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Meet Monica Balboa-Pavich

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica Balboa-Pavich.

Hi Monica, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born in Portugal and grew up mostly overseas as a military child until my dad changed careers. I learned quickly how to adapt to new surroundings and make new friends. It wasn’t easy, and I didn’t know it at the time, but it helped me later in life. My background is in sales and marketing- I worked for two global breweries in three of the largest markets in the U.S. and have always had a passion for product management and promotions. I’m an avid runner and marathoner, who does give her race shirts to goodwill 🙂 and I also practice yoga at my local Core Power. I love running to the beach and doing as many local races as possible. I am a mom of two tweens and a military spouse to a naval officer who is also my running partner and hero.

My boutique picnics began with a little inspiration from the fabulous setups I’d seen at a local park I had been practicing yoga at in the midst of the pandemic. My daughter’s birthday was fast approaching and with all the social distancing guidelines doing a picnic was the best idea. After contacting a few companies, I decided I could do it myself, and I did. My husband made me the table and we were ready. I had no intention on starting a business but was approached by several people and booked my first picnic that day. I’ve always had a creative edge and passion for decorating and making everything I can as special as possible.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The picnic business has been amazing, but it definitely isn’t always easy. I’m constantly learning how to manage all of it- the setups on my own, the social media, the inventory and the overall amount of time invested.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Boutique Picnics by Monica is a small San Diego-owned business offering thoughtfully designed picnic experiences to its customers. Each picnic is unique in that each one is personalized and designed to meet the customer’s expectations. I love hosting all the celebrations from birthdays, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, anniversaries, proposals and so excited to have amazing partners who offer floral arrangements, brunch, charcuterie, empanadas and pastries to make each event even more special. I also offer a variety of additional items that can be added to elevate your picnic experience to the next level. From start to finish, each picnic is designed with you in mind so that you are able to relax and enjoy.


  • Picnics start at $165 for two people and two hours.

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