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Jungle Party – Cruz Turns One!

Well, my second son has turned one!  Cruz turned one in August and we celebrated with a jungle party!  Get it?!  Jungle Cruz?!  We went all out with a fun party for all the kids, even big brother Court.  And really, our theme was perfect because it was the hottest week of the year and we have no air conditioning!  So… It was a hot sweaty mess full of lots of happy faces celebrating our little man!

Boy parties can be tough… There are only so many themes you can do and to be honest only so many decor options.  I find myself doing succulents most of the time because it’s difficult to find florals that work for a boy’s party.  But this was the perfect opportunity to switch it up!  I was excited to showcase how to do a “tropical” party for a boy and really love how it turned out!

This party is also featured on 100LayerCakelet and Lauren Conrad today!

Photos by Megan Welker

Let’s start with this photo, I mean… I can’t even!!  It turned out better than I could have ever imagined!  I had asked my dear friends over at Wild Child Party to make an amazing balloon installation and they blew my mind.  We decided on colors and they came up with this amazing piece!  Rooted & Wild added the perfect amount of greenery to make it even more amazing.

I found the animal masks on Amazon, I love how they looked on the wall!  I really wanted to have a large sticker made saying “Cruz is One” but didn’t have the time in the end.  But my Letterfolk sign worked perfectly!

The cakes were by Sweet & Saucy Shop, they never disappoint!  I had them do mud cloth printed cakes and they were so amazing you guys!!  My friend Courtney from Poppy Jack did the cake and cupcake toppers in wood.  And how pretty is that floral arrangement by Rooted & Wild?!  See, boys can have flowers at their party too!!!

My other buddy, Meghann Miniello, did the invite and all of the signage.  Isn’t this so perfect for a jungle party?!

When you have a first birthday, you have to have a few details!  Like, celebrating each month and where your little one is at by th time they turn one.  Here is how we showed off our Cruz!  Monthly numbers by Poppy Jack with photos from Artifact Uprising, and a cute 1st Birthday sign from Meghann Miniello.

We kept the fun going outside with more balloons from Wild Child Party, because really, is there ever enough?!  The girls at Witty Rentals provided the best lounge area for our guests, I love love love their inventory!!

I wanted to add some macrame pieces to the party, lucky for me Mackenzie of Rooted & Wild makes macrame too… A woman of many talents that one!!  Love her!

Here’s me and my crew!!!  Love my boys so much!!  And yes, Cruz is ours, he’s our blondie!!

Doesn’t end there!  I had tables for the kiddos of course!  All the big kids were set to eat their treats in the best setting!


The napkins are from Hostess Haven, Meghann did the placemats and Courtney did the drink stirrers and calligraphy on the palm leaves.  Jeez, I’m seriously so lucky to have so many great friends in this industry!


Rooted & Wild killed it again with the florals!!

In addition to the yummy cakes we had paletas!!  Paloma’s Paletas has the cutest cart set up.  And with the heat factor that weekend, they were the perfect treat for everyone!!

I need to talk about my god daughter Edie… She came in character!!  I love her so much!!!  This girl had to wear her leopard print dress and cat ears for the jungle party.  She’s just too much…

We had face painting from OC Face Paint, the kids seriously loved it!!  They could get any jungle animal they wanted and they definitely acted out the parts!  Ha!

Court took his pretty seriously…

Nash is such a cutie pie!

Pretty Isla Bird!

Paleta time!!

The little guests got to take home a bag of goodies in a cute bag by Meghann

And time for cake for my little birthday boy!!  Cruz is living his best life, and I feel so honored to be his mama!  This past year he has made our family whole and even happier than we could have imagined.  He is honestly such a love and so dang happy.  I can’t get enough of his smiles, love you Cruzy!!  To the moon and back!


Thank you to all my friend-ors who made this day possible!

xx

Jacquelyn

Design & Styling – Mama & Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Photographer – Megan Welker
Florals – Rooted & Wild
Balloon Installations – Wild Child Party
Rentals – Witty Rentals
Invite/Goody Bags/Signage/Placemats – Meghann Miniello
Stir Sticks/Cupcake & Cake Toppers/Place Cards – Poppy Jack Shop
Paletas – Paloma’s Paletas
Cakes – Sweet & Saucy Shop
Cloth Napkins – Hostess Haven
Paper Napkins & Cups – Knot & Bow
Face Painter – OC Face Paint
Blankets – Gunn & Swain
Pillows – Boho Pillow
Jacquelyn’s Dress – Cleobella

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By on October 6, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BIRTHDAYS, FAMILY, KIDS

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Getting the Family Ready for Halloween with Chaser

I don’t know about you guys but when any holiday approaches I like to get my kiddos some new gear.  Whether it’s new clothes, some jammies, or fun toys.  Halloween is one of the best holidays when you’re a kid, they get a chance to dress up as anyone they want and to eat candy!  I mean, really it doesn’t get much better.  This year we are getting the whole family ready, including us mamas, with some new tees from Chaser.  Check out our picks for our little ones.  They are so perfect for all of those Halloween parties and celebrations you’ll be going to this month!  You can shop these looks at the end of the post too!

Photos of Abby, Dylan & Jett by Susannah Gill

Photos of Jacquelyn & Court by Nea Nabayan

Here’s Abby and her littles and they’re all set for some tricks & treats!!  Abby is wearing the Skeletal Peace Tank, Jett is wearing the Spider Attack tee and Dylan is wearing the Kitty tee.

Court and I are saying Boo to you from our crew!  I’m wearing the Spooky Bat Tee and Court is wearing the Boo! Tee.

And now we’re ready for Halloween, you can be too!  Just shop below!  As Court would say, let’s get spooky!!

 

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on October 5, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, FASHION, HALLOWEEN, KIDS, STYLE

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Henry’s First Fiesta – Lucha Libre

We have a lot of fun planning kids parties, but it’s extra special when we do it for our own.  This year I’ve had my share of birthday planning for my own brood, with Edie turning 5, Isla two and my youngest Henry turning one all a couple months apart!!  Whew, mama’s tired but also proud of what was pulled off to make it fun and special for my littles.  Today I’ll be sharing the photos of Henry’s first fiesta with you also featured on Inspired by This today here!  

I decided  to go with my favorite theme to plan.. A Fiesta!!  I have never done this theme for my kids and I absolutely love it. I love the colors and all the fun details that come along with it.  When I told my husband, he seemed kind of bored with it and told me “everyone does fiesta”. So we took it one step further and made it a Lucha Libre theme.  At the time Henry was becoming a pretty chunky big boy, so we thought it was a perfect theme for him!
 
When I consulted with Meghann Miniello about the invite, I really started to get excited.  I knew the colors I wanted and the vibe I was going for but her vision carried it though to something really special integrating a papel picado as a part of it as well.  This is one of my favorites!!
One of my favorite details for a fiesta are the papel picado. We hung it outside and we used it for flags at the place setting, and we even integrated it into the invite.  I love carrying the reoccurring theme throughout the party.  I also loved including the black and white combo to make the fiesta a little more masculine. 
The tables were colorful and fun.  Going with black and white and neutrals and then adding the pops of color with the favors and other special details. 
These stir sticks were my fave!!  Courtney from Poppyjack Shop did an amazing job on all of the signage, stir sticks and cake toppers.
When I found these mini Mexican Market bags I thought they would be perfect for the favor bags.  Of course accompanied by a Lucha figurine and mask!!
I always get pinatas for my kids parties as a part of my heritage, it’s not a party unless we have a pinata!!  When I saw this one from whack pinatas, I about died!!  Isn’t it the coolest!!  They are amazing over there.  
Making it all about Henry was so fun.  Going through all of his pictures over the year makes me miss my newborn baby!!
Getting ready to celebrate him, here he is with his Lito (abuelito).
The desserts are always one of my favorites to think of an get unique with.  Beverlys Bakery never disappoints with carrying out my vision and how yummy they are!!  If you haven’t tried their cakes you are missing out!!
This smash cake was so good!!
 
This has to be my favorite picture because he was in full character here!!
So in love with this happy boy!!
Please excuse the 5 year old diva in this pic, she was over taking pictures this day….haha!
We are ready to see this boy tear into his cake…and boy did he!!
And….that’s a wrap, let’s just say I had to give him a bath after this!!
I really had a lot of fun with this one, hope you enjoy the details as much as I did!!  And thank you to all of the amazing vendors who helped me carry out this vision!!
Xx Leah 
Styled By: BeijosEvents @beijosevents // Photography: Natalie Nurture Baby Photography @nurturephotography // Balloons & Honeycomb garland: Wild Child Party @wildchildparty // Tile Signage & Laser cut cake toppers & stirrers: Poppyjack Shop @poppyjackshop//Pinata: Whack Pinatas @whackpinatas  //  Cups & Napkins:  Meri Meri  @merimeriparty //   Fiesta Tattoos:  Love & Lion @loveandlion  //  Fiesta Flags & Papel Picado:Calavera Press @calavera.press//  Mexican Market Favor Bags: Fiesta Mexicana  //   Lucha Libre Figurines: Viva La Press //  Placemats: Red Koala Design @redkoaladesign  //   Otomi Table cloths:  Hostess Haven @hostesshaven //  Pictues: Artifact Uprising @artifactuprising //   Lucha Masks: Happy Thought  //    Blankets: Gunn & Swain @gunnswain //   Invite: Meghann Miniello @meghannminiello  //  Cake & Cookies: Beverly’s Best Bakery @beverlysbakery //Henry’s Lucha Cape: Mi Cielo @micielomicielo //Henry’s Outfit: Fifteen 5 Designs 

 
 

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By on October 4, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, KIDS, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Visiting the Farm with the Littles and Planting Seasonal Veggies

The first item I’m checking off of our Fall to do list is visiting the farm with the littles!  A few weeks back the boys and I drove down to San Diego to visit our friends.  We visited City Farmers Nursery, recommended to us by Julia Wheeler.  It was the perfect play date where the kiddos learned about and planted seasonal veggies.  The nursery is such a hidden gem and they provided the perfect setting for our get together as well as the guidance for the seasonal plantings. 

For anyone interested in throwing their own fall planting party, the nursery gave us a list of seasonal veggies to plant.  Some of which include carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes and peas.  Your local nursery should be able to provide some other tips for other veggies that will work in your particular climate.

Now keep scrolling for all of the cuteness with photos by Jennie Corti

This shoot is also featured today on 100 Layer Cakelet

We started out or day with these adorable littles all styled to perfection by Bianca of Bink & Boo and Sunny & Cheer.  She has the perfect eye for vintage and I love the pieces she found for this shoot.  

Now can we talk about the talent that is Brittany, owner of Studio BDR?!  She created this gorgeous invite, the adorable place cards and did all of the calligraphy.  I love her refreshing style and the look of her lettering.

The setting couldn’t be more perfect at City Farmers, that tree is so incredibly beautiful!  It’s an eclectic space with cute little spots around every corner.  We found this little table to hang out at, and set it up for the little ones.  With tabletop from Hostess Haven and gorgeous flowers by Rooted & Wild it couldn’t get much prettier…

Nothing like some pies and donut holes for a little brunch…  Sugar high can commence in 3, 2, 1….

Thank you Butter & Crumbs for so much yum and for keeping our littles on their toes ;)

Now time to plant!!  The kids loved getting their hands dirty and planting their seeds. We bought the seeds at the nursery and had them let us know which veggies would grow best in our climate.  Each little one got their own personalized planting box, how fun is that?!

After we were done planting, it was time for some play!  The nursery has a little play area complete with a see saw, swings and a play house.  It was the perfect way to wind down after all that hard work planting of course!

Kicking off fall in the best way with our kids, can’t wait to keep this list going!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

Thank you to everyone below!!!

Vendors

Event Styling & Design: Jacquelyn Kazas from Beijos Events

Creative Direction: Julia Wheeler

Outfits: Bink & BooSunny & Cheer VintageGunn & Swain Mexican Dresses

Photos: Jennie Corti 

Florals: Rooted & Wild

Invite & Calligraphy: Studio BDR

Table top rentals: Hostess Haven

Desserts: Butter & Crumbs

Venue: City Farmers Nursery

 

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By on September 28, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, FALL, KIDS, LIFESTYLE, THAT’S SO BEIJOS, VINTAGE

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Ending Summer with a visit to the Orange County Fair

One of my absolute FAVORITE things to do during the Summer is visit the Orange County Fair.  My husband and I have been going for years and now we take our little ones.  We even shot a few of our engagement photos there!!  It’s turned into a family tradition and sort of an end of Summer hurrah!  Growing up in Northern California the fair wasn’t something we really did that often, but down here in Orange County it’s a must!!

This Summer was one for the books!  When we moved earlier this year we moved a few miles inland and closer to the fair grounds.  Our new neighborhood has really easy access to the fair so our visits multiplied by quite a lot!  I wouldn’t put us on carnie status quite yet, but we definitely made the rounds!

Court especially enjoyed the fair this year and keeps asking to go back.  There’s something magical and quintessential Summer about it all.  From the corn dogs to the funnel cakes.  The pig races, the games and the rides, there’s just nothing like it.  We decided to take our kiddos for one last trip and brought along our girl Alison Bernier to take photos.  Each photo she captured is just pure joy and fun!!

Here are those little crazies!!  The girls are wearing the cutest clothing line Wil + Frida with the most adorable accessories from Henny & Coco.  Meanwhile the boys are looking fresh in their get up from Whistle & Flute.  They had me at pizza tank and red shorts… I mean, come on…. I definitely need both in my size!

Now, you may think, wow, they’re crazy for going to the fair with all of those kids and taking photos!  Yes, yes we are.  But you know what, these photos are really cute and in the end it was really fun!!!  Plus, look at these cute faces!!


We played loads of games and went on tons of rides… We decided we should go big or go home for our last shot at the Fair!!


Love these shots of the cute little bums….

I loved watching these kids make memories and getting excited going from ride to ride and game to game.  It was non stop but so fun.  Summer memories are the best and it’s fun seeing it through their eyes!

Even the littlest ones had to join in on the fun!  This was Cruz and Henry’s first Summer at the Fair and they had to get in on the fun too!!


Can you believe it’s been a year since we had these two?!  So crazy how fast it goes by… A year ago I was chowing down and REALLY pregnant at the Fair!!


Well, my many trips to the fair this Summer must have paid off because I was the big winner… I played two games and won both Court and Edie a huge prize!!  Pretty proud of myself, so proud that I had to share it here.  So there you go!  It’s not every day you are a hero, I was that day… Don’t be jealous…


And that’s a wrap!!  Now that kids are getting started at school it really does feel like Summer has come to an end.  Thanks for the last hurrah OC Fair!!  See you next year!!!


xx

Jacquelyn

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By on August 16, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJINHOS STYLE, KIDS, SUMMER

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