Archive for the ‘Girl’ 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.

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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!

{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!

Belleza e Luce Featured!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

We are so honored that Michelle at Maddycakes Muse has featured our Jolly Holiday Party.  Michelle is an extremely talented event planner herself and we are thankful for the kind words and spotlight!

Check out her post and blog here!

Thank  you Michelle!

{Real Parties} Jolly Holiday Birthday

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

We certainly had a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious party for Cibella’s 4th birthday!  I cannot believe the party was almost 2 weeks ago already.  I don’t think I have completely gotten all of the Mary Poppins tunes out of my head yet!

The day started off cloudy, cool, and rainy!  Where oh where was the high 70 degree weather and sunshine the weatherman had forecasted?  Thankfully, by mid morning the sun was peaking out and the air was warming up.

Guests were greeted at the walkway to the backyard with Mary’s black umbrella and outing hat along with Bert’s chimney brush and hat.  A poster sign featuring silhouettes of Mary, Bert and the London chimney skyline takes a quote from the movie providing instructions on how to enter the party by jumping into the chalk drawing.


White umbrellas suspended from above, the children’s dining, and a wood structure of the chimney skylines were the focal points in the yard.

Activities for the children included Build a Penguin, where guests were invited to stuff their own penguin

Let’s Go Fly a Kite where they could decorate a kite to bring home

Mrs. Brill’s Baking Day where they decorated sugar cookies with various colored icings and toppings

Pearly’s Band Instruments

Bert’s Chalk Drawings where adults and children alike enjoyed drawing on the patio by the pool.

Games included Pin the Bowtie on the Penguin, Tuppence Toss, created in the fashion of a boardwalk-style penny toss, and the Spoonful of Sugar Relay Race where the children raced to fill a tea cup full of sugar using soup spoons.

Suspended across the pool were a collection of kites that swayed in the breeze.

My daughter’s one request for this party was to be dressed in Mary’s white Jolly Holiday dress.  I was fortunate to have found Lora of Beneath the Willow who not only made a beautiful Mary dress, but also the coat and tie for Bert’s outfit.  Unfortunately, my son wanted to go bow-tie-less so I will need to get a complete outfit photo of him in the near future!

I wanted to create an elegant tablescape for the children’s dining table.  I used children’s sized white ballroom chairs, white linen tablecloth with a lavender pintuck table runner down the center.  I had an eclectic array of crystal and silver bowls used for the centerpieces of pink roses and purple kale in addition to a silver tea set.  Lavender satin napkins with rose napkin rings were placed at each seat.  Mary and Bert placecards indicated where each child was to sit.  Boys found a skimmer hat at their placesetting where girls found white gloves and straw brimmed hats at theirs.


Beverages included cucumber infused water, lemonade, raspberry ice, and rum punch, for the adults only, of course!

Cute straw tags featuring Bert, Mary, a penguin, carousel horse, and sayings such as ‘Jolly Holiday’ and ‘Chim Cher-ee’ adorned the gray striped paper straws from Hey Yo Yo.

I used the same images to create napkin rings as well.

I created the dessert tablescape using the same chalk drawing image based on a the Jolly Holiday scene from Mary Poppins.  While in past years, I have made the birthday cakes for my children, I will never have to again!  Elyse of By Little Hands created a beautiful two-tiered cake with kites, butterflies, and penguins.  Not only did it look beautiful, the taste was to die for!  I’ve never had anyone ask for seconds of cake before, but this cake went in seconds!  (I did manage to steal 2 extra slices to enjoy on Sunday, however!)

To complement the cake, I made a batch of vanilla cupcakes since the cake was chocolate. Jen of TheLilDetails created wonderful 1.5″ tall fondant penguins complete with bowties to adorn some of them.

The tablescape also included various confections and baked goods in shades of pink and white.  Candy and caramel apples tied with pink and white striped ribbon and spoonfuls of sugar provided the finishing touch to the table.

I purchased hand blended tea from Teaman in 6 varieties and placed them in tea tins wrapped in ribbons and finished off with ornate-framed labels.

Since I was providing an abundant table of sweets, I opted not to include candy in the children’s favor boxes and stuck with items that had ties to the movie.  Each child received chalk to ‘Jump into their chalk drawings,’ a ceramic piggy bank they can decorate at home with 2 pennies inside to ‘Save their Tuppence,’ and an eyelet wrapped bag of bird seed to ‘Feed the Birds.’

It was certainly a Jolly Holiday, indeed!


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{Real Parties} Sneak Peek: Jolly Holiday Birthday

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Stay tuned for a full report of our Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Celebration!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Jolly Holiday Birthday Invitations

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Things are coming together nicely for Cibella’s upcoming birthday.  I am receiving boxes of party supplies, favors, and decor almost daily and my dining room table has become party central.  The UPS man knows well, knocking on the door saying, “More Poppins supplies!”

As promised, I wanted to share the invitations I designed for the party.

Back when Cibella decided on the party concept, I immediately thought of a carousel horse.  I had a horse designed to resemble her absolute favorite carousel horse (Cinderella’s horse in Disney World, but according to Cibella  – the horse belongs to Aurora!) and the carousel horse in Disneyland dedicated to Mary Poppins.


My daughter and I decided to use lavender as the primary color for the party (a nod to Mary’s carousel horse in the movie) with pinks and blues as accent colors.


I created a 2 layer pochette invitation.  A rounded square seal featuring a silhouette of Mary flying keeps the invitation closed.  I used the wrap around mailing label again, and designed it to feature memorable icons and images based on the movie – a spoonful of sugar, a penguin waiter, Mary’s boots, and the carousel horse.


I think they turned out ‘practically perfect in every way’ to coin a phrase from Mary herself!

{Inspiration Board} Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Jolly Holiday Birthday!

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

We are less than 2 weeks away from Cibella’s  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Jolly Holiday Birthday.  I cannot believe she is going to be 4 in just 6 days!  Time has certainly flown by as had this past year.  It seems like only yesterday I was planning her Princess Aurora: Make it Pink no Make it Blue Party.   She hardly gave me a chance to recuperate from it when she decided that her next party would be Mary Poppins themed.

In the next few days I will share with you her invitation and some sneak peeks into her party decor.

Here is the inspiration board I put together for the party.

{Image Credits: Mary Silhouette – artwork by Belleza e Luce; candy apples & Cherry Tree Lane sign; movie menu screen capture; Disneyland carousel horse; tiered cake; decor; movie image; kite goodies; ceiling of umbrellas; snowglobe, weather vane}

{Inspiration Board} Classy & Fabulous Baby Shower

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Since the day my sister announced she was pregnant, I have been brainstorming and planning her baby shower.  While waiting to find out whether she was having a boy or girl, I probably planned out 7 different themes/concepts – some of which I shared with you in previous posts.  Now that we know it is a girl whom they are naming Faith, the real shower planning has begun (as well as shopping!)

My mother and I looked at 14 different venues ranging from a swank Manhattan styled venue, to a ballroom with views of the river, to a Tuscan styled restaurant, to a revamped church turned restaurant.  All were perfect in one form or another for various events or styled parties, but were either too small for our guest list, date unavailable, or just didn’t fit the concept of the event I was aiming for.  Finally, we decided on a venue with beautiful waterfall gardens which is perfect for the classy & fabulous Chanel inspired soiree we are planning.  Keep your fingers crossed that the weather is cooperative!

Currently in production are the invitations, which I will share with you upon completion.  For now, I thought I would share my inspiration for the overall concept of the event.

Influenced by two quotes by the famous Coco Chanel:

“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

{sources: gentleman, cake, parfume, tablescape, napkin, floral, escort cards, bookplate, parfume, black & white flowers, centerpiece, gift wrap, dessert, shoes, martini, lampshades}

Afterall, shouldn’t a new baby be welcomed in style?

{New} Designs Available

Monday, June 21st, 2010

I’m so excited to share with you some new designs that are available now at Belleza e Luce!  They will soon be added to the website in time for our official grand opening – just a few more finishing touches and we’ll be ready to go!

Favor Tags and Cupcake Toppers to coordinate with our Frog Princess Invitations

Our new Down on the Farm Line – more items to come soon!

Introducing our Pink Princess Line

This coordinates beautifully with our Pretty in Pink Crown birthday banner.

Hosting a hoedown for that cowboy or cowgirl of yours?  Then our Rootin’ Tootin’ Line is for you!  A Belleza e Luce first – build your own invitation by personalizing it with a choice of different colors, design images, and fonts!

For a casual summer party, our paper lantern invitation is the perfect choice.

For additional details and photos, please visit our shop.