Boozy Hot Cocoa for Santa

Twas the night before Christmas,
My house is a mess.

I have to baste the turkey,
My daughter just spilled on my new dress.

My Amazon order is delayed
oh the extra fast shipping, I should have paid!

Without a little extra help, I would be loco.
But, I am not… with my hot cocoa.

It’s the grown up’s kind,
there is a special kick,
It would suit anyone,
including St. Nick.

With a little whip cream,
a little garnish,
This day will not tarnish.

Pour a glass,
and if you’re kind,
leave some for Santa’s flask.

Jolly + Snowflake Stir Sticks by The Roc Shop

2 cups whole milk
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, good quality
1 teaspoon cornstarch (to make it nice and thick)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 ounces Frangelico, or hazelnut liquor, divided


In a medium saucepan combine the milk, chocolate, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture has thickened. Divide between two mugs and add 1 1/2 ounces of liquor to each mug.

Garnish: Before pouring mixture in cups, finely chop some chocolate and rim the glass with it. After pouring, top with whipped cream and marshmallows.

Merry Christmas Friends!



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Beijos And Friends Holiday Toy Drive

Hey guys, so Christmas is literally two days away!!  Are you as excited as we are??  Well the best part of the season for us is to give and we were extremely lucky to be a part of a great event last week that did just that!  It was dreamt up by the amazing gals from Smith and Junie Blog along with Cheri from the cutest children’s boutique down in Carlsbad, CA Ollie + Me.  These teams really know how to throw a party, I mean as soon as the start time passed people rushed the store to support the cause, which was so amazing to watch.  We were happy to help convert this pretty store front into a festive place where mamas could mingle and the littles could play.  Believe me when I say they had some fun choices like decorating cookies, making wreaths with the talents of Layered Vintage that would be donated to a local elderly home,  meeting and chatting it up with good ol’ St. Nick himself and scooting around on some Micro Kickboards.

All photos by Lindsey Marie Photography

We had to have the Land of Nod x Meri Meri Collab plates and napkins again since they are so cute for the holidays…  They are just too playful and fun.  I would link them but they are all sold out on the web.  If you are dying to have them your local Land of Nod may have some stashed away.

Here’s a start of the pretty flowers by Layered Vintage and signage by Little Print Design

Our pretty little snack table made up of some yummy cheese, crackers, donuts and Champagne of course!!

We absolutely love this backdrop by Drop it Modern, I mean we would marry it!!  Haha, it’s just so beautiful and it went so well with the party.  Jill added some pretty little wreaths to hang against it and it instantly became festive!!

More pretty florals…


Bring on the cookie making!!

These wreaths were seriously the cutest.  Jill and her team did such a good job!! Here are all the fixins…

And the master herself at work…

Annnnddd here comes the guest of honor!! Santa Claus!!

At first he’s ok with the idea…

Then not so much!!  These pics are seriously the best when they are crying…

Cheers Mamas!!

Thank you Micro Kickboards for all the scooting fun!!

Here’s a little bit from the sweetest Krystin and Jo from Smith and Junie…

We really wanted to give back this holiday season, and we wanted to start instilling a holiday tradition with our kids that focused on doing something for others. That’s when, together with our sweet friend Cheri of Ollie and Me came up with the idea to host a toy drive and fun Christmas party that kids would actually want to be involved in. Activities included making wreath bundles with Layered Vintage Florals to be donated to a local elderly home, scooter racing with micro kick boards, and a meet and greet with Santa himself. Our wonderful friends from Beijos Events made the party look gorgeous, Little Print Design hand lettered all our signs and invites, and The girls from Layered Vintage decked the whole place out in holiday florals! To encourage others to donate we auctioned off great prizes from Solly baby wrap, Petunia Picklebottom, Micro Scooters, and a local day spa…and man, did it work! We unloaded a carful of toys to the San Diego Salvation Army and made people’s day by hand delivering the wreath bundles that little hands personally created and decorated. We couldn’t have asked for more out of this event and were so glad that we could play a small part in this wonderful season of giving. 
Krystin and Jo 
This wreath on the door was to die for…. I wanted to take it home!!
Thank you to these wonderful ladies for putting on such a awesome event and reminding us all what the season is all about!!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Xx Leah
Styled by: Beijos Events @beijosevents
Photos by: Lindsey Marie Photography @lindsmariephoto
Event Owner: Smith and Junie @smithandjunie
Venue: Ollie and Me @ollie_and_me
Florals & Wreath Makers:  Layered Vintage @layeredvintage
Scooters: Micro Kickboard @microkickboard
Signage:  Little Print Design @littleprintdesign

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Styling your Home with Flowers for the Holidays

Christmas is this weekend and I want to make sure my homes (and yours!) is ready for all of the festivities!!  This year I’m styling my home with flowers for the holidays and teaching you how as well!  We often use flowers in events, it really is the easiest and prettiest way to beautify a space or setting.  What better way to make your home look amazing for the holidays than that?!  And I’m not just talking about your basic poinsettias people, I Beijo-fied these arrangements with the help of Honey Comb Affair.  I also threw in some fun LH Calligraphy goodies that are must haves any time of year!  Keep reading to see all of the pretty!

Photos by Megan Welker

The first place I floralized is the fireplace!  Now this is the focal point of the home, especially over the holidays.  I used this print from LH Calligraphy and framed it to add some merry cheer.  When thinking about the flowers I knew I didn’t want your basic Christmas florals.  I definitely wanted to think outside the box with a more bohemian feel, I sent Christy from Honey Comb Affair inspiration photos and she nailed it!!  Isn’t it refreshing to see something pretty and alive in your home like these gorgeous blooms?  Especially somewhere unexpected like the fireplace!

Here’s a little bit from Christy of Honey Comb Affair

“It was a fresh new twist on the Christmas color and texture, especially when it came to the greenery.
Instead of the standard winter greens, I used different varieties of eucalyptus, pods and birch twigs. The Flowers included red charm peonies, burgundy scabiosa, Amaranthus, and the protea flower for the ultimate boho feel. “

Next stop on our floral tour… The bar cart!!  Now, that’s my focal point, haha!  After being pregnant throughout the holidays last year you best believe I’m having some cocktails this year!  Having a little bit of a pop on your bar cart is important, it adds some color and looks pretty at the same time.  We love using loose blooms as well as arrangements when we style events, so take a couple and place them places in your home.  For the bar cart I placed some on a tray with glassware!  Add in some of our favorite One Hope Wine sparkly bottles and some LH Calligraphy accessories and you are good to go!

Loving the coasters and stir sticks for the holidays!!!

Last up, the coffee table!  Everyone gathers around this spot, so you better have it dressed up for the holiday season!  This is the no brainer of floralizing, the coffee table always needs some love…  Plus, they are pretty for you to have at home while you’re addressing all of those Christmas cards.  If you’re like me you are just getting them out this week, yikes!!  So when you’re feeling like you’re behind in the game it’s nice to have something pretty to look at!

Love these gorgeous cards!!

So there you have it, styling your home for the holidays has never been so easy!  Now go out there and have your home be the talk of the town this season!



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Holiday Tablescape with Pottery Barn

This week is all about hosting and styling our houses for Christmas. We 1st showed you how to throw the perfect cheese and wine happy hour with Williams-Sonoma, earlier this week. Tomorrow, we will show you how to style your house up with flowers. But today is a goodie! We have partnered up with Pottery Barn to create a festive tablescape for your holiday dinner. It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be hosting family and friends. We are showing you how easy it is to do! Let’s get started!

Every dinner party starts with an invitation. Tia Joy Kim created a vellum and olive green velvet invitation. It doesn’t get more festive and elegant than this. Your family and friends will know they are in for a treat just by receiving this.

Now, every table needs a beautiful and bountiful flower arrangement. Jen from Busy Bees Florals did just that with her version of a natural and delicate arrangement. We went for a look that didn’t scream Christmas, and we are in love with the results. The light pastel garden roses mixed with white cabbage leaves and greenery make a statement but in a delicate way. With the tablescape being made up of gold, olive greens, reds, and greens it makes the flowers pop and stands out from the rest. But they also don’t outshine the tablescape as well. If you are thinking to yourself, there is no way I can make that… then just simply use some greenery that you can find at your local flower mart to give height to your table. Also, add greenery around the arrangement on each side of the table.


Gathered Faux Fur Throw- Ivory Tipped

The place was setting, the most important element of the table. This is where your guest will ooh and aww. I fell in love with the Velvet Placemat in Sage Green. It brings out that festive look you need for the holidays, and a wonderful texture that I just love. Next, the festive Gigi Gold Rim Plate. This dinnerware set gives you a natural, organic feel with a touch of glamor with the gold rim. To match the gold detail, the Luna Brushed Gold Flatware set was placed on each side of the plate.

No holiday place setting isn’t complete without some jingle bells. We took the Antique Bell Ornament and set them at each place setting for our guest as a favor. Tia Joy Kim also did a name card that was beautifully calligraphed in olive green. As well as a special note to the guests letting them know how grateful we are to have them in our lives.

Adding rosemary, flowers, figs, and cranberries to the plates give a festive pop and color to the table.

Among the greenery on the table for added detail, we placed silver mercury glass ornaments. Adding embellishments like an ornament to a holiday table brings back happy memories of my childhood as my grandmother use to do this. By doing this, I know that my family will cherish that detail.

No holiday table is finished without glassware. To match the dinner plates, the Gold Rim stemless wine glasses were a must. We decided to shake things up and add a martini glass instead of a water goblet. I love the classic look of the Schott Zwiesel martini glass, and it adds height your place setting. I like the unexpected look of having the martini glass be the water goblet.

One Hope Wine for the win. Place multiple bottles around your table for guests to grab.

Bleecker Bar Martini Pitcher

Linen menu by Tia Joy Kim

I think a menu is a must when hosting family and friends. Once you see that menu, you can’t help but be so excited for what is to come. With this menu, I hope everyone wore their stretchy fat pants. You are in for a treat!

Organicopa made all this yummy food. Serve it up family style with the Gigi Gold Rim Platter. Add figs and pomegranates to give the platter some color.

Run on out to Pottery Barn and create this festive look for your family and friends!

Cheers to a Merry Christmas!


Styling: Beijos Events
Photography: Julie Cahill
Flowers: Busy Bees Floral
Paper Goods: Tia Joy Kim
Tableware: Pottery Barn
Food: Organicopa









































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Creating the perfect happy hour with Williams Sonoma

Christmas is literally around the corner. Bring on all the holiday get-togethers with family and friends! Is it just me or is every weekend in December filled to the brim with festive functions? Can’t complain whatsoever, but it sure does make December blow by. Being a party planner myself, you could guess I love any excuse and any holiday to throw a little get together. Yes, I do! And Christmas, well that is just the biggest event of the whole year! With the hustle of the time of the year, I like to go a little low key and throw a wine and cheese gathering for close pals. There are four essential components to throwing the perfect cheese + wine gathering. With the help from some of our favorite friends, we are sharing our tips and tricks on how to produce the perfect cheese + wine gathering this holiday season.

Festive Tabletop

Well, you need something to put all the yummy goodies on. We teamed up with our favorite home store, Williams-Sonoma to create this festive tabletop. We placed our charcuterie yummies on the Marble + Wood Cheese boards. I just love the combination of the natural wood mixed with the white marble to create an elegant, low-key vibe to the table. I like to mix natural elements with a touch of elegance for the holidays. These vintage etched tumblers were the perfect pop of beauty for the party. When you add wine to these beauties, the etched flowers just pop! So pretty!  Marble was a key theme throughout this setup, from the cheese boards to the napkin rings and coasters. My favorite bone handled cheese knives were the last touch to this natural tablescape.

Ribbed Marble Salt Celler with Spoon

Cheese + Wine

 Now that you have the perfect setup complete with boards, cheese knives, glassware, napkins, and coasters you will need to create that perfect cheese platter accompanied with wine. Molly from Organicopa lets us in on how she does it! And the best part it’s not hard at all! Who doesn’t love a killer cheese plate? In culinary school, I learned that you need to have a hard cheese, soft cheeses, semi-soft cheeses, and blues. I don’t follow that when making a cheese platter. I go to my local cheesemonger, and my favorite happens to be at whole foods. I asked them what newest and best cheeses are. I prefer unpasteurized soft rind cheeses. Salty, creamy, rich and fatty. I love goat cheeses of all kinds and the more they fall off the rind, the better.

For this cheese board, I stuck with my go-to favs. Truffle Tremor, brillatt (a triple cream Brie cheese. It’s saltier and creamier than regular Brie) and a St Agur blue, which is also- softer and smoother. I love sweet with salty which is why I always serve cheese with local honey. This honey was unique because it came straight from my bee whisperer and had a super molasses undertone. It was a perfect marriage to my cheese delights. I also love briny olives and candied spiced nuts to serve with cheese for layered texture and flavor.

Don’t worry about doing this proper. Do what makes your mouth water. Choose cheeses that you enjoy. Not just the ones you were “told” make the perfect board. It’s all based on flavor profiles and preference. I just happen to love soft ripe, stinky cheese- but you may like super salty dry aged cheddar. Go with what you enjoy and most importantly, enjoy it with a glass of wine.
Now for the wine pairing! We went to the experts, One Hope Wine to help us with the pairing.

Truffle Tremor and ONEHOPE’s Reserve Pinot Noir are a match made in heaven.  The truffles in this creamy cheese demand a red wine, but its buttery, brie-like consistency call for something light.  A Pinot Noir is the perfect balance of both, and the oak notes on this Pinot will pair wonderfully with the light truffle notes in this cheese.

Pair the brillatt with Sparkling Brut. This rich, creamy and silky smooth cheese is balanced out by the hint of sweetness and bubbles in this sparkling wine.
Pair this delicious blue with ONEHOPE’s Reserve Cabernet.  The bold fruit and spice profile of this wine stands up to the earthiness of a mild blue, giving your palette the perfect balance of dark fruit and slightly salty, savory cheese.


No gathering can be without a stunning flower arrangement.

Go big or go home I say! Jennifer from Busy Bees Florals did just that! She went for natural darker tones to flow with the marble and wood tones. She used a mix of succulent, kale, cappuccino rose, spray roses, chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, ranunculus, greenery-blue acacia, and eucalyptus. I’m so in love with the Cappuccino roses! No one says you have to have red, white, and green for a Christmas gathering. Be different, and have fun with it!

Lastly, glitter some holiday fun into the mix. We went with a classic black invite for this get-together. What more do you need to read then let’s get tipsy and toasty? I’m there! Meghann Miniello created some fun holiday sayings that we set amid the cheese platters. Lastly, she designed personalized ornaments for each place setting and a fun favor to take home.

Tips and tricks

Have a good time!

Plan your menu ahead of time

The morning of or night before set out your tablescape, so you just have to lay out the food and drinks right before guests arrive.

Don’t be a Scrooge! If you’re stressed, have a glass of wine and turn up that Christmas playlist.

Now, I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like wine or champagne, but always good to have some soft drinks, beer, and of course water on hand.

Thank you to all the wonderful vendors!

Styling: Beijos Events
Tableware: Williams-Sonoma
Food: Organicopa
Wine: One Hope Wine
Florals: Busy Bees Floral
Photography: Julie Cahill
Signage/Invite: Meghann Miniello 



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