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


It’s a Shellabration – 5th Birthday Party

When I was asked to help design and plan Lucca Valentine’s fifth birthday I felt incredibly honored.  Lucca is the daughter of Tori Hendrix, my friend and fellow designer who passed away last year.  Tori was an inspiration to me in so many ways.  Quite a few of Tori’s friends came together to make this party happen and the outcome was beautiful.  And I’m not just talking about the party, it was also beautiful to see the community work together to create such magic for Miss Lucca.

Mermaids are one of Lucca’s favorite things right now so of course that had to be our theme.  This was also Lucca’s golden birthday, turning 5 on the 5th!  So we had to have tons of sparkle as well.  Our goal was to make Lucca happy and feel special but we also wanted to make Tori proud.  I truly think we accomplished both.  I’m so excited to share the pretty photos by Taryn Kent with you today.

This party was featured on 100LayerCakelet yesterday!

Let’s start with the perfect invite by Kelli Murray… We used her amazing mermaid art work through-out the party.  The lettering is by Type & Title

Love the table set up where we again used the mermaids for the placemats, and the gorgeous blooms through-out the party are by Bloom Babes.  The napkins are from Hostess Haven and if you look closely, each place setting had a shell with the kiddos name painted on it beautifully by Miss Multee.

The signage was done by Studio BDR and all of the puns on said signage?!  We have none other than Erica from 1011 Makeup to thank for those!!  The queen of puns :)

A must have for Tori’s daughter’s party?!  Glitter and confetti, because we know she wouldn’t have it any other way…  Thank you Confetti Bar for making the custom confetti magic happen!

Originally the party was supposed to take place outside at a favorite park of the Hendrix family.  But the week of a storm came through, and believe it or not, it rained in San Diego.  Go figure!  Lucky for us our friends at Moniker Warehouse let us hold the party there!  It ended up being perfect!

All of the amazing rentals are from Pow Wow Vintage Rentals… Their boho flair was just everything for this party.  My favorite piece?!  The insanely beautiful day bed that we used as the Mermaid Lounge.  We layered it with gorgeous pillows and the kids loved spending time with Ariel on it.  Another essential for the birthday girl, a real life Ariel :)


How incredible are these gold glitter mermaid tails that were made by Glitter Fox for each little girl at the party?!  Let’s just say they were DEFINITELY a hit!

Yummy food was served from Miho Catering, they never disappoint on the yummy factor!

We also had a “Mermade Up” station for the kids to get their hair and makeup done or some amazing face paint.

The super talented Jesi Haack created these adorable backdrops that were right on point with the party theme!!

The desserts were all from Sweet & Saucy Shop, and obviously we know how they do things… Nothing but the best every single time!  We also love the cake & cupcake toppers by our girl Nic, owner of The Roc Shop.

You guys, there are pearls in those oysters!!!!

Here are some more candids from the day… It was so special and so wonderful to see Lucca have such a happy day.

Ok, this little guy right here was GLUED to Ariel, and I mean totally, completely IN LOVE.  Seriously, the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while and I still smile just thinking about it.  Knox, you kill me!!

Major #squidgoals right there….

Happy Birthday Lucca!!!  Love you golden girl!



Thank you to ALL the amazing friends who made this day possible!!

Planning – Cassidy June
Design/Styling – Jacquelyn Kazas from Beijos Events
Photography – Taryn Kent
Venue – Moniker Warehouse
Florals – Bloom Babes
Rentals – Pow Wow Design
Food/Drinks – Miho Catering
Desserts & Cake Stands – Sweet & Saucy
Backdrops – Jesi Haack Design
Invite & Placemat Art – Kelli Murray
Invite Script – Type and Title
Sequin Mermaid Tails – Glitter Fox
Cake & Cupcake Toppers/Cocktail Stirrers – The Roc Shop
Shell Placecards – Miss Multee
Napkins/Flatware/Cups – Hostess Haven
Signage – Studio BDR
Confetti – The Confetti Bar
Blankets – Gunn & Swain
Ariel – Royal Entertainers

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By on January 24, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, CELEBRATIONS