March 27, 2012

Vinyl Remix by Pure Ice

Back in October of last year we put on a party for our multi talented web designer Kendra of Hi Design for her line of beauty products: Organic One Love. At this party in the Shen Beauty store located in Brooklyn we had the great pleasure of meeting and hanging out with the gals from Bella PR. Since meeting they have been in touch and most recently asked for our help with a party for their client and nail polish guru’s at Pure Ice.

They were launching a new line of nail polish involving a crackle top coat called Vinyl Remix. Michelle and I were psyched. This was not only a really cool brand they were putting out on the market but an opportunity to really have some fun with color and our displays.

We thought the best possible venue for this party would be the Beauty Bar. They have a perfectly sized private room in the back where the walls are painted black and white with glitter all over and large pictures of beauty images from the 50’s are displayed. We had them set us up with a couple of their sweet manicurists at stations where guests could get their nails done in the new polish that was being launched by Pure Ice.

For our decor we went wild with the currently trendy and super fun neon pink and yellow mixed in with lots of black and white. We placed pink glow sticks on the dessert table and LED yellow ice cubes where the food was set bringing some true pops of color to each table. We also went bananas for the LED martini cups for our Lemon drop signature drink which were a hit amongst the guests mingling through this party.

We also used Confetti Systems for the first time…they make the most fabulous fringe garland and pinatas for your classy party needs. We kept our colors neutral and hung up under the bar to spruce it up just a bit!

The girls at Bella provided a DJ who was spinning tunes from the 80s, 90s and current top 4o charts all remixed up together. The music was fun and upbeat and we hope to work with her on some LMP events in the future!

We played off the theme here and offered a nice assortment of “beauty bites” that we got from our friends at Cobblestone Catering including mini tomato & goat cheese tarts, Asian shrimp skewers and vegetarian summer rolls. We also put out a crate of crudités for the guests to nibble on with blue cheese and ranch to dip.
You may remember my telling you a little while back about the DIY neon cake stands that we made. They were specifically for this party and couldn’t have looked better with our food placed on top.

And of course – you know it…we had some “sassy treats” inspired by the funky nail polish we were honoring. A few chocolate dipped pretzels with hot pink sprinkles and from Kristan at Kreated by K some pink cake pops dusted with silver glitter and white chocolate dipped Oreos covered in rock candy.

Pure Ice has a very clever way of branding their nail polish that is sold in a set for their customers to use. You apply a base coat of white and then a top coat of black which turns into a crackle design on your nail. The nifty little set comes with a complimentary nail file shaped like a vinyl record – too cute. Check out their full line of polish at your nearest Walmart.

Thanks to all the staff members we had the pleasure of working with at Bella and Pure Ice – hope to work with you all again soon!
*All photos taken by Raquel Bianca.

xx, Seri
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March 22, 2012

Romance in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

A couple of weeks ago we had the honor of coordinating a wedding in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
When the bride Kelsey called and invited us out to see her home over the Manhattan bridge, we walked in and immediately fell in love. She made it easy to do so with her as a person as she was so sweet and direct with what she was looking for from LMP; and her home, which would clearly serve as the perfect location for the 60 person, intimate wedding ceremony that she had in mind.
She brought in some wonderfully talented vendors – one of which recommended us for the gig: Levi Stolove. He is the man behind the photos you see here…and did the most incredible job. Capturing Kelsey & Adam’s deep love for one another, Levi took the shots exactly how Kelsey had described she wanted for her wedding.
Kelsey found a couple of artists to work magic on her already beautiful head of hair and face for her big day – Anni Bruno with NYC Faces and Joseph B. the hairstylist extraordinaire. We had so much fun chatting with them before they started their work with Kelsey as they are super sweet and friendly – exactly what you want out of your wedding day stylists!

As for the decor, Kelsey found the amazing Rebecca Shepherd. Based out of Brooklyn, Rebecca was most recently recognized in Style Me Pretty and People Magazine for events that she did beautiful work for. The floral arrangements, candles and assortment of sentimental photos that Kelsey & Adam provided of their family for the mantels in their home, all came together looking sophisticated, romantic and simply stunning in a perfect color scheme made up of off white, greenery and hues of rich and light plum.

The ceremony was heartfelt and emotional in the sweetest way possible. Standing under a chuppah strung up tastefully with a special family tallis and votives hanging down, the bride and groom couldn’t have looked more in love and honored to be marrying. Not to mention the officiant Jeddah Vailakis who specializes in inter-faith marriages that they found as a recommendation from Adam’s loving grandmother was a doll and put on a beautiful service.

Now we cannot go without mentioning the most important family member at this wedding. His name is Rocky and he belongs to Kelsey & Adam. What a sweetheart. This pup was nothing but adorable and madly in love with his parents who he couldn’t have been more proud standing next to while they made their marriage official through the day and night of all the festivities.

The reception followed down the road at a neighborly joint called the Clover Club. Again the flowers spoke romance and warmth fitting the space so perfectly.

All the best to you Kelsey & Adam!  We wish you a life full of good health and happiness from your friends at LMP.

xx, Seri
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March 15, 2012

Shower me with Love

The shower I am writing about today comes from my sister Mandy, AKA LMP Toronto. Together with the bridal party for their dear friend Dalya, she put on one of the most beautiful showers I’ve seen to date. With shades of purple starring as the accent color to this rustic and simply pretty brunch, she used hearts, branches and love notes to honor the bride. Also to her credit she found an incredibly talented photographer to take the photos seen in this post…her name is Robin Harrison and her work is pretty outstanding.
Brunch was served so elegantly on white platters laying on a bed of grass. With purple fabric bunting sewn together by one of the gals, the look was sophisticated and appetizing while lots of fun.

Check this out…they had a yogurt bar. What a fun idea for a brunch. Interactive and a great way for guests to build their own parfaits.

I also love the mason jars filled with berry smoothies. They are dark in color to go along with the season and the theme and look so yum! I also love how simple the coffee accessories were displayed. Such a minor detail but one that I would notice at any party.

Not to mention the use of carnations. Used properly carnations are the best way to add a pop of color into your party without breaking the bank. I love how they did so with the white Ikea plant pots and simple clear vases.

Onto the LMP signature sweets…believe it if you can, but many of our concepts for Little Miss Party come from my very talented and creative sister! She often brainstorms with Michelle and I to put together inspiration boards for our clients as she’s always full of great ideas. And as far as her desserts – well she’s the one who introduced me to cake pops and chic dessert tables…check this one out. How gorgeous are those branches that just happened to wilt over and look almost like a heart…also take note of the adorable bunting on top of the understated white cake. Love love. And how about the hanging heart garland?! So sweet.

The fine details are always my fave as we at LMP take great pride in the “extra’s” as we like to call em. So here the girls set out paper bags with hearts cut out of different types of decorative paper (which you can find at your local Michael’s craft store) and attached with a mini clothespin. Each bag was filled with hershey kisses for the guests to take home…

And for some fun and a fab way to create a keepsake for the bride, the girls set up a string with “love letters” hanging for the guests to sign to the newlyweds. My sister found this idea from the wonderful site Eat Drink Chic.

As tradition will have it the groom to be usually makes an appearance at the end of the bridal shower and in this case Dalya’s adorable man showed up with beautiful flowers and a face that was glowing…what a gorgeous couple – we wish you a happy and healthy marriage from LMP!

xx, Seri
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March 10, 2012

Legally Eighteen and celebrating in style with LMP

I remember when I turned 18…I couldn’t wait.  I am not quite sure why I was so excited; maybe I couldn’t wait to be an adult, or at least have my parents treat me like one.  Or maybe I was just dying to buy some lottery tickets.  Ha! Either way, it was a wonderful feeling, however long ago it was, and it got me excited to plan my cousin Julia’s Surprise 18th Birthday party!
Turning 18 is a graduation into adulthood, so we knew the party could not have any childish elements.  Teal is Julia’s favorite color, so a color palette of deep purple, teal and silver sounded like perfection.  We started by hanging purple and teal balloons upside down from the light fixtures, over where the food would be stationed.  Balloons are a great way to get a big impact for not a lot of money.  AND they looked gorgeous! We mixed in some hanging metallic stars and it all came together.

The dining room table is very modern so we wanted the flowers and table decor to be consistent.  There is a large and colorful painting hanging behind the table, so white was the way to go on this table.  Beautiful orchids, tulips, carnations and long taper candles, all looked gorgeous in white.  And of course the vases were modern and white as well.  A large neutral colored bowl was the perfect centerpiece, to pull everything together.

The bar set up quickly became one of my favorite elements of the party.  With some magnetic boards from IKEA, and some purple, teal and blue magnets from Staples, we wrote out the numbers “18” which looked absolutely amazing behind the bar!  The birthday girl loves pina coladas, so as a nod to her favorites we served a non-alcoholic version for the under-21 guests.  The drink was served out of these amazing glass carafes with a chalk board sign on the outside.  Beer and water was kept cold in a galvanized tin and champagne glasses set out for a Birthday Toast.

I come from a large Italian family, so good food is the center of every gathering; and this party was no exception.  Because guests were going to be mingling for about an hour before the ‘guest of honor’ arrived, we had to be sure the appetizers were plentiful.  We started with Roasted Shrimp Cocktail a favorite party recipe of mine, from The Food Network.  I love traditional shrimp cocktail, but there is something about roasting shrimp that gives them the most amazing flavor. Simple, elegant and delicious.  We created an antipasti platter with some marinated veggies, two types of Italian cheeses and two cured meats.  In addition, we served a trio of dips; hummus, spinach dip and whitefish salad.

Everyone loves mozzarella and tomato; it is simply a match made in heaven!  So I knew marinated mozzarella balls skewered with fresh grape tomatoes would be a crowd favorite.  A crusty baguette and an assortment of crackers & crostini rounded out our spread. Small chalkboards displayed were the perfect way to let guests know what they were munching on…and more importantly, what yummy food was in store for later!

Once the surprise was over, the bubbly was popped, toasts were given and everyone was having a great time.  As the guests chatted and sipped their drinks, we switched over the food station and got ready to serve the main course.  It is important when having a cocktail party, to serve food that is easy for guests to enjoy without a ton of fork and knife action.  But seeing as it was dinner time, we knew the selection had to be filling.  Julia’s mom, Arlene, gave us a run-down of The Birthday Girl’s faves and from there we set the perfect menu.  Our favorite friends at Cobblestone Catering knocked it out of the park on this one.  Julia loves pulled pork and chicken parm, so how did we serve both? Sliders of course! They were not only adorable but out-of-this-world amazing.  No Italian meal is complete without pasta, but it isn’t exactly cocktail party food.  Individual baked ziti ramekins was a genius way to serve pasta elegantly to a crowd.  And who doesn’t love a meatball? No one in my family! So for this party we served two kinds; traditional beef & ricotta and less traditional spicy duck.  We stationed the meatballs directly next to warm parker house rolls, just in case anyone had the urge to make a meatball sandwich…and guess what, people did! I know my family all too well.  I know what you are thinking, were there any vegetables served at this meal? Don’t worry, we didn’t forget.  Crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons and creamy homemade Caesar dressing…all served in individual plastic tumblers for a perfect portion and easy eating.  Genius, right?  We thought so!

Everyone knows LMP loves a gorgeous dessert table, I mean what’s not to love?  We started by setting up a 6 foot table against the two large windows in the living room and hanging purple felt bunting and twinkle lights above.  As a centerpiece, we used a tall white vase and filled it with decorative branches to create an impactful yet not overly busy look. A white linen with a purple & teal runner was a gorgeous background for all of our delicious treats.  Kreated by K baked up two different kinds of cake pops for us…red velvet pops with “18” were displayed in a silver cube filled with white jelly beans and chocolate pops with purple sprinkles were turned upside down and displayed on chic white cake stands.

No LMP party is complete without something sweet from Sugar Sweet Sunshine…and this time we outdid ourselves!  We served these mini cake/pudding/deliciousness cups called “chocolate bomb” and the guests went crazy for them.  I dropped off the cups earlier that week, Sugar Sweet filled them, and the we tied mini spoons to each…seriously amazing.  And who could forget the cake?  The birthday cake was seriously one of the most delicious cake I have ever eaten! Moist chocolate cake with white butter-cream icing.  We decorated the top of the cake with mini purple ombre tissue poms and “18” sparklers.  It was almost too pretty to eat.

We rounded out the dessert table with delicious key lime bars, made by Julia’s mom Arlene and some good ole-fashioned oreos, everyone’s favorite!   To complete the table, we added some white hydrangeas and white carnations and hung small silver stars from the branches. We always love adding fresh flowers wherever we can, and in this case kept them white to not take away from the color throughout the rest of the space.  It truly turned out gorgeous.

LMP is all about the details.  We know it’s the little things that turn a great party into an extraordinary party.  For one last fun detail we created a favor that was a play on 3 things Julia can legally do, now that she is 18.  First, we got Happy Birthday scratch off lottery tickets.  Next a trip to Economy Candy for some candy cigarettes; the real ones are terrible but the candy version is a treat.  And lastly, temporary tattoos…not permanent and pain free!  It was a simple and creative way to celebrate turning 18.  A big shout out to our girl Raquel Bianca for capturing all of these special details.

Happy Birthday Julia! Thanks for letting LMP share in your celebration.  We hope it was a night to remember.


xx, Michelle
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