Saturday, September 19, 2015


We have a fantastic client who lives on top of the world here in Los Angeles.  Her yard is so exquisite — there really is not much you need to do to make it spectacular — but we manage to add a little sparkle every year!  The other thing about this wonderful client is she always calls us the week before the party — her hubby has a difficult schedule to pin down so they basically operate a week out!  Which always adds a wee bit of panic to the prep!!  This year her daughter wanted a Mermaid Soiree…  and we were thrilled to help create a magical Mermaid party for her. Mom wanted it to be very muted and simple and gorgeous — very French is how she described it.  She doesn’t like bright colors or anything overpowering — just wanted something ethereal and light and gorgeous.  I love a sophisticated take on a kids party — so I was thrilled at her decision/ direction.  I decided on a primarily white and silver color scheme — with bits of lavender and pale french pink for a little splash of color.  I had seen these gorgeous white Mermaid vases at Home Goods the week before and couldn’t believe my luck when I went back and BOTH were still available!  The party was during peony season so I knew those vases filled with white peonies would be a spectacular simple elegant centerpiece.  I wanted a bit more wow — of course — and decided I’d create a “bubble” runner surrounding the mermaid out of various sized honeycomb tissue balls.  I LOVE how it turned out — to me it looks like she is crashing out of the ocean on top of a cresting/ white cap wave.  I wanted the individual table settings to sparkle as well — so I used silver glitter dipped glass milk bottles with alternating  tinsel or “bubble” topped straws, glitter dipped forks, wavy edged silver and pearl colored plates topped with pearl and shell necklaces.  The crowns at each place settings I hand made as well — and loved how they turned out.  I used the stiff felt pieces from my local craft store cut them into a crown shape — sprayed them with adhesive and covered them with white glitter for EXTRA sparkle.  Then I hot glued different starfish and shells on each - so each was a beautiful special unique creations the kiddos could wear and take home after the party!  I added silver and white and lavender ribbons to the backs of all the chairs and the 2 giant Birthday Balloon bubbles at the head of each table as well.  The food set up was simple and elegant — I loved how my drink containers looks like fish scales!!  Heirloom LA did the catering — and their presentation is always SO gorgeous.  I did a hand painted HAPPY BIRTHDAY on a foam roll — cut out and stuck on the window surrounded by silver, white, pink and purple paper tissue fans as the backdrop here — for more of the bubble effect.   The treat table centerpiece was the gorgeous naked cake by Julie at Blue Cupcake which I festooned with flowers to match the flowers in all the vases I provided.  Simply gorgeous - and insanely delicious, as always!  I hand made a creme burlap banner that read “Leticia’s Lagoon” and hung it above the treat table, and flanked the yummy goodies with glittered mermaid goodie bags — that held a glittering Mermaid Tail and a hand made mermaid wand to match the custom made crowns for all the mini mermaids to take home (Boy got Pirate booty!!) .  I also brought my hand painted teepee from home and added some fringe and sparkle to that to create a lovely little mermaid hideaway for anyone who was NOT swimming in the pool with the REAL LIVE MERMAID.  She was SUCH a treat for the kids — they loved her and it added such a magical element to the afternoon!  All and all it was such a gorgeous party — the guests were all thrilled, and mom has already told us she’ll give us a week notice when the next birthday rolls around this fall!  Thanks to Greg Fiore for the fab photos!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


This Party ended up looking SO Fabulous -- I just had to share!!  I am so so in love with the main table... I just love it!  I hand painted a watercolor table runner for this one and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  I am not actually much of a watercolor artist -- so I was pleased that it turned out as I imagined it (believe me -- that is not always the case with my creative projects!!) I am all about a show stopping centerpiece at the COOP - and I think this is one of my favorites ever.  I had made this ribbon garland for the Magicland party last year and have always LOVED the bold bright colors -- so I decided to repurpose it into a rainbow.  Always flying by the seat of my pants -- I initially thought I'd use dowels to hold it up -- but the top was too heavy and it wouldn't hold an arch... so I decided I'd attach it to a hula hoop.  When I was at the 99 cent store to get the hula hoop -- my eye landed on a POOL NOODLE and I KNEW that was the best option.  I zip tied that gorgeous ribbon garland up an down the pool noodle and then stuck dowels into the end holes and "planted" the dowels in white vases.  I can't believe how much I love how it looked!!  I am also super crazy about the rainbow unicorn vases -- in front of the beautiful cupcakes by Blue Cupcake.  I found these cheap sort of ugly putty colored horse head vases and spray painted them glossy white.  I made unicorn horns out of a beautiful gold paper and glued them to the horse heads, added a beautiful array of colorful flowers for the mane and voila!!  2 Rainbow Unicorns were born!!  I used pillow fill for the clouds, made a variety of rainbow unicorn images for each place setting (and the front of the goodie bags as well)  and the table was done!  So so beautiful.  I used the ribbon backdrop I made for magicl
and party as well on the back wall... and then simply glittered the small wooden letters gold for a simple pretty birthday banner.  This was a magical magical party and I hope you enjoy the photos!!!

Monday, April 6, 2015


Hey OCTONAUTS Fans!!  Check out this super spectacular party we did recently for a client who loves Captain Barnacles and the crew!  As is always the case with the COOP -- we tried to keep it bold and chic!  We skipped the branded plates -- an instead did dotted napkins with a bright square plate topped with beautiful felt Octonauts themed mask on top.  Way more chic then a store bought themed cupcake plate!!  We kept the color scheme bright and happy -- bright blue and green and silver -- with some punches of orange in there for good COOP measure!!  For the main table centerpiece we did rectangular vases filled with some bright aquarium bubbles that we place a couple of characters in doing their underwater exploring.  This is such a simple centerpiece -- but it is creative and fun and looked so great!  We love how it turned out!  Glittered HAPPY BIRTHDAY letters marching down the table added some sparkle and shine -- and is always a festive way to celebrate the big day.  We also dipped our party balloon bring in glitter for extra sparkle...  and used our favorite glitter paper placemats as well.  To celebrate in true OCTONAUTS style -- we had a touch tank brought in do the kids could actually interact with and learn some facts about some cool sea creatures.  The gorgeous cake was from the Cake Divas and the photos are all curtesy of Bebe Jacobs Photography!It was such a beautiful fun celebration... we hope you enjoy the pics!!!

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!