Wednesday, May 28, 2014


We have been so blessed over the years at the COOP to work with some incredible parents and the one featured in this blog is truly one of the most inspired! This was Jennifer's second COOP party with us she also had the Yo Gabba Gabba the year before both for her gorgeous son Tenz. Every year Tenz and Jennifer come up with a cool theme and pull out all the stops in making it look and feel sensational. Jennifer created the crazy wonderful Hoth puppets as well as the gorgeous hats. Julie from Blue Cupcake created the incredible cake and cupcakes and the COOP took care of the decorative elements. Bebe Jacobs took all the FAB photos and the family (who are picture perfect) had a special birthday that would make George Lucas proud! 


How gorgeous is all this PINK for ROCKSTAR! I was so happy with the way that this little Pink Rockstar turned out that I contemplated painting my kids room PINK! He didn't go for it - but he did allow a metallic vase with glitter microphones as decor on his desk!
I really went a bit nuts with the details for this one. I found a super fabulous hot pink petal material down town that I used as the main tablecloth and went from there. I created little poptini's with the signature COOP gummi cherry as garnish as well as Rockstar cookies leaning against little bottles of PINK milk to put on the main table along with the regular COOP lollipop display boxes. The amazing Julie of Blue Cupcakes took care of the cupcakes with the most adorable glitter microphones and guitars on top.
Outside the pink fest continued with stars and glitter and microphones being used to tie it all together.
It really did ROCK the world of our little birthday girl Charlotte as well as all the party guests who danced along to the COOL COOP rock soundtrack!


I loved it when one of my favorite COOP party at home mommies asked for a Rapunzel party as Rapunzel was my favorite princess when I was little. Also as I only have two (amazing sons) it is always with glee that I decorate and put together a girlie party! Juliet & I really wanted to make sure that the colors were vibrant and bright but not too Lakers (an LA basketball team for all our International bloggers!). So we used purple and yellow and also incorporated some pretty greens and pinks.
We used Rapunzel's hair as our table runners and tied a small braid to each of the goodie bags. The goodies included tiara's and tutu's and wands for all our little princess's. Juliet put together some gorgeous flowers and the whole effect was more RAPUNZEL than LAKERS so we were thrilled. Our beautiful birthday girl was over the moon especially when Rapunzel herself appeared!!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Finn's FIESTA!

My son Finn usually goes for a small sleepover at home for his birthday party.  This is his last year in elementary school though -- so I urged him to have a blow out with the whole class.   We have a Taco vendor that I love so I said how bout "Finn's Fiesta!"  He reluctantly agreed (he's not a showy kid -- as I said he's prefer 2 friends at the house as opposed to shaking his maracas in a sombrero with his whole class... but I digress!!) Here's the thing that is so so fiun about a FIESTA party -- the COLOR!!  I mean -- honestly -- you can (and I did!) use just about every fabulous fun color you can imagine somewhere in a fiesta themed party!  I went for it in the color -- and the GLITTER (naturally and as always !) department!  I even Glittered the giant balloons (this was a first for me and I LOVE how the turned out!) I got the most fun busy colorful material I could find and used it for table runners... and then just went crazy glittering limes and lemons, planting succulents and cactus in salsa tins.... I also used Food containers (beans!) for the flower arrangements.  A trip to Olvera street scored me a few little skulls and dia de los Muertos trinkets ... I artfully placed ALL these goodies at varying heights (I love a pine box riser!) fro the main centerpiece of the table.   Mini Maracas on each place setting, sombreros on the sodas, paper flowers and garland with the Glittered balloons and my hand painted brick background... I mean -- this party was OTT!  And so fun.  The MOST fun element I thought -- was the Margarita glasses (with cactus stems) with candy sprinkled rims (instead of salt!  curtesoy of some warm white chocolate and an extra large container of jimmies all over my kitchen the night before the party!) Everyone got sombreros, of course -- the birthday boys momma (moi) and favorite baby sister got extra special hot pink and gold ones...  I also hand made her the flower headdress (Frida-esque) with some silk flowers and hot glue on a stretchy headband.  Gorgeous cupcakes by Julie at Blue Cupcake -- again and always steal the show.  So gorgeous!!!  We Fiesta- ed like there was no MaƱana... and I am so so happy my little boy got to have one last bash with his sweet elementary school friends!!! 

Monday, April 7, 2014


  Nothing says little girl like the PERFECT Tea Party! I had the pleasure of putting together a divine Shabby Chic Tea Party for some lovely COOP clients gorgeous one year old daughter London.
There were so many sweet elements to this party and a lot of handmade details.
The amazing Julie from Blue cupcakes took care of all the fabulous sweets - like a ruffle smash cake and petite cupcakes on single cake platters. Because it was a tea party I  thought it would be a good idea to have some milk in little bottles personalized with the name of our birthday girl. I WANTED THE PERSONALIZATION TO EXTEND TO LITERALLY EVERYTHING SO I also added ribbon and labels to the water bottles as well.
 I used doilies on the bags again with personalized tags and placed shabby chic roses in small vases.
 I loved scouring antique stores for the vintage tea cups and tablecloths which I used over the always chic burlap runners. I really feel that it was a SMASHING Shabby Chic Tea Party SUCCESS.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


When it came time for my little girl to turn one...  I needed a unique theme to celebrate the most special little girl I know.   We call our sweet little lady Hazel, Hazy... so I thought I would just go with a simple PURPLE HAZE theme.  I just wanted it to be extra beautiful ... fresh flowers and purple purple purple!  I  hand painted the watercolored party hats (which I hot glued fresh flowers to on the day of the party!  So pretty!) and dip dyed the table cloths myself the week of the party... but I still need a WOW moment!  I was driving back from a luncheon with my brilliant business partner when it hit me... the Jimi Hendrix PURPLE HAZE poster.  I love that image...Jimi's face with that mad fab multicolored afro!  THAT was IT!!!  The big WOW moment I needed!  I had a friend print a black and white image of my Hazy on canvas, which I then hot glued to a larger piece of canvas.  I painted the background blackest black and then got to the fun of spray painting the afros!!  I ADORE how they turned out.  So cool and fun -- and the three of them behind the birthday girl at cake time made SUCH an impact.  I have one of the paintings hanging in my house now -- I love it so!!! All the super cool guests got afros and groovy round shades... and I hand made feather headdresses for all the little and big ladies (mommies!)  at the party.  I have a "there is no such thing as too much glitter" mentality.... so I went absolutely bananas in the glitter dept!  Glittered the champagne bottles, glittered the champagne glasses, glittered the burlap goodie bags... glitter, glitter,glitter!  I also made a large burlap flag pennant Banner that said (in gold glitter, natch!) SWEET HAZY... and believe it or not that #1 light up marquee sign...  I made it with just foam board spray painted gold that I glued into the shape of a 1 and poked string lights through as the bulbs.  It turned out great, I think!  One of my other favorite features was the balloon chandelier I did over the bench in the play area.  I did purple and tie dye (Lucinda found those for me!) and silver helium balloons with different pictures of Hazel throughout her first year hanging from each one.  I tried to be sure to include all the guests in the pics as well.  It turned out really lovely -- and was so fun for people to find their picture with Hazy in the mix!!!  The super amazing Julie from Blue Cupcakes did all my cakes and sweets.  I ONLY use Julie for my events -- and I think you can see why!  She's a true artist! I was so so happy with the party.  Everything looked frilly and girlie and fabulous... and artsy and glittery and wonderful.  It was all that I wanted it to be and more!!!!