MOTHER'S DAY COCKTAILS & CRAFTING PARTY

I co-hosted a (pre) Mother's Day Cocktails & Crafting Party with my friends and fellow nursery school moms Chase Beckerman & Stephanie Nortman, as a fundraiser for our school. Twink + Sis designed it, Chase supplied a flight of delish spring cocktails from Stillhouse Moonshine and Stephanie provided her stunning home as the venue. We had such a fun night and were honored to have the party featured on ELLE Decor last week. Now I get to share even more images and details with you on the blog today! All images by Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography.

Since the party was in honor of our fellow moms, we wanted to make the decor really feminine, with touches of pinks, peach and gold. The vintage runner and gold candlesticks had a glamorous 1960’s feel that contrasted really well with the bare wood tables and marble serving platters. 

The original plan was to have the party outside but it ended up pouring rain that day! Luckily the modern farm tables and wooden bistro chairs (from Circa Vintage Rentals) worked just as well inside Stephanie's home. It was an indoor garden party!

Our friends at Makers Mess brought in the craft and all of its elements -- including an instructor who helped guide us through through the whole process. Each guest was greeted at their place setting with materials for seed bracelet making, including a gold or silver charm they could hammer with special letters or numbers of their choosing. A lot of us did our kids' initials!

Iris & Daughter created stunning floral arrangements in a palette of pinks, white, coral and yellow — using anemones, ranunculus, peonies and wax flowers. The modern white hexagonal vases were the perfect offset to the feminine flowers.

Pretty Rosaline goblets from Borrowed Blu.

Loved these gold and white hexagonal runners paired with the fuchsia-bordered napkins -- both from Hostess Haven.

The goal was to create a comfortable and intimate table where our guests could enjoy their drinks and conversation, while still being able to focus on their bracelet-making. Keeping that in mind, Whisk and Whittle created four delicious sweet & savory bites that we served right there on the table. 

Asparagus crostini with fresh ricotta, lemon zest & pink pepper.

Tomato & zucchini polenta cakes with roasted corn salsa.

Fig Crostini with goat cheese, truffle honey and fig jam.

Lemon tartlets with raspberry drizzle and fresh berries.

Stillhouse Moonshine created an amazing flight of spring cocktails for the evening. I loved the way the bar looked!

“A Sip of Spring” - A blend of Stillhouse Peach Tea Whiskey, organic fresh peach agave lemonade and fresh organic raspberries.

I obviously couldn't wait to get my paws on it.

"Pineapple Express" -  Stillhouse Coconut Whiskey, fresh pineapple juice, lavender and fresh blueberries.

"Mint Condition” - Stillhouse Mint Chip Whiskey  mixed with soda, chocolate shavings and fresh mint.

After the instructor got us acquainted with what we were doing, we got rolling with our bracelet-making!

If you are looking to host a similar party at home, you can! Makers Mess actually created a seed bead bracelet party kit with everything you need for your next crafting party. I included it here in my May Favorites

We did it! (iPhone pic by me)

From left to right: Chase Beckerman, Laurén LaRocca, Stephanie Nortman.

From left to right: Chase Beckerman, Laurén LaRocca, Stephanie Nortman.

Thank you to my beautiful co-hosts and all of the lovely ladies who attended!!

Happy Mother's Day!! xoxoxo!!

CREDITS:

Party Design: Twink + Sis

Photography: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Cocktails: Stillhouse Moonshine 

Craft: Makers Mess

Flowers: Iris & Daughter

Food/Dessert: Whisk and Whittle

Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals

Glassware: Borrowed Blu

Linens: Hostess Haven

Candles: Yummi Candles

Candlesticks: Anthropologie

Platters: CB2

Laurén's Dress: For Love & Lemons

Laurén's Braid: 901too

 

 

 

 

TWINK'S MAY FAVORITES

May is such a fun month for our family! Brixton & his dad have the same birthday -- May 20th! With Mother's Day in the mix, each of us gets to be celebrated in this glorious, late spring month. Here's what I'm eying right now -- for Mother's Day and beyond. ;)

Perennial favorite, HEATH CERAMICS, recently released their gorgeous handmade pieces in this new juicy orange hue, just in time for the coming sunny season. I thought it looked especially great on this single stem vase and would make a great Mother's Day gift.

 

Since Brixton is turning 3 this month, I'm in the process of converting his nursery to a little boy's room. My number one design item for a kid's room is wallpaper. It's an instant room-transformer and I just love what it does to a space! I recently found this adorable Explorer Kids World Map Wallpaper on Pinterest.

We recently designed a pre-Mother's Day Cocktails & Crafting Party for some of our fellows moms who deserved a little girl time! For the event, we collaborated with MAKERS MESS and made the prettiest seed bead bracelets, with secret Morse Code designs. Their genius bracelet-making kit is perfect for a night in with girlfriends, over a glass (or several bottles) of wine and good conversation. 

 

Cabo is my jam. Overlooking the stunning Sea of Cortez Auberge Resort's Esperanza just underwent a complete, head-to-toe, renovation and it's looking beyond heavenly. Couldn't think of a better Mother's Day gift. Ahem!

 

If I can't have Cabo, I'll take this Unicorn floaty via Get Floaty in my pool! And maybe a fresh cocktail to go with. 

 

At the end of the day, I just want to cozy up on the couch with my family. Might as well cuddle in style with this gorgeous Aldalora throw from Anthropologie.

 

Let's be honest though... For a day to really be perfect it needs to end with something amazingly delicious, and preferably chocolate. I might need to whip up Martha Stewart's Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake. In the name of Mother's Day!!

Hugs to all of you incredible moms out there. xx! 

JOHN KELLY CHOCOLATES

image courtesy of John Kelly Chocolates

image courtesy of John Kelly Chocolates

Frankly, I'm still recovering from the kids' tropical rager on Sunday. All I want to do is lay on the couch with the world's largest box of John Kelly Chocolates. Handmade at the their flagship Hollywood location, John Kelly uses only the finest natural ingredients for their confections. The two gentlemen who founded the company, (John & Kelly) opened their first shop and small chocolate factory on Sierra Bonita, off of Sunset Blvd., in 2004. They now have a second location in Santa Monica, on Montana Ave. I recently stopped by their Westside haunt to snap some pics and pick up some of my favorite chocolates.

Their signature peanut butter fudge, enrobed in Belgian chocolate and topped with pink Himalayan sea salt.

Great gift idea!

You can custom make a box or grab some of their greatest hits off of the shelves. The Walnut Caramel Clusters with Mediterranean Sea Salt are WINNERS.

A wall of chocolate and salt. My two faves.

More beauties from the case.

Father's Day is around the corner too, so if Dad is a chocolate lover, he will dig this! xx

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John Kelly is located at:

1508 Sierra Bonita Ave., Hollywood

AND

1111 1/2 Montana Ave., Santa Monica

 

BRUNCH WITH MOM AT TERRINE

I had been dying to try chef Kris Morningstar's California brasserie, Terrine, on Beverly Blvd.. Mainly a dinner-serving restaurant, they also serve brunch Friday-Sunday, in the late morning. I thought it would be the perfect place for Sis and I to take Mom for a Mother's Day girls' brunch. And of course, "girls' brunch" means Miss Mila is in our crew too! She'll probably write her own piece for her toddler blog. 

I love all of this - brick walls, bentwood chairs, booths and mirrors. It reminds me of a restaurant in Paris where I had my 30th birthday dinner.

Gorgeous French-style bar.

Cozy lounge spot, perfect for cocktails, out on the pretty patio.

Really nice vibe out here.

Time to get down to business and order from this great brasserie menu.

First up: Charcuteries plate and really good bread!

Four delicious craft cocktails: Paloma, French 75, Terrine Mauresque and Gordon's Cup. I might need to call an Uber after this party. Who knew Mom was so wild!

Avocado toast. Enough said. 

Super delicious spread! Clockwise from top left: Fish and Chips, Brisket Hash, Butter Lettuce Salad, Avocado Toast, Fried Chicken and Grits.

The fried chicken and grits was everyone's favorite dish of the day. Two thumbs up!!

Happy Mother's Day! Love you, Mom!! xx

FAVORITE MOTHER'S DAY PARTY IDEAS

Flowers, flowers and more flowers, that's what I want when it comes to Mother's Day. Here are some of our favorite Mother's Day party ideas. Lots of floral inspiration with some food, drink and DIY jewelry thrown in for fun.

Floral wristlets from Bash Please and Jenni Kayne via 100 Layer Cakelet.

Bespoke bouquet bar from Emily Henderson and Camila Alves for Target.

Naked cake covered in peonies from Twink + Sis by One Eleven Photography on Style Me Pretty Living.

Modern Tea Party from Oh Happy Day.

Flower wall from Kelli Miller of Sugar Blossom Designs.

Asymmetrical necklace DIY from Paper & Stitch.