May 25, 2017

An LMP Inspired Grad Party

Hey party people! You may or may not have spotted me here and there on LMP’s Instastories and Snapchat. I’m Natalie, LMP’s best and brightest intern, (ha!).

Throughout my four years of college I’ve been juggling school, working a part time job at a local restaurant, and doing floral design on the side. Then in January I threw interning into the mix and needless to say, my brain has been fried. So after all of my hard work, my parents decided to throw me party at our home in the suburbs to celebrate my 18 years of schooling being DONE.

Of course after a few months of interning with LMP, I’ve picked up a tip or two on party must haves, set up, decor, etc. My inspiration for my graduation party actually came from The Little Miss Shower Party in a Box. I loved the simplicity of the colors… metallic and white with small touches of color. So I set my color pallet: white, silver, lavender, and iridescent touches here and there.

The first thing I did after I set my date and theme, was make a checklist of all the things I had and all the things I still needed to order or buy. Various members of my family generously donated things like tables, candy jars, chalkboard signs, linens, and more! This cut my costs down a ton! And since my parents had already paid for my 4 years of college tuition, I wanted to be very mindful of the budget.

I decided to set up a tent where all the food and beverages would be stationed (and to keep it out of the sun!)

A dessert table with a fabulous backdrop for photos and sweet treats

A table for gifts, cards, & the favors for my guests to take home

And finally a welcome sign to show my guests where to enter the backyard (this is also a good way to keep the foot traffic out of your home!)

I spent months researching decor inspiration on Pinterest and all my favorite stores like Target (where I found all my paper products) and HomeGoods (where I found all my cake stands and random decor pieces). By giving my self enough time to do the research I was able to not overspend on last minute purchases.

The week of I bought the beer, made a fruit infused Lemonade (which I actually stole from Seri’s How To Host: The Perfect Picnic)….

And helped my mom prep all the food for our 7 course meal that fed 50 people (yep, she cooked it all…. she’s insane).

With all that I had to do, I didn’t have the time to make a playlist. So, I just set my speakers to the LMP Party Playlist on Spotify. My guests LOVED it because there was something on there for everyone to enjoy.

The day before, I bought and styled all of my own flowers.

And had my amazing boyfriend, Liam, lug around all the party rentals, hang stringed lights from the trees, and clean up the backyard

Since I prepped so much in the days leading up to my party, the day of all I had to do was put out the food and take lots of pictures.

At the end of the night, it was a fast clean up since I used all disposable paper products and let guests take home any extra food, desserts, and flowers.

The party was such a success, I’m already on to planning the next family affair…. Maybe I’ll share that one too :)

Until next time!

xx, Natalie
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May 24, 2017

LMP Custom Boxes

Did you know….

We build custom party boxes?

Yep. Just for you.

Name your theme or colors, items you want to see in there and we’ll send you a box full of ideas as quickly as possible.

For those of you who already caught on to our little game here…we’ve seen some pretty fabulous themes and the boxes are out of control!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Little Man

Mermaids under the Sea

Backyard Tea Party

There’s so much more.

Keep ’em coming people. We love making your party dreams come to life!

Now can you do us a favor? When you throw these parties, with the Little Miss Party in a Box…can you please send us pictures?  We are dying to see!

Little Miss Party in a Box. Build a Party Box with us Here.

xx, Seri
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May 23, 2017

Strawberry + Basil Limoncello

Remember how I just went to Italy? I’m still having withdrawals. One of my favorite Italian beverages to enjoy, besides wine, is good ol’ limoncello, a lemon-based liqueur. When I was heading out of Rome on my way back to NYC, I decided to grab a bottle to bring back with me so I could play around and make a yummy cocktail!

I looked on Pinterest for inspiration, and decided to combine some seasonal fruit and fresh herbs, to make a Strawberry + Basil Limoncello Cocktail.

Here’s what you need:
-limoncello
-vodka
-club soda
-fresh strawberries
-fresh pink lemons
-fresh basil
-sugar

Here’s what to do:
1) Slice up your fresh lemons and strawberries; wash and rip up a few basil leaves.


2) Combine fresh strawberries, basil leaves, and 1 oz. vodka in a cocktail glass.  Muddle ingredients together and let sit to steep for 10 minutes.  Divide muddled mixture between cocktail glasses.


3) Measure 1 oz. of vodka into each cocktail glass.
4) Gently pour limoncello on top of vodka and muddled mixture.


5) Top with club soda. Garnish with fresh lemon slice on rim of glass.

Salute! Until next week…

 

xx, Abby
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  1. Celinda

    Love all your ideas ! My cousin had a baby last month and this would be just the thing we could do this summer !

  2. Abby

    Thanks so much, Celinda! Definitely a great summer drink for any occasion :)

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May 22, 2017

How To Host: The Perfect Picnic

Today…we’re going on a picnic. The weather has warmed up, the farmer’s markets in full swing and we want to GET OUTSIDE!

Having a picnic with your friends is so easy…if you’re organized. Assume there is nothing at the park so you have to bring it all. If you come prepared, you’ll have the most fabulous time.

When I go on a picnic I like to pack a little lunch box for each of my friends so we’re not scrambling at the park with serving a lot of different dishes. I make sandwiches, pack up fruit and add a sweet treat.

Nothing compliments a picnic more perfectly than lemonade. I buy a store bought bottle and add in sliced strawberries, lemon rounds and a few sprigs of mint.

The cherries looked so perfect so I grabbed a bag and ditto for the mini apple pie that I found in the Union Square Farmer’s Market.

I couldn’t resist grabbing a bunch of lilacs to bring along with us. They smelled so amazing and looked so pretty on our picnic blanket.

Since there’s a lot to schlep over to the park when having a picnic, I ask my friends to meet me at my apartment so they can help carry all the supplies and we can walk to the park together.

I brought a long a few paper plates, plastic cups and a knife to cut the pie. I also brought a paper bag for our trash and of course blankets and pillows.

We may or may not have snuck in a few cans of bubbly…shhhh.  Keep that on the down low.

See how to host the perfect picnic with our latest “How to Host” video. Enjoy!

Tell us what you think about our Host to Host the perfect picnic video and we will draw one lucky person to win our GET OUTSIDE party in a box – shipped in a picnic basket! Winner will be announced on Wednesday May 24th at 3pm.  

xx, Seri
Party conversation
  1. Carly Jones

    I love a picnic. Most ppl think a sandwich and a blanket is enough but I love the extra touches like flowers (and bubbly).

  2. Celinda

    I have been dying to use my picnic basket ! Thanks for the idea … my cousin just had a baby last month and this could be just the right outing for us ! Thanks for the tip on the pie

  3. Michelle

    Love the video and this post. So many cute fun ideas for a picnic. Love the thought of bringing fresh flowers along!

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May 21, 2017

Seri’s Closet: Daytime Events

It feels like every weekend I’m running from event to event. My attire for daytime events is so different from my evening wear and people often ask me how I choose my outfits for all the different occasions.

My outfits for daytime events are always comfortable, chic and seasonally fitting. Here are a few of my faves from the popular spring time events that you will often find yourself attending…

Mod Dress: Anthropologie
Peep-Toe Booties: Kristin Cavallari for Chinese Laundry

Ruffle Top: Wilfred
Wide Leg Pants: Madewell
Sunglasses: Warby Parker
Picnic Blanket: Target

Floral Top: Wilfred
Button Shorts: Wilfred
Lace-up Sandals: Revolve Clothing

xx, Maggie
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