August 16, 2017

A Dreamy First birthday

I’m sure you’ve heard of first birthday shoots before. The baby of honor sits around smashing a cake with perfectly styled props all around him or her. Well thats what we had the pleasure of working on just a few weeks ago, except we took it to a whole other level.

The backdrop for this posh shoot was in our client’s Brooklyn apartment. The clean white lines served as a blank canvas for us to work off of. The wooden dinning table, being the star of the show.

All shoots must have a theme, and for this we went with a rustic bubble bath. Doesn’t sound like it would work right? Well it did, oh so chicly. We blew up huge jumbo balloons to act as bubbles, these were floating all around the floor and were kept on hand to throw up in the air as pictures were taken of the guest of honor.

No bubble bath is complete without rubber duckies. Thats why for this we had to incorporate them, but with an edge. We found ducks of all different shapes and sizes and sprayed them a metallic silver and then glued glitter crowns to each for a festive look.

For a dramatic look on the table, Natalie created an all white floral runner down the center of the table, hanging off down to the floor.

To create dimension on the book shelves that we styled, we took old library books and covered them with pretty paper. Maggie hand wrote words, the birthday and name of the child on each. For extra texture, we threw in honeycombs and paper lanterns so that we would have a variety for our “bubbles”.

First birthdays mean big, fabulous cakes. We worked with our favorite Brooklyn bakery, Nine Cakes, who knows how to master the “naked” cake look. We’re sure you’ve seen the trend happening on Pinterest. Each table setting had its own person cake and we had larger ones styled around our runner.

The pictures turned out better than we could have ever imagined thanks to Dave Robbins Photography. These photos will definitely be keepsakes for this happy family for years to come.

xx, Seri
Party conversation
  1. Mary

    Absolutely love this theme and the soft neutral tones and white light. Its all so delicate and lovely. The bubbles are such a unique and charming touch. Love it all! Thanks for sharing!

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August 9, 2017

Chef Luke Makes Candy Sushi

Chef Luke is BACK! He took a short break from his cooking show because he’s been extremely booked; camp, dates with mom, swim lessons, and all the attention throughout “The Summer of Luke” have been very exhausting. Luckily, his partner in crime, Chef Gavin, returned home from sleep away camp last week, and they insisted on cooking together.

They’ve done it again with this super fun recipe for Candy Sushi, which we adapted from Kraft. Watch the full video to see how it’s done!

Enjoy!

xx, Maggie
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August 3, 2017

A Parisian themed Bridal Shower

Hosted by the bride’s mother and soon-to-be mother in law, we celebrated a Parisian-inspired bridal shower lunch at a quaint restaurant in Toronto’s Distillery District. Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie is a venue fit for a chic event like this one. The room is decked out in vintage décor, art, and mirrors. The beautiful windows, lighting, and ceilings make the space charming and full of character.

Guests enjoyed a lovely three-course lunch. Guests could choose to start with either a tomato soup or Caesar salad. The main course was a choice between salmon or chicken. And finally, the sweetest course of all was a maraschino cherry tartlet, with vanilla and salted caramel ice cream.

This shower will filled with many traditional-game-loving guests, but we kept it simple and only played a few games that didn’t really involve much movement. Games were organized at each guests’ seat and they were simple and sweet. One of our favorites was He Said, She Said. The game card had a variety of different statements and guests had to guess who they thought said each – the bride or the groom! Another crowd pleaser was the Date Night Jar. Guests were able to write a fun date idea for the happy couple and place them in a jar for the bride and groom to use when they’re stuck for a date idea! 

The dessert table was created with a two-tiered semi naked cake as the focal point. Also included on the sweet table was a variety of cookies and squares made for the taking. There were to-go containers ready for the ladies to pack up as many cookies as they could fit!

The lovely groom-to-be popped in at the end for a quick hello and flower drop off. 

At the end of the party guests walked away with “thank you” succulents potted in gold sprayed terra cotta pots. It was the perfect send off to the most perfect shower.

Party Credits
Photography – Magnolia Studios
Venue – Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie
Floral Design – Coriander Girl
Invitations, Place cards, Menus – Minted
Cake – Nutmeg Bakeshop 
Event Planning and Styling – Daniella Visconti for Little Miss Party and Debi Traub of Simply Beautiful Eating

xx, Seri
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July 31, 2017

DIY Chic S’mores Bar

Every summer when we pull out the bonfire pit, I can’t resist the urge to make s’mores! The smell is so nostalgic of childhood days at camp, but these tasty treats never get old. Last week in The Hamptons, I decided to treat the team to a chic s’mores bar in the backyard.

Using a simple cake stand, I set up all the necessary ingredients to make the perfect s’more.

But besides the cake stand, making this setup look gorgeous was really all in the details. I garnished the platters with greens from the garden and added a number of different candles to light the table as the sun was going down.

I used a simple wooden picnic bench from the backyard to set everything up, as it was lower to the ground and easier for everyone to access and assemble their s’mores.

The setup was a hit, and we can’t wait to do it again. Happy s’mores making!

xx, Maggie
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June 30, 2017

Taking a Blizzard Break with Dairy Queen

If there’s ever a time to slow down and take a break at work, it’s during the summer. When the sun is blazing and it’s hot outside, sometimes you just gotta give yourself a well deserved break.

That “taking a break” frame of mind was the inspiration for how we styled a spectacular event for Dairy Queen last week on the roof of Rare Bar and Grill.

With soaring views in the heart of the city, we turned this incredible space into the ultimate Summer Blizzard Bar where guests were invited to sample the new DQ Blizzard flavors, play games that we set up and take photos in front of the “Flip Yeah” station that we worked with Confetti System to create.

One of my favorite parts of this set up was the spoon art that we crafted on the face of the bar. Natalie and our friend Lindsey spent hours sticking these spoons onto the bar for a gorgeous backdrop.

There was a great group of kids who showed up to the event and not only got to enjoy the delicious DQ Soft Serve but got to try out the serving machine themselves!

We thought it would be fun to serve ice cold milk in cups that were rimmed with sprinkles. Needless to say these were a hit with the kiddos.

At the Flip Yeah photo station, our friends at Confetti System made an upside down Blizzard prop for our guests to pose with. Did you know that Blizzards can be flipped upside down and nothing spills out? I did not have a great appreciation for this fun fact till working with the DQ Team on this party!

The guys over at Manhattan Neon custom made a neon “Blizzard Bar” sign for us to display so guests knew exactly where to go for frozen treats.

We also included a couple of our favorite Double Cherry Pool and Watermelon pool floats from Big Mouth as props for our photo booth.

We sure did enjoy our #BlizzardBreak with Dairy Queen at this event. Happy Summer friends, stay cool!

Photos by Dave Robbins Photography

xx, Seri
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