COVID-19 Anniversary: Celebrating Outdoors in O.C.

Photograph courtesy of The Picnic Collective

“Our business probably multiplied 10 times since COVID-19 struck since we’re one of the few businesses that were lucky to still operate. We’ve done a lot of outdoor celebrations where we’re going to our client’s backyards and setting up different things like movie nights and virtual events. (As a new mom), it was really special to do a sweet baby shower picnic for someone who wasn’t going to be able to celebrate but ended up just having a small intimate gathering instead. We’ve also done picnics for couples who would’ve had to postpone their wedding but instead had a ceremony, got married, and did a picnic as a celebration. One of our goals is to make our picnics more accessible, so we launched a shop in Costa Mesa where we offer grab-and-go picnics and sell a lot of the things we use to style our tables and our picnics. We also have a little flower shop and balloon bar.”

—Lauren Rivard, founder of The Picnic Collective and The Picnic Shoppe in Costa Mesa

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