Treat Yourself 2nd Birthday Party for Zizi

Today I am sharing the cutest 2nd birthday we designed and planned last month.  This party will have you very envious of Miss Zizi, our birthday girl.  Her mom wanted a day with all of Zizi’s favorite things.  Swimming in the pool, getting pampered and eating ice cream.  Talk about a dream day for any girl, no matter what age you are!!

We mixed in some of Zizi’s favorite colors – rose gold!!  A girl after my own heart!  And butterflies of course, because what Zizi wants, Zizi gets!!  The theme turned into “treat yourself”, as in treat yourself to some spa time and then treat yourself to some ice cream.  Are you jealous like I said you’d be?!  I am, and for those wondering, this is exactly what I want to do for my birthday next year!  Ha!

Also featured on Kara’s Party Ideas today
Photos by Thanh Lai

We’ll come back to those ADORABLE lounge chairs, but first let’s start with the invite!  Courtney from Poppy Jack took Zizi’s love of butterflies, mixed it with pretty pinks and a romantic feel for the perfect invitation sent to each little lady.  And how about that cute little custom stamp of Miss Zizi herself enjoying some spa time!?  Just a little taste for our guests to see how much fun they were going to have!

Now let’s take a look at the table…  When I first designed this party for Zizi I began with the color scheme.  Her mom Mahsa had great ideas as far as colors like black and white and pinks, but I also brought up using navy and rose gold and she loved it!  From there I started looking at rentals and found the perfect black table along with baby ghost chairs.  Then I practically died because they were about the cutest thing ever!!  Thank you Teak & Lace for having such cute kids inventory!!!  I have been wanting to do place cards as stickers on ghost chairs and this was my opportunity!!

Poppy Jack made the adorable butterfly wooden placemats and drink stirrers, and the rose gold tabletop was all from Meri Meri!  The gorgeous watercolor floral napkins are by Hostess Haven and the amazing florals were by Palms & Petals.

You may have noticed the insane balloon install by my favorite friends Wild Child Party.  That’s another place I added that rose gold, how amazing are those balloons?!  Adorned with pretty blooms by Palms & Petals of course!!  

They also brought their mad balloon skills to the backyard for our dessert set up and beauty station!

Speaking of beauty… Each of our lovely ladies were greeted with a custom robe to wear after their pool fun and for pamper time!  We were obsessed with the lounge chairs Mama Mahsa found on Amazon!!  We just had Palms & Petals adorn them with some pretty florals to make them even better!

Last but not least, a fun ice cream set up for the girls to make their own sundaes!!  We had custom cups and ice cream cones full of flowers for decor!  Plus loads of toppings to make any ice cream lover happy!!  Then there was the amazing ice cream cake by Great Dane Bakery to top it off!

Everyone had so much fun and were serenaded by the beautiful Victoria Bailey as well!  She is such a talent and so great with kiddos, you should reach out to her if you ever want some musical entertainment for your littles!

Hope you like this one as much as us!  Special thanks to all the vendors who helped make it pretty!!



Styling/Design – Beijos Events
Photographer – Thanh Lai Photography – @wonthanhphotography
Rentals – Teak and Lace 
Calligraphy/Signage/Invite/Placemats/Drink Stirrers – Poppy Jack Shop
Balloon Installation – Wild Child Party
Florals – Palms & Petals
Napkins – Hostess Haven
Tabletop – Meri Meri
Cake – Great Dane Bakery 
Singer – Victoria Bailey Music
Face Painters – OC Face Paint

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By on September 19, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, KIDS


Baby Elle’s Sunny 1st Birthday Bash on the Beach

Well, another day, another beach party!  When you live in Southern California and it’s this gorgeous, it’s sort of what you do.  I had a great Summer with my friend Alatheia, we did three parties together!  One for her dinner club, then her daughter Scarlett and today I’m sharing her daughter Elle’s party!  Elle turned 1 exactly a week before my Cruz so Alatheia and I were in it together this past year for sure!

She came to me with the thought of having Elle’s party on the beach.  Their family lives steps away from the sand and with an August birthday, how can you not?!  Her idea was to have it reminiscent of the Italian Riviera, with striped towels and bright umbrellas.  The main inspiration was a fun and colorful Jonathan Adler invitation from Paperless Post.  We took it from there as what you will see below, and it’s good!

Photos by Alison Bernier
Also featured on 100LayerCakelet, Art of Being Female and Lauren Conrad’s Friday Favorites today!!

There’s that invite I was talking about!  How fun are all of those shapes and colors?!  The perfect invitation that just screams Summer!

We’ve gotta let all of our friends know where the party is at, so of course we had a welcome sign.  Poppy Jack Shop did all of the gorgeous calligraphy and signage, while Bliss Florals made magic with all of the blooms.  We used a lot of neutral colored flowers with pops of pink, along with pretty greenery and lemons!  Because, when I think of Italy and Summer they definitely come to mind!

Alatheia’s top priorities on her list for this party were cute umbrellas, striped beach club towels and to cater to the babies.  Since the party was for Elle she really wanted to focus on the little ones and not the toddlers.  So instead of setting a table we made things a bit more casual, I mean it was on the beach after all!  

There was an amazing lounge complete with retro yellow umbrellas from Adore Folklore for everyone to relax in.  Yellow striped towels for each family with an acrylic shape cut out to match the invite were the favors.  And we even had a ball pit for the babies to hang out in and play!  Check all of those items off of your list Alatheia!!

 Colette’s Catering never disappoints, this charcuterie bard was so yummy!!!

Another very important aspect to any party… The desserts!!!  Now, with a kid’s party, these are big time!  It’s almost the ultimate time to make your impressoin on your guests.  Bakeries like Great Dane Baking Co. (who Alatheia is always loyal to) are so creative now, they can do anything!  Well, they made that magic for Elle’s party also!  We went with a simple rustic cake adorned with florals from Bliss Florals, cupcakes with our adorable shapes as toppers, lemon cookies and cake pops!

How gorgeous is this party and all the guests on the beach?!  I have to say, beach parties are a TON of work, but when you see all this sunkissed beauty, it’s worth it!!

Happy Birthday Baby Elle!!!!

How cute is this video by Tahnei Roy?!  Videography may have to go on our must have list for a party….




Design/Styling – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Photographer – Alison Bernier 
Mama to Baby – Alatheia Hart of Art of Being Female
Calligraphy, Acrylic Cut Outs and Signage – Poppy Jack Shop
Florals – Bliss Fine Florals 
Rentals – Adore Folklore 
Desserts – Great Dane Bakery
Videographer – Tahnei Roy
Photo Booth – Foto Vibe 
Invite – Paperless Post 

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By on September 8, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, KIDS, LIFESTYLE, SUMMER


Vintage Disneyland 3rd Birthday Party for Scarlett

When my dear friend Alatheia came to me with the idea for her daughter Scarlett’s 3rd birthday party I was beyond excited!!  A vintage Disneyland theme just sounded so adorable, and what was even more adorable was that it’s their favorite place to visit together!  So we set out to get inspiration for the party and found a lot of interesting ideas on Pinterest to say the least!  We had to come up with some fun ideas on our own, a way to make this party quintessential Disney but also pretty and elegant.

Luckily a ton of my favorite vendors were up to the task and the outcome is beyond cute!!  I’m so excited to share this adorable party with the most adorable guests today.  You can also see it featured on Inspired By This and Art of Being Female!

Photos by Meilani Cottrell

First I started with a color scheme of pale pinks and blue, just like those pretty umbrellas you see around the park!  Next a venue, Wild Child Party has the perfect spot with a clean white slate and lots of great light.  Doesn’t hurt that they are right there with all of your party essentials and available to create rad balloon installations as well!  They had the perfect plates and flatware from Meri Meri which were just the right touch for the table.  And those balloons are just AMAZING!

Next I had to get the details together like florals and paper goods.  MV Florals created the most beautiful arrangements with all of the pretty pinks, and I had to have pink carnations because they are so Disneyland!!  Courtney from Poppy Jack did the most amazing job with, well everything!  She created all of the signage, some on wood boards and some we did vinyl stickers on the wall.  She also did custom placemats, the invite, acrylic name cards and the cake toppers!  I don’t know what we would have done without her amazing skills!

Alatheia, being the amazing mom she is, ventured to Disneyland with Scarlett the day before they party.  They picked up pink Mickey Mouse balloons and their favorite treats at the park, Mickey shaped rice crispy treats!!  They even got Mickey hats for each little guest, doesn’t get much cuter than that!!  They were waiting for the little ladies at their chairs!

Great Dane Bakery whipped up the most fabulous cake, which was adorned with flowers by MV Florals and some fun Mickey shaped macarons in our party colors.

Of course Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty had to come and read to the girls, and having a celebrity at your party is basically the best thing ever.  The princesses were from Princess Party Productions and were obviously a hit!!  We had vintage Disney themed Golden Books for each girl wrapped in ribbon customized with each girl’s name on them by Poppy Jack as a fun gift too!  A story time area was essential and I found these vintage Disney posters online to deck ours out, along with the perfect chairs for our princesses from Adore Folklore.  

One of my favorite details of the party were the photos of Scarlett on the wall.  I found this website that prints your photos like photo strips but BIG!  I loved the way it looked with her little hat on!!  Perfect way to showcase your little one on their big day!!  I had been wanting to do this for one of my boys, but being the good friend I am knew it would be perfect for this party so gave it up, haha!!  How fun is this lounge for the adult guests though?!

Everyone had the most amazing time and I’ve never seen a group of such sweet and adorable little ladies!!  Thank you Alatheia for letting me be a part of Scarlett’s special day!  So happy this party came together the way it did!!  Happy 3rd Birthday Scarlett!!!



Thank you to all of these amazing vendors!!

Styling/Design – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Concept/Mama to Scarlett – Alatheia Hart of Art of Being Female
Venue/Balloons/Tabletop – Wild Child Party
Photographer – Meilani Cottrell 
Calligraphy/Invite/Signage/Cake Toppers – Poppy Jack Shop
Florals – MV Florals
Rentals – Adore Folkore
Cake & Macarons – Great Dane Baking Company
Custom Confetti – The Confetti Bar
Princesses – Princess Party Productions
Audio Clutch & Pillar – Stelle Audio
Cotton Candy Holders – Hart Concrete Design 




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By on August 25, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, KIDS


Celebrating a 30th Birthday in Style at Malibu Wines

When a beauty of a friend like Megan Welker has a milestone birthday, you celebrate!  Megan’s husband Adam and best friend Ala reached out to me to help make her 30th birthday extra special and I of course jumped at the chance.  Megan is one of those people that you meet and feel like you’ve known forever.  She is caring, thoughtful, loyal, hilarious, and beautiful.  All of the amazing qualities you want in a friend!  Megan has been so good to my family and I, helping with her 30th birthday was the least I could do!  Plus, I got to tag along and go wine tasting with her, so it was a win/win for me!

Megan’s birthday bash is also featured on Inspired By This today!

Photos by Megan’s Bestie Ala Cortez

We celebrated at Malibu Wines, which is such a fun spot for a day of wine tasting!!  The weather was hot, hot, hot, but we cooled down with all the good Summer wines!!  Plus they had wine popsicles… Done and done!!

Knowing Megan I know she likes soft natural colors so we really wanted to use that palette for all the things (as she would say).  So the florals had to be ethereal and soft, just the way she would like it!   MV Florals did the best job, as usual.  For all of the little details we turned to Poppy Jack Shop, she made the amazing menus out of balsa wood, a fun “this is thirty” sign for Megan to hold and a personalized wine glass for each guest!  Because everyone should have one when wine tasting if you ask me! 

Of course we had to cap off her big day with dessert!  Beverly’s Bakery made the tastiest treats!!  Hand painted macarons were made pretty and tasted even better.  Her cake was simple and adorned with flowers and a “Hello Thirty” cake topper by Poppy Jack.

It was such a fun day with great friends relaxing, drinking wine, eating an AMAZING charcuterie board, and spending time with our favorite birthday girl!  Happy 30th Megan!  It’s never looked better!!!




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By on August 17, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS


A Ballerina 5th Birthday Party that’s Pretty & Pink

I’m so excited to share this adorable ballerina inspired birthday party with you all today!  Giselle loves to dance and couldn’t think of any other way she wanted to spend her 5th birthday.  If she looks familiar, you may remember her from her princess themed party when she turned 3!  This girl knows how to celebrate and we love it!  There were tons of amazing details for this one that I know you will love.  The perfect inspiration for a prima ballerina!

This party is also featured on 100LayerCakelet with lovely photos by Heather Kincaid.

Let’s start with the pretty place settings!  I just love when a cute tabletop line matches a party aesthetic.  This Harlow & Grey collection was the perfect compliment to Giselle’s party.  I just added some personalized details from Poppy Jack Shop; like the stir sticks and the pretty ribbons with each guest’s name for place cards.

Honeycomb Affair was responsible for the beautiful floral arrangements.  And lastly, as favors each little guest received a wooden star wand from Gunn & Swain, the perfect magical touch!

Here’s the beautiful birthday girl herself!  She is wearing a custom floral headband from The Daydream Republic and her pretty dress is by Tutu Du Monde.

The little guests were definitely not short on fun things to do!  We had a crafting station with leotards for them to decorate with fun jeweled shapes, glitter and paint.  Doesn’t that sound like the best?!

If that doesn’t already sound amazing, the girls also got their own dance floor!  Complete with mirrors, a tutu to wear and ballerinas to play with!  The ballerinas taught the girls a dance and also did their hair & face paint.  How fun is that?!

There were so many pretty details for this party.  I loved the furniture we used from Witty Rentals that worked so well to compliment the theme.  There were also amazing balloons from Wild Child Party because we really can’t have a party without them!

Now what would a fabulous birthday party be without desserts?!  Sheila Mae was responsible for all of this decadence!  Too many amazing treats to count, and the sweetest end to this birthday.

We love this sweet family!  Until next time….




Styling/Design/Planning – Jacquelyn Kazas & Leah Carriger of Beijos Events
Photographer – Heather Kincaid
Calligraphy/Cake Toppers/Ribbon Place Cards/Stickers for Hangers – Poppy Jack Shop
Florals – Honeycomb Affair
Balloon Installations – Wild Child Party
Rentals – Witty Rentals 
Desserts – Sheila Mae
Floral Headband – The Daydream Republic
Tabletop – Harlow & Grey
Dance Floor & Mirrors – Town & Country
Ballerinas – Pure Imagination Party
Star Wands – Gunn & Swain

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By on August 2, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, KIDS