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A picnic for Mother’s Day

When I think of celebrating Mother’s Day, I think of brunch. Since my kids were little, my husband has always made it extra special in the morning with either going out to brunch where we got married in Santa Cruz or having breakfast in our backyard. But just like any other holiday you will be fighting crowds in a restaurant or an afternoon of cleaning up at home. Sorry excuse me, the males will be spending their afternoon cleaning up while you make sure they don’t miss any spots from your comfy couch.

Instead, head out into the spring sunshine for a quiet picnic brunch with the people you love. I love this idea of doing a picnic at your local park, I’m not sure why this idea hasn’t popped into my head before. Tons of room for the kids to run while Mom and Dad hang back and watch from afar while sipping on my champagne and yummy nibbles. Sounds like a perfect Mother’s day to me! Now, if I were you I would leave this page open on your computer and direct your hubby or loved one towards all the pretty, so they get that subtle hint of what Sunday should consist of. If they don’t catch on, don’t be upset… they probably won’t… just do what I would. Pack up all the stuff, write up that grocery list, and put it right next to the front door. 

Photos by Erin Milnik

What about throwing a little Mother’s Day brunch bash for just your girlfriends and you? Could you get that many mamas out of the house at the same time? That always seems to be the issue with my besties. A laid back and most importantly quiet morning with your favorite ladies celebrating you! Go ahead and Spoil Yo Self!

 

 I’m currently obsessed with layering vintage rugs any chance that I can get. Secondly, anything rattan! Lauren, the babe behind Cultivate Rentals based out of Santa Cruz, made all my rug + rattan dreams come true with her goodies. I might not give them back to her. Sorry, Lauren! Alongside, she had dreamy leather poufs and sheepskin to add more layer. This was one dreamy setting to add my favorite Little Market items too. 

White + Gold Flatware | Dusty Pink Plates

This picnic was all about relaxing and spoiling yourself. I took The Little Market’s Rose Soaking Salt and placed a little pile on each plate for the guest’s name to sit on. Each guest went home with their own bottle, can’t let the day go away without a relaxing bath! 

Napkins | Placemats | Wooden Chargers

This arrangement from Busy Bee Florals is gorgeous! Those claire delune peonies mixed in with those dusty rose pink roses… I could just stare all day. Sitting on a pretty rattan tray on top of layered vintage rugs really make those colors pop! 

 


Pillows and extra blankets are a must for picnics. Toss them around your eating area for your guests to lounge and relax on. Have you seen Little Market’s new pillows? Check them out here. There are some great neutral and colorful patterns you can mix into your home. Don’t forget your Gunn Swain Blankets too! Right now, they are having a sale! Buy one blanket and get the other half off! What a deal! 





Our pal, the one and the only mama of the year, Meghann Miniello created these fun triangle acrylics for each guest’s place setting. You know what I love about acrylic, is you can write on it and then wash it off after and reuse for another event. Create timeless shapes and colors and keep on hand for any type of holiday or even when you are just having some pals over. A fun detail touch that will certainly go far in your guest’s eyes.  


One dreamy picnic that any Mother would want to join! So who is with me and doing this Sunday morning?!?

Special thanks to all these beautiful ladies!

Vendors:

Styling + Design: Beijos Events
Photography: Erin Milnik
Flowers: Busy Bee Florals 
Rugs, Poufs, Pink Glassware: Cultivate Instagram- @cultivaterentals
Wooden Chargers, Clear Floral Glassware, Textiles, Box, and Bath Salts: The Little Market

xx

Abby 

 

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By on May 10, 2017 in BRUNCH, ENTERTAINING, MOTHER’S DAY, TABLESCAPES

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Hosting a Bright & Fun Bagel Brunch

We’re just over here living Spring to it’s fullest guys!  Remember our Spring list we are working on?  Well today I am checking off hosting a bright & fun brunch… with bagels!!!  I love any reason to entertain and with Spring in the air, that’s as good a reason as any.  And well, when you add in bagels, it’s all pretty good to me!!  I had so much fun teaming up with some amazing vendors to create this spread, and seriously wait till you see the spread of all the food!!!  These are the kind of shoots I will never say no to!  This shoot is also on Inspired By This today!!

My talented friend Kayla Adams (who is in Bali right now, and I’m SO jealous) let us use her beautiful home to shoot in.  She did all of the photography and the graphics/paper goods.  This girl is beyond talented!!  But first, let’s just start with her gorgeous kitchen that she let us invade… 

Photos by Kayla Adams

Love an invite that’s straight to the point.  Also love stuffing our faces and eating like we mean it, duh!  FYI, we take brunching really seriously…

But seriously, how amazing is Kayla’s home you guys?!  Love it, I’ll host a brunch here any time!  It was made extra pretty with florals by Rekindle Creative, I love the bright Spring poppies that add a pop to the table.

Another thing I love, a table that has food on it!  What can I say, I’m easy to please!  Something nice about having some of the food on the table is it makes things more communal  I love the idea of a table full of people talking and sharing food and just enjoying themselves.  The beautiful glassware is from our friend Lisa who owns Boheme Rentals and the plates are from Bash Party Goods.  I love the fun prints from Bash and the fact that they are paper and easy to clean, I would definitely say yes to that!

Here are some of our tips to hosting a Spring brunch…

1. Play with color – It’s Spring, flowers are blooming and color is bursting everywhere!  This is the time to have fun and get creative with color.  Forget neutrals, you can play with pops of color from the table to the flowers or even the food and drinks!
 
2. Use fresh seasonal ingredients – One of our favorite things about cooking during Spring and Summer are all of the delicious fruits and veggies that are in season.  Cooking for guests this time of year can be fun and festive by visiting your local Farmer’s Market to get inspiration.  Plus, guests will love the idea and appreciate the color and freshness of what you serve.
 
3. Bring in the outside – Like we said, the flowers are blooming and some of our favorites do so during Spring.  Especially with the super bloom happening right now in California, there are so many flowers right outside your door!  Make beautiful arrangements with seasonal florals, it doesn’t matter if you buy them at the store or pick them outside, just adding color and life to your table makes a statement.

How fun and easy is that place setting… And all that yummy food is just a short reach away….  More on all of that delicious food from Colette’s Catering if you scroll down a bit!

All the pretty flowers and all the pretty glassware…  Give them to me forever and ever!  Thank you Rekindle Creative and Boheme Rentals for bringing the pretty!!

So, about that spread…. Colette’s Catering really brought it you guys, this is real life!!!  I think my jaw actually hit the floor when I saw all of this yumminess!  And yes, that is bacon right there on the top, yup….

We asked Colette’s to do some delicious bagels for this brunch and they again, did not disappoint…

Lucky you they even included some of the recipes for these bad boys… You can thank us later ;)

Nueske Bacon

Bacon with maple syrup, chopped toasted pecans, black pepper / made in oven

Add onto bagel over a thin layer of whipped cream cheese

Under Pressure Bagel

1 Sous Vide egg cooked at 75 C for 15 minutes 

Add spinach, fresh cracked pepper, sliced heirloom tomatoes and prosciutto over a thin layer of fresh whipped cream

Beet Hummus

Hummus Ingredients – roasted beets , chick peas, cream cheese, salt, pepper, lemon, tahini and garlic… Puree in blender… 

Add roasted beets & strawberries as a topping 

Last but not least, you’ve gotta have some cocktails!!!  Colette’s did it again with these tasty treats, and I love how Kayla spiced it up with the signage!!
 
Now you have no reason to NOT host your own vibrant and colorful Spring brunch!!  So go get your hosting pants on and don’t forget to share your work by tagging #beijosspringtodolist or #beijosdoesspring!
Happy Brunching!!
xx
Jacquelyn

 

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By on April 27, 2017 in BRUNCH, EATS, ENTERTAINING, RECIPES, SPRING

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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

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

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