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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. 

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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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Father’s Day Tablescape + Dinner Menu

Being an event planner, my mind is always scheming up ideas for any sort of function I may have. Father’s Day is no exception! It might be one of my favorite holidays to plan for. I love making this day special for my husband. He is a very simple guy who never asks for anything, so I like to do a little extra to make sure he knows how much we love him. We send him off golfing in the morning, which also allows me to go shopping and set up our dinner. The kids love to get involved, so I have them make cards for him which will go on his place setting. They are so proud of their hard work, it’s the cutest thing. I worked with my favorite Chef Molly from Organicopa to get create this full course menu that any dad will love. My husband is a big lamb guy so we included that! She was generous enough to let me share the recipe for you guys to make too! All this yummy food, displayed on a cool casual monochromatic table setting. Add in the DIY that we did last week, and you just gained some major wife points!

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I just love this table setting. Not only does it have a masculine vibe to it, but it also has a cool casual California style that can be used at any function. My favorite item out of all of this is definitely those ceramic plates.  A life goal for those to be my everyday plates. Till then, they are fun ones to bring out for a little dinner party action. Let’s not get started on that matte gunmetal flatware, so so good! This time around, I did stemless wine glasses and beer goblets instead of the typical wine, water, and tumbler combination. This table setting will make any food look 5 stars, but I got you covered there too.

Father’s Day Menu

Appetizers
Humboldt fog fondue with savory dippers: heirloom baby carrots, steamed asparagus, apple, garlic rubbed crostini
Fillet of beef on garlic rubbed crostini with caramelized onion, point Reyes blue cheese and balsamic reduction
Watermelon Martini: cubed watermelon, lime juice, mint and feta in a martini glass

Salads
Summer asparagus, sweet pea and feta salad with lemon dijon vinaigrette
Grilled sweet corn salad with ancho aioli, queso fresco, lime and cilantro Heirloom tomato and wild arugula salad with honey-lime vinaigrette and candied pistachio

Main
Tuscan lemon marinated lamb lollipops with sweet potato puree and black cherry cabernet reduction
Marinated grass fed rib eye with shaft blue cheese compound butter, grilled tomato and asparagus, twice baked potato and garlic rubbed crostini

Cocktails
Georgia on my mind: bourbon, peach ale, peach liquor and mint with lemon juice Spice and Ice: tequila, mango puree, lime juice, ginger-habanero syrup

As promised…

Tuscan Marinated Lamb Lollipops with Sweet Potato Puree and Blackberry Cabernet Reduction

Ingredients

 10-15 large garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves
1⁄4 cup fresh thyme leaves
1 cup lemon juice or white wine vinegar
Coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 rack of lamb cut into 8 lamb chops, about 3/4-inch thick

Directions

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, lemon or vinegar, and salt. Pulse until combined. Pour in olive oil and pulse into a puree. Pour the puree on both sides of the lamb chops and let them marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator, but preferably longer. Remove from refrigerator and allow the chops to come to room temperature; it will take about 20 minutes. Heat a grill pan over high heat until almost smoking, add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 3 minutes for medium-rare and 3 1/2 minutes for medium.

Sweet Potato Puree

3 pounds whole sweet potatoes, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup cream
1 cup cream cheese
6 tablespoons butter

Directions

Boil sweet potatoes in salted water until fork tender and mushy, about 20 min. Puree with salt and pepper in a food processor. With motor running, gradually add milk and cream cheese through feeder tube, then butter. Process until silken. (Can make up to 2 days ahead; store in an airtight container.) Reheat and serve.

Blackberry Cabernet Reduction

Ingredients

2 shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped
2 teaspoons thyme, chopped, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1 1/3 cups unsalted beef stock
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup blackberry preserves
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Chop shallots, chives, rosemary, and thyme finely. Preheat medium saucepan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place 1 tablespoon oil, shallots, rosemary, and 1 teaspoon thyme in pan; cook 2–3 minutes or until shallots are soft, stirring constantly. Stir in Cabernet, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of pan; cook 3–5 minutes or until wine is reduced by half. Stir in stock, blackberries, and preserves; mash berries with back of a spoon. Simmer 8–10 minutes or until thickened. Cover and keep warm.

Assembly of Dish

Find a martini glass without a stem, so it’s more stable. Take 1⁄2 cup of sweet potato and put it in the bottom of the glass  Add 2 lamb lollipops to each martini glass. Drizzle lollipops with sauce and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and chives; serve.

 

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Abby

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By on June 12, 2017 in EATS, ENTERTAINING, FATHER’S DAY

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Grilled Summer Corn with Chimichurri Sauce

Nothing screams Summer more than grilled corn on the cob. It is the essential summer food. An ear of summer corn is candy-sweet and tender enough to eat raw. Whether you’re grilling those bad boys or throwing together a simple salad, corn at the peak of the season is always the way to go. My husband makes this awesome chimichurri sauce that he puts over grilled flank steak, so good! I would seriously put it on anything, and that is when I had the genius idea to put it on grilled corn. He won’t give it to anyone, not even me! Roll of the eyes. So I had to figure out my own, and I have to say, it’s pretty darn close to his. Shucks, you just can’t beat fresh grilled corn with fresh herbs sprinkled on top. Who’s with me?!?

I have been patiently waiting to bring out these fun Crate & Barrel Enamelware black rimmed plates for summer! Shop all these Beijos favorites at the bottom of the post.

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Grilled Summer Corn with Chimichurri Sauce

I N G R E D I E N T S

6 White or Yellow Fresh Corn, not husked
2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 large handful fresh basil
2-3 sprigs of fresh lemon thyme
1 large handful fresh parsley
1/2 large handful fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
1 Jalapeno, chopped (seeded or not seeded, your choice)
Fresh lemon juice
Salt and Pepper

D I R E C T I O N S

Light up that grill. Peel back your husks and remove the silk from the corn. Fold the husks back up, and throw on the hot bbq naked. Grill the corn over moderate heat, turning, until the kernels feel tender, 15 minutes.

While your corn is on the grill, prepare your chimichurri sauce. Now, this is where your own taste buds call the shots. You can either throw all the herbs into the blender or just roughly chop. I like to roughly chop cause I like the look and taste of herbs, for some people that might be too strong. Up to you! You can also prepare this sauce hours or a day before. The longer it sits together, the better it is. Place all ingredients in either a blender and mix together or a bowl if you are going the rustic route. Taste and adjust your salt and pepper along with your vinegar for your liking.

Husk your grilled corn, and top it with your chimichurri sauce. Serve immediately.

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Happy Grilling!

xx

Abby

 

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By on June 9, 2017 in FOOD, RECIPES, SUMMER

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Father’s Day Photo Album Box

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for Dad for Father’s Day, the only way is to aim straight for the heart. My hubby has the biggest heart in the world. Add patient, understanding, loving, and we got ourselves one big softie! And of course a hunka hunka, duh. Truly, the best Dad I could ask for! The kids and I try each year to aim higher in the tear scale. Last year, we went less teary and more practical with a fun leather catch-all for all his crap, to put it blunt. See it here, I highly recommend this DIY as its super cute, practical and makes any amount of coins or receipts look cool. The year before, had the bar set high. You might remember the wooden signs each of Beijos ladies did in which we had the kids tell us why they love daddy so much… see that here.

This year, since my husband has been living in a different city from us since January, the kids and I were certain that we wanted to incorporate pictures for him to look at. I picked out pictures starting from when they were babies to current. He has no idea what is about to come to him. That tear scale will be weighing heavy this year.

This simple wooden photo album is a great DIY that you can make with your kids! And also any important man in your life!

I do have to say the only thing to look out is that spray adhesive! I had a total Clark Griswold afternoon after using that stuff!

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M A T E R I A L S

1 Wooden Box
1 sheet of  White Poster Board
1 Package of Full Sheet Label Paper or Printed Photos (cut to 3 inchs)
Pencil
Metal Ruler
Double Stick Tape
Spray Adhesive
Washi Tape
X-Acto Knife

Walgreens is having a sale on all prints and ends today! If you enter code: PICSWITHDAD you get 40% off, how could you NOT take this up! Just remember you will have to cut your pictures down to 3X3.

I N S T R U C T I O N S

S T E P  1
Using the ruler, mark off 3.5″ wide strips on the paper. You can cut as many as you like- you’ll connect them later to make the final accordion strip. Each photo square will be 3.5″ long so you can multiply that by the number of photos you want to put in your album to calculate the total length you need.

S T E P  2
Cut out each strip and mark 3.5″ squares down the length of each strip. Fold accordion-style, at each 3.5″ mark. You will have to press firmly since the poster board is heavy.

S T E P  3
Connect the strips to each other using a glue stick or double stick tape. Add a strip of tape  (your choice of color) down the center of the strip, leaving a little folded tab of tape at either end to make it easy to grab. This will give a seamless look if you are doing more then one strip.

S T E P  4
Put your choice of photos into a word doc and size them to be 3″ square. You should be able to fit 6 to a page. Or have them printed out at Walgreens in a 4X4 and cut down to 3″.

S T E P  5
Print out each page onto the label paper and cut out photo. Press the photos onto each square of your accordion strip. Place the strip in the box. Or you can print out at your local photo store and cut to measure 3″ and simply adhere with spray adhesive. Be careful, it is SUPER sticky! No one wants a Clark Griswold moment like me! Place all together in box. Meghann Miniello used her handy work and we labled this little box, “Life with Dad”.

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Shop the post here and get it all in time for Father’s Day!

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Abby

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By on June 6, 2017 in DIY, FATHER’S DAY, Uncategorized

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Cactus Ice Cream Cones

It’s Friday Y’all! Its one more week till its officially summer in our house, and I’m pretty stoked about it! Our summer plans consist of a lot of swimming, camps, adventures in our new town, and lots and lots of eating ice cream! It will be H-O-T this summer where we are living, so frozen treats is the #1 priority. I’m constantly always on the hunt for new recipes for the blog and trying them out on my family and friends. Some are hits and some are misses. But definitely no complaints. Right now, the Guido taste testing kitchen is all about frozen treats on a daily basis. Of course, the kids don’t mind at all! I recently saw the cutest cactus ice cream cone idea on Pinterest, and just had to recreate it.

This is the cutest idea to go along with our cactus themed tablescape idea we shared with you last weekend. See it here.  I wanted to do an ice cream that wasn’t filled with a ton of ingredients and that I knew would be Dylan and Jett taste bud friendly. Just cause it has the word ice cream in it, doesn’t mean it will always be a winner for them. I have tried to pull a quick one on them and add some veggies in there… not as sneaky as I thought I was. Until, this recipe came along! What avocados? That’s just lime and coconut milk kids. Eat up!

Kid and Hubby approved!

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Coconut Lime Ice Cream

Ingredients

1 can (13.66 ounce) of coconut milk
2 avocados, peeled and pitted
1 cup maple syrup, Grade A, or to your taste
½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed (5 limes)
1 Tablespoon lime zest
¼ cup water

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. For either appliance, scrape down the sides a couple of times for a smooth texture.

Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to your machine’s instructions. The ice cream is finished when you can scoop some out, and it stays on the spoon without sliding off right away (about 20 minutes). Serve immediately or freeze for a firmer texture.

For adult friendly veriosn: add 1-2 Tablespoons of vodka or tequila.

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Cactus Ice Cream Cone 

Ingreidents

Ice Cream Cones
Coconut Lime Ice Cream (or any type of green ice cream, I used a mint ice cream in the picture that I was testing out)
White Jimmie Sprinkles
Ice Cream Scoop
Candy Melts
Ice Cream Cone Holder (optional)

Directions

1st, you will need to assemble when you are ready to serve cause its ice cream after all. Or you can assemble and then put back into the freezer until you are ready to lick away. Simple place one scoop on your cone. Then take your white sprinkles and place all around the ice cream like the thorns on the cactus’. You could also make a candy flower by melting pink and orange candy melts and then allow them to harden.

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Abby

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By on June 2, 2017 in DESSERT, EATS, FOOD

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