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How to Host an Outdoor Easter Brunch

With Easter just in a couple of days, I bet you need some help with your Easter table setting? If weather permits, an outdoor Easter brunch is a must! Easter is a holiday that I love to host for the family. It’s spring which means all the beautiful pastel flowers are in bloom, and your tablescape is going to be filled with lots of bright, colorful spring beauty. Today, I’m sharing with you tips and tricks on how to throw an outdoor brunch that won’t leave you questioning why you decided to host this year. I love hosting brunches because it allows time before guests coming, and once everyone has left you still have part of your day to enjoy with your little ones. We have partnered with Pottery Barn and a couple of our favorite vendors to create the perfect outdoor Easter table. And the best part is that you can do this yourself! So cmon, and let’s have some fun!

Photos by Erin Milink 

This brunch beauty is also being featured on Inspired by This today! Check it out, here.

Tip: To throw a perfect Easter brunch that your guests will love, it’s all about planning ahead. This is the most important thing! If you plan ahead, everything will be a breeze. Create your menu and guest list. I always find out from family members what time will work for them. Easter is one of those holidays where people are busy throughout the whole day. I love brunch cause it gives you time before family members arrive, and you will still have part of your Sunday after. Prep your food the night before, so all you have to do is garnish and set out before your guests arrive. The same goes with your tablescape. This will leave you time in the morning with your family to enjoy Easter baskets with the kids.

Creating a tablescape can be daunting for some people, in particular for a holiday occasion. You feel the need to go out and get all new things to wow your guest. But you don’t have to! Pottery Barn has beautiful everyday items that you can use for your festive decor. When adding festive decor to your table, you want to be limited on the amount. I know it’s exciting and everything is super cute but too much of a good thing and it can start to look crowded. You want pops of Easter throughout the table. I used The Emma Egg Cup which comes in a mixed set of seasonal pastel colors at each place setting. I placed fresh farmers market eggs into each cup. Another easter element among this pretty table is the pierced ceramic egg that was placed right beside the floral arrangement. 

Idea: A cute idea for your eggs is for you to write your guests name on each one for their place setting. A custom touch your guests will love. 

For the place setting itself, I went with natural colors so I can bring in the pops of pastel in the textiles and glassware. I fell in love with the plum tumbler that was accompanied with a white and red wine glass. It is sadly sold out, but you can add a pop of color with the outdoor Fresca Acrylic Drinkware. I love the Montego red wine glass cause you can either use of course for wine or even for water or juice. My everyday Au Naturale Stoneware plates set on top of a galvanized metal charger which the metal reminds me of summer days outside. For Easter, you have to have a pretty blush textile in the mix. I tied the napkin in a knot to add another fun element to the table setting. Gold flatware to top it off!

Tip: Have fun with your flatware placement, get creative and place it in new places. Placement of flatware and new ways of folding or placing napkins bring your guest’s attention to the table. People love to see things done differently, its refreshing and fun. Meghann Miniello created a simple yet elegant menu on vellum that was seated on top of the salad plate. She also created matching name cards and invite. I love for guests to know what they are having. If your table allows, serve family style. It’s an imitate way of spending more time with your family and enjoying each other instead of having people constantly be getting up and down from the table to get more food. As well, throw a couple bottles of your favorite wine on top of the table.

Now, one of the most important parts of the table. The flowers! This is where all your spring and pastel dreams come true. Have fun with it! Natasha Kolenko created a beautiful spring arrangement that consisted of out of this world huge ranunculus, poppies, fragrant pink jasmine, and mint. Nothing better than having an arrangement that smells as good as it looks. 

Last but not least the food! I created a spring filled menu that I think my guests will love. Nothing is more spring then a citrus salad, deviled eggs, baked eggs and arugula, and an amazing panna cotta that is out of this world. We will be sharing all these recipes with you! If you haven’t seen, here is the recipe for the egg dish. So yummy!

Tip: Premake all your food ahead of time. I created a spring menu that would allow me to prep the night before. All I had to do was garnish and prepare the baked eggs. 

Idea: Use the Montero red wine glass as a parfait glass and place among your glassware. Unique and unexpected detail.

Idea: If you place your table in back of a wall, adorn it with trailing pink jasmine to add another layer of decor to your setting. 

 

Hosting should be fun! I hope this gave some beautiful inspiration for your Easter Sunday! 

Vendors:

Design + Styling: BEIJOS EVENTS
Tabletop: POTTERY BARN
Photography: ERIN MILNIK
Location: TESTAROSSA WINERY
Flowers Design: NATASHA KOLENKO
Flowers: TORCHIO NURSERY
Paper Goods: MEGHANN MINIELLO
Food: ORGANICOPIA
Wine: ONE HOPE WINE

xx

Abby

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By on April 12, 2017 in BEIJOS TIPS, BRUNCH, EASTER, ENTERTAINING, FOOD, TABLESCAPES

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Spotlight: Obsessed With Essentials

This past holiday season I decided to take the plunge into the ever popular essential oils.  I have seen this little revolution happen all around me for the past 5 years and little by little it peaked my interest.  I never bought into it though until I started seeing for myself the incredible benefits that can be had from using these all natural resources.  Some of these stories include avoiding sickness altogether, most commonly the cold and flu virus, headaches, anxiety, allergies, receiving natural boosts energy, getting a good nights sleep and the list goes on!!  You mean I don’t have to medicate myself with over the counter drugs constantly when one of my family members or myself is experiencing these common ailments??  All natural did you say???  Ok I want to know more….and although I felt late in the game when I finally invested in this fabulous phenomenon, I felt the need to share all the knowledge that was at my fingertips.  This was all too good since we live in a world where we are constantly striving to use only the best to promote health and wellness for our loved ones.  It’s what it’s all about right??

All photos by the lovely Megan Welker

So like I said this past holiday season, I told the hubby I wanted some oils to jumpstart my collection.  He was all for it, so I went the guru herself.  She is a dear friend of ours here at Beijos and we recently visited her lovely home so she could educate us a little.  It’s the wonderful Melody Brandon, who also co- owns the ever popular  and yummy Sweet & Saucy Shop!! How does she have time for this being a bakery owner, a mama and investing her time into her newest passion with these essential oils?? Who knows…she’s what we call a super mom!! You need to follow her instagram feed over on Life on Loma to see this super mama in action.  Anyway, here is what she has to say…

How and when did you discover your connection with essential oils?
I started looking for more natural health solutions when I got pregnant with my daughter Blake about 5 years ago and started having to question why things like why best friend “Excedrin” weren’t allowed haha.  I always had grown up in a home that used modern medicine for everything and wasn’t really aware of all the side effects that it can have on you, so when it came time to prepare for having my own little one I quickly realized how helpless I felt and started to research natural health options.  I had never heard the words “essentials oils” until I was 28 years old and when I saw my sister in law using them on her kids and singing their praises I knew it was something I needed to look into more.  I found out that actually SO many people were using them and I made the jump and got my first kit with Doterra for a Christmas present and have been obsessed ever since!
 
 
How has this obsession affected your life and your family?
It has been the biggest blessing ever.  I rarely, if ever, have to go to the doctors office, pay co pays, worry about what to do when my kids are feeling sick, etc.  My son who is 2.5 years old has never even had to be on any type of over the counter medication…definitely a huge time and money saver!  They not only have helped with physical health issues but are amazing for mental health too.  I am a busy mom with two businesses and absolutely love using them daily for hormonal support, stress, energy, etc.  Helping my friends and family use essential oils has been such a joy too and now that I share my passion on my personal Instagram account I have even got to connect with people in other countries!  Getting a text, call or email from someone saying their children finally slept through the night, their allergies actually went away, they haven’t had the domino effect of sickness every month in their family, and on and on really does make me so happy to share my passion and love of essential oils with not only my family, but others as well!
 
 
Tell us more about these cute little roller bottles you make?
Well since I have an addiction for anything gold and I hadn’t found anything that I loved look wise for roller bottles and labels that didn’t break the bank I decided to make them myself.  I had Tina Yang from @missmultee custom write them, then get them printed at a local sign shop and then I adhere all of them myself…can we say labor of love haha.  I love spoiling anyone who wants to join this oil journey with me so they always get some for free and then can conveniently have them in their purse or bag so they can use their oils throughout the day.
 
 
Give a the recipe for a common blend…
One of my favorite daily perfume blends that not only smells amazing but is also great for anxiety, stress and mood is Balance and Wild Orange. It is so refreshing as well since all citrus oils smell so yummy! I do 10-20 of each oil in a 10 ml roller bottle and then fill up with fractionated coconut oil.  I apply it to my wrists, back of the neck, temples or behind the ears!  I also place these oils on diffuser jewelry when I wear them!   
 

 
What is your most used blend?
One of my most used blends is my “sanity” blend aka my “hotmess blend” for when I feel stressed out and am losing it!
It is 5-7 drops of these 6 oils…
Console
Serenity
Balance
Clary Sage
Peace
Peppermint
 
 
What is your advice to the essential oil beginner?
I say the most important thing is to be plugged into a essential oil community that can help you learn, answer your questions at 12am when you are freaking out over what to do for a fever, and offer you lots of continuing education so that you actually use your essential oils and don’t let them sit in a box in your cupboard!  That is my I love our private Facebook group, Obsessed with Essentials, because I found that having a support group was the main thing lacking for the essential oil community at large and it really is the deal breaker in your essential oil journey I feel like!
 
 
What is the best kept secret about this oil revolution?
That there really is an oil for EVERYTHING!  No joke…from bug bites, to panic attacks, fevers, immune support or just a replacement for that toxic candle in your home, essential oils really are so versatile and once you start, you really can’t stop!  As far as a specific oil that is most underrated I would have to agree with my girlfriends Jesi Haack and Carissa Jowett and say that Vetiver oil is AMAZING and they wish they had known about it earlier!  The smell is so unique and earthy and both of them are addicted to diffusing it.  It is also the top oil for ADHD, great for anxiety, mood, and sleep among other things.
 
 
What is your favorite blend?
I absolutely love the “Anthro blend” for diffusing during the day in my house instead of candle. It is White Fir, Citrus Bliss, and Grapefruit! 
 
 
Can you believe all of this amazing information???  Well it’s only a snippet so if you want to more and get plugged in with an essential oil community or watch a intro to essential oils webinar you can email Melody at obsessedwithessentials@gmail.com
 

So we can’t share this amazing info with out telling you about some other amazing things like making an all natural face toner!!

Recipe for a 10ml spray bottle:
1 tsp witch hazel
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar 
1/4 tsp rose water
2 drops Rosemary EO
2 drops Lavender EO
 
 
Or making some amazing all natural bath salts…
 
 
Aaaaannnndddd last but not least…. a GIVEAWAY!!  Yes go to our instagram to learn how to win this…
a set of 4 roller bottles with custom labels that you can put your own essential oil blends in.  Melody will let you choose the words you want from her list
Make sure you are following us @beijosevents, Megan Welker @meganwelker and Melody Brandon @lifeonloma to win!!
 
 
Hey we hope if you didn’t already know that we educated you a bit from Melody’s plethora of knowledge here and enticed you to be thirsty for more like us!! Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY, the winner will be announced this Saturday (11th) night!!  Good Luck :)
Xx Leah
 
 

 

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By on March 7, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, GIVEAWAY, HEALTHY, LIFESTYLE, SPOTLIGHT, Uncategorized

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New Years Eve Make Up Looks

This week it’s all about New Years Eve and how we can best prepare you for that night!  So today we partnered with Janel from Fiore Beauty who did all the amazing looks at our recent New Years Eve shoots this year including the brunch we featured on Monday here and our party we are featuring tomorrow so stay tuned for that beauty! I’m seriously in love with all of these looks, they are fresh, beautiful and a super class act!!

So here we go… we are starting with Hannah:

We decided to go with a bright pop on the lip and a fun glittery eye. This look will also work with a shimmer on the eye just make sure it’s a soft color so it won’t compete with the lip color. We chose bright pink to highlight the soft blonde in her hair. We also used a soft pink glitter to accent her green eyes. New Year’s Eve makeup doesn’t always have to be dark and smokey. This is a fresh look that still says you’re ready to party!!!!

Next up is Jen:

For the next look Jen was wearing a beautiful green top so we used a cream/liquid silver shadow on her lid and dusted a mint powder over it. We wanted it to match and it looked fab!!! For her lips we used a soft peachy tone. Again using color to brighten instead of dark tones is always a great way to have long lasting selfie ready NYE makeup!!!

Now we have Hannah:

We chose a brown smokey bronze eye and a pale pink lip.  Building depth on the lid with a dark brown shadow stick and then layering bronze shadow on top…it really emphasized her blue eyes, adding just the right amount of drama!

And the lovely Janel herself:

Janel has almond shaped eyes so we did a smokey eye that was darker on the outside corners and more golden on the inside lids to really brighten and accent the eyes.  A peachy nude lip brought everything together to keep it looking fresh.

And here is Abby:

We wanted to give her a holiday, classic red lip.  Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Pencil (Nars) was the perfect red for her skin tone and since it’s matte, minimal upkeep is needed all through the night.  Perfect for that NYE kiss!
These looks are gorgeous, and thank you so much Janel at Fiore Beauty!! We definitely have our picks that we will be sporting in a few days.
Adios 2016, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!!
Love, love, love New Years eve!!
xx Leah

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By on December 28, 2016 in BEAUTY, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, CELEBRATIONS, MAKEUP, NEW YEARS EVE, SPOTLIGHT

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Holiday Cocktail – Vanilla Cran Pom Mimosa

A couple weeks left guys and I’m here today to help you push through with this yummy Holiday Cocktail! The Vanilla Cran Pom Mimosa…I had to shorten it a bit, the name was way too long. In fact, when I was  searching for one to share with you, I knew I wanted it to be red and festive, but also good!!  Then I stumbled upon this one and man do I have deep love for mimosas, so I was willing to try this one and it’s very yummy, believe me!  It’s a very nice and refreshing spritzer.  Just a small warning… one of them will make you feel all the warm and fuzzy’s inside so if your not looking forward to the Christmas family small talk, just drink one of these and you will be the life of the party…haha! Then on the other hand if your all about the gatherings this a beautiful, festive cocktail the will definitely please your crowd!

Ingredients

Vanilla Vodka

Cranberry Pomegranate Juice

Champagne

It’s very easy… all you do is mix the ingredients in a shaker with some ice and top off with some champagne.  So mix 1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka, 1 1/2 cran pom juice with some ice.  Pour it into the flute and top off with the champs.  Add some cranberries for garnish and don’t forget to “wow” your crowd with a Nic Roc Designs stir stick!  She’s got some great festive ones you can check out here!  I used the Christmas tree and the antler which is a great mix.

Well I hope you guys taste this baby and make it your “go to” after a long week and for your holiday gatherings!

I love this time of year…Happy Holidays Everyone!!

Xx Leah

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By on December 16, 2016 in BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, CELEBRATIONS, CHRISTMAS, COCKTAILS, ENTERTAINING, HOLIDAYS, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Beijos Gift Guide

We just love this time of year hanging with family and shopping for our loved ones.  This year we are making it pretty simple for you guys.  We put together a gift guide consisting of a collection of our favorite items.  So if your having trouble on what to get mom, dad, hubby, brother, sister or the kids we have got you covered!

Let’s start off with the ladies in our lives.  These items below could work for your mom, sister, or best friend.

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Going left to right and down the first one is Gourmand EDP Fragrance that you can find at Urban Outfitters here.  We are literally obsessed with the scent and it’s so affordable.  The next one is an Honest company make up palate you can find here. This is one anyone would love to get. The colors are fab and comes with a blush and two lip colors! Then we have a little cozy box from our friends at The Little Market you can find here. They must read peoples minds when thinking about the perfect gifts.  Those mugs are so cute!! Next up we have something very fun.  It’s called V. Paperie and it’s a monthly subscription box for paper stationary.  The boxed come every month filled with beautifully designed cards, notepads, notebooks, writing utensils, and other fun accessories.  We thought this subscription was such a fun and thoughtful gift.  Check out more details here. Next up is this fun little key chain we discovered at Free People.  It’s got a phone charger hidden in the tassel, this might be the best stocking stuffer ever! And last but not least and tried and true flannel from Madewell.  Who doesn’t love getting a new flannel, especially in these festive colors.

Moving on to the dudes…

 

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First off we have some Swell Bottles.  I don’t know about you, but my hubby is constantly trying to steal mine on the daily, so why not get him one of his own.  These bottles are so great to keeping beverages cold or hot!  Find them here.  Next up is this horn handle multi tool, perfect for any guy on the go. Find this nifty gadget here.  These awesome white sneakers are next.  Guys have tons of shoes, but I doubt they have something different and cool like these Vans you can find here.  Then the flannel of course.  This buffalo check one will make your dad, brother or hubby look stylish and hunky! Find it here.  Movin’ on down we have this uber cool jacket from Marine Layer.  We just love this brand and this jacket screams retro with the color block.  Last but not least a fun little stocking stuffer…Beard tonic.  For those of you with husbands with beards you will love this.  Herbivore botanicals uses yummy essential oils to keep his beard looking healthy and smelling so good.  And you know how much they all care about their beards (insert eye roll emoji here).

Now for the fun part… the kiddos!

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It is the most fun to buy for out littles, here are a few ideas.  First up is this adorable little raccoon.  Find him here.  Isn’t he the sweetest??  Next up is this fun Folk guitar.  Perfect little gift for a little boy.  Then these cool custom skateboards by The Zookeeper.  We love the wood and natural colors of these.  Onto the little ladies, this amazing playhouse from Land of Nod is hands down amazing! Keep her busy with this fun modern house.  Then these jaw dropping wicker play bassinet set from Anthropologie is just irresistible! Last but not least this very cool cactus light also from Anthropologie for her room.  Find it here.

Well that brings our gift guide to an end.  We hope we gave you some good ideas!!

Happy Shopping!

Xx Leah

 

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By on December 2, 2016 in BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, BEIJOS TIPS, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS

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