PARTY TRAVEL TIPS

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Hola! Bonito Design & Events did a Unicorn Party in Ecuador last year on this very same date.

If you recall from the fiesta of the photos seen HERE and on Bonito Instagram, was for my loving grandmother who turned 96. Today she turns 97 and because I just couldn't go this year (which I am totally bummed about) I decided to reminisce on all of Bonito's platform celebrating her.

On Instagram I will be posting photos of the party and video clips I have not shared. And on here I wanted to share a few tips on planning a destination party and some behind the scenes as well. So make sure you read below and then hop to HERE to see the instagram pics.

For those Planning a Destination Event or thinking about it here we go!

PACKING

  • PACKING: Of course, I wanted to pack the luggage with ALL my party decor, but that wasn't realistic. Instead, I packed a few things that were necessary that I knew I was going to have a struggle finding of there. So I packed things like mini pinatas, pastel colored balloons, cute paper cups/plates and even the unicorn cake topper made it to this travel. I also, kept in mind of thaking things that weren't too bulky or breakable. Everything else I got locally.

 

  • TIP: Balance out what to take and be smart of what is really needed because you also want to minimize shopping time on your trip. If you must take an item that is breakable I would say to make sure to wrap the item securely. I went heavy on the bubble wrap and paper to cover a few fragile things and made sure to place it in between clothes.
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LOCATION

  • LOCATION: Second, most important thing was location. After searching many pretty options we decided Nazu City Hostel's Penthouse was our best option. A Spacious, Modern Location, with a great Rooftop, Furniture and a brick wall I crushed on. The other reason was that we had to find a place that wasn't far for my grandmother to travel to.

 

  • TIPS: Concentrate on what you need from the space and make sure you read all amenities they provide before you book. I made sure I communicated that we were going to have a family gathering since this was a Penthouse not a venue. Thankfully it all worked out to our favor, but I strongly suggest you have great communication with the manger or owner. That way there are no surprises.

 

LOCAL VENDORS

  • LOCAL VENDORS: Researched Piñata & Baker vendors mostly on instagram. Social Media specially Instagram is a great tool to use to navigate through vendors. As for the cake my aunt made it :)
  • Since this was in Ecuador my communications were through emails, whatsapp and knowing Spanish helped.
  • Try to give yourself enough time to search and communicate with vendors before the party.

CAKE TOPPER

  • NYC VENDOR: I decided to take the cake topper because I knew my aunt would do the cake. So what I needed was a fabulous cake topper.  Joycie Cakes made a fondant unicorn topper to perfection. I was a little scared that something may happen to it because I was going to travel for 7 hour. Joycie reassured me that I should be fine and she boxed it securely. She was right!
  • TIP: A simple cake is always easy to get anywhere. Just make sure it has something that gives it a personal or thought outtouch. - If you are taking a cake topper I suggest to took it by hand in a small bag. Always consult with the baker on directions or advice.

SHOPPING

  • SHOPPING: For cupcakes & flowers I went to a local Floralist Company and a local bakery.
  • TIPS: Limit your shopping experience so you don't get beyond overwhelmed.

Ultimately, planning an event big or small in another state or country can be a little challenging. Our Unicorn theme party in Ecuador was a family celebration honoring our grandmother who turned 96 years of age. I wanted something different that we could all experience together. Time was limited and it needed a little more tlc than usual. A little sleep deprived, but all worth it. My family was an amazing resource and unbelievable help. So just make sure to do your research and keep this basic tips in mind.

This event was beyond special and happily successful! I wish I was there right now, but until then I will celebrate her virtually. FELIZ CUMPLEANOS ABUELITA!

Plus, when I do go no matter what month I will be creating a party for her either way.

Ok Hasta Luego. Xo.

Hop over to see the Unicorn Party Gallery if you missed it Click HERE.

Squish Marsh

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Hola! Today I am sharing this Adorable and Delicious Marshmallows from Squish Marsh! They are the perfect bite size and come in all different flavors. On top of that they do Donut Marshmallows and custom branded ones that will just make you twirl. Just look at the adorable packaging and branded marshmallow of Bonito. Need I say more!

The Best part my New Yorker readers they are located in St. Marks NYC. Take a look at their site HERE and get all the yummy details for your next party or craving. :)

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XO Helen

Operation Shower Under The Big Top

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Every year you know that Bonito is part of Operation Shower. This year's Baby Shower theme was Circus - Under The Big Top. Undeniably this was going to be a Fun and Colorful celebration for all the Military Moms to be surprised with.

We had the joy to work with graphics from HWTM and designs from SpoonFlower Fabric . Loved incorporating black and white to the vibrant color scheme of the stationery design and adding some gold, white and baby colors. Balancing it all out visually, with a modern twist, making it sweet and Bonito.

NYCakePops who always donates for our table did these beautiful dotted and striped cake pops. As you can see the cake pops are on top of cupcake wrappers, decorated with different animal sticker and the sticks were embellished with fun colored feathers.

The SpoonFlower Fabric played the role of a unique place mat trimmed with red pom poms! Again giving it a modern twist to this Circus Table. If you notice the Lion's Ring was also trimmed with Red Pom Poms implying to be the Fire. Making it all very darling!

All the other details were as fun to come with... the hip floral vase, the funky fun straws, admit one ticket glass stem decor, ketchup and mustard baby bottles, light box, and on and on... To see ALL the Details go to the Full Gallery CLICK HERE.

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All the beautiful Moms we celebrated. Photo by Images by Berit

All the beautiful Moms we celebrated. Photo by Images by Berit

From Left: Happy Happenings Event, Save the Date for Cupcakes, Gabriela Events, Style In the Details, Simply Divine Event Decor, Bonito Design, M Pression Events, Amy & La Productions (who sadly missed this group photo). Photo by Images by Berit

From Left: Happy Happenings Event, Save the Date for Cupcakes, Gabriela Events, Style In the Details, Simply Divine Event Decor, Bonito Design, M Pression Events, Amy & La Productions (who sadly missed this group photo). Photo by Images by Berit

These Moms were ALL overjoyed as soon as they walked in the room. Stepping into a room of pure magic, great energy and the amazing gifts waiting for them. Truly blessed to be a part of this organization and always happy to see all the Moms reactions.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as we did creating.

Remember to see the Full Gallery of more details HERE.

XO Helen.

 

FEM THINK TANK EVENT

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Bonito had the opportunity to once again style an amazing Event in a fabulous space. All for our lovely friend Kathleen from Endlessly Elated, who hosted her 1st Fem Think Tank Event!

Thankfully Kathleen and I have very similar taste in style and gave me the green light to take control, which unfolded to all the prettiness you see here.     

Inspiration came from the beautiful venue, Hudson Table and a pink box with black/white ribbon spotted on a window display. Of course, details played a huge role here as you can witness on this post or on our Instagram.

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Made a surprise welcome sign that read: "Hello Lovelies," if you follow Kathleen you know that is her signature greeting.

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Ugh, these custom frames where "Life," like Kathleen stated when first seeing them.

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I had to plug in the Behind the Scene Video as well. FYI: Kathleen will be posting a video of the Event soon. Stay tuned.

Cheers to Kathleen, and all the GIRL BOSSES at FEM THINK TANK! XOXO

Group Photos and BTS Video by @Alcidezx3

Champagne by Le Grand Courtage

Venue Hudson Table

Styled by Bonito Design

Decal Classy Clutter Designs

Hosted by Endlessly Elated

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