Four words: birthday cake Halloween costume. This pink cuteness from A Subtle Revelry is so good, makes me wanna cry. 

Lets just face it, Studio DIY comes up with the best Halloween costumes ever. I made this pineapple topper for Mila last year and paired it with a simple American Apparel dress.

This mini Anna Wintour from Oh Happy Day remains one of my all-time faves. Strike a pose, there's nothing to it, vogue...

This Bjork-inspired featured tutu swan dress from The Wishing Elephant stopped me in my tracks. I mean, NEED.

How much do you wanna cuddle this little ball of cotton candy from Style Me Pretty Living?

Oh Joy's little cupcake for Real Simple.


This Stella McCartney bonny winged number is what I call: buy a dress, call it a day.


I remember discovering Mer Mag and Merrilee Liddiard's creative play on Pinterest. It was one of her cardboard castles decorated in duct tape. I mean, it made me LONG for a cardboard castle. 

Since then I've come to love the Playful author's kid-friendly crafts, like the DIY puppets (above) that she used as birthday cake toppers.

Here are some more of my favorites. Hoping they inspire you too! 

DIY Paper Cat and Mouse Masks.

Cardboard Paper Wings.

DIY Paint Chip Feather Crowns.

DIY Paper Lion Mask that she made for National Geo Kids.


When it comes to styling a table, I love foraged flowers and leaves. They really give an "organic" feel that commercially-grown flowers don't quite have. Don't get me wrong, I NEED those flower mart flowers, but adding that foraged element just does something special!  

Bougainvillea is wildly abundant in Southern California (it's drought tolerant!) and its stunning color was the perfect fit for the kids' birthday party earlier this summer. [Even though bougainvillea isn't tropical, it went with our Mexican destination celebration-inspired theme.] 

The fun part of styling with these beauties is you just pluck and stick, pluck and stick until you love the look. They fill in gaps beautifully and create a lush landscape.

They look equally great on the table itself or placed strategically on a serving tray.

Design: Twink + Sis

Photos: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Party supplies: Meri Meri

Pinatas: Prospect Goods

Cake and copper cake stands: Whisk and Whittle

Brass cake stands: Borrowed BLU

Tables, benches, blankets, pillows: Yeah! Rentals


Yesterday, we threw a tropical birthday party for Mila and Brixrton. So today, I thought we'd take a look at some of our favorite tropical parties. You'll notice a few come from wedding/showers, which lets face it, is where we get a lot of inspiration from.


Pineapple vase from Sugar & Cloth.

Aloha Bridal Shower Inspiration from Beijos Events via 100 Layer Cake.

Tropical shower via Style Me Pretty Living.

Hibiscus wedding cake via Ruffled.

Vintage surf-themed 40th birthday party via 100 Layer Cake.

Brazilian wedding via Junebug Weddings.