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July 25th

Ready, Set, Weekend with the Garden of Eatin’

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink Salad by the Garden of Eatin’
Salads are an everyday essential in our home. I usually make a big ass one so the leftovers can be recycled into my lunch for work the next day. When I visit LMP out East I always seem to amaze the family with the crazy salad combo’s I come up with to accompany our meals. Here’s my theory, if it’s in the fridge and it’s not too weird, it’s goin in the salad.
I‘m all for adding lots of color and goodness to my salad creations. Here’s how it works. Open the fridge, take a look inside your veggie and fruit drawer. Take out what you think would be your salad base and then start going nuts. One of my biggest pet peeves is a lack of fruit in the house (and a lack of paper towel but let’s save that conversation for another time….Hello my name is Debi and I am a paper towel addict).
I like to stock my fridge with a combo of pears, plums, apricots, apples, avocados, grapefruit and strawberries.
Some typical MUST HAVE salad basics are:
Greens
Fruit
Crunch
Dried fruit
Dressing
Easy? Yes. Fun? Wow.
You’ll be surprised at what you can combine just using a little imagination. You don’t have to stick with the basics listed above ….just go nuts.
Here’s one of the combo’s I made for a bbq recently hosted by LMP Toronto. It’s one of the few times that I go overboard with ingredients. Don’t be intimidated,  it’s really super easy to do when you just start grabbing things within your reach.
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Ingredients:
Mixed greens
Mix of red and yellow peppers
Strawberries
Dried blueberries or cranberries
Red Grapefruit
Crunchy dried peas
Slivered Almonds
Red Plums
English Cucumbers
Avocados
(any dressing is fine….don’t stress)
@thegardenofeatin Salad 101 – Check!
Can hardly wait to see ya again next week.
xoxo
Debi

xx, Seri

categories: Appetizers, Dinner Party, Food, Guest Post, Healthy, Little Miss Foodie, Salad, Summer Menu, The Garden of Eatin'

July 24th

Cheers Bitches

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Last weekend I hosted my five best girlfriends from Toronto at my summer home in Quogue, for the weekend. When hosting anyone, friends or family, I am ALWAYS prepared. That’s right…with a perfectly appropriate “Cheers Bitches” garland hanging and all. We found this adorable glitter garland on Etsy (of course!) and have used it for showers and bachelorette parties to spice things up. Always a hit!
This was a particularly special weekend since it had been five years since we all spent time like this together. Where those five years went? I have no clue. But I wasn’t going to waste one second with these gals on this child free (went to my in-laws) weekend!
When at my house out east, we have some pretty basic priorities: eating, drinking and eating more. When the girls arrived I had a platter of tomatillo and avocado dip with blue corn chips ready and waiting. We immediately started catching up while noshing and sipping on a glass of crisp white wine.
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It’s always very important to me to make my guests feel at home. Each girl had an LMP welcome pail waiting by their bedside. The pail was filled with items they would need (and likely forgot to bring with them) over the weekend: sunblock, make up and nail polish removers, a bottle of water, granola bar, etc.
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xx, Seri

categories: Chicken & Turkey, Cocktails, Dip, Food, Little Miss Foodie, Summer Menu, Wine and Cheese

July 23rd

Little Miss Chatty with Tara Berger of One Stylish Party

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photo credit : Stone grove Photography
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Balloons are a definite party staple. They’re colorful, festive and kids love them. I remember my mom setting up clusters of beautiful bright balloons for every single birthday party I had. These days, the balloon selection out there has climbed to a whole new level. We, like many other stylists, are simply obsessed with those huge 36″ balloons. They make such an impact and allow us to incorporate balloons in a more sophisticated manner.  Simply put – we cannot live without them!! Meet Tara Berger, owner of One Stylish Party. She founded a pretty amazing online party boutique and her signature item is a custom Jumbo (36″) balloon filled with confetti and adorned with gorgeous tassels.  Her work, which has expanded to tassel backdrops, garlands, fringe banners and more has been featured all over the web and has scored accolades from some big names such as Amy Atlas and Pottery Barn Kids. We have worked with Tara on several events and her balloons always evoke the same reaction, “Where can I buy one of those amazing balloons?”  Read on to hear more of Tara’s story…
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What is the most creative way you have seen a client use your signature product, the Jumbo Confetti Balloon with Tassels? I am fortunate to say that I have had the opportunity to work with some pretty amazing clients. From professional party stylists to event planners and brides to super creative mommas, I am always amazed by all of the unique ways that my balloons are incorporated into special events and photoshoots. One of my first collaborations comes mind, which was a Kate Spade Inspired Wedding Shoot that appeared on Ruffled, styled by Michaela Noelle Designs and photographed by Danielle Capito Photography. At the time, balloons had not fully transitioned into the wedding space and I felt that Michaela’s creative vision for the shoot helped elegantly showcase how beautiful my jumbo confetti balloons with tassels could look as part of a wedding or upscale event. Today, jumbo balloons at weddings have continued to grow in popularity and a good portion of my business comes from the wedding market.
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photo credit :
Danielle Capito Photography

Etsy is a pretty impressive marketplace. How has it changed your business? In many ways, Etsy gave my business the wings to fly. When researching all of the ecommerce solutions available today, Etsy just felt like home. I can connect with the type of customers who shop on Etsy, because I myself am among them. As much as I love to create beautiful items for my own clients, I am just as excited to support other handmade and vintage shop owners who sell on Etsy. As a small business owner, I am grateful that Etsy’s platform offers me the opportunity to showcase my products to many individuals who may not have stumbled on my site otherwise.

One Stylish Party has been featured on numerous party websites — which was the most exciting feature for you? I am always honored by any online or print feature that One Stylish Party has been able to secure over the years. One of the most exciting features to-date was the Rescue Patrol Party that was featured on the Pottery Barn Kids blog. I absolutely loved incorporating the unique toy collection from Pottery Barn Kids into my son’s birthday party and was thrilled to share the details of the party with the Pottery Barn Kids readers.
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photo credit : Me Photo and Design

Walk us through a typical day at One Stylish Party?  Or if you are like us, a “typical” day doesn’t exist!!  No two days are ever alike around here, especially when you are a “work at home” mom! Staying organized and setting priorities for each day are a must for me. On what is considered a “typical day”, I start by catching up on emails while downing my first cup of coffee. I package orders that were created the day before and make a “cut list” for any tassels that need to be made that day. I also pull and organize any materials that are needed for other orders (such as banners or glitter numbers). I stay connected on my iPhone while I’m on the go with my kiddos or in the work room meticulously crafting away. In the evening, I take a break for family dinner (a must in my house!) and use the hours after my children’s bedtime to check email and finish any remaining items that will be shipping the following day.

Where do you see One Stylish Party in 5 years from now?
Being creative and crafting is at the heart of my business, so it is important for me to continue to develop new products and refine my existing products to stay ahead the trends in the wedding and party industry. My goal would be to continue to grow my online shop and eventually bring on additional resources to support my creative vision. I love working on styled photo shoots and would like to expand this aspect of my business by aligning myself with the right publications, vendors and brands.

How do you juggle being a mom and also a business woman?
This is an area that is always a work-in-progress around here! I think finding a balance between being a mom and a business woman comes back to staying organized and setting priorities. The quote “You can do anything, but not everything” is something I try to live by. At the beginning of 2014, I set specific goals for my business and my personal life so I could be held accountable for staying on track. By doing this exercise, I’ve learned that sometimes it is necessary to say no. Not every opportunity, vendor or collaboration that comes along is the right one for my business and that is okay. Every decision I make is weighed against my goals to make sure I continue moving in the right direction. I also make an effort to recognize when something isn’t working so I can make a change before it is too late. It’s all about being flexible and staying grounded while making sure my family always comes first.

xx, Michelle

categories: Fashion + Style, For Mom..., Little Miss Chatty, little miss party, Little Miss Party in a Box, Party, Party Stylists, Photography, Shower, Wedding

July 22nd

Pink by the Pool in a Pinch

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If you’ve been following along you know we love to party by the pool. After being holed up from that winter we had, who wouldn’t?! So last week when we got a call giving us four days notice to set up a party for a 5 year old’s birthday…in Bridgehampton by the Pool…it was hard to say no.
Would you like me to let you in on the secrets to planning a party last minute? Oh and making it look super pretty? Here you go:
Step 1: Flowers. They change everything. Add fresh flowers to your party and you have instant decor.
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Step 2: Tableware. Outdoors? Plastic. No doubt. We wrapped up forks and knives in napkins and tied with twine. This way the guests could just grab and go as they served themselves lunch. No fuss, no muss. We set out a bucket of spoons along side for dessert.
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Step 3: Make it festive.We kept the decor simple. Tissue fans and paper lanterns for the sunbrellas, a garland and gold sprayed “A” for our birthday girl Alex and some oversized balloons for the kiddie table which we dolled up with tissue tassel.
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xx, Seri

categories: Birthday, little miss party, LMP On Long Island, Napkins, Party, Party Favors, Party Stylists

July 21st

Mandy’s Meals & More

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You know what I love about summer? Summer fruit.
Why not make a grilled seasonal pizza?
Don’t mind if I do.
This recipe uses some of the best ingredients of the season.
The basil is fresh from my herb garden, if you don’t already have an herb garden going…what are you waiting for? Mine is indoors on my counter for easy snipping.
I digress..
Let’s get to the pizza already!
Peachy Summer Pizza
Adapted from Love and Olive Oil

Ingredients: 
Whole wheat Naan
Reduced Balsamic Vinegar (i use the syrup that is already reduced)
Fresh Mozzarella sliced
Soft goat cheese crumbled
4 peaches, pitted and thinly sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped basil
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Directions: 
Preheat grill
Grill both sides of the naan for grill marks, create a bit of a crisp
Top with Mozzarella, Goat cheese and peaches
Allow for the cheese to melt a bit, remove from heat
Drizzle balsamic on pizza, sprinkle fresh basil
Slice and serve
Which summer fruit do you love?
-M
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xx, Seri

categories: Dinner Party, Food, Guest Post, Little Miss Foodie, Picnic, Pizza, Summer Menu

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