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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This past weekend we helped plan an adorable owl themed baby shower for a gal pregnant with her second baby boy. The event was hosted in her good friend Courtney’s loft in Tribeca – which was an absolutely fabulous space for a party! Along with a full proposal, we also create a unique inspiration board for each and every event we work on. This serves as a way to show the client the overall “feeling” of how we envision the event. Our inspiration boards are a way to bring the written words on the proposal to life. Check out the inspiration board we created for this event!
We set up both the food and sweets on her stunning wooden farm table; no linens necessary. We simply set down two navy and blue striped runners to set as the backdrop for our setup. Floating over the center of the table was a 3 foot white balloon with gold tassels hanging down, which we anchored down to a piece of birch branch. The white dahlias looked absolutely gorgeous at G.Page that week, so we filled several glass milk jugs with them and they lined the center of the sweet and savory table.
As usual, we turned to Cobblestone Catering for the savory bites which were stationed on white ceramic cake stands and platters. We served three types of seasonal bruschetta, my favorite being roasted sweet potato topped with sauteed brussel sprouts and toasted pine nuts. HOLY YUM! Another crowd favorite were the skewers of cheese tortellini, sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes. Both elegant and easy to eat!
We are absolutely obsessed with the pretzel croissants that Cobblestone makes sandwiches on, so we just had to include these chicken salad on pretzel croissant sammies. And no brunch is complete without egg salad, which was served on homemade biscuits.
The menu was rounded out with green garden crudites served with spinach dip and also fresh berries topped with creme fraiche and mint.
When it comes to sweets for a baby shower, we just can’t help ourselves in the “cuteness” department. Check out these ADORABLE owl sugar cookies and brownie rattle pops! Love love love. Our girl AnnMarie also whipped up mini pumpkin pies, mini chocolate pretzel tarts and a gorgeous two tiered cake which we topped with owl bunting, which we found on Etsy.
For drinks we kept it simple with a coffee bar, personalized water bottles, prosecco, white wine and a signature “mocktail” in honor of the mommy-to-be! Whenever possible, we love to incorporate seasonal ingredients…so this apple cider and ginger punch featuring fresh apple cider and non-alcoholic ginger beer was perfection. We served it in individual plastic mason jars we found at Shop Sweet Lulu with a birch printed straw in each — adorable AND tasty!
Birch vases were perfect to display our blue striped napkin wrapped cutlery from Party City. White ceramic owl vases in varying sizes were used for birch printed straws and flower arrangements. Gold spray painted succulents and cake stands looked gorgeous throughout the apartment.
Guests had fun with a Baby Shower version of Scattergories game we had printed up, another fab find from Little Posh Studio on Etsy. Check out this gorgeous design! Adorable, right??
No baby shower is complete without some nostalgic baby pics of the mommy and daddy to be, which we printed in Sepia tone and set up around the apartment in simple silver frames.
As a new mom, I know the importance of a good lullaby… So as a thoughtful and extremely useful favor we created a CD of lullabies, complete with personalized “owl” CD jacket for all guests to take home with them. How cute are these!!? Etsy — we love you!
Congratulations Danielle!! Thank you for letting LMP be a part of your Baby shower and we wish you the best of luck with Baby #2!
My son is in his second year of preschool and we’re now working through the Kindergarton process. For anyone who lives in NYC and has gone through this…you are feeling sorry for me right now, I know it. But don’t. My husband and I have been super relaxed about it all and trust that our lil man will end up in the right spot for a strong education.
When the class parents asked me if I would like to host the “meet and greet” for this year’s class I thought it would be a great way to get involved and a no brainer since hosting events is what I do best.
I did however want to keep it casual and relaxed since it’s for a class of parents whose kids are 4 years old…and since it’s meant to be a way for the parents to hang out together and get to know each other. So I thought it would be fun to think like a kid for a simple menu and the decor. I asked my son to help out and he LOVED getting involved in the planning!
For starters, we went to the Union Square Farmer’s Market the morning of the party. My boys taste tested everything from tiny tomatoes to spicy arugula and we picked out all kinds of colorful veggies and flowers to use for the night with the parents.
Then I met up with my new friend Cara Braude to work on some crafting for the decor. She suggested spray painting “ABC” cardboard letters to put on the table with the food…as well as apples to display around my apartment. They all looked so awesome and fitting for a school party.
With our fresh produce from the market I whipped up a pasta salad and green market salad with a lemon honey vinaigrette.
I picked up an antipasto platter from Murray’s Cheese and ordered a couple of pizzas.
Well…I’m Back!! After 3 months at home with my gorgeous daughter Alexandra…I am back in action at LMP! It was so amazing to spend the time with her but also feels great to get back into the swing of things. I feel like I have learned SO much in 3 months…so much to share…but I will save all that for another blog. Today I am here to tell you about a fabulous event we did last week for Lee Jeans. But I can’t help sharing a recent picture of my sweet girl!
A few weeks ago we received a call from our favorite PR firm Crossroads…you may remember them from the Cake Boss and Blue Bunny events, still two of our absolute favorites. This time, it was a 2-day men’s and women’s blogger event for Lee Jeans. Food, cocktails and trying on denim? What more could a girl (or guy) want!! We quickly got to work with our ideas and came up with a simple fall theme, since the crisp weather was already upon us. The event was to take place in the Lee Jeans showroom, so space was limited. We went to our friends at Broadway Party Rentals for this fabulous wooden bar which looked amazing in the room.
Our favorite bartender Darryl was serving up Whiskey Sours to the gents and Leetini’s to the ladies! Personalized water bottles and sparkling (and spiked) Izzy’s were also in the mix.
Instead of simple (and boring) cocktail tables, we opted for these amazing wine barrels with yellow stools…which we thought gave the room the perfect pop of color. Thanks Westside Party Rentals! Lee wanted to introduce some modern elements to the decor, so on top of each wine barrel we set out a few sleek white vases with different shades of orange and red dahlias, along with these fun mosaic candle holders we got from our friends at Party City! Also at each table was a white frame with the hashtag #Leemodernman or #Leelooks so that bloggers could tag their photos from the event. To round out the setup, a milk glass vase filled with mixed nuts topped each barrel. The setup looked awesome!
For a casual cocktail party, where guests were going to be coming in and out, we wanted to keep the food simple yet exciting…and of course easy to eat! We chose to mix both savory and sweet onto one table, which turned out gorgeous. Our favorite friends at Cobblestone Catering served up some delicious treats like spicy duck meatballs, BLT bites, organic cherry tomato tartlets, and veggie summer rolls, among others. When it comes to desserts, nothing says fall like Smores and pies…and we had both, in mini of course! Don’t these look delish? Courtesy of our sweets girl AnnMarie, who you may remember from a Rainbow party we did back in April. We also had some amazing mini cupcakes from our new friends at Butterlane Bakery…The flavors were out of this world! My favorite was chocolate with caramel and sea salt…topped with popcorn…YUM!
To change things up a little, we offered mini Sigmunds pretzels, with three dipping sauces (one of which included Nutella!!) on the men’s blogger night. If you have never tried Sigmund’s pretzels, run don’t walk. They are amazing. And for the ladies night, Sweet and Savory popcorn to take with you.
We loved working with wheat in addition to florals for this event. It just felt so “fall.” We displayed two bouquets, set in glass vases filled with orange gumballs… you can find these here at Party City. For a third vase, we covered it with a pair Lee Jeans and filled it with more fall colored florals.
Each night, our menu was written out on a pair of Fall 2013 Lee Jeans using paint pens, and hung above the food table. Gorgeous!
Each blogger left the event with a new pair of denim (Score!) and also a Lee flask, which we displayed in a vintage coke crate filled with wheat grass and set on top of a wine barrel.
One amazing aspect of our job is meeting and networking with new people every single day. It’s what makes this business so fun. We especially love chatting it up with fashion bloggers like Christine Bibbo of NYC Pretty, considering Seri and I both spent 10+ years working in the fashion industry. We may be out of the industry, but we still can’t get enough!
Thanks Lee for letting Little Miss Party put together this fab event for you!
We’ve had the opportunity to be a part of a few really cool launch parties over the past couple of years. And last week we had the chance to help welcome a brilliant new site to the world: Well Rounded NY.
Earlier this year we met Jessica & Kaity and instantly fell in love with the two of them and the website they created.
Well Rounded NY is an outlet for pregnant moms in NYC who are looking for cool places to eat, shop and talk babies & kids.
Since both Michelle and I are now mothers we thought we were a match made in heaven with these two…
So when they asked if we could help design the party they were throwing to launch their “baby” we jumped all over it. The direction for the party was a Sip n See “granny chic” style where they drew inspiration from the adorable floral straws that they found on Pinterest. When I think “granny chic” I think of my Boobie. I think: lace, gold accents and doilies which I found tons of in all shapes, sizes and colors here at Party City.
I went to the garment district to source floral fabric from Mood and lace from M&J Trimming. I used these both with doilies & twine to wrap bottles and vases that I had on hand and filled with tons of white, green and pink flowers to place throughout the party.
The party was held at a fabulous showroom called DucDuc in Soho. The girls who work the showroom are lovely and they sell furniture for all ages that is absolutely beautiful. It was such a great spot for this party because of the size of the space and the great items they had for us to work with. I just loved setting up the bar on this cart that they have and they let us use all of their glasses – what a bonus!
On top of this bar cart we set up a glass mason jar beverage dispenser topped with granny chic fabric that I found and tied with twine. We filled this with rosemary infused lemonade and tons of ice which made for a refreshing mocktail for all those moms who were steering clear of wine and beer. Of course we set out a tin of floral straws that Jessica & Kaity provided to go along side this signature drink!
To nibble, the girls worked with a couple of super talented chefs. The Nourishing Vegan provided healthy vegan bites that were incredibly tasty. I got to chat with Chef Jenné for a little while. She was super sweet and so passionate about healthy eating! As for the delectable desserts that were provided by Chef Mary London…I went nuts with the styling. Each bite was prettier and more delicious then the next…
The desserts transformed into looking granny chic simply by plating them on frilly cake stands and surrounding with vintage frames. I also took some wooden baby blocks and sprayed painted them gold to stack on the table which looked really sweet.
We also took mini animals that they sell at Party City as cake toppers, sprayed them in gold paint and tucked them around the sweets to honor the “baby” in this party.
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