Parties, DIY

Layla's Luau Baby Shower

laylas luau baby shower queridamelinda

My sister is expecting her 2nd baby girl, yay! 

every year her & my brother in law throw a beginning of the summer back yard luau. so this year we decided to combine their yearly luau with a baby shower, welcoming baby layla :) 

i'm so happy with how everything came out, and even happier that my sister enjoyed her special day.

here are the pics, enjoy! 

thanks for stopping by, love to hear your thoughts in the comments! 



Parties, DIY

Aaden's Soccer Birthday Party

can you believe it? my baby is 9 years old now! 


for aaden's 9th birthday, he wanted a soccer theme. so we had a backyard cookout with close friends and family. here are the pics: 

aaden is obsessed with soccer! he brings his soccer ball to school every day. his favorite player is cristiano ronaldo.

as i've mentioned before, i like to keep things simple with my party decor, i truly believe that you can make a party look great, without hurting your pockets. so this time around i kept it super simple and reused a lot of party decor i already owned. i wanted it to be colorful, because aaden loves bright colors just like his momma ;) 

there goes another memorable birthday party in the books! thanks to everyone who came & celebrated my baby boy! love you all!





California Dreaming Birthday Party


When it comes to my son Aaden, who is now sadly old enough to make requests for his birthday party themes, I try to meet him somewhere in the middle. I can compromise.... I mean it is supposed to be about him, so even if it kills my creative soul to do a generic theme party I have to try to meet him half way. 

For his 8th birthday we planned on taking him to California, it would be our first family trip on a plane. We also planned on surprising him with Disneyland on his actual birthday. So naturally I wanted to do a California themed party-- but he wanted a Pokemon. The kid is obsessed! All he talks about his Pokemon, he has like a thousand cards. Sigh.

However, because we were planing on going on this big trip we weren't really trying to spend a lot of money on a birthday party. So it was more of a little cake cutting soiree, with close friends and family. But obviously I couldn't just do a cake....I had to add a little something for the wow factor. 

Ok, maybe I'm a little obsessed with the balloon arches now.... 


I just picked up some bags of balloons at Party City in his favorite colors. 

The Pineapple Piñata is from Target, as well as the paper plates.

I designed the picture banner using a photo I found on Pinterest and creating the graphics on Canva. I ordered a colored engineer print at Staples, they're the best it's like $4 + next day pick up!  

The cake is from Stop & Shop 

& I bought the little Pokemon on Amazon (as you can see from the pics he was SO happy when he saw them! teehehe

That's it! 

Special thanks to our friends & family who came, we love you!




P.S. stay tuned for all the pics from our family trip to California! 


Floral Baby Shower

I'm so excited to share the baby shower I recently had the pleasure of styling! 

Nothing makes me happier than when a client says, I'm open to whatever you want to do, I trust you. YES! 

So of course I wanted to take the opportunity to finally create a floral cascading balloon piece, and I couldn't be happier with how it came out! 

Baby showers are always so much fun to design! I love simple yet beautiful decor. Also, I think it's always great to find centerpieces that are useful and not something that people feel obligated to hang on to until they finally give in to tossing it in the trash. So I really loved using Pellegrino sparkling water as a centerpiece. 

It's always funny how the pictures never show everything that goes wrong when styling a party, like when the bakery messes up your cake order and forgets to put the flowers on your cakes. But if there's one thing I've learned is how to roll with punches and make it work! (I say this after I have a mini internal anxiety attack, and all is well). Luckily, there was an amazing cake decorator there and she helped me out! Special thanks to everyone who helped make my vision come to life! 

Congrats to the momma to be!  hope you loved this baby shower as much as I did!

& Thank you for trusting me to design your special day. 





Avery's b-boy spiderman party

Whoa my baby boy is 4! I still can't believe how big he his. He's talking so much now. This was the 1st year that he was very clear on what he wanted for his birthday theme. Spiderman! 

Me being me-- I couldn't just do any old spiderman party. He's really into dancing right now. He tries to breakdance and do some hip hop moves--- tho it looks more like interpretive dancing. Either way I love it! It's the cutest! 

So I really wanted to tie his new found love for dancing in with spiderman. I'm also really into monochrome modern parties right now. Once again-- we all know I love the color black #mymoodisblack ;) 

The big goal was to create something he would love, but also something our wallet would love. 

Here's how I pulled it off: 

That's it! I hope you loved this party as much as we did! 

It's really easy to get all excited about decorating a party, next thing you know you went way over budget! Don't be afraid to keep your decorations simple and minimal. It can still look great & I'm sure your guest of honor will still love it! 



Spidey Bboy prints, Avery's 4th Birthday sign & Thank you notes : Little Magic Prints

Spiderman sugar cookies: Comfy Sweets

BoomBox Pinata: Target

Marble Balloons: Meri Meri

Spider balloons, gift boxes, plates & napkins: Shop Sweet Lulu

Gold necklaces: Party City


DIY, Parties

rodrigues family halloween dinner

Happy halloween!!

pssst...I love color....but my favorite color will always be black! 

I obviously love bright fun quirky halloween costumes....but I also really love dark creepy halloween themes. 

so this halloween we invite you to our creepy animal Rodrigues family dinner party! 

this post is for my fellow dark souls #mysoulisblack

come take a seat, pour yourself some bloody wine, and enjoy! ;)

lifestyle, Parties

mermaid after party- uncut

a lot of people don't realize how much hard work bloggers put into getting that "perfect" shot. Just imagine- how many selfies do you take before you find that Instagram worthy shot? personally I take at least 20 lol and most never make it on IG haha

as much as I love those perfect pics I also love seeing behind the scenes videos and pics...

I really think it's important to know; that even tho we work hard for that shot we also make sure we have fun! 

if it's not fun- what would be the point?

so I decided to share all these grainy blurry photos with all of you, because...well... to me they show how much fun we have together. and I feel like they show us in real life, so hopefully you still love us after this hahaha

fun fact: to me these girls are like my sisters. we practically grew up together. it's funny because we were all besties in high school,  and then somehow the universe gave me a husband with their last name.

now we all have the same last name and we're like legit sisters :p

the rodrigues sisters! 

i love these girls so very much! 

we hope you had as much fun as we did during mermaid week! we had so much fun during this shoot- there was glitter EVERYWHERE but totally worth it. I also thought I was gonna die from the amount of glitter I accidentally swallowed. (i can be a drama queen)

thanks for tuning in lovers <3 I hope this post helps you connect with us more :) 

oh and yes, we are very much aware that we are the weirdos! 




P.S. all the soiree girls are heading to New York this weekend for my big 3-0 birthday sooo be sure to follow our adventures on Instagram stories!! @happysoiree !! we will also have a blog post all about our trip, you won't want to miss it! 


Mermaid queen Soiree!

before we end our mermaid week here at Happy Soirée, of course I had to share mermaid themed party tablescape! 

I love putting together themed parties. however what I really love is finding ways to create a theme without using the obvious themed party supplies. 

there really is so many different ways to create a mermaid themed party. 

here's a mini mermaid soiree I whipped up, just for you and your girls (you beautiful mermaid queens!)

just be sure to add cake!!!

hope you love it,

and I really really hope you & your mermaids will pop some bubbly with some pretty party decor & have some fun soon- like ASAP!

& be sure to send the soiree girls and I an invite! ;)

Party supplies: