March 20th, 2015 at 9:30 am

San Diego picnics

Photo courtesy of Lauren Sharon Vintage Rental & Design


Planning a San Diego picnic can be no picnic–especially for a romantically inclined couple or anyone who wants to celebrate a special occasion outdoors. There’s finding the right location, hoping it’s available when you want it, creating a menu, packing the food and utensils, lugging it all to the picnic site, and cleaning up after it’s all over.

If you’ve ever wished you could just leave the duties to someone besides an expensive caterer, your picnic prayers have been answered. Pop Up San Diego will do all of the above and more. You just show up. Sunset toasts on the beach, marriage proposals, small get-togethers – this El Cajon-based company will take care of all the details. Their motto: “We do the work, you take the credit!”

For a basic picnic ($179), Pop Up brings a vintage-inspired selection of food, drinks and dessert to the location of your choice. Typical spots include La Jolla Cove, Sunset Cliffs and Balboa Park. If you have a special place in mind, they’ll deliver there too, but an additional fee might apply. If any permits are needed, they’ll take care of them as well.

The menu for two is a charcuterie board of three artisanal meats and two gourmet cheeses, Castelvetrano olives, fresh seasonal fruit, dried apricots, cranberries and figs, and fresh French bread. Dessert is two cheese-paired truffles. Wash it all down with Italian sodas and still water. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and custom menus also are available.

Décor is bistro chairs and table, vintage place settings and dinnerware, ice bucket and stand, and a basket of blankets. Upgrade to deluxe ($279) for everything above plus an antique gazebo, chandelier, rug, and soft candlelight.

An a la carte menu lets you add even more ambience, with full meals starting at $20 per person, desserts at $15, wireless speakers that sync to your portable music player, custom décor, and flowers from a leading florist.

The company requests booking at least two days in advance, but will try to accommodate 24-hour notice for those who want a more spontaneous picnic–one that really pops.

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