Intimate, tailored picnic setups that ignite a gorgeous ambiance are what local company ‘Picnics By Pamie’ prides itself in. At the heart of this eventing company that was founded by local entrepreneur Gorata Tshweneyagae is nature-inspired landscapes and fresh air coupled with great food and loved ones to create a memorable experience, she says.
Of her journey into the business, she states that the interest had always been there: “I have always had a passion for events planning,” says Gorata. “I would plan my own birthday parties and even my friends,’ but picnic events only began late last year. It started on a small scale but ‘Picnics by Pamie’ has since grown and is doing very well at the moment.”
An early mention of picnics can be traced to a 1649 satirical French poem that features the Frères Pique-nicques, known for visiting friends armed with bottles and dishes. From gypsy parties in gardens to Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea parties, picnics have grown to be a favourite fad for both young and old. Some of these themes are where Gorata draws her inspiration.
She doesn’t just settle for romantic picnics for lovers but offers birthday packages and dinners as well. “The reception has been amazing because it is something new that a lot of people want to try out,” she says. “My target market always gets it and understands my packages. I am always willing to try something new.”
When it comes to concepts, Gorata says customising a picnic to fit the expectation of the client is important. “Usually clients come with their own themes,” she explains. “So I just work around that and add my own touch here and there. I love DIY (Do-It-Yourself) techniques for most of my décor elements because that brings a bit of love and warmth to the whole thing, and my clients love that.
“When I am done with the Valentine’s special offer that is currently running, I hope to start catering on a larger scale. I also want to do a few collaborations with concerts, music events, cookouts and other such interesting events.”
For more on her picnics, visit her Facebook page ‘Picnics By Pamie’