May was a slam-packed month here at LMP and it seemed that each party and event was more fun than the next !! We really do love our jobs :) I am excited to share this next one with you…
Surprise parties are always fun to be a part of, especially when it’s to celebrate a huge milestone like the big 5-0. We had received a call from an extremely sweet client Cathy who wanted to do just that for her husband’s birthday celebration. Since her husband is a huge poker fan, Cathy knew she wanted a Boardwalk Empire theme (um, amazing!) and decided on Casa Nonna for the venue. Casa Nonna is a fabulous Italian restaurant located just South of Times Square. The space itself is open and inviting, the food is delicious and during a day-time event, Cathy got the whole restaurant to her and her guests! A huge perk in a packed city like New York. Guests were welcomed with a few signature drinks along with homemade pizzas and antipasta. The scene was set…now to the decor.
Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama series set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition Era. Our brains were already exploding with great ideas. We started with the centerpieces for the tables…emptied bottles of Scotch, Whiskey and Bourbon served as vases for crimson red roses. Clear glass vases were filled with poker chips or dice and used as anchors for the table numbers. Clear candelabras were draped with white pearls and fedoras topped some of the tables.
Each place setting had a custom menu featuring an art deco logo our girl Ali created for the event.
Recently we’ve been having tons of fun with co-ed showers. A couple weeks ago we had the pleasure of working with a mama-to-be who just graduated. She wanted a relaxed party where her and her husband could gather their friends to join in their celebration. Our adorable venue scout, Laurie suggested Da Andrea. Brilliant. We love it there! The setting is so cozy and elegantly casual while the food is delicious. The best part was…they chose to have the party cocktail style. Great idea!
Since these lovely first time parents were not finding out the sex of the baby…we designed a party that was gender neutral and somewhat rustic to fit the vibe of the restaurant.
On my last trip to Toronto I passed by a store on Bloor Street called Ashley’s. They had a window full of signs…
“Point me in the right direction” I said to my sister as we walked by…and that’s where the theme and title for this event was born. Graduation + Pregnant — we’re going in a different direction here…one that is the most special and precious to date. And who better to honor then…the future graduate.
We worked with some really awesome vendors for this party…and came up with a few fun ways to spruce up the dessert table here…
One of the elements we loved most from this theme was the signs. We found Art Town Gifts who custom creates wood signs and they turned out so great.
For the baby sweets that were served…we worked with our friend AnneMarie on a few fun twists…
Well, it’s official…I’m having a baby! Technically, it’s been ‘official’ for a little over 35 weeks now, but for me it became real a few weeks ago when Seri and 3 of my best friends threw me an amazing “Pregnant in Heels” baby shower. Now, I am not one for showers…I know, I know — it’s such a huge part of our business. I just like hosting way more than being the guest of honor. Especially these days when I’m starting to feel like my stomach needs its own zip code. But I have to say, thanks to Seri and the girls, the night turned out perfectly. Here’s how it all went down.
Since the summer weekends fill up quickly, everyone decided a weekday night would be way easier for people to attend. A Thursday night with my closest friends? Sounds good to me! Aimee graciously offered to host at her amazing new apartment in Cobble Hill. As I walked up the stairs, I could hear the girls voices and was so surprised when I opened the door to see one of my best friends Jessica had driven up 8 hours from Virginia !!! She too is expecting, and we hadn’t seen each other pregnant so it was super fun to see her with a little belly of her own.
As I put down my stuff and headed into the kitchen I was filled with emotion as I saw all of my favorite people there AND the ridiculously perfect decor and setup that was going on !!! This party had Seri written all over it.
Where do I begin? Let’s start with the food table…check this out. Wooden letters spray painted and then covered in baby pics of Brian and I were the center of the table…so creative!
I think you probably know by now…I have a mad obsession with photos. Photos of my parties, food and my family. And ever since cell phones were created to snap and shoot…I’ve built a library of photos so big I don’t know what to do with them all anymore. This however has not stopped me from continuing to build a library of great images.
When Luke was born I quickly realized the second child just doesn’t get as much attention as the first. I thought maybe I won’t have as many pictures of him as I did of Gavin? Well that wasn’t the case. If anything…there might be more. Especially since he’s so adorable with his big brother…I have a whole new world to capture on film.
Since Gavin was born I made a point of getting professional photographs taken one to two times a year. As cute as my dinky shots are…nothing holds a candle to the shots taken by someone who knows how to work a camera. So a couple of weeks ago we had the incredible Raquel Bianca come over and spend an hour with us to work her magic. And that’s exactly what she did…
Tonight I hosted my first real dinner party in my newly decorated apartment (more coming soon…and oh just wait) AND with kid #2 lurching around.
In planning this dinner…we had just come off of doing 7 other events this month…and it’s only May 22nd. I’ll never forget when working one of the first weddings we did…someone asked me “how many events do you do a month”? I lied and told him 2-4. I thought that was a lot. That’s nothing when you’ve got 8!
Well this was a special one….
You know Ali from reading our blog…she started as Gavin’s sitter when he was one…and has grown up with us personally and professionally ever since. So when Ali said we need to do something for her graduation this year…there was no question I was all over it.
A small intimate dinner party with Ali’s family was what sounded right to me.
When I saw the weather forecast for the week I was insanely excited to see 79 degrees and sunny so we could sit out on the deck for cocktail hour!