As a mom and a seriously stylish blogger behind Anine's World, Anine Bing knows the ins and outs of throwing a sparkling celebration. And for her daughter Bianca's 6th birthday, she went all out with a Ladies who Luau. Gilded pineapple cakes, flamingo floaties and Aloha balloon installations are just a few of the dazzling treats tucked inside. Crafted by But First, Party! along with florals by Wildflora LA and images by Anna Maria Zunino Noellert, get your luau on in the vault.
Bianca's "Ladies who Luau" was a tropical affair in the middle of winter, an opportunity to bring some joy and color into the past few weeks of dreariness and drizzle in Los Angeles. We're used to year-round sunshine! And even as the day was met with occasional showers, we wouldn't let the rain stop our giant pink flamingo from enjoying a nice float in the pool.
As lovers of mixing prints, textures and colors, designing this party was a dream come true for But First, Party! We used sheets of gift wrap featuring toucans and banana leafs to line the dessert nook and dining table. On the kid's table, we layered pineapple and jungle leaf plates, topped pineapple napkins with gold flatware and dropped pineapple and flamingo straws in pink ombre and gold paper cups.
Little flamingo cookies, iced in graduated pinks, were a gorgeous addition to the table. The table and ghost chairs themselves were stunning, Teak and Lace has such incredible furniture! Bonjour Fete was really our one-stop-party-shop for this fete. We were able to find every pineapple and flamingo paper party good there is, working with a palette featuring leafy greens, glinting gold and a spectrum of pink hues. Our favorite pieces were the Glitterville paper mâché pineapples, so gorgeous! And of course, the pineapple shaker and shot glasses from W&P Design were a huge hit!
Wildflora created the most stunning arrangements, both tropical and modern, that even incorporated the most precious mini pink pineapples. The floral crown Bianca wore was perfectly dainty for her sweet face, she was in Hawaiian heaven! To accompany the flowers, we painted pineapple leaves with shades of pink to add a little fun and freshness to the fruit. Meghann Miniello created invitations and signage that worked seamlessly with the vibe of the party.
A "Leis for Days" sign sat on a table full of leis for the children to make, also the spot where face-painting followed. The "Cotton Coladas & Pina Poofs" sign described the almost too-cute-to-eat cotton candy from Sugar Buffoant. Meghann also designed a "Fresh Fruit" sign for the fruit cart and a "Sea of Sweets" sign for the dessert nook.
Let's talk about those desserts... Cakes by Claritza created the most insane golden pineapple cake we have ever seen! When Anine cut inside, surprise layers of rainbow cake popped out! The Cookie Crafter Amy made the flamingo cookies, as well as sweet little pineapple sugar cookies. She adorned pink-frosted cupcakes with tropical bird toppers, and yellow-frosted cupcakes with mint pineapple leaf toppers. Everything was as delicious to eat as it looked.
Other activities included a super-fun hula show and mini-class for the children, as well as conch-blowing and other Hawaiian games! The kids also took a swing at the hot pink flamingo piñata filled with fruity lip glosses and candies.
Bianca probably had the most fun, however, jumping and dancing around the study where the ceiling was filled with pink pineapple-printed and gold balloons, giant ALOHA letter balloons--and of course, the presents!