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!!!


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!!!


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.

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


Michelle Stafford threw a Halloween-themed first birthday party for her son Jameson and it's on People!

We had so much fun designing the dessert table -- joining the spooky theme with the first birthday by incorporating a toddler piano and candlesticks into the tablescape, filled with Whisk and Whittle’s creepy crawlers cake, vampire bat cupcakes, caramel apples and skeleton cookies. Then completed the look with beautiful grey pumpkins from Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and Cheeky’s #MakeMealtimeMatter gold plates. We hand-painted the spiderweb tablecloth based on The House that Lars Built DIY. 


Our beautiful friend (and amazing photographer) Jenna Elliott, and her husband Andrew, adopted a baby boy, James. Her girlfriends chose Sunday brunch to host her Sip and See at Jenna’s favorite place — Arlington Garden in Pasadena, California.

We were inspired by Jenna’s only request for the theme — the book James and the Giant Peach (which her best friend’s grandfather wrote). In looking at the James and the Giant Peach artwork, three things stood out: peaches, birds and the ocean. So we used those as the guideposts for the Sip and See decor.

For peaches, we used giant balloons, with green crepe paper leaves (that we cut out free-hand), to give the effect of peaches floating overhead. Dessert carried the theme through with peach donuts and the incredible peach marzipan cake topper by Whisk and Whittle.

Gold birds nested atop the cake stand and candy dishes from Target and little white ceramic birds decorated the place settings. We also incorporated Sugarfina’s Apollo Kumquats to serve as “egg” candies.

For the ocean, we tore pieces of fabric in blue, green and white and then tied them to twine to create the fabric garland runner. West Elm has some incredible agate pieces so we used the coasters on the place settings and bookends to adorn the cake stand.

We also loved the idea of using spheres as a nod to the peach, and to the earth in general, so we incorporated wood and metal spheres throughout the length of the table.

Photography: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography | Event Design: Marlan Willardson & Laurén LaRocca of Twink + Sis | Floral Design: Marlan Willardson & Laurén LaRocca of Twink + Sis | Agate: West Elm | Baby Bug Pants: Mary Says Sew | Baby Peach Hat: Karen Fudge Baby Love | Bird Dessert Stand & Candy Dishes: Nate Berkus for Target | Cake & Donuts: Whisk and Whittle | Candy: Sugarfina | Ceramic Birds: Creative Co-op via Amazon | Food & Drinks: Hostesses: Jeanie Sigal, Clover Fiandaca, Erin Moore & Emily Hughes | Napkins: Meri Meri Toot Sweet | Park: Arlington Garden | Photography - Assistance: Sarina Cass of Red Anchor Photo | Plastic Wine Glasses: Cruvina | Round Wood Platters: West Elm | Spheres: West Elm | Vases: West Elm



Happy August! We're getting deep into summer here so if we're not going to be at the beach or in the pool, we may as well be gazing deeply into Pinterest, right? So on that note, here are some of my favorite summer party pins!

Pineapple cotton candy via Bon Puf.

Lemonade pinata via Oh Happy Day

Palm Fronds + Bon Bons dinner party via Studio DIY. Photo by Mary Costa.

Tassel balloon cake toppers via We Are Scout.

Fresh fruit smoothie bowls via Elsa's Wholesome Life.