Once again…we got to do a birthday party for my friend Ilana (our fave mom blogger) better known as Mommy Shorts.
You might remember Mazzy’s Milk bar (one of our faves!) from last year…while this time round it was for Harlow’s first.
Ilana and I had both of our second kids just months apart from each other so Harlow & my lil guy Luke are good pals.
It’s always so nice when planning a party for a friend because after it’s all set up and looking gorgeous…you can enjoy the food too!
Ilana wanted to keep it small and have it on a Saturday morning. Immediately brunch came to mind and what would be better then pancakes and PJs! Coffee, peach bellinis, Chikalicious cronuts, mini cupcakes from Butter Lane and a cereal bar?! How could you go wrong with that!?
We also served the most fabulous new find – bagel pops from Bantam Bagels! They are mini bagel balls filled with cream cheese or butter and we got an assortment of both. Stuck em on sticks and voila! Something new and delicious for us to serve up at this party!
Ilana wanted the colors to be a soft and feminine palette which is how she bests describes Harlow’s style. So these honeycombs that we’ve been obsessing over from Shop Sweet Lulu were the most perfect touch above the main food table.
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You ever have one of those “wow” moments when you all of a sudden step back, look at what you’re doing, and think to yourself, “Holy crap, is this happening”?? Well, I have a feeling that may have happened to our good friend and fellow blogger, Ilana Wiles, while she was sitting on her couch with Jim Gaffigan as he drank out of her daughter’s pink “big girl” cup. Why was Jim Gaffigan hanging out on Ilana’s couch? And why is her daughter, Mazzy, looking at him like “who is this big goofy guy at my house”?? Because it’s all part of a new web series, The Mommy Show, folks! That’s right, Ilana, who you may remember from LMP’s Peeps Party or Mazzy’s Milk Bar, now hosts her own parenting talk show from the comfort (and chaos) of her NYC apartment.
Various celebrities, including Idina Menzel, Rachel Dratch, Steve Schirripa, and Taye Diggs, come over for teatime, couch interviews, crafts, and special baby-related challenges. Ilana is assisted by her co-hosts, daughters Mazzy (4 years old) and Harlow (1 year old), who grace the screen with their dirty diapers, requests for juice and snacks, and of course undeniable cuteness.
We’re so proud of our friend Ilana, and can’t get over how funny The Mommy Show is! Do yourself a little favor and take a five-minute break to check out her latest episode where Jim Gaffigan (one of my personal favorite comedians) comes over and helps rid the girls’ room of a threatening spider. We can’t get enough of the show…and look forward to seeing more episodes!
Being a gal who loves to celebrate holidays, I was pretty psyched when I found out that the first night of Hanukkah fell on the same day as Thanksgiving this year. Um…what? How cool is that?!
I was even more excited when my friend Ilana of Mommy Shorts asked me to join her in putting together a dinner party for this special combo holiday. The catch was: we had to use all Manischewitz products and include our kids, that was the ultimate challenge.
Now don’t get me wrong…I love my kids more than life itself. BUT…when it comes to throwing a dinner party (and wait till I tell you who we were cooking for) it was not what I had bargained for. BUT OK…let’s move on here and talk about how this went down.
We had to keep the guest list small as Ilana was hosting in her apartment and her dining room table seats 8. At the table we were joined by Deb & Alex and Rachel & John and each of their sons.
We most recently had the great pleasure working with a gal from our old stomping ground, J.Crew. Roxanne came to us for help with her daughter Madeline’s 5th birthday party. She wanted a rainbow + unicorns theme + a venue where the kids would have some activity. We immediately thought of The Craft Studio. A FAB space uptown where kids can be creative with crafts, get their face painted and play all sorts of organized games. They close down the shop for private events and have a space that is perfect for a big group of kids and adults.
Of course with the theme we went bananas since we love working with bright colors! So we designed the kids tables with huge balloons in a rainbow of colors anchored into glass cubes of gum balls, set out gold mason jars of flowers and hung a garland that we made out of bandanas from Party City.
The team at the Craft Studio was incredible to work with. They were so friendly, super helpful and amazing with the kids.
They set each kid up with a station for crafting with a smock and supplies, greeted them with face painting and continued on with a dance party and games.
To ensure the adults had a good time as well…we set up an area with bubbly drinks. Mini bottles of champagne with personalized labels that Ali designed for us, personalized water bottles and wine to sip on.
The Craft Studio served pizza to the kids and we chimed in with a platter from Murray’s Cheese along with tons of great sweets! A candy bar in a rainbow of colors along side sprinkle clad carrot cake pops, cupcake cones and a special “M” cake for Madeline that was layered in the colors of a rainbow when you cut in all made by the fabulous AnnMarie who baked the delicious goodies that we used at the last rainbow themed event we threw!
To throw some unicorns into the mix we spray painted figurines and used them to put our food place cards on top of…cute little touch, we thought.
The kids had a blast…and most importantly sweet Madeline and her family had a fabulous and truly memorable birthday party.
We loved working with this beautiful family and hope to do so again soon! Happy Birthday sweet Madeline!
*All pictures above were taking by the fabulous Raquel Bianca.