June 27, 2016

DIY with LMP: Poppin’ Pink Popcorn Bar

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Okay, let’s be honest here, popcorn is totally the new “it” snack. These days, we’re all looking for the healthier option than chips and dip at the party table, and I’m not talking about the raw veggie platter (does anyone actually touch that thing?!). Well, various forms of guilt-free popcorn have become my new favorite. I think this adorable popcorn bar is just what you need the next time you have all the girls over to watch a rom-com.

All you will need is:

plain white take-out cartons (or another take-home vessel)
popcorn (we chose Skinny Pop!)
pretzels
M&Ms
marshmallows
white chocolate chips
baking sparkles

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Step 1: Set up your bar so your guests can easily access each ingredient to mix themselves.

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Step 2: Start with popcorn as the base, filling only halfway, and add each ingredient that you desire.

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Step 3: Finish adding each ingredient, leaving plenty of space below the top to be able to shake it up.

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Step 4: Close the top, shake it up!

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Make sure each guest takes some extra home with them. A perfect party snack AND party favor!

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xx, Maggie
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June 23, 2016

DIY with LMP: Easy Selfie Backdrop

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Here at LMP, we’re always looking for a good spot to take a quick picture. Whether some new confetti arrived or we just bought the cutest cupcake, we absolutely love to document our best party moments. Jazz up a wall of your own with this easy DIY backdrop for your next party, and we promise it will end up all over Instagram.

You’ll only need a few supplies:
-cute paper (we love a little glitter!)
-string or cord (coordinate the color to your paper)
-tape

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Step 1: Cut your paper into strips, about 2″ wide.

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Step 2: Cut the strips into small triangles.

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Step 3: Cut the string into 10 pieces that span the height of a door frame. Find a plain wall close to a window (for the best natural light!) and tape each string evenly across the width.

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Step 4: Tape the triangles to the string, spaced out enough so that no piece is right next to each other on neighboring strings. Also make a decision about your color placement. We liked our colors to be well dispersed.

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Step 5: Keep taping those triangles up until they run out! Fill each string with about 8-10 triangles to leave a nice amount of negative space.

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Step 6: Take a selfie and test it out! We know it will be super cute.

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That’s it! To see it in use on the regular, you can follow Seri on Snapchat; she loves to use the selfie backdrop! Best part is, it will last as long as that tape can stick. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

xx, Maggie
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June 21, 2016

Tennessee Sweet Tea with Whiskey and Mint

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Hey guys, I’m back!

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In case you missed it, I was in Tennessee for two weeks, working a little festival called Bonnaroo.  And by little, I mean 100,000 people and 150+ artists.  Yep, it’s a beast! And it’s also one of my favorite places on Earth.

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Bonnaroo is such a positive, creative environment, and I always come away feeling inspired. And also sleep-deprived. When I was down on the farm, I drank a lot of Tennessee whiskey, and I decided to make you guys a cocktail that combined two southern specialties… whiskey and sweet tea!

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Tennessee Sweet Tea with Whiskey and Mint

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Here’s what you need:
-sweet tea
-Jack Daniels whiskey
-fresh mint
-fresh lemon
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Here’s what to do:
1) Fill your drink glasses to the top with ice.
2) Measure 1.5 oz. of whiskey into each glass.  Fill the rest of both glasses up with your sweet tea.

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3) Garnish each glass with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.

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And that’s it! This is a great drink to enjoy poolside while listening to your favorite tunes.  And if you’re looking for a playlist, here’s the one filled with all the greats at Bonnaroo this year.

Enjoy, and happy summer!

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Only 352 days until next year’s Bonnaroo :)

xx, Abby
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June 14, 2016

Sage Sips inspired by the Garden

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Every summer I do my best to involve my kids in planting in the garden. I love growing veggies, though they don’t always pan out.

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The one thing that is always a success is my herbs. And this year…I have enough sage that grew back PLUS I planted (why? don’t ask) that I figured I better start coming up with some recipes to use it.

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I found a recipe online for a St. Germain and Gin but I didn’t have half the ingredients so I kinda made this up as I went along….

For 1 cocktail you’ll need:

1.5 tablespoons honey simple syrup
Sage leaves (2-3)
1/4 orange juice
1 shot of gin
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To make a honey simple syrup take 1/2 honey, 1/2 water and bring it to a boil. Simmer till the honey dissolves and starts to thicken. Let cool before using. Can store in a container in fridge for 2 weeks.

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In a shaker combine all ingredients above. Shake Shake Shake. And pour through strainer of your shaker. Garnish with whole sage and enjoy!

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xx, Seri
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June 8, 2016

Sips for Sunrise

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Last year I worked with my father in law’s accounting firm to host a fundraiser party that we coined “Sips for Sunrise” to raise money for Sunrise Day Camp. This incredible foundation is one that you can’t resist getting behind as they send children with cancer to summer camp. How incredible is that? It was a pleasure to get on board and be part of such a wonderful way to help.

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This year, they passed the baton to a law firm Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid, P.C. to host the event and referred me along to help coordinate and style it all again. Of course, I was thrilled to do so.

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I got to work with the most lovely women on this event, Lisa and Allison, who were so organized and top of all details required to put this together. When hosting a fundraiser there’s a lot of moving parts: Sponsors who donate food and wine, Raffle prizes, Speeches, Music and Entertainment. But because these gals are so friendly and fabulous, they were able to get together an incredible variety of donors.

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Like last year, I went with a sunshine yellow theme using yellow peonies and daisies that I found in the flower market. There was a lot of wine donated so I loved the look of large rustic buckets for the flowers and wine bottles as bud vases.

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The guests networked, mingled, sipped on wine and ate a ton of delicious food. They placed bids on a variety of prizes and gave all their support to this great cause.

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It was a really fabulous event to be a part of again, and hope to continue to have the opportunity to work with these folks in the years to come.

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To learn more and donate to Sunrise Day Camp click here.

Photos by Creative Composition.

xx, Seri
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