We had the good fortune of connecting with Charmaine Dalton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charmaine, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The Charming Picnic concept was born a few years ago when I realized that there were no luxury picnic companies in Orange County. It was my dream to provide fun picnic experiences in the beautiful spots of OC and to encourage locals to immerse themselves in nature with their loved ones. I have always had a passion for nature and enjoying delicious food outdoors, so I wanted to share that experience with as many people as possible.
I started collecting my inventory over the next couple years, and I designed all of our picnic tables and umbrellas that we provide to our clients today. I launched The Charming Picnic at the end of July of 2020 to also provide a safe and memorable way for people to celebrate important moments in their lives. We have hosted luxury picnics for birthdays, proposals, anniversaries, bridal showers, and more. 2020 was an incredibly challenging and devastating time for so many people, but I wanted to bring some light and magic through the picnics!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We provide magical luxury picnics and we help make your picnic dreams come true! We feel so blessed to have been a part of so many important milestones of our clients. We are also lucky to have been a pioneer in the luxury picnic industry, and we are always innovating our picnic experiences to the next level. We have a lot of fun plans for the future, and we can’t wait to share them! We strive to provide the best customer service and we go above and beyond for our clients. We have gotten to where we are today with lots of dedication, time, and most importantly love for what we do. We overcame a lot of our challenges through trial and error, research, perseverance, and having a positive attitude. We want to encourage dreamers to turn their dreams into a reality and to never give up on their passions. The Charming Picnic started as a small dream, but we worked hard to make it a reality! We are so excited to create more magical events in the future and to work with more amazing people!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my favorite spots in Orange County is the Montage Resort for snorkeling, swimming, picnicking, or enjoying the restaurants there. A few other beach favorites include Table Rock Beach, Victoria Beach, and Crescent Bay Beach. Some of my favorite walks/hikes include Red Rock Canyon in Lake Forest, Aliso Summit Trail and Colinas Ridge Trail in Laguna Niguel, Dana Point Headlands Trail, and Dartmoor Trail and Valido Trail in Laguna Beach. A few restaurants I recommend are The Playground in Santa Ana, Starfish and Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach, Gem Dining in Fountain Valley, Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach, and The Tea House on Los Rios in San Juan Capistrano.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am so thankful for all the efforts, support, encouragement, and hard work of my husband and my family. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. They have been so helpful with everything! They are also highly creative, hardworking, adventurous, and such loving people.
I would also like to thank all of the people who have been following our journey since the beginning. I have met so many kind and amazing people through this business, and I’m so grateful everyday.