13 Years Later …

September 11th, 2014

We have not forgotten …


Giveaway Closed – Have a great weekend!

February 7th, 2014


Thank you to everyone who entered the Birthday Giveaway!  I will be notifying the winner this weekend and making the official announcement on Monday!

My birthday was filled with magic and most especially friends and family – the perfect way to celebrate!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!


Danielle Belleza e Luce


{Real Parties} It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Superhero Birthday!

January 31st, 2014

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To continue the countdown to my birthday, I wanted to share with you my son’s 5th birthday celebration.  This party took place on the eve of Superstorm Sandy.  In the days prior to the event, in addition to all the last-minute party prepping, we were busy getting supplies and making storm preparations as well.

The morning of the party, the outer bands of Sandy were already present; heavy bursts of rain and climbing winds made transporting the props and decor a challenge.  We also had a tight time constraint to allow our guests to travel home safely (or to hotels if they had been evacuated) and make any last minute storm preparations.

As Luca’s guests arrived, everyone was invited to transform into a superhero.  Each child receive a mask and cape we crafted from felt (Bonus! No sew!)

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I served quick and easy foods, such as veggies & dip, pizza, and sub sandwiches.

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I had a few structured games planned, but the boys were primarily concerned in defending the planet from the wrath of the evil imaginary villains, and had a fabulous time in their role-playing.  The mention of, “Cake!” miraculously placed the villains into a frozen fortress so the little superheroes in training could take a well-deserved sugar break!

A faux brick wall backdrop with the Incredible Hulk’s hands “punching” through was the main focal point of the room.  This just might be my favorite children’s backdrop I’ve created yet!

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The cake was incredible, as usual and created by the ever-talented Elyse of Joy & Cake.

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Another piece of customized decor we created was a painting of a city skyline complete with a superhero callout – Luca’s initial ‘L’.

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I found the reusable superhero totes and other themed goodies at Michael’s in the $1 bin back in August.  I bought more than I needed to be sure I had enough.  Sure enough, when the party rolled around, no tote bags and other themed goodies could be found!

For the adults, Michael’s also had magnetic superhero notepads.  They were a huge hit!  Who doesn’t need a notepad for jotting down messages or grocery lists?  We placed a cute sign next to notepads to encourage the adults to take one home.

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It was a “super” fun party, and I think my little superhero had a fabulous time!

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Hosting your own superhero party? Visit Belleza e Luce or contact me for details on purchasing our superhero designs and decor!

Enjoy the weekend!

Danielle Belleza e Luce

{Birthday Giveaway} Alex & Ani Bangle

January 31st, 2014


**** This Giveaway is now CLOSED. ****

I’m in love with Alex & Ani bangles ever since a good friend gifted me my first one – a silver butterfly charm last year.  Since then, I have gifted these fun and trendy bangles to other friends and family, and have continued to grow my collection, too!

Since my birthday is 6 short days away, I thought I would celebrate this 34th one by passing on a gift to one lucky winner!

alex and ani cupcakeA Russian Gold Alex & Ani Cupcake Charm Bangle.  I chose this one for its symbolism of sweetness and optimism – perfect for a birthday celebration!  There are multiple ways to enter and to increase your chances of winning.  Don’t forget to pass the link onto your friends, too!  Who wouldn’t want to win this sweet treat!  Enter by clicking the link below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest ends 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time February 6, 2014.  Open to US residents 18 years and older.


Good luck everyone!

Danielle Belleza e Luce





**Disclaimer** This Giveaway is sponsored by Belleza e Luce.  Alex & Ani is in no way affiliated with this giveaway; Belleza e Luce has not been paid or reimbursed in anyway to host this giveaway.  We are simply celebrating my birthday!

{Fabulous Clients} Mary Poppins Baby Shower

January 29th, 2014

I have some more lovely photos from another fabulous client to share with you today.  Alicia contacted me last May about a baby shower for her sister.  She knew right away that she wanted a Mary Poppins theme in a red, black, and white color scheme, and requested some custom items for this special event.  I was already excited to work with Alicia on these custom pieces, and then she told me she is a Disney cast member!  Anyone who knows me or my family is well aware of how much we love Disney.  I secretly wish I could retire to one of those ‘houses’ in Adventureland next to the Dole Whip stand.  But I digress … her sister was expecting a little girl and we created some lovely custom items to welcome Marina into the world.

Outside guests were greeted by a penguin waiter complete with bow tie.

Entrance Penguin Yard Sign

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A large sign hung above the doorway with the famous words Bert said before Mary, Michael, Bert, and Jane jumped into the chalk drawings, “You think.  You wink.  You do a double blink.  You close your eyes … and jump!”

mary poppins entrance signThe entryway showcased Mary’s carpet bag and parrot-head umbrella

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clothesline kitea larger kite banner,

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Thank you so much Alicia for sharing photos of your celebration, and I’m sure that Marina is “practically perfect in every way!”


Danielle Belleza e Luce


{Fabulous Customers} Tennis Dinner Party

January 28th, 2014

I’m always thrilled when I check my inbox and find that a client has sent me photos of their events.  Seeing invitations, menus, and other party pieces I have designed within the overall event brings a huge smile to my face, and being a photo junkie, well, I just love photos!

I had the pleasure of working with April this past summer.  She and her husband were throwing a small, elegant al fresco dinner celebration with the theme, “Love. Set. Match.”  To fit the atmosphere and theme, we designed a yellow and green striped pattern with crossed tennis rackets and a small heart above.  This design was featured on the menus, favor tags, and place cards which we printed on a beautiful white linen cardstock.  April was generous to send us some photos of the beautiful table settings and party atmosphere.


I just love the wrist band as an utensil wrap and the tennis balls to hold the place cards.

Simply elegant centerpieces and fun yellow Chiavari chairs

Simply elegant centerpieces and fun yellow Chiavari chairs

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First Communion Season is Here!

January 6th, 2014

It’s January, and the start of First Communion planning season!  You may be thinking, “Communion season already?”  Yes, indeed it is.

My daughter will be celebrating this special milestone in May, and it seems that nearly every church in the area has chosen the same date, May 3rd.  What does this mean?  Restaurants, banquet facilities, caterers, and other vendors book quickly!

I spent the weekend dress shopping with her.  We had a certain style in mind, but when it came time to make the final decision, she chose something all together different, but precious and beautiful.  When she put it on, the other style we had considered went right out the window!  I couldn’t help but think how this special memory will be repeated one day as she shops for her wedding gown (not that I’m wishing time away; trust me, she is growing up so fast already!).

With a dress and a venue checked off on our ‘To-Do’ list, I am beginning my early sketches of her invitations.  My daughter is hands-down the toughest client I have ever had, and she has a definitive idea of what she envisions them to look like.  Today, I’d like to share with you some inspiration on her upcoming event.Communion-Inspiration{Credits: Centerpiece; Bouquet; Doolan’s Shore Club Atrium; Cake; Beautiful Girl in Gown; Upcycled Door Seating Chart}

Do you have a communion celebration this year?  Please contact me today to begin work on your custom invitations, placecards, menus, and other coordinating party accessories.  Look for some pre-designed invitations to appear in my shop next week!

Hope your Monday is off to a great start!

Sale at Belleza e Luce!

December 13th, 2013


Need holiday gift tags or party supplies?
10% off your purchase of $10 or more at Belleza e Luce:

Use Coupon Code: 10JINGLE
at checkout

Expires: December 18, 2013

{Featured} Frog Princess Party

December 13th, 2013

We are so pleased to have one of our photos from our Elegant Bayou Frog Princess Party featured over at Spoonful in a collection of frog party inspiration and ideas created by the talented Jillian at Catch my Party!

Pop over there and take a look at all the exciting and fabulous ideas & don’t forget to check out our entire Elegant Bayou Party here.

Have a great weekend!

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{Real Parties} 50′s Doo Wop Soda Shop 60th Birthday Bash!

December 11th, 2013

While a pleasure, designing a party for a family member has its own set of stress and the high standards I place on my work become even higher, especially when the guest of honor is your very own mom!  In May, it was an honor to create a 50′s themed soda shop/drive-in birthday bash!

And surprise her we did!

I created a 3-layer invitation after finding this awesome mirror-like cardstock.  It reminded me of car detailing and complemented the idea of the 50′s drive-in.  A collection of retro fonts and signage informed guests of all the important party details, complete with a bubble gum blowing, roller skating waitress!

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The invitations and coordinating invitations are now available at Belleza e Luce.  Additional coordinating items are available as well.

We requested guests to dress in their 50′s best, and were thrilled to see so many who did including my children.  My daughter’s entire outfit (poodle skirt, shirt, bobby socks, handkerchief that was tied around her pony tail, glasses, belt, and crinoline) was made by the extremely talented women at Hip Hop 50′s Shop.

I had a caricature of my mom made up to resemble the drive-in from the movie “American Graffiti” but in our party colors of pink, aqua, turquoise, black, and red.  It stood at the escort card, and later, favor table.  The place cards were old 45′s with a label we custom designed.belleza e luce invites-33

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Our hamburger and shake cake, complete with fries was created by the ever talented Elyse from Joy & Cake.  I cannot tell you how many people looked at the display and had no idea it was a cake; our family is still talking about it!

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  The tables were named after my mother’s favorite songs from the 50′s.  In the design, I included a short portion of the song along with the song title. belleza e luce invites-131  belleza e luce invites-133

We served typical drive-in and diner style food at the party starting off with appetizers (aka “The Temptations”), main dishes (“The Platters”) including fried chicken, meatloaf, turkey, and mashed potatoes, fun foods with kids young and old (“The Little Be-Boppers”) including grilled cheese, french fries, onion rings, and mac & cheese, and finally ended with cake, make-your-own sundaes and milk shakes (“Happy Endings”).  belleza e luce invites-135 Our favors were chocolate lollipops in the shape of records and each guest took home the glass Coca Cola glasses that doubled as their milkshake glasses for the evening.

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There were hula hoops, twisting contests, lots of dancing, laughs, and certainly many memories!