Can you share a bit about your business and what you do?
At Soirée by The Bay, we provide our clients with Luxury Picnic setups to enjoy with their loved ones. Whether it’s a date night, proposal, girls brunch, birthday party, pregnancy/engagement announcement, or gender reveal, we allow our clients to enjoy the outdoors in a new and exciting way to picnic!
When and why did you decide to start your new business?
We (Angelina & Andrew) decided to start our business after we were laid off from our jobs when the COVID-19 Pandemic began. We both enjoy the outdoors, and who doesn’t love a good meal with a great view? After having a picnic of our own, we realized that there weren’t any luxury picnic services in The Bay Area. We have so many beautiful sights to offer that we decided to start one here so that others could enjoy spending time together and see new places just like we love to do!
What do you love most about running your own business?
I think what we love most is seeing how much people are enjoying what we do. It’s very rewarding to see people having a great time and hearing how appreciative and grateful they are for the time and effort we put in, whether through our customer service or even the setups themselves. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail. What’s even better about having your own business is calling the shots and being flexible with our clients. We are family people, and we understand that life doesn’t always go as planned, so we try to work with our clients to create the most memorable experience.
What makes your business so unique?
We feel like what’s been the most surprising and unique about our business is how quickly it all came together. We had the idea, and on the same night, the name, three days later, we had themes, packages, and supplies were all purchased. Within one week from our initial idea, we had already announced on our Instagram that we would be starting up. Before we even launched our website the next week, we had 100 followers. Here we are only a month and a half into business, and we have almost 4,000 followers and have booked close to 100 picnics! It’s definitely not easy, but we are putting all that we have into it, and it’s crazy to see how quickly we have grown in such a short amount of time. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our family and friends.
How do you wish to see your business grow?
Eventually, we would love to expand to do larger-scale events tailored for each client, such as different themes or customized packages! It’s so exciting right now as we grow, having our own business and the ability to make each picnic unique in our own way for our clients. We’ve already begun to reinvest in new equipment and decor so that we could start taking parties up to 20 people. Our next step would be to get enough equipment and start connecting with more vendors for caterers, balloon vendors, florists, or photographers to take on more customized events.
What services do you provide for anyone who may want to reach out to you/work with you?
For anyone interested in learning more about our business and booking with us, we provide Luxury Picnic set ups for parties of 2 or larger around The Bay Area. We will come and set up at your favorite park, beach, or even come to your home. Not only do we bring the Luxury Set-Up, but we also offer add-ons such as food options, games, and electronics to keep busy with your guests. All our clients need to do is book us to set up and clean up, and they are free to enjoy themselves!