December 21, 2016

For the Love of Dim Sum

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Every year, just before the holidays I remember…oooh…time for family photos! Obviously I take a million and one photos on my phone every day…but they are nothing like a professional shoot.

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This year, I wanted to make the shoot super fun and casual. No posing, no sitting still but more like a day in the life of my family.

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I asked Sasithon Photography (Sas) to shoot for us this year and told her that I’d like to have the shoot in a setting that is very familiar to my family. So I chose…our favorite Dim Sum Restaurant and said just follow us along there!

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So we met downtown around Dim Sum Go Go and tooled around a bit first because it was such a beautiful day. Sas of course directed us into the most well lit areas and was able to snap some really beautiful shots of my family.

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Then it was off to eat. Everyone was SO happy to be there and had no clue that Sas was following us around the table taking photos. We played tic tac toe, enjoyed delicious dim sum and each other’s company. It was perfection and now I have the photos to cherish forever.

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xx, Seri
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December 14, 2016

Top Tips for A Rockin’ New Years Eve Party

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I’ll never forget the year my sister was in town, we invited a few friends over and we fell asleep around 9:30. On New Years Eve! I swore I would NEVER let that happen again! If there’s ever a festive night to celebrate, that is it!

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Let’s party this New Years Eve…here’s a fool proof plan for you all…

1. Little Miss Party in a Box: I think it’s safe to say you already know how clutch it is to have this in your possession for a party. Tableware + decor that is to die for and recyclable for easy clean up! (I mean really…who wants to clean up after New Years?!)

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2. Prep your party in advance: We are giving away free notepads + pens in our party boxes right now and we want you to USE THEM! Here’s your check list:

Food:  Keep it simple. Set platters of meats, cheeses, tons of bread + crackers, olives, fruits, crudités and cupcakes. Late night at your party, plan to order pizza.

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(Our ridiculously gorgeous food came from Poppy’s Catering)

Drinks: Plan for a self serve bar so you don’t get stuck mixing drinks all night! Serve one signature drink (holiday punch or cherry mimosas), beer and wine.

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Make sure you have:  Sparkling water (for those who will want a glass of bubbly to toast but may not be drinking), toilet paper stocked in the bathroom and fill your freezer with some frozen pigs in a blanket (just in case!)

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Balloons:  Take your balloons to your local party store and ask them to have them filled with helium and ready for delivery or pick up the morning of your party.

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Music:  Make a long, fun playlist. Or find us on Spotify so you can tap into ours. Here’s our NYE 2016 playlist.

Morning of your party:
Chill the wine and beer either in your fridge or outside in the cold (says the East Coaster).
Set up all decor and tableware.
Set out props for photos.
Set the bar. Make sure to include a bottle opener, bucket + tongs for ice and a cute dishtowel for drippy bottles.
Clean the bathrooms.

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Afternoon:
Doll up.
Pre-mix your signature drink.

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1 hour before the party:
Pump the tunes.
Light the candles.
Set up your platters of food out.
Set out all wine and beer on ice.

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Now let’s Party!

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Photos by Janina Santillan
Fringe backdrop, disco balls and confetti by Decorative Novelty

You guys, it’s been such an incredible year! To say thank you for all the support and love you have shown LMP we are GIVING AWAY one New Years Eve Party in a Box WITH a $50 American Express gift card to put towards your NYE party. Leave a comment here telling us what the best part of your year was and we will draw a winner between our blog, Facebook and Instagram entries on Dec. 16th at 12pm EST. GOOD LUCK!

xx, Seri
Party conversation
  1. Bianca

    the best part of my year was getting a new suv!

  2. Seri

    Oh la la…that’s a good one!! xoxo

  3. Laura P

    Ahhh! This post is everything! Can’t wait to impress my guests all thanks to you 😍 My favorite part of the year was traveling out of the USA for the first time. Jamaica is a beautiful island and I highly recommend it mon.

  4. Lisa H

    The best part of my year was actually keeping my resolution to spend more time with the people I love. :)

  5. Seri

    Jeez. You’re the cutest. xoxo

  6. Amanda

    Best part of 2016?! Too many to count but the top of my list would be spending 2 AMAZING weeks traveling around Iceland with my two high school best friends and passing the California Bar Exam!

  7. Abby Copleston

    Best part of my year was traveling and all of the fun shoots and fake parties at work :)

  8. Joan McDonnell Carr

    Best part of the year was celebrating thanksgiving with my family at the beach

  9. Jennifer Lee

    Best part of my year was becoming an aunt!!

  10. Sean G

    Best part of my year was getting my promotion

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December 13, 2016

Old Fashioned’s with Bulleit Rye Whiskey

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Last week, we hosted a Holiday Jewelry party in our NYC studio using our Shower Party in a Box to showcase our favorite jewelry, Ramblerose, by our very own Maggie Antalek.  During the party, I served up some cocktails using Bulleit Whiskey.  What you may not have know is that we featured not one, but TWO signature cocktails using our delicious, new favorite whiskey!

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That’s right… in addition to the Irish Buck, I also mixed up some Old Fashioned’s!

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Here’s what you need:
-Bulleit Rye Whiskey
-sugar cubes
-angostura bitters
-maraschino cherries with the syrup
-fresh orange wedges
-club soda
-ice
-muddler

Here’s what to do:

1) Take one sugar cube and put in each glass.  Shake 3 drops of bitters into each glass, on top of sugar cube. Use muddler to combine sugar and bitters.

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2) Measure out 2 oz. Bulleit Rye Whiskey into each glass, topped with a short splash of club soda.

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3) Stir mixture together.  Add a few cubes of ice to each glass.
4) Add a splash or maraschino cherry syrup to each glass.

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5) Garnish each glass with a maraschino cherry and a small orange wedge.

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Voila! Enjoy your Old Fashioned for any Holiday party, or any party at all.  These drinks are a wonderful way to stay warm and feel festive.

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Until next week… cheers!

xx, Abby
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December 9, 2016

A Holiday Jewelry Party with Ramblerose and Bulleit

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As you could probably tell from social media this week, Maggie has been in town from Boston, and we have been having a blast having her in the studio with us, collaborating on shoots, videos, parties, and much more!

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While we had her in town, we thought it would be a fun idea to host a jewelry party in the LMP studio, so that all of our friends could come and see (and buy) all of her gorgeous jewelry in person.

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In case you’ve missed it, Maggie is the founder and sole designer at her own jewelry company, Ramblerose.  She creates unique, stylish pieces using genuine leather and certified gemstones.

Needless to say, we are obsessed with her stuff.  I think Seri and I own 50 pieces combined, and are always asking Maggie to make us new and exciting stuff.

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We set up our favorite gold bar cart with glasses and some drinks, which were generously provided by our friends at Bulleit Whiskey.  I mixed up Irish Buck’s and Old Fashioned’s for our guests to choose from, and both ere a huge hit!

We also used the Little Miss Shower Party in a Box for all the tableware and decor that we needed to host this party for about 30 guests.

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Maggie ended up selling through most of her inventory, and we all had a blast throwing the party.  Thank you SO much to everyone that came out to shop and support Ramblerose, and thanks to Bulleit for making sure we were all well hydrated!

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Abby
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November 14, 2016

Gavin’s Great Birthday Adventure

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Don’t ask me why…but for some reason I went a bit overboard with Gavin’s 7th birthday party. I was totally inspired by a story that involves our friend’s lake house.

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Our friends throw a big post-summer party at their lake house every September. We had a blast this year and when the party was wrapping up we decided to grab dinner before heading home. They told us about this Hibachi restaurant down the road called Mount Fuji. We were in. We pulled into the driveway, and we drove up and up and up through the mountains till we got to this incredibly cool looking venue. We walked inside excited as ever and were told the wait would be 2 hours. I almost fainted.

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I was determined to get there and decided to plan Gavin’s birthday around going back. Strange, but true.

So here’s what I did…

I used this incredible service called Skedaddle. These guys have a website that allows you to book transportation for your events using high quality buses, professional drivers and an app that allows you to customize your route.

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I sent an invite that was a parents dream. Drop your kids off with me and I will be taking them just outside the city for an incredible afternoon. PARTY! Said the parents.

As each child boarded the bus I noticed a touch of fear and a lot of excitement in the parents eyes. I sent group texts throughout the day so everyone was well aware that their children were doing just fine.

On the bus I gave each child a travel snack pack that I put together including water and snacks.

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We took the kids to Bounce U in Nanuet for an hour of jumping around in bouncey houses, including a glow in the dark room. We put Gavin (AND Mike, Mr. Mommy Shorts, who shares the same birthday) in a chair and crowned them Kings. Then back on the bus to Mount Fuji for an early dinner.

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The kids were AMAZING. I was shocked and so proud by how well behaved this group was in the restaurant.

Gavin had the most incredible day of his life and I was so happy to be a part of it. Now I just have to accept that my baby is growing up. Seven years old? Sigh.

xx, Seri
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