The annual company picnic. You’ve been there. Hot and sticky outside, with cold fried chicken and warm potato salad and all the watered down lemonade you could possibly drink. It doesn’t have to be like that, though!
City National Bank & Trust turned up the heat this year by throwing a “Family Fiesta” for their employees on Cinco de Mayo. “From the invitations to the employees to the event itself, we focused on the Cinco de Mayo theme,” said De Roin Motah, Marketing Manager, “and it was a hit!”
With 35 locations across the state that are open six days a week, the event planners had to find a central location for the picnic… and it had to be on a Sunday. “The reason for the family picnic is to get our families together,” De Roin said. “They are all part of our bank’s family and we want them to meet each other. It builds teamwork and camaraderie.”
And, the event planners have learned a few things about throwing a great company party. For instance, hosting the event in early May avoided the oppressive Oklahoma summer heat, but it was also before graduations, weddings and vacations. Experience has taught them to plan plenty of activities, too. The Family Fiesta featured:
- A live DJ
- A photobooth
- A rock climbing wall
- Several large bounce houses
- Pinatas for the kids and for the adults
- Face painting
- A cactus ring toss
- A volleyball tournament
- Adult relays
- A jalapeno-eating contest (the highlight of the day!)
- And a line dance at the end of the day!
“We also learned to hire out for the family picnic,” said De Roin. “When the employees are working the event, they don’t get to enjoy it… and that defeats the purpose of getting everyone together!”
To that end, City National had the event catered by Ted’s Cafe Escondido (a VERY popular Mexican restaurant in OKC) and had a vintage ice cream truck arrive for dessert.
Next year, the annual event (which had over 400 attendees!) will probably move to a different venue, such as the OKC Zoo, where the entertainment factor is provided by the venue for a change of pace, said De Roin. However, everyone will certainly remember the 2013 Family Fiesta!
Posted on Mon, May 20, 2013
by Brian Blake