April 27, 2017

Let’s Flamingle

Flamingos. How chic are Flamingos? Every time I visit Palm Springs I always make a special pitstop at the JW Marriott Hotel just to say hello to their…flamingos. What a beautiful bird that is!

Since I live on the east coast where there are NO signs of real flamingos, I settle for the plastic version. Cute and perfect for a party.

Invite a few friends over, set up your flamingos, open some rosé and FLAMINGLE!

I seem to have tons of tissue fans in my closet so I thought it would be fun to create a backdrop with white + black fans taped to the wall and I added in these amazing bamboo leaf paper plates. GAH. I love.

A flamingo party means let loose and have fun. We broke out my favorite Shop Bando Party straw that Abby gifted me and sip sipped away.

Once the party is over? I put those flamingos right into my yard + garden you know why? They keep the deer away!  I swear. It works.

Happy Flamingling!

xx, Seri
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April 13, 2017

How to Host a Dinner Party

I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I tell you that I host a lot of dinner parties. I truly love nothing more than having friends and/or family over for a meal, wine and good company.

Since we host so much around here we thought we should start a “How to Host” series that we could share with you all. We filmed our first series here to show you How to Host a dinner party and we’re pretty jazzed about how it turned out. We will put together a series of these videos to show you how to host the simplest of parties to holiday dinners, birthdays and more. We want to know what you think so please share your feedback with us and if there is anything in particular that you’d like to see…please let us know.

For the How to Host a dinner party series, we went through the process of planning, setting and styling the party.

With a trip to our local farmer’s market we came were inspired by all the greenery and decided on an “Earth Day” theme for this dinner party. We found air plants on Amazon which created an unexpected element to our decor and fresh herbs that we planted into pots for everyone’s place card.

You can find the DIY for our plant place cards included a recipe PDF for each on our blog here. They were so simple to makes for a beautiful little gift for your guests to take home at the end of the night.

Without further ado, we present the first of our “How to Host” series. We hope you enjoy!

Special thanks to the gals behind the lens on this one…
Video footage and Photos by Abby Copleston
Video editing by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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April 5, 2017

DIY Earth Day Planters

Here at Little Miss Party, we’re majorly appreciative of Mother Earth. From our favorite flowers that decorate the office to the colorful vegetables we cook with, the natural world inspires us every day. To celebrate Earth Day this year, Seri threw a dinner party with her friends and I made a gift for each of them to bring home.

Aside from acting as their name card, these Earth Day pots each contained a recipe and plant the guest could bring home to cook with. The steps are simple:

1. Gather your supplies. You will start with spray paint (color of your choice) and clay pots.

2. Thoroughly cover the pots with your chosen color, using an old sheet to protect the ground underneath.

3. After your pots are dry, grab a pencil and a Sharpie- we chose metallic gold!

4. Outline each guest’s name in pencil. (design tip: type out the name in your favorite font on the computer and try to mimic it!)

5. Go back over the pencil outline in Sharpie so it shows up nice and bright!

6. Head to your local farmer’s market or greenhouse with your pots. We chose mint, basil, and rosemary for our guests, and had them potted on the spot.

7. Print out recipe cards that use the chosen plant for each guest to bring home. You can even print and use ours!

8. Print out the recipe card and Earth Day quote. Cut down to 3″ by 5″ and paste onto a 4″ by 6″ kraft paper card stock.

Style your table with your favorite glassware, and you’re all set to celebrate Earth Day! This is a dinner party we’re sure your guests and Mother Earth will appreciate.

xx, Maggie
Party conversation
  1. Ajenje

    Wow! this is so neat! I always wonder how you come up with these DIY ideas. I can see this working for a girls get together I have coming up next month. I also think the recipe card is a big part of this idea. I am thinking I should also add a small instruction on how the plant can last longer.
    Thanks!

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June 14, 2016

Sage Sips inspired by the Garden

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Every summer I do my best to involve my kids in planting in the garden. I love growing veggies, though they don’t always pan out.

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The one thing that is always a success is my herbs. And this year…I have enough sage that grew back PLUS I planted (why? don’t ask) that I figured I better start coming up with some recipes to use it.

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I found a recipe online for a St. Germain and Gin but I didn’t have half the ingredients so I kinda made this up as I went along….

For 1 cocktail you’ll need:

1.5 tablespoons honey simple syrup
Sage leaves (2-3)
1/4 orange juice
1 shot of gin
ice

To make a honey simple syrup take 1/2 honey, 1/2 water and bring it to a boil. Simmer till the honey dissolves and starts to thicken. Let cool before using. Can store in a container in fridge for 2 weeks.

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In a shaker combine all ingredients above. Shake Shake Shake. And pour through strainer of your shaker. Garnish with whole sage and enjoy!

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xx, Seri
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May 11, 2016

DIY with LMP: Mini Painted Pots

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Hello to the all plant-loving, gift-giving, adorable crafters out there. I have something fun and easy for you to try this week!

Mini painted pots. The name pretty much explains it all, but I’ll walk you through the steps of creating a beautiful set of unique painted pots that will look great together or apart.

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First you will need to gather your supplies. Pick up some mini potted succulents or springy mini flowers from the farmer’s market. Pick something small so it’s not getting in the way while you’re painting the pot. Next gather your favorite acrylic paint colors. I went with primaries and white, so I could achieve a pastel look for springtime. Paper plates to use as a paint palette. Foam paint brushes. And painter’s tape.

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Once you’ve gathered your supplies and covered your table, you can get to work.Often after sitting at the greenhouse, the little plant pots gather some dirt and grime! Make sure they are perfectly clean before you start painting.

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I laid out my colors on the plate and started to mix so I could get inspired by my color choices.

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Then, I started to lay the foundation for my paint. I started by taping off a section on the pot that I would paint with my first color choice, blue.

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Then, I painted my first layer. Keep your strokes smooth and steady, and don’t glob the paint onto the surface. If you do, it will start to sneak under the edges of the painter’s tape.

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While waiting for that pot to dry, block off sections on your other pots and begin painting. It’s up to you if you want all your pots to match. I decided to switch my up, making large geometric sections on two pots, delicate diagonal stripes on another, and small scattered triangles on the last. You can approach making these sections of color by painting the pot entirely one color, waiting for it to dry, then using painter’s tape to create the desired shapes. Or, you can create sections of color using the tape, waiting for it to dry, then using new tape for the next section.

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You will need to allow time for the pots to dry, so work on each pot in a circulation. I would recommend multiple coats of color to achieve a more vibrant, opaque look.

This project might take a little patience, but I promise you will love the outcome.

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Plus, they’re beyond perfect for party favors! See how Seri styled these little beauties into our “Mother’s Day Brunch” last week.

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Can’t wait to see your painted pots! Make sure you share them with us on Instagram (@littlemissparty)!

xx, Maggie
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