AN INSPIRED vision of foraged flowers, fine food and friends having fun outdoors inspired a Tamworth entrepreneur to take on a new project, despite the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.
Ali Treloar, founder of high tea and events company China Billy, recently bought local business My Perfect Picnic.
Despite the tumultuous business climate, Mrs Treloar said it was an opportunity she couldn't pass up.
"I think it probably was a brave decision, but I have faith that it's a great business and that we're all going to pull through COVID in some form or the other," she said.
"I think the local hospitality industry has been doing a great job under the circumstances and this particular business does mean that people can catch up and sit outside, which makes people feel a bit more comfortable."
Mrs Treloar said she'd been impressed with the way the community had stepped up and supported small business, and said she's excited to collaborate with local foodies in her new venture.
"The more we support local, the more we have local, and I think people have been really fantastic actually," she said.
A lifelong love of food and the inheritance of a "beautiful" china set drew Mrs Treloar into launching her own events business last year.
"I really love helping people create a moment where they can sit down and enjoy it and relax and have some beautiful food with beautiful flowers and beautiful company," she said.
Plating up picnics seemed like the perfect next move.
"I was starting to consider ways I could bring China Billy outside, so when the opportunity came up it just seemed like ... a great way to make that happen," she said.
Eight weeks into her role as the My Perfect Picnic connoisseur, Mrs Treloar is loving it and has starting cooking up a vision for where she might take it.
"It's exciting to be able to go through and start playing with the different ways we can set things up ... I'd love to be able to add more styles and more options to the business as it grows," she said.
My Perfect Picnic's bread and butter is setting up stress-free spreads for hens parties, engagements, kids' birthday parties, baby showers or just "relaxed" catch-ups with friends.