there. Work with your coworkers to come up with unique ideas. Bonus: Offer prizes for whoever can finish the fastest, complete the course with the most flair, or can perform the most spectacular wipe-out!
    • Invite some Truly Stunning Entertainers – If you’ve done the same thing for your company picnic year after year, consider hiring some outside entertainment to spice up the event. Booking Bands, Magicians, Comedians, and Hypnotists are all crowd favorites. Picking a unique type of entertainment year to year can keep your event interesting and new for at least a decade.  If you are working with an Event Coordinator, make sure you ask them if they have access to any special kind of entertainers, or recommendations for your Portland event.
    • Have a Chili Cook Off or Similar Culinary Focused Event – If you’ve done the same Barbecue catering company every year, maybe it’s time to mix it up. Organize a catering company to bring side dishes, appetizers, drinks, and desserts.  For the main dish, host an old fashioned chili cook off. Have all of your guests bring a large pot of their famous family recipe. Have all of the attendees do a sampling and vote on their favorite chili. Give out prize to the best chili in attendance!
    • Make it a Giant Water War – There are so many great water rental options in Portland.  From dunk tanks, water balloon launchers, water slides, slip n’ slides, and more.  If you are confident that your event is going to land on a hot Oregon summer day, perhaps getting your guests wet is the way to go.   Incorporate traditional picnic games like water balloon toss and prizes to keep things competitive. Sometimes the best way to heat things up is to cool off!
    • Create a Unique Theme – Ok, we admit it, Pirates, Western, and Circus are old. They’ve all been done thousands of times. Mix your Portland Corporate picnic up with some new and unique themes (preferably ones that Portlandians are totally into).  To really get your theme going, throw a costume contest with some sweet rewards to go along with it. Here are a couple unique theme ideas if you need a push start,
        • Brewery Themed Event – Empty Kegs everywhere, Take-home pint glasses with the company’s name and picnic year on them, a sweet bar setup with a ton of local beer choices, An on-site beer brewing demonstration, Hops plants brought in for decor. There is so much you could do with this theme.
        • Renewables Themed Event – The environment is important, why not throw an event that celebrates that! Make outdoor furniture such as tables and chairs out of recycled pallets. Highlight ways that your guests can save energy and recycle. Make an arts and crafts station that uses only recycled materials. Give out Swag that saves energy, such as LED bulbs, Outlet Insulators, and Water regulators. Getting your attendees excited about a cause can be a lot of fun. As a bonus, you can hopefully start some ongoing conversations around the office, and get your employees participating in worthy activities.
        • Steampunk Themed Event – As Wikipedia puts it, Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Basically you get some awesome decor that looks like the future melded with the early 1900’s. Portland is even hosting a Steampunk conference this year, called GearCon, so it is likely that at least some of your employees have heard about this cool theme. Get together with a reputable Portland decor company, and let your imagination run wild.
    • Throw a Raffle – Free stuff is always a fantastic way to boost attendance. We have one Event Partner that has their entire event based around a raffle! They buy about $20,000 worth of prizes, and raffle them off to their employees. Employees must be present to win! They typically have a couple of large gifts, such as flat screen TVs that they give away at the very end. Everybody likes free stuff, and even if they don’t win, they definitely get the impression that the company cares about their employees.
    • Host a Traditional Outdoor Company Picnic – Sometimes, classic is best. Great food, music, the outdoors, entertainment, and some great company is all you really need for a successful event.  Spend some time selecting the right vendors for your Oregon picnic, and you are all but guaranteed to have a hit on your hand.  If your picnic is going to be at a Portland Park, make sure you check out our guide for booking events in Portland Parks.

If you have some other fantastic ideas for turning your company picnics upside down, make sure you leave them in the comments below! You never know what new idea might turn into the next event craze!

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Giant Monster Tricycles: Rental item of the week

Giant Adult Tricycle Rental

Welcome to Rental item of the week, where every Thursday Bouncer Rental NW highlights pros and cons of a different rental item. We provide an in-depth review and suggestions on how to incorporate the rental into your next event. Our goal is to inspire event planners to be creatively bold and move outside the normal event scope. 

Monster Tricycles sound like they are out of the latest dreamscape novel by Dr. Seuss. Don’t be deceived, they are a very real, incredibly unique rental item that will be remembered by guests at your event. A set of giant tricycles at your event is as much fun for the onlookers as it is the participants. On numerous occasions, we have watched as full grown adults indulge in their childhood tendencies. Rockin’ 10-inch rims, chopper handlebars, and a bold red, blue, or pink powder coat, these big wheelers turn heads.  So why is it that a toddler toy can influence a professional to drop their briefcase and pick up a helmet? We’d like to think that an exciting event provides the perfect opportunity for appropriately lowered inhibitions, and items like these adult tricycles end up being the perfect catalyst for said social interactions.

Helmets are provided when renting Monster tricycles and we definitely advocate for using them. Unless traveling down a steep hill, the tricycles can’t gain too much speed, but we advise caution and safety above all else. Additionally, even though the tricycles are made of metal, nothing is indestructible. Always be respectful of rental equipment and know the limits of the item so it doesn’t become damaged through extreme use. You wouldn’t want to prevent the next party from having a great time.

So you’ve been provided with an incredibly simple yet effective piece of entertainment; how do you integrate it with your event schedule. Where does it fit into the grand theme of the evening? These are the questions we want to help you answer in Rental item of the week.

Wedding Entrances (or exits?)

Here comes the bride… on a tricycle! Using a giant tricycle on your wedding day is certainly not traditional, but brides (and grooms!) everywhere are looking for ways to add flare and a touch of spunk into their nuptials. Think about your wedding day. As the crowd goes quiet and the music starts, everyone’s heads turn towards the back of the room. The double doors at the end of the aisle open and a the groom comes shooting down the aisle on a bright red three wheeled devil. not far behind him, the groomsmen rollerblade down the aisle hand in hand with roller-skating, dress adorned bridesmaids. The music shifts slightly and everyone stands up. Slowly and methodically, the bride rolls in on a pink monster trike. And in a mere moment, a wedding entrance never to be forgotten by guests was created thanks in part to the addition of a simple tricycle.

If your wedding ceremony is reserved for more traditional practices, consider the option of riding in to the ceremony or out to your honeymoon. The bride pedaling furiously and the groom standing shotgun on the back step. Careful of the dress train!

Races and Relays

Probably the most common application of Monster Trikes is at corporate events and picnics. The tricycles work equally well indoors and outdoors, so event time of year is irrelevant as long as you have ample space to ride around in.  Introducing competition into an event is a great way to get people involved that normally would not participate in the festivities. You can further participation even further by incentivizing the competition with awesome prizes. To step up the game, create a much larger relay race or multiple stage event with monster trikes representing one piece of the challenge. Create multiple challenge stations around a field and require contestants to trike between stations while balancing a spoon on their nose. The goofier the challenges, the better.

Entertainment Props

Using rental items to improve and alter the nights existing activities requires an imagination and dedication to the event’s success. If you have performers attending the event, let them use the Monster Tricycle to roll around and interact with guests. The walk-around Magician might be able to get a few more tricks in if he gets between people quicker. The photographer could capture amazing shots of event-goers smiling and laughing because he looks ridiculous on his tyke toy when approaching groups for snapshots. Have you ever seen someone juggle five knives while popping a wheelie on a big wheel. (Ok, I admit that last one might be a little extreme). If you have a youth group event with skits during the evening, include the wheeled fun on the evening theatricals to command the attention of the easily distracted youth.

Hopefully this first Rental item of the week sparks your creative fuse when planning your upcoming event. Let us know about all of the great ideas you come up with for incorporating unique rentals into your events. Happy Wheeling!

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