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Hidden Gems: Meet Michaeleigh Ward

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michaeleigh Ward.

Michaeleigh, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Well, my story began earlier this year, I’m a naturally ambitious person, so I am constantly brainstorming on my next move. As my background heavily derives from the event planning and interior design industry, I began looking for something that aligned with my preexisting passions and talents, something that was tangible that I could start now and do now, and most importantly, something that people not only wanted but needed! I’ve seen others offering picnic set-ups in a few other states and said, why not bring this to sunny South Florida! After encouragement from family and friends, I took the leap and invested in myself by purchasing all of my supplies that week, starting my page, perfecting my branding, and launching soon after!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As far as getting to where I am now, I must mention that after launching and catching the attention of many, including those in my industry. I was able to land my first client, which just so happened to be a well-known Youtube couple, which simply changed everything for me before it even began. Through their generous promotion on their platforms, my business got the kick start it needed, and ever since then, it’s been smooth sailing. I often find myself reflecting back on that moment and being extremely grateful for that unexpected blessing!

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Lavish Picnics of South Florida is a luxury pop-up picnic company based in South Florida. Our team arrives and sets up a chic picnic set up at any location you desire, whether it’s indoors in your living room or your own backyard. Our luxury setups draw the attention of many, with our chic table setups, card games, gold-rim glassware and flatware laid out in a dining style, chilled sparkling water along with a delicious charcuterie board spread of meats and cheeses or pick from our fruit mixture bowl!

Our locations are preferred for Beach setups. If you don’t have a location in mind, we have a scenic space for you to enjoy! Once you arrive, the team leaves you to enjoy your picnic. Guests have the picnic for hours you scheduled and the team comes back to the location, breaks down and cleans up. We take care of delivery, setup and clean up! We cater to any request to make your picnic extra special! Many of our picnics are surprises for date nights, anniversaries, marriage proposals, and birthdays. We offer add-on services to help create a unique experience. Champagne choices are available to add-on as well as chocolate strawberries and other premium alcohol choices. What I’m most proud of brand-wise is that many of our setups are unique and to the guests liking and personality. Picnic guest sizes can range from 2 people up to 30 people. You are able to pick from an array of color schemes and themes that fit you and your guests.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Advice that I have for finding a mentor is finding someone that knows the ins and outs of a specific company or field you want to work in. Seeking out a mentor who is great at networking can help you gain confidence and assertiveness. Finding a mentor has worked well for me. My mentor, Melisa Brown, who is the owner of a luxury event planning company, has inspired me to aim for more in my career and to be unique in what I do as well. Networking will also get your foot in the door for many opportunities that you wouldn’t expect. Many people that you network with are willing to help you in any way that they can.

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