A DIY Geometric Advent Calendar That Anyone Can Make

With Thanksgiving long past us, you should be well on your way to decorating for Christmas. I usually have the house thoroughly decked out by now, but with us in the middle of our big move, a couple of decor pieces are what I have to work with these days. But my mind is always thinking of what my little ones will remember during the holidays, and I’m not going to have them miss out on any of our fun traditions just cause of a move.

The advent calendar is one of those very memorable traditions we do in our household. Each year, I have created with some fantastic vendors different ways to have an advent calendar. You can see our past advent calendars here and here. This year, I worked with the talented mama, Leanna from David and Leanna. She is no stranger to DIYs for the beijos blog. I wanted to do something that was a little bit out of the box. Along with that concept, adding colors that are non-traditional holiday colors. I love what we came up with, and the best part is you can do it at home too! 

Leanna is going to take you step by step on how to make this fun advent calendar!

Christmas is easily my favorite holiday! I like to put my decorations up as soon as Halloween is over, but for more sane people, all 31 days in December is more than enough. This Christmas, Connor (my son) is old enough to understand the countdown to Christmas, so we’re doing an advent calendar! Unfortunately for us, all the premade ones aren’t dairy free, so we, figured we’d make our own this year! I partnered with Abby at Beijos Events to create these super cute DIY paper advent calendars stuffed with whatever treats work best for you and your family! 


A good pair of scissors  
Cardstock paper (we used paper source
hot glue gun
A pen or pencil
These geometric shape templates
Bakers Twine
An embroidery needle
Circle punch (optional) 
Mini hole punch
Gel pen of your choice (our white one
Mini wood hoop ring  




1. Gather your supplies.

2. Punch the circles for date labels.

3. Next, print out geometric templates onto cardstock.


4. Fold your cut out template along the dotted line.


5. Using a mini hole punch or your needle, punch two small holes into the top of your geometric shape.  

6. Thread a length of bakers twine through your newly punched holes.  


7. And then, thread circle punched date marker through twine as well.


8. Warm up your hot glue gun and check your shapes to make sure you understand how each side matches up.


9. Glue tabs to appropriate flaps with tabs tucked INSIDE your shape, so the tabs don’t show once glued.

10. Then, pop candy of choice or any little items into geometric shape before gluing the last tabs down.


11. Number your date markers.


12. Finally, tie string at the top of your geometric shape at one end and to your ring at the other end – it will get a little crowded, alternate your lengths as you go.

Enjoy! Merry Christmas! 

Aren’t those colors together so dreamy! Hanging wise for this one, you can do anything from hanging from a door, nailing to the wall in your little one’s nook area, or hanging it from your kitchen cabinet. I would personally do something high enough where little fingers aren’t able to access it. You will have all 25 days gone before you know it! 




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A Boho and Sparkly Friendsgiving for the Girls

Oh, you thought we were done with Thanksgiving posts?!  Boy were you wrong, we’re just starting!  Yesterday’s Friendsgiving was for the adults, today’s is for the little ladies!  I designed and styled this boho sparkly Friendsgiving with the help of a few of my talented friends like Wild Child Party and Blot & Dot.  I had my adorable god daughter Edie as inspiration of course, and let her enjoy with a few buddies!  Keep scrolling to see all of the pretty photos by Meredith of Zoom Theory and see more on 100LayerCakelet today

Let’s start with the invite, because, well, I always do!  I sent Cindy from Blot & Dot my mood board for this shoot and she just nailed it!  I love the copper she used on the invite and how it pairs well with the Erika tabletop collection from Harlow & Grey.  And how cute is little Parker showing it off?!

Let’s start with that balloon installation… I know, I know, it’s kind of becoming a thing with us, but I just can’t resist!  Wild Child Party is just so fun to work with and their balloon installations just make a party!  And when you mix in pampas grass, one of my absolute favorites, it takes it next level!

When I saw this collection from Harlow & Grey, I knew I wanted to make something pretty with it.  A girly friends giving was just the fit.  Here Come the Blooms played off of the pinks and the copper with the florals and they complimented the setting perfectly!  Blot & Dot did the abstract shaped place cards, and we even added more macrame with mini pieces made by Robyn Parker.

Ahhhhh, that pampas!

And the Fall leaves!!!  I love this time of year!

Now, on to the cutest little girlies!!!  These girls are decked out in cute outfits from Sweet Threads, mainly Paush Mini – an in house brand that we can’t get enough of!  Hey Girl!  I’m Thankful!  And like most best girlfriends, we’re all thankful for cute clothes, duh!  Check out all of their cute outfits, seriously I die and want to be them…

You can find Mikaela’s pretty dress here

Freyja’s adorable jumpsuit here…  Which may be my favorite!

Little Parker’s cute romper here

This little jumpsuit is by Harlow & Jade, comes in mommy sizes too… I may have to invest!! But I think it’s probably cutest on Miss River….

And last but not least is Edie’s stunner of a dress here

These girls had such a fun time playing dress up and just being girls together!  Can I do this with my friends?!  Jeez!

Now, you know I didn’t forget about the desserts!  And these are next level, specifically that stunner of a cake!  Beverly’s Bakery created something so beautiful, we really didn’t want to touch it!  But of course, we did!  And the cookies were adorable with our copper and navy detail continued and wording like “friends” and “thankful”.  Needless to say, the girls went nuts!

These cuties are just too much, and it got a little chilly, so obviously they needed their furs…

I need a beret in my life, but will never look nearly this cute!

And that’s a wrap! So much fun with these little ladies!!




Design/Styling – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Photographer – Zoom Theory
Balloon Installation & Macrame – Wild Child Party
Tabletop – Harlow & Grey
Invite/Calligraphy – Blot & Dot
Desserts – Beverly’s Bakery
Florals – Here Come the Blooms
Girl’s Clothing – Paush Mini & Sweet Threads
Mini Macrame – Robyn Parker 

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A Modern & Simple California Outdoor Friendsgiving

One of the best things about living in California is the fact that we get to be outside all year round. Including the special days like Thanksgiving and Christmas! Often times you can find us barbecuing on these holidays! Each year my friends and I like to get together and have a Friendsgiving, it’s such a great kick off to the holiday season. This year we took advantage of the great weather and my friend Kevy’s newly renovated backyard! It was the perfect setting to gather us all and enjoy some delicious food and drinks.

This dinner is also featured on Style Me Pretty Living today!

Photos by Riley Starr Photography

Miss Multee created the gorgeous invite, her hand writing is beyond beautiful and set the tone for the evening perfectly.

The night started with the cheese board of all cheese boards from Colette’s Catering.  That is a great way to start a party if you ask me!  One Hope wine helped us pair each course with the perfect wine as well.  Wine and cheese, that makes everyone happy!

For the details we turned to Olive & Blooms for florals and again Miss Multee for menus and place cards. We used the colors of the tabletop and added in some deep berries and copper to finish it off. The beautiful florals lined the table and really brought a fall feel to the event, with a fresh and modern take. And everybody kept talking about the beautiful hand written menus, they were an ombre gold to copper that perfectly shined all night.

All of the pretty pillows and cozy blankets are from The Garage Collective, a local shop in Laguna Beach.  They have an amazing collection of home goods that I want through-out my entire house!

One of the things we don’t like about these get togethers is the clean up. I came across L’Entramise, a beautiful disposable line that was perfect for our table setting. Their pieces have a sleek and pretty look and are so well crafted. The best part was at the end of the night we could just toss everything away and not worry about the dishes!

Now, let’s party!!!  Pop some bottles!!

Love these girls!!  Friend time doesn’t happen nearly as much as I wish it did, but when it does it’s always fun!

Our friends at Colette’s Catering designed a menu with a modern take on Thanksgiving dinner. We had a delicious salad, roasted veggies and squab instead of turkey. They also put together a delicious dessert that had us all happy at the end of the. night.

Each year at this time I get a bit sentimental, it means another year is coming to an end. But ending it with great friends is always a good idea, and that’s why Friendsgiving is so special.


Hope you’re enjoying the holidays with your friends as well!



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Fall in Love – A Fall Inspired Dining Event with Colette’s Catering

When a friend like Colette’s Catering reaches out to you for a dinner of a lifetime, you say yes!!  We had the opportunity to design and style a Fall inspired dining event with Colette’s Catering a few weeks ago.  It was an amazing night with great food and friends to kick off the Fall season.  Designing a Fall tablescape is always fun, but this night was just magic.

                         We worked with some of our favorite vendors and some new friends to bring this night to life.  Our venue, Cooks Chapel at the Anaheim Packing house, is gorgeous already so it didn’t need much to make it pretty.  The feel had to reflect the delicious menu Colette’s created inspired by the Autumn season.  For the colors we went classic Fall with burgundy, copper and amber, nice warm tones reminiscent of the season.

Keep scrolling to see all the pretty and fun, we are also featured today on Inspired By This!

Photos by Eva Marie Photo

Our dear friend Courtney from Poppy Jack, who I basically can’t survive without, did all the pretty details for the evening.  Form the invite, to the signage, this girl does it all!  She makes each event I do with her better.  And she’s sure fun to have a few drinks with at an event!

Guests were greeted with delicious cocktails and yummy bites.  There was a beautiful lounge set up by Adore Folklore to cozy up in and chat.  It was a great way to connect with other vendors during the busy Fall wedding and event season!

The tables were set in front of the chef’s station, where they prepared delicious dishes while we watched!  Urban Gardener did the gorgeous floral arrangements that ran the length of the tables and through-out the space.   Here is a little bit from Sarah Kuhlberg, the creative director of Colette’s Catering.  She also shares the amazing menu they served, don’t get too jealous or drool on the screen…

At Colette’s Catering & Events, we really try to focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Our Executive Chef Colleen Zielinski produces new menus every season for our clients, so we wanted to do something different to showcase our new autumn menu. A pop-up dinner came to mind and what a better way to really focus on the food and try something we haven’t done before. This dinner had to be at a special location, so we chose one of our favorite venues; Cooks Chapel in Anaheim’s Packing District. Of course, we had to reach out to our ever-so-talented friends of Beijos Events, to design the dinner and set the look and feel for the event. 

 We had a little over 50 dinner guests that included influencers, wedding vendors, media and friends. We served signature cocktails (the Vanilla Pear was a huge hit!), tray passed

hors d’ oeuvres, a small plate to kick off the seated dinner, followed by a family style meal with a beautifully plated dessert. It was such a special evening and one that none for us will ever forget.

Here’s the Menu:


 Duck Confit, Kataifi, Fig Compote, Thyme Sweet Potato Biscuit, Pomegranate Pulled Pork, Aged Cheddar, Pickled Red Onion Lobster, Forbidden Rice, Coconut, Basil Cheddar Soup, Mini Pretzel Bread Bowl | Mini Lager Shot


 Butternut Squash Pasta, Brown Butter Beurre Monte, Apples, Bacon, Caramelized Squash, Sage


 First Course

 Burrata Fig Salad, Frisee, Red Oak Lettuce, Fresh Fig, Burrata, Basil, Truffle Vinaigrette

 Second Course

 Pan Roasted Petite Tender, Cranberry Demi, Spiced Sweet Potato Puree, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Grilled Pork Tomahawk, Aged Cheddar Polenta, Pancetta, Sage Pickled Apple Slaw, Bourbon Jus Cauliflower, Brown Butter, Marcona Almonds, Petite Herb Salad, Anchovy Crumb

 Third Course

 Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Cinnamon Sugar, Figs, Dark Chocolate Ganache


 Signature Cocktails

Vanilla Pear Cocktail | Pear Vodka, Pear Juice, Vanilla Bean, Sparkling Water Maple Whiskey Cocktail | Whiskey, Maple Syrup, Orange Bitters 

Dinner Service

 Wine & Beer Selections One Hope Wines + Bootlegger’s Brewery & Anaheim Brewery

Not gonna lie, I had two servings of the Butternut Squash Ravioli… It was UNREAL!!!

Hope you enjoyed taking a peek into this beautiful night!



Vendors Host/Catering – Colette’s Catering Styling/Design – Beijos Events Venue – Cook’s Chapel Photographer – Eva Marie Photography Rentals – Adore Folklore Florals – Urban Gardener  Calligraphy/Signage/Invite – Poppy Jack Shop


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By on November 6, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, Uncategorized


Let’s Celebrate & Learn about Dia de Los Muertos with Beijos

One of the things I love about raising my kids is exposing them to different cultures.  I was raised by an immigrant, my dad was born in Portugal, and my sister and I were brought up immersed in that culture.  Along with that, my parents would try to expose us to as much diversity as possible, which I always appreciated and loved.  My best friend and business partner Leah is the same way, but was raised Mexican.  With the new Disney Pixar movie Coco,  which is based on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, we were even more inspired to introduce our kids to this tradition.  Leah, being Mexican, is much more familiar with it so her and her kiddos shared that part of their culture with us!  
The holiday, known to most Americans as the Day of the Dead, and the movie inspired a table I designed.  It was bright, colorful and full of life!  I teamed up with some amazing vendors like Wild Child, Rooted & Wild, Prim & Pixie, Sweet & Saucy, The Daydream Republic and The Confetti Bar to make it all come to fruition.  My favorite though, and I think the kid’s would agree, was having each child’s face painted.  Couture Paintings had everyone in awe with the intricate and beautiful creations on each little one’s face, they were each unique and equally amazing!
It was a fun party combined with learning and diversity.  Most of the kids are from different backgrounds, Mexican, Portuguese, Spanish, Moroccan, Irish, and German to name a few!  We looked at it as a way to teach and gather a group to make learning fun!  Thank you to Leah and her kiddos for sharing your culture with us!  We can’t wait for Coco and for our kids to learn more about the Mexican culture.

All photos by the talented Alison Bernier

You can also see this shoot featured on Glitter Guide today!

Let’s start with probably my favorite invite ever by Prim and Pixie!  From the colors, to the lining and all of that detail, they just nailed it!  Not surprised, they do every time!  I just sprinkled some custom confetti from The Confetti Bar and it’s all sorts of cute!

How cute are these little ladies?!  Like I said, everyone loved having their faces painted by Couture Paintings!  Owner Sara Sanchez has studied Day of the Dead facial paintings and had something fun and different for each kiddo.  These little ladies are wearing dresses from Gunn & Swain and the prettiest headbands from The Daydream Republic!  I mean, how cute can you get?!

This is sweet Avalon, daughter of Carissa who owns JL Designs, The Daydream Republic and Little Style Collective

How cute is little Emerald?!  Youngest daughter of the one and only Jesi Haack!

Here’s pretty Annie, daughter of our favorite Jolie, owner of Wild Child Party

And here’s the three wild and crazy amigos!  Even the boys got in on the fun!  Edie is wearing a dress her grandparents brought her back form Mexico!

Loving my god daughter Edie Lola, she is growing up and getting better and better!  Leah, you’re doing a good job my friend!

Here’s my wild man Court being silly!  His favorite color is red so he got this fun style!

And sweet Reagan, son of Emily Sims, half the duo of Magic Kingdom Mamas!  This guy got along just fine with my Court, two wild boys!!

And now, for the set up…  I  have to say, I was really excited to do this party, and seeing it come to life made it that much more satisfying!  I love, love, love this set up!!  The colors are so fun and vibrant, it’s just so FUN!!!

If you haven’t been able to tell, we love a good balloon installation from Wild Child, I mean, who doesn’t?!  It just makes such a statement!  I don’t know when this trend is going to end, but I’m fine with it hanging around longer!  Rooted & Wild also killed it with the amazing florals!!  That girl just gets it right every time!  Also… That sugar skull pinata?!  It’s basically the cutest thing ever.

It never hurts to add some disco balls into the mix, every party could use one!

For the place settings I did terra cotta tiles and Prim and Pixie added each child’s name.  Wild Child has these adorable sugar skull plates by Meri Meri that were obviously perfect!  I sprinkled the custom confetti from The Confetti Bar again and some pretty petals and marigolds as well.

This girl!!!  I love her…

Look at these stirrers from Prim & Pixie!  I’m obsessed….

I love the combination for florals Rooted & Wild did, it’s just the best!

I don’t do kid’s parties without desserts… How else would we bribe them?!  Haha… But seriously… Sweet & Saucy Shop does it again!  They took my inspiration and what they did was magic, truly magic!  Prim & Pixie completed it all with the adorable sign – it’s all just so good!!!  Makes me giddy looking at it!

The best!!!

I’m all about these colors!!

I think it’s safe to say these kiddos had a blast!  And we learned and celebrated another culture while we were at it!  These moments are so special with our kids, watching them have fun and grow at the same time.  Even though this may seem silly and little, I know in the long run talking to them and exposing to them to these things will have an impact on them.  I know, because it did with me!

Thank you Leah, Edie & Isla for sharing this part of your heritage and culture with us!  We should all instill a love for our backgrounds with our kids!

How do you share your culture with your children?!  I’d love to hear!!



Design/Planning – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Concept – Leah Carriger of Beijos Events
Photographer – Alison Bernier
Venue/Balloon Install/ Tabletop/Decor – Wild Child Party
Florist – Rooted & Wild
Invite/Signage/Calligraphy/Stir Sticks – Prim & Pixie
Desserts – Sweet & Saucy Shop 
Face Painting – Couture Paintings
Headbands – The Daydream Republic
Dresses & Blanket – Gunn & Swain
Confetti – The Confetti Bar
Blanket on Chairs – Siestas for Fiestas


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