October 11, 2017

An Effortless Backyard Dinner Party

To close out our summer this year, we hosted a dinner party in the backyard. Couple things you must have for this scenario one being perfect weather and the other, a great group of friends to enjoy it all with.

So where do I even begin with this dinner?  It’s by far one of my faves ever.

How about the wine? The darling family behind Maiden + Liberty asked if we’d like to taste the wine that they make in their family run vineyards. We said yes. Obviously. So they sent over the sweetest person on the planet to pour several different wines for us to taste.

The setting was all farm inspired. At the market I always see piles of wood slats laying in the back. They let us take a few and we set them into the grass with pillows and blankets all around.

Having a bar cart on wheels is so convenient because you can move it all around. For this dinner we wheeled the cart right onto the grass the in backyard by our dinner set up and set up an ice bucket, tons of glasses and dish towels to clean up any wine that dripped down the bottles.

I wanted a moody palette of flowers. Sort of a nod to the sadness of the summer ending and a wink to the start of fall. Oranges, red, purple, pink and green were the perfect mix.

My friend Anastasia of Sag Harbor Florist has a farm where she was currently growing the most beautiful dahlias and picked buckets of ’em for us to use. We styled them all through the wood slat table creating the prettiest look!

Naturally, Crafty Maggie whipped up a little DIY wine cork name card for each guest with some household items that she found….doesn’t get more fitting than this…

For dinner I wanted to serve a really fresh, seasonal meal but I did not have time to cook. There’s a local gourmet market in Sag Harbor that I’d been dying to try, so I gave it a go and was not disappointed. The roast chicken, grilled salmon and vegetables were out of this world. The best part was they kept perfectly tasty at room temperate so we weren’t rushed to eat!

The weather was wonderful and we had the most fabulous time making memories with dear friends.

Find our Backyard dinner party featured on Inspired by This here.

xx, Seri
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October 6, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

The best part about developing a recipe is the “creative aspect”. I’m not talking about getting fancy with ingredients here. I’m saying that you need to use stuff that is already in your possession. I usually open my fridge and spice cupboards, pull out this and that and then experiment by mixing different sauces and spices.

It’s the way I cook. It’s the way I was taught to cook by my mom. It’s the way I like it.

Does everything always turn out perfectly? Well, no. But lucky for you, it won’t show up here until it’s tried, tested and approved. Not only by me, but my only victim right now – Steve.

So, last night I made this chicken and MANNNNNN was it ever good. The only thing I would say is that this recipe needs a HEAT ALERT. I used fresh chili peppers here and they are dangerous.

This is the second time I’ve done something this stupid, but I’m going to let you in on it even though you will be shaking your head while reading this.

Yep. I cut the peppers and then rubbed my left eye. Do you know what ensued next? Me running around the kitchen splashing cold water in my eyeball and basically screaming.

Screaming, splashing, running. I was a sight for sore eyes. Oh wait. It was my EYE that was sore. Nevermind.

The only way I can describe it – painful and funny at the same time. But then again, that’s what it’s like to live with me. Ask Steve. He knows.

As with the majority of my shoots, I make things ahead of time so we don’t have to wait to eat our meals. Times have changed since the boys lived here. They were used to watching their food walk past them and became very accustomed to eating lukewarm meals. No wonder they moved out.

What I’m getting at is this. The longer this chicken sits in the sauce, the better it gets. Sweet, sticky, chili laden HEAT.  And speaking of sauce, I made this recipe on my insta story and I found that there was a teeny problem with the ratio of liquid. I needed MORE! So what does one do? Double the sauce recipe and bingo bango it was PERFECT.

Another winner of a chicken dinner.

SWEET HEAT LIME CHILI CHICKEN 

– 7 – 8 chicken thighs, skin on
– Salt
– Pepper
– Garlic powder
– oil for frying
– Sauce
– Juice of 2 limes
– 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce
– 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
– 4 tablespoons oyster sauce
– 4 tablespoons sweet chili sauce, store bought
– 4 tablespoons brown sugar
– ½ teaspoon garlic powder
– ½ teaspoon black pepper
– Garnishes
– Sliced chili peppers
– 1 sliced lime
– Chopped fresh parsley

1) Heat a large skillet on the stove with 2 tablespoons of oil. Pan fry chicken on both sides until skin is browned and crispy. Remove from pan and place into large oven proof casserole dish.
2) Preheat oven to 400F.
3) Prepare your sauce by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until blended. Pour over chicken.
4) Bake chicken for 25-30 or until juices run clear. Switch oven to BROIL and crisp the chicken skin until brown. DO NOT STEP AWAY FROM THE OVEN. The chicken skin crisps up really quickly and it will burn.
5) Garnish and serve.

xx, Debi
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August 28, 2017

Family Dinner by Abby & Maggie

All summer long we’ve been eating delicious home cooked meals by Seri in The Hamptons. Abby and I decided it was our turn to treat the family to a meal of our own. We combined a couple of our favorite recipes and prepped dinner for everyone to enjoy!

We used our favorite tableware from The Grown Up Birthday Bash in a Box alongside some amazing flowers from Sag Harbor Florist. After dressing up the table, we brought out the good stuff.

Abby made her famous turkey burgers and Mexican street corn. I made my favorite brussel sprout salad, inspired by the farm salad from Sweet Cheeks BBQ in Boston. Below you’ll find our ingredient lists, if you’d like to test out this meal at home!

Abby’s Famous Turkey Burgers

1 lb. ground turkey
small pack of fresh basil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped red onion
salt & pepper to taste

Mexican Street Corn

4 fresh ears of corn
1/4 cup mayo
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 cup cojita cheese
2 limes 

Brussel Sprout Farm Salad

salad:
1 lb. brussel sprouts
1 bag of baby arugula
2 cups of red grapes, halved
1 cup cooked farro
crushed walnuts
shaved parmesan cheese

dressing:
chopped red onion
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

We hope you get a chance to try our recipes, they were a huge hit! The perfect way to wrap up #LMPSummer!

xx, Maggie
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July 27, 2017

How to Host a Garden Party

Our new Little Miss Shower Party in a Box is quite possibly the cutest selection of party supplies we’ve ever seen. Since you have the option to choose between a script balloon that says “love” or “baby,” you can really use it for any occasion! We chose Love, for a bridal shower, and we glammed it up with this glitter balloon DIY.

Last week, we hosted this bridal shower in Seri’s backyard and recorded every step so you can see EXACTLY how she made it look so fabulous. It was easy, fast, and beyond gorgeous. This How to Host episode will show you how to prep your meal, set your table, and serve your drinks. Below the video, you will find printable cards with the shopping lists and links for everything we made!

Watch and LEARN! Seri is the hosting queen, and she’s ready to show you just how easy it is to do yourself.

PRINTABLE SHOPPING LIST CARDS

You can find the steps for our Summer Corn Salad here and the steps for the Potato Salad here.

For more party tips and behind the scenes, follow @littlemissparty on Instagram!

xx, Maggie
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July 26, 2017

A Dinner Party for Two

Birthday gifts can be tricky. When you know someone special who has it all, how do you keep the excitement of gift giving alive?

How about a well designed, well thought out dinner for 2? That would be pretty fun to walk into as a birthday girl…don’t you think?!

Doesn’t get cuter than a husband surprising his wife with a beautiful dinner with the most delicious menu. That’s what we did here and loved every moment of it.

From the stunning table design with plates, utensils, glasses and placemats all from our favorite store CB2, to a bottle of pink champagne, candles and the perfect naked cake from Making that Cake topped with fresh flowers….it was pretty perfect.

We brought in a personal chef Linda Sarris who goes by the name The Cheeky Chef to create a delicious, beautiful dinner for the couple. She came into the apartment to prepare the dinner while we set up and once the couple arrived they sat down to a gorgeous appetizer followed by a pasta course and main dish. It smelled (and I know tasted) heavenly.

Bravo to the husband who thought of this idea. Made for the perfect night for his wife’s birthday celebration and surely one she’ll never forget.

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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