March 20, 2017

Flower Power

Today is about using fresh flowers to make pretty crowns just in time for spring…which is TODAY! Happy Spring everyone.

We recently brought a new team member on board, the most fantastic intern, Natalie who has been a great asset to our team. Her greatest skill in the LMP Office: flower arranging. Could she fit in any better?

She lead a flower crown making workshop for us and we of course turned it into a party. What a fun way to spend a morning with friends, huh?! We served a simple breakfast with fresh pastries, croissants and a enormous sweet brioche that we found at our local bakery. Abby brewed a pot of coffee and of course we toasted with pink bubbly.

If you plan to host a flower crown making party, ask your friends to dress for the season and no doubt they will pull out some pretty fabulous pops of color…

Here’s how you can make these flowers crowns with a few materials (easily found on Amazon) and a lotta flowers (if you live in warm climate then check your backyard first!).

Supplies:
Floral Wire
Floral tape
Good scissors
Leafy florals (ie. Italian ruscus, babies breath, spray roses)

1. Take your floral wire and fit it around your head so that you know how long it needs to be.

2. Shape the floral wire into a circle and then twist the end in order to keep it in place at the length you need. (For added security, make the length even longer and wrap the extra around the crown to make it thicker).

3. Take your floral tape and begin wrapping it around the entire crown (Make sure you are gently pulling the tape as your wrap, so that the tape becomes sticky).

4. Begin making small bouquets with your flowers and greenery. Then wrap the ends with the floral tape.

5. Take a long piece of greenery and twist it around the crown, then secure with floral tape.

6. Add in the small bouquets and secure with floral tape, add or subtract to your liking.

7. Take some pictures and have fun!

Photos by Gillian Stippa

xx, Seri
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March 6, 2017

The Bachelorette Bash in a Box

There’s nothing more fun than celebrating your best friends engagement especially when it comes to the bachelorette party. With that excitement in mind and knowing just how special a party like this should turn out we are so thrilled to present the Bachelorette Party in a Box now for sale in our shop!

There is so much amazingness in this party box. Starting off with the amazing price. We know how quickly a party can add up and cost so we made sure to create a box that was functional while also affordable costing only $17 bucks a head!

So what do you do now?

First:  Get your hands on this amazing box by clicking here to purchase.

Second:  Open the incredible blueprint that we have included in the box. You will find this booklet will guide you through the entire set up and prep for your party with to do lists, a cocktail recipe and so much more.

Last but certainly not least: Eat, Drink and be MERRY! Enjoy every last moment with your friend before you send her off to be married.

Photos by Janina Santillan

xx, Seri
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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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February 2, 2017

Fondue Party

Wanna know the best idea ever? A fondue party!

The other day my son asked me how my day was and what I worked on. I told him:  a fondue party shoot.

His mind…was blown.

“We have a fondue set???????”

oh, yeah.  Totally.  It’s been stashed away in our cupboard!

What better time of year to pull it out?  It’s cold and Valentine’s day is coming up! Chocolate, strawberries and marshmallows?  I mean…c’mon!

Every Valentine’s day we stay home and enjoy dinner as a family. This is for two reasons:

1.) Valentine’s day is a sh*t show in NYC.  The restaurants are packed, the menus are prix fix, it’s meh.

2.) February 15th is the anniversary of my first date with Adam, now 17 years ago. Yow.

So every year we go out to a nice dinner on the 15th to avoid the crowd and celebrate our anniversary.

Anyway, this year on Valentine’s day, the plan is to set the table with the Valentine’s Day edition of the LMP in a Box (obviously), order in dinner and have chocolate fondue for dessert.

I am going to make a family cocktail: scoop of raspberry sorbet, champagne for the adults and club soda for the kids, garnished with fresh raspberries. YUM!

I am going to set note cards on the table with pens and markers and we can all write a card to each other, how cute?!

And of course, decorate the table with tons of fresh roses and pretty florals.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xx, Seri
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January 18, 2017

Love is in the Air and we are ready to Party!

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There’s no holiday more cliche than Valentine’s Day. With all the pink, hearts, roses…there’s no doubt it’s all just a little cheesy. However, it’s also the perfect excuse to gather your loved ones and celebrate. I mean let’s be real…we are ALWAYS looking for an excuse to party around here!

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When it comes to the lovey dovey part, my husband isn’t interested in throwing a party. He wants to enjoy a nice dinner just the two of us. So I use Valentine’s day as an excuse to gather my best girlfriends to sip on wine and catch up with each other.

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With this in mind we designed a Valentine’s Day Party in a Box so you guys can do the same! We suggest a girls night in with wine + cheese OR invite your gals over for a nice brunch.  Either way, we’ve got all of your tableware and decor covered for this holiday of love!

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For my Valentine’s Day party I wanted a cocktail party with food that I love to eat. Cheese cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter, salami, grapes, nuts, crostini also cut into the shape of hearts and lastly mozzarella cheese + olives skewered onto the glitter lips that are in our Valentine’s Day party box. For a signature drink I mulled some red wine with cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange rind. For dessert, we will sip on Abby’s Red Wine Hot Chocolate. MMMMMMMM.

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So let’s do this. Send your invites, devise your menu, shop the box and PARTY!

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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