Every year my Aunt Debi throws together a little brunch to celebrate being a mom, her mom and all mom’s related to her. This year she put on this brunch…but this was not “thrown” together. Not even close. Aunt Debi went all out LMP style so we just had to share!
The theme was family, elegance and class. Deb made a dessert table that displayed photos of all of the mother’s invited to her brunch…from their hay day and each black and white vintage original picture was more beautiful then the next.
To toast the Mom’s at this brunch Debi set out Pink Grapefruit and sparkling white wine Margaritas with Lime which looked so beautiful over the lace runner (which is vintage Boobie – AKA Debi’s mom & my grandmother) that she used for her dessert table.
I milked mother’s day for all it was worth this weekend both professionally and personally. Let’s see…where do I even begin?
Let’s start with lunch at Barney’s. One of our sweet clients who loves to give us only a few days notice whenever she needs us to come in and “cute-sy” up her table asked if we could help out with her Mom’s 65th birthday party. Pretty hard to say no. The lunch was for 6 gals at Fred’s in Barney’s New York. We kept it simple, classy and pretty. Just like the guest of honor. With a color palette of coral, grey and white we had some fun spray painting some glass vases to funk up the floral arrangements and found some adorable chevron printed pails at Target which made our spring tulips pop on the table. For a simple favor at each place setting we wrapped a mug filled with tea accessories and included a recipe for Challah since the event took place on a Friday – Shabbat Shalom!
Moving on…later that night we styled an event that was sponsored by Urban Sitter and hosted by our friend Ilana of Mommy Shorts. This was one of my favorite events to date…partially because Michelle and I got to stay and participate. Was so fun!! A small party of 10 moms got together to have cheese and wine at Murray’s Cheese Bar on Bleecker, gab and celebrate a much deserved night out away from the kiddies. From what I understand the Friday night before Mother’s day is now called “Mom’s Night Out”. Who knew? But it Sounds good to me!
Boy has it been a busy spring here at LMP!! We have been knee deep in engagement parties, bridal showers, and of course birthday celebrations…like this fabulous 10th birthday party we had the honor of planning a few weeks ago. Our client came to us with the idea to throw her ten-year old son a poker themed party at the Vinegar Factory uptown. How fun!! This party was definitely up our alley. We just love working at the private room upstairs at Eli’s Vinegar Factory – such a fabulous space for week-day parties…and they are so wonderful to work with as well. This was gonna be a good one!
What poker-themed party would be complete without some real poker games? We found this amazing company Poker at your Place, who specializes in bringing the fun right into your home or event space. They absolutely love doing kids events, and were super excited to be involved. We had them come in and set up two poker tables complete with green felt, poker chips and wonderful dealers who were great with the kids. And instead of money, everyone received iTunes gift cards. In addition to playing poker, we also had our friend David Schwartz come in and teach the kids some card tricks. You may remember him from the 70th birthday “Loft Chic” party we planned back in April. Well, the kids loved him and the card tricks were a great addition to the action at the poker tables. Speaking of the poker tables, we of course we had to add some LMP flair to these them… green casino visors and cool shades for the kids to throw on when they were trying their best to hide their bluff! Both were a huge hit.
One of my favorite parts of the party planning biz is being able to use our talents to celebrate friends and family that are near and dear to us. That’s exactly what I got to do a couple of weeks prior for my friend Swanna. About 5 years ago I met Swanna through a good friend of mine from Toronto and I’m so glad she made the introduction. Over the years we’ve spent a lot of time together and have grown very close. Swanna went through the typical NYC dating routine…and I met many of her suiters. But it wasn’t until Christian came along that I knew she had truly found her match. Christian gets Swanna’s quirky ways and loves her unconditionally. Always a beautiful thing to watch. When Swanna told me Christian proposed to her I was nothing but thrilled for the two of them…and immediately jumped all over the opportunity to partner with her best friends and throw her the bridal shower of her dreams.
Swanna is from New Orleans and will be marrying Christian there at the end of this month. Since they have spent so much of their relationship visiting New Orleans I thought it would only be appropriate to throw a Mardi Gras themed shower. We made it co-ed so Christian and his family could join in the fun which was so fab. The only catch was…I wanted to make it really chic which was a bit tricky since most of the fun in Mardi Gras is all about being super cheesy…so here’s how I did it.
Let’s start with the bar…Bourbon. What else? I had my friends over at Four Roses set me up with a variety of Bourbon for a tasting. I set out Mexican Cola to mix though most of the guests took it straight up…some with ice. Of course Ali designed up some adorable labels for our bottles of water and we set out bottles of pellegrino along side.