Frequently Asked Questions
What's Included in the Base Picnic Package?
This includes a rug, table, pillows, floral arrangement, decor, utensils, place settings, napkin, glassware, water, ice and a custom sign, and your choice of a grazing board and lemonade. Looking for more? We have several upgrades available.
How Much Time is Allowed for a Picnic?
We allow for one hour to enjoy your set up. This proven to be enough time for groups of 2-4. For larger parties, you may want more time. In that case, we always allow you to book an additional hour for $25. We can extend that time even longer for events in private homes, businesses or venues.
Where Do You Set Up Picnics?
For the 2021 season, we are permitted to operate in Palmer Park, Nancy Lewis Park and Mesa Overlook in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We can also set them in your home or backyard, business or a local venue. We will travel to neighboring counties to El Paso county for a $250 fee up to 150 miles.
What Are My Grazing Board Options?
Our friends at The Bar at Almagre has crafted signature grazing boxes just for Plated Picnics! We offer the choice between a brunch, vegan and charcuterie & cheese board. The following lists what is included in each board but may differ slightly depending on seasonality & availability.
Cheese + Charcuterie Board
Burrata + Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Spiced Juniper Salami + Peppered Ham
Micro Basil, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes + Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Dried Apricots, Peaches, Strawberries, Pistachios, Honey, Balsamic Pearls + Edible Flowers
Rosemary Balsamic Marinated Mushrooms, Garlic Herb "Cheese" Spread + Sundried Tomato Hummus
House Pickled Vegetables, Heirloom Tomatoes, Mini Sweet Peppers, Blackberries, Raspberries, Pistachios + Rosemary Sprigs
Orange Bourbon Marmalade + Pink Peppercorn Mustard
Mini Plain Bagels
Cucumbers, Dill, Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Onion, Capers + Lemon Wedges
Berry Cream Cheese, Herb Cream Cheese, Nutella + Apricot Marmalade
Hard Boiled Eggs
Strawberries, Blueberries + Peaches
Fruit Loop Macarons
What If I Want to Setup at a Different Park or Venue Than What You Offer?
Sure! If you are looking at a local venue, you will need to arrange the booking with the venue and pay their venue fees. If you are interested in a different park, we require 3-week notice to coordinate with the Parks & Recreation Department to acquire a permit. Additional permit fees will apply.
What If There's Bad Weather Expected for My Picnic?
We always confirm your booking 3-4 days prior to your event, which includes touching base about the forecast. If bad weather is expected, we do our best to adjust the time that day for your set up. If the entire day is looking to have rain or snow and we have the availability, we can do a day prior or a day after your original date. If we cannot accommodate your picnic, we provide a 50% refund or a full refund via a gift card to use for another date.
How Many Guests Can You Accommodate?
We can accommodate 2-18 guests. We have found that parties of 4-12 are best suited for our picnics.
Can I Have Alcohol At My Picnic?
For picnics at a private home, residence, or venue any guests 21+ can have alcohol but we cannot provide the alcohol. We partner with a local caterer to provide bartending services for an additional fee. Unfortunately, due to local liquor laws, alcohol is not allowed in our public parks. Alcohol is not allowed for locations in public spaces.
What Bathrooms Are Available During My Picnic?
Fair question. Unfortunately, many of our parks and open spaces do not have bathroom facilities. There may not be one available at your picnic site. We encourage you to go beforehand. That is certainly one benefit of having a picnic in your home, business or venue.
Are Dogs or Kids Allowed?
Of course! We just ask that you obey local park rules in regards to local leash laws for dogs. An additional cleaning fee may apply if there is any damage that results from your dog or kids. We ask that you keep your pets off of the pillows.
What Upgrades Are Available?
We're glad you asked! We've partnered with local vendors to provide cakes, cookies, bundt cakes, floral upgrades, donut walls, teepee tents, balloons & balloon garlands, polaroid camera + film, corn hole, giant Jenga, DIY macrame kits, photography session with a professional photographer, or additional grazing boards. If you're hosting an event at a private residence, business or venue, we can provide bartending services, a yurt, and a projector with a projection screen.
Why Do You Require Two-Weeks Notice? Is There Any Exception?
We partner with local vendors to make your picnics exceptional. In order to coordinate food, beverage, flowers and other upgrades, the two-week notice allows our vendors the time and planning to craft their respective upgrade for your picnic. If you are within that two-week limit from your desired date, please give us a call at (719) 215-9909 and we'd be happy to see if we can accommodate you. Often times we are able to squeeze you in!
Do You Cater to Proposals?
YES! We LOVE proposals! If you're looking for a unique and photo-worthy way to propose, a Plated Picnic is perfect. Plan your Colorado Springs proposal with the iconic Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak in the backdrop... photographer included! Book online or call us to customize your Colorado engagement at (719) 215-9909.
What Should I Wear?
Think about sitting on pillows on the ground. Tight jeans and short or tight skirts are not recommended. Loose pants, shorts, long flowing skirts or dresses are all great options. We always recommend you bring your sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. While we do our best to put your comfort first, we cannot guarantee shade or that every guest won't be in direct sunlight. For instance, if you do an evening picnic at Mesa Overlook, we set you up to view Pikes Peak & Garden of the Gods, but that's also where the sun sets. Shoes are optional when enjoying our picnics as everything is thoroughly cleaned between use. We recommend being fashionably comfortable and prepared.
More questions? No problem!
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