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.


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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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Beijos Little Girl-Friendsgiving

Leading up to Thanksgiving, you find yourself giving a lot of thought of what you are thankful for. If you were to ask any female what they are thankful, pretty confident, the top three answers would be their close girlfriends. No matter what age you are, your girlfriends are some of the most vital people in your life. So this year, we threw our little ladies a girl-Friendsgiving complete with sweets and a perfectly styled fall tablescape with the help from our friends at Wild Child Party and Meghann Miniello. It doesn’t get much more adorable than this! Such a sweet tradition to start with your little ones. Plus, it made them feel so special and who wouldn’t be thrilled with all those treats at your fingertips! They had no problem indulging in all the sweets! Can you blame them?

Hey, big girls! Did you see our Friendsgiving too? Check it out here.

Photos by Julie Cahill Photography

Every gathering starts with an invitation. You remember when you were little, and would be so thrilled that you got something in the mail. YASSS! It was the highlight of the week! I just love the denim-inspired invite that our girlfriend, Meghann Miniello created.


1st thing on any little girl’s mind…. what am I going to wear? These little ladies came dressed to boho perfection in Little Baberham. If you haven’t, you MUST check out Little Baberham. I have become quite jealous of my daughter’s wardrobe with these beautiful pieces in it.

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I just can’t. Too cute!





Dylan loves to twirl in her Ariel Dress. I would too!


Oh, my fringe! This Aspen dress was made for Esme!



The perfect little scene for a girl-Friendsgiving. Make yourself comfy and cozy up with your besties with this little fall picnic. You can’t get more comfy and cozy for a fall picnic without the Abyss blanket from Gunn & Swain.

Wild Child Party has the cutest fall tabletop products this year. We are smitten over the rose gold platescups, and straws. Paired with the mini wooden cake stands that were a perfect holder for some yummy treats. They have the coolest kid tabletop essentials for any party you could imagine. With Christmas around the corner, you will be sure to find their holiday tableware on our tables. Check it out here, and get some fast! Still looking for some Thanksgiving decor, run into their store in Long Beach.








We were thankful for a lot this year!

Each little lady let us know what they are thankful for this year. We couldn’t wait to hear what they would say! Priceless and so sweet! Meghann Miniello created square wooden charges including what each little one is thankful for.

Meghann went one step further and created some fun fall acrylic leaves that were sprinkled along the tablescape, and also acted as name cards for our little ladies. Let’s not forget the gobble stir sticks for the little ones to feel like big girls!










Oh, Frankie James! The best little model for her mama’s fun signs!



A perfectly styled tabletop is not complete without our two favorite things: flowers and sweets. A girl’s best friend right?! Our friends over at Petite Petal created a perfect fall colored floral arrangement that made itself perfectly at home in between all those yummy treats.





I can give you one guess on how long it took those little hands to reach for that pumpkin pie slices and mini pies from Whole Foods.



It took about a whole 3 seconds until this cutie got a hold of that pumpkin pie.


Oh, my gourd! Just too much cuteness today!

 Let’s all be thankful for our close pals and give them an extra squeeze when you see them next!

Happy Thanksgiving!



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Beijos Friendsgiving

Fact of the matter is people that Thanksgiving is in a week!!  What are you all doing??  Whether you are going to someones home or hosting it we have some fun inspiration for you today. Which by the way is also featured on Inspired by This blog today too!! The collaborators on this one were amazing too!!  We always work with the best, most talented people and for that we are so Grateful!! The inspiration for this almost came out anti traditional when you see the colors, but it wasn’t on purpose. It came out just perfect for a feminine and playful friendsgiving. We are just always trying to bring in some new fresh ideas and looks for y’all!!  Hope you like…

All Photos by the lovely Megan Welker

We shot in the beautiful Woodshed Venue down in Vista.  This place is so stunning for events.


We loved this set of table and chairs, along with the side table dessert cart all by Witty Rentals.  The small circular table was fun and different with the wood top and brass bottom, which was perfect for the intimate setting we were trying to pull off.  And we had to add in these modern chairs with the white and wood mix.  It had the right fun and funky mix we were going for.


Now for these table details…first of all these flowers were kind of insane.  When we work with the bloom babes we are pretty much in awe of the beautiful creations they bring to the table every time!! The soft whites and pinks mixed with the foliage is just perfection!! And how cute are these little persimmons??



Next up is the the table top by our favorite store in the world Target!!  We went with the lighter charger adding some texture with the jute mixed in with some gold stitching in there making it fun and fancy.  A simple white plate is next, with a textured but muted yellow plate on top.  Accented of course with some gold flatware and a light pinky/orange napkin. Oh and we can’t forget the gold tumbler, we loved that little guy!!


Then we had Taryn of Twinkle and Toast pull off something really pretty. We went with a black to fully stand out on this table.  The traditional place cards and the fun little cards stating what we are thankful for off to the side of the plate.


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And this invite…so good!!

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Love, love, love!!

Now onto the sweets…Sweet and Saucy, yeah we know another heavy hitter!! Never disappoints…The beautiful arrangement and candles from Target add the perfect balance to this dessert display too.

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These pumpkin macarons!!  So yummy too.


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Now onto some more of my favorite images…

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meganwelker-october-67 And this pretty over head view…love how all the flowers pour onto the place settings.


Well, we hope we’ve given you some fun and different Thanksgiving inspiration today. Now hurry and get to work, you have a week to go!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Xx Leah

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Tailgate in Style

Fall…you are such a good time of year.  We’ve just come off our Summer high and get to experience the leaves changing, the air getting cooler, the holiday’s and oh yeah how could we possibly forget…football.  Hello?? Don’t know about you, but our husbands love it and we do to, maybe not as much as they do but we enjoy a good game and some partying surrounding the game if you know what I mean.  I grew up a UCLA fan because my dad is a complete fanatic.  So every fall we geared up for some Bruin football and a super fun tailgate before the games. For the last game of the year, which was usually when they played USC, my parents would buy hundreds of tickets and invite all of their friends, get a caterer, and even music to play!!  Crazy fun right??  We had a blast! Now if you are a Bruin, your not really a fan of USC.  They are both amazing schools and great teams, but you have to pick a side…you can’t like both.  With all this said, we thought it appropriate for some fun tailgate inspiration surrounding the game this weekend!


Grab your self a couple Gunn & Swain blankets and take a trip to Trader Jo’s and your good!!


We had the talented Blot and Dot make some essential signs for us setting the tone perfectly.


Don’t forget some finger apps that go well with the spirits…



…and some yummy grab and go sweets.


You can find these pretty olive wood cutting boards at The Little Market. And the copper accents (mule mugs & napkins) at Pottery Barn.



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Hey so have fun this weekend tailgating, we know we are!!

And Go Bruins!!  Haha, I’m a little partial to the underdog.

Xx Leah

All photos by Kayla Adams

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