November 26, 2015

First time at the Big Apple Circus


Last weekend we got our hands on some tickets to the Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center. I was pretty psyched for this show because I hadn’t been to the circus since I was a little girl and I have never been to the circus in New York City.


When I told Adam and the kids that I got tickets they were just as thrilled. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your family, right?


We weren’t 100% sure what to expect aside from some jugglers and maybe a few animals. So we went in bright eyed and bushy tailed and couldn’t wait to discover all that they offer at the circus these days.


When we walked in, it was exactly how I remembered the circus looking and feeling as a child. Every iconic feature was in place: The large tent, the red and white boxes of popcorn, stimulating art hanging from the ceilings and the walls and ushers who were making sure everyone got to their seat in time for the show to start.






As we walked inside I was surprised to see a rather small stage which I happened to love because the show just turned into an intimate gathering that made you feel very special to be a part of.


We took our seats and out came the ringmaster with a big ol’ top hat and a stripe coat with a long tail. He fit the bill and kicked off the show with a bang.


My boys could not take their eyes off the center stage from start to finish. The look of excitement and curiosity in their eyes was making my heart melt into a puddle. So much so I could hardly focus on the show.




When your child experiences something as magical as the circus for the first time and you are there to witness it, that memory burns into your mind forever. These are the moments that make parenthood feel extra cool. These are the special times you will always remember in your life.



The show was full of incredible talent, dogs and horses. The kids loved every single second of it and so did Adam and I. Oh I didn’t even tell you the best part…..they served wine! I wasn’t expecting that but boy was I ever pleasantly surprised!




We talked about the show for the entire walk back to the car at the end of the night. What we liked best, who made us nervous and why, when will the circus be back and can we go?! For those of you who live in New York or who are planning to visit  sometime soon, you’ve gotta get yourself some tickets. You will absolutely love the show.

For more information and to buy tickets to the Big Apple Circus click here.

This post was sponsored by the Big Apple Circus but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

xx, Seri
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October 29, 2015

Last Minute Halloween Crafts & Cocktails


So Halloween is a only a couple of days away…do you have your plan for Saturday?  What are you doing with the kids before you go trick or treating? We have some awesome ideas for you! And don’t worry…we’ve got plenty of fun for the adults as well…


For the kids – let’s craft. We took small pumpkins and sprayed them with chalkboard paint (Found at our local craft store – we love Michael’s!) and set out chalk for the kids to color them with.


Note:  If you’re having a party for the adults – you can use these chalkboard pumpkins as food or place cards – write the name of your guests or dishes that you’re serving!

We also set out tons of stickers, pom poms, glue and markers along side brown paper bags. The kids got to design their own treat bags with these!



Of course it’s fun to set out props. We found really cool gold masks which the kids immediately put on to make crafting more festive.


How about a game? You know how bobbing for apples used to be all the rage? Well check this out…bobbing for cider donuts! We put a mask on each kid – and tied the donuts to a witch’s broom…the first one to finish their donuts wins!



To eat and drink we served snacks that were fun. Popcorn in a plastic cauldron (found this at Party City for $3.99!) and cider out of apples that we carved and hollowed into cups!



For the big kids….we served mini bottles of champagne in a carved and hollowed out pumpkin and added wedges of orange playing off of the classic mimosa cocktail. We also served cider sangria garnished with cinnamon sticks.




Happy Halloween! Hope you have a safe and fabulous weekend!

*All photos above were taken by the wonderful Karilyn Sanders.

xx, Seri
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October 15, 2015

This is Ten


We recently styled a tenth birthday party at the Core Club for a movie screening. What a fun age 10 is to turn…double digits! And this movie themed birthday party was so perfect for this sweet little girl and her friends…


The kids were going to be spending the majority of this party in the screening room watching the movie 13 going on 30. So we wanted to keep the set up simple. For starters, we had a rockin’ popcorn bar with movie theater candy wrapped in custom belly bands that we made and tied around each.




We served plain and cheddar popcorn out of large buckets in striped boxes and set out shakers with flavors to top.



We built a tower of plastic champagne coupes decked in bowtie ribbons for the kids to enjoy sparkling juice in style.



Then there was our dessert bar. My favorite thing here are the ceramic popcorn bowls that we found and filled with fresh flowers. We clustered balloons as the centerpiece and served the sweets on red, black and white platters. Mwah! Love this…





We had a great assortment of sweet eats from some of our favorites in NYC…chocolate dipped pretzels by Fatty Sundays, Mini donuts by Doughnuttery and cones of berries.



When the kids arrived we had set up a custom backdrop that we had made with Minted and invited the “Paparazzi” Dave Robbins to shoot the kids dressed up in props like neon hats and boas….boy did they ever love this!




And to send everyone home with a little gift we made favor bags with marquee letters for each child’s initial and a picture frame for their shot from the “Paparazzi”.



Happy Birthday Sweet Julianne! We wish you many more to come.

*All photos above were taken by the always amazing Dave Robbins Photography.

xx, Seri
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August 19, 2015

Blooms by the Box

Have you ever wondered where we get all of our gorgeous flowers for our events? Lucky for us we live in NYC and have access to the Wholesale Flower Markets on West 28th Street. These shops open daily at 6am and are always buzzing with the city’s most talented florists and event designers. Some of our favorites are Dutch Flower Line and GPage Flowers. With rows and rows of gorgeous blooms, it is very easy to get carried away!
The one catch is you have to own a florist or have a business where you can resell flowers…but don’t worry — we have an amazing find for you if you are in need of wholesale flowers! We were recently introduced to Blooms by the Box – an amazing wholesale flower distributor shipping right to your door. Convenient and gorgeous, a win-win!!
We tested them out for an event we had recently and we were super excited with our delivery. Check out these amazing flowers!
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Everything arrived fresh and ready to be plunked into our favorite vases. Blooms by the Box cuts and ships all flowers prior to their “peak” days so they recommend having them arrive 1-2 days in advance of your event so they have time to hydrate and achieve their prime beauty.
It was an amazing event with some pretty gorgeous flowers!! 

xx, Michelle
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July 28, 2015

Romance on the Roof

Getting engaged is pretty much it. One of the ultimate, most incredible moments in your life.
When our best friend asked for my help in planning the engagement for his soon to be fiance, I was elated with joy and honored to be a part of such a huge milestone in their lives.
The proposal was on the roof deck of our building (we live in the same apartment building) over looking the entire New York City. Candles, lanterns, champagne and flowers. It was perfection and she said yes.
Fast forward to this spring and these two are busy planning for their wedding this August, in Brooklyn.
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When they asked me for help with some of the vendors I was happy to share and super pumped when they chose Sasithon Pooviriyakul (Sas) as their photographer.
Michelle and I met Sas years back and have worked her several times in the past and next week Sas will be photographing Michelle’s brother’s wedding as well.
My friends worked with Sas to plan an engagement shoot around Soho, ending up on the roof top of our building where they got engaged, to enjoy the sunset.
They asked if I could help set up a little engagement picnic up there for the shoot and for a little something to eat and drink when their shoot comes to a wrap.
Naturally, I was all over this.
To set the roof top picnic, I put down a blanket and brought up some books to hold it down from the wind.
To serve I went to Murray’s Cheese and sampled my favorite cheese and meats, added some dried apricots, grapes, crusty bread and a bucket of wine.
Govino makes the most amazing shatterproof wine glasses which are perfect for outdoors. And I put out some pillows to make the scene comfortable and relaxed.
I’m so excited for these friends to get married. It’s going to be one of those weekends…that’s just a boat load of fun.
All photos above were taken by the talented and super sweet Sasithon Pooviriyakul.

xx, Seri
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