HEDLEY & BENNETT X TWINK + SIS EASTER PARTY

It was so much fun collaborating with Hedley & Bennett on this color-filled Easter party!

We love bringing organic elements into our events so flowers, fruit and vegetables were a priority, especially because Ellen is so passionate about vibrant food. We had the idea of bringing a farmers’ market look to the food table and Ellen thought to have the decor span the color spectrum. The bright ranunculus, from Iris + Daughter, and lemonade in practically every color of the rainbow then made those colors pop even more.

The kids — looking beyond adorable outfitted in their Hedley & Bennett aprons — took full advantage of crafting with Makers Mess, decorating vegan-, grain-free-, refined sugar-free- cookies with Sweet Laurel Bakery and chalk-drawing with A Dapper Line.

Domino gave a peek at the photos last week and here are some more before you go into your Easter weekend!

We had so much fun coming up with which fruit and vegetables fit into the spectrum color scheme, while keeping in mind the Hedley & Bennett and Twink + Sis design aesthetics. We pulled mood boards together and then let the season dictate our choices by shopping at the farmers’ market.

The bright ranunculus and lemonade in practically every color of the rainbow then made those colors pop even more. The organic lemonades were “colored” with fresh fruit purees. We used cherry, strawberry, blackberry and cucumber purees for the lemonades, and then freshly squeezed orange juice on its own to complete our rainbow.

We knew we wanted a “garden” to run the length of the craft table. It ended up being the perfect spring element and showcased the Easter eggs beautifully. We set out to have ribbons hanging — to give a Maypole backdrop effect — and Ellen had the idea of using Hedley & Bennett apron straps and turning it into an incredible, angled ombre installation, which Iris + Daughter brought to life.

When we told our own kids (Mila, 3 and Brixton, 2) that they were going to get to have cake. They were so elated that they went into a hug fest! They may be a little sugar-deprived.

We had the cutest guests!

Storytime with Ellen!

Location and Inspiration: Hedley & Bennett

Design: Twink + Sis

Photography: Mary Costa

Vegan-, Grain-free, Refined sugar-free Cakes and Cookies: Sweet Laurel Bakery

Crafts: Makers Mess

Flowers: Iris + Daughter

Chalk Drawings: A Dapper Line

Fruit platter, Crudités, Gluten-free Sandwiches: Heirloom LA

Drinks: Twink + Sis

Bunny Kits and Carrot Surprises: Meri Meri

Balloons: Geronimo

Glasses: Cruvina

TWINK + SIS VALENTINE'S PLAYDATE

We recently created a little Valentine's playdate for Mila and Brixton, and we were so honored to have it featured on Woman's Day. I wanted to share more images today since it IS Valentine's Day! 

The theme was “hearts on hearts on hearts!” and embraced Valentine’s Day with every shade of pink, red and purple. For the “tablecloth,” we covered a long sheet of kraft paper with hearts in various sizes and colors. This is something that can be recreated at home very easily. Layering is the key -- with a mix of pre-cut larger hearts, and smaller ones made with a heart puncher. We used simple school glue to adhere the hearts to the kraft paper and then draped the whimsical tablecloth over a small kids' table. The sheepskin throws then adorned their little chairs to add a really cute, luxurious vibe. 

The centerpiece is a homemade gluten-free vanilla cake. We used natural beet dye to color the frosting.

We try to always have a fresh floral element and this time it came from my backyard. The coral camellias were the perfect in-season touch to top the cake and table. 

The kids snacked on treats and drank pink lemonade while they made valentines for their dads and played with their massive red heart balloons. It was a really sweet and fun afternoon! Here are a bunch of pics!!!

CREDITS + SOURCES:

Design, Photography & Cake: Twink + Sis

Plates, Napkins & Cups: Meri Meri party via Bonjour Fête

XO Garland & Giant Heart Balloons: Bonjour Fête

Paper, Hearts, Ribbon, Stickers & Heart Straws: Paper Source

Heart Cookies: Thyme Cafe & Market

Heart Puncher, Wooden Forks & Cake Stand: Amazon

Table & Chairs: The Land of Nod

Sheepskin Throws: Ikea

Happy Valentine's Day!!! xoxoxoxo!!!

MOMMY AND TODDLER VALENTINE PARTY

One of our favorites: Mommy and Toddler Valentine Party! Here are the details on our design -- filled with pink, hearts, flowers and balloons -- and photos by One Eleven Photography.

Lets take a moment for Mila's outfit before we get to the party details. She's wearing a Wovenplay gold sunsuit, Tutu Du Monde cape via Shop Belle and headband via Thumbeline.

The neon pink “KISS” party favor bags by Meri Meri via Paper Source sent me into a tizzy, so I incorporated them into the tablescape to hold the “VALNTN” balloons from Shop Sweet Lulu.

You may recognize the “HAPPY” piñata letters from Mila's 2nd Birthday Party.  I DIYed them from an Oh Happy Day! tutorial.  

Twink saved hundreds of dollars on our party budget by making the three layer naked cake herself.  It’s a Pamela’s Vanilla Gluten-Free Cake Mix.  And then I decorated it with peonies, anemones and ranunculus in pink, coral and magenta.

Heirloom LA did gluten-free pizzas with a choice of cured meats or vegetables.  They also did a delicious crudité platter with homemade ranch and spinach dip.  

"I love you more than pizza."

Twink made the fresh fruit tray with organic, seasonal finds from a local farmer’s market and melons from Whole Foods.  

Twink made organic strawberry water and raspberry lemonade from scratch.

For the crafting station, I wanted something that wouldn’t intimidate non-crafters, so I opted for a simple feather mobile.  I pre-painted the feathers in six different colors for guests to choose from, supplied driftwood, thread and twine, and voila!, moms and kids crafting together!

Twink and Brixton even got in on the balloon pit fun.  And by the way, the gold balloon pit is just a cheap drugstore kiddie pool covered in gold duct tape.

The giant inflatable hearts and party favors are from Oriental Trading

You can also see more fun stuff on Style Me Pretty Living.  

Happy Valentine's Day!!!  XOXO

10TH ANNIVERSARY FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT AT ONE & ONLY PALMILLA

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When we were wedding venue hunting in 2007, my sister (Twink) suggested One & Only Palmilla. She and her husband had honeymooned there and loved it. It was absolute heaven and a short flight from Los Angeles, so seemed to be the perfect location for our intimate destination wedding. It was! We had the best time bonding with our family and friends in the days leading up to the wedding. An adventure we would continue to talk about for the ten years following.

So it was only fitting that we return for our 10th anniversary (earlier this year). We decided to bring Mila (5) with us and make a family trip out of it. She absolutely loved it. We spent our days swimming and relaxing (with the hotel staff taking incredible, loving care of us). Before we left, we had the opportunity for a dusk family photo shoot with the talented Bernardo Arce. Wanted to share it with you here, hope you enjoy it!

Happy Holidays! xoxo

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Venue: One & Only Palmilla // Photographer: Bernardo Arce // Mila's dress: Bonpoint // Marlan's (Sis) kaftan: Camilla 

 

TWINK + SIS HOLIDAY PLAYDATE

We got the kids and their friends together -- in their jammies! -- for a little holiday playdate! Photos by One Eleven Photography.

Our centerpiece is a homemade naked cake (gluten-free pumpkin with cream cheese frosting) topped with sugared fruit (persimmon, pear and grapes) and pine branch.

Meri Meri’s partyware provided the perfect setting with kraft star plates and napkins, accompanied by Santa and reindeer cups with matching straws.

The kids had a blast getting to pop open all the Meri Meri Christmas crackers.We love a little custom element, so each place setting has a pine branch on the plate and a gold pom pom attached to the fork.

We loved the idea of bringing Christmas trees to the table, so we filled the space with three Noble fir tabletop trees from Mr. Greentrees, dripping in paper ornaments that we DIY’ed.

Inspired by gold bells, we set out to create a backdrop resembling that look. We came up with a balloon installation made up of huge gold balloons from Koyal Wholesale.

We asked the kids to wear their favorite jammies, but not necessarily Christmas jammies, because we wanted it to be fun and cozy without pushing the Christmas theme too far.

The kids did a toddler-friendly pine cone craft, while sipping on hot chocolate and listening to Christmas music.

Every family took home an eeBoo Rabbits’ Den puzzle as their party favor.

Details:
Design: Twink + Sis
Photographer: Jenna Elliott, One Eleven Photography
Plates, napkins, cups, straws, Christmas crackers: Meri Meri
Puzzle party favors: eeBoo
Balloons: Koyal Wholesale
Trees: Mr. Greentrees
Mila's pajamas: Petit Bateau via Melijoe; booties: RH Baby & Child
Brixton's pajamas: G.Nancy via Fawn Shoppe