Jul 13, 2022 - Things to Do

Seattle's $150-per-person picnics are part of a national trend

Illustration of salad in the shape of a dollar sign on a plate.
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Color me puzzled by this trend highlighted in The Wall Street Journal of picnics that cost hundreds of dollars.

Driving the news: Seattle is one of the markets for these high-priced, en plein air culinary affairs.

Yes, but: What really caused my jaw to drop, though, was that one of the Seattle purveyors of these fancy picnics has a package that starts at $300 for two people — and that doesn’t even include the food.

  • Instead, the fees mainly cover fancy place settings, decorations, pillows and items to create the perfect atmosphere — a "tablescape."
  • For $100, you can add a large canopy to protect against the (likely) prospect of your Seattle picnic getting rained on.

The bottom line: I think I'll stick to my picnics that involve spreading out a blanket and pulling out some cellophane-wrapped sandwiches, thank you very much.

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