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Happy Memorial Day! 

What is everyone up to today? Surely, it’s filled with lots of bbq action, fun in the sun, and maybe a drink or two. We celebrated yesterday, and get to sit in the car for three hours driving back to my parent’s house. Whoo hoo! The hubby always drives, so I gotta keep myself entertained while riding shotgun. I’m reasonably the worst person to sit next to as I’m always on my phone, which you can trust that I’m online shopping or on Instagram. You guys do the same thing, correct? I know I’m not the only one. Best wife award of the year over here. This morning, I was gearing up for our week on the blog, and cactus’ were on my mind. We have a fun recipe for Friday, and it got me into a cactus state of mind. I found this adorable cactus plate online, and before you know.. I’m throwing myself a little cactus inspired brunch. Shop the post below to get a little touch of cactus love in your life!

 

 

I have had these pink + silver flatware in my Amazon wishlist forever. I haven’t found a good excuse to buy them yet, but this little mood board just landed them into my cart. Having different kinds of flatware; has become my new obsession. I love this vibe with the cactus plate that would sit on top or mixed with the ceramic barbara plate on top of a wooden charger. Add in some dusty rose colored fringed napkins, and heart eyes all around. Those wooden chargers are such a great deal as they are an add-on item, and are a multi-use item. And how cute is that geometric terrariumSuch a fun summer staple for your outdoor and even indoor decor. This tablescape has me itching for some summer fun. This tablescape would also be so cute for a bridal or baby shower too! 

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xx

Abby

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By on May 29, 2017 in BEIJOS BEST, TABLESCAPES

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Last Minute Tablescape Ideas for Your Memorial Day Gathering

Memorial Day is just in a couple of days… and are you looking for last minute ideas to set that perfect casual table? How do you have the time to go out and get all this decor? It’s simple… Amazon. I’m sure you have heard me talk about it several times, but it’s just so easy! Of course, you can go to your local target or party store, and I’m sure you can find a bounty of themed decor. Which is totally cool in my books, but I like to go the non-traditional themed route sometimes. Plus, it’s always an excuse to get more tablescape items. Which I’m totally guilty of! Amazon shopping has become my new routine late at night before I go to bed. They have so many fun things on there; it’s so hard to resist! Score some of these items just in time for Monday…

 

I’m all about this layered blue look. All the elements you can totally use again! I love the idea of layering a Turkish towel as a tablecloth. If you haven’t discovered Turkish towels, you really should incorporate them into your home. They are great pieces to have in your bathroom, outside for picnics, pool, beach and of course as dining decor options. And who can resist those fringe details? Layer two different blue plates like this

Layer two different blue plates like this blue dot plate and this speckled plate, it will add cool blue textures to your tablescape. I fell in love with this navy + gold flatware; it was a must for sure. Rounding out the rest of the table are classic wine glasses which everyone has, blue toned tumblers to keep with that blue look, and fringed cream napkins. In addition, check out some cool serving trays also that will fit right at home with this tablescape, here and here. I love adding an element like a wood tray to the table to break up all the blue. 

All these items you can for sure use again for holidays like Father’s Day and 4th of July, and just use as your everyday summer tablescape. It all can be mixed and matched with other colors as well; it makes it easy to hit that add to cart button. 

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Happy Memorial Day friends! 

Be safe and have fun! 

xx

Abby

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By on May 27, 2017 in TABLESCAPES

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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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Chicas de Mayo

Every year we style a Cinco de Mayo tablescape, and this year we did it again!  What can we say, it’s a holiday and we can’t help ourselves.  This week we’ve gone over style and food, now we have to add in the table of course!  The Otomi print was the main inspiration along with the perfect girl’s day out, what I like to call Chicas de Mayo!  

Lucky me got to shoot at the incredible Puesto in downtown San Diego, such a fun spot for Cinco de Mayo.  It’s the perfect spot to meet up with your girlfriends for some margaritas and delicious food!  Any chance I have to get out with my girlfriends, I jump at it!  It’s not often that we can all get our busy schedules together, it’s like finding a unicorn to make it work, but when we do it’s always amazing.  So for this shoot I knew I had to make it all about girlfriends and having fun with them for such a fun holiday.

Speaking of girlfriends, my friend Julia from San Diego Songbird and Gunn & Swain helped me plan this fun shoot and styled the wardrobe for our models.  Always fun collaborating with that babe!  Back to the Otomi…. I love that print and have been a fan of it since Leah’s wedding.  She got married in Cabo and had that print on her tables, so I will forever associate it with Mexico and how fun it is!

Let’s get started with the amazing photos by Amy Lynn Photography

Call me old fashioned, but I like to start these posts out with the invite.  This one is beyond gorgeous and I’m in love with all the color!  Taryn of Twinkle & Toast is one of the prettiest hand calligraphers I know, she designed this one.  It’s styled with the cutest Otomi cocktail stirrers and acrylic place cards by The Roc Shop, which you’ll see through-out the shoot.  These girls work so well together and everything they touch is magic!

There are so many things about this table that I love… The flowers by Wallflower Inspiration are beyond gorgeous, she had just the right amount of Mexican flair mixed with bohemian goodness.  The pops of color, the limes and those peonies are beyond amazing.  She even added little pots of succulents and brought some fun straw flowers for me to use, which I am now obsessed with!

Don’t you just love the way the Otomi is carried on with the place cards and the menu?  I’m so in love with them and would be so so happy to have a margarita at this place setting!!

Whenever I get ready for any gathering there are two online shops that I look to…  One is Gunn & Swain who has my favorite blankets and home goods.  I used their amazing Cocoa Beach blanket as a runner to anchor the table and their serape pillows.  I also love The Little Market, their amazing creamics, glassware and baskets are also a must have in my home.  They are great for entertaining and although they are printed, you can really make them work for any occasion!  We have used The Little Market for every Cinco de Mayo table we’ve designed and styled.  It’s really easy to see why when you see these images.

Again, these flowers!!!  Swoon….

Now let’s get this party started and get our lady friends involved!!  I love having shoots with people in them, especially FUN people like these gals!  Our beautiful models for this shoot were Bianca of Bink & Boo and Sunny & Cheer, Sam of Little Petunia Consulting, Merrill of The Melideos and Esther of Wallflower Inspiration (our lovely florist).

Julia of Song Bird San Diego styled the ladies in vintage dresses by Sunny & Cheer and the pink fiesta dress by Gunn & Swain.  All of the gorgeous jewelry is by Hand Meets Sky, are you as in love with that turquoise as I am?!  And the lovely Emily Holliday did the hair and makeup, making the ladies even prettier. 

I don’t know what I want more… The turquoise ring or the margarita!

How bout’ these cuties at the bar?!  Heeeeeeyyyyy….

You know who is always invited to our events and shoots?!  The little chicas… And Miss Perry is the ultimate cutie!

Here’s some of her and her Mama…

Now, like I said, I’m traditional so I like to end with dessert… I basically like to end every day with dessert so may as well end this post!  Hey There Cupcake is one of the best in desserts, they have so much creativity and everything tastes really amazing.  I told them about my Otomi print inspiration and what they did really blew me away.  I mean, look at this spread!!

The cake is beyond amazing, and I love the flowers that were added!

How cute are these little llama cookies?!  I mean the fringe…  I think they’re my favorite cookie I’ve ever seen!

It’s just so good!!!

Now, you know these babes had to enjoy those sweet treats!!

Especially little Perry, seriously love this cutie!!

Enjoy the rest of your week!!

Viva la Chicas de Mayo!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on May 3, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, CINCO DE MAYO, STYLED BY BEIJOS, STYLED SHOOTS, TABLESCAPES

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