Best Picnic Themes in San Diego

San Diego party themes

Is your family or company hosting a picnic event this summer?  From an All-American patriotic extravaganza to a Jungle Safari—and including everything in between!—our thirty years of experience in the picnic-throwing business have helped us handle just about every type of picnic theme around.  Consider this your guide to finding the perfect fun-packed picnic theme for your San Diego picnic!

Don’t forget that once you’ve selected the perfect theme, you can carry it throughout the rest of your picnic event planning efforts.  Your theme should be incorporated everywhere, from décor and activities to menu items and signature drinks, making your picnic event unforgettable every step of the way. Does your theme have certain food items or drinks associated with it?  Put them on the food and drinks menus!  Is there a certain type of entertainment, contest, activity or game that would truly bring your picnic event theme to life?  Work them into your event timeline!  The sky is the limit when incorporating a great event theme.

The Best Picnic Theme (Good for ANY Type of Event!)

Picnic theme: Fun in the Sun!

What it contains:

  • Plenty of smiling faces, laughter and happy guests
  • Menu items that make mouths water and leave stomachs more than satisfied
  • Games, activities, entertainment and more to keep picnic-goers having fun from the event’s start to the very end

Why it’s great:

Bonus tip: Picnic People is a full-service, one-stop-shop caterer that is happy to help you make any and all of your picnic event goals and dreams come true.  In fact, “Fun in the Sun” is part of our motto!  Contact us today for all of your catering, event entertainment, picnic logistics, stunning décor and other event planning needs—we can’t wait to hear from you!

The Best Family-Friendly Picnic Themes

Picnic theme: All-American Celebration Picnic

What it contains:

  • Red, white and blue décor
  • Patriotic-themed games, rentals and entertainment
  • American favorites picnic menu

Why it’s great: Nothing says “it’s a great day for a picnic” better than some patriotic American fun! These red, white, and blue-filled festivities—combined with your guests’ classic American-style cuisine favorites—will keep all guests amused and proud to be from the USA.

Bonus tip: Check out our “Outdoors” board on Pinterest for more traditional American cookout favorites!

Picnic theme: The Big Top Circus & Carnival Picnic

What it contains:

  • Carnival food favorites like corn dogs, cotton candy and more
  • Circus-themed décor
  • Carnie games, rentals and entertainment including ring toss, balloon darts, etc.

Why it’s great: With the right games, menu and decorations, you can really bring this theme to life.  Guests of all ages will love the atmosphere, and the games will keep everyone smiling and having the time of their lives.

Bonus tip: Our “DIY” board on Pinterest might give you even more kid-friendly ideas to make this Carnival one to remember!

Other Family-Friendly Picnic themes to consider:

  • Country Faire Picnic [link to menu]
  • Jungle Safari Picnic
  • Pirates & Swashbucklers Picnic

Check out our Pinterest boards for even more family-friendly and kid-focused summer picnic ideas!

The Best Corporate Picnic Themes

Picnic theme: SD Coastal Cuisine Picnic [link to menu on website]

What it contains:

  • San Diego area and team-inspired decorations
  • A delicious menu filled with Pacific coast favorites
  • Summer fun activities like balloon tosses, volleyball or softball and other crowd favorites

Why it’s great: Show your pride for our great city by hosting a picnic filled with San Diego favorites from cuisine to decorations to activities.  Decorate with San Diego teams logos, photos from local organizations and plenty of fun-in-the-sun type items.   Keep your games summer fun-focused and your guests will have the picnic experience of a lifetime.

Bonus tip: Top the day off with one of the summer-inspired drink recipes on our “Drinks” Pinterest board. 

Picnic theme: Country Western Picnic

What it contains:

  • Hats, spurs, boots, lassos and other hoedown décor
  • A delectable picnic menu filled with country western favorites
  • Country western music, games and entertainment

Why it’s great: When you host a Country Western Picnic, you have an unlimited amount of options to make this theme an unforgettable one.  Crank up the honkytonk music and get your guests on the dance floor for a country-style party they won’t want to forget. Line dancing = team building in our book.

Bonus tip: if your menu includes chicken, which is a southern and country favorite, check out our “Chicken” Pinterest board for plenty of preparation ideas!

Other Corporate Picnic Themes to consider:

Check out our Pinterest boards for even more corporate-focused summer picnic ideas!

Adults-Only Picnic Themes

Picnic theme:  Kamaaina Luau Picnic

What it contains:

  • Bright colors, décor with an island feel
  • A menu filled with tropical treats
  • Luau-style entertainment and activities like hula dancing

Why it’s great: Take full advantage of the chance to have fun-in-the-San Diego-sun with this tropical theme. Guests can enjoy a day of vacation-esque adults-only camaraderie, culminating in an evening of luau-style entertainment.

Bonus tip: Our “Color Inspiration” board on Pinterest has plenty of bright decoration ideas for this picnic theme.

Picnic theme: Mardi Gras Picnic

What it contains:

  • Purple, green and gold décor
  • A delicious themed menu perfect for the festival
  • Masks, beads, shot glasses and other festival-themed souvenirs

Why it’s great: Break out the vibrant colors, masquerade masks, cocktails and more. It doesn’t have to be Fat Tuesday to make this party idea a winner—in fact, all it takes is the right combination of delicious foods, perfectly paired drinks and fun entertainment to have your guests enjoying the evening and remembering it for years to come.

Other Adults-Only Picnic Themes to consider:

  • Vegas-Style Picnic
  • Casino Picnic
  • Beach Party Picnic

Check out our Pinterest boards for even more adults-only summer picnic ideas!

For more information about Picnic People catering and event planning services for your next picnic, call (858) 586-1717.

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Fun Facts

  1. Annually, 700 part-time staff are recruited, hired, trained and scheduled to be your Recreation Specialists.
  2. Last summer our balloon artists entertained for more than 1000 hours total!
  3. Picnic People’s first client was Koll Construction Company in 1984.

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