Archive for July, 2010

{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?

{Happy Customers} Xavier’s Robot Party

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

In the midst of the chaos that surrounds being a vendor at the fair, I received a lovely email from one of my dear customers.

Hi Danielle,

I just wanted to thank you again for rushing my order. The cupcake toppers and favor tags were a big hit with kids big and small. Everyone was so complimentary of your goods! I’ve attached photos of the items from my son’s party today. Thanks again!


I’m so glad the party was a success and the cupcake toppers and favor tags were enjoyed!  Thank you for sharing your party photos with us!

I love to see photos of the parties I help enhance with our invitations, favor tags, banners, etc.  Please send your photos to with a short write up of the party and any particulars you would like mentioned.

Visit Belleza e Luce!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

My sincerest apologies for the lack of posts lately.  It has been a tough few weeks around here.  On July 4th my Dee Dad was rushed to the ER because he could not move from the waist down.  This was caused due to numerous issues including an allergic reaction to medication, a fall in May, and other medication levels a bit wonky.  He required 6 pints of blood to raise his iron levels and was in the hospital for 9 days.  He is now in a rehabilitation facility regaining his strength and getting the hang of walking again.

To add to the stress of when a loved one is sick and hospitalized, last Friday we received a phone call bright and early.  It was my father’s physician stating that he had fallen, cut his head and was being taken to the ER.  It turns out he blacked out during a portion of his physical and hit his head on a wall causing a 9 inch gash from his forehead to the crown of his head.  My mother lost count on the number of stitches and staples but it is at least 50.  He is home from work and the kids are making sure he gets better.

Whew!  I hope all the injury/illness/accident wave has ended around here.

In better news …

Belleza e Luce is open!  We are adding new products and items everyday so if you have seen something in our Etsy shop and it isn’t on the website, contact us to place an order.  Do not fear – our Etsy shop will remain open!

Of course, you know we love custom orders.  Some fun project we are currently working on include 2 whimsical wedding invitation suites, a mad scientist themed party, and a beach bucket invitation.

A few exciting services we are offering include Party Inspiration Boards and a Customized Children’s Party How-to Guide.  Adult Party Guides will be available soon or just send us an email to get started now!

If you are planning an event and would like Belleza e Luce to orchestrate all the details, be sure to visit our Event Planning Page and Events Gallery for more information.


If you are in the Monmouth County New Jersey area between July 21 – 25, be sure to stop by the Monmouth County Fair and say hello to us!  Belleza e Luce has a reserved spot where we will be showcasing previous custom invitations and event as well as selling some of our partyware and some fun girly stuff perfect for parties including tutus and hairbows (a little crafty hobby of mine when I’m not planning events or designing paperie).  For further information, times, and schedule of events, please visit the official fair site.


See you at the fair!

Cars Party Feature!

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I am so honored that Kate Landers of Kate Landers Events and Stylish Children’s Parties has featured our Car’s Birthday Party.  I find her work inspiring and it is wonderful to hear such kind words about the party from her.

Read the entire feature here.

Then please stop by her other blog for more beautiful party inspirations and take a look at her magazine feature!

Thank you Kate for the party feature!

{New Products} Weddings

Monday, July 12th, 2010

We are very excited to share with you 3 new designs in our Wedding Collection.  They were created as Save-the-Dates but would be wonderful as invitations as well!

The first is our Vintage Silhouette Couple with its nod to the Victorian era.  It is a wonderful choice for a traditional couple who wants a bit of a modern twist on an invitation without getting carried away.

The second is our Butterfly Duo shown in aqua blue and gray.  The colors, of course, can be customized and we are currently working on this style in jeweled tones for a 2011 bride-to-be.

This last invitation features a dainty cherry blossom branch against a pink background with a chocolate brown border.  It is a simple and sweet choice for the bride who loves girlie things and pink!

The new designs are now available at Belleza e Luce!  More new collections will be available later this week!

Happy 4th of July!

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Wishing everyone a happy, safe, healthy, and fun 4th of July!  I hope you have good times and good food!

An extra special ‘Thank You’ to those who have served/are serving in the military and to their families.  For your incredible commitment, dedication, and pride to our country and its citizens: THANK YOU!

{Source: Fireworks}

{New Products} Thank You Cards & Placecards

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

We added some new products to our shop today, including our Robot Collection.

Look for more thank you cards designed to coordinate with our invitation collections soon!

In other news, we are beginning to book  children’s Halloween parties.  If you are in the Jersey Shore/Central Jersey area and would like us to plan your Halloween party, contact us today!  Our Halloween invitation collections will be available in late July or early August.  Contact us for custom designs!