Archive for the ‘Birthday’ Category

{Real Parties} Super Sweet Candy Celebration

Tuesday, 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!

Giveaway Closed – Have a great weekend!

Friday, 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!

Friday, 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

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

Wednesday, 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!

Popsicle Party Collection

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Some of you may remember the Popsicle Party playdate I threw for my children last year.  I’m so excited to share with you a complete whimsical, carnival-styled Popsicle Collection that I recently styled.

I am quite smitten with this collection, as to me, it just screams summer with the brightly colored stripes, and who doesn’t love an ice cold popsicle on a hot summer day (I’m partial to creamsicles myself!).  It is perfect for a child’s summer birthday but versatile enough for a family get together or pool party, and an alternative to a luau.

I created a multi-stripe background for the tablescape that matched the colors used in the collection.  Don’t you love those sample containers of paint you can get at Lowe’s or Home Depot?  They are perfect for projects like this!  An array of goodies, including cupcakes adorned with toppers and candy-created popsicles (credit where credit is due – I first saw this adorable idea here), sixlets in varying colors, candy dots, and of course, popsicles covered the table display.

The complete collection is now available in my shop and includes invitations, cupcake toppers, favor tags, bottle labels, signs, banners, and more!

In addition, to launching our new collection, I am pleased to offer this design as a complete Party Package for 12 which includes: invitations and party decor for 12 guests.  I will be expanding my Party Package line to include some of my other popular collections as well as our some new collections very soon!


Start your Engines Collection

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I am so pleased to announce that our Start your Engines Race Car Collection is complete and available for sale in the shop.

The collection includes pit pass lanyard invitation, cupcake toppers, favor tags & stickers, speed dough labels, trophy labels, water bottle labels, food signs, mini banner, and door sign.

{Happy Customers} Jolly Holiday Carnival

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I absolutely love it when clients take time out of their busy schedules to send me photos of their parties.  I recently had the pleasure of customizing our Jolly Holiday Collection for a young girl named Lucy.  I adore the teal and red color palette!

Happy Birthday Lucy!  I hope your party was every bit as magical as you dreamed and practically perfect in every way!

{Real Parties} Happy Haunts Birthday Spooktacular

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Yes, I know Halloween is over, but I cannot wait an entire year to share with you the Happy Haunts Birthday Spooktacular I threw on Saturday for my son’s 4th birthday.

For those in the northeast, you can recall how horrible the weather was – sleet, ice, rain, snow, and wind!  While we were fortunate to not have the brunt of the storm, the uncooperative weather made it difficult for transporting all of the props and party elements to our venue.

A few weeks prior, guests were invited to our happy haunts party.

Guests entered the party through a graveyard filled with handmade tombstones.  In a nod to Luca’s request for a party based on the Disney attraction, Haunted Mansion, our tombstones feature the same amusing epitaphs.

I used velvet and lace layers to add texture to the tables, tarnished silver candleabras (my awesome flea market find) with cobwebbing and small bust statues as centerpieces.  Additional guest tables also featured vintage photos of eerie people, dimensional glittered haunted houses, and bust statues.

A coffin filled with reindeer moss, a glittered skeleton held the child’s placecards which sat upon an eggplant satin napkin and silver charger.

Activities included painting pumpkins, donut-on-a-string game, and wrap a mummy game.

Guests were asked to be wary of Hitchhiking Ghosts

Guests were also able to listen to a Madame fortune teller chant her seance spells from her crystal ball among bottles of elixirs and potions.

Food and drinks were given Halloween and Spookishly (yes, I just made up a new word!) appropriate names including Bat Wings (Buffalo Chicken Wings), Halloweenies, Monster Mashed Potato Bar, Earth Worms (Pasta Salad), Spellbinders (an adult cocktail), and Vampire Blood (kid friendly fruit punch served in a cauldron).

The dessert table featured an eggplant backdrop with black damask demon motif painted onto it drapped with creepy tea-stained cheesecloth.  The chocolate and butterscotch tiered cake was designed by Elyse of Joy & Cake.

Sweets consisted of gluten free cupcakes with chocolate bats, caramel apples, black & white swirl lollipops, meringues, and chocolate bark.

At the favor display, guests were thanked and asked to hurry back to see us again.

Adults selected a mummy wrapped candy bar, the older children were given 2 classic horror novels, such as Frankenstein, tied with black glittered ribbon and adorned with a tag. The young children received a Magic 8 ball, assorted sweet treats, glow stick, and stickers.

Happy  Birthday Luca!

{Real Parties} Cibella’s Elegant Bayou Birthday Party

Friday, October 7th, 2011

I’m so excited to share with you the pictures from Cibella’s party today.

While designing this party, I keep trying to figure out a way to make our backyard a swamp.  Trust me when I say that the idea of flooding the yard did not go over all too well.  In lieu of flooding, we built 3 framed ponds to hold the water and an abundance of water plants including lily pads to create a backdrop to our feature table.

As a result of Hurricane Irene, there were many fallen trees and I was able to find stumps around town to use as seating for the children attending.

I stumbled upon the frog statue on clearance at Home Goods.  A few coats of spray paint gave him a facelift, and he was ready for the party.

Layers of textured linens in chocolate and moss green with tree limbs, moss, and pods arranged down the center of the table helped create to bayou atmosphere.  A lily pad was placed at each setting on top of satin chocolate brown napkins.

I created a sign welcoming the guests to Cibella’s Place which was hung among baskets of ferns.

I created 3 activity stations for the children; Masquerade Masks, Ray’s Firefly Friends puwhich allowed them to make their own firefly craft with glow-in-the-dark tail, and Not to Worry Dolls.  While voodoo and magic are present in bayou areas and New Orleans, I wanted a craft that reflected upon this but was more child-friendly.  It was the hit of the party – I think every guest went home with one!

Our beverages were given fun names like Swamp Water (for the adults), Mama Odie’s Good Potion (raspberry lemonade), and Facilier’s Evil Potion (punch).  We served fried chicken, jambalaya, red beans & rice, chicken & biscuits, string beans, and oven roasted potatoes for dinner.  The guests enjoyed having a taste of the theme’s regional cuisine.

The centerpiece of our dessert table was the stunning cake of chocolate and butterscotch filling created by Elyse of Joy & Cake; she is so easy to work with, and not only do the cakes look stunning, but they taste wonderful, too!

I used a cherry wood desk to hold the multitude of sweets and desserts.  Caramel and chocolate fudge, 3 varieties of chocolate truffles, cinnamon sugar donuts, almond bark, sugar cookies, mudpie, gluten free cupcakes, and of course, beignets!

Wanting to create the elegant bayou feel, I used more tree limbs and moss, adding distressed urns with hanging amaranthus and tree bark wood plaques as trays.  Instead of a fabric backdrop, I opted to use the natural greenery around our koi pond.

Cibella provided 3 different favors to thank her guests for coming to the party.  For her infant cousins, a frog prince or princess plush animal with a storybook, for the adults, homemade pralines wrapped in ribbon with a double layer fancy sticker, and for the children, monogrammed aprons with a prince or princess frog cookie cutter, and a wooden spoon to help mom or dad cook in the kitchen.

Happy Birthday Cibella!

Our Bayou Frog Princess Collection, including favor tags, invitation, door sign, placecards, and cupcake toppers, will be in our store next week!

{Real Parties} Cibella’s Elegant Bayou Party Invitations

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

When Cibella informed me that she wanted a “pretty swamp”  theme for her birthday party, I must admit that I was a bit perplexed.  How was I going to make a swamp girlie and pretty?  Finally, it hit me!  I used inspiration from Princess and the Frog; the artwork portraying the bayou was incredibly beautiful!

While the focus of the party, as you will see in my next post, did not focus on the princess aspect, I used a silhouette of a girl kissing a frog with dragonflies surrounding the party details.

I used the lyrics to Down in New Orleans for the opening lines of the invitation:

The evening star is shining bright
So make a wish and hold on tight
There’s magic in the air tonight
And anything can happen…

My daughter requested the use of greens and purples, so I choose an avocado green paper and contrasted it with the use of lavender and plum details.

I  decorated the backside of the invitation with a triple layered seal featuring my daughter’s initial and a dainty crown

Since she couldn’t choose which envelope she preferred, we opted to send half of the invitations in avocado and the other in lavender.  I was fortunate that the USPS had Mark Twain stamps featuring a riverboat which lended to the bayou theme.


Stay tuned for all of the wonderful party details as we party down on the bayou!