TWINK + SIS HALLOWEEN DINNER PARTY

It's spooky season! We were so thrilled to have our Halloween dinner party featured on ELLE Decor. Today, I'm so excited to share even more images and details from our Halloween celebration with you.

THE DESIGN: We wanted to create a stylish and dramatic Halloween dinner party for the adult set. Something fun and festive, without losing the beauty of a sophisticated dinner party. 

The first two key elements of our table were the black flatware and the Jarrahdale (light grey/green) pumpkins. Those two elements were actually the jumping off point for the whole design. 

We purchased the pumpkins from a local pumpkin patch and they really made the table. We knew from the start that we wanted to forgo orange and do something a little more unusual. We were completely in love with these pumpkins and just wanted to cover every inch of the table in them. 

Once we had settled on black and the pumpkins being key aspects, that dictated everything else as we moved forward. We added light grey plates, flowers in deep red/purples as another contrast to the lighter colors, and smokey brown (goblets) to finish it off. We also thought that using classic silver for candlesticks, vases and goblets, added a perfect moody touch. 

We have a rule to always use fresh elements, wherever possible — even at our kids' parties. Whether it be pumpkins, flowers or evergreens, having an abundance of fresh, seasonal items really creates the most beautiful effect.

The plate decorations are actually chestnuts! We really wanted to have the flowers be a bit spooky and unusual. So when we came across these little brown monsters, we knew they would be the perfect unexpected addition to the table.

We loved the glass cloches. We placed some of the black birds, branches and the chestnuts under them. They created a great eerie vibe.

Make the most of your investment: Load up on heirloom pumpkins. Not only do they make great party decor, but they will keep your home festive all the way through Thanksgiving!

THE COCKTAIL: Our signature drink for the evening was “The Darkest Night.” It consisted of fresh muddled blackberries, bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup, topped off with sparking water. It was like a Halloween soda for grown-ups.

THE DESSERT: The cake was created by Whisk & Whittle. It was a two-tierd (gluten-free) chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. She created the spiders from marzipan and the web from spun sugar.

CREDITS:

Party Concept, Design, Cocktail & Florals: Twink + Sis

Photography: Sarina Cass of Red Anchor Photo

Cake: Whisk and Whittle

Tabletop sourced from: Borrowed Blu

Flatware: Classic Party Rentals

Candles: Yummi Candles

Skull & Blackbirds: Pottery Barn

Pumpkins: Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

 

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

Our friend and amazing personal chef, Kimi Reichenberg, was kind enough to share her delicious butternut quash recipe with us today. It is my favorite soup and works with almost any diet/dietary restrictions you might have -- it works with paleo and/or vegan diets. And if you don't have any restrictions, it's still just plain old tasty (and perfect for a chilly fall day)!

Ingredients: 

1 Medium Organic Butternut Squash Peeled and Cubed

4 Cups Organic Vegetable or Chicken Stock (preferably homemade) 

1 Small Organic Yellow Onion, roughly chopped

1 Organic Shallot, roughly chopped

6 Fresh Sage Leaves, chopped

1 TBS Ghee or Coconut Oil

Directions:

Heat the ghee or coconut oil in a large soup pot. Sautéed onions, shallots and sage until onions are soft and slightly golden. 

Add squash and stock. Bring to a boil. 

Turn heat down to low. Cover & simmer until squash is fork tender (about 30 minutes). Remove from heat. When cool enough to handle, purée using a hand blender (or blend in a regular blender in batches). 

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Kimi Reichenberg is a personal chef based in Los Angeles and cooks (any and all) specialized diets. To see her food blog, or contact her for orders, click HERE. xx!

FALL SHOES FOR BOYS

Yesterday, Sis shared her picks for the best fall shoes for girls. I loved them! So I thought I would share my fall footwear for boys. This is really the most fashionable time of year for all ages!

VEJA Black Leather High Top Sneakers via Fawn Shoppe

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Adidas Campus 2.0

Dr. Martens Brooklee B Boots

ZARA KIDS Shearling Lined Leather High Top Sneakers 

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber High Tops

Freshly Picked The Next Step Shoe

Bon Point Combat Boots

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Nike Air Jordan 7 Retro

Happy shopping. xx!

(ALMOST) SWEATER WEATHER

It's the first day of fall! And even though LA is showing absolutely no signs of autumn, I thought I would celebrate the equinox with a round up of some of the season's best sweaters. May a chill come to the air soon (insert -- pray emoji).

Acne Studio Convertible Wrap Alan Cardigan via Barney's

Madewell Checkpoint Sweater

Isabel Marant Dustin Zermatt knit Sweater via FORWARD

T by Alaxander Wang Dropped Needle Cropped Sweater via REVOLVE 

H&M Leopard print Knit Cardigan

GUCCI Intarsia Knitted Sweater via NET-A-PORTER

J. CREW V-neck Sweater with Leather Panels

Ulla Johnson Marrakech-Inspired Poncho via Barney's

A.L.C. Francis Long Cardigan via Nordstrom

ZARA Round Neck Sweater