October 12, 2017

A Skully Halloween Party

This is it folks…Halloween is less than 3 weeks away. What are your plans?

Around here we typically celebrate Halloween three times…first with the kids class, then trick or treating in our building and finally an adults-only party where cauldrons of booze are flowing.

However you are celebrating…we have got the Halloween Party in a Box for you!

Check this out for tips and tricks and more inspiration

And don’t forget to watch our fall DIY flower crowns video to make your Halloween outfit perfectly chic.

To your Halloween Party in a Box here’s what you need to add:

-Champagne, wine and beer. Put a bottle on ice in the cauldron and keep the rest cold in your fridge for guests to help themselves. Make sure to also have plenty of water and a sparkling juice for those who are not drinking, on hand.

-SWEET EATS: yesssss. We went with red and yellow macarons from Made by Pauline and a bloody red velvet cake.

(Cupcakes with the same bloody theme could be a cute alternative and super easy to try at home!)

-Take the orange pumpkins in our party box and spray them gold for an updated metallic look.

-Mood lighting: Dim the lights and fire up some candles.

-Get into the spirit with costumes. We went with sugar skull inspired face paint by Sheila Jordan Art.

Happy Halloween planning!

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xx, Seri
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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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August 3, 2017

A Parisian themed Bridal Shower

Hosted by the bride’s mother and soon-to-be mother in law, we celebrated a Parisian-inspired bridal shower lunch at a quaint restaurant in Toronto’s Distillery District. Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie is a venue fit for a chic event like this one. The room is decked out in vintage décor, art, and mirrors. The beautiful windows, lighting, and ceilings make the space charming and full of character.

Guests enjoyed a lovely three-course lunch. Guests could choose to start with either a tomato soup or Caesar salad. The main course was a choice between salmon or chicken. And finally, the sweetest course of all was a maraschino cherry tartlet, with vanilla and salted caramel ice cream.

This shower will filled with many traditional-game-loving guests, but we kept it simple and only played a few games that didn’t really involve much movement. Games were organized at each guests’ seat and they were simple and sweet. One of our favorites was He Said, She Said. The game card had a variety of different statements and guests had to guess who they thought said each – the bride or the groom! Another crowd pleaser was the Date Night Jar. Guests were able to write a fun date idea for the happy couple and place them in a jar for the bride and groom to use when they’re stuck for a date idea! 

The dessert table was created with a two-tiered semi naked cake as the focal point. Also included on the sweet table was a variety of cookies and squares made for the taking. There were to-go containers ready for the ladies to pack up as many cookies as they could fit!

The lovely groom-to-be popped in at the end for a quick hello and flower drop off. 

At the end of the party guests walked away with “thank you” succulents potted in gold sprayed terra cotta pots. It was the perfect send off to the most perfect shower.

Party Credits
Photography – Magnolia Studios
Venue – Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie
Floral Design – Coriander Girl
Invitations, Place cards, Menus – Minted
Cake – Nutmeg Bakeshop 
Event Planning and Styling – Daniella Visconti for Little Miss Party and Debi Traub of Simply Beautiful Eating

xx, Seri
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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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