{GUEST POST} jack and the beanstalk

jack and the beanstalk party!

you are going to love this party by fete a fete
{accents on blogger?? not sure how to do those…
comment below if you know how!!}
all the colors and details are so cute and man do i want some brazilian food now…

I just came back from my native Brasil where, besides having a wonderful time with family and friends, enjoying the beach and the warm weather during the fall/winter months (95F/35C versus 54F/12C in my CA homebase…), I also celebrated my little boy’s “pre” first birthday.
We commemorated it with a feijoada, a typical Brazilian (and Portuguese) dish very similar to the french cassoulet, but made with black beans instead of white, and using mainly pork as the animal protein.  I don’t eat a lot of meat – in fact, I haven’t eaten beef or pork for more than 20 years.  But I do eat some chicken and fish every now and then.  We had a Brazilian chef cooking for us, and she made two types of feijoada: a traditional one and another one specially for me and my kids – no pork, just smoked chicken and chicken sausage.  Delicious!!
Clockwise from left: white rice, farofa (toasted manioc coarse flour), sautéed garlicky collard greens, Calabrese sausage, fried manioc (yucca) with grated parmesan cheese.
Now… how do we shape this luncheon to look like a kid’s first birthday party? Inspired by the food, I wanted to use this concept on the decoration as well.  I thought about something like “my little bean is turning one”, but that wouldn’t really translate into the Brazilian language and culture.  So, my brilliant mom remembered of a classic fable: “Jack and the Beanstalk”.  Perfect, right?  The only setback was the timeline – we had less than two weeks to come up with the concept, invitation, party favors, decoration, etc, etc.  All that while still in the US packing for myself and my two little ones!!
I never tire to say how talented my sister is, and here is a little bit of her work: she designed the invitation representing the giant, the beanstalk and “Jack”.  Or in our particular story, “Mateus”.  The invitation read something like “with the leftover beans from his adventure up in the clouds, Mateus decided to prepare a feijoada to celebrate his first birthday!”
Then she made these adorable coloring booklets with the same design for the kids to play with during the party.
We kept the tablescape simple and tried to capture some of the main elements of the story: Jack, the chicken with its golden eggs, the beans.  My younger sister recommended Toledo Bolos for its tasty and very artistic cakes (Fernanda even has the stylist Marc Jacobs on her list of past clients!  Sorry, I just had to casually throw this in :-) I explained how I wanted the cake using the color palette green-blue-orange representing the grass and the leaves (green) and the sky (blue). The orange? We “dressed” Jack in an orange shirt, since it would be a good complementing warming color against the cool tones.  The cake was not only delicious, but a truly great work of art!!
Love the small details Fernanda added to the cake, like the golden eggs in the chicken’s nest
I even found an adorable cow candle, which was very fitting for the theme :-)
The “magic beans” were chocolate covered peanuts wrapped in plastic candy bags and then in rustic jute bags
Chocolate eggs painted in edible gold (made by Chocolitos.)  Caption on the tag: “Mateus is a cool guy and decided to share his golden eggs with his friends!”
We made tissue paper pompoms to hang from the wood beams
see the original post HERE for the tutorial

The birthday boy caught burying his slippers in dirt.  Parabéns, Mateus!!


thanks so much flavia for sharing this adorable party with us!
be sure to follow along to see all her amazing parties
like THIS ONE featured on AMY ATLAS!!

happy entertaining

mindy starr


  1. I think you have passed a nice day.Glad to know that.

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  2. Thank you for the feature, Mindy! I set up my keyboard settings for US international and have no problems using accents (I have to use this feature, since there are so many accents in my native language! :-) Let me know if you need help with that. Have a blessed Sunday, Flavia