Sunday, February 15, 2015


We were so excited to have one of our favorite COOP at home clients request a California Wildlife Party. This was a very new theme for us and with only 4 days to prep we got busy creating something truly special.
What an inspired theme but how to style it? My brilliant business partner Juliet had found these really cool and graphic plates by Oh Joy at Target and I knew as soon as I saw them that they would be the perfect inspiration for this unusual theme. The colors chosen which were inspired by the plates were gold, pink and teal with lots of fun and fabulous glitter elements. I really wanted it to have a cool almost desert feel but also wanted to show case the California animals.

On the day the chairs I had rented didn't look the best when they arrived so I quickly improvised by attaching the left over colored ribbon to the backs of all the little chairs and the effect was dazzling. We loved it so much that we have added this detail to all our COOP at home parties.
We chose a white fur runner and just loved the effect - modern and simple and yet a little wild like our California wildlife. I hand painted cool California animal stencils that I found on Etsy on the goodie bags and Julie of Blue Cupcakes highlighted all the elements with her cake and sumptuous cupcakes in wild neon pinks and blues.
On each place seating we added different hand glittered animal figure along with glittered mason jars that we used to house the napkins and the glittered wooden cutlery. We also added some very California succulents in clay pots and then jazzed them up with gold glitter rims.
Our little birthday girl Vivi dressed so beautifully in her Mulholland Girls dress was thrilled especially when all the very real California animals paid a visit.
I made one of my favorite banners to date of foam hearts glittered in gold with the pink and teal ribbon on the ends. It was perfect for this party that was so full of love and glitter.


It was SO much fun putting together this GOLD and SILVER ROCKSTAR party for one of our sweet COOP kids. The mom showed me the sweetest picture of her little guy rockin out to his favorite tunes and it helped to inspire all the little details of the party. We had the always AMAZING Julie of Blue Cupcake create the Rockstar cake with non other than a replica of the birthday boy as a topper.
I was a little stuck on how to have the star symbol and the guitar symbol blend together as a standard star just seemed to perfect...That very day I arrived at the COOP to see stars that Juliet had dreamt up for her upcoming COOP at Home party and I knew that, that hand drawn star was perfect! (Thanks Jules). I then set to glittering guitars and adding the star elements. I found 2 giant guitar photo frames at Michaels and glittered them black for my main center pieces. I hand made the silver and gold banner that seemed to scream ROCKSTAR to me and I decided that a one hit single record with a touch of glitter would be perfect for the plate decor although non of the kiddies had any clue what a record was.
All our little Rockers went home with a cool inflatable guitar, a tinsel wig, a boa and some very cool Rockstar sunglasses. It really was a rockin good time!

Monday, December 15, 2014


This was a really special one.  This party was for three of the loveliest kiddos that the COOP chicks have ever known.  An incredibly kind, gorgeous family that has supported us since the get go -- and they wanted to help them host a BIG BLOW OUT for all three kiddos in their new magical backyard.  The kids and their friends range in age from 7 - 12 ... and are equal amounts boys and girls.  So we just wanted to create something MAGICAL.  Nothing too boy or girl themed.  Just fun an magic and colorful and gorgeous.  We started with glitter and feathers and pom poms and just went from there.         The "usual" way to approach a garden party would be greens and wood elements -- but we thought we wanted to do something more bright and fun for this crowd!  We settled on a vibrant color scheme and started creating ribbon backdrops for the food table, the chairs, the swing  and the treehouse, as well as the amazing backdrop for the treat table.  That is kind of my favorite thing ever... my son Grant and I made it in our driveway.  We rolled a 20 foot piece of watercolor paper down our sloped driveway -- and then, just like a couple of Kindergartners... we covered the paper with pieces of colored tissue paper that we wet in order to get the color to bleed all over the paper.  The result is this amazing watercolor effect in these beautiful bright hues... that I just LOVED!!!!  I also spent what seemed like weeks glittering and assembling these amazing feather headdresses for all the kids.  I was SOOOO Happy when the birthday boys put theirs on the second they saw them (over their baseball hats!  So cute!!)  I also made a bunch of paper pinwheels in all the bright colors to decorate the yard.  There is a TON of yard -- and we had quite a few fun areas going on.  The golden pinata tree with 4 golden fringed pinatas.... the treehouse  area where the kids got burlap bags filled with slingshots and colorful pouf ammo (we even hand painted some bullseye's for them that we placed near the Teepee we brought in for the fun!) , a magical dress up area -- where we also hosted a magic show and of course the driveway was taken over by the extraordinarily looooong party table covered in feathers and glitter and poufs and flowers and fun of all kinds!!    A couple of weeks before the party, mom sent us the  invite she sent out for the party ... it was a beautiful handwritten note about how her kids were all growing so fast and how she wished so many things for them.  Then she listed her 27 wishes (27 is all three of their ages added together) for her kids on their birthday this year.  I thought it was such a beautiful sentiment that I really wanted to incorporate it somewhere.    I decided to use clear plastic plates and spray glue a square of white glitter paper with a wish at each place setting.  It was such a lovely and  personal touch at the party table.  Mom gathered up all the plates at the end so she keep them as a special memento.  It makes us so happy when people appreciate the time and effort we put into making their parties special and unique... and to see them want to hold on to that magic really makes us proud.  Julie from blue cupcake did the gorgeous bright fun cakes -- dipped in rock candy - which were  SOOOOO CUTE!!!  OK -- I could go on an don about this party but I won't -- I'll end it with some pics and this excerpt from the thank you e mail mom sent us onMonday...

"Honestly, that was a dreamy dreamy day… I received so many nice notes from people who echoed what I felt - that we were just reliving the whole party all Monday. You are a magic maker!!  I really can’t thank you enough, Juliet.  Jack, Calvin and Cecilia were in 7th heaven - they said it was their most favorite party ever.  A big hug is the closest thing to give you to represent the warmth and love you brought, but really it doesn’t do it all justice!

sigh, my words are inadequate. but hopefully you get the picture :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

SWEET 16 / Party at Home

We did a beautiful SWEET SIXTEEN party for one of our very favorite clients this past weekend (this is her fourth COOP Party!!!)  All her previous parties have been AT the COOP -- but this year -- for her milestone 16TH BDay... Isabel chose to have us come and do a COOP AT HOME party for her in her backyard.  She's the loveliest young lady and we were thrilled to help her celebrate this beautiful afternoon with her girlfriends for a ladies lunch.  We did 2 walls of ribbon surrounding the table (and blocking the backyard -- making the party scene a bit more intimate).... giant balloons with paper tassels and of course a GOLD 16 Balloon to celebrate.  We also hung a few gold glittering pinatas from the tree for a bit of sparkle!  Each of the girls took home a potted succulent... we HAD to fancy them up a bit so we painted the rims gold an then doused them with glitter and added a pink pom-ed pick with a custom Burlap ribbon that read Isabel's Sweet 16 on it.  It was a beautiful celebration for a beautiful (inside and out) young lady that we were honored to create!!!  Hope you enjoy the pics!!