🌻 Meet the picnic pals behind Blanket & Board
Plus, a weekend guide for our Incline Insiders.
By Francesca Dabecco
Happy Friday, Pittsburgh.
It’s the perfect time to dine and drink alfresco, and Pittsburgh pals Colleen Peddycord and Tierra Thorne are laying down the best way to serve beautiful picnics with a purpose. They’re the founders of Blanket & Board, an event planning business that they started in June 2020 with a focus on creating thoughtful experiences while giving back to the community.
“At the time, Tierra and I were working together as social workers at a childhood trauma treatment center, and George Floyd had just been murdered. We were in the midst of the pandemic, and everyone was stressed out, scared, and anxious,” Colleen told The Incline. “We were at Tierra’s house on her porch, and we made a charcuterie board and were like ‘we should do this as a thing.’”
“Starting out, we just wanted to do a self-care Sunday and bring people together in a safe, socially distanced way,” Tierra added. “Plus, we both really love the outdoors. We were so over-stimulated by everything, and being in nature and in our parks is so calming.”
What started as a backyard event and safe way for friends and family to gather during the pandemic quickly gained steam and became a popular series of pop-up picnics across the city.
“People were really needing it,” Tierra said. “They really needed to get outside.”
When you book a picnic with Blanket & Board, you’re given a stunning setup with flowers, candles, blankets, and pillows, as well as a charcuterie platter featuring fresh fruits and veggies, meats and cheese, bagels and crackers, and more (Vegan or gluten free? Don’t worry. They have options for you too). Just show up at the park of your choice at the agreed-upon time, and the arrangement will be ready for your picnic pleasures.
I had the pleasure of catching up with Colleen and Tierra at their Blanket & Board one-year anniversary celebration. What follows is our interview, edited for clarity and length.