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Meet The Owner

The story and mission of Elite Teepees® begin with a dream and ends with pure joy.


Kelli grew up in Long Beach, CA and has lived her entire life in sunny Southern California. She attended the University of Southern California and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2006. She continued her education by attending graduate school at USC where she graduated with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy. She moved to San Diego in 2008, which was one of the best decisions she has ever made. 


Kelli has always had a passion for working with children, and she enjoyed a 15 year career in Occupational Therapy, where she provided services to students in a local public school district. She is married to Ruben and has 3 beautiful daughters, Avery, Olive, and Corinne. Kelli has always enjoyed the creativity and fun involved in planning birthday parties for her own kids, and when the opportunity to own Elite Teepees was presented, she felt a connection and pull that she could not ignore! So in April 2023, Kelli became the proud owner of this wonderful company.

Surrounded by the stunningly beautiful beachy environment and tranquil vibe of Carlsbad,

Kelli is often reminded of happy childhood memories of the simple joys in life. One such joy were sleepovers; the essence of childhood, where friendships grow, and life-long memories are created. This concept now extends well into adulthood and can be used to celebrate any of life’s special celebrations, from bachelor/bachelorette parties, girls night glamp-ins, family get-togethers, girl scout events, or an end of school year celebration; the possibilities are limitless.


Elite Teepees® is the perfect intersection of Kelli's love of working with children, her passion for creativity and party planning, and the motivation to bring something fun and exciting to the community. She dedicates herself to ensuring that all the finer details are in place in order to deliver a unique white-glove service that creates memorable, luxurious sleepover experiences. All teepee frames, teepee covers and essential soft furnishings have been meticulously designed and created by hand, with love.


Today, Elite Teepees® is a fully fledged company offering sleepover experiences to Carlsbad, San Diego and surrounding regions . The personal involvement and care that goes into the sleepover service is a natural extension of the community’s warm character, where the people enjoy their beautiful landscapes and the friends and family surrounding them.


Making dreams come true is Elite Teepees® mission.

Elite Teepees® creates the magic and brings the joy. You create life-long memories.



Kelli with her husband Ruben and their 3 daughters

Location: Carlsbad, CA

Fun Fact: Another thing the Carlsbad beaches inspired?  The colors of this very webpage. The soft orange theme of the entire Elite Teepees® website was chosen to evoke the “Golden Hour” sunshine that sets Carlsbad aglow every evening.  The inviting mystery of twilight, as well as the beauty of the lingering sunset, capture the spirit of sleepovers as a time to retreat, relax, and reconnect.

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