May 3, 2016

Spicy Paloma

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Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner (how did that creep up so quickly?!?) and we know you are looking to celebrate with a cool drink in hand, and luckily so am I!

We recently pulled off the most gorgeous surprise wedding you ever saw in your whole life, and we included not one, but TWO signature cocktails as an extra party detail. One of these cocktails was the Spicy Paloma.  Before this party, I had also recently tried my first Spicy Paloma while out to dinner with some friends at a Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn, and HOLY WOW it was good!

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Seeing as how I had Spicy Paloma’s staring me in the face on two separate occasions recently, I figured that was a sign from the universe that I had to make them myself.

Here’s what you need: 

-your favorite tequila (I used Patron Silver)
-fresh grapefruit juice
-fresh grapefruits
-simple syrup
-jalapeños
-oranges
-soda water
-course salt
-ice

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Here’s what to do:
1) Cut a lime wedge and use that wedge to wet the rim of your cocktail glasses.  Place your sea salt on a flat plate, and use that plate to line the wetted rim of your glass with salt.
2) Fill each newly salted glass halfway with ice.
3) Measure out 1.5 oz. of tequila into each glass.
4) Measure 3 oz. of fresh grapefruit juice and 1 oz. of simple syrup into each glass.
5) Add a splash of club soda to top off each glass. Lightly stir to combine all ingredients.
6) Slice up your jalapeño and add to each drink as garnish. You can also slice up some fresh grapefruit or orange to add as garnish!

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Boom! For added spice, you can add some more jalapeño slices for garnish.

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Be sure to serve this spicy little number up at your Cinco de Mayo party, paired with some tacos or gauc.  It is sure to be a hit!

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¡Arriba!

xx, Abby
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April 28, 2016

DIY with LMP: The Floral Ice Bucket

Hey partiers! I’m back with another fun trick that will be perfect to try out this spring, especially if you like serving chilled champagne to your guests. This ice bucket is something you can make right in your kitchen as long as you have 2 buckets, a freezer, and your favorite flowers.

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It’s no secret that everyone loves to decorate for a springtime party with bountiful bouquets. But it gets EXPENSIVE. So we decided not to let our best flowers go to waste once they started to wilt. Start by cutting your flowers down to just the heads, petals, and leaves. Separate them so you can make decisions about how you want to place them. Find 2 buckets of different sizes. One must have a smaller circumference, as it will act as the space holder. Keep in mind you will be freezing the buckets with water inside, so no glass!

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Create your first layer by laying down a mix of petals and flowers in the bottom of the larger bucket. Then pour in 1-2 inches of water and make sure the petals are evenly distributed around. Put the bucket in the freezer for a few hours, until the bottom is completely solid.

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Take out the bucket and place the empty, smaller bucket inside. Start to carefully put the flowers, leaves, and petals around the sides, making sure the empty bucket stays in the middle. Next, pour water into the bucket until you see it rise to the top and cover the flowers and petals. If you have big flowers like ours, it will be tight enough that it won’t move around much. If you don’t, just keep in mind that you might have to rearrange the flowers once they begin to float around. Place in the freezer over night.

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Once you remove the bucket from the freezer, run some warm water into the empty bucket until it loosens enough that you can remove it.

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Do the same for the outside, and slip off the outer bucket. It will be big and heavy and slippery, so be careful and stay over the sink!

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Next, find a platter that suits your taste and place your chilled bottle inside! Now you have a perfect centerpiece for your drink table that will match your spring vibes.

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Until next time!

xx, Maggie
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April 27, 2016

Iced Coffee Ice Cream Float

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With the warmer weather coming along, that means switching from hot coffee to iced! I love coffee in any form, but having it iced to cool down on a hot summers day might be my favorite.  Remember that time last year when I made homemade cold brew? It was glorious and one of my favorite things that I have made, ever.

I decided to up the ante this year and make an incredible Iced Coffee Ice Cream float for a sweet, energizing treat.

I was away in Ireland and Scotland last week, for an exhausting but all-around amazing 8-day vacation with two friends, so my girl Maggie hung around the LMP studio (ie. busted her butt and was a total rockstar) and helped with a bunch of awesome projects that we had going on! She also really helped me out by making and taking pics of this coffee float situation that I had dreamed up, and made it look absolutely STUNNING in the process.

From what Maggie told me, it was a very easy recipe to make, and was ridiculously delicious and oh-so-worth it.  Here are the details!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-iced coffee (you can make your own by following my recipe here)
-ice
-coffee ice cream
-optional toppings, including chocolate sauce, cocoa powder and sprinkles
-ice cream scoop
-straw

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Here’s what to do:

1) Make your iced coffee by either making regular coffee and letting it cool once brewed, or you can make your own batch of cold brew the night before!
2) Fill up your glass halfway with ice and pour coffee over ice until it just covers your ice.

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3) Add 2-3 scoops of your coffee ice cream on top of your ice and coffee.

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4) Drizzle/ sprinkle your chosen toppings on top of ice cream.  Add a straw and go to town!

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Look at how delicious that looks!! The bitterness of the coffee mixes perfectly with the sweetness of the ice cream for a refreshing treat.  I’m so excited that I have a new, fun way in which to consume coffee, just in time for the summer.

Thanks to Maggie for bringing this idea to life!

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Photos and execution of recipe by Maggie Antalek.

xx, Abby
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April 26, 2016

Gettin’ Cheeky with Ya

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The second the weather turns around and the air starts to warm up the first thing on my mind is to PARTY. Sunset cocktails, yes. Light seasonal bites, yes yes. The new Party line from Cheeky at Target, yes yes holy yes!

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When we found out that Cheeky launched a party line of paper plates, napkins and cutlery we emptied the shelves at our local Target and got to planning.

Each piece in the collection is brighter then the next with bold colors and soft white graphics. We thought…how about a WHITE party. ALL WHITE. The decor, the food, the dress code….AND…Cheeky will be the STAR.

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That’s exactly how this all played out. We logged onto our favorite invitation website, Minted and used one of their brand new online designs to send our invite. With a click of a button all the work was done for us. RSVP tracking, reminders and a final tally. We were ready to party!

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We set the table with modern white vases and fresh white flowers found in the farmer’s market that morning. We thought it would be pretty chic to add a couple of jumbo white balloons which always scream PARTY.

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We devised a menu of all white foods including a white vegetable crudités with a blue cheese dip, celery root soup topped with creme fraiche, potato rounds topped with creme fraiche and scallions, an assortment of white cheese and crackers and last but not least, sweet white vanilla cupcakes. One item that we were not confident in making on our own were white summer rolls. So we asked our darling friend Chef Karen Ferries, the Cocktail Party Chef for some help…I think it’s save to say she nailed these. And boy they were delicious!

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Our guests arrived wearing white and each gal looked gorgeous then the next. We played a super fabulous playlist on our Spotify and poured white wine and processco throughout the night.

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The highlight of course…was when out came….

THE CHEEKY PARTY!

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Pink, Teal, Green and Red….how fab is this stuff?

There is no doubt Cheeky was the star of our show.

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Gavin even made an appearance at our party. He came over showered and wearing a white popped collar shirt, dressed to impress his best friend, Ali.

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The night was absolutely lovely with great friends, food and beautiful tableware.

Want to know the best part of this all?

Cheeky gives a meal for every pack you buy in partnership with Feeding America. Their products are very easy to find in (my favorite store as I’m sure you know if you follow LMP on Snapchat) TARGET, specifically in the party department.

Partying AND doing something amazing for the world? Sounds good to me.

Photos by Maggie Antalek.

xx, Seri
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April 25, 2016

The Everyday Soiree Party in a Box

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I love nothing more then inviting friends over for dinner, especially come summer time when the weather warms up. We pick up some chicken or fish, fire up the BBQ and enjoy with wine and good company under the stars.

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Sometimes I find myself scrambling to set the table. Everyone’s asking, what plates? Where are the forks, which glasses should we use….?

It’s kinda nice to say – oh, it’s all in our Little Miss Party in a Box: The Everyday Soiree!

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And how about clean up? We made it easy and found the most fantastic neon printed disposable plates (you could wash and reuse them too if you wish!) plus bamboo utensils that are biodegradable.

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Want to know the best part of this box?  We’ve included key entertaining essentials for you to hang onto forever. A white ceramic cake stand, shatterproof Govino wine glasses and a carafe that you can use for water, wine or flowers.

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Guess what else….?

We put a list of our favorite styling tips together for you and have included in your party box!

And last but not least, we’ve even got a crazy easy, super fun, totally delicious dessert DIY for you….Splatter paint a plain white cake in case you want to knock the sox off your guests with dessert! Here’s the how to.

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We’re really jazzed about all that’s been happening here at Little Miss Party lately.  We plan to keep you updated and in the loop from now on so please make sure you subscribe to our newsletter!  You can so on our blog where it says FOLLOW US // Little Miss Party in the Know.

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Also, we want to see YOUR work and how you host like LMP!  Please share with us using the #LMPinaBox hashtag and we will feature our favorites on our newsletters monthly.

So now what are you waiting for? Join the Party. Cheers!

xx, Seri
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