Make the most of summer at company picnics and events

For forward-thinking companies paying attention to team culture or using the sunny weather to host outdoor business soirees, summer is a time full of team-building events, community fundraisers and just generally being out and about in the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather.

Whether you prefer treating employees to delicious barbecue or charging down the back nine, here are three ways to enjoy what summer has to offer while capitalizing on the season’s prodigious networking and business-building opportunities.

A man poses in a gray and green golf shirt from Nike.Branded clothing for a cohesive company look at events. Companies can get creative with summer promotions by focusing on the various ways team members use clothing. For example, considering giving branded shirts to employees for use on casual Fridays. High-quality polos, golf shirts and lightweight jackets branded with the company colors and logo would look great at company picnics and barbecues in addition to public events such as adopt-a-street cleanups, casual bike rides and after-hours meetups.

Swag, signage and event promotion for fundraising golf tourneys. Companies that help to sponsor fundraising tourneys — such as the BIAWC Golf Classic, the Whatcom Humane Society Putts for Pets tourney, the American Red Cross golf tournament and ball drop, the Opportunity Council Golf FORE! Good tourney, and many others — need solid promotional plans. Consider outfitting attending team members in company golf shirts, and think about dropping branded swag into giveaway bags. You also might need signage and swag for sponsored holes or tables. Holding your own tournament? You might want to ensure that all branding and giveaways are provided by the same company to ensure high quality and professionalism. A few fun things to consider are golf umbrellas, divot tools (with built-in bottle openers), tee sets, golf towels, mint dishes that look just like golf balls and multi-use swag bags to hold it all.

A slim black and brown leather card wallet with am embossed logo from a guitar shop.Team member treats at company picnics. Branded gifts make great additions to company picnics, barbecues and social events. In addition to the company clothing we’ve already mentioned, consider such giveaways as this classy wine bottle case (with wine, naturally) or this wood-grain stainless steel wine tumbler. Sunglasses make a classic summer gift, too, and these Malibu glasses with heathered pouch are a great choice. Or step things up even further with a glasses-and-T-shirt combo. For something truly different, check out our collection of leather and cork wallets, money clips and checkbook covers. And since every good company picnic features team-building games, you might consider a trophy or two for top performers.