WAUKESHA – Anyone can take a bottle of wine and a party of their best friends to enjoy the luxurious picnic experience offered by the Lake Country Picnic Company.
What started out as owner Ashley Kip has now become a full-time business. Kip says he was doing a full-time job last year when he finally decided to pursue his business concept in the Milwaukee and Waukesha county areas.
“I’ve always been very excited by event planning,” he said. “I’ve always worked for the retail store, it was my passion before. I was the visual manager at a store called Ethnographic. I’ve been doing this for four years and I’ve always had this idea of popping up a luxurious picnic. I saw it on Pinterest, Instagram, the big cities are doing it. “
During his full-time job, Kip launched a Facebook ad and was able to book about seven picnics.
Kip was fighting to prepare food for the event. Recently, she joined Chef Palm’s kitchen to rent a kitchen space and create more dining options.
Gray platters, boxes and tables are available – including meat, cheese, crackers, dips and fruit. There is also a sandwich box. The table is a large size that is usually available for corporate events.
She has also arranged a grab-and-go picnic to order on her website and pick-up at Waukesha or Norris Organic Juice Bar, 612 Milwaukee St., Delafield.
At picnic events, Kip does not have his liquor license, so he is unable to supply alcohol. Kip says if the incident happened in someone’s backyard or home, which is about 90% of his bookings, they could supply their own alcohol. Events are also booked at area parks and rental venues. KIP provides sparkling water and an ice bucket at events.
“I just like connecting with new people,” Kip says. “One of my degrees is fashion design … I like to make things beautiful and help (people) celebrate special occasions.”
Kip sets up for various events and still sees mostly birthday parties and women’s nights, but he is open to any kind of event. The picnic setup makes any event an intimate and meaningful experience, he said. Last summer Kip assisted in the wedding proposal by setting up a luxurious picnic on the lakefront.
Kip arrives about an hour before the event to set up the picnic. Her favorite part is exposing the picnic to the celebrating group.
“I always guessed it was a side-rush or entrepreneurial attitude and I finally dived into it to make it a full-time opportunity and I think ever since I was really growing the business … I hope it’s someone who is an inspiration or inspiration. For those who are on the same boat, maybe there is a side rush that they want to turn into a fulltime job. I think do it – you’ll only survive once and I hope it swells. “
Kip will be staying at the Belfre Kitchen Night Market in Delafield every Wednesday night with a mini personalized charcuterie box and a grab-and-go picnic basket bundle.
More information can be found on the Lake Country Picnic Company website at www.lakecountrypicnicco.com or on Facebook