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About Dolce Picnics


Our name, Dolce Picnics, draws inspiration from two iconic Italian phrases:


La Dolce Vita: Translating to "The Sweet Life," this phrase encapsulates the Italian way of embracing life's beauty and indulging in its pleasures. We believe every moment should be an occasion to savor, and our picnics allow you to do just that.


La Dolce Far Niente: Meaning "The Sweetness of Doing Nothing," this concept reminds us of the importance of slowing down, unwinding, and relishing the tranquility of nature. Our picnics offer the perfect opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The coastline along the piece of California we call home has long been referred to as the "California Riviera." This 40-mile stretch of coastline spans from San Clemente through Huntington Beach, featuring beautiful beaches and a Mediterranean-esque climate. With our picnics, we combine our favorite elements from the Amalfi Coast and add a flair of coastal-California beach vibes. We are all about the slow-living lifestyle that Italy is known for while incorporating the luxury found in the Jewel of Newport. Just swap the Vespa for a Moke & add an aperol spritz!

Meet the Designers

Hi, nice to meet you! We are Jill and Tara, the sister team behind Dolce Picnics & Dolce Collective. As you may have guessed, we are Italian and love to host parties! We started Dolce Picnics as a passion project during the pandemic and it quickly grew into so much more.


We are often asked how we became picnic planners in the first place. With backgrounds in corporate event planning and interior design, creating aesthetically pleasing atmospheres comes naturally for us. Prior to founding Dolce Picnics, Tara worked as a software developer for architects. Jill is a full-time student majoring in business. She has experience with brand building and a love for design & art.

After spending time in 2020 hosting dinner parties and packing casual picnics for beach days, we decided to combine the two and create intimate outdoor gatherings for others. Growing up in the small beach town of San Clemente, enjoying the beautiful coast of Southern California has always been a way of life for us. From beach birthday parties to year-round nightly bonfires, you could always find us somewhere with our toes in the sand. Now we get to share our love for the California outdoors with you!

Being half-Italian, the phrase la dolce vita has always been important to us. We believe in living life to the fullest, making the most of each moment, and reveling in the beauty of the world around us. It is about more than just indulging in the best, but making every moment count with those you love. We love that we can bring loved ones together for unforgettable moments like this.


In light & love, 

Jill & Tara
Founders, Dolce Picnics & Dolce Collective

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