If there's one thing a year of social distancing has done, it's inspired people get creative with their date nights. More picnics, less crowded bars. More intimate settings, less cramming into the last table open. Truthfully? I don't completely hate it.
With that being said, I've seen charcuterie and backyard picnic businesses popping up all over the country, and there's truly been no better time. Some of my favorites based location:
One of my personal favorites in located in my new home is Collective Law. I think I was initially so intrigued by Collective Law after reading Lauren's (the owner) bio on her website. Much like her, my background has been a wild mix of interior design, event management, event design and now graphic design, and I could totally relate with her journey. Isn't that just the plight of being a creative? 😂
Last month I finally asked Lauren to set a picnic up for us at the Fort Fisher Tree (see below, just the cutest spot). Was there a special occasion? Nope. If you really know me and my love of charcuterie this shouldn't surprise you one bit. Feed me anything aesthetically displayed on a wood board or basket and I"m there. After our plans being rained out twice (what gives, Wilm?!) we FINALLY had the most gorgeous evening & sunset ever.
Now while I highly recommend committing to the full al fresco experience, if you're not ready to fully go big or go home, you always have the option to choose from one of her to-go board options. Choose between charcuterie, dessert, or 1/2 & 1/2 (I still have not yet to do the dessert board and it's at the top of my list for when we get back).
Collective Law also offers sizing options - minis (the cutest things ever) work great as favors, small and medium trays are the perfect addition depending on your group size, and have a large event? No problem. Have a larger event? No problem. Customizable wedding and event experiences too! (We got a small to go box last Valentine's Day but think bachelorette parties, baby showers, birthday parties and more!)
Check out the one-of-a-kind experience:
My favorite things about Collective Law:
- The owner, Lauren, is incredibly accommodating and the kindest human you will meet.
- I don't have to go to the grocery store and sort through a million cheeses, fruits & accompaniments with visually no idea what I'm doing or what pairs best
- We NEVER leave hungry and almost always have leftovers to bring home with us. It's unreal