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A Stylish Super Bowl Party Gathering with Friends

The Super Bowl may as well be a national holiday as far as I’m concerned!  It’s a day where we get together with our friends and family and celebrate and eat… Sounds like most holidays to me!  Therefore I like to treat it as something special and style it up.  Who says you need to have brown footballs all over the house as decor?  Not me!
 
I recently styled this party for friends that would be the perfect atmosphere for that special Sunday coming up!  We’ll even let a few of the guys join, if they’re lucky!
 
Photos by Corrie Lynn Photo
This party is also featured on SMP Living today!

The first thing I think of for the Super Bowl is the food!!  I teamed up with our favorite local caterers Colette’s Catering and asked them to make some fun party food with a healthy edge… They delivered and everything was delicious!  We munched on things like a 7 layer Mediterranean dip, Brussel sprout chips, and chicken stuffed jalapeño poppers.  It was all so tasty and we didn’t feel guilty afterwards!  It was seriously perfect!

The next thing I think about are drinks of course!!  We had beer and champagne out because well, you have to! One Hope Wine always has the fun shimmer bottles we love so much.  But we also made a fun signature cocktail – Beermosas, and let’s say they were a hit!!

As far as tabletop, when I have an event like this I try to keep things as easy as possible on myself.  Lately I’ve been using the amazing L’Entramise, a gorgeous single use tabletop line.  Everything they have is great quality and also looks amazing.  They have multiple options so you can customize your table for any event.  I especially love their glassware options, good disposable glassware is so hard to find!  And it’s so easy to clean up after, just toss everything!

Next, you need to add florals… We’ve said this before but they make an event!  Yes, even for a Super Bowl party…  You don’t need much but if you have a few stand out arrangements like these from Rooted and Wild you are set!  Get your coffee table, kitchen table and possible mantle styled up and you are good to go!  Now after that, don’t forget the details.  My friend Courtney from Poppy Jack Shop created fun signage pieces for us to play with and football cocktail stirrers.  Plus she made the cutest invite for our guests!


Now as you can see, having a stylish Super Bowl party is pretty easy!  The only other thing you need to worry about is having fun with your guests and rooting for your team!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on January 29, 2018 in CELEBRATIONS, ENTERTAINING, LIFESTYLE, STYLED BY BEIJOS, THAT’S SO BEIJOS

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A Boho/Mid Century Winter White Celebration to Ring in the New Year

We’ve got one last celebration for you before we say so long to 2017!  I’ve been wanting to do a winter white themed dinner party for some time now, and this was the year.  Furthermore, it was the perfect excuse to gather a few of our friends, make something pretty, and celebrate!  I teamed up with Carissa from JL Designs and our mid century/boho dreams came to life.

One of the best things about the holidays is gathering your friends and celebrating, we did just that.  A few of us ladies got together and ate and drank and just had fun, in a beautiful setting.  It was perfect and I wish we did it more often.  This dinner party is the perfect inspiration for a NYE bash as well!  

So get your pin button ready, because it’s about to get good…

Photos by the talented Mike Radford

This shoot is also featured on Inspired By This today!

Kicking it off with the invite of course…  River & Bridge created this beautiful suite for the menu and invite and A Fabulous Fete handled the calligraphy.  I love the simplicity and the modern feel of it all, and it complimented our winter white theme perfectly…

My sweet friend Carissa did the gorgeous flowers, using different blooms in white with pretty greenery.  This girl makes magic with florals!  Did I mention that she’s just one of the best people ever too?!  It’s always a good time with her!  Love her so much!!

Carissa and I used items from our own collections at home to set the table.  It’s amazing what a few designers can come up with together!  And it’s a good thing both of us have a love for white and gold!!  Most of the items are still available and I linked to them at the bottom of this post…

Every dinner should have long taper candles, it just makes it more magical!

I love the way the menus by River & Bridge and the place cards by A Fabulous Fete complimented the table.  We just added a sprig of Winter greenery to dress it up a bit!

Now, onto the best part… The food and drinks!!!

Colette’s Catering spoiled us yet again with a delicious holiday themed menu.  First they served a winter kale salad that had the most delicious vinaigrette.  In addition to that deliciousness, we had butternut squash tortellini and braised short ribs… YUM!!!

Of course we had the One Hope flowing this night!  Since it’s all of our absolute favorite!  Rosé and Champs are always a must for a celebration with the ladies!!

Finally, there has to be a dessert to finish it all off!  Beverly’s Bakery made the cutest mid century winter white themed cake, and it was as yummy as it looks!!

Such a fun night with such amazing friends!!!

Cheers to another amazing year!!!!  Can’t wait to share more in 2018!!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on December 28, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, CHRISTMAS, HOLIDAYS, NEW YEARS EVE, STYLED BY BEIJOS, TABLESCAPES, THAT’S SO BEIJOS

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Celebrating a 30th Birthday in Style at Malibu Wines

When a beauty of a friend like Megan Welker has a milestone birthday, you celebrate!  Megan’s husband Adam and best friend Ala reached out to me to help make her 30th birthday extra special and I of course jumped at the chance.  Megan is one of those people that you meet and feel like you’ve known forever.  She is caring, thoughtful, loyal, hilarious, and beautiful.  All of the amazing qualities you want in a friend!  Megan has been so good to my family and I, helping with her 30th birthday was the least I could do!  Plus, I got to tag along and go wine tasting with her, so it was a win/win for me!

Megan’s birthday bash is also featured on Inspired By This today!

Photos by Megan’s Bestie Ala Cortez

We celebrated at Malibu Wines, which is such a fun spot for a day of wine tasting!!  The weather was hot, hot, hot, but we cooled down with all the good Summer wines!!  Plus they had wine popsicles… Done and done!!

Knowing Megan I know she likes soft natural colors so we really wanted to use that palette for all the things (as she would say).  So the florals had to be ethereal and soft, just the way she would like it!   MV Florals did the best job, as usual.  For all of the little details we turned to Poppy Jack Shop, she made the amazing menus out of balsa wood, a fun “this is thirty” sign for Megan to hold and a personalized wine glass for each guest!  Because everyone should have one when wine tasting if you ask me! 

Of course we had to cap off her big day with dessert!  Beverly’s Bakery made the tastiest treats!!  Hand painted macarons were made pretty and tasted even better.  Her cake was simple and adorned with flowers and a “Hello Thirty” cake topper by Poppy Jack.

It was such a fun day with great friends relaxing, drinking wine, eating an AMAZING charcuterie board, and spending time with our favorite birthday girl!  Happy 30th Megan!  It’s never looked better!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on August 17, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS

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A Birthday Bash by the Sea Full of Coastal Inspiration

When Julia reached out to us to plan her 25th birthday party we were thrilled.  She had recently moved from New York to Los Angeles and wanted to celebrate in a stylish yet intimate way.  Friends were flying in from all over, some visiting LA for the first time!  Her family owns a beautiful home on the beach and that was where we started with our inspiration.  

I used the colors of the coast to create a pretty color palette reminiscent of the beach and ocean.  Julia is so stylish, she was easy to work with and bounce ideas off of.  The party turned out so pretty and I’m so excited to share it today!  Megan Welker took all of the beautiful photos, capturing all the fun so perfectly.  This party is also up on Inspired By This today!

We planned on having the dinner outside, but unfortunately it was quite windy that day!  So we brought it indoors, and luckily the walls were the perfect color blue to match our aesthetic!  Talk about good luck!.

The tables from Witty Rentals were neutral and airy, adorned with beautiful floral arrangements by Of the Flowers and pretty tabletop pieces of white, copper and mud cloth from Hostess Haven.  I’m so happy with how the modern pieces from Witty worked with the boho style of the florals and tabletop items, love it!

  A Fabulous Fete did the gorgeous calligraphy.  Each guest found their seat via a piece of sea glass that had their name on it.  We also had some fun signage and menus made to complete the look.

   The lounge area from Witty was the perfect spot to sit and relax with a cocktail from Pharmacie.  We made sure the birthday girl had custom cocktail stirrers from Jenn & Jules Designs to ring in her next year of course!  The cocktails seriously looked so yummy!!  Just their descriptions had our mouths watering…  

Also, I don’t know what I’m more jealous of, the cocktail or Julia’s abs!!

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner from Colette’s Catering and the most delicious water color cake from Sheila Mae for dessert. That cake is almost to pretty to eat!

It was such a magical evening and we were so happy to be a part of making this pretty night come to life for the birthday girl!  Can we just take a moment though and appreciate how cute her and her boyfriend are?!  I mean seriously?  25 year old goals right there!  And seriously, Julia is as sweet as she is beautiful!

Loved working with all of the amazing vendors below on this one!

We even made it easy for you to re-create the look, just shop below!

xx

Jacquelyn

Design/Styling/Planning – Jacquelyn Kazas & Leah Carriger of Beijos Events
Photographer – Megan Welker
Rentals – Witty Rentals
Florist – Of The Flowers
Tabletop – Hostess Haven
Calligraphy – A Fabulous Fete
Catering – Colette’s Catering
Bartender – Pharmacie
Cocktail Stirrers – Jenn and Jules Designs
Cake – Sheila Mae
Other Rentals – Town & Country LA
Julia’s Outfit – Nightcap Clothing

 

 

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By on June 23, 2017 in BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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Summer Solstice Dinner Party on the Beach

When my friend Alatheia who recently launched her blog Art of Being Female reached out to me asking if I’d help her style and design a party for her dinner club group I was on board in a second.  The story behind their ritual and the symbolism of their friendship really stood out to me.  Plus, when she said she wanted to do a Summer Solstice dinner party on the beach, well, I was sold.  Here is a little bit more from our host Alatheia on her dinner club ritual and why this night was so important to her…

“I really wanted to celebrate the 6 year anniversary of our dinner club in a special way. Not only was it clear to me that a special dinner on the beach was in order, but also that there was only one person to help me live out my Pinterest dreams and that would be my talented friend, Jacquelyn of Beijos Events.

“Dinner Club” was born out of a desire to spend less time out at restaurants and more time honing our entertaining and cooking skills as young couples. We rotate homes and whoever is hosting takes care of everything from music to decor, tablesetting, food, drinks, dessert and interesting conversation starters.

I wanted to host a special dinner on the sand to welcome in the start of our favorite season. We live a block from the boardwalk and walking distance from each other. We have spent many summers on this exact beach over the last six years dating, surfing, getting engaged and married,  being pregnant, nursing babies, laughing and laughing.

My aesthetic for the party was very neutral as I like most things. I told Jacquelyn I wanted to have a clean color palette even down to the florals which I wanted white with greens. We added pops of metallic flair from the rose gold speaker and flatware to the silver flecks in the moroccan wedding blankets. Jacquelyn nailed it as did all the vendors involved. I think my dinner club will agree that the night was magical and one to remember.”

I felt so honored that Alatheia asked me to help out.  Selfishly though, I have always wanted to style a table like this, the beach is such a special place to me so my mind ran away with so many ideas.  Knowing Alatheia and her style I knew to keep it simple, classic and pretty with details, all things I know she cares about, along with myself. 

Designing this table and putting this dinner together was so fun, but also really easy, anyone can do it!  There are a few key things to making sure your dinner party goes off without a hitch, and I’m happy to share them with you!  Also, you can shop items for your own dinner at the bottom of the post!

This party is also featured on Glitter Guide today and all of the pretty photos are by Meilani Cottrell.

Let’s start with the tips to a successful Summer Solstice Dinner Party…

1.  Send an Invitation

In this crazy world of technology things tend to become so last minute and impersonal.  Sending an invite in the mail is a perfect way to let your guests know that you are thoughtful and paying attention to detail.  It sets the tone for the whole evening and who doesn’t like to get something pretty in the mail? 

I even like to use a stamp that goes along with the theme.  I’ll head to my local post office and see what they have to offer and either choose something that goes along with my color scheme or theme.  If I think enough ahead of time I’ll order pretty stamps off of Etsy or personalize them on Stamps.com.  Paying attention to little details like that are what will really knock your guests socks off.  Speaking of invites, Courtney at Poppy Jack Shop sure made a pretty one for us here!

 
 2. Create a Beautiful Table

For a Summer Solstice on the beach theme I wanted to keep things casual but also pretty.  The scenery itself is amazing, so the other details could be simple.  The tabletop items were pretty basic, white plates with bronze flatware, clear floral glassware and cream napkins.  Some of those items may already be in your inventory at home!  Adding little details like place cards and menus are always a great idea and pretty up your table immediately. 

Courtney from Poppy Jack Shop created all of our pretty pieces but you can easily recreate something similar at home.  One of my favorite napkin tricks is tying the napkins in a knot rather than the plain fold… It makes it a bit more interesting.  You simply fold the napkin in half to create a triangle and take either long end and tie in a knot.  I’ll usually fluff it a bit after to make sure it looks good, but this is a tie I use often because I like the non fussy look it achieves.  These napkins are form The Little Market.

3.  Invest in Florals

I can’t say it enough, florals just make everything prettier.  Although it’s an investment, adding fresh flower arrangements to any event are key.  If you can have a florist that’s great, these beauties by MV Florals are what made the table so pretty.  We went with greenery and creams with a touch of blush to add a little bit of color.  I love the way they look on the beach with the sand. 

If you can’t invest in a florist you can go to your local market for florals.  Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods have a great selection.  And if you can’t invest in florals, simple greens or even fruits can beautify a table easily.  We used bud vases for this table that I placed on wooden boards on top of the table to add some layers, which adds a little more detail.

4.  Set the tone with a great Playlist

Music makes every party more fun, and having your guests enter with it playing is key.  For this outdoor soiree we used Stelle Audio’s amazing portable pillar speaker.  The sound was amazing and our hostess with the mostest had a playlist she had already planned in advance.  It had the perfect balance of dinner music with a beachy flair that we loved!  You can see it here.

 

 5.  Great Food & Wine is Memorable

Choosing what to serve your guests can make or break your dinner party… Let’s be honest, if you go out to eat the ambience and service can be amazing but if the food is just so so, you probably won’t go back.  With that being said you want to think of your guests, make sure you know of any allergies or dislikes in your group. 

What I loved about this party was our idea for the long charcuterie board!  We basically had it run the length of the table and it was an easy way for our guests to interact while enjoying some really tasty treats.  It was honestly one of the highlights of the party and I’m so grateful Colette’s Catering made my vision come to life!  Plus, Alatheia’s husband participated by making the board (gotta get the husband’s in there somehow!)

Also, I’m a huge advocate of having more than what you think you need when it comes to having food and wine, you never ever want to run out of anything like that.  For this party we had a variety of delicious wines from One Hope, I especially love their rosé.  So make sure when you buy for your party to get a few more bottles just in case, plus, who doesn’t like to have extra wine around?!

6.  Have great Ambience

Things that you normally don’t think of like lighting, candles, and just an all together pretty set up make the evening so much better.  For an outdoor party especially, you have to think about lighting.  This party was planned to take place at sunset and we knew we had to have lighting, you can’t leave your guests in the dark, literally!  So Alatheia invested in battery operated string lights and battery operated candles, perfect to have for those chilly beach winds and to create a pretty atmosphere. 

Another investment is in your rentals.  For this gathering we wanted to have a low to the ground table, something not everyone has in their home inventory. I reached out to my friends at Adore Folklore who had all of my needs answered with a bunch of pretty rentals.  Using a specialty rental company is a bit more expensive than a basic rental company but well worth the investment.  They have pieces that are unique and original and create the perfect ambience you desire.  

7.  Make sure your Guests are Comfortable

No matter where you hold your party, whether it’s on the beach, at the park or even in your own home, your guests need to come first.  Thinking of them and making sure they are comfortable should be your most important thought.  Since this party was outdoors we made sure to have blankets in case it got too cold. 

We also wanted the look of the low to the ground table, but didn’t want our guests to suffer from it.  So we were sure to have several pillows and poufs for them to use and sit on.  You can use pretty pillows or blankets from your home, we got ours from Boho Pillow and The Little Market.


Like I said, you can easily do this on your own!  And as promised, I’ve made it even easier, just shop the post below!

 

Thank you to all of the amazing vendors mentioned below for making this a reality!

xx

Jacquelyn

Design/Styling – Jacquelyn Kazas of Beijos Events
Host/Concept – Alatheia Hart of Art of Being Female
Photographer – Meilani Cottrell 
Florals – MV Florals
Catering – Colette’s Catering  
Calligraphy – Poppy Jack Shop 
Wine – One Hope Wine
Audio Pillar – Stelle Audio  
Glassware/Napkins/Blankets – The Little Market
Pillows – Boho Pillow
Charcuterie Board – Hart Concrete Design
 

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By on June 21, 2017 in BEIJOS TIPS, CELEBRATIONS, STYLED BY BEIJOS, SUMMER

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