Archive for October, 2010

Happy Birthday Luca!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday to my ‘little guy’!  It is hard to believe you are 3 – how time flies!

You arrived at 7:52am and when I saw you, I couldn’t believe how much you looked like your sister.

A cuddler from the beginning, you slept sweetly and had such a calm demeanor.  Your big sister was so proud and loved you from day 1.

You have quite a sense of humor and your evil laugh is priceless.  You are full of life and energy.

I am amazed at your imagination and how your bring your ‘choo-choo’s’ to life.  Your inquisitiveness and desire to find out how and why things work is mind-blowing.

Luca, I am so proud to be your mommy and cannot wait to see how your discover the world!

Happy Birthday, Luca!  Love, Mommy

{Real Parties} Classy & Fabulous Chanel Inspired Baby Shower

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

“A girl must be two things: classy and fabulous.”  The famous words of Coco Chanel!

I created a color palette of black, white, and light pink – everything from plates, menus, the cake, and centerpieces.

The event took place at the lovely Branches in their waterfall garden, and were fortunate to have a beautifully sunny and warm October day!  It was so warm in fact that only half hour into the party, we needed to bring in large umbrellas for shading to provide comfort and some heat relief to the guests.

Guests entered the garden to find a table with escort cards designed to resemble Chanel perfume bottle labels.

Custom designed bookplates with an area for guests to write a personal message sat on a bistro table with the latest ultrasound photo of Faith.  I was completely amazed that with 71 guests attending the shower, Faith did not receive one duplicate book for her library!

An area was created to display the hors d’oeuvres consisting of fruit, vegetables and crudite, and antipasta including fresh mozzarella, eggplant, artichoke hearts, and roasted peppers.

The tables were draped in black satin pintuck linens with pink pinktuck napkins.  We choose a pocket-fold for the napkins to display the layered menus.  Empty bottles with Chanel-inspired perfume labels displayed the table number.

The centerpieces were crafted using Sweet Akito roses to form a lovely pink ball atop a black urn.  In lieu of traditional favors, my mother and I decided to make a contribution to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Monmouth Medical Center, the hospital where Faith will be born.  At each placesetting, a small card informing guests of our decision was attached to a March of Dimes awareness bracelet.  It was touching to hear how many of our guests appreciated this gesture.

I requested that the guests bring their gifts wrapped in black and white, and was so pleased to see that most of them did.  Some guests even got especially creative with their wrapping.

Guests were also asked to dress in black and white – with pearls encouraged!  It was a request, but I also knew my guest list where most of our family and friends wear black at weddings, etc. so this was not something too out of the ordinary or drastic of a request.

The exquisite chocolate cake with mousse filling was made by Elyse of By Little Hands, the same fabulous woman who created Cibella’s Jolly Holiday cake.  I sent her the inspiration board I created for the shower, and left it in her hands!  It was delicious!  She will also be creating the cake for Luca’s upcoming party with a flavor I am super excited about (I am going to leave that surprise, for now!)

The shower was a wonderful success and loved by everyone, but most importantly my sister.  At the start of the shower, I toasted the soon-to-be mom, wishing her well, a healthy daughter, and of course, a quick delivery!  Faith is scheduled to make her official appearance soon, and I cannot wait to meet her!  Welcome to motherhood, Melissa – I know you are going to be a wonderful mommy!

Contact Belleza e Luce to design your upcoming event!

Rootin’ Tootin’ Birthday Invitations

Monday, October 18th, 2010

I had so much creating Luca’s invitations!  I was inspired by the famous cowboy baby shower invitations at HWTM as well as these creative bachelor party invitations from Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone.  I have been dying to create an invitation with wood, but didn’t know when the perfect event would come along.  Originally, Luca wanted a train birthday but decided over the summer he wanted a western roundup!  The perfect event came along and the invitations were born!

{Spotlight} Belleza e Luce

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Belleza e Luce was given the wonderful opportunity of being featured on Hali’s Lost and Found.

Hali writes about hidden gem shops on Etsy.

You can read the full feature here.  Be sure to read some of her other previous features as well – you may discover a new favorite hidden gem!

Thank you Hali!

{Inspiration Board} Vintage Rootin’ Tootin’ Roundup

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

With a little over 2 weeks until my son’s 3rd birthday, we are in full party mode for a western hoedown!  I’m taking a chance and hoping to have his party in our backyard as a cowboy party just needs to be outside.  (Keep your fingers crossed for me that the weather stays mild for just another few weeks!)  I do, however, have a backup plan in case of rain or extreme cold weather (making sure your guests are comfortable is a top priority when planning any event).

Here is my inspiration for Luca’s Cowboy Rootin’ Tootin’ Roundup.

{Image Credits: sunflowers; square dance; atmosphere; s’mores; snack cones; stick horses; napkin; beverages; washboard; ribs; saw horses; gem mining; buffet; apple cider; western attire; tablescape – unknown, please contact us if you are/know the source so I can give proper credit; stamps; muslin bag; cowboy boots image}

{Free Printable} Breast Cancer Awareness

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Honor a friend or loved one who has won the battle or encourage one who is fighting it with our free printable with all things pink!

You will need a 2″ circular or scalloped circle hole punch.  Attach them to lollipop sticks to create cupcake toppers, place a glue dot on the back and adhere to cups, or use them as favor tags.

Download your printables here!

Send us your photos of your printables in action!

{Fine Print: Printables are for personal use only; they are not to be resold.  Copyright Belleza e Luce}

Belleza e Luce Featured!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

We have just been blown away by the response to the Jolly Holiday Party!  We are currently in the process of offering this collection for sale, and with a sunny day today, I may actually get to take some photos of our line!  I hope to have the full collection available by the end of next week, but contact us if you would like a sneak peek!

Aubree of The Seaman Family Blog graciously featured our party on her blog today.  If you have never seen her shop, Crew and Cate,  be sure to check it out.  She has such lovely things and I foresee some purchases from her in my future!

Becca at Birthday Girl also featured our event here.  She always features such wonderfully creative parties and events, I am humbled to be amongst them!

Amy of Stem Parties is known for her fabulous parties and especially for her dedication to Operation Shower, an organization that coordinates baby showers for deployed military families.  I was so appreciative when I heard she would be featuring the Mary Poppins party on her blog.

Thank you, ladies for your kind words and for spotlighting Belleza e Luce and our event!

{Inspiration Board} Halloween Witches Brew

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

It’s hard to believe that October is upon us and Halloween is just a few short weeks away!  I’m sad to see the summer go and pack away the shorts and bathing suits; the air is beginning to carry a crisp chill, the leaves are falling, and the dark evening sky arrives much too early!

However, October also means Halloween and festive parties!  I choose apple green and black as a color scheme for this board, and focused on chandeliers and black candles – perfect for an adults cocktail soiree but also equally chic for a teen’s bash.

Enjoy the inspiration!

{Sources: Book of Spells Cake; Candles; Chairs, Chandelier; Potion; Parasol; Soda; Raven; Tights; Tablescape; Punch Bowl; Invitation; Cauldron; Spooky Fog}

Belleza e Luce featured again …

Friday, October 1st, 2010

… and again!

The response has just been overwhelming to our Jolly Holiday party.  I am so flattered by all the emails and comments I have received.

Shelley from Diving Party Concepts and Christi from P is for Party have both featured the Jolly Holiday party.  Be sure to head on over there, and post a comment on their wonderful blogs.  It is an honor to be featured on these blogs where the creativity and caliber of parties is so high.

Have a wonderful weekend – tomorrow is the Chanel baby shower, so I have been busy in preparation for it!  I cannot wait to share with you all of the details!