September 11, 2017

DIY Broomstick Skewers

In my personal opinion, Fall begins the moment September arrives. My favorite event of fall is, of course, Halloween! At LMP we’ve been preparing for Halloween ahead of time, because we’re so excited for all the parties, costumes, and fun decor that comes with this holiday.

Our first DIY for Halloween are these easy broomstick skewers, which are perfect for adding decor to your table. You will need plain wooden skewers, dried wheat grass, hot glue, and string.

Step 1: Cut off the head of one stem, and cut down the rest of the stem into 2-3 inch pieces.

Step 2: Glue the head of the wheat to the end of a skewer.

Step 3: Line up the skewer and the wheat pieces over your string and then tie it tightly around the head of the wheat.

Step 4: Use the hot glue around the edges of the string, and cut down the excess length.

Step 5: Skewer up your favorite treats and SET THE TABLE!

Happy Fall!

xx, Maggie
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August 24, 2017

DIY Cork Name Place Cards

Whenever the LMP team is hosting a dinner party, one of my favorite tricks to “wow” our guests is to provide them each with a unique name card for their place setting. This way, they can each find their seat and take home the name card if they wish.

Last week, we hosted a backyard dinner party and wine tasting, so I made each guest a name card using CORKS, of course! I feel like we’re constantly yelling “GIVE US ALL THE WINE” so you can imagine that this was a hit as a finishing touch to our table.

The best part is, it’s super easy. You will need:

  1. black construction paper
  2. print out of your guests names in your favorite script
  3. scissors
  4. pencil
  5. ketallic sharpie
  6. old corks
  7. kitchen knife
  8. hot Glue & a glue stick

Step 1: Prep your corks by carefully slicing into them with a kitchen knife. Make sure the cut is deep and wide enough to securely hold the construction paper.

Step 2: Make your cards by measuring the height of your corks and deciding how wide your would like your card to be. My corks were about 2″ tall, so I made my card outline 2″ by 3″. I used a ruler and marked my paper, then folded it over so each card will be double layered for thickness.

Step 3: Once your cards are cut out, bring in your print out and start to make an outline of each name in pencil.

Step 4: Go over your pencil with the metallic sharpie, and add extra details (like leaves!) if you wish.

Step 5: Use your glue stick to glue your layers together.

Step 6: Apply the hot glue in the crevice of the cork and insert the folded edge of your card inside.

Voila!

xx, Maggie
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May 10, 2017

DIY Floral “Mom” Letters

Mother’s Day is an important holiday to the whole team at LMP; some of us are mothers, and the rest of us are always looking for a reason to celebrate ours. I wanted to make something special this year as a decoration for the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast.

Here’s what you need:
M & O cardboard letters (we got ours on Amazon!)
Fake Flowers
Hot Glue Gun
Exacto Knife

Step 1: Use the Exacto knife to slice around the edges of the letters.

Step 2: After cutting all the way around, remove the top portion and the support boards inside to create a hollow shape.

Step 3: Begin gluing your strand of flowers inside the letters by tracing around the edge, using glue every 1-2 inches. Repeat along the insides of the letters until full.

Step 5: Remove any excess flowers and fill in the gaps. Now you’re ready to style them into any Mother’s Day Celebration!

I know I can’t wait to spend time with my mom this weekend. Giving her something I made with my own hands is just an added bonus.

xx, Maggie
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March 3, 2017

Basement Beauty with Better Homes and Gardens

People used to always tell me – don’t do a major renovation in your home until you have lived there for a little while. Boy is that ever TRUE! Once you live in a home you get a feel for what works and what doesn’t, especially when you have children.

In our home out on eastern Long Island, we had an unfinished basement. After 5 years of living there, I finally decided what I wanted (and needed) to do with it.

I asked my friend Lisa of Abaca Interiors if she would spear head the project. Thankfully she accepted and did the most amazing job bringing my vision for this basement to life.

For starters, I needed storage. Storage for all of the Little Miss Party supplies we have accumulated over the years. So Lisa suggested we take one of the walls and turn it into custom built in cupboards that flush into the wall. I took great advantage of these closets filling them with vases, candle holders, cake stands and so much more.

The most important thing to me when designing this basement was to make it feel like a regular room in the house. Not like a basement.

Lisa suggested the wood panels for the ceiling and very light grey stone tiles for the flooring. I love love love how both turned out.

I also wanted a wet bar or small kitchen in the space. This way my husband and I could entertain in the space as well.

We already had an extra fridge in the basement so Lisa doctored it up with some gold tape on the handles. I’m obsessed.

The ultimate goal for this basement was to have a place and getaway for the kids to play. They have so many toys and it was time to send them down there! They now have a chalkboard wall, art table, TV to watch movies and their very own closet for toys. It’s so perfect.

Included in this renovation was a bedroom. We had a two car garage and only used one side of it. So I thought let’s turn one garage into a bedroom so we have extra space for guests to stay over.

Lisa nailed the design in this room. It feels light, bright and like a total escape. My favorite piece that she sourced was for the lighting next to the bed – hanging pendants from CB2.

Now I take great pride in having guests stay over in this space and I always make sure they feel welcome and well taken care of with the simple things like cold water next to the bed.

This basement renovation was so worth the wait.  I’m so proud of how the space turned out and love nothing more than entertaining with the kids, my husband and friends in there.

See more details about our basement renovation in features on:
Better Homes & Gardens
Domino Magazine

Photos above by:  David A. Land
Space in photos above styled by:  Charlotte Safavi
Space in photos above designed by: Lisa Hershman of Abaca Interiors

xx, Seri
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  1. Beth Davidson

    I’m moving this week and we have a formal living room that’s going to sit completely empty for awhile, as we never have any ideas what to do with those. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who waits to decorate everything! I love the chalkboard wall here though. The kids must love that. They don’t use the chalk on all the other walls, do they? I think mine might be too young to get the difference.

  2. mack talbott

    love the pops of color! do you know the source for the color block pillow in the living room?

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December 7, 2016

The most adorable wrapping party EVER!

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Are you ready for some cuteness on this Wednesday morning?? While this is definitely the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, wrapping all of those gifts for loved ones can be an overwhelming and daunting task…but not when you have the cutest helpers EVER by your side! I wanted to get our kids involved in the wrapping process and create some super personal & adorable gift wrap in the process. Gifts are that much more meaningful if they are wrapped with love :) Especially from cuties like these two!

The first thing I did was have the girls decorate plain boxes with stickers, markers, crayons and ribbon. I used kraft paper from Michael’s to wrap the gifts and set out all of the supplies in these cute Christmas tree dishes also found at Michael’s.
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For this project, let the aisles of your local craft store inspire you. The kids will love anything you bring home that they can decorate with like rhinestones, bells or even pom-poms! Since my daughter and her friend are still young, we stuck with supplies that were easy for little fingers to maneuver on their own.
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They had an absolute blast getting creative with their boxes and took their jobs very seriously :)
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Who wouldn’t want to receive these gifts?? They’re almost too cute to open!
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I also helped the girls create DIY stamped gift wrap and it’s actually much easier than you think. Here is what you need :
A roll of white or kraft paper, cookie cutters, acrylic paint, paintbrush and a potato. Yes, a potato.
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Before the kiddos arrived, I cut the potatos in half, pressed the Christmas tree cookie cutter in one half firmly, and pulled away the outsides. Once you pop the cookie cutter out, you are left with a perfect “stamp.” Pretty genius right? Just repeat with whatever cookie cutter shapes you are using.  And the rest of the creative process, I left up to the 3 year olds!
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Once the paper dried, we were ready to wrap up our gifts!
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Another simple DIY paper features my favorite, Rudolph! And all you need is a thumbprint. Just have the kids stick their thumb or pointer into brown paint and press all over the paper. Then the adults or older kiddos can follow with a black marker and draw on antlers and a tiny dot of red paint for the nose. Super cute, right?
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Another creative way to have kids personalize Holiday gifts is by using sticker letters. This is a great activity for kids who are just learning their letters or even for the older ones who already know how to read. We loved how excited they got when they chose the correct letters to spell their names!
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Could this be any cuter??
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All of that hard work definitely deserved a treat, and boy did they love their cupcakes! dsc_0039-copy
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And how perfect was this cupcake party setup on a Holiday Little Miss Party in a Box?
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We had the absolute best day creating with these little ones. It’s such a fun activity that everyone is going to love, especially those receiving these gorgeous and personalized gifts.  dsc_0711-copy
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all !! HAPPY WRAPPING!!

Photos by Abby Copleston

xx, Michelle
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