Palm Springs 40th Birthday Party

When one of your favorite “friendors” asks you to help style and design her 40th birthday party in Palm Springs, you say YES!  Carlie Statsky is one of the most talented photographers we’ve been lucky enough to work with.  She was actually one of the very first photographers we collaborated with for a styled shoot when Beijos was in the beginning stages.  We’ve always loved how sweet and kind she is and have admired her beauty and generosity.

She reached out to us last year saying that she was ready to start planning her big 4-0 and had her heart set on Palm Springs… We knew it was a match made in heaven right then and there.  She gave us a little inspiration of what she wanted and we created a mood board that we all fell in love with… Add a few of our favorite vendors to the mix and this party has become one of our favorites.  Plus, it was at the Junipero, one of the most amazing spots in the desert.  Keep scrolling to see Carlie’s White Hot Party and how she celebrated her 40x around the Sun….

This party was also featured on Green Wedding Shoes yesterday, head on over to see more… 

All of the gorgeous photos are by Jenn Rodriguez, we love what she did!!!

And can you believe this babe is 40?!?!

Let’s start with the pretty invite by Meghann Miniello, who you know we love, but is also one of Carlie’s personal friends!  We worked off of a blue ombre theme inspired by the vibe of the Junipero which you’ll see below…  We love everything Meghann did, just look at those amazing blue palm frond cocktail stirrers!!  And just wait till you see the place settings…  Miss Meghann was not only involved behind the scenes but she got to be in on the fun as a guest!!  You’ll see her in a few photos below, she’s the gorgeous prego!!

There is our gorgeous table!!  I’m so proud of this one!  When in Palm Springs you must go modern and that’s just what we did, with a slightly tropical touch!  Like I said, I was inspired by the venue, the Junipero and a photo of a blue smoke bomb I saw on Pinterest.  It all canon balled from there and resulted in this beauty!  I reached out to my girls the Bloom Babes who never disappoint and really nailed it with a simplistic take on the tropical trend.  I love the way they incorporated palms, white florals and succulents.

Meghann handmade each and every place setting so the slight ombre effect was seen down the entire table.  We took that to the gorgeous glassware from Hostess Haven as well.  And how perfect are those dip dyed napkins from their amazing collection?!  They completed the place setting!

How cute are those little dip dyed tassels that Carlie’s other talented friend Julie Howard, owner of Shop Leo Kids, created.  When you have that many talented friends you better hit them up for a party like this!!!

Just so you can see what I’m talking about when I say that this place inspired me…  It not only inspired me to design this party but it also inspired me to take a vacation!!  Now I just have to find a free weekend…

We loved this little lounge area the Junipero has that overlooks the pool, so the Bloom Babes jazzed it up a bit!  How fun to sit around the fire pit enjoying your friends with a cocktail in hand…. Carlie, we are definitely copying your whole party FYI!!!

The One Hope wine & champagne was flowing, Stephen Lee created the most amazing Asian infused dishes and Beverly’s Bakery nailed it with the most gorgeous cake!!  The birthday girl looks as happy as can be, which is exactly what we wanted!

Here’s our gorgeous birthday girl with her hunk hubby Gabe and all of her close friends… We love that smile and that girl, she’s truly one in a million!!!  Here’s a little bit more from her….

“All I wanted for my birthday was to be warm with a bunch of my nearest and dearest, so Palm Springs seemed like the perfect place to go. After researching airbnbs in the area I fell in love with The Junipero, (from the Desert Collective) especially since we could rent out all of the rooms and have the whole place, (and pool) to ourselves, (all 13 of us!) We used the style, vibe and colors at the Junipero as the inspiration for the party, incorporating lots of whites, blues, greens and some bright yellow too. Jacquelyn and Leah from Beijos Events did the most amazing job designing and planning the whole event, and went above and beyond in creating the look and feel that I was dreaming of. I feel so lucky to have some ridiculously talented friends like them, as well as a bunch of others who not only contributed their creations to the event, but were also there to celebrate with me too. Meghann Miniello, (the beauty sporting the cutest baby bump) totally outdid herself making the watercolor invitations and menus, the acrylic signage and place cards, the gift prints that say ‘I love you more than Palm Springs’ (on one of my palm photos) and the cutest custom laser cut palm swizzle sticks, and Julie from Shop Leo made the rad dip dyed tassels at each place setting. The Bloom Babes brought the modern boho vibe to life by adding greenery and texture to every space, and I love how they even wove palms into the outdoor furniture. :)”

“We arrived that afternoon to see everything all set up beautifully, then got dressed up in shades of white and started the celebrations by popping the champagne and taking photos around the property with Jen, (that lady is truly as talented as she is sweet and she gave me the best birthday present a girl could ask for with all of these amazing tangible memories to keep) before heading out to the desert for sunset with some white smoke bombs that the boys had fun with. One of the highlights of the day was when we were chasing the setting sun and arrived at this spot in the desert covered in white windmills just as the light was glowing from behind the mountains and we just started walking towards that dreamy light! After sunset we headed home for dinner. Jaime from The Junipero recommended that I reach out to Stephen Lee for catering and he came up with the perfect asian-inspired menu for a warm Palm Springs night. We topped the night off with a delicious lemon cake from Beverly’s Bakery for desert, and then jumped in the pool and stayed in there for hours. It really could not have been a more perfect way to start my new decade of life. A huge and heartfelt thanks to everyone involved – you managed to make turning 40 a positive thing and a whole lot of fun!”

Carlie’s beautiful dress is by Spell and her hair and makeup was by Kelly Jones Makeup & Hair

As Carlie said, this group took full advantage of their time and headed out for a sunset photo shoot at the windmills in Palm Desert… These shots are so amazing and such a great way to ring in your 40th year!!!  Well played Mrs. Statsky!


Love this lady so much!!!

Doesn’t get much better than that!!!  Happy Birthday Carlie!!!



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A Rehearsal Dinner Inspired Table at Brick & Laurel

I recently teamed up with a really amazing group of vendors to create a rehearsal dinner inspired table.  It’s so often that so much focus is placed on the actual wedding that the rehearsal dinner becomes an afterthought.  From my own experience, the rehearsal dinner was one of the best parts of my wedding weekend.  It was intimate with the ones I love and more low key, but still a great party.

One of the main problems with the rehearsal dinner is finding the right place to host it.  Restaurants can seem like a good idea but the feel of them is often cheesy or not the style we desire.  That’s one of the many reasons I fell in love with Brick & Laurel, an amazing rental space in San Diego.  It is the perfect size for a small party and has the best vibe of brick industrial walls that are just asking to be prettied up!  I think it’s the perfect space to host a rehearsal dinner or even a birthday party or shower!!

Lucky for me Sarah, owner of Catalina Neal, also owns Brick and Laurel, so I was able to utilizee her amazing floral skills as well.  She even offers that as part of a package when renting out the space, genius right?!  Our vision was a pretty Winter to Spring tablescape that was as welcoming as it was sophisticated.  The feel is light and airy with some coziness oozing off of the brick walls.  I added in a few of our other favorite vendors and the party was complete!

Keep scrolling to see more of these beautiful images the Dulcet Creative ladies took of our rehearsal dinner inspired table.  You can also see it on The Fashionable Hostess Blog today as well!

First let’s show off what the lovely Taryn from Twinkle & Toast created for us…  Even though the wedding is the main event, that doesn’t mean the rehearsal dinner doesn’t deserve it’s time to shine!  She deserves a pretty invite too, and this one is just so good with all that combo of amazing colors!

That gorgeous combination of dark and light colors was the ideal contrast for our Winter to Spring inspiration.  I carried it over to the beautiful table.  It’s elegant but warm and inviting at once.  The perfect place to celebrate something so important but still having that relaxed vibe letting the actual wedding shine.

I especially love the softness of the vintage lace tablecloth compared to the industrial metal chairs and brick walls.  And can we take a second to talk about that greenery install Catalina Neal created?!  It really makes it feel like Spring is in the air!

The gold wire chairs are from Pow Wow Design Studio, can I have those in my home please?!

All of the gorgeous tabletop items are from my girl Farra at Hostess Haven.  She is always adding pretty pieces to her collection, and these new grey ceramic plates are brand spanking new!  Aren’t they the prettiest shade?!  They would make just about any table and color scheme look amazing!  And those pretty place cards are done by the talented Twinkle & Toast again!

Last but not least, I always love having One Hope Wine at any event I host and a rehearsal dinner would be no exception!  Their wines are so yummy and also give back to multiple charities which I of course love!

So much pretty in one place right?!  I love how this rehearsal dinner inspired table came to life.  Proof that the rehearsal dinner can be just as thought-out and gorgeous as the wedding, well almost ;)





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Stylish Oscar Hosting Ideas

It’s Oscar time! Gather your girlfriends, pass out the cocktails, and get ready for some red carpet action. A perfect girls night in. With the Oscars being its fancy self, you should too! This year, we made a stylish and relaxed setup for you to gather around. Enjoy some delightful nibbles (incredibly easy to make) while gossiping of who wore what, and who is going to take home the Oscar.

I got flowers from my local Whole Foods and made the arrangement myself.

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When it comes to a successful girls night in, it’s all based on two things: cocktails and food. It was all about citrus for this star-studded evening. For the food, I found this grapefruit and pickled radish salad that instantly made my mouth water. A fancy salad for an elegant evening with your girlfriends and your favorite A-list actors. Alongside, is beet chips served with a french onion herb dip. Not your ordinary chip and dip here. For the cocktails, my favorite part, I wanted to do two different ones. A classic rosé to serve to your girlfriends upon arrival, our go to is, of course, One Hope Wine. Served in a collection of mixed champagne flutes on a copper plated charger from Crate and Barrel.  Later as the show was about to start, a grapefruit gin cocktail garnished with grapefruit and a herb sprig will be served.

Wilder Salad Plate | Ridge Flatware | Champagne Napkin

Here is the recipe for that A-list salad!

Pickled Radish And Grapefruit Salad
Serves 3-4

Two small ruby grapefruit, peeled and segmented
Two blood oranges, peeled and segmented
2 cup watermelon radishes, thinly sliced (follow this recipe for pickling)
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)
2 cups watercress and micro greens
edible flowers, to garnish (optional)

Arrange the grapefruit, pickled radishes and greens on a platter. I used Little Market’s handmade olive wood board for my tray. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Decorate with edible flowers. Drizzle the pickling liquid just before serving. This salad couldn’t be easier to prepare ahead of time.

Lastly, a fun touch is having Oscar ballots for the ladies to fill out. I found this printable one here from Sugar and Charm.

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Cheers to a magical night!









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I’m here for the commercials- Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl is this Sunday, believe it or not. Who says that Super Bowl parties have to be based around football and men? For a couple years now, my husband and his friends have been gone on an annual snowboard trip which includes being gone on Super Bowl Sunday. And while I’m not into football, you know that I wouldn’t dare miss the commercials, food, and particularly the halftime show. The answer was clear, a girls only Super Bowl party. I assembled all my close pals who’s husbands were also on the same trip, and this was when “I’m here for the commercials” party was born. You know you only watch the game to see the new commercials and that half time show that everyone has been talking about.
Photos by Meg Perotti
This touchdown celebration is featured on Inspired by This, see it here.
A girls only gala starts with the invite and my close pal Meghann Miniello threw it in for the touchdown with this leather invite.
 The main attraction for a girls only Super Bowl party is hands down the table. It is where you gather, eat, drink, laugh, discuss commercials and will the halftime show be the winner or loser? Speaking of the halftime show, are you psyched to see what Lady Gaga has in store for us this year? Nic Roc nailed it with these wooden cut-outs to help your friends rate the commercials and half time show.
There is no better place for your table then to be in front of the action. Lose the chairs, and lay down some pillows, and let’s get comfy!
Pillows from Boho Pillow 
Stripes, wood details, and leather made up this girly tablescape. The Little Market has fabulous olive wood round boards that I used as plates, and joining in are my everyday glassware and flatware. Hosting a Super Bowl party and don’t want to go out and buy serving ware? Make it simple and use some white plates or even bamboo reusable plates, see here.
 Let’s take a quick time out, to stare at these beauties from Christine Cater. She created a perfect girly table arrangement, but then she went ahead and gave the tv and fireplace a little makeover. Love Christine! You can do the same at home by gathering greenery from your backyard.
Ready. Set. Eat! (Vinyl sticker by The Roc Shop) I took the infamous Super Bowl essentials and gave them a modern twist for this girls only gala. Wine + Food pairing was a must for this day. A twist on the classic chips and dip was stuffed avocados with beet hummus, chickpeas, and balsamic glaze. To die for! Organicopa wowed us with one beautiful deconstructed cheese platter. Forget that bagged popcorn and kick it off with rosemary truffle popcorn. Fried chicken sliders with arugula and watermelon radishes and one delish citrus salad were here to win! Lastly, a glass of One Hope Wine to tickle your taste buds.
Hostess Tip + Wow Factor: When serving water, serve with grilled citrus. I promise you will not go back to natural citrus again. Simply just sit on your burner or broil in the oven. 
Happy Sunday Funday!
Sometimes, it just needs to be about the girls.
Check out the all girl power MVP roster:
Styling + Design
Invite + Name Cards + Menu
Cocktail Stirs, Wooden Cut-Out Rating Signs, Ready, Set, Eat! Vinyl Sticker on Table, Cocktail Acrylic Sign
Glassware, Napkins, Wooden Chargers, Serveware

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By on February 1, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, ENTERTAINING


Star Wars Sleepover

So… What’s going on with this California weather lately?!  It’s raining, like a lot, and I am not used to it!!  When you add kids to the rainy day equation there can be some major cabin fever!!  These Winter months can do that to us all, right?  So we looked into some ways to relieve that with an indoor playdate with Pottery Barn Kids, and we got to check it off from our Winter to do list!

This particular playdate turned into a fun Star Wars themed sleepover!!  If you have a little boy then you know, this is pretty much the ultimate idea.  Even if the guests don’t really “spend the night” it’s fun for them to pretend!  My husband, like any boy who grew up in the 70’s/80’s, loves Star Wars.  Therefore our son Court is already obsessed with it too.  Being a jedi is a real high priority in our house…

So excited to share all of the adorable Star Wars gear that Pottery Barn Kids has to offer!  This playdate is full of yummy treats, fun activities and lots of cute little jedis…  All photos by the Jedi Master Megan Welker.

This playdate is also featured on 100LayerCakelet and Pottery Barn Kids Blog today!

I always like to start any party I throw with the ultimate invite.  I mean, this is a Beijos playdate after all.    We can always count on Meghann Miniello to create some magic for us.  This theme was just so fun and these invites could work for any “space themed” party.  I’m really loving the metallic touch!!  So good, right?!

This sweet set up had all of our guests smiling!  Pottery Barn Kids has the cutest Star Wars themed sleeping bags that you can have monogrammed!  We had them set up for our little friends complete with Star Wars PJ’s to get cozy.  Lots of silver mylar balloons from North Star Balloons were tossed around the room for the boys to go crazy with as well!

Court loves his Chewie toy, and how clever is Meghann Miniello with her tags for each kiddo?!  I also love the font for the monogramming, very retro Star Wars!!

Han Yolo!!!!  This one has to be my favorite!!

The table looks out of this world, right?!  Meghann did these amazing space placemats and place cards.  Pottery Barn Kids has the best tabletop that we love for our little ones as well!  Then I scattered the table with custom confetti from The Confetti Bar… I mean, I scattered it all over really… And wait till you see the adorable chairs!!  They thought of everything over at PBK!

We had puzzles and coloring too!!

These boys seriously crack me up… Such goofballs!  They look so cute in their jammies and loved their new sleeping bags!  Popcorn is an essential at any sleep over, so we asked Meghann to make these amazing cones.  Popcorn it is!

Cheers Bro… That’s a serious cheers right there…

We asked Beverly’s Bakery to help us out with some desserts and they blew our minds!!  Apparently Star Wars brings out the creativity in us all!  Wait till you see the hand painted cookies, they are real art!  We called our dessert set up “The Dessert Side”, not to be confused with “The Dark Side” (unless you’re trying to lose some baby weight like me, waaa!)

You guys, the detail is AMAZING!!

I have to say these space themed cupcakes were my favorite!  And they were BEYOND yummy!

Ummm… Death Star cake pops?!  Yes please!

These crazies had so much fun!!  But really, they just couldn’t wait to get into those desserts, haha!

  It was such a fun day and so fun seeing these little guys so happy!  Gotta make some fun happen inside, even if they do tear up the house… And trust, they did, haha!  But these memories are definitely worth it!!  Shop the post below!



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By on January 31, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, CELEBRATIONS