Amanda Baida,

Owner & Head Event Planner

As a Colorado native, Amanda has always had a love for the outdoors. In her opinion, there's no better place to eat, play and celebrate than being outside. She's also always had a passion for event planning and design. After graduating from UCCS and spending over 10 years in marketing, she has found a way to combine these passions into one unique way to celebrate.


Where did her inspiration for Plated Picnics come from? During several trips to Australia, she saw how picnics there were not only a way of life, but also a business model. She saw an opportunity to bring this celebration style to colorful Colorado. Amanda loves to hike, bike, camp, play tennis, travel and cook. She's summited nearly 40 Colorado 14ers. She has a keen eye for interior design & decor after her various home remodels.

"The real reason I started Plated Picnics was to help others celebrate their milestones in a unique and memorable way. It's not about the money but rather about making others smile." - Amanda

Ashley Maniscalco,

Event Coordinator

Ashley is a Colorado Native who has been all over, but ultimately found her way back to the beautiful Centennial state. She started her career in the Hospitality industry in Baton Rouge while attending LSU, then moved back to Colorado to obtained her degree in Hospitality, Tourism, and Events with minors in Sustainable Tourism and Event Meeting Management. She had the opportunity to complete a formal internship with the Denver Nuggets Sales Team. Helping plan and execute these events enabled her learn to overcome the challenges of the industry while also enjoying this unique and fun experience. This sparked her passion to follow a career in events!


Her industry experience is very diverse, with over nine years experience in restaurants, private country clubs, resorts, music venues, plus doing contract work for city-wide corporate events and large scale productions such as Comic Con. She has also experienced event execution from many sides, from entry level staff through, operations, banquets, food and beverage operations, and event execution. 


Ultimately her love for and expertise in the Hospitality industry make her able to adapt to any situation, event or client. When you pair that with her calm / humble demeanor, and organized / creative flair, Ashley is the perfect fit for both high end corporate clients AND couples looking to plan their perfect event!


Our Mission

We exist solely to help you celebrate life's moments with those closest to you while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.

Our mission is to provide you with a worry-free, luxury outdoor dining experience with quality ingredients, beautiful decor and exceptional client service so you can create lasting memories.


We look forward to making

your next celebration memorable!

We serve Colorado Springs, CO with catered picnics in private homes/backyards, public parks and local venues. We will travel outside of Colorado Springs for an additional trip charge.


We operate May - October in public parks and year-round at local venues and private residences or businesses.

Currently, we host parties of 2-18 for those looking to celebrate birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, bachelorette/bachelor parties, anniversaries, proposals, elopements, engagements, graduations, holidays, company parties, or just special gatherings!

Our meal packages are semi-customizable and we allow for package add-ons for an additional cost, such as an event photographer, bartender, popcorn machine, yard games, etc. 

All staff are State Food Safety certified.

We are licensed and insured.

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