October 11, 2017

An Effortless Backyard Dinner Party

To close out our summer this year, we hosted a dinner party in the backyard. Couple things you must have for this scenario one being perfect weather and the other, a great group of friends to enjoy it all with.

So where do I even begin with this dinner?  It’s by far one of my faves ever.

How about the wine? The darling family behind Maiden + Liberty asked if we’d like to taste the wine that they make in their family run vineyards. We said yes. Obviously. So they sent over the sweetest person on the planet to pour several different wines for us to taste.

The setting was all farm inspired. At the market I always see piles of wood slats laying in the back. They let us take a few and we set them into the grass with pillows and blankets all around.

Having a bar cart on wheels is so convenient because you can move it all around. For this dinner we wheeled the cart right onto the grass the in backyard by our dinner set up and set up an ice bucket, tons of glasses and dish towels to clean up any wine that dripped down the bottles.

I wanted a moody palette of flowers. Sort of a nod to the sadness of the summer ending and a wink to the start of fall. Oranges, red, purple, pink and green were the perfect mix.

My friend Anastasia of Sag Harbor Florist has a farm where she was currently growing the most beautiful dahlias and picked buckets of ’em for us to use. We styled them all through the wood slat table creating the prettiest look!

Naturally, Crafty Maggie whipped up a little DIY wine cork name card for each guest with some household items that she found….doesn’t get more fitting than this…

For dinner I wanted to serve a really fresh, seasonal meal but I did not have time to cook. There’s a local gourmet market in Sag Harbor that I’d been dying to try, so I gave it a go and was not disappointed. The roast chicken, grilled salmon and vegetables were out of this world. The best part was they kept perfectly tasty at room temperate so we weren’t rushed to eat!

The weather was wonderful and we had the most fabulous time making memories with dear friends.

Find our Backyard dinner party featured on Inspired by This here.

xx, Seri
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September 4, 2017

The last days of summer

OY is right. I HATE when the summer ends. HATE IT! So what do I do over the last few days of summer? I celebrate every last moment.

So it’s labor day weekend and here’s what’s on tap…

The last Saturday of summer and we’re blowing it out. I packed Adam a cooler (Thank you General Mills!) of beers and he went fishing with a few of his friends and quite literally caught us our dinner. Our friends made smoked mackerel and fresh sashimi with the catches of the day.

I spent the morning with Gavin and his girlfriends while Luke got in another day of QT with Harlow followed by a ride in a red Ford Bronco.

We had a big dinner for 12 with smoked pork butts that were devoured by all…most importantly the KIDS!

And to close it all out I turned my sunroom into a movie theater! I dolled the place up to make it a little more cozy feeling with some blankets and pillows that I found at Target. I got a movie projector and screen from Amazon which were both very reasonably priced and our friends brought over a popcorn maker! The kids were in all their glory.

As for the day after…Sunday….when I tell you we did NOTHING I mean we did NOTHING. It was the laziest Sunday of our lives and I loved every second of it.

Labor day Monday will be at the beach soaking up every last sun ray before we go back to reality…

It’s been real friends. Till next summer, peace out!

xx, Seri
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August 28, 2017

Family Dinner by Abby & Maggie

All summer long we’ve been eating delicious home cooked meals by Seri in The Hamptons. Abby and I decided it was our turn to treat the family to a meal of our own. We combined a couple of our favorite recipes and prepped dinner for everyone to enjoy!

We used our favorite tableware from The Grown Up Birthday Bash in a Box alongside some amazing flowers from Sag Harbor Florist. After dressing up the table, we brought out the good stuff.

Abby made her famous turkey burgers and Mexican street corn. I made my favorite brussel sprout salad, inspired by the farm salad from Sweet Cheeks BBQ in Boston. Below you’ll find our ingredient lists, if you’d like to test out this meal at home!

Abby’s Famous Turkey Burgers

1 lb. ground turkey
small pack of fresh basil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped red onion
salt & pepper to taste

Mexican Street Corn

4 fresh ears of corn
1/4 cup mayo
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 cup cojita cheese
2 limes 

Brussel Sprout Farm Salad

salad:
1 lb. brussel sprouts
1 bag of baby arugula
2 cups of red grapes, halved
1 cup cooked farro
crushed walnuts
shaved parmesan cheese

dressing:
chopped red onion
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

We hope you get a chance to try our recipes, they were a huge hit! The perfect way to wrap up #LMPSummer!

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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August 17, 2017

DIY Gold Lawn Flamingos

We’re all about the big trends here at LMP, and the flamingo trend is one we hope never goes out of style. Last summer we bought an amazing set of pink flamingos for the garden at Seri’s Hampton’s house. We decided to give them a chic makeover and style them by the pool for cocktail hour!

This DIY is one of the easiest YET. You will need:

-Lawn Flamingos- use as many as you would like to fill your lawn!
-Metallic Gold Spray Paint- available at Michael’s or your local hardware store.
-Scrap Cardboard- to protect your lawn from the paint.

Step 1: Use something sharp to poke holes through the cardboard, and stand your flamingo up on the grass. You want the flamingo to be upright so you can easily coat it with your spray paint.

Step 2: Thoroughly spray your flamingo with the paint. Don’t spray too close- give some distance so the paint coats evenly!

Step 3: Gather the fam & set up for cocktail hour.

Step 4: Bring in the bar, pick flowers from the garden, and add in your finishing touches. Unpainted flamingos and outdoor pillows for pops of pink to match our favorite pool umbrella brought the whole scene together. Enjoy!

xx, Maggie
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