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Bring the Indoors Out this Holiday Season

Local event experts, Faith Collins and Maile Mckinnon, share their love for curating luxury picnics and picture-perfect fall tablescapes.

Among the many places to celebrate a special occasion it's important to remember that sometimes the perfect backdrop is the Texas Hill Country. Outdoor event planning experts, Faith Collins and Maile Mckinnon, are the go-to experts for luxury picnic experiences, "We are firm believers in the power of being outside and that everyday holds a place for celebration."

A few years ago, Faith and Maile met at their church and immediately became best friends. Maile, a local florist, and Faith a photographer, found their skillsets complemented each other perfectly. Bonding over their mutual love of design, they decided to pursue their passions together by offering locals a Pinterest worthy experience. 

By curating beautiful luxury picnics they've achieved their goal, in Mckinnon's view, “There is something so special about experiencing new things together for the first time, and a luxury picnic is definitely a first for most people. It’s like an event where their Pinterest boards come to life. The elements of a luxury picnic - the great outdoors, delicious food plated to perfection, lively conversations, games, the beauty of florals and the sparkle of lights - set the stage for memories that will last a lifetime." On top of creating a picturesque ambiance, Honey Social Picnic Co. is committed to zero-waste, as Collins shared, "When we started our business, it was super important to us that we remained zero-waste. In the event planning space, this is really hard to come by."

Collins concluded, "My idea of a perfect picnic would include my closest friends gathered around locally sourced food on a fall day. We’d play music, have fresh florals lining the table, and talk for hours. Being outside recharges me, and it's such a bonus when I get to be outdoors with the people that I love surrounded by things that make me happy." 


FAITH'S FALL TIPS FOR A PICTURE-PERFECT TABLESCAPE 

  •  Forage for flowers and greenery. You can lay it down the center or incorporate it into arrangements. 
     
  • Watch a tutorial on compote floral arrangements. They are fairly easy to make and are sure to wow your guests.
     
  • Make place-setting cards. They can be so simple yet give your tablescape a personal feel.
     
  • Bring in all of the delicious, fall earthy tones with things like napkins, serving bowls, candles, menus, etc. Adding textures can’t hurt either - inspiration can be found on Pinterest!
     
  • Set the mood with candles, and not just for romantic dates! Fall is a time to be cozy, and the added warmth candles bring to a table is unmatched.

Be sure to follow Maile and Faith's journey on Instagram at @honeysocialpicnics and learn more about their business by visiting honeysocialpicnics.com.

  •  Faith Collins and Maile Mckinnon, owners of Honey Social Picnic Co.