July 27, 2015

Mandy’s Meals & More

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Ok, so no complaints here…but it’s been hot!
What better way to cool off then with a delicious summer cocktail/mocktail if your preggers like me.
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To accompany my summer drink I made fruit ice cubes with everything I had in my fridge.
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No need for any specific instructions as its only water and fruit. But the variations are endless!
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Fruit/Herbs
Lemon slices
Lime wedges
Mango
Mint
Grapes
Liquids
Water
Orange juice
Lime/lemon juice
Coconut water
Lemonade
Pear nectar
Rose water
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Stay cool, and enjoy!
M xo
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xx, Seri
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July 20, 2015

Flowers & Figs

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This weekend was all about the ladies. My friends from Toronto came for their annual visit to the Hamptons for some R&R, cocktails and tons of great food. The weekend was perfect as always.
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To kick it all off, we served mojitos, figs, cheese and crusty bread when the girls arrived. They brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers which tied it all together.
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Abby whipped up the mojitos with the following recipe…
Mojitos in the Garden: 10 servings
Ingredients – 
10 limes, fresh pulp and juice
30 leaves of fresh mint
3/4 cup sugar (it was a little sweet so I would start with 1/4 sugar and keep tasting from there)
1 cup white rum
Club soda, chilled
Directions –
1. Place lime juice, mint and sugar into a pitcher.
2. Using a muddle stick mash to release mint oils, and dissolve sugar into juice.
3. Add rum and lots of ice topped with club soda. Adding more club soda to glasses if a lighter drink is desired.
4. Garnish with fresh mint and lime slices.
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Abby took a cut lime to wet the rim of our gorgeous pink glasses and then swirled each through a plate with a mixture of sugar and lime zest which looked as pretty as it tasted. She styled the pitcher of mojitos + glasses on a lucite hexagon shaped tray, all from CB2.
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We served sliced figs, champagne grapes, manchego and brie cheese all on a tiered platter with toasted crusty bread that I laced with olive oil and garlic. Was seriously, delish.
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The girls never felt so welcome and were thrilled to arrive to a snack.
What are you serving for cocktail hour this summer?  Tell us in the comments. We’re always looking for new ideas!

xx, Seri
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July 6, 2015

Summer’s hottest sips

So here we are guys….we asked and you delivered. We LOVED seeing all your beautiful and delicious looking cocktails!

We have rounded up our favorite summer sips and are so excited to show you what we’ve got…

1.) @pamsil
spicy cocktails? yes, please!
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2.) @daniellavisconti
Could this be any more gorgeous? fun fact…Daniella is the creator of those cute toppers…you can find more at her shop All that Glitters. We are obsessed.
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3.) @csilv2
What a combo…Favorite popsicle + holiday ever.
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4.) @joeyserlin
It’s a good old fashioned old fashion.
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5.) @gambitofficial
Just stick your head under it. We feel ya.
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6.) @mommiede 
Oh no she didn’t…A campfire cocktail inspired by S’mores.
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7.) @mommyshorts
Rose wine the day after the fourth of july…and all summer long.
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8.) @kwhite555
Sunflowers + lemons + cocktails. check, check, check.
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9.) @avhq1982 
Picnic perfect? Ah, yeah!
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10.) @carabraude
Looks like someone hit the farm stand. So fresh. We love!!
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We will be choosing our favorite cocktail and will feature the winner at cocktail time, 4pm sharp. Make sure to check back then!

xx, Seri
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July 1, 2015

LMP Summer Sips with CB2

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When life gives you lemons…what do you do? You slice them and make lemonade!
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We have teamed up with our favorite home furnishing brand, CB2 to show you how we are serving our lemonade this summer….and we want to know….what type of lemonade do you fancy?
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We always look to the season to guide us when planning a menu and styling a table. When visiting our local farm stands we work with color palettes dictated by what is bright and fresh.
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Here we have lemonade 4 ways which we’ll be serving to our guests all summer long!
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Classic Lemonade:
Using the CB2 Glass Beverage Dispenser
Add 4 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice and then fill the rest of the dispenser with ice cold water leaving 2-3 inches from the top.
Add sugar to taste.
Add in ice and lemon slices before serving.
Styling tips for your classic lemonade stand:
1. Acrylic outdoor glasses are the best for avoiding glass breakage.
2. A pretty paper straw will make everyone’s drink more festive.
3. A bright colored watering can makes for a cool looking vase for flowers.
4. DIY Tip: paint a wood crate in an ombre pattern by mixing a solid color with white paint until you reach your desired shades. Use as a riser to prop your beverage dispenser on top of for easy serving.
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Berry-infused Lemonade:
Using the CB2 Glass beverage dispenser
Fill the glass pitcher with store bought lemonade and plenty of ice.
Add tons of fresh or frozen berries.
Styling tips for your berry-infused lemonade:
1. Set out a few pre-poured glasses so guests can grab when they arrive.
2. We used the stainless steel snack bowl as a vase for peonies that we picked from our garden.
3. Set out a bunch of mint for guests to add to their drinks if they wish.
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Fruit-ade:
Fill glass beakers with homemade or store bought lemonade.
Add sliced fruit such as berries, peaches, whatever your heart desires and let the drinks infuse for at least one hour before serving.
Styling tips for your fruit-ade:
1. Use a planter as an ice bucket for chilling wine or sparkling water to top off your drinks with. Before you fill with ice line the planter with food safe plastic wrap or parchment paper. And don’t forget the ice tongs!
2. Use a watering can to fill with a bunch of mint for a fresh smell and unexpected look on your bar.
3. The black cake pedestal is perfect for propping up the beakers to give height to the table.
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Fresh Herb Lemonade:
Using the CB2 Glass beverage dispenser
Fill will a mix of store bought or homemade lemonade, ice cold water, ice and lemon slices.
Set out cups of herbs for guests to add to their drinks.  We used rosemary, mint and thyme.
Styling tips for your fresh herb lemonade:
1. Use stainless steel snack bowls to fill with lemons for a bright pop of color on our bar.
2. We used a black cake pedestal to prop up the beverage dispenser for easy serving.
3. This glass beaker makes for a unique vase for fresh flowers from the garden.
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So? Tell us what kind of lemonade you’ll be sipping on this summer in the comments below….we want to know!

xx, Seri
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June 18, 2015

Cocktails, Canapes and a Couples Shower

When a very good friend Dorie came to me and said she needed help planning her shower, I immediately knew she would not be having the traditional women only daytime event. Instead, I suggested she throw a couple’s shower – and make it a cocktail party. No cheesy gift opening, no games, no women-only crustless sandwiches…instead we threw the coolest cocktail party Soho has ever seen.
Chic and sophisticated was my goal when designing this event, which was held at a loft on Crosby Street. The loft decor has very bold purple couches and deep wood and metal accents, so I had to be careful when choosing a color scheme. I stuck with silver, white & gold and added in bright pops of purple and deep pink flowers to compliment the space.
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At the entrance, I placed a small marble pedestal table. On top sat mercury glass vases filled with bright blooms and a gorgeous cluster of silver, white and marbled balloons. To the string, I tied a black and white couple of the photo taken during their engagement. A simple statement that set the tone for the event to come.
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I placed a few more monochromatic balloons clusters throughout the space, and used the strings to clip many photos of the couple and their family/friends throughout the years. This was the perfect way to showcase their love story that spanned over a decade.
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Custom cocktail napkins and coasters are always a fun way to add a little personalization to an event.
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It happened to be the Groom’s birthday that week, so Dorie wanted to surprise him with a cake. I reached out to our girl Angela at Making that Cake and we came up with this amazing design. This is the ultimate cake for a die-hard Michigan fan marrying a die-hard Maryland fan!
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I was obsessed with this topper I found on Etsy!
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When we started discussing food and catering, it was evident that Dorie wanted something different, out of the ordinary; Pinch Food Design is just that. Not only is the food mouthwateringly good, but their presentation is unlike anything I have seen before. Have you ever seen crudite look so amazing? This is their hedge bar which was set along the kitchen island for guests to nibble on when they first arrived.dorie14
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What followed was equally as amazing.
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In-between rounds of passed small bites and plates were “interactions” where guests were dazzled by the unique presentations.
Here are homemade flatbreads hanging from a copper rod!
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Leave it to Pinch to making eating and drinking easy to do at the same time. When serving small plates, they use dishes that have a ridge underneath so you can rest them on top of your water or wine glass. The dishes also have a place for your fork prongs so no forks accidentally fall to the floor. Genius!
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We drank a ton that night, but my favorite part was the beverage cooler – guests were able to help themselves…and boy did they ever!
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It was a great night with family and friends – the best kind of party. Congrats to these two love birds!
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Images by: Stephanie Mann

xx, Michelle
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