May 17, 2017

Chef Luke Makes Banana Chocolate Chip “Muffies”

My favorite thing about cooking with Chef Luke…is his excitement to cook each week. He is constantly thinking of new ideas for his show and gets overly excited to try new recipes. Being such a foodie myself I feel pretty darn lucky that my kids love to eat and cook as much as they do.

Today Chef Luke is making “Muffies”.  You may be asking yourself…what on earth is a Muffy? And is Seri spelling it right?

A Muffy is what Luke calls the tops of muffins. He gets a muffin every week before his soccer class…and rips off the top and leaves the bottom for the wolves. He named these muffin tops – Muffies.

So today…he’s making Muffies!  They are amazing.  Like banana chocolate chip muffin COOKIES. Yum!

Watch how Luke whips up these bad boys and you can find the recipe below.

Chef Luke’s Banana Chocolate Chip “Muffies”

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup salted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, set aside.
2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar and whisk together.
3. In a large bowl combine mashed bananas, egg, milk and melted butter and stir.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly, mixing together so all is combined well.
5. Refrigerate the dough for at least one hour, then shape into large balls.
6. Bake on a greased baking sheet for 15-20 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooking rack to cool all the way.

xx, Seri
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May 5, 2017

A Fiesta First

There are so many fabulous themes that you could choose for your child’s first birthday. One of our faves, is the fiesta first.

Bright, bold colors, cactus, margaritas for the mums….it’s a theme that is aways fun to work with.

We recently styled a first birthday for the most adorable little gal. We found these amazing cactus plates perfect for desserts…

Our client’s cousin made the beautiful desserts and this magnificent cake!

Meanwhile, my cousin, All that Glitters, made the custom cake topper. It was so perfect!

Lunch was catered by Tortilleria Nixtamal and was so delicious.

For the kiddos we set up a little area where they could crawl around. We found the most fabulous teepee from the Land of Nod plus tons of colorful, cute items from Ikea such as rugs and fiesta themed plush toys.

We set a stage with “DORIE” jumbo balloons in front of which a children’s band played music to entertain the guests.

And all guests went home with goodies that our client sourced to perfectly fit the fiesta theme.

Dorie and her guests had a blast celebrating her first birthday Fiesta Style. We hope to celebrate many more with this sweet family!

Photos by Diane Hu Photography
Venue:  Blender Work Space NYC

xx, Seri
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May 4, 2017

Party with a Red Nose

This post was created in partnership with Walgreens, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

We host, coordinate, style and attend A LOT of parties every month. These days, people go all out. Parties are not how I remember them as a kid. Now we take parties to a whole other level styling every detail, making our food look good enough to photograph and spoiling our kids rotten to think that this is all normal.

Sometimes, it’s important to take a step back and consider how lucky we are especially around here at Little Miss Party where we live life like a party.

I wanted to gather this group of friends together from my kids’ school. In both of my son’s classes some of the kids had missed each other’s birthday parties. So they could still all celebrate together, I hosted a small celebration.

I kept the party simple and made it more like a playdate. I served pizza, cake and we had our girl Melinda of Children’s Parties NYC come over to do a little face paint. She’s magical and paints a kid’s face in less than 5 minutes….and it looks like this:

I wanted to send home each kid with a little something but I didn’t want it to be a useless piece of junk or something super sugary.

My local Walgreens and Duane Reade drugstores are selling Red Noses which supports programs that help children living in poverty in the U.S. and internationally. The moment I saw the Red Noses back in the store I knew that was the perfect favor with both meaning and fun.

At our celebration as the kids were having a ball putting on the noses to take photos with, I took the opportunity to explain to the kids that there are children in the world who not only have no money for birthday parties but have no money for clothes, food and for some, a roof over their head.

At the end of this conversation we asked the kids if they had any questions. Some did and some ran off to play. It’s up to us to teach them and I so love how fun the noses are making it easier to raise the awareness.

From now until May 25th, Little Miss Party will be donating Red Noses in every Little Miss Party in a Box sale…and we would love to feature your photos! For those who purchase our limited time offer, party boxes with the Red Nose included, please share with the hashtags #RedNose #LMPinaBox

Happy Birthday, Friends!

For more information about the Walgreens Pledge and the Red Nose Campaign, read here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walgreens. The opinions and text are all mine.

xx, Seri
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May 1, 2017

Chef Luke Makes Mini Tacos

Chef Luke is gearing up for Cinco De Mayo which is this Friday May 5th. We love tacos, nachos and of course guacamole which is one of Chef Luke’s favorite dishes to make.

This year we thought it would be fun to mix things up a bit and go with a sweet version of a taco instead of the usual savory set up.

Our super creative babysitter, Kathleen did some research and found a recipe by Sugar Dish Me with the easiest recipe that you can follow along with here

These tacos were so easy to make and looked so pretty and festive. Luke loved them so much he and his brother made them again, together, the next day.

Watch Chef Luke make mini fruit tacos now…

Video by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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April 12, 2017

Chef Lukes goes Pacman for National Grilled Cheese Day

You know that saying “it’s so easy a kid could do it”? Well…that’s how we feel about grilled cheese. Seriously, it’s so easy, our own little Chef Luke made it!

Since it’s National Grilled Cheese day today we thought of a fun way to celebrate with our little guy.

Chef Luke whipped up a few grilled cheeses (all by himself!) slapping two pieces of bread together with his favorite slices of cheese inside (cheddar and muenster) and then grilled it up in a hot skillet filled with butter.

Now since Chef Luke loves to play with his food…we let him do just that. We found Pacman cookie cutters for him to cut the grilled cheeses out into Pacman shapes. With all the cut shapes, he built a game board on one of our black trays with grape tomatoes and cherries.  HOW CUTE IS THIS?!!

Watch Chef Luke in action here…

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day, friends!

Video by Maggie Antalek
Photos by Abby Copleston

xx, Seri
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