June 2, 2017

Donut Day

There is no holiday in existence that the LMP team would rather celebrate than National Donut Day. So in honor of our favorite breakfast pastries, we styled up 3 ways to decorate for your own Donut Day celebrations. Have a party at home with friends or at work with colleagues and tag @littlemissparty so we can see how you celebrated!

Setup 1: Donut Inner Tube Platter.

That’s right. Break out your favorite donut sledding tube, like ours from Big Mouth, Inc., wipe it clean, and platter your donuts right in the center. Sprinkle some confetti and place it in the middle of the room for everyone to access.

Setup 2: Stacked Donut Cake

Find your favorite cake stand and serving tray and pile those donuts up. We used our inner tube as a decorative riser this time and placed it on top of the table. We surrounded the setup with our favorite balloons from The Grown Up Birthday Bash in a Box and voila! A perfect Donut Day Party.

Setup 3: It’s Raining Donuts

Last but not least, we decided to hang our donuts from the ceiling. Easy access for your guests to come in and pick their poison! We added depth by decorating with our favorite confetti balloons and the inner tube in the background. This setup is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Looking for a drink to go along with your donuts? Be sure to check out Abby’s Spiked Cold Brew Coffee.

Happy Donut Day!!!

xx, Seri
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May 25, 2017

An LMP Inspired Grad Party

Hey party people! You may or may not have spotted me here and there on LMP’s Instastories and Snapchat. I’m Natalie, LMP’s best and brightest intern, (ha!).

Throughout my four years of college I’ve been juggling school, working a part time job at a local restaurant, and doing floral design on the side. Then in January I threw interning into the mix and needless to say, my brain has been fried. So after all of my hard work, my parents decided to throw me party at our home in the suburbs to celebrate my 18 years of schooling being DONE.

Of course after a few months of interning with LMP, I’ve picked up a tip or two on party must haves, set up, decor, etc. My inspiration for my graduation party actually came from The Little Miss Shower Party in a Box. I loved the simplicity of the colors… metallic and white with small touches of color. So I set my color pallet: white, silver, lavender, and iridescent touches here and there.

The first thing I did after I set my date and theme, was make a checklist of all the things I had and all the things I still needed to order or buy. Various members of my family generously donated things like tables, candy jars, chalkboard signs, linens, and more! This cut my costs down a ton! And since my parents had already paid for my 4 years of college tuition, I wanted to be very mindful of the budget.

I decided to set up a tent where all the food and beverages would be stationed (and to keep it out of the sun!)

A dessert table with a fabulous backdrop for photos and sweet treats

A table for gifts, cards, & the favors for my guests to take home

And finally a welcome sign to show my guests where to enter the backyard (this is also a good way to keep the foot traffic out of your home!)

I spent months researching decor inspiration on Pinterest and all my favorite stores like Target (where I found all my paper products) and HomeGoods (where I found all my cake stands and random decor pieces). By giving my self enough time to do the research I was able to not overspend on last minute purchases.

The week of I bought the beer, made a fruit infused Lemonade (which I actually stole from Seri’s How To Host: The Perfect Picnic)….

And helped my mom prep all the food for our 7 course meal that fed 50 people (yep, she cooked it all…. she’s insane).

With all that I had to do, I didn’t have the time to make a playlist. So, I just set my speakers to the LMP Party Playlist on Spotify. My guests LOVED it because there was something on there for everyone to enjoy.

The day before, I bought and styled all of my own flowers.

And had my amazing boyfriend, Liam, lug around all the party rentals, hang stringed lights from the trees, and clean up the backyard

Since I prepped so much in the days leading up to my party, the day of all I had to do was put out the food and take lots of pictures.

At the end of the night, it was a fast clean up since I used all disposable paper products and let guests take home any extra food, desserts, and flowers.

The party was such a success, I’m already on to planning the next family affair…. Maybe I’ll share that one too :)

Until next time!

xx, Natalie
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May 8, 2017

How to Host brunch for your Mom Friends

My Mom raised me to be a kind, polite, loving person. I always showed my Mom respect and there was never any shortage of love in our home. I will however tell you that I did not show my Mother the appreciation that she truly deserved until I became a mother myself and learned just how powerful being a Mom is. There’s simply, nothing like it.

When you become a Mom for the first time you immediately look to other moms for comfort. Your life is literally turned upside down and it’s really nice to have new Moms to talk to about all the challenges, raging emotions and intense love that you have for your new baby.

As your children grow up, you make new Mom friends…at school. The funny thing about the Moms that you meet at school is it feels like you’ve started school all over again and are a kid yourself.

I have a handful of very special Mom friends that I have now made throughout these stages of having kids and cherish each of them for their friendship and style of parenting.

This year I wanted to host a very special Mother’s Day brunch for my Mom friends. It was so lovely having the girls over for a carefree, kid free, morning of chatter, good food and a few cocktails.

We recently partnered with Harney & Sons tea on a shoot and now have quite the obsession. Their cans! Gah. They are to die for. And the tea is off the handles delish. So I thought it would be fun to send each of my Mom friends home with a pretty canister of tea as a little gift to say I love you, and think you’re a great mom and friend.

Today I’m so excited to share with you the first of our “How to Host” series that we filmed to show you how to host your own Mother’s Day brunch for friends or Moms in your life. Check it out and please let us know what you think! We’ve got more of these videos in store for you. Hope you enjoy!

Leave a comment and tell us what you think of the video and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can stay up to date on all the videos we post.

Last but not least, be sure to grab a Little Miss Party in a Box from our online shop if you’re in need of stunning tableware and decor for your Mother’s Day brunch this weekend. A set of Red Noses will be included in every Little Miss Party in a Box purchase through May 25th.

xx, Seri
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April 17, 2017

DIY Cotton Candy Cones

The second the sun comes out, we’re ready for bright colors & ice cream cones. And what’s a more perfect treat for a spring party than sprinkle cones and cotton candy?! It’s easy to do it yourself, and your guests are going to love these adorable desserts.

You will need white chocolate chips, ice cream cones (we used pretzel, but waffle cones work too!), sprinkles, tin foil, a rubber spatula and cotton candy.

Step 1: Melt your white chocolate and set up your table.

Step 2: Roll your cone in the white chocolate and use the spatula to smooth it out.

Step 3: Spread out the sprinkles on the tin foil and roll the cone evenly in the pile, being sure to cover all the chocolate.

Step 4: Place the cones on the tin foil and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Then take a small bundle of cotton candy and place in the cone!

Cutest. Dessert. Ever.

Enjoy!

 

xx, Maggie
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March 1, 2017

Erika’s Bookish Baby Shower

My best friend from college, Steph, and her mom were throwing a Baby Shower for Steph’s sister Erika.  Since this is Erika’s first child, they wanted the shower to be extra special, and they asked me to help with the decor to give it an LMP touch. The Sandberg’s are like family to me, so I jumped at the opportunity!

Steph and her mom had already thrown a smaller shower for Erika over the Holidays at their grandmothers house, and this shower was for the Dad’s side and also everyone from Erika’s hometown. At the first shower, they had done a book theme, and we were able to reuse some of the decor items from that, such as this adorable Golden Books banner and these BABY marquee letters.

Since Erika and her husband, John Paul, are not going to find out the sex of the baby before the birth, we kept the colors neutral – soft green, yellow, orange and white, with hints of metallic gold and silver.

I used the metallic confetti balloon with gold fringe from our Shower Party in a Box, and supplemented it with jumbo white and regular latex balloons on our chosen colors.

We kept the food simple with dishes that either Steph’s mom made, or the guests brought for a delicious lunch buffet.  We provided wine and beer, and a beautiful “Make Your Own Mimosa” Bar.  I set up champagne to chill in an ice bucket, with a carafe of OJ and cut up fruit in the pretty paper cups that come in our Shower in a Box.

For the gift station, I hung a “Welcome Baby Igoe” banner on the fireplace for people to put all of the gifts under, and we set up a gift opening station nearby for when Erika was ready to open everything.

Their mom had found a bunch of Erika’s blankets from when she was a baby, so we draped a nearby chair with a beautiful embroidered one for her to sit on when it was gift time!

For dessert, Erika and Steph are both gluten-free, so Steph had coordinated for the cake to be gluten-free, and for there to be a variety of gluten-free and regular cupcakes, which were color coded so the guests could choose their preference.  I topped the cake with a silver glitter “Oh Baby” cake topped from out favorite, All That Glitters Party Shoppe.

I topped the cupcakes with gold glitter animal cupcake toppers by Paper and Parties, and placed them in this super cool cupcake tree that Steph’s mom has!

Steph also made an incredible diaper cake for Erika out of a ton of clean diapers that she had rolled up, which acted as a perfect supplement to the dessert table.

Too add to the decor, I sprinkled silver confetti over the dessert table and bar, and placed fresh white flowers in bud vases around the room.

A few months before the shower, I had taken some maternity photos for Erika and John Paul in Central Park, which Erika had framed, so we placed those photos around the room, along with an ultra sound of the baby.

On the coffee table in the present opening area, Steph put out some baby shower games that she had printed, with markers for each guest to fill out as the shower went on.

In keeping with the book theme, Steph printed out pages from some of the most popular baby books, and we string them down white columns that are throughout the room.

Finally, we set up a favor station, which had soaps and “bookworms” – aka gummy worms, for guests to take home!

Thank you so much to the Sandberg & Igoe families for letting me be a part of this special day!

xx, Abby
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