Well, it’s official…I’m having a baby! Technically, it’s been ‘official’ for a little over 35 weeks now, but for me it became real a few weeks ago when Seri and 3 of my best friends threw me an amazing “Pregnant in Heels” baby shower. Now, I am not one for showers…I know, I know — it’s such a huge part of our business. I just like hosting way more than being the guest of honor. Especially these days when I’m starting to feel like my stomach needs its own zip code. But I have to say, thanks to Seri and the girls, the night turned out perfectly. Here’s how it all went down.
Since the summer weekends fill up quickly, everyone decided a weekday night would be way easier for people to attend. A Thursday night with my closest friends? Sounds good to me! Aimee graciously offered to host at her amazing new apartment in Cobble Hill. As I walked up the stairs, I could hear the girls voices and was so surprised when I opened the door to see one of my best friends Jessica had driven up 8 hours from Virginia !!! She too is expecting, and we hadn’t seen each other pregnant so it was super fun to see her with a little belly of her own.
As I put down my stuff and headed into the kitchen I was filled with emotion as I saw all of my favorite people there AND the ridiculously perfect decor and setup that was going on !!! This party had Seri written all over it.
Where do I begin? Let’s start with the food table…check this out. Wooden letters spray painted and then covered in baby pics of Brian and I were the center of the table…so creative!
It’s no secret that we love a good party…especially one that celebrates 70 years of fabulous! A few weeks ago we designed and planned a 70th birthday soiree for a fabulous client named Asher. It all started in a raw loft in the East 40s….
In NYC, a “raw” loft space or party space is one that is completely empty and able to be transformed by bringing in everything – All furniture, tables, chairs, dishes, plates, etc. It is literally a blank canvas. When we walked into this raw space on East 45th Street, we were shocked to see there were no walls, outlets, or even lights of any kind! Wow, was this raw !! Over the next few weeks we helped crews determine where to put in all electrical outlets, how to string up the fantastic bulb lights we bought and even brought in a professional lighting company to add strategic spot lights around the space… Once the walls were up and painted white, the concrete floor was sealed and the bulb lights were strung, it was time to get to work finalizing our design for this fabulous event. Here is a before and after shot!
Asher wanted a casual party, but still one that people would be talking about for weeks to come. He is known for his past milestone birthday parties, which he throws every 5 years, the previous one being held at the iconic Katz’s deli and even featured Cirque De Soleil performers…wow, pretty impressive! Our immediate thought when discussing casual food options was the ever popular trend of food trucks. In almost every big city across the country, The Food Truck revolution has taken the food industry by storm, and even made its way to reality TV. In NYC, the best food trucks have a cult following and are now being seen everywhere from weddings to huge corporate events. We sought out the best of the best, and brought them in to serve our “dinner course” to guests. The variety and selections were amazing. As guests arrived, they were greeted with sparkling wine & water along with Thai Chicken dumplings and Vegetarian Edamame dumplings from Rickshaw Dumpling.
We have been absolutely crazed here at LMP and crazy, is good. We are so thrilled and honored by the enthusiasm and interest in our company since we officially launched almost 2 years ago now. As a couple of entrepreneurs trying to juggle our families and careers as we try to create something big here…it feels pretty fabulous when people cheer us on…so keep on spreading the word and follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram…social media is taking over the world!
Now let me give you a quick recap on what we’ve worked on this month so far…
* A loft chic 70th bash
* Firefighter! To the rescue! 3rd birthday party at the NY Fire Museum
* Swanna & Christian’s Mardi Gras Shower
While we wait patiently for the professional shots that we had taken for these parties…I was inspired to give you a preview from the shower I put on yesterday…and tell you how I prepped for this event without having my incredible nanny around the day before…um, yikes!
So you get a call – it’s your nanny – and she’s got a sore throat and cannot make in on the busiest day you’ve got this week. What do you do? Go. Well you start by finding someone else to help…but on the day of, that’s usually pretty difficult.
People always ask me where I find my sitters because I’ve been pretty lucky with the gals who I have around to help. My girls are all students and now graduates of NYU who I found by taking out job postings in the NYU Career center. They have been reliable, hard working and most importantly – trustworthy. I’ve also recently started using Urban Sitter. They are especially great in a bind when you need last minute help. Their website is super easy to use and the folks on their site have all been pre-screened and reviewed by other parents who have worked with them. They show you pictures, credentials and pricing for each. Really user friendly and so far all of the sitters who I’ve worked with through this service have been great.
Unfortunately this Friday I didn’t have much time to find help so I had to make due with my two lil ones. Not…so…easy…
I had a lot of errands and prep work to do for the party. Luke just learned how to crawl and Gavin has the attention span of a pea so we had to stay focused. First up was the flower market. Normally to take them both on the subway to pick out flowers for a party wouldn’t be a huge deal…but add in a rainstorm and yikes, we’re in trouble! We bundled up, grabbed an umbrella and got on our way. Gavin actually had a blast choosing flowers with me especially since we had such fun colors to work with for our upcoming party…and the boys at G.Page always help me into a cab so we made it home in one piece.
Now we’ve got to feed the animals…but I was having the apartment cleaned so we had to get the hell outta there. Back on the road we go. Into the Kinderwagon Hop – my dream come true in a double stroller, rain cover on (pretending we’re in a rocket ship) and off to the Smith for a bite. GREAT place to take kids for lunch!
We have been DYING to share this party with you and are so excited to finally show you all of the details!!
Late last year, we were contacted by the ladies at our favorite PR firm Crossroads, to help plan an event they had in the works with the iconic ice cream company, Blue Bunny and their parent company Wells. This event would be celebrating Well’s 100th Birthday, and would unveil new products and flavors debuting in 2013. WOW!! We were certainly excited to be involved!! But as we learned more, we became even more excited. For their 100th birthday, Blue Bunny selected a gesture of gratitude to mark the occasion with the decision to help grant 100 wishes for 100 years…a program where they aligned with the Make-A-Wish-Foundation to help grant those 100 wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. To be involved in something so amazing was simply incredible. Seri and I put our hearts into every event we are a part of, but this one touched us in a different way, and we couldn’t wait to get started on our design work.
When we began the creative process, so many different ideas went through our heads. We knew we had several different elements to incorporate. After a “business lunch” out one day, we noticed these retro bistro tables and stools and the idea was born — we would build an old school Ice Cream Parlor which was the perfect way to showcase Blue Bunny’s new products, while creating a fun and casual way for guests to sample the new flavors and mingle. We started with the actual ice cream parlor, complete with red and white striped awning. We were able to add a Blue Bunny/Wells logo to the front of the parlor, which was a fabulous way to insert some branding into the event. On top of the parlor, we had a fabulous galvanized tiered tray which we used for setting out our ice cream cups and cones, complete with blue bunny logo. All of the new (and delicious) new products and flavors were displayed in a large Blue Bunny ice cream bunker we set next to the parlor, and we had tons of toppings for guests to create delicious sundaes. The black and white floor tiles really pulled it all together and we even had our server dress up as a soda jerk, with the striped apron and hat. The retro bistro tables and stools were topped with menus and small flower arrangements displayed in fluted glass ice cream bowls. The outcome was perfection.
In additon to the cool treats, our friends at Scoozi Catering were there with a fantastic menu of “birthday party” inspired passed hors d’eouvres. Guests snacked on mini truffle grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken lollipops, and Kobe beef sliders to name a few. And of course every good snack tastes better when served with a proper cocktail. Scoozi mixed up some delicious ice cream inspired drinks, complete with sprinkle rimmed glasses. Yum!
So check this one out…she’s 40. She’s hot. She wanted color + candy. Jen wanted to party in style…with hearts, love, family and friends. Jen had her 40th birthday celebration at Avenue night club on a bumpin’ Saturday night. What a great venue for a private party in their upstairs room that is a nice size to gather with lounge-y couches, good music and old school Pacman games.
Jen is a hard working city gal who wanted to shine in silver. We worked her favorite color pink into a saucy palette with black and white mixed in.