EASTER PARTY

Our Easter party checklist includes carrot cake, crudités with spinach leek dip, deviled eggs, watermelon bunnies, fresh flowers, confetti eggs, surprise bunnies and lots of fun partyware.

Love the way that tulip opened.

Sweet little birds sweeping over the flowers.

The Meri Meri surprise bunnies and pinwheels help to fill empty space on the table.

The kids welcome the Easter Bunny (cake topper).

And then dig into the treats. 

How cute are the little quail eggs in the crudités box from Joan's On Third?

SPRING DINNER PARTY

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

I wanted to throw an early spring dinner party for my best friend's birthday and I knew I wanted to include grey (the birthday girl's favorite color), pinks and copper in the palette. We sourced all of our tabletop items from the amazing Borrowed Blu. To create a mix of glamour and earthiness, I paired grey marble chargers with wooden plates. I love the mix of copper tumblers, milk glass and crystal cut goblets. The antique silver flatware and candlesticks, added the perfect moodiness to the dinner, representing the transition of winter to spring. We added a lot of greens to the mix of pink flowers. It was an honor to have the party featured on MyDomaine! We have included extra, never-before-seen photos of the event here. All images by Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography.

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

A long farmhouse table and Victoria Ghost Chairs sourced from Town & Country Event Rentals set the stage for a laid-back glamour.

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

A single ranunculi and fern placed upon a natural linen napkin welcomed each guest to their seat.

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

I created the The Puckerberry Finn cocktail using muddled blackberries, fresh lemon, organic small-batch gin and elderflower liquor for the occasion. I garnished the drink with edible flowers and frozen blackberries.

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

In case the evening got chilly, I put together a basket of cream throws from Borrowed Blu, that guests could help themselves to.

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photo by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

Photos by: Jenna Elliott of One Eleven Photography

All Table-top Items and Cream Knit Blankets: Borrowed Blu

Wire Basket (for blankets): Rejuvenation

Dining Table, Victoria Ghost Chairs and Linens Napkins: Town & Country Event Rentals

Flowers: Twink + Sis

Candles: Bed, Bath & Beyond

Milk Glass Cake Stands: Sur La Table

Mini Donuts: Donut Friend

Puckerberry Finn Cocktail: Twink + Sis

Styled, Created and Hosted by: Twink + Sis

 

THE GARDENS AT GREYSTONE MANSION

Mila and I recently spent a morning exploring the gardens at Greystone Mansion. It reminded me so much of my childhood, as Twink and I both went to summer camp there as kids. It's kind of unreal that this place exists in LA. In my ongoing quest to find a European garden in Southern California, I'm grateful to have rediscovered this gem.

How incredible are these cypress trees?

Perfect fountain on a hot day.

So much fun exploring.

Greystone Park is located at: 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Admission to the grounds and parking are free. Hours are 10am - 5pm (6pm during daylight savings) seven days a week. 

Mia's dress is from Tutu Du Monde via Thumbeline

THE GETTY CENTER

Any time I feel like LA has lost its luster, I should just go to The Getty Center. It makes me so incredibly appreciative. I often feel jealous when I think of the incredible parks of Paris, and how I wish I spent every Sunday enjoying family time basking in the verdant surroundings. But when I visit the Getty, I feel better about this city (#thestruggleisreal). 

The first time I brought Mila to visit, she was 1 and just walking (running everywhere). So I vowed not to go back until she was 5. I thought she would need to be a bit older to appreciate what it had to offer (wink). But I must say that at 2 (well, 2 and 3/4), she loved it and we both had a great time. We went about an hour before they closed to explore the grounds.

Make sure you don't miss the sculpture garden, right next to the tram entrance.

The Central Garden just gets me, every time. 

Obsessed with the bougainvillea arbors. And these chairs make me feel like I'm experiencing Parisian park life.

Oh hi, did you forget your stroller (like me)? Don't worry, they've got you covered with complimentary wheels.

It's quite a remarkable place and I'm so thankful to Mr. Getty and his philanthropy for making it available (and free!) for all to enjoy. 

THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN

I'll admit it, I get jealous of New York and their incredible Central Park (it's only 843 acres of green oasis in the middle of a metropolis). But Los Angeles has its fair share of beautiful parks too. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is pretty stunning. At 127 acres it gives you plenty to look at, especially in the spring when the flowering trees are in bloom. But the highlight, especially with a toddler, was the peacocks who roam the property at their leisure. Being amongst the majestic creatures was like walking through a wonderland. 

The Aloe Trail on the way to the Africa Garden.

Gorgeous trumpet trees in bloom.

Over two hundred peacocks call The Arboretum home.

The grounds are very exposed to the sun so pack your sunscreen, hat, water, and bring a stroller for little ones.

The Arboretum maintains a calendar of kid events. The day before Easter they'll host egg hunts and hikes.

Food recommendations within 15 minutes: The Market on Holly (farm to table), Houston's (American), Saladang (Thai).