Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014


I’m sure everyone is busy preparing their Thanksgiving dinners and cooking turkeys … I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank you!!!!!

There is much I have to be thankful for this year … family & friends for their wisdom, love and support, and my wonderful clients who allow me to use my passion and imagination to create invitations, decor and events for their special occasions!

Wishing you and your family many blessings, health and happiness this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale!

November 26th, 2014


As I drove my kids to school this morning, the man on the radio announced that there are only 28 shopping days left until Christmas!  Wow!  November flew by for me and I must say that I have only bought a few things – nowhere near finishing my shopping.  I am not a Black Friday shopper personally, and prefer to use the weekend for unpacking the Christmas decorations and making the house festive … BUT I do look for online deals!

Here at Belleza e Luce, we are offering 15% your order of $10 or more now through 12/2/14 simply use Coupon Code: Jingle15 at checkout.  Pass on to your friends and family -the coupon is valid on everything in the store: invitations, gift tags, Lucite trays, holiday cards & more!

How is your shopping coming along?  Are you a Black Friday shopper?

{Real Parties} Super Sweet Candy Celebration

November 4th, 2014

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In honor of National Candy Day, I wanted to share a party I created for a Super Sweet girl on her 7th Birthday.

Who wants Candy?

The invitation was created in a fun poster style layout with bright colors and fun design elements and catch phrases.


I bought lots … and lots of the outdoor bounce balls found at Dollar Tree, Five Below and similar stores in bright colors of turquoise, lime green and hot pink and wrapped them in cello wrap to ‘transform’ them into giant hard candy decor.  Sugar filled vases served as anchors to the faux lollipop centerpieces.

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Activities included ‘Guess how many jelly beans are in the vase,’ ‘Build your own gumdrop house (or creature),’ and a fun round of hot potato with a giant piece of candy.  In addition to the candy buffet, guests took home a gumball machine, an assortment of bracelets and candy flavored lip glosses – and a toothbrush!

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As the candy buffet was the focal point of the party, I made a statement backdrop of “dots” which also coordinated with the birthday girl’s outfit.  An assortment of apothecary jars and containers housed an assortment of candies; due to the warmer weather and in keeping with the bright colors of the party, we opted against chocolate treats.  Guests were given bags and filled them with their favorite candies.

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It was truly a Super Sweet 7th Birthday Celebration!

Planning a Candy-themed party of your own?  Head over to Belleza e Luce and purchase the fun candy-themed party invitations and accessories!

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!

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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.

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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!