In the 18th and 19th centuries, picnics were elaborate social events with complex meals and fancy drinks that sometimes took days to prepare. Picture lords and ladies gathered around sharing stories and watching a variety of entertainment. Though modern picnics are obviously a bit different than this, picnics remain popular — food just tastes better when enjoyed outdoors in a beautiful setting with friends! We love this timeless tradition, and we want to continue to bring small groups together for light bites and fun — what better way than with your very own pop-up picnic from Austin’s very own Panacea Collective?
The Art Of The Picnic
WHAT’S ON THE TABLE?
First, we begin with snacks. All the snacks. Picnics are about leisurely nibbling over conversation with friends, so a cheese and charcuterie board is the way to go. Whether you prefer Brie, Bleu, or Chevre, we suggest pairing your cheese with a raw honeycomb or a local jam. Accompany these with a beautiful pâté, a variety of salami, prosciutto, a grainy mustard, and pickles for the perfect spread. Add a little color to your arrangement with some fresh berries or dried fruit, or a crudité board of seasonal vegetables. For the final touch, add some edible flowers. If you’re not up for the challenge of making your own, our friends at Casero Austin have perfected the handmade charcuterie & cheese boards, and these are included with our Pop-Up Picnic packages.
DESIGN AND STYLE
Styling the table can make all the difference when setting the mood at a picnic, so put some thought into your presentation. Start with a low table, a rug, and some pillows for lounging. Some simple bud vases with a few stems are a great way to add some color and height to the table. Maybe throw in some candles or lanterns if you’re picnicking in the evening. Instead of paper plates and napkins, try bamboo disposables and linen napkins for a chic eco-friendly option. If this sounds like too much to take on, our Pop-Up Picnic Packages make it easy by bringing all the decor and tabletop items to you! See some of our favorite design options below.
SPICE IT UP
Picnics are also a great way to celebrate. Perhaps you’re planning an engagement or the celebration of a milestone birthday — The Panacea Collective can add light-up marquee letters, umbrellas, string lights, fresh florals, bar carts, or elegant balloon installations to make your pop-up picnic extra special.
How about some French pop, champagne, and berets for an easy theme? Or maybe you'd prefer disco tunes with your bubbly in our disco ball tumblers? Whether you are recreating a scene from Bridgerton, wanting to go full disco or Boho chic, we can create a moment that fits your mood. Or we can curate a unique and special look that’s all your own!
Make it picture perfect! You’ll want to Instagram your fun picnic. Austin and the Texas Hill Country have so many beautiful settings, the possibilities are endless! Your backyard, front yard, living room, or one of Austin’s many parks can be transformed into a celebration destination!
Call us Today
At The Panacea Collective, we take the hassle out of planning and bring the picnic to you. All of our picnic packages are BYOB. Now serving Austin, Lakeway, Dripping Springs, the Texas Hill Country and more. Sit back and relax while our Pop-Up Picnics bring the party to you!