Summer Backyard Movie 3rd Birthday Party for Gram

When my friend Julia asked me to help out with her son Gram’s 3rd birthday party I of course jumped at the chance.  Julia owns Gunn & Swain and Seaesta Surf, both brands that I love and well, I love her too!  She wanted a backyard movie night for Gram, something simple but fun!  When I visit my parents in Northern California we do backyard movie nights and it’s so fun!  Definitely something I want to do now that we have a backyard!

Although this says Summer party, truthfully Julia threw this in March!  But we live in Southern California, so it’s basically always Summer.  I just love the idea of this party in Summer, could work well anywhere!  For this party Julia used our E-Celebrate package, if you don’t know about that you can read about it here.  

Basically I listened to Julia’s ideas and created a mood board for the party and provided her with a few specific ideas and let her take it from there!  I was available for any questions or concerns, but it’s a great option we provide for party planners on a budget.

I probably helped Julia a little more than the average E-Celebrate, but you get the idea!  For this party we incorporated her amazing blankets.  I used the colors and prints as inspiration.  We also came up with some real cute movie themed quotes for signage and such too!

So let’s check out how this party came together!!

Photos by Taryn Kent

Let’s start with these amazing invites by Taryn from Twinkle & Toast.  We went with an army green, black and white color scheme.  How great are those envelope liners!?  I found a tile I really loved and showed them to Julia, and Taryn recreated it brilliantly!

My next idea/request for Julia!?  A snack shack for Gram to serve popcorn and other treats to his guests!  Luckily Julia’s husband Dusty is an amazing craftsman.  He’s the owner of Real Made, I love everything he creates!!  Look at how great this is?!  Perfect for hours and hours of playtime after too!

How cute is the signage by Studio BDR?!  All of the sayings Julia and I came up with were spot on for the party!!

Gram and Daddy serving up all the popcorn to their guests!!

The table set up is so perfect!  I love those tiny white chairs!!  We found a pattern that we used for the placemats and added some neutral accessories.  The turquoise s’mores boxes were the pop of color we needed!  I think my favorite is the matte black plastic flatware though!

How rad is Julia’s backyard and skate ramp?!  Any boy’s dream come true!!  

I’m in love with this set up Julia has in her backyard as well!  Those are her pillows she carries in her shop that you can find here.  Also, I’m obsessed with those lanterns!!

There’s the mama herself!  Julia is so smart… She had Gram’s little sister Lizzy a few weeks before Gram’s real birthday.  This mama is smart, she started all the planning way in advance.  Then had the party a few weeks after his actual birthday to make it easier.
  How amazing is this backyard movie set up?!  So perfect and cozy, I want this in my yard!!

Glow sticks and fake tattoos for everyone!!!

And my favorite part, custom cookies to look like Julia’s Mexican blankets.  Can you even?!  They are by Rachael’s Custom Cookies.

Isn’t this the cutest?!  Now I have to plan a backyard movie night of my own!!!



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By on July 6, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, KIDS, SUMMER


A 4th Birthday Party for Indy May with All of Her Favorite Things

When my friend Erin asked me to help with her daughter Indy’s 4th birthday party I said yes right away.  You may know Erin from her Instagram account, she is that super stylish mama of two that makes it all look so easy!  Indy goes to preschool with my son Court and I think she is the absolute cutest.  My one hesitation, Erin asked for my help a week before!  This was no easy task, but I was up for the challenge!  Erin’s main goal was to have a party that made Indy happy.  She wanted to incorporate all of this amazing girl’s favorite things and bounce ideas off of her.  Think fairies, glitter, cotton candy and unicorns.  It was a garden party with an Indy twist!

This party is also featured on 100LayerCakelet today

Photos by Alison Bernier

Let’s start with this, Erin and her husband Pat have an amazing home.  Their yard is like a park, and it’s the ideal space for a fun party!  They have these amazing trees on their property and right away we thought it would be perfect to set the kid’s table under them.  They also have a rad airstream which had to be showcased in some amazing way!  Erin sent me the ideas she had, I found a few of my own and created a mood board that of course Miss Indy had to approve.  She had a few requests for her birthday party we paid attention to and went from there!  Add in a couple amazing vendors and we nailed it.  The rest is honestly magic, just like Indy herself!

My friend Jolie, owner of Wild Child Party, helped me out big time!  Her balloon install on the airstream just made the party!!  She also added the pretty honeycombs over the kid’s table which added a sweet whimsical feel.  Another fun trick that Erin found herself was using golf tees to stick into the grass and tie balloons to.  We did that through-out the yard and it is definitely a trick I will use again!

Here’s another shot of the airstream, I seriously can’t get enough of it!!!  Serious birthday party goals right there!

Next up, the tables… Thanks to Meagan, owner of MV Florals, this party was decked out in gorgeous blooms.  Erin and I wanted to keep the kid’s table fairly simple.  We used Harlow & Grey’s newest plate collection, which fit in with the aesthetic perfectly.  Meghann Miniello’s beautiful calligraphy was at each place setting along with a wooden wand from Gunn & Swain.  We also used a mixture of napkins and glassware from The Little Market and Anthropologie.

For the adults we did a little lounge area with items Erin already had along with a pallet board.  Meagan added the most beautiful runner to it that was even prettier in person.  Later on Erin added a gorgeous charcuterie board from Colette’s Catering for everyone to nibble on.

Now, if the adults get a lounge then the littles better have one too!  Complete with their own fairy wings to wear, a coloring station and a day bed to lounge on, duh!  Birthday party necessities…

When Erin told me about which princesses were coming to the party I literally laughed out loud.  This was the funniest mix of ladies but they are Indy’s favorites so of course they all had to be there!  Cinderella, Elena, Moana and Wonder Woman.  Ok, we know that last one isn’t a princess but it’s pretty amazing she was included!  I love Indy’s sense of girl power!!

Last but not least are the desserts!  Indy must have been in heaven because she got what she really wanted… A Unicorn cake!!!  Great Dane Baking Company made all of her dreams come true on that one!  Erin also had the cutest cotton candy cart called Sugar Bouffant come out and I hear it was a big hit!!

How cute is Indy’s headband by The Daydream Collective?!  They just launched their new unicorn style and we are so obsessed!!

Like I said, it was a magical day!!  Little Indy looks pretty happy, good job Mama Erin!!  Here are a few more photos from the day!

Thank you to all the amazing vendors below who helped make this day so magical!  And thanks to Erin for trusting me in her vision, happy birthday Indy!!



Design/Styling/Planning – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Photographer – Alison Bernier 
Florist – MV Florals
Calligrapher – Meghann Miniello
Balloons & Honeycomb Hangings – Wild Child Party
Wooden Wands – Gunn & Swain
Unicorn Headband – The Daydream Republic
Kid’s Plates – Harlow & Grey 
Erin & Indy’s Outfit Details
Top & Skirt – Love Shack Fancy 
Sunglasses – Garrett Leight
Dress – Tutu du Monde

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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!



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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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 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!


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:
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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Super Hero David Bowie 3rd Birthday Party for Court

I can’t believe another year has gone by and I am writing this post.  It seems like just yesterday I was writing about Court’s 2nd birthday, back then Cruz was still in my belly!  I have known what I wanted to do for Court’s 3rd birthday for some time now… A super hero birthday party!!!  This boy is obsessed with being a super hero!  One of the things I love most about Court is his imagination and that he loves to dress up.  Each day is a costume and a character.  This past year we went from a pirate to a ninja turtle, to batman, to spider man and I don’t even know what else!  But really his favorites have been super heroes for quite a while.

I wanted to try a fresh take on the Super Hero party.  My husband and I are David Bowie fans (who isn’t?!) and the lyrics “We can be heroes, just for one day” kept coming to mind when I was planning this party.  So that took on a life of it’s own and added a little flair to this party, which I loved.  It was such a great day full of all of Court’s favorite things and people, let’s just say it was pretty SUPER!!

This party is also featured on 100LayerCakelet today!!

Photos by Nea Nabayan

Well, let me start by telling you that this party was very close to not happening!  We bought our house in January and had been working on it since, my husband doing a lot of work himself.  I had to postpone the party once as we were planning on having the party at our new house.  On the week of the party Nate mentioned to me that we should cancel…. Ummmm… You don’t tell a mom who is also a party planner anything like that, got it buddy?!  This party was happening!!!  And I’m so glad it did because Court is still talking about it!

Let’s start with the tables!  I don’t know what I would do without Meghann Miniello, she is so darn talented and she always gets my vision.  She created the amazing placemats with our lightning bolt and super hero words like “Pow” and “Zap” in the color scheme of the party.  Meghann also made the acrylic names for each kid’s place setting.  I used Bash Party Goods for all of the tableware.  I love their modern designs, they have a new collection coming out that I can’t wait to get my hands on!  Seriously, who knew paper plates could be so fun!  And, I love how easy it is to clean up… No brainer there!

I added custom confetti from The Confetti Bar with sayings like “Super Court” the number “3” and lightning bolts.  Along with that I went simple with succulents but the planters are one of my favorites!!  They are by Luna Reece Ceramics and they are called the “Bowie” planter!! It was so perfect!!  Then I just threw some mini disco balls and called it a day!  Haha, if it were only that easy…

Each kiddo got a mask and personalized cape so they could be super heroes for the day too!  The talented Courtney from Poppy Jack Shop personalized the capes for me and did such an amazing job!  I had looked into having them embroidered or iron’d on but I love what she did the most!!  But seriously, anything looks good in her writing!  A few of the parents told me that their kids continued to wear their capes and masks for days and days after the party!

The modern table and chairs are from Witty Rentals, one of our favorite for adults and kiddos!

Let’s check out the big birthday boy!!!  Here is in all his birthday glory!!  Meghann Miniello nailed it with all of the cute signage… Yipee!  I’m 3!  And Court is wearing the cutest lightning bolt tank by Chaser Kids.

Ok, so the other star of the party…  The balloon 3 by Wild Child Party!!!  Now I’m convinced every party needs a balloon installation…  I love those girls so much and they made my vision a reality with this sucker!!  So happy with how it turned out!! 

Also, disco balls and honeycombs make everything better…

Next up has got to be desserts!  I turned to my friends at Sweet & Saucy for that of course!  First on the list was a cake, I like my cakes pretty simple so there’s that!  Then a bunch of fun treats to go with it!  Laura at The Creative Muster did the amazing acrylic cake and cupcake toppers.  I love the way the layered cake toppers look!!  Note to self, next year put the desserts on a higher table, out of reach of little hands!

That SUPER HERO sign was a gift from Court’s Nina, fellow Beijos babe Leah :)  She found it at Target and knew it would be perfect for the party!  I got the lightning bolt wall decals off of Amazon and they were such an easy and fun way to add some decor!

Last but not least, the guest of honor and the person Court is STILL talking about…  Spidey!!!!

Nate thought I was crazy for having him at the party but he MADE Court’s day, maybe even year!!  The kids loved him and he entertained them for an hour, teaching them Spiderman moves like somersaults :)

It was such a fun and special day!!  Here’s another look at all the fun!

I hope you liked my version of a Super Hero party!  As a boy mom it’s so fun coming up with different ways to blow my little guy’s minds, haha!  

You can shop some of the items I used below if you want to throw a party of your own!!



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