For Andrea Lyn Seppo, the idea of pop-up picnics first came about from watching episodes of the “The Bachelor” television series. The beautiful settings, attention to detail and romantic setting was inspirational.
“I really fell in love with them. Pop-up picnics allow you to enjoy a luxurious dining experience, outdoors or indoors, with plate ware and decor matching a theme but with the big perk being — you don’t have to clean up!” she says.
Luxury picnics mean “you don’t have to do a thing,” Seppo says. “All you have to do is come and enjoy.” Upon booking, her clients choose their picnic location, their theme and select their caterer. The day of the picnic she packs up the décor and supplies and arranges a beautiful picnic setup. Clients enjoy two hours of private picnicking before she returns to tear down, clean and return the rental items.
While COVID may have increased the popularity of the outdoor picnic concept, the idea of pop-up picnics has actually been around for a while, she says. Each season her team creates three or four designs to make sure your picnic isn’t of the garden-variety type.
Andrea Lyn and her husband, Jonathan Seppo, launched Andrea Lyn Events in January 2021 and CoMo Picnics in August 2021. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Hospitality Management, Andrea Lyn planned events at the University Club.
What’s her favorite part of owning CoMo Picnics? “I love the freshness and creativity I can bring to our Columbia community,” she says. “Seeing the enjoyment of a client and hearing how their guests loved the picnic gives me indescribable joy!”