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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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Baked Eggs with Arugula Salad and Hollandaise Sauce

With Easter around the corner, it’s time to start compiling some ideas for Easter Sunday brunch. I always have been a lover of food and creating dishes for my family that hopefully, they love. That or they are really good at lying. Recently, my daughter has become a fan of the sunny side up egg and dipping her toast in it. I’m so proud that she opened her eyes up past the scrambled egg and found her love for that gooey yellow yolk goodness. I’m sure you can relate how hard it is to get a little one to try something new. I will totally admit, that I never was a fan until she tried it. What was I thinking this whole time insisting my yolk be cooked hard? So much of my life wasted! Geesh! In honor of my daughter’s love for the gooey yolk, I created a twist on the classic eggs florentine. This baked eggs with arugula salad with hollandaise sauce is a lighter version and more kid-friendly. Best part, they are served in cute individual mason jars. 

Photos by Erin Milnik 

Food by My Organicopa

Baked Eggs with Arugula Salad and Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients

 Organic Arugula
Fresh Organic Eggs
(straight from the chicken’s you know what or a good quality egg farm, trust me you will know the difference)
Favorite dipping toast
Salt + Pepper for taste
Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Edible flowers
Hollandaise Sauce (see recipe below)
Le Parfait French Glass Canning Jar (optional)

Directions

Wash your arugula and set to dry. Once dried, mix arugula with a tiny bit of coconut or olive oil with salt and pepper. Place a handful in each jar. 

*Now you can feel free to make a sunny side up egg, poached egg, or however you like it. I like to do sunny side up since my daughter prefers this way. Usually, I will do poached for the adults. Prepare your egg as long as it’s runny you are all good! Make your eggs when you are ready to serve. 

Next, season your egg with salt and pepper and carefully place on top of the bed of arugula. Then, place a small edible flower on top of the egg to add a spring touch. Finally, drizzle the hollandaise sauce on top.

Serve with toast and enjoy!

Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients

2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
(I don’t use dairy in my meals, but for this recipe, you gotta go with the real deal)
Kosher salt and a pinch of white pepper

Directions

With the blender running, add the yolks and lemon juice. Then, slowly add the butter in a steady stream. Next, season to taste with salt and pepper or more lemon juice if you like it tangier. If it’s too thick a tablespoon or two of hot water to the running blender. 



xx

Abby

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By on April 7, 2017 in BRUNCH, FOOD

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New Years Brunch with Lulu & Georgia

Now that Christmas is officially over there’s only one way to deal with our heartache…. Start making New Years plans!!!!  That’s right, 2017 is coming up and we’ve got you covered this week with tons of inspiration!!  Starting with this amazing New Years Brunch with Lulu & Georgia.  I was lucky enough to style and design the first birthday party of Vivian Mae, the daughter of Lulu & Georgia CEO Sara Brenner earlier this year.  I loved working with Sara so much I had to reach out to see if she would be up for some fun styled shoots.  Lucky for me, she was!

The idea of a New Years Brunch with my girlfriends just makes me smile!  After a night out of debauchery, spending the day lounging with your gal pals drinking mimosas sounds like heaven!  I had the best team of vendors on this one and I’m thrilled to have it featured on Glitter Guide today!  Keep scrolling to see all of the pretty details and get inspired to host a fab New Years brunch of your own!!  You’re gonna flip over all of the amazing Lulu & Georgia goodies!!

Photos by the talented Heather Kincaid

What pieces and details brought this party to life? 

 I have been a huge fan of the Elodie collection from Lulu & Georgia and Glitter Guide since the minute I saw it.  I love the mix of colors and print and thought it would be the perfect inspiration for this gathering at home!  I mean, who wouldn’t love to have that rug in their home?!  All of the vendors involved had so much fun creating pieces inspired by the Elodie, I especially love the invite Twinkle & Toast created that used the print and colors perfectly!

We love the concept of a New Year’s Day brunch! What inspired this type of holiday celebration?

I love it too!  NYE is always an amazing celebration but I like to keep the party going and love the idea of having a girls slumber party with fun festivities to continue the next morning!  Plus, we all could use a little hair of the dog the day after such a fun filled cocktail infused night out :)  And lastly, you want to start the new year off right with close friends and fun times, so this is just how you do that!

How gorgeous are the flowers by Bloom Babes?!  They go with the whole color scheme so well and they are exactly what you want to see to kick off a new year!

Tell us about the menu! 

I love brunch foods, to me that’s the best meal of the day!  So for the menu I had to have something delicious but pretty as well!  There is an array of sweet and salty, which is also important to appease everyone’s taste buds.  Plus, some good hang over options for the ladies who had a little too much fun the night before

Custom menus, resolution cards, and really rad copper place cards by Twinkle & Toast.  Also, loving the custom cocktail stirrers from The Roc Shop!

What are three things every holiday party has to have? 

Good food, yummy cocktails and festive friends!

How did you settle on that pretty pink color palette for the party? 

I wanted something different for this NY celebration.  New Years tends to be all about black, gold and white but I wanted something different!  I love the idea of having a girls get together with these pretty hues and that soft pink really stole my heart!  The pretty pink Lulu & Georgia settee played off the colors of the Elodie rug so well and I just love the way it all turned out!

Now let’s get our models in here, who really know how to party!!  Especially when some One Hope champs is involved!  Bottoms up!

Best brunch playlist: go!

I’m really feeling the new Bruno Mars album and gotta have some Bieber!!

All of our models are keeping cozy in Show Me Your Mumu and looking pretty thanks to Fiore Beauty, and genetics of course ;)

Do you have any stress-free party-planning tips to share? 

Do as much as you can the day before… Pre prep food, set up your home for everything you can, all of that tedious stuff.  The less you have to do the day of the more you can enjoy yourself and have fun!  Which is what planning and throwing an event is all about.

What are your New Year resolution for 2017? 

Something I want to focus on is more time on myself, whether it’s working out, resting, reading more books.  Just finding time for me and taking care of myself!

Hope you enjoyed this New Years Brunch with Lulu & Georgia as much as we did!!  Now go out and plan that brunch and make it a dreamy affair like this one!

xx

Jacquelyn

Vendors:

Design & Styling – Beijos Events
Furniture/Tabletop/Decor – Lulu & Georgia
Photographer – Heather Kincaid
Florals – Bloom Babes
Paper Goods – Twinkle & Toast
Hair & Makeup – Fiore Beauty
Wardrobe – Show Me Your Mumu
Champagne – One Hope
Cocktail Stirrers – The Roc Shop

Models:

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By on December 26, 2016 in BRUNCH, HOLIDAYS, HOME, INTERIOR, LIFESTYLE, STYLED BY BEIJOS, STYLED SHOOTS

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Beijos Baby Boy Sprinkle for Jacquelyn & Cruz John

It’s a very exciting time over here with us Beijos gals, as a couple of us within the next month will add another sweet member to our growing families!!  With that, we have a couple special parties we threw for our very own and I’m happy to share Jacquelyn’s intimate sprinkle I threw for her with you today. Also make sure to check it out here on 100 Layercakelet!

All photos by the lovely Ala Cortez 

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We had it at the uber hip restaurant Social in Costa Mesa, which by the way has the yummiest food!!  It was one of our first times styling a party at a restaurant, and I have to say it was great!  The restaurant staff was amazing to work with, they were super accommodating and on board with any special touches we wanted for our Jacquelyn. lifestyle-babycruz-1023 lifestyle-babycruz-1022

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I went with this natural organic look for the theme, hitting on natural woods and plants, mostly ferns.  Jacquelyn’s favorite color is yellow, so we brought the pop of color in there with the flowers.  Here is the lovely invite by our gal pal Meghann Miniello.

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Now let’s focus on these table details…I wanted to do something different than the normal garland down the long table, so we did all these little clear and brown vintage glass vases with ferns, which really made a statement.  Meagan from MV Florals helped carry out the vision perfectly!

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The beautiful glassware, flatware and ahh hem…can I say amazing napkin detail by the lovely Hostess Haven.  She has one of the prettiest collections in the biz!! With the plain white plate, the napkin, menu and magnolia leaf place card, they were the perfect add ons to make the setting feel complete, unique and on theme.

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Let’s get this party started….

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Here’s a looksy at the sweets…love the detail on this cake by Beverly’s Bakery and we can’t forget about the yummy Sidecar Doughnuts

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Some more shots of the pretty mama.  Congrats Jacquelyn, I’m so excited to meet baby Cruz!  I can’t wait for you to experience adding baby #2 into the mix, and to see your love spread exponentially.  Especially watching big brother Court with his new baby brother, that’s just the best!! lifestyle-babycruz-1076

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Love you mucho Lady!!

Xx Leah

Photography: Love Ala / Venue: Social / Styling: Beijos Events / Flowers: MV Florals / Invites & Signage: Meghann Miniello Creative / Rentals: Hostess Haven / Cake: Beverly’s Best Bakery / Donuts: Sidecar Doughnuts

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By on July 21, 2016 in BABY SHOWER, BEIJOS PICKS, BRUNCH, CELEBRATIONS, LIFESTYLE, MATERNITY, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Mama, You’re a Peach – Mother’s Day Lunch

We know Mother’s Day was yesterday, but don’t you think Mama deserves just one more day of celebration??  Call us biased, but we think so!!!

The lovely Isobel of Bel and Beau reached out to us a few weeks ago about putting together a pretty little styled Mother’s Day lunch for her and her mama pals along with their kiddos.  We jumped at the chance, because hey, we love a pretty party!!  This one was at the gorgeous Barrels and Branches in sunny Encinitas, CA via The Venue Report; the perfect gardening store with lots of greenery and florals along with a fabulous spot for any type of event!!

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It was also seen on 100LayerCakelet and The Venue Report over the weekend!

All photos by the lovely Kayla Adams

Gotta star out with the beautiful paper goods and laser cutting amazingness by our girl Meghann Miniello, have you noticed how much we love her?!  She’s been our go to girl lately and she made all of this prettiness happen for us in less than a week’s time!!  Gotta love her!!!

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“With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to create a time and space to celebrate and connect with mamas who inspire me and lift me up. There is something quite magical about connecting and spending time with like-minded mothers.  You suddenly realize that you are not alone on this journey of motherhood. I worked with Beijos Events to create a mama/child playdate luncheon, You are a Peach, to gather, connect, and celebrate all that is motherhood.”

More photos and details of this great party with all the mamas and their littles too!!

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xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 9, 2016 in BRUNCH, CELEBRATIONS, MOTHER’S DAY, STYLED BY BEIJOS, TABLESCAPES

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