March 20, 2017

Flower Power

Today is about using fresh flowers to make pretty crowns just in time for spring…which is TODAY! Happy Spring everyone.

We recently brought a new team member on board, the most fantastic intern, Natalie who has been a great asset to our team. Her greatest skill in the LMP Office: flower arranging. Could she fit in any better?

She lead a flower crown making workshop for us and we of course turned it into a party. What a fun way to spend a morning with friends, huh?! We served a simple breakfast with fresh pastries, croissants and a enormous sweet brioche that we found at our local bakery. Abby brewed a pot of coffee and of course we toasted with pink bubbly.

If you plan to host a flower crown making party, ask your friends to dress for the season and no doubt they will pull out some pretty fabulous pops of color…

Here’s how you can make these flowers crowns with a few materials (easily found on Amazon) and a lotta flowers (if you live in warm climate then check your backyard first!).

Supplies:
Floral Wire
Floral tape
Good scissors
Leafy florals (ie. Italian ruscus, babies breath, spray roses)

1. Take your floral wire and fit it around your head so that you know how long it needs to be.

2. Shape the floral wire into a circle and then twist the end in order to keep it in place at the length you need. (For added security, make the length even longer and wrap the extra around the crown to make it thicker).

3. Take your floral tape and begin wrapping it around the entire crown (Make sure you are gently pulling the tape as your wrap, so that the tape becomes sticky).

4. Begin making small bouquets with your flowers and greenery. Then wrap the ends with the floral tape.

5. Take a long piece of greenery and twist it around the crown, then secure with floral tape.

6. Add in the small bouquets and secure with floral tape, add or subtract to your liking.

7. Take some pictures and have fun!

Photos by Gillian Stippa

xx, Seri
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March 1, 2017

Erika’s Bookish Baby Shower

My best friend from college, Steph, and her mom were throwing a Baby Shower for Steph’s sister Erika.  Since this is Erika’s first child, they wanted the shower to be extra special, and they asked me to help with the decor to give it an LMP touch. The Sandberg’s are like family to me, so I jumped at the opportunity!

Steph and her mom had already thrown a smaller shower for Erika over the Holidays at their grandmothers house, and this shower was for the Dad’s side and also everyone from Erika’s hometown. At the first shower, they had done a book theme, and we were able to reuse some of the decor items from that, such as this adorable Golden Books banner and these BABY marquee letters.

Since Erika and her husband, John Paul, are not going to find out the sex of the baby before the birth, we kept the colors neutral – soft green, yellow, orange and white, with hints of metallic gold and silver.

I used the metallic confetti balloon with gold fringe from our Shower Party in a Box, and supplemented it with jumbo white and regular latex balloons on our chosen colors.

We kept the food simple with dishes that either Steph’s mom made, or the guests brought for a delicious lunch buffet.  We provided wine and beer, and a beautiful “Make Your Own Mimosa” Bar.  I set up champagne to chill in an ice bucket, with a carafe of OJ and cut up fruit in the pretty paper cups that come in our Shower in a Box.

For the gift station, I hung a “Welcome Baby Igoe” banner on the fireplace for people to put all of the gifts under, and we set up a gift opening station nearby for when Erika was ready to open everything.

Their mom had found a bunch of Erika’s blankets from when she was a baby, so we draped a nearby chair with a beautiful embroidered one for her to sit on when it was gift time!

For dessert, Erika and Steph are both gluten-free, so Steph had coordinated for the cake to be gluten-free, and for there to be a variety of gluten-free and regular cupcakes, which were color coded so the guests could choose their preference.  I topped the cake with a silver glitter “Oh Baby” cake topped from out favorite, All That Glitters Party Shoppe.

I topped the cupcakes with gold glitter animal cupcake toppers by Paper and Parties, and placed them in this super cool cupcake tree that Steph’s mom has!

Steph also made an incredible diaper cake for Erika out of a ton of clean diapers that she had rolled up, which acted as a perfect supplement to the dessert table.

Too add to the decor, I sprinkled silver confetti over the dessert table and bar, and placed fresh white flowers in bud vases around the room.

A few months before the shower, I had taken some maternity photos for Erika and John Paul in Central Park, which Erika had framed, so we placed those photos around the room, along with an ultra sound of the baby.

On the coffee table in the present opening area, Steph put out some baby shower games that she had printed, with markers for each guest to fill out as the shower went on.

In keeping with the book theme, Steph printed out pages from some of the most popular baby books, and we string them down white columns that are throughout the room.

Finally, we set up a favor station, which had soaps and “bookworms” – aka gummy worms, for guests to take home!

Thank you so much to the Sandberg & Igoe families for letting me be a part of this special day!

xx, Abby
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March 2, 2016

A Today Show Baby Celebration

We recently had the honor to work with the Today Show team on a pretty outstanding event. Yes that’s right, the TODAY SHOW. Together with our friends at Minted, we put together a Baby Shower Brunch for Megan Kopf Stackhouse. Megan is the Vice President of Public Relations for NBC-TV’s TODAY. And in addition to handling communications for the legendary morning show, she is the go-to person in her office when there’s a baby or bridal shower to celebrate.

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But now that it’s Megan’s turn, with her first child due in March, her colleagues wanted to deliver a chic baby shower for their chic, party-planning PR maven.

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NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

For this gender-neutral lunch at Locanda Verde in New York City, we chose décor from Simply Baby by Penelope Poppy for Minted. It’s a stunning suite that offers everything from circle garlands to photo backdrops to custom signage and more!

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NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

Locanda Verde has a gorgeous stone mantel in the private dining room, which we adorned with sweet artwork, also from Minted: “With All my Heart” by Guess What?, “Love You” by InkDot, and “Reach” by Carrie O’Neal. The “Little Owl” print by Jenn Lawrence inspired us to add white, gold and silver ceramic owls into the décor. We dressed up the banquet seating with pillows of “Owl Party” fabric by Katerina Pushkina, and used napkins of the same fabric for the bread and pastry baskets.

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And as luck would have it, Megan adores owls!

To take advantage of the two-story ceilings, we brought in four 36” white balloons, wrapped greenery around the string and anchored them into cubes filled with white jellybeans. Each long, wooden farm table was set with two balloons, two white flower arrangements, and was sprinkled with paper confetti.

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

A pink or blue card (since Megan doesn’t know her baby’s gender) at each guest’s place setting was to be filled out using their custom #babystack pencil and added to the Baby Advice Book. The book had envelopes so each card could be added and would not get lost!

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

The photo backdrop is always a fun place to gather, especially when wearing pink heart shaped sunglasses. Looks like everyone got in on the action!

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

We were even able to snag a photo with a few of the hostesses!

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

For a signature cocktail, we created “soon to be MOM-osas” which were served in pink stemless champagne flutes adorned with pink metallic straws and straw flags. In keeping with the owl theme, we put extra straws in a white ceramic owl holder.

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

Megan was blown away with every little detail, right down to the custom stickers on the pink and blue M&M favors. Simply adorable!

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

We added some LMP touches like a small fresh flower cutting on each person’s place setting.

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

It’s not a party until Matt Lauer personally delivers your celebration cake!! Pretty cool, right?

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

NBC News- Megan Kopf Baby Shower

CONGRATULATIONS MEGAN !!! We were honored to be a part of your special celebration !

Photos:  Heidi Gutman

xx, Michelle
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February 8, 2016

Hooray for Little Miss Party!

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You may have noticed Little Miss Party in a Box is now sold on Diapers.com. We are so excited with the assortment of boxes we built exclusively for those who just don’t have the time to pick out all the party supplies needed to throw a party.

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Our assortment of boxes include tableware and decor for baby showers, kids birthday parties, your child;s first birthday party and then there is our simply chic party that could be used for just about any celebration!

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Each Little Miss Party in a Box includes a hand selection of disposable tableware and decor. We found hand stamped bamboo cutlery that is not only gorgeous but also biodegradable.

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We love bright colors in general but especially when it comes to throwing a party. Adding color is the easiest way to brighten up a table!

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To decorate we included a set of balloons that spell things like HOORAY and PARTY and the best part is these balloons do not require helium! You simply blow these up with a straw that each balloon comes with. Genius.

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Now this you’re going to want to check out…we worked with our friends over at Animoto to film a short video reel to show you just how easy our party boxes are to set up…

Now what are you waiting for? Let’s Party!

Shop the Box at Diapers.com.

PARTY TIME

Photos by: Diane Hu Photographry

xx, Seri
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January 6, 2016

A sweet Southern inspired baby naming

There is nothing more rewarding to us than when a client wants us to plan another event for them…then we know, we did good. One of our favorite showers to date was this teacher themed bridal shower at Locande Verde. And now Nicole was celebrating her gorgeous baby girl Charleston, with a baby naming. Not only is she the cutest child ever, but she also has the coolest name ever! Charleston is hands down one of my favorite cities in the country. So what better way to honor this sweet new bundle of joy than with a nod to her namesake.
It all started with this piece of fabric from Minted. Did you know Minted sold fabric by the yard? Yes, in addition to everything else they do, they have some of the prettiest fabrics I’ve seen! I just LOVED the colors and the herringbone pattern, so I decided to design the whole event around it. I used it as a table cloth for the food table, so it would be the focal point.  _DSC4226 copy
Together with Cobblestone Catering, we dreamt up a delicious Southern inspired lunch complete with homemade ham biscuits, mac n cheese bar, chicken salad on pretzel croissants and a big green kale salad. 
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When it came to sweets, we turned to Angela at Making that cake for another stunning cake…I wanted an ombre pink cake and boy did she deliver. Check this beauty out ! Red velvet of course.
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She also whipped up some mini key lime and pecan pies for us, which we served on a long farm plank.
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Monograms are very popular in the south, so I had Angela make monogram cookies to add to the sweets table, but they also doubled as favors as we wrapped them in cellophane with a pretty pink bow.
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We turned to the Donuttery for mini apple cider donuts. These were gone within 10 minutes of serving them!
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The bar featured a spiked lemonade and a Sweet Tea, served from mason jar beverage containers. We also had custom monogram water bottle labels, and all guests were drinking from mini mason jars with striped straws. Pictures of gorgeous Charleston were displayed hanging from ombre pink garland using hot pink clothes pins
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Flowers were displayed in milk glass vases and sprayed mason jars. We also had monogram lunch and beverage napkins and all food was served our of our favorite Verterra plates, which are 100% sustainable and actually made from fallen leaves!
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It was a beautiful event for a beautiful little girl! A big thanks to Abby for all of her hard work that day!!
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All photos courtesy of Stefanie Gaffan Photography

xx, Michelle
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