Once again…we got to do a birthday party for my friend Ilana (our fave mom blogger) better known as Mommy Shorts.
You might remember Mazzy’s Milk bar (one of our faves!) from last year…while this time round it was for Harlow’s first.
Ilana and I had both of our second kids just months apart from each other so Harlow & my lil guy Luke are good pals.
It’s always so nice when planning a party for a friend because after it’s all set up and looking gorgeous…you can enjoy the food too!
Ilana wanted to keep it small and have it on a Saturday morning. Immediately brunch came to mind and what would be better then pancakes and PJs! Coffee, peach bellinis, Chikalicious cronuts, mini cupcakes from Butter Lane and a cereal bar?! How could you go wrong with that!?
We also served the most fabulous new find – bagel pops from Bantam Bagels! They are mini bagel balls filled with cream cheese or butter and we got an assortment of both. Stuck em on sticks and voila! Something new and delicious for us to serve up at this party!
Ilana wanted the colors to be a soft and feminine palette which is how she bests describes Harlow’s style. So these honeycombs that we’ve been obsessing over from Shop Sweet Lulu were the most perfect touch above the main food table.
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We gave busy a new meaning this summer.
Babies, parties, weddings, kids, entertaining…
We have so many gorgeous and fabulous events to share with you…and are working on doing just that. So to start…I’m going to give you some insight on my Rosh Hashana.
Every year we celebrate the Jewish New Year by enjoying some apples dipped in honey. This signifies a sweet year ahead. And this year I was hosting 10 adults, 2 kids and 2 babies for the traditional dinner to kick off our new year.
My lil man helped me set the table for the kids using mini apples as place card holders for the table assignments. Growing up my Boobie (grandmother) would always use doilies to set the table with. So we found these large sized doily placemats at Party City to set the kids plates under along with some crayons to color if they got antsy while waiting for dinner to be served.
My lil guy also added a homemade cup of flowers to the table…always a nice touch for the kids to be able to contribute!
And for the babes, I secured our Phil & Ted’s chairs to our dining room table, set a doily placemat at each along with sippy cups and kids cutlery and they were ready to hang…literally. Eating gefilte fish and all!
I worked with a bold palette of grape and forest green mixed with white and black all over. I set the adults table with succulents placed on top of wine glasses turned upside down and these gorgeous purple ball flowers that I found in the market…
A simple runner from Ikea made the white pop off the table with solid berry colored napkins that I found on the Party City website in their solid color section which I find so easy to navigate!
I used mini jars of honey with personalized labels for the seating cards…which doubled as a favor for my guests to take home.
Dinner was going to be a menu taken from my Boobie’s kitchen – she is known for most of these dishes and serves them to us whenever we go to Toronto.
Chopped liver, new dill pickles and crackers to nosh
Gefilte fish and a round challah (which as my mom in law told me signifies the circle of life)
Chicken soup with mazto balls
Aunt Sandy’s Peach brisket
Chicken burgers (which I totally dried out and ruined. So what do you want from me? I’m not perfect!)
And green bean casserole
And the best part of course was being able to get together with our family and friends. There’s nothing better.
So to all of you who celebrate – L’Shana Tova and we wish you an easy fast this upcoming weekend from all of us here at LMP.
Definitely one of my favorite nights in awards television is the Oscars. The best of the best show up and the outfits could keep me talking for hours.
My favorite part of the show is hosting friends, eating good food and drinking delicious wine.
After taking part in the Daily Lounge’s Oscar night Roundtable the other day… a lovely gal from Rioja Wine contacted us and asked if we would like to receive a few bottles to pair with dinner for the Oscars. Um, ya-ha! And…how about some goodies to make up gift bags? Ok, hello?! Love! Send away!!
When the wine was hand delivered to my door with a load of DIY gift bag goodies I was ecstatic.
So now I had to come up with a fun menu that would be appetizing for my guests and easy to make while tending to two kids. I had found some awesome recipes in the NY Post the other day from some of the “big time” party planners out there…such as celebrity planner Mary Juliani. I loved the sound of the mac n cheese bites and mini Philly cheesesteaks so I ran to the store and picked up everything that I would need to prepare this Oscars meal.
Whether you live in a city or in a suburb, chances are you like convenience. Especially delivery. NYers can and will have just about anything delivered. And there is nothing more convenient than delivery groceries…just look at the success of companies like Fresh Direct or Max Delivery. I have to admit, when I moved from NYC to the suburbs of Long Island last month, I thought my days of convenience were gone. Boy was I wrong! Within a few days I had found a dry-cleaner that picked up AND delivered (thanks Tricia!) and a fabulous new concept in grocery delivery called Blue Apron. You may remember Seri’s blog post about Blue Apron from a few weeks ago…well she told me it was too good to be true, and well, she was right ! It’s AMAZING. and here is why…right now I am cooking for 2. Well 2.5. And when I go to the grocery store to buy ingredients, 9 times out of 10 we don’t use up everything I buy and the remaining ingredients go bad in our fridge. This happens to me every week. Here is the genius part about Blue Apron; in their once-a-week subscription service they deliver all the fresh ingredients you need to make 3 meals, in exactly the right proportions. They’ve designed their service to teach you fun new recipes, save prep time and also reduce unnecessary waste. It is a dream come true for working wives and moms. I literally sat in traffic today for 1.5 hours coming home from working in the city, and was SO pleasantly surprised to find a nice box waiting for me on my doorstep! Inside was everything I need for this weeks meals, all individually wrapped and surrounded by ice packs to keep cool. The only thing I had to do was pick which delicious meal I was going to make first. Genius.
For tonight’s meal I chose the Sesame Chicken with soba noodles. Prep time took me less than 15 minutes, all I had to do was chop garlic, ginger, carrots, cilantro and the chicken.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of working with a friend of mine on a dinner party for his wife’s 40th birthday. A milestone like this one should be celebrated with elegance and class. And that’s just how it was done here, perfectly to a tee.
Justin found a magnificent venue for the dinner party of about 20 guests. Located in the heart of Noho the restaurant is called Aroma and their private event space is in the basement tucked quaintly away from the hustle and bustle that lives above on the corner of 4th Street and Bowery. Aroma is rustic looking and feeling with exposed brick walls, wood tables + chairs. It was warm and cosy, so perfect for a sit down dinner on a December night.