What do you do when you have a dream and a global pandemic hits?
You proceed and market it as a great way for family and friends to meet in a COVID-safe setting.
That's what Rachel Rogan, of Corrimal, did when she launched Perrie and Peach Styling Company three months ago.
Ms Rogan had always had a passion for weddings and interior design and decided to make the most of her creative flair by starting an event styling business that does picnics.
"COVID is what got me into it. I always wanted to do styling but lacked a bit of confidence. Then I just decided now was as good a time as any to make a start. It has all come really naturally to me," she said.
"I have always loved catching up with girlfriends and having grazing platters with some yummy treats down near the beach or local park. That has always definitely been one of my favourite things to do."
Perrie and Peach sets up luxury picnics for clients throughout the region. Ms Rogan caters for every need with rugs, tables, textured cushions, crystal glassware, rose gold cutlery, fresh, dried and preserved floral arrangements and platters.
"All they have to do is let me know when and where. When they arrive it is all set up for them. They come and just enjoy themselves. At the end I come along and pack it all up. All they have to do is walk away."
Ms Rogan is organising a PINK Picnic in support of Pink Ribbon to raise funds for the Cancer Council at Linnaeus Farm, Berry on October 24.
"I really love that up and coming wedding venue set on beautiful acreage. They said they would love to help and have donated the whole property for that day."
Ms Rogan said all proceeds will go directly to Pink Ribbon.
"I just wanted to find a way to give back to the community. And because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I thought it would be the perfect time," she said.
"Also I love the colour pink. And I have had a few family members who have been affected by cancer."
Ms Rogan felt other small businesses would be willing to support such a cause and has been blown away by the generous donations of goods, services and products.
She is having different sitting times to space people out. And expects those who attend will be similar to the mix of people and ages her picnic business generally attracts.
Ms Rogan recently did a 60th birthday party organised by daughters for their mum. As well as proposals and anniversaries.
"My favourite part is when the people show up to the picnic with big smiles on their faces," she said.
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