September 7, 2017

5 Ways to Elevate Your Party Using Florals

If you want to know one of our favorite ways to dress up a party, just take a look at our photos and you will see that we’re flower CRAZY. The truth of the matter is that flowers are the easiest way to bring your party decor from bland to grand- as long as you know how to use them! Today, we’re sharing our favorite ways to boost your flower game.

1. Amazing Centerpiece Arrangements

Okay so we know this sounds obvious, but having a stunning centerpiece on your main table could be everything you need to dress up the room. You can then add matching single stem bud vases in other areas of the party to tie the look together, just like we did for Mandy’s amazing Backyard Baby Shower.

(Flowers: Sweet Woodruff)

2. Romantic Floral Table Runners

Easier said than done? No way- DO try this at home, kids. The best option is to use a linen to protect your table and line the middle area with your greenery. We love to use ruscus or eucalyptus, but there are lots of options out there that can survive with little water while you wait for your guests to arrive. Then, add your pops of color with great flowers, like roses or peonies. Be sure to have floral water tubes on hand for ultimate freshness. Weave the stems together and hide the tubes under the greenery. Decorate the rest of the room with the same flowers in vases to tie it all together, like we did for this intimate last minute wedding.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

3. Floral Topped Cake

Honestly, it’s simpler than it looks. After arranging our florals in vases, we use the leftovers for this favorite party trick. We trim the stem down to about 1-2 inches, rinse thoroughly in the sink, and start sticking them right into the cake. If your cake is small and your flowers are big, cover the top entirely, like we did for this romantic Dinner Party for Two! Otherwise, choose one edge of the cake, place the largest flower in the middle surrounded by smaller flowers cascading to the sides.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

4. All White Everything

Flower Power is a real thing- if you want to make a serious statement, curate your flower selection to an extremely specific color. As much as we love every color of the rainbow, sometimes picking one theme will give your party a big WOW factor. We created this stunning floral runner for a Dreamy First Birthday and we couldn’t get over how amazing it turned out.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

5. Well Rounded Floral Color Scheme

Choosing a color scheme can be difficult when planning a theme, and sometimes narrowing it down is the hardest part. Don’t feel like you have to restrict yourself, either, as long as the colors remain consistent in every part of the party. For this beautiful First Fiesta, we choose pink, yellow, and orange. We incorporated those colors into the bud vases along the table, on top of the cake, in vases on the food table, and even into the beautiful balloon garland.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

I can’t wait to share more of our favorite entertaining tips with you, and would love to hear what you’re most interested in learning about! Is it balloons? Tableware? Let me know by sending me an email! (maggie@littlemisspartyplanner.com)

xx, Maggie
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June 6, 2017

Rosé Margarita with Wölffer Wines

As you know, we at LMP love our wine, and are loyal to our favorite wine makers! One of our favorites is Long Island-based Wölffer Estate Vineyards, who make the gorgeous “Summer in a Bottle” wines that you have probably seen on Instagram.

We also include bottles of their brilliant Rosé Cider in our For the Hostess Gift Box, which any hostess would be excited to receive! That’s why, when they sent us a few bottles of their incredible rosé, I was so excited to get to trying out some cocktail recipes in time for #NationalRoséDay, which is this Saturday, June 10th.

So, without further adieu, i’m excited to introduce you guys to… my Rosé Margarita!

Here’s what you need:
-bottle of Wölffer Estate Finca Rosé table wine
-silver tequila
-cointreau
-fresh limes
-coarse or kosher salt
-ice
-cocktail shaker

Here’s what to do:
1) Using lime wedge, wet rim of cocktail glasses. Salt the rim using coarse salt.


2) In cocktail shaker, combine ice, 1 oz. cointreau, 1 oz. tequila, 4 oz. rosé and the fresh juice of 1 lime. Shake well.


3) Pour into each cocktail glass on ice. Top with more rosé if necessary!
4) Garnish with lime wedge, sip, and enjoy!

This is definitely going to be my drink of the summer… just imagine sipping this poolside in one of our new “Party People” shatterproof stemless wine glasses.  YES, please!

Until next week!

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Abby
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May 5, 2017

A Fiesta First

There are so many fabulous themes that you could choose for your child’s first birthday. One of our faves, is the fiesta first.

Bright, bold colors, cactus, margaritas for the mums….it’s a theme that is aways fun to work with.

We recently styled a first birthday for the most adorable little gal. We found these amazing cactus plates perfect for desserts…

Our client’s cousin made the beautiful desserts and this magnificent cake!

Meanwhile, my cousin, All that Glitters, made the custom cake topper. It was so perfect!

Lunch was catered by Tortilleria Nixtamal and was so delicious.

For the kiddos we set up a little area where they could crawl around. We found the most fabulous teepee from the Land of Nod plus tons of colorful, cute items from Ikea such as rugs and fiesta themed plush toys.

We set a stage with “DORIE” jumbo balloons in front of which a children’s band played music to entertain the guests.

And all guests went home with goodies that our client sourced to perfectly fit the fiesta theme.

Dorie and her guests had a blast celebrating her first birthday Fiesta Style. We hope to celebrate many more with this sweet family!

Photos by Diane Hu Photography
Venue:  Blender Work Space NYC

xx, Seri
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May 1, 2017

Chef Luke Makes Mini Tacos

Chef Luke is gearing up for Cinco De Mayo which is this Friday May 5th. We love tacos, nachos and of course guacamole which is one of Chef Luke’s favorite dishes to make.

This year we thought it would be fun to mix things up a bit and go with a sweet version of a taco instead of the usual savory set up.

Our super creative babysitter, Kathleen did some research and found a recipe by Sugar Dish Me with the easiest recipe that you can follow along with here

These tacos were so easy to make and looked so pretty and festive. Luke loved them so much he and his brother made them again, together, the next day.

Watch Chef Luke make mini fruit tacos now…

Video by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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April 4, 2017

Spicy Frozen Mango Margaritas

The other day, I heard a friend say that it is always tequila season, and I couldn’t agree more! Despite that fact that winter has dragged on for way longer than necessary, I’m ready to dive into yummy frozen drinks.

We were looking for a way to warm up on a chilly NYC day last week, so I blended up some Spicy Frozen Mango Margaritas, and paired them with a pineapple salsa that Natalie made.

PINEAPPLE SALSA
recipe via The Gunny Sack

Here’s what you need:

-1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
-1 cup fresh peppers, diced (we used red peppers)
-1 tbsp. fresh jalapeño, diced (if you want it spicy!)
-1 roma tomato, diced
-1/4 cup red onion, minced
-1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced
-3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
-salt & pepper
-tortilla chips

Here’s what to do:

1) Combine all ingredients, except chips, salt & pepper, in a large bowl and mix together until all ingredients are dispersed evenly.
2) Add salt and pepper to taste.

SPICY FROZEN MANGO MARGARITA

Here’s what you need:

-bag of frozen mango chunks
-fresh mango juice
-silver tequila (I used Patrón Silver)
-triple sec
-hot sauce
-fresh limes
-simple syrup
-chili salt
-blender

Here’s what to do:
1) Combine bag of frozen mango chunks, 1 cup mango juice, 3 oz. tequila, 1 tbsp. simple syrup, 1 oz. of triple sec, a dash of hot sauce, and the juice of 2 limes in your blender. Blend until smooth.


2) Using a lime wedge, wet the rim of each of your cocktail glasses.  Place wetted edge on a plate of chili salt to line the rim.


3) Pour frozen mango mixture into each garnished glass. Garnish with a lime wedge for the finishing touch!

Olé! Dip your chip, and take a sip.  Cheers to warmer weather and plenty of tequila…

Until next week!

xx, Abby
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