Halloween Inspiration

It's October! I've been pinning so many great Halloween ideas, so I thought I would share some of my favorites. 

Floral Pumpkin DYI by Hunted Interior

 

Gingerbread Skeletons by Donna Hay

 

Black Cat Candy Bowl by Martha Stewart

 

Sleepy Hollow Cocktail by The Jewels of New York

 

Gold and Neon Pumpkins by For the Makers

 

Salted Caramel Snickers Cake by Half Baked Harvest

I need that cake immediately. Happy Halloween season! xx

FAVORITE TROPICAL PARTIES

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.

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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.

FAVORITE PARTY IDEAS

I could just gaze at pretty party pics all day… sigh. But who has the time? So here are five our favorite party ideas to give a short, fun sample of inspiration.

I can safely say, I never wanted a bachelorette party until I saw what Geronimo Balloons created for this bash featured on 100 Layer Cake. The explosion of pink frill and gold balloons just makes me so happy. Now I need to have one!

I need this fiesta-inspired decor in my life, all day everyday. Beijos Events was at the helm of this gorgeous inspiration on Green Wedding Shoes.

The balloon arch to end all balloon arches. I mean, this just makes me want to cry. It's so incredible. Created by The House That Lars Built for BHLDN.

Here's one from our own moody spring dinner featured on My Domaine. Photo by One Eleven Photography.

These pretty donuts get me every time. So perfect for a baby shower. They're from a pink & gold sip n' see by Melissa Baum Events on 100 Layer Cakelet.

FIELD TRIP! HEDLEY & BENNETT HEADQUARTERS

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

I can't tell you how excited I was to take a field trip to the Hedley & Bennett headquarters and get a closer look into the most amazing apron (and now homewares!) line in all of the land. Ellen Bennett, the founder and designer, is not only one of the hardest working people I know, but she's one of the coolest too. Ellen is a truly kind and positive person who seems to always be having fun (while dominating the world, of course). It's plain to see exactly why she went straight to the top in just two short years. A former line cook, Ellen created her aprons with no design background - just instinct and her experience in the kitchen. Looks like her instinct is spot-on. Not only are her aprons gorgeous, they are the real deal and built to last -- worn by top chefs across the country. Every Hedley & Bennett product is handmade in Los Angeles using top-grade materials such as American canvas, raw Japanese selvage denim and European linens. 

In addition to her aprons and chef coats, she recently expanded her adorable kids' apron line and added homewares -- including napkins, pot holders and chef caps. 

Sis and I, along with our favorite photographer -- Jenna Elliott, took a tour of the H&B headquarters and saw just how fantastic apron making with Hedley & Bennett really is. 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

A warm welcome into the headquarters. 

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

Is it just me, or do these aprons totally excite and inspire you? I would actually like to wear them as outfits.

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

Stacks of gorgeous aprons with her signature "&" logo on the pocket. 

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

You can get caught up on Hedley & Bennett's story right here on the wall.

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

I could hang in this light-filled room all day. Hope you don't mind if I do, Ellen!

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

Bright and cheery from her Spring 2015 collection.

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

Prettiest wall.

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

Ellen's inspiring mantra.

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

Love these napkins, recently added to the collection.

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

I couldn't wait to jump right in and start trying aprons on. I am already a proud owner of several H&B aprons but "Red Rover" was calling my name!

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

The matching pot holder is perfect.

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

Sis loved hers too!

 

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

photo by: jenna elliott of one eleven photography

The perfect ending to the perfect apron afternoon. Thanks for the push and the tour Ellen! We are proud to be members of the #ApronSquad! xx

FAVORITE CINCO DE MAYO PARTY IDEAS

We're feeling the need for some festive fiesta inspiration! Here are some of our favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas. 

Sip: How amazing does this grapefruit-jalapeño margarita from Camille Styles look?

Style: This dreamy table from Beijos Events.

Sweets: Cassandra Stearns of Borrowed Blu chose Lula Cocina churros for her son's 1st birthday party, via 100 Layer Cakelet.  

Flowers: ombre centerpiece via Rue Daily.

Sit: Witty Rentals and Bloom Babes are killing us with possibly the greatest chair ever.

DIY: Cinco de Mayo Cake Topper DIY from Oh Happy Day.

Festive: Kristina Meltzer of 100 Layer Cakelet tapped Ay Mujer on Etsy to make those beautiful, custom papel picado flags. 

Treats: say muchas gracias with favors like these fringed boxes from Bows and Arrows.