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Rising Stars: Meet Aleida Garcia


Today we’d like to introduce you to Aleida Garcia. 

Hi Aleida, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories. 

It’s hard to pinpoint an origin story when every single stage feels like a different lifetime. Interior designing, has always been the core of these different stages. I have decorated for as long as I could remember, I have set houses for families and friends, for fun or business. I have a huge family, so the birthday parties, baby showers, moving décor were always a joyous experience for me. It was a way for me to show those around me that I cared about their space, their day-to-day life. 

I just moved here from NYC, opposites I know. I was more willing to accept changes after COVID and I wanted to create a financial opportunity that I genuinely enjoyed. After COVID my kids only become more and more socially awkward. 

My youngest just started high school in Florida, so please wish me luck. In all seriousness, seeing her thrive again by making friends, feeding off energies other than her immediate family. Her mood has improved drastically. It has just reminded me of the importance of social interactions and finding those moments with our families and friends. These last past years taught us that most, people are always on borrowed time. 

Through The Picnic Touch I have been able to breathe normalcy back to my life but others as well. Being able to celebrate our day-to-day wins wasn’t possible for my family and I back in our home in NYC. Now, we can socially distance by the beach or on a trail to get my family out of their new shell. Similarly, to my experience with my daughters, through our picnics we get to see other families sharing a space outside again, celebrating those moments we deserve to enjoy. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The road has been quite interesting to navigate. Nothing worth doing feels easy at least. One of the biggest struggles has been exposure. I have three daughters & a Shih Tzu who aren’t the biggest fans of change and this move and a new business idea was a huge one. Trying to start a business while adapting to new a home, state, and people was difficult to manage. As you could imagine it’s hard to get exposure without knowing anyone in town. However, I have honestly never shied away from making friends and trying new things. 

After joining a few Facebook groups, I found so many things to do and through that, I have been able to make new connections. It is hard to establish a strong foundation for a business when those around you don’t know you, to trust you with the huge task of celebrating their loved ones, understandably so. I also want to mention the importance of being tech-savvy these days, I frankly am not but thankfully I have two teens & a 23-year-old! 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
It’s so hard to choose one of these topics as these are all intersectional in my life. As a mother, setting up a foundational home for my family was always very important to me. A home is both a physical place but a source of peace for my family and I. Interior design was my outlet to a peaceful home, a place where you celebrate the wins, the holidays, where you could decompress after a long day. Not having that in the past made me understand the importance of it. I always noticed the importance of recycled materials, whether advice or furniture, there are so many different assertions and arrangements that can take life once you give change a chance. My daughters always tell me that there’s a thinking face I make when I’m going to rearrange our home, and they are right. Once I have an image in mind, I have to see it come to life. The combination of my artistic abilities within interior design, alongside my passion for creating spaces for happiness, lead to this project. I wanted to see the joy in others too. I want to slowly but surely gain some of the beauty and peace back we lost these past two years. 

What were you like growing up?
I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and I moved to the United States when I was in my early twenties. My upbringing was different than my kids and this generation that’s for sure. I grew up in really humble beginnings, the only option I had was to come up with a plan and work tremendously hard to execute it. I was a middle child but technically the oldest, always having to lead my siblings and frankly just get things done for my family in general, which lead me to just be an extroverted planner. I didn’t have time for anything but success it was my only choice. I knew I wanted better for my daughters and for my mother who I owed the world to. 

I never lived in an illusion, all my dreams, ideas, thoughts were real I just had to make them to life, once the thought is there, I have to see it come through. Whatever I wanted or want I need for it to live outside my mind for the new family I had created. My creativity regardless of interior design, drawing, or cooking I have incorporated into every stage especially once I started my picnic business. 

Pricing:

  • Basic Package ~$169
  • Boho Teepee Picnic Package ~$189
  • Lovers Bench Package ~$245
  • Movie Night Package ~$275

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