November 25, 2015

Taking your office holiday party up a notch

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It’s that time again! The most wonderful time of the year…and you know what that brings, Holiday parties! If held at the office, these gatherings can be pretty hum drum. We came up with a few ways to liven up the party with a nontraditional approach.

Create a Pop for a Prize game for your co-workers
Everyone will be psyched at the opportunity to win a day off work or a gift certificate to a spa! Start with regular latex balloons (one for each employee), a Jumbo Balloon Time helium tank, ribbon, paper and pen. Print or write each prize onto a small strip of paper, like a fortune. We love a day off work, trip to the spa, off-site team lunch or even a gift certificate to a new, trendy restaurant.
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Roll each prize up and tie with a piece of bakers twine or ribbon.
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Put one prize in each balloon and inflate with the helium tank.
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Tie with a ribbon and secure each balloon to a table or desk with tape or weight. Balloons can even be tied to a chair. We secured ours to these amazing neon fringe Christmas Crackers. Each person gets a turn selecting a balloon and popping for a prize!
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We also had some fun with metallic gold sticker letters from our local craft store and spelled out HO HO HO! onto plain white balloons. You can get creative and spell out your company name or another festive saying.
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No party is complete without the cocktails. For our holiday party we are serving up a festive cranberry punch that gave off an ombre effect after we mixed it all together. PRETTY and YUM!

Enjoy everyone and Happy Holidays!

xx, Michelle
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November 24, 2015

LMP’s Holiday Bar Essentials


Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in TWO DAYS?!  This year has gone by SO quickly and I can’t believe that the Holiday season is already upon us.  In addition to spending time with family and friends, my favorite part of the Holidays is all of the gatherings and parties that are being thrown! So many excuses for delicious food, and more importantly, drinks!

All of these Holiday events give us an excuse to use our favorite bar essentials in fun and creative ways to create delicious cocktails.  It is also an excuse to reference our favorite cocktail “cheat sheet”.  This sheet is included on the insert that comes in our limited edition 2016 New Years Eve Party in a Box, and outlines some of our tips and tricks for serving up the best cocktails when you host your party to ring in the New Year.


To showcase our favorite bar essentials, we set everything up on our favorite Gold Bar Cart from Target.


When I think essential Holiday drinks, I immediately think of festive champagne toasts, and we found the perfect stainless steel wine bucket and ice tongs from CB2 for chilling your favorite bottle of bubbly.


We styled the champagne next to our favorite new plaid cutting board from Target (perfect for cutting up citrus to garnish your cocktails), our feather bottle opener, and this adorable Pig Corkscrew.



Our stainless steel cocktail shaker from CB2 is neutral and goes with everything, which makes it super easy to style into your party set up! We also love to set out fun paper straws for any guests that may like to enjoy sipping on their drinks.  We found these birch patterned ones at a local party store, but we sell similar ones in our Little Miss Shower in a Box.


Coasters are also essential for keeping your counter tops protected when you are entertaining any time, and are also a fun way to add some personality to your decor. We love to set these ‘party’ ones at all of our events, which were custom designed by LMP!


On the bottom rack of our bar cart, we had some fun we stuck our reindeer bust from Target that we bought last year, whose neutral coloring and gold antlers makes him the perfect addition to any Holiday table. Next to him, we stuck these gorgeous coupé glasses from West Elm, which will come in handy for those champagne toasts that I mentioned earlier.


Do you see those awesome black shutter glasses, gold blow horns, metallic confetti and Cin Cin balloons? All of these fabulous decor items are included in our 2016 New Years Eve Party in a Box! It’s your one stop shop for everything you need to throw a stunning party this NYE.


With these LMP Holiday Cocktail Essentials, you will have no problem serving up some delicious drinks for your family and friends.

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Enjoy, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!



xx, Abby
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November 23, 2015

Mandy’s Meals & More


With the recent birth of our daughter Dylan, my husband and I decided to send out an announcement/holiday card combined rather than both. Though I do appreciate getting a letter in the mail, I thought it would be pretty wasteful to do anything separate.
With our beautiful pictures from Aunti Debi (Simply Beautiful Eating) in hand, we began our search on Minted.
Minted has literally followed every step of my adult life, every milestone I’ve achieved, party I have thrown and holiday that has passed minted has celebrated with my family. I really adore what they are about, that artists around the country are contributing and sharing their work.


Typically I am not super “girly” but this one just seemed to fit the bill and match Dylan’s adorable floral crown which you may have seen here. It was so beyond perfect I couldn’t believe it!


If you haven’t ordered your holiday cards yet check out the amazing selection here.

Wishing you and your families an amazing thanksgiving next week and upcoming holiday season!

Like the napkins in the pic? Check em out in the Little Miss Birthday Party Box!

xx, Mandy
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November 20, 2015

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simple Beautiful Eating

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Wanna know who made the best dressed list this year?

You’re looking at her.

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When you want to give your salad a little va va voom, this is the way you go. Fresh mango purée, a little hint of spice and some poppyseeds to jack up the flavour of this delicious dressing.

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And this salad? Here’s the scoop with most salads I make on a daily basis and if you have been following along, you know that it’s a compilation of anything I have hanging around in the fridge.

Butter Lettuce – Look at the colour of of this? I honestly didn’t even need to edit the pictures because it was so beautifully GREEN!

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Raspberry Goat Cheese Balls – They are balls because I just grabbed the goat cheese and rolled little bits with my fingers. Not really genius but look how nice.

Red Grapefruit – I love using citrus in salads and the flavour went so well with the goat cheese.

Fresh Cranberries – Now. These were a bit tart but to be honest I didn’t care. They balanced off the sweet dressing and butter lettuce and I had to use them for something because they were sitting in my fridge from two previous shoots.

Dried blueberries – because I bought them at Costco and the bag was the size of a suitcase. What was I supposed to do with all those blueberries? Does anyone need some?

Blackberries – There were a few in the fridge and I know my husband bought them for some other reason, so I figured I would throw them in before they needed to be thrown out.

Radishes – I can’t remember when I bought these. Oh wait. Nope. Hang on. Last month? Do they last that long? I love my crisper, it keeps things so fresh. I wish I could live in a crisper. Would I last longer? Should I try that?

Yellow Peppers – I mean, they’re yellow so that’s enough reason to put them in with the rest of these ingredients, right?

Walnut Halves – These are seriously good for you. I put nuts in almost everything. Probably because I’m similar to a nut. Or I am a nut or whatever.

And then I got physalis again but don’t worry, it didn’t last long…I put it in all my salads this week.

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Ready to walk the red carpet?

And who are you wearing?

“Spicy Mango Poppyseed Dressing by Simply Beautiful Eating dahling”.

-1 large mango, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
-¼ cup fresh lime or lemon juice
-¼ cup fresh orange juice or not from concentrate juice is fine too.
-2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or agave
-½ teaspoon turmeric
-1 clove garlic
-½ teaspoon kosher salt
-⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
-½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want it)
-1 teaspoon poppyseeds
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1) Combine mango, lime juice, orange juice, honey, turmeric, garlic and salt in a blender container. Puree on medium speed until smooth. Transfer to a medium size jar.
2) Add oil to the mixture in the jar in a slow, steady stream while stirring continuously with a fork or small whisk. This method ensures that the dressing doesn’t get murky but if you’re in a hurry you can absolutely just throw the whole shebang into the blender.
3) Add cayenne, poppyseeds and black pepper. Taste and add a bit more salt, if needed.
4) Stores in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Just give it a good shake before using.

xx, Debi
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November 19, 2015

The “pop in” guests


The holidays are in full swing. It’s time that time of year to spend time with family and friends and it’s just all too common when guests show up unexpected. So what do you do? You need a Little Miss Party in a Box on hand! At the drop of a hat you can pull out plates, cups, cutlery and napkins.


The box includes a set of vintage glass bud vases. These vases will last you for the rest of your life. Add a few stems of flowers and you’ve got instant decor at any time.


Now how do you feed guests who show up when they aren’t invited? My go to? Fruit and Veggies. Everyone loves something fresh to nosh on and I always have fresh fruit and veggies in the fridge for the kids.


How about a little something to sip on? During the fall season I love to serve cider. Cider with cinnamon sticks, sangria cider, mulled cider, you name it.



A fun DIY craft that you can do at the beginning on the season and then keep on your table all through the fall season is to spray pumpkins metallic gold or white.  They are so pretty and serve as beautiful centerpieces for your table.


I do my best to really enjoy the fall season, weather and fresh food…because soon enough it’s going to be winter and we will be cooped up and waiting for the farmer’s markets to come back!


xx, Seri
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Party conversation
  1. Joe Theodore

    You had me at sangria cider!

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