August 17, 2016

DIY with LMP: Ice Cream Balloon

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This week’s DIY is CRAZY easy, but something we just had to share. Because it’s way too cute not to. You all know how much we love ice cream and parties, so we decided to make something that could combine the two! We made a GIANT ice cream cone that will be the perfect centerpiece for your next ice cream social party.

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You will need:

one giant pink (or other “ice cream” color) balloon
one normal sized red balloon
multiple colors of washi tape
gold tin bucket (we spray painted ours gold!)

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Step 1: Blow up your balloons. Don’t get them done with helium, these balloons will need to stay weighed down!

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Step 2: Place rolled pieces of tape around the inside of the rim. Place the giant pink balloon on top, with the knot facing inwards so it is hidden. Make sure the balloon is really well placed and sticking to the tape. Once it is on, you won’t want to pull it off again to avoid popping.

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Step 3: Add tape to the bottom of the small red balloon and carefully attach it to the top of the pink balloon, doing your best to hide the knot by facing it backwards.

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Step 4: Peel off pieces of your washi tape, at about 2in long. Place them randomly all over the pink balloon, so they are spread out like sprinkles.

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And just like that, you have the PERFECT centerpiece. Now, where’s the real ice cream?!

xx, Maggie
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July 20, 2016

The best summer treat is…ice cream! obviously.

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I recently had lunch with my 3 year old friend, Oliver. I asked him – Oliver, what is your favorite part of summer?  He looked up at me with his doughy eyes and said…ICE CREAM!

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Oliver was spot on. What’s better on a super hot day than an ice cream?

Now as fun as it is to hit up your local ice cream shop or discover new and quaint spots, it’s also great to just enjoy ice cream at home.

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When I host friends and family over the summer I always make sure to have a container of Haagen Dazs ice cream on hand. Sometimes I pick up a few flavors because let’s be honest…the second I see those bad boys in the store, I get excited and want them all. Plus, Haagen Dazs will be running a special BOGO promotion from July 24-31st at Duane Reade and Walgreens locations in New York City.. when you buy one 14 oz. container of Haagen Dazs ice cream, you get a second free.. any flavor!! Sign me up!

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When I have a group of kids to feed, I like to surprise them with a super fun dessert. I recently told Gavin and Luke that I was going to set up an ice cream bar for them after dinner one night. Their eyes lit up like it was Christmas.

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We made chocolate dipped cones coated with candy (DIY coming tomorrow!) and toppings like sprinkles, chocolate chips, coconut and a bowl of cherries.

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The kids could not have been happier. They got down and dirty enjoying their cones, and then hopped right into the bath. Summer nights rule.

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Be sure to check out all of the out of this world Haagen Dazs flavor options at your local New York City Walgreens or Duane Reade locations! Also, if you’re interested in trying out some FREE samples, there will be sampling event held at the Haagen Dazs store at 310 East 2nd St. in Manhattan on Monday, July 25th from 1-3 pm.. don’t miss out!

This post was sponsored by Walgreens as a part of their #HDOpenContainer Campaign, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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July 11, 2016

Ice Cream Sandwiches with a twist

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You love ice cream right? Who doesn’t? How about chocolate chip cookies?  Uh huh! We do! Well last week, we did a wedding for pralines and cream ice cream + Tates chocolate chip cookies. That’s right…Mazel Tov!

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There’s not much to making ice cream sandwiches when you’re using store bought ingredients so we went the extra mile.  Here’s how…

First off, you’ll need to take the ice cream out of the freezer and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes to soften.  If the ice cream is too hard it will break the cookies as you are creating your sandwiches.

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Lay one cookie flat and top with a scoop of ice cream. Top the ice cream with another cookie and press gently together. I put each cookie on a baking sheet lined with wax paper directly in the freezer as I finished each one.

To make things fun, I added toppings to my ice cream sammies. To start you’ll need melting chocolate – chips or discs. Melt your chocolate in a bowl and have a spoon handy.

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I used a variety of toppings: shredded coconut, chopped walnuts and rainbow sprinkles.

I covered half the cookie with melted chocolate and then I dipped it into a different topping for each ice cream sandwich. As soon as I finished each – I put it right back onto my sheet pan in the freezer.

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Now you’re ready to serve the most delicious ice cream sammies this summer! ENJOY!

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xx, Seri
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July 6, 2016

4 Years Ago…

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It’s hard to believe that my baby is turning 4. I have pangs in my heart every time I think about him growing up. I love the sound of his high pitch squeaks and constant jokes. His blue steel eyes and his hugs and kisses. His little arms wrapped around my neck. I don’t ever want this to end. Thinking about it hurts.

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With all that said, my baby’s turning 4. So we be PARTYING!

It’s so awesome having a summer baby. Pool parties are the best! And this year, we made sure all Luke’s dreams came true. We started with a pirate theme, for his love of Jake and the never……the name is too long. You know who I’m talking about.

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I did tell him I was going to have a guy dressed up like a pirate at the pool. I failed him there however many people did come dressed to our theme so they made up for it!

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Ok his other big dream…that he’s had for about a year now…is a water slide.  He keeps asking me if we can add one to our pool.  I continuously explain he’s welcome to add a slide when he gets a job and would like to pay for it himself.

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So for his birthday this year….we brought in a pretty amazing water slide that had a bouncey castle to boot. The kids were in heaven. As I’m sure you can imagine.

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For themed decor we love working with Minted. They make it so easy. The color palettes are always amazing, the designs are fantastic, and they ship super fast! Plus you always have the option to customize.

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When guests arrived I had a few items set on the table for instant gratification…
– crudités, chips, ranch dip and some homemade salsas
– Beverage dispenser of water and ice topped with a pirate hat (that I found at my local party store)

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Lunch was served by Seasons of Southampton. We copied our menu from last year’s pool party with lobsters, mussels, corn, potatoes, bbq chicken and watermelon. Let’s put it like this…no one left Luke’s party hungry.

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So what do the kids do at a pool party? Swim, obvi. I had a lifeguard on deck to man the kids. She’s one of a kind and gets right in there with the kids. But what else? I thought, let’s set out a craft! So I asked my girls at Imagination Lane if they could put together an eye patch making craft and boom, it was awesome. Every now and then a kid would end up at the shaded table and make one. They were adorable.

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Dessert is where we really got to shine for Luke this year. I think we pulled out all the stops by hiring Belinda from Carolena Cakes. I mean….c’mon! She nailed this cake and it was out of this world delicious.  We had barely any leftover.

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We tested out Mister Krisp to add a little skull to our table…

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And my two favorite Pinterest finds:

Pirate bananas. I loved these guys so much I kissed them. There was nothing to it. Tie a bandana around the banana’s head and give him a face with a black sharpie. Don’t forget the stubble!

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2. Treasure chest of gold sprayed Oreo cookies….I mean, DUDE! Look at these! How adorable?! Make a lot..these went FAST!

(Abby found the edible gold spray on Amazon here)

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Then there is the bar. I wanted nothing but simple this year. Water, water, water, wine, wine, wine and some beer. We put out Coke, Diet Coke and apple juice…and that was IT! How easy is that?

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The pool was bopping, beats bumping and kids were jumping. Luke’s party was a blast.

Happy 4th birthday to my baby. I love you.

xx, Seri
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June 7, 2016

Strawberry Rosé Wine Slushies

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I’m back in NYC for another amazing week with LMP. Besides doing some great DIYs, I’m taking over this week’s cocktail while Abby is having a blast at Bonnaroo. With the current heat wave in New York, we decided on something cool and refreshing. Plus, this cocktail will pair perfectly with some grilled salmon on the patio for dinner.

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All you need is your favorite rosé, frozen strawberries, ice, fresh strawberries and lemons (for garnish).

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We recommend first blending your strawberries with the rosé. They will sink to the bottom no matter what.

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Fill your glass about halfway with the blended strawberries.

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Next, rinse your blender and mix up the extra rosé with ice cubes, before combining with the blended strawberries.

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Add your slices of lemons and strawberries for garnish…

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And you are ready to serve! And the drink looks even cuter with Seri wearing The Coachella Handchain by Studdly ;)

Can’t wait to keep sharing fun posts with you throughout the summer! Be sure to subscribe to the LMP Blog (see below!) to stay up to date on all our latest blog posts.

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xx, Maggie
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