Spring—or at least spring weather—seems to be in full swing across Alabama. That means we have plenty of perfect, cloudless days ahead during that magical window of time when the mosquitos are happily absent, the humidity is at a minimum, and the great outdoors are as great as they get. When the weather is nice, one of Alabamians’ favorite activities is al fresco dining. Alabama spring means restaurant patios across the state are packed, breweries with outdoor spaces are filled to the brim, and backyard cookouts are an all day, everyday affair.
But when it comes to al fresco dining, nothing beats a classic picnic. A wicker picnic basket, checkered blanket, and some delicious eats are all you need, but if you’re looking to take your picnic game to the next level, we recommend exploring the world of luxury pop-up picnics. These concierge-style businesses customize and set up luxury experiences complete with the essentials like wine, cheese, sweet treats, as well as non-essentials like decorative throw pillows, festive floral arrangements, and even full table settings.
No matter where in the Heart of Dixie you’re located, there’s a pop-up picnic company ready to make your outdoor dining dreams come true. Here’s our guide by region.
The Picnic Pairing Co. (Huntsville)
The Picnic Pairing Co. strives to make every moment count with luxury picnic packages that are ideal for everything from an anniversary or special date night to a girls’ get together or even a fun family activity. Each picnic setup includes themed accessories, seating options, and décor to make your experience both comfortable and chic. You can purchase add-ons like a locally curated charcuterie board, chocolate-covered strawberries, floral arrangements, and a balloon garland for an additional fee. Packages start at $100 for the Classic and go up to $650 for the Marry Me Engagement package.
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Pretty Little Picnics (Huntsville and Madison)
Owner Makeda Collins started Pretty Little Picnics in 2021 as a way to help people safely gather during the height of the pandemic. The company serves the Huntsville and Madison areas with pop-up picnic services, as well as indoor planning and decorating and larger outdoor events. A picnic for two starts at $200 and includes a two-hour rental of picnic tables, rugs, pillows, silk flowers, candles, placemats, and tableware. A custom cake, place cards, balloon garland, and more can be added for an additional price. For something a little more out-of-the-box, the Bridgerton Tea Picnic is the ideal way to make all your regency romance dreams come true.
Birmingham Picnic Company (Birmingham)
The dreamy setups created by this picnic company put the magic in Magic City. Imagine, a gorgeous table, rug, and pillows overlooking the city from Vulcan Park or in the heart of the city at Railroad Park. A two-hour standard picnic includes full setup and takedown, a floral arrangement, stylized décor, personalized mirror, sparkling water, tableware, and a Bluetooth speaker to help you set the mood. A table for two to four guests is $250, and the price increases for more guests. In addition, Birmingham Picnic Company lets you customize your perfect picnic menu by allowing guests to order food or snacks from any local business, then managing the pickup and delivery of the food to be ready when you arrive.
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Fresco Picnic Co. (Birmingham and 30A)
Serving both Birmingham and the beaches of 30A, the laidback bohemian atmosphere Fresco curates is simply unmatched. To create your perfect picnic, start by choosing a package. The Soiree (starting at $385 for two) includes seasonal flowers, woven poufs, citrus-infused water, a grazing board, a pillow for each guest, Bluetooth speaker, and an umbrella. The Magnifique ($550 for two) builds on the Soiree by adding a styled place setting for each guest, floral centerpiece arrangements, string lights, and a chalkboard with a personal message. Once you’ve picked your package, you can choose a signature style ranging from the understated earth tones of Desert Dreams to the ethereal pastels of Summer Sunset or the dramatic romance of Set the Mood.
Southern Charm Picnic Co. (Gulf Coast)
Located on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Southern Charm creates picnic setups on the beaches, bays, and in the backyards of Gulf Shores, Fairhope, and Fort Morgan. Southern Charm offers four package types. The Premium Picnic ($300 for two guests) includes charcuterie and all the usual picnic suspects, plus an Instax camera with 10 exposures to capture your memories. For a smaller setup, choose the Romantic Picnic ($240 for two guests) which trades pillow seating for two beach loungers and a rattan table overlooking the beach. And for a truly one-of-a-kind experience, book the Picnic & Cruise experience, which brings your picnic experience to sea on a two-hour electric boat cruise. At $760 for six guests, it’d make a great birthday celebration or just-because adventure with friends or family. For something closer to home, the Backyard Movie Night picnic includes a projector so you can catch a flick under the stars.
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Tres Chic Luxury Picnics & Parties (Mobile)
The luxury picnic setups created by Tres Chic in Mobile are not only beautiful but also affordable. An Intimate picnic for two includes a romantic tablescape, charcuterie board, a dozen red roses, a box of gourmet chocolates, blankets, pillows, table settings, place cards, a Bluetooth speaker, games, a cooler with water, and your choice of a fringe umbrella, popup bubble tent, or canopy tent to frame your picnic for only $250. For only $50 more, you can get an Outdoor Movie & Dinner package that includes a gazebo tent, fairy lights, movie projector, plus popcorn and movie candy for the ultimate dinner and a movie. A picnic for two will only set you back $175, a small group of 3-4 goes for $215, and you can entertain a crowd of 7-8 for only $275.