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Beijos Cinco de Mayo for Two

We love any chance to dress up a table and make it look real pretty for you, and Cinco de Mayo is our favorite holiday to do just that- the Beijos way! We teamed up with some of our favorite vendors, The Little Market, Siestas for Fiestas, and Commerce Fine Goods to bring you a more imitate way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. As much as we love having our dear friends over to help us celebrate, sometimes a simple get together with another fun couple or just your special someone is just as fun.

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Stunning pictures by our gal Yasmin Sarai yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-17 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-20 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-25 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-23 No cocktail should be without a cocktail stir, its like being naked. Meghann made sure we were fully covered! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-32 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-28 Siestas for Fiestas have great textiles that are perfect for this boho fiesta. Bright colored blankets ,table runner, and napkins were right at home.  Accompanied by The Little Market glassware, and Commerce Fine Goods dinnerware you have yourself a perfect evening fiesta for two! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-30 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-34 Terra cotta is our new pal, we are currently obsessed with using it any chance we get. The combination of terra cotta and bright colors like yellows, oranges, and pinks is our jam lately. Meghann Miniello, made our terra cotta dreams come true with her signs. Let’s not forget her die cut wooden white floral chargers, and salud cocktail stirrs. See the terra cotta bar signs below, so good! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-58 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-56 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-55 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-46 Any holiday, any table, pretty much any reason…. you need flowers and lots of it we say! We had the pleasure of working with Allie from Bloomwell and Co. and boy did she capture the boho fiesta look we were going for. Love the kumquats and fresh herbs that were peaking out. yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-12 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-48 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-10 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-47 Umm… how cute are these flower details on the chairs. They add that perfect pop of color to a white chair. Love this idea! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-81 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-83 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-84 Now the nights can get a little chilly, and Siestas for Fiestas has you covered with their bright textile blankets. Put a couple on your chairs for yourself and your guests.

Lets check out the bar shall we?  yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-66 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-52 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-54 Fiesta like there is no mañana!

Terra cotta tiles done by Meghann Miniello yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-53 Us beijos ladies love a bowl full of flowers, something so pretty and happy about them. yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-65 Now no fiesta can start without cocktails and food, are you with us?! yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-69 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-70 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-78 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-71 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-91 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-73 yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-88 Our gal pal, Molly from Organicopa made the food just as pretty as the table! Food should look this pretty all the time. We have worked with Molly in some of our past parties, and she sure does keep our bellies happy!  Of course, we can’t forgot cocktails! We are crushing hard on guava and aloe vera margs. Yeah you heard it right, Aloe Vera Margaritas. Yummy! Ay! Ay! Ay! Ay!

Last week we showed you how to make these pretty aloe vera margs. yasminsarai_beijosevents_cincodemayo16-98

Aloe Vera Margaritas

Drink safe and fiesta on my friends!

xx

Abby

 

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By on May 4, 2016 in CINCO DE MAYO, ENTERTAINING, STYLED SHOOTS, TABLESCAPES

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Cinco de Mayo Cocktails + Appetizers

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, what is your night looking like? Having a little fiesta of your own? Beijos is here to the rescue if you are looking for some yummy cocktails and appetizers!

Don’t forget to check out our giveaway if you haven’t already, its a good one! Check it out here.

Photos by Yasmin Sarai

Well, for us there is one very important key ingredient for any good cinco de mayo or well…. pretty much any day after 5.

Margaritas!

Its quite the toss up between a good marg or a glass of vino for us beijos ladies. You definitely won’t see us turn one down. So when it comes to choosing the right one for Cinco de Mayo, well it was kinda tough. There is just so many to choose from. How do you decide!? Do you go classic with the Cadillac, shaken or on ice, salt or no salt?, or go fruity like a guava margarita? It’s just so hard! We did none of those, we went daring and tried out the aloe vera Margarita! Yes, aloe vera. Didn’t know that could go in a drink did ya?

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Well… this little guy is quite the healing elixir. Now, I will fully admit I picked this margarita cause well it looked good with the aloe sticking out of it. What can I say, I like a pretty cocktail. So I read up about it, and was surprised by its healing powers. Indulging in this marg will not only boost your immune system, it also cures an upset tummy, and has powerful calming effects as it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals that protect your digestive tract. And tequila also has the same effect, so really this is quite healthy for you! No brainer!

Ok blah blah, lets get to it already!

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Ingredients
2.5 ounces Aloe Vera Juice
2 ounces 100% Agave Tequila
1.5 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon honey syrup (see notes)
Salt, for rimming
Notes: Honey Syrup is equal parts honey and warm water. For one margarita you will want to do 1/2 tablespoon of both salt and warm water.
Instructions
In a cocktail shaker, combine aloe vera juice, tequila, lime juice, and honey. Shake! Shake! Shake! till you can’t shake no more!
Rim your glass with a lime wedge and dip into salt. Add ice.
Strain and Drink
 If you are looking for the prefect Margarita glass, we only turn to one place and that is the Little Market. I personally have these as my everyday glasses and love love love them!
To wow your guests, put in a medical grade aloe vera leaf. Remember to get most of the gel off. If you don’t you will have a gooey mess on the bottom of your glass.
Salud!
Salud Cocktail Stirs and Terra Cotta Signage by Meghann Miniello
Now a good cocktail needs a wing man. Our fav chef Molly from Organicopia made us some really yummy apps that pair perfectly with the aloe vera marg, and she is sharing her recipe with you today! I speak 1st hand that you will not be able to eat just one of these. I might have eaten all of them by myself.  And I would do it again too!
This lady never disappoints! If you are looking for a chef for your next party, couples dinner, a date night in, or just a tuesday night, have this lady on speed dial!

Grilled avocado with blood orange, pickled watermelon radish, served on multi­grain toast

Pickled Watermelon Radish:

2 watermelon radishes, peeled and sliced thin
2 tbls. Sugar
2 tbls. White wine vinegar
10 black WHOLE peppercorns
1 bay leaf
~ bring sugar, vinegar peppercorn and bay to a boil on stove top (very quick) Take off heat and pour over sliced radish. Let sit 30 min. Minimum and up to 3 hours (any longer and the watemelon radish will bleed and go limp)

Grilled Avocado:

Avocado, salt and pepper, oil and lemon
~ using an indoor grill pan, pre­heat on stove top until very hot and smoking. Using either a spray oil or grapeseed oil and a brush­ lightly coat the grill pan. Sear avocado 1 min. Per side until dark brown grill marks almost burn the flesh. Slice thin and squeeze lemon on top to prevent browning.
Blood orange: peel and slice 2 blood oranges into segments

Multi Grain Toast:

cut crusts off and cut into triangles. Toast either in oven at 300 or toaster until lightly golden.

To assemble:

take a piece of multi grain toast, top with avocado, 2 slices of radish and blood orange. Feel free to garnish with either the blood orange zest from the rind or garnish with arugula microgreens or a basil sprig


 

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Chili lime shrimp with citrus confit and avocado emulsion

Chili Lime Shrimp rub (makes 1 c. rub)

2 tbls chili powder
1 tbls garlic powder
1 tbls cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp WHITE pepper
1 tsp mexican oregano
1⁄2 tsp cinnamon

12 jumbo prawns, peeled and deveined
2 tbls. Grapeseed oil
3 limes
1 avocado
Salt and pepper

Shrimp:

combine the spice rub and lightly sprinkle shrimp with rub.

Pre­heat a sautee pan and add 2 tbls. Oil. Once it is hot and almost smoking, quickly sautee your shrimp until they curl and turn pink, about 1­2 min. Take off the heat and squeeze with the juice of 1 lime.

~ Avocado emulsion:

In a vita mix, puree 1 avocado and the juice of 2 limes with salt and pepper until it creates a smooth tart and zesty puree

~ To assemble:

using the back of a spoon, smear a spoonful of avocado on a plate. Hook 3 shrimp together and rest on top of avocado. Garnish with cilantro sprigs. Can be served warm or at room temp.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Eat and drink safe!

xx

Abby

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By on April 28, 2016 in CINCO DE MAYO, COCKTAILS, EATS, ENTERTAINING

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Cinco De Mayo Giveaway

We take this moment to interrupt all the Mother’s Day talk for a very special announcement…

Cinco De Mayo is next week, ay ay ay!!!!

We wanted to kick off one of our favorite festive holidays with a giveaway!!  We’re calling it our Cinco de Giveaway…  Are you guys tired of these yet??  Well please say no because we have a fun Mother’s Day giveaway next week too!!

This giveaway has you all ready for the party!!!  Check out the details below!!

Cinco de Giveaway!!!

Here are all the details on our vendor buddies we teamed up with…

Gunn & Swain is always our favorite so that’s where we will start!!  We are excited to show off our latest Beijos x Gunn & Swain collaboration with the Capitola blanket and the amazing serape pillow from Gunn & Swain as well!

meganwelker-cinco-21 meganwelker-cinco-20 Next up is our favorite The Little Market!!  We love this website so much that we turn to them for all of our entertaining needs, and they currently have some of the yummiest candles ever!!  For this giveaway we are doing their yummy lime and churro candles!!  2 each for a total of 4!!  Yowza!

meganwelker-cinco-24 We are pretty in love with this Daniella Manini print… May have to order one for my own casa!!  Loving the simplicity of the black and white, it would seriously look good anywhere in your home!

meganwelker-cinco-11 Now, if you want to add some more color to your life we absolutely adore LoveBirds LA!!
We each have our own Mexicana clutch and can’t get enough, it just had to be a part of this giveaway!

meganwelker-cinco-16 Now you have your clutch for the fun night out, what about some shoes?!  We are loving these hand crocheted pretties by Painted Bird, the colors are so fun and add a major pop to any outfit!

meganwelker-cinco-13 You’ve got your outfit pretty dialed in… What about the PERFECT t-shirt?!  We’ve got you covered with this Chaser tee!  It sums up Cinco de Mayo pretty perfectly…

meganwelker-cinco-10 Now, we couldn’t pass up on the perfect Cinco de Mayo catchphrase!!!  Twinkle & Toast nailed it with this custom sign that will be the cutest addition to your bar cart or party set up!!

meganwelker-cinco-7 Last, but certainly not least, it ain’t no Cinco de Mayo party without the TEQUILA!!!!  Our buddies at Libre Tequila hooked it up with this super yummy mint chocolate tequila!!

meganwelker-cinco-17 And there you have it!!!  We’ve got you all set for the funnest holiday of the year!!! Can’t wait to see who wins!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on April 27, 2016 in CINCO DE MAYO, GIVEAWAY

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