Upon entering her bachelorette party in May, bride Veronica Lombardo was taken aback. The event was held in her own backyard in Los Angeles, but it may as well have been another world for all the dreamy details her friend Laurén LaRocca, co-founder and party designer at Twink + Sis, developed just for her.
"The idea was to invite the bride's closest girlfriends for a night of drinks, desserts, and games, as a slightly elevated bachelorette party," Laurén said. "Not quite as formal as a shower. Just girls hanging out and having fun." That meant beautiful beverages and bites, displays dripping with boho-chic décor, a comfy lounge area made for mingling, and fun games and activities.
Here, a vintage rug served as a cozy canvas for the jaw-dropping dessert table display, while above, a rope and tassels installation framing a diamond-shaped piñata provided a focal point and nodded to the bride's engagement ring.
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The bachelorette party was tailored to the bride's tastes "in every way," Veronica (pictured left with host Laurén on the right) said, "from my favorite color (purple) to my favorite metal (copper), favorite flowers (dahlias, ranunculus, and peonies), favorite bubbly (Prosecco), favorite foods (sweets). Twink + Sis got every aspect of the color palette, design aesthetic, and flavors to identify me, not to mention topped it off with vintage elements (glasses, furniture), yet another favorite of mine."
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The standout element of the day? The food and drink display. Since the bride loves her sweets, the table was teeming with desserts. Twink + Sis custom-made the tassels and collaborated with Iris & Daughter for the rope, which served as a beautiful backdrop and was also woven through the buffet items.
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"We decided to 'think outside the box' (pun intended!) for the florals, which spilled out of clear acrylic boxes and gave guests a 365-degree view of lush greens and flowers [by florist Iris & Daughter]," Laurén said. "Iris & Daughter did an amazing job bringing that vision to life."
Copper and gold candleholders and vases infused the boho-chic theme with a bit of glamour. "We really wanted the party to have luxe layers of bohemian and modern," Laurén said.
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Mini glazed donuts topped with blackberries and a sprig of rosemary were just one of the bite-size cake alternatives on offer.
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A fourth option, tiny chocolate hazelnut tarts topped with edible flowers by Whisk & Whittle, rounded out the dessert display.
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"The acrylic boxes did triple duty by also providing a shelf of height for drinking glasses and other party décor," Laurén said. Custom-braided tassels made from natural twine adorned each goblet for a simple yet chic touch that reiterated the bohemian installation overhead. "A small, intimate party is such a treat," Laurén said. "You can create so many lovely details when you don't have 100 people to feed and sit, etc."
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Naturally, the bride-to-be was given VIP seating: A grand peacock chair "throne" decked out with a floral garland, where she sat and sipped rosé in her floral dress and flower crown to match.
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A sweet little seating area surrounded by string lights, potted plants, and cheery balloons provided a pretty place for party guests to kick back. "We wanted the party to be sophisticated but still girly and fun," Laurén said. "So we added huge balloons with greens and flowers to carry through this romantic theme."
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Moroccan wedding pillows from Anthropologie cozied up the lounge area and tied in the boho-chic theme.
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Another gorgeous flower arrangement by Iris & Daughter dressed up the coffee table, along with taper candles and a custom sign by A Dapper Line. "The bride is Italian and their wedding was in Italy, so I wanted to have something special to represent that," Laurén said. So, she asked the father of the bride to translate "A toast to beautiful Veronica" into Italian ("un brindisi all bella Veronica") and had it handpainted onto a golden, gem-shaped sign for a personal touch.
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The Drink Garnish
Even the beverages, contained in old-fashioned glasses from Anthropologie, were upgraded with beautiful blooms.
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For a fun ice breaker, Twink + Sis hired an instructor from the art studio Makers Mess to demonstrate how to make a woven wall hanging. While chatting and sipping drinks, all the guests contributed to the piece, which is now displayed in the bride's office. "It's an example of the friendships I have with some very special women in my life," Veronica said, listing the activity as one of the most memorable parts of the day.
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Guests played Bachelorette Scattergories and completed a personalized quiz about the bride. "[The quiz] is always the biggest hit at every party or shower we have ever done," Laurén said. "It is the most labor intensive, but in my opinion, well worth it. It's very personal and unique to the guest-of-honor and makes them feel special. It also is a great way for her guests to learn more about her. It usually gets some good laughs and creates a bonding experience for the guests."
Prior to the event, the host even had the bride's fiancé answer some questions. "It was fun to hear people's answers to questions ranging from relationship details, to questions about my own personal quirks, of which there are many it turns out!" said the bride.
To send guests away smiling, Laurén and her crew used the leftover tassel yarn from the dessert table installation to decorate Compartés artisan chocolate bars, which served as prizes for the game winners.
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Concept & Design, Twink + Sis
Photography, Alissa Noelle
Guest of Honor, Veronica Lombardo
Florals, Iris & Daughter
Furniture Rentals, Circa Vintage Rentals
Tabletop Rentals, Borrowed Blu
Desserts (Cake, tarts & donuts), Whisk & Whittle
Gem Cookies, Holly Fox
Signage "A Toast", A Dapper Line
Weaving/Instruction, Makers Mess
Balloons, Koyal Wholesale
Piñata, Prospect Goods via Bracket
Candles, Yummi Candles
Wicker Water Pitcher, Maison Midi
Hexagon Platters, Candle Holders, Vase, CB2
Moroccan Wedding Pillows & Old Fashioned Glasses, Anthropologie
Ice Bucket, Tongs & Berry cup, Crate & Barrel
Game Prizes, Compartés
Game Stationery, Paper Source
Gold Mini Pencils, Etsy