A Birthday Bash by the Sea Full of Coastal Inspiration

When Julia reached out to us to plan her 25th birthday party we were thrilled.  She had recently moved from New York to Los Angeles and wanted to celebrate in a stylish yet intimate way.  Friends were flying in from all over, some visiting LA for the first time!  Her family owns a beautiful home on the beach and that was where we started with our inspiration.  

I used the colors of the coast to create a pretty color palette reminiscent of the beach and ocean.  Julia is so stylish, she was easy to work with and bounce ideas off of.  The party turned out so pretty and I’m so excited to share it today!  Megan Welker took all of the beautiful photos, capturing all the fun so perfectly.  This party is also up on Inspired By This today!

We planned on having the dinner outside, but unfortunately it was quite windy that day!  So we brought it indoors, and luckily the walls were the perfect color blue to match our aesthetic!  Talk about good luck!.

The tables from Witty Rentals were neutral and airy, adorned with beautiful floral arrangements by Of the Flowers and pretty tabletop pieces of white, copper and mud cloth from Hostess Haven.  I’m so happy with how the modern pieces from Witty worked with the boho style of the florals and tabletop items, love it!

  A Fabulous Fete did the gorgeous calligraphy.  Each guest found their seat via a piece of sea glass that had their name on it.  We also had some fun signage and menus made to complete the look.

   The lounge area from Witty was the perfect spot to sit and relax with a cocktail from Pharmacie.  We made sure the birthday girl had custom cocktail stirrers from Jenn & Jules Designs to ring in her next year of course!  The cocktails seriously looked so yummy!!  Just their descriptions had our mouths watering…  

Also, I don’t know what I’m more jealous of, the cocktail or Julia’s abs!!

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner from Colette’s Catering and the most delicious water color cake from Sheila Mae for dessert. That cake is almost to pretty to eat!

It was such a magical evening and we were so happy to be a part of making this pretty night come to life for the birthday girl!  Can we just take a moment though and appreciate how cute her and her boyfriend are?!  I mean seriously?  25 year old goals right there!  And seriously, Julia is as sweet as she is beautiful!

Loved working with all of the amazing vendors below on this one!

We even made it easy for you to re-create the look, just shop below!

xx

Jacquelyn

Design/Styling/Planning – Jacquelyn Kazas & Leah Carriger of Beijos Events
Photographer – Megan Welker
Rentals – Witty Rentals
Florist – Of The Flowers
Tabletop – Hostess Haven
Calligraphy – A Fabulous Fete
Catering – Colette’s Catering
Bartender – Pharmacie
Cocktail Stirrers – Jenn and Jules Designs
Cake – Sheila Mae
Other Rentals – Town & Country LA
Julia’s Outfit – Nightcap Clothing

 

 

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By on June 23, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Be a Firecracker for the 4th of July in One of these Fun Outfits

Do you have your 4th of July outfit ready!?  I am still in shock that it’s less than 2 weeks away!!  If you’ve ever been to Newport Beach for the 4th of July then you know it’s a BIG DEAL.  Lots and lots of partying going on over here!  But since I’m a mother of two now I won’t be heading down to the peninsula with all the craziness, instead I’ll be with my sweet family!  Our new neighborhood in Costa Mesa has a parade for the kids and pets, a water balloon toss and other fun events, so that’s where you’ll find me.

Both are fun, my reality is just a little more family friendly nowadays.  Either way I want to look my best though! Abby and I set out to find our favorite Red, White & Cute, I mean Blue outfits for the big day.  Let’s start with my outfits… So cute and easy to wear, perfect for the 4th of July.

Here I am soaking up the rays on Balboa Island in this amazing blue & red silk print Tularosa top.  The perfect amount of red, white and blue in the print and I love the loose tie sleeves, such a great trend right now that is worth investing in.  It’s both feminine and on trend.  For me, being comfortable on a holiday like the 4th of July is a huge factor.  I’m passed the age of being in something uncomfortable but cute.  I like the idea of just throwing on a cute top, jean shorts and my favorite sunglasses, done and done!

Photos of Jacquelyn by Megan Welker // Jacquelyn’s Hair by 1011 Makeup

Photos of Abby by Susannah Gill

Here’s Abby looking on fire in an all red outfit.  She paired this really amazing body suit with a Band of Gypsies maxi skirt, both are sold out but this maxi in the same print is real cute too!  You could also pair a cute swimsuit with a maxi skirt, such a great look for a pool party!  Either way, I love that she’s not afraid to wear that bright red… And her cute white Brixton hat will keep the sun out of her eyes.

Next up, another red ensemble but a little more understated.  When I saw this red and white Lovers + Friends top it just screamed 4th of July to me.  I love how it sits off the shoulder and is so cute paired with shorts or even a pair of jeans, if it gets cold at night for fireworks.  I like it with my white cut offs, a Summer staple for me!  Perfect 4th of July outfit for me!  I’ve also been wearing this Brixton straw hat so much already this Summer, if you don’t have it you should get one, it’s my favorite!!

Last up, a little more blue from Abby.  She paired these super cute shorts she got on Amazon with a boho Tularosa top.  I love this for a more sophisticated 4th of July outing, maybe if you’re going somewhere a little nicer for the holiday.  Or you could pair it with some flats to dress it down a bit for something more casual. And we’re all still jealous of Abby’s cute Cult Gaia bag, but Summer is still young!  You can still get it, they were sold out for a while but now we’ve seen them in stock at our favorite stores!!

Feel inspired for your own 4th of July outfit?!  Now get out there and make sure you get your outfit for one of the best holidays of the year!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 22, 2017 in 4TH OF JULY, FASHION, STYLE

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Summer Solstice Dinner Party on the Beach

When my friend Alatheia who recently launched her blog Art of Being Female reached out to me asking if I’d help her style and design a party for her dinner club group I was on board in a second.  The story behind their ritual and the symbolism of their friendship really stood out to me.  Plus, when she said she wanted to do a Summer Solstice dinner party on the beach, well, I was sold.  Here is a little bit more from our host Alatheia on her dinner club ritual and why this night was so important to her…

“I really wanted to celebrate the 6 year anniversary of our dinner club in a special way. Not only was it clear to me that a special dinner on the beach was in order, but also that there was only one person to help me live out my Pinterest dreams and that would be my talented friend, Jacquelyn of Beijos Events.

“Dinner Club” was born out of a desire to spend less time out at restaurants and more time honing our entertaining and cooking skills as young couples. We rotate homes and whoever is hosting takes care of everything from music to decor, tablesetting, food, drinks, dessert and interesting conversation starters.

I wanted to host a special dinner on the sand to welcome in the start of our favorite season. We live a block from the boardwalk and walking distance from each other. We have spent many summers on this exact beach over the last six years dating, surfing, getting engaged and married,  being pregnant, nursing babies, laughing and laughing.

My aesthetic for the party was very neutral as I like most things. I told Jacquelyn I wanted to have a clean color palette even down to the florals which I wanted white with greens. We added pops of metallic flair from the rose gold speaker and flatware to the silver flecks in the moroccan wedding blankets. Jacquelyn nailed it as did all the vendors involved. I think my dinner club will agree that the night was magical and one to remember.”

I felt so honored that Alatheia asked me to help out.  Selfishly though, I have always wanted to style a table like this, the beach is such a special place to me so my mind ran away with so many ideas.  Knowing Alatheia and her style I knew to keep it simple, classic and pretty with details, all things I know she cares about, along with myself. 

Designing this table and putting this dinner together was so fun, but also really easy, anyone can do it!  There are a few key things to making sure your dinner party goes off without a hitch, and I’m happy to share them with you!  Also, you can shop items for your own dinner at the bottom of the post!

This party is also featured on Glitter Guide today and all of the pretty photos are by Meilani Cottrell.

Let’s start with the tips to a successful Summer Solstice Dinner Party…

1.  Send an Invitation

In this crazy world of technology things tend to become so last minute and impersonal.  Sending an invite in the mail is a perfect way to let your guests know that you are thoughtful and paying attention to detail.  It sets the tone for the whole evening and who doesn’t like to get something pretty in the mail? 

I even like to use a stamp that goes along with the theme.  I’ll head to my local post office and see what they have to offer and either choose something that goes along with my color scheme or theme.  If I think enough ahead of time I’ll order pretty stamps off of Etsy or personalize them on Stamps.com.  Paying attention to little details like that are what will really knock your guests socks off.  Speaking of invites, Courtney at Poppy Jack Shop sure made a pretty one for us here!

 
 2. Create a Beautiful Table

For a Summer Solstice on the beach theme I wanted to keep things casual but also pretty.  The scenery itself is amazing, so the other details could be simple.  The tabletop items were pretty basic, white plates with bronze flatware, clear floral glassware and cream napkins.  Some of those items may already be in your inventory at home!  Adding little details like place cards and menus are always a great idea and pretty up your table immediately. 

Courtney from Poppy Jack Shop created all of our pretty pieces but you can easily recreate something similar at home.  One of my favorite napkin tricks is tying the napkins in a knot rather than the plain fold… It makes it a bit more interesting.  You simply fold the napkin in half to create a triangle and take either long end and tie in a knot.  I’ll usually fluff it a bit after to make sure it looks good, but this is a tie I use often because I like the non fussy look it achieves.  These napkins are form The Little Market.

3.  Invest in Florals

I can’t say it enough, florals just make everything prettier.  Although it’s an investment, adding fresh flower arrangements to any event are key.  If you can have a florist that’s great, these beauties by MV Florals are what made the table so pretty.  We went with greenery and creams with a touch of blush to add a little bit of color.  I love the way they look on the beach with the sand. 

If you can’t invest in a florist you can go to your local market for florals.  Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods have a great selection.  And if you can’t invest in florals, simple greens or even fruits can beautify a table easily.  We used bud vases for this table that I placed on wooden boards on top of the table to add some layers, which adds a little more detail.

4.  Set the tone with a great Playlist

Music makes every party more fun, and having your guests enter with it playing is key.  For this outdoor soiree we used Stelle Audio’s amazing portable pillar speaker.  The sound was amazing and our hostess with the mostest had a playlist she had already planned in advance.  It had the perfect balance of dinner music with a beachy flair that we loved!  You can see it here.

 

 5.  Great Food & Wine is Memorable

Choosing what to serve your guests can make or break your dinner party… Let’s be honest, if you go out to eat the ambience and service can be amazing but if the food is just so so, you probably won’t go back.  With that being said you want to think of your guests, make sure you know of any allergies or dislikes in your group. 

What I loved about this party was our idea for the long charcuterie board!  We basically had it run the length of the table and it was an easy way for our guests to interact while enjoying some really tasty treats.  It was honestly one of the highlights of the party and I’m so grateful Colette’s Catering made my vision come to life!  Plus, Alatheia’s husband participated by making the board (gotta get the husband’s in there somehow!)

Also, I’m a huge advocate of having more than what you think you need when it comes to having food and wine, you never ever want to run out of anything like that.  For this party we had a variety of delicious wines from One Hope, I especially love their rosé.  So make sure when you buy for your party to get a few more bottles just in case, plus, who doesn’t like to have extra wine around?!

6.  Have great Ambience

Things that you normally don’t think of like lighting, candles, and just an all together pretty set up make the evening so much better.  For an outdoor party especially, you have to think about lighting.  This party was planned to take place at sunset and we knew we had to have lighting, you can’t leave your guests in the dark, literally!  So Alatheia invested in battery operated string lights and battery operated candles, perfect to have for those chilly beach winds and to create a pretty atmosphere. 

Another investment is in your rentals.  For this gathering we wanted to have a low to the ground table, something not everyone has in their home inventory. I reached out to my friends at Adore Folklore who had all of my needs answered with a bunch of pretty rentals.  Using a specialty rental company is a bit more expensive than a basic rental company but well worth the investment.  They have pieces that are unique and original and create the perfect ambience you desire.  

7.  Make sure your Guests are Comfortable

No matter where you hold your party, whether it’s on the beach, at the park or even in your own home, your guests need to come first.  Thinking of them and making sure they are comfortable should be your most important thought.  Since this party was outdoors we made sure to have blankets in case it got too cold. 

We also wanted the look of the low to the ground table, but didn’t want our guests to suffer from it.  So we were sure to have several pillows and poufs for them to use and sit on.  You can use pretty pillows or blankets from your home, we got ours from Boho Pillow and The Little Market.


Like I said, you can easily do this on your own!  And as promised, I’ve made it even easier, just shop the post below!

 

Thank you to all of the amazing vendors mentioned below for making this a reality!

xx

Jacquelyn

Design/Styling – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Host/Concept – Alatheia Hart of Art of Being Female
Photographer – Meilani Cottrell 
Florals – MV Florals
Catering – Colette’s Catering  
Calligraphy – Poppy Jack Shop 
Wine – One Hope Wine
Audio Pillar – Stelle Audio  
Glassware/Napkins/Blankets – The Little Market
Pillows – Boho Pillow
Charcuterie Board – Hart Concrete Design
 

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By on June 21, 2017 in BEIJOS TIPS, CELEBRATIONS, STYLED BY BEIJOS, SUMMER

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Shine On You Crazy Diamond Birthday Party

Another year, another year older for Dylan and Jett. Where does the time go?!? Last year, I told myself  low key parties next year. That lasted two minutes. Ha! Although I was reminded of what I said several times by the hubby. But who am I kidding! Being an event planner, you want to design the best party for your children. I’m sure many people think it’s a bit overboard… it might be, it might not be. Either way, I love doing it, and I would do anything for those two to put a smile on their face, and a day they will love. The past years, I have picked the themes for the party, but this year it was all about what they wanted.. with a touch of Beijos of course. 

Photos by Erin Milnik

It was around March that I took the kids to dinner and I told them they could pick the theme of the party and to tell me everything they wanted at their birthday party. Did I regret just saying anything you want?! Gulp! With much excitement, they were calling the shots and the requests started pouring in.

My daughter, Dylan, who turned 7 wanted a princess party that included: pinks and purples with glitter, princess crowns, purple princess jewels, butterflies, a live mermaid that can do face painting, and just rice and beans to eat. My son, Jett, who turned 5 wanted a black rockstar party that had everything black (obviously his favorite color), ninja turtle jumpy house, Easter egg hunt, and chocolate milk. With this want list, I definitely had a challenge, wouldn’t you say? 

I came up with the theme “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”. This is where Rockstar meets princess. Get it?!? Classic rock song and gems. I came up with the color palette of hues of pinks, hints of purple, black, and natural colors to make it all tie in. I wanted to keep it with natural vibe and pops of both pinks and blacks. 

The invite is probably one of my favorite parts of this party. My talented pal, Meghann Miniello designed this holographic gem invite. On blush paper with black holographic, it couldn’t had come out any cooler. She is amazing as I can give her a couple ideas, and she always surpasses my expectations. She also created acrylic signage that was among the party, and the cutest cake toppers for each kids cake. Her handwriting is on all the custom tableware too! 


The table settings were a combination of gemstone and rock details. Meghann Miniello created these black and white rock on paper placemats. This is an easy and cheap way to add detail to your tables. You can surely do this yourself.

 



 

Beau-Coup is a great resource for party goods. I love that you can do custom work on a ton of items. I had them create  “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” napkins, cups, and favor bags for each place setting. They even carry the brand Meri Meri partyware which I adore.  This was a great resource for a kids party. I did a mix of metallics and blush for the plates and paper cups. Its fun to mix up the plates at each place setting.








Let’s not forget the disco ball details. The disco tumblers from Ban.do at each place setting was secretly chosen for me. Ha! Jk! I like to include objects like the tumblers that can be used during the party and taken home as a favor at the end of the party. The kids also took home princess crowns for the princesses and black ray bans for those rockstars.





The Confetti Bar made custom confetti that had pieces like, “shine in your crazy diamond,” “ Dylan is 7”, “Jett is 5”, and “Rock On!”. Lucitini Cakes makes these SUPER cute gemstone sugar candies that we used on the table as a rad detail and on Dylan’s cake. These were a hit with the kids! The parent’s not so sure after I sent them home with rock sugar. Sorry! All these fun details were placed on these cool concrete park picnic tables. Gunn & Swain blankets at each table setting to give a little soft cushion, and of course, add a cool factor.




Now, I couldn’t pull off butterflies or a real mermaid that did face painting, but I did have princess crowns, and with the help from David and Leanna, we nailed it! Leanna created wire floral princess crowns with a black satin ribbon for all the little girls. It couldn’t have been more of a mix of rockstar and princess. She also created a unique gemstone princess crown for the birthday girl Dylan and myself to wear. I died when I saw it! Who would not want to wear this everyday, all day! I like to do laundry in it :)



 




We had this party at a park in Los Gatos, where there are so many pretty trees among the tables. I had this vision to have hanging dessert shelves in the trees with greenery and flowers hanging from them. One tiny problem, the trees were way to thin, the limbs would break in a heart beat. So the night before, my dad and I went to Lowes. About an hour later, he whipped up this ladder shelf. He wouldn’t let my dreams be crushed, or maybe it was the sad face I made. Either way, he was there and made it happen right then and there. 

 

Christine Cater created magic on this day. Flower arrangements that were so pretty you just wanted to stare. I loved that feminine vibe it added to the tables. She took that shelf and transformed it! People kept coming by and asking what time does the wedding start. Ha! Can we talk about those paper lanterns she added flowers too!?! 


Christine Cater and Laura from Cultivate Rentals made this area into one magical little corner. I’m obsessed with this lounge area, I want it in my new home just to sit and relax in. A mix of vintage rugs and disco balls are my jam. 


Having a shared party with a sibling, you gotta have two cakes. I mean what kid would be ok with sharing their cake with their sister or brother and taking turns blowing out the candles? Plus, I think it just makes it special for each of them to have something of their own. Hilary from Sugar Studio whipped up these yummy cakes and treats. From gem stone chocolates to tiny little tarts, and of course those cakes. Heart eyes all around. Too add into the mix, Nancy from I Dream of Cookies created these princess and Rockstar cookies that literally put the cherry on top to this dessert shelf. More of those sugar gem rocks from Lucitini Cakes  sprinkled in.  A little One Hope Wine for the adults with their desserts. 





 

 



All in all, I think I accomplished the wish list. The kids spent the afternoon in the ninja turtle jumpy house, and all sugared up on treats, and of course the rice and beans! We rocked out but politely cause we are princesses too after all! 

Huge smiles were on their face all day, so I was one happy Mama. 

Shop the party here!

Vendors

Styling + Design: Beijos Events
Photography: Erin Milnik Photography
Florals: Christine Cater
Glassware + Lounge Area Rentals: Cultivate Rentals & Design
Sugar Cookies: I Dream of Cookies
Cakes + Chocolate Gem Chocolates + Mini Tarts: The Sugar Studio
Gem Stone Sugar Candy: Lucitini Cakes
Invite + Signage + Placemats + Handwriting: Meghann Miniello
Floral Wire Princess Crowns + Gem Stone Crown: David and Leanna
Custom plastic tumblers + Napkins + Favor Bags + Paper Plates + Paper Cups + small white geometric vases + honeycomb balls: Beau-Coup
Disco Ball Tumblers: Ban.do
Mexican Blankets: Gunn & Swain
Wine: One Hope Wine
Dylan’s Dress
Sold Out but this skirt is perfect
Jett’s Shirt
Jett’s Shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abby

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By on June 20, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Beijos Summer To Do List

Awww… The first day of Summer, and boy am I excited!  Summer has to be my favorite season of all!  And we are really feeling it with his HOT weather lately!  Just like any other season we have compiled our Beijos Summer To Do List.  Full of amazing ideas of things we want to do this upcoming season.  With Summer you know there will be lots of fun in the sun and we can’t wait to share it all with you!  Make sure you follow along here and on our Instagram.  We’d love to see you all get inspired and do some of our list too!  If you do please use the hashtag #beijossummertodolist or #beijosdoessummer and we will share them!!

Without further ado… Our Summer To Do List!!!

Pretty Graphics by our girl Meghann Miniello

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 20, 2017 in SUMMER, TO DO LIST

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