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Father’s Day Tablescape + Dinner Menu

Being an event planner, my mind is always scheming up ideas for any sort of function I may have. Father’s Day is no exception! It might be one of my favorite holidays to plan for. I love making this day special for my husband. He is a very simple guy who never asks for anything, so I like to do a little extra to make sure he knows how much we love him. We send him off golfing in the morning, which also allows me to go shopping and set up our dinner. The kids love to get involved, so I have them make cards for him which will go on his place setting. They are so proud of their hard work, it’s the cutest thing. I worked with my favorite Chef Molly from Organicopa to get create this full course menu that any dad will love. My husband is a big lamb guy so we included that! She was generous enough to let me share the recipe for you guys to make too! All this yummy food, displayed on a cool casual monochromatic table setting. Add in the DIY that we did last week, and you just gained some major wife points!

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I just love this table setting. Not only does it have a masculine vibe to it, but it also has a cool casual California style that can be used at any function. My favorite item out of all of this is definitely those ceramic plates.  A life goal for those to be my everyday plates. Till then, they are fun ones to bring out for a little dinner party action. Let’s not get started on that matte gunmetal flatware, so so good! This time around, I did stemless wine glasses and beer goblets instead of the typical wine, water, and tumbler combination. This table setting will make any food look 5 stars, but I got you covered there too.

Father’s Day Menu

Appetizers
Humboldt fog fondue with savory dippers: heirloom baby carrots, steamed asparagus, apple, garlic rubbed crostini
Fillet of beef on garlic rubbed crostini with caramelized onion, point Reyes blue cheese and balsamic reduction
Watermelon Martini: cubed watermelon, lime juice, mint and feta in a martini glass

Salads
Summer asparagus, sweet pea and feta salad with lemon dijon vinaigrette
Grilled sweet corn salad with ancho aioli, queso fresco, lime and cilantro Heirloom tomato and wild arugula salad with honey-lime vinaigrette and candied pistachio

Main
Tuscan lemon marinated lamb lollipops with sweet potato puree and black cherry cabernet reduction
Marinated grass fed rib eye with shaft blue cheese compound butter, grilled tomato and asparagus, twice baked potato and garlic rubbed crostini

Cocktails
Georgia on my mind: bourbon, peach ale, peach liquor and mint with lemon juice Spice and Ice: tequila, mango puree, lime juice, ginger-habanero syrup

As promised…

Tuscan Marinated Lamb Lollipops with Sweet Potato Puree and Blackberry Cabernet Reduction

Ingredients

 10-15 large garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves
1⁄4 cup fresh thyme leaves
1 cup lemon juice or white wine vinegar
Coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 rack of lamb cut into 8 lamb chops, about 3/4-inch thick

Directions

In a food processor fitted with a metal blade add the garlic, rosemary, thyme, lemon or vinegar, and salt. Pulse until combined. Pour in olive oil and pulse into a puree. Pour the puree on both sides of the lamb chops and let them marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator, but preferably longer. Remove from refrigerator and allow the chops to come to room temperature; it will take about 20 minutes. Heat a grill pan over high heat until almost smoking, add the chops and sear for about 2 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 3 minutes for medium-rare and 3 1/2 minutes for medium.

Sweet Potato Puree

3 pounds whole sweet potatoes, peeled
1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup cream
1 cup cream cheese
6 tablespoons butter

Directions

Boil sweet potatoes in salted water until fork tender and mushy, about 20 min. Puree with salt and pepper in a food processor. With motor running, gradually add milk and cream cheese through feeder tube, then butter. Process until silken. (Can make up to 2 days ahead; store in an airtight container.) Reheat and serve.

Blackberry Cabernet Reduction

Ingredients

2 shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
2 teaspoons rosemary, chopped
2 teaspoons thyme, chopped, divided
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1 1/3 cups unsalted beef stock
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup blackberry preserves
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Chop shallots, chives, rosemary, and thyme finely. Preheat medium saucepan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place 1 tablespoon oil, shallots, rosemary, and 1 teaspoon thyme in pan; cook 2–3 minutes or until shallots are soft, stirring constantly. Stir in Cabernet, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of pan; cook 3–5 minutes or until wine is reduced by half. Stir in stock, blackberries, and preserves; mash berries with back of a spoon. Simmer 8–10 minutes or until thickened. Cover and keep warm.

Assembly of Dish

Find a martini glass without a stem, so it’s more stable. Take 1⁄2 cup of sweet potato and put it in the bottom of the glass  Add 2 lamb lollipops to each martini glass. Drizzle lollipops with sauce and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon thyme and chives; serve.

 

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Abby

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By on June 12, 2017 in EATS, ENTERTAINING, FATHER’S DAY

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A picnic for Mother’s Day

When I think of celebrating Mother’s Day, I think of brunch. Since my kids were little, my husband has always made it extra special in the morning with either going out to brunch where we got married in Santa Cruz or having breakfast in our backyard. But just like any other holiday you will be fighting crowds in a restaurant or an afternoon of cleaning up at home. Sorry excuse me, the males will be spending their afternoon cleaning up while you make sure they don’t miss any spots from your comfy couch.

Instead, head out into the spring sunshine for a quiet picnic brunch with the people you love. I love this idea of doing a picnic at your local park, I’m not sure why this idea hasn’t popped into my head before. Tons of room for the kids to run while Mom and Dad hang back and watch from afar while sipping on my champagne and yummy nibbles. Sounds like a perfect Mother’s day to me! Now, if I were you I would leave this page open on your computer and direct your hubby or loved one towards all the pretty, so they get that subtle hint of what Sunday should consist of. If they don’t catch on, don’t be upset… they probably won’t… just do what I would. Pack up all the stuff, write up that grocery list, and put it right next to the front door. 

Photos by Erin Milnik

What about throwing a little Mother’s Day brunch bash for just your girlfriends and you? Could you get that many mamas out of the house at the same time? That always seems to be the issue with my besties. A laid back and most importantly quiet morning with your favorite ladies celebrating you! Go ahead and Spoil Yo Self!

 

 I’m currently obsessed with layering vintage rugs any chance that I can get. Secondly, anything rattan! Lauren, the babe behind Cultivate Rentals based out of Santa Cruz, made all my rug + rattan dreams come true with her goodies. I might not give them back to her. Sorry, Lauren! Alongside, she had dreamy leather poufs and sheepskin to add more layer. This was one dreamy setting to add my favorite Little Market items too. 

White + Gold Flatware | Dusty Pink Plates

This picnic was all about relaxing and spoiling yourself. I took The Little Market’s Rose Soaking Salt and placed a little pile on each plate for the guest’s name to sit on. Each guest went home with their own bottle, can’t let the day go away without a relaxing bath! 

Napkins | Placemats | Wooden Chargers

This arrangement from Busy Bee Florals is gorgeous! Those claire delune peonies mixed in with those dusty rose pink roses… I could just stare all day. Sitting on a pretty rattan tray on top of layered vintage rugs really make those colors pop! 

 


Pillows and extra blankets are a must for picnics. Toss them around your eating area for your guests to lounge and relax on. Have you seen Little Market’s new pillows? Check them out here. There are some great neutral and colorful patterns you can mix into your home. Don’t forget your Gunn Swain Blankets too! Right now, they are having a sale! Buy one blanket and get the other half off! What a deal! 





Our pal, the one and the only mama of the year, Meghann Miniello created these fun triangle acrylics for each guest’s place setting. You know what I love about acrylic, is you can write on it and then wash it off after and reuse for another event. Create timeless shapes and colors and keep on hand for any type of holiday or even when you are just having some pals over. A fun detail touch that will certainly go far in your guest’s eyes.  


One dreamy picnic that any Mother would want to join! So who is with me and doing this Sunday morning?!?

Special thanks to all these beautiful ladies!

Vendors:

Styling + Design: Beijos Events
Photography: Erin Milnik
Flowers: Busy Bee Florals 
Rugs, Poufs, Pink Glassware: Cultivate Instagram- @cultivaterentals
Wooden Chargers, Clear Floral Glassware, Textiles, Box, and Bath Salts: The Little Market

xx

Abby 

 

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By on May 10, 2017 in BRUNCH, ENTERTAINING, MOTHER’S DAY, TABLESCAPES

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Beijos Best

Happy Sunday! I thought this would be the perfect chance to chat decor for the best and most celebrated holiday… Mothers Day! YAY! Mother’s Day is always a big holiday in my family. With it right next to my birthday, May 11, my sisters birthday, May 10, and lastly my grandma’s birthday May 15th, we do a big celebration each year. When I was little, my world would be upside down when I had to share my birthday with other people. How dare my sister be born the day before! Now, as a mom myself, I love when the whole family gets together. Our little celebration party will usually take place as my aunts by the pool, where if we are lucky the weather will be nice for all the little ones to swim. This year, I wanted to help out with table decor. Any sort of event with several people, you don’t want to break the bank. I found some great affordable items from my favorite Target and my Best Friend, Amazon. So, ladies and even you gentlemen take note. Surprise mom with a pretty in pink table that will put even a bigger smile on her face for Mother’s Day.

Let’s start with the everyday basics that build any tablescape. I like to have some white plates, fun flatware, and colored glassware around the house to build a table setting for any occasion. When I saw these Dwell Modern Studio Stoneware Glazed Plates from Target, I had to buy them! Add to cart, yes please! Pretty amazing plates! I’m buying a couple of sets at a time currently to act as my everyday plates. If I were you, I would get these babies before I take them all! I also have these dusty rose ceramic plates that I got from Urban Outfitters that I will be putting on top of the white plate. It is always fun to layer your plates.  Any entertainer should have a classic champagne coupe in their collection, and I found these pretty ladies on Amazon, see them here. Since it will be brunch, I love these peach juice tumblers  to add to the table for juice. Add texture with a fringe placemat, and what I love about this one is that I can use these every day as well. Always a winner in my book when I can reuse my table setting items. Pop in some color and pattern with Threshold’s Pink Medallion Napkin. Love fun napkin holders? You will love this braided jute one. It reminds me of my macrame weavings; I love adding a little boho touch. Lastly, my favorite the new flatware I’m obsessed with. This modern white and gold flatware I got on Amazon, and it was one of the best purchases! A little pricey, but so worth it! 

As you can see, all these items you can totally use again and for any occasion. I always say when you purchase items like these, try to think of at least three different ways or occasions you can use them for. If you can, then it warrants its purchase right?! 

Now let’s talk flowers. Any Mother’s Day table needs pretty flowers in the middle. I love this DIY flower arrangement recipe from The House that Lars Built. I think it’s always a special touch when you do the flowers yourself, put some love and pride into making this table special for the mama in your life.

Some fun inspiration for next Sunday if you ask me! This will surely put a smile on your favorite Mama! 

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I added a couple more goodies that I love as well!

xx

Abby

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By on May 7, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, ENTERTAINING, MOTHER’S DAY, TABLESCAPES

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Hosting a Bright & Fun Bagel Brunch

We’re just over here living Spring to it’s fullest guys!  Remember our Spring list we are working on?  Well today I am checking off hosting a bright & fun brunch… with bagels!!!  I love any reason to entertain and with Spring in the air, that’s as good a reason as any.  And well, when you add in bagels, it’s all pretty good to me!!  I had so much fun teaming up with some amazing vendors to create this spread, and seriously wait till you see the spread of all the food!!!  These are the kind of shoots I will never say no to!  This shoot is also on Inspired By This today!!

My talented friend Kayla Adams (who is in Bali right now, and I’m SO jealous) let us use her beautiful home to shoot in.  She did all of the photography and the graphics/paper goods.  This girl is beyond talented!!  But first, let’s just start with her gorgeous kitchen that she let us invade… 

Photos by Kayla Adams

Love an invite that’s straight to the point.  Also love stuffing our faces and eating like we mean it, duh!  FYI, we take brunching really seriously…

But seriously, how amazing is Kayla’s home you guys?!  Love it, I’ll host a brunch here any time!  It was made extra pretty with florals by Rekindle Creative, I love the bright Spring poppies that add a pop to the table.

Another thing I love, a table that has food on it!  What can I say, I’m easy to please!  Something nice about having some of the food on the table is it makes things more communal  I love the idea of a table full of people talking and sharing food and just enjoying themselves.  The beautiful glassware is from our friend Lisa who owns Boheme Rentals and the plates are from Bash Party Goods.  I love the fun prints from Bash and the fact that they are paper and easy to clean, I would definitely say yes to that!

Here are some of our tips to hosting a Spring brunch…

1. Play with color – It’s Spring, flowers are blooming and color is bursting everywhere!  This is the time to have fun and get creative with color.  Forget neutrals, you can play with pops of color from the table to the flowers or even the food and drinks!
 
2. Use fresh seasonal ingredients – One of our favorite things about cooking during Spring and Summer are all of the delicious fruits and veggies that are in season.  Cooking for guests this time of year can be fun and festive by visiting your local Farmer’s Market to get inspiration.  Plus, guests will love the idea and appreciate the color and freshness of what you serve.
 
3. Bring in the outside – Like we said, the flowers are blooming and some of our favorites do so during Spring.  Especially with the super bloom happening right now in California, there are so many flowers right outside your door!  Make beautiful arrangements with seasonal florals, it doesn’t matter if you buy them at the store or pick them outside, just adding color and life to your table makes a statement.

How fun and easy is that place setting… And all that yummy food is just a short reach away….  More on all of that delicious food from Colette’s Catering if you scroll down a bit!

All the pretty flowers and all the pretty glassware…  Give them to me forever and ever!  Thank you Rekindle Creative and Boheme Rentals for bringing the pretty!!

So, about that spread…. Colette’s Catering really brought it you guys, this is real life!!!  I think my jaw actually hit the floor when I saw all of this yumminess!  And yes, that is bacon right there on the top, yup….

We asked Colette’s to do some delicious bagels for this brunch and they again, did not disappoint…

Lucky you they even included some of the recipes for these bad boys… You can thank us later ;)

Nueske Bacon

Bacon with maple syrup, chopped toasted pecans, black pepper / made in oven

Add onto bagel over a thin layer of whipped cream cheese

Under Pressure Bagel

1 Sous Vide egg cooked at 75 C for 15 minutes 

Add spinach, fresh cracked pepper, sliced heirloom tomatoes and prosciutto over a thin layer of fresh whipped cream

Beet Hummus

Hummus Ingredients – roasted beets , chick peas, cream cheese, salt, pepper, lemon, tahini and garlic… Puree in blender… 

Add roasted beets & strawberries as a topping 

Last but not least, you’ve gotta have some cocktails!!!  Colette’s did it again with these tasty treats, and I love how Kayla spiced it up with the signage!!
 
Now you have no reason to NOT host your own vibrant and colorful Spring brunch!!  So go get your hosting pants on and don’t forget to share your work by tagging #beijosspringtodolist or #beijosdoesspring!
Happy Brunching!!
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Jacquelyn

 

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By on April 27, 2017 in BRUNCH, EATS, ENTERTAINING, RECIPES, SPRING

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How to Host an Outdoor Easter Brunch

With Easter just in a couple of days, I bet you need some help with your Easter table setting? If weather permits, an outdoor Easter brunch is a must! Easter is a holiday that I love to host for the family. It’s spring which means all the beautiful pastel flowers are in bloom, and your tablescape is going to be filled with lots of bright, colorful spring beauty. Today, I’m sharing with you tips and tricks on how to throw an outdoor brunch that won’t leave you questioning why you decided to host this year. I love hosting brunches because it allows time before guests coming, and once everyone has left you still have part of your day to enjoy with your little ones. We have partnered with Pottery Barn and a couple of our favorite vendors to create the perfect outdoor Easter table. And the best part is that you can do this yourself! So cmon, and let’s have some fun!

Photos by Erin Milink 

This brunch beauty is also being featured on Inspired by This today! Check it out, here.

Tip: To throw a perfect Easter brunch that your guests will love, it’s all about planning ahead. This is the most important thing! If you plan ahead, everything will be a breeze. Create your menu and guest list. I always find out from family members what time will work for them. Easter is one of those holidays where people are busy throughout the whole day. I love brunch cause it gives you time before family members arrive, and you will still have part of your Sunday after. Prep your food the night before, so all you have to do is garnish and set out before your guests arrive. The same goes with your tablescape. This will leave you time in the morning with your family to enjoy Easter baskets with the kids.

Creating a tablescape can be daunting for some people, in particular for a holiday occasion. You feel the need to go out and get all new things to wow your guest. But you don’t have to! Pottery Barn has beautiful everyday items that you can use for your festive decor. When adding festive decor to your table, you want to be limited on the amount. I know it’s exciting and everything is super cute but too much of a good thing and it can start to look crowded. You want pops of Easter throughout the table. I used The Emma Egg Cup which comes in a mixed set of seasonal pastel colors at each place setting. I placed fresh farmers market eggs into each cup. Another easter element among this pretty table is the pierced ceramic egg that was placed right beside the floral arrangement. 

Idea: A cute idea for your eggs is for you to write your guests name on each one for their place setting. A custom touch your guests will love. 

For the place setting itself, I went with natural colors so I can bring in the pops of pastel in the textiles and glassware. I fell in love with the plum tumbler that was accompanied with a white and red wine glass. It is sadly sold out, but you can add a pop of color with the outdoor Fresca Acrylic Drinkware. I love the Montego red wine glass cause you can either use of course for wine or even for water or juice. My everyday Au Naturale Stoneware plates set on top of a galvanized metal charger which the metal reminds me of summer days outside. For Easter, you have to have a pretty blush textile in the mix. I tied the napkin in a knot to add another fun element to the table setting. Gold flatware to top it off!

Tip: Have fun with your flatware placement, get creative and place it in new places. Placement of flatware and new ways of folding or placing napkins bring your guest’s attention to the table. People love to see things done differently, its refreshing and fun. Meghann Miniello created a simple yet elegant menu on vellum that was seated on top of the salad plate. She also created matching name cards and invite. I love for guests to know what they are having. If your table allows, serve family style. It’s an imitate way of spending more time with your family and enjoying each other instead of having people constantly be getting up and down from the table to get more food. As well, throw a couple bottles of your favorite wine on top of the table.

Now, one of the most important parts of the table. The flowers! This is where all your spring and pastel dreams come true. Have fun with it! Natasha Kolenko created a beautiful spring arrangement that consisted of out of this world huge ranunculus, poppies, fragrant pink jasmine, and mint. Nothing better than having an arrangement that smells as good as it looks. 

Last but not least the food! I created a spring filled menu that I think my guests will love. Nothing is more spring then a citrus salad, deviled eggs, baked eggs and arugula, and an amazing panna cotta that is out of this world. We will be sharing all these recipes with you! If you haven’t seen, here is the recipe for the egg dish. So yummy!

Tip: Premake all your food ahead of time. I created a spring menu that would allow me to prep the night before. All I had to do was garnish and prepare the baked eggs. 

Idea: Use the Montero red wine glass as a parfait glass and place among your glassware. Unique and unexpected detail.

Idea: If you place your table in back of a wall, adorn it with trailing pink jasmine to add another layer of decor to your setting. 

 

Hosting should be fun! I hope this gave some beautiful inspiration for your Easter Sunday! 

Vendors:

Design + Styling: BEIJOS EVENTS
Tabletop: POTTERY BARN
Photography: ERIN MILNIK
Location: TESTAROSSA WINERY
Flowers Design: NATASHA KOLENKO
Flowers: TORCHIO NURSERY
Paper Goods: MEGHANN MINIELLO
Food: ORGANICOPIA
Wine: ONE HOPE WINE

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Abby

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By on April 12, 2017 in BEIJOS TIPS, BRUNCH, EASTER, ENTERTAINING, FOOD, TABLESCAPES

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