We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole and Cristina and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nicole and Cristina, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
We have been friends for over 28 years and every year a group of us get together for a dinner. It was my turn to decide the place, due to covid I decided to do a picnic at the park. Cristina said I have all this China we could use, as her mom had passed away a year ago and had left it to her. Then we decided to let’s start and outdoor picnic business. SD Outdoor Soirée was born and we never looked back.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We have been creative all our life. This new adventure has let us show our creative side to the public. We offer many different table setups each one is a bit different then the previous setup. We love our custom made tables and stools that we specifically designed. The challenges are the workplace and family balance. We are including our children in the process to show them how to try and balance life. We would like the world to know just enjoy what you are doing and everything will fall into place.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would start the week with just grabbing some local Mexican food from Lolitas and head to the beach really we love them all any would work. The next day pick up food at the French Oven Bakery and have a picnic at Balboa park and visit the museums. Next adventure we would take the bikes downtown and crossover to Coronado on the ferry eat bbq at Lil Piggys and ride the bikes around the city.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Cristina’s mom Nina had a love for table setting. Every room in her house that had a table was set.. Unfortunately she passed away right before covid and was not able to see our success. But we are confident she is looking down at us and proud of our success.

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Facebook: SD Outdoor Soirée

Other: Sdoutdoorsoiree@gmail.com

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