With spring and summer just around the corner, hosting a curated picnic—whether beachside, at the park, in your backyard, or indoors—is the chicest way to celebrate someone or something special. Here are the best five Orange County spots to call on.
The result of yet another pandemic-induced pivot, sisters Jillian and Tara Torcaso combined their professional backgrounds in corporate event planning and business to bring Dolce Picnics to life. Named after the phrase “la dolce vita” (a nod to the duo’s Italian heritage), Dolce Picnics offers 15 preset themes—most popular being Amalfi Coast, French Riviera, Desert Rose and California Glam—or the option to create an entirely bespoke design. Each picnic includes full event planning services, from coordination to design, setup and catering, and can be hosted in a variety of settings, including backyards, beaches, parks, indoors or, our favorite, in the forest beneath the redwoods at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach. With reality TV stars (hello, Lilly Ghalichi and Peter Weber) and influencers already hopping on the Dolce Picnics wagon, it’s about time we all follow suit. WEBSITE
Whether you’re looking to spruce up date night, plan a special anniversary, host a baby shower or just escape the confines of your home, pop-up picnic rental and event planning service Hello Picnic OC has you covered. Full setup and breakdown services are included with each picnic rental, as are tables accommodating up to 14, flowers, all tableware and decor (the boho and luxury themes being fan favorites), and more. If that weren’t enough, you can also opt for add-ons including custom florals, garland balloons, umbrellas, desserts, printed menus and name cards, lights and a Bluetooth speaker. Even better, the Hello Picnic OC team works closely with other local small businesses so everyone can bring something to the table during these strange times. WEBSITE
Spend two glorious hours at the beach, park or in the comfort of your own home indulging yourself in The Charming Picnic’s luxurious hospitality. Bring your bespoke vision to life with beach umbrellas, lace teepees, picnic tables, pillow seating, rugs, decor, florals and customizable signage—all of which are included in the package, as are setup and cleanup. Then, cozy up to indulge in seasonal charcuterie boards, savory snacks, desserts and various beverages with two to 24 of your closest friends. WEBSITE
Whether a romantic picnic dinner for two or a custom setup for a large group is what you have in mind, The Picnic Collective brings its fine-dining picnic experience to you, even incorporating locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. We recommend the Bliss Package for your boutique picnic, which comes complete with coastal grazing boards and a sweet treat, decorative umbrellas, design and styling services, individualized Picnic Collective breadboxes and floral centerpieces, among other luxe offerings. WEBSITE
Indulge in a meal from your favorite O.C. restaurant while sitting among The Table Service’s custom-styled pop-up picnic decor, designed specifically for your special occasion. The company’s 20-plus theme and colorway combinations delight guests of all tastes—think boho-style birthdays, chic bridesmaids’ proposals, romantic brunches or dinners for two, a picnic-and-paint experience and so much more. With availability to travel to any location you wish throughout O.C., the I.E. and L.A., The Table Service makes it easier than ever to bring your party goals to life. WEBSITE
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