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I’m Here for the Boo-ze – A Halloween Bar Set Up

How do you get ready for Halloween night?!  Costume, check!  Trick or Treat bag, check!  Candy, check!  But what about the boo-ze?!  Well if you’re entertaining this Halloween or just want a reason to deck out your bar, I’ve got you covered!  This year we are having a few friends over with their kiddos Halloween night and I’m so excited!  I thought to myself, what does a parent who has their kid hopped up on sugar need?!  Ansewer: A DRINK!  So decking out our bar was a necessity!

Photos by Lyndsey Yeomans

Let’s start with this amazing signage from The Roc Shop!  That girl is so darn creative, she always has great pieces for every occasion.  I knew she wouldn’t disappoint on Halloween either!  Plus, her cocktail stirrers are the cutest little detail for each guest’s glass.  I love having the little details for people, they never go unnoticed!

I know Halloween is all about the black and orange, but I steered a little away from too much orange for this.  Gotta do it the Beijos way of course!  The gorgeous floral arrangement is by Olive & Blooms – more to come on that beauty later!  But I love how she used such pretty Fall colors and foliage, plus a little peek of pampas grass.  Definitely a showstopper!

The talented Cindy from Blot & Dot took her turn at the pumpkins!  Her calligraphy and witty puns always make me smile.  You may remember our similar collaboration last year for this playdate.  The wire pumpkins were a Target find!  I try to steer clear of the cheesy Halloween decor, much to the dismay of my 3 year old, and these definitley made the cut!  I think they are pretty timeless, don’t you?!

The glassware is from The Little Market, one of our go to shops for anything home.  I saw their new black and white collection from Morocco and fell in love!  These have a little bit of Beetlejuice meets Boho going for them, no?  Just add some of The Roc Shop drink stirrers and you’re good to go!  These glasses are so pretty, they will definitely get used again!


Now, you can’t have a Boo-ze bar without the BOO-ZE!  This black Freixenet sparkling wine bottle caught my eye.  A black bottle on Halloween is so spot on!  Doesn’t get more festive than that!  Your guests will love how detailed you were, and they will obviously love you for serving them a drink!  So pop some bubbly and enjoy with your guests on the creepiest night of the year!

And, yes that’s a magnum, and yes we do plan on drinking that whole thing!
 
Cheers!

xx,

Jacquelyn

Shop my Target finds for making your bar stand out, plus those cute little pumpkins re in there too!

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By on October 11, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, ENTERTAINING, HALLOWEEN

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Create Your Own Paradise Breakfast

 


Now, what would tropical week over here at Beijos be without some yummy food? When I get to go on vacation. Pause. Sorry, I just sat here for what seemed like 10 minutes trying to figure out when the last time I went on vacation. Eeks! Looks like that is in order soon! But when I do, my souvenir is indulging in all the food I can get my hands on. So in the mean time, I whipped up a little tropical breakfast by the pool to crave my indulgences. Plus, it’s keeping summer going since I’m in full denial of fall approaching. 

Photos by Candiss Koenitzer


This little setup is perfect for brunch with your besties or just a Saturday morning with the fam. Create your own paradise instead of day dreaming about it, and you can do it in no time!

I’m letting you in an on a little sneak peek here guys! Check out the blanket… this guy will be a part of our collab with Gunn & Swain coming soon! 

When I had this idea to do a tropical breakfast, so many breakfast items came to mind. Do I go with the popular acai or dragon bowl? No, cause I kinda already did that last year with my tropical papaya bowls. Or what about tropical chia seed pudding that I have seen all over Pinterest? No… maybe I will try that another time. I wanted something with pancakes and fruit. I got it! Mini flat cakes it is! This is a take on all the pretty avocado toasts you see but with mini pancakes and tropical fruit. And of course, you always need a big platter of tropical fruit! 

I got a little tropical with my place setting with custom palm frond placemats by Meghann Miniello. Add your tropical playlist to the mix and you are ready to party in paradise but in the comfort of your own home! 

Let’s face it. The tropics can be in style all year long, you don’t need to wait till its warm outside to bring out some paradise. With summer ending, I’m actually wanting more tropical in my house to keep those vibes occurring all year long. Shop my favorites below!

Happy Friday!

xx

Abby

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By on September 1, 2017 in BRUNCH, EATS, ENTERTAINING, PICNIC, SUMMER, TABLESCAPES, Uncategorized

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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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xx
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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