September 7, 2017

5 Ways to Elevate Your Party Using Florals

If you want to know one of our favorite ways to dress up a party, just take a look at our photos and you will see that we’re flower CRAZY. The truth of the matter is that flowers are the easiest way to bring your party decor from bland to grand- as long as you know how to use them! Today, we’re sharing our favorite ways to boost your flower game.

1. Amazing Centerpiece Arrangements

Okay so we know this sounds obvious, but having a stunning centerpiece on your main table could be everything you need to dress up the room. You can then add matching single stem bud vases in other areas of the party to tie the look together, just like we did for Mandy’s amazing Backyard Baby Shower.

(Flowers: Sweet Woodruff)

2. Romantic Floral Table Runners

Easier said than done? No way- DO try this at home, kids. The best option is to use a linen to protect your table and line the middle area with your greenery. We love to use ruscus or eucalyptus, but there are lots of options out there that can survive with little water while you wait for your guests to arrive. Then, add your pops of color with great flowers, like roses or peonies. Be sure to have floral water tubes on hand for ultimate freshness. Weave the stems together and hide the tubes under the greenery. Decorate the rest of the room with the same flowers in vases to tie it all together, like we did for this intimate last minute wedding.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

3. Floral Topped Cake

Honestly, it’s simpler than it looks. After arranging our florals in vases, we use the leftovers for this favorite party trick. We trim the stem down to about 1-2 inches, rinse thoroughly in the sink, and start sticking them right into the cake. If your cake is small and your flowers are big, cover the top entirely, like we did for this romantic Dinner Party for Two! Otherwise, choose one edge of the cake, place the largest flower in the middle surrounded by smaller flowers cascading to the sides.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

4. All White Everything

Flower Power is a real thing- if you want to make a serious statement, curate your flower selection to an extremely specific color. As much as we love every color of the rainbow, sometimes picking one theme will give your party a big WOW factor. We created this stunning floral runner for a Dreamy First Birthday and we couldn’t get over how amazing it turned out.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

5. Well Rounded Floral Color Scheme

Choosing a color scheme can be difficult when planning a theme, and sometimes narrowing it down is the hardest part. Don’t feel like you have to restrict yourself, either, as long as the colors remain consistent in every part of the party. For this beautiful First Fiesta, we choose pink, yellow, and orange. We incorporated those colors into the bud vases along the table, on top of the cake, in vases on the food table, and even into the beautiful balloon garland.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

I can’t wait to share more of our favorite entertaining tips with you, and would love to hear what you’re most interested in learning about! Is it balloons? Tableware? Let me know by sending me an email! (

xx, Maggie
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August 16, 2017

A Dreamy First birthday

I’m sure you’ve heard of first birthday shoots before. The baby of honor sits around smashing a cake with perfectly styled props all around him or her. Well thats what we had the pleasure of working on just a few weeks ago, except we took it to a whole other level.

The backdrop for this posh shoot was in our client’s Brooklyn apartment. The clean white lines served as a blank canvas for us to work off of. The wooden dinning table, being the star of the show.

All shoots must have a theme, and for this we went with a rustic bubble bath. Doesn’t sound like it would work right? Well it did, oh so chicly. We blew up huge jumbo balloons to act as bubbles, these were floating all around the floor and were kept on hand to throw up in the air as pictures were taken of the guest of honor.

No bubble bath is complete without rubber duckies. Thats why for this we had to incorporate them, but with an edge. We found ducks of all different shapes and sizes and sprayed them a metallic silver and then glued glitter crowns to each for a festive look.

For a dramatic look on the table, Natalie created an all white floral runner down the center of the table, hanging off down to the floor.

To create dimension on the book shelves that we styled, we took old library books and covered them with pretty paper. Maggie hand wrote words, the birthday and name of the child on each. For extra texture, we threw in honeycombs and paper lanterns so that we would have a variety for our “bubbles”.

First birthdays mean big, fabulous cakes. We worked with our favorite Brooklyn bakery, Nine Cakes, who knows how to master the “naked” cake look. We’re sure you’ve seen the trend happening on Pinterest. Each table setting had its own person cake and we had larger ones styled around our runner.

The pictures turned out better than we could have ever imagined thanks to Dave Robbins Photography. These photos will definitely be keepsakes for this happy family for years to come.

xx, Seri
Party conversation
  1. Mary

    Absolutely love this theme and the soft neutral tones and white light. Its all so delicate and lovely. The bubbles are such a unique and charming touch. Love it all! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Princess & Tiaras

    This just looks so perfect! Surely the soft natural hues give it a whole new feel. It comes across as one of the most amazing birthday party theme for 1st birthday of babies.

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July 26, 2017

A Dinner Party for Two

Birthday gifts can be tricky. When you know someone special who has it all, how do you keep the excitement of gift giving alive?

How about a well designed, well thought out dinner for 2? That would be pretty fun to walk into as a birthday girl…don’t you think?!

Doesn’t get cuter than a husband surprising his wife with a beautiful dinner with the most delicious menu. That’s what we did here and loved every moment of it.

From the stunning table design with plates, utensils, glasses and placemats all from our favorite store CB2, to a bottle of pink champagne, candles and the perfect naked cake from Making that Cake topped with fresh flowers….it was pretty perfect.

We brought in a personal chef Linda Sarris who goes by the name The Cheeky Chef to create a delicious, beautiful dinner for the couple. She came into the apartment to prepare the dinner while we set up and once the couple arrived they sat down to a gorgeous appetizer followed by a pasta course and main dish. It smelled (and I know tasted) heavenly.

Bravo to the husband who thought of this idea. Made for the perfect night for his wife’s birthday celebration and surely one she’ll never forget.

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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July 6, 2017

My baby is now FIVE

Having a second child was a game changer. For quite sometime I thought to myself…can I really do this?  Can I handle this all? It wasn’t easy. But my husband and I did it. We have the two most amazing boys on this planet (a little biased to say the least) and are thankful for them every single day.

Now the problem I’m facing…is they are growing up way too fast for me. Gavin is now at sleep away camp and Luke is Five. FIVE? WHAT? Ugh. MY BABY! I don’t want him to get any older. I love his voice, his smell, his snuggles. I don’t want to give any of that up.

But such is life. Kids grow up. And all I can do is make sure they grow up to be the best person they can be.

Every year we throw Luke a pool party over the July 4th weekend. We always get a huge turn out and kick off the summer in the most festive way possible.

Normally when you plan a party you plan for a 10% fall out. People get sick or cancel last minute. You usually get a handful who don’t show up. Well not in my case. I had a 10% INCREASE! You heard me. Don’t ask. We ended up with 92 people.

Thank heavens I had planned for this. 2 lifeguards in the pool (THE BEST MONEY I HAVE EVER SPENT), 4 camp counsellors to man the kids, a water slide and TONS of food. The one thing I did fall short on was favors. Lesson for the future…buy extra favors!!

We serve the same meal every year catered by Seasons of Southampton. It’s totally over the top for a child’s birthday party but this is not just a child’s birthday party – it’s also America’s birthday and for America and Luke – you serve lobster. Needless to say, the food is always a hit. These guys know what they are doing!

The menu included lobster, mussels, BBQ chicken, corn, potatoes, coleslaw and watermelon. Your mouth watering? It should be. The food was delicious.

For the theme this year, Luke and I discussed throwing it as a true pool party. We built up a collection of floats from Big Mouth Inc. and wanted to blow them all up! We made a rule though – only 2 floats in the pool at a time. The rest were on the grass for guests to sit on and enjoy. We used tons of color inspired by the classic beach ball and served desserts and snacks to fit the theme.

When guests arrived I had a huge 3-tiered tray of fresh fruit and veggies from the farm. I also filled pails with chips, pretzels and popcorn.

No party of mine happens without customized water bottle labels. Maggie nailed the design and they looked so fun filled in a beverage bucket by our bar cart.

Best part of our bar? The beer selection. Abby and Maggie befriended the people at Narragansett, so we reached out to them about supplying some beer for the party. A few days later we received a shipment of these beers just for Luke’s party. HOW LUCKY ARE WE?! Our guests were throwing back these summer shandies like they were going out of style.

For dessert I worked with Angela at Making that Cake to put together the cutest desserts for this pool party. I pretty much died over the cupcakes that were Teddy Grahams floating in a peach ring on top of a blue (“water”) frosted vanilla cupcake. Does it get more perfect than this?!

Then there was the cake. Out of this world. Not even one slice was left…and yes this was as huge as it looks!

We capped the desserts off with some cookie sandwiches that I thought would make for a fun edition. Luckily the kids were able to swim off all this sugar as soon as they finished devouring all these goodies!

We sang Happy Birthday and had a few sub in kids by our side in Gavin’s absence.

All in all it was the perfect day, party and celebration for my baby boy. Happy 5th Birthday Luke! You’re growing up too fast. My heart can no longer handle this. I love you.

xx, Seri
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May 31, 2017

How to host a grown up birthday party

It’s HERE! The Grown Up Party in a Box and it’s super fabulous! Where do I even begin with this…?!

First of all, let’s talk about the cups that our amazing Maggie Antalek designed for Govino. Govino is our favorite wine glass company who make shatterproof wine glasses that are perfect for entertaining – especially outdoors! PARTY PEOPLE in the houseeeee!

We are even more obsessed with the new script balloons from Northstar our favorite letter balloon vendor. No helium is required for these balloons you just use the straw that it comes with to inflate with air.  Stick a piece of tape on the back and adhere to the wall for an instant backdrop.

Now let’s talk about the gold splatter painted plates we found from these amazing gals who we found on Etsy. Seriously how stunning are these plates?! Almost too stunning to eat off of.

We included so many more fabulous items in this box such as gold glittered plastic utensils, a stunning set of balloons, metallic gold straws, confetti and candles.

Now who’s ready to PARTY?! WE ARE!

xx, Seri
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