March 3, 2016

A Romantic Wedding in the East Village

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Last summer I got a call from an old friend, who was also my first roommate when I moved to New York City. She told me that she was getting married and was looking for some help to jazz up the party with special touches.

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We don’t do weddings…but how could I say no? Especially after she told me it was going to be a small, intimate dinner party, with a low key ceremony lead by their close friend. Now that’s my speed. I was IN!

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Dara asked that I take charge with all of the decor and coordination. Nothing makes me happier then a client who sits back and lets us do our job. Everything was seamless. Dara & Michael chose Il Buco Alimentari E Vineria which is the most perfect spot located in the east village for an intimate dinner party. There were 50 people and the party was held in the private space upstairs where the walls are all exposed brick and there are several farm tables to sit at.

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I proposed soft, romantic, stunning decor. We styled peonies in milk glass bud vases all over the wood tables mixed with candles in antique gold holders that we found at the Hatch Prop Shop.

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My favorite part of the set up was the placemats. We asked our friends over at Paperfinger to source burgundy paper and customize with every guest’s name in calligraphy as the place setting. So. So. Stunning. We especially loved our play on the bride and groom: wifey and hubby.

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As always we had custom menus printed by Minted. And we worked with our favorite cake designers at Empire Cake to create a two tiered red velvet cake with a brush gold painted effect. We added fresh blooms and boom. STUNNING right?!

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Dara, Michael and their family were staying at the Bowery Hotel the weekend of the wedding. The room where Dara was getting ready was so perfect for kicking off her photos.

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For Dara’s bouquet we worked with Designs by Ahn who nailed the arrangement that I had been dreaming up in my head. Not only were the flowers gorgeous but the bouquet worked so perfectly with Dara’s dress.

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The couple strolled through the streets of the East Village with Dave Robbins for photos prior to meeting their family at Gemma (where Dara and Michael had their first date). They later walked into the venue to see the set up and tears started flowing, including my own. Seeing their reactions to how the room was transformed was thrilling.

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The night went off without a hitch and there was nothing but happiness, good food and love in the room. A success all around.

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Huge hearty Mazel Tov to my friend Dara and thank you for letting me play such an important role in your big day. I wish you and Michael a long life full of good health and happiness.

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Photos by Dave Robbins Photography
Also find this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty

xx, Seri
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February 11, 2016

Feeling the Love

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The other day my friend Ilana wrote a heart felt blog post about our relationship as friends, work wives and fellow Mothers. Her words brought a tear to my eye as I was reminded how lucky I am for the friends I have made while living in New York for the past 16 years.

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Valentine’s Day is the ultimate excuse to show your love. And obviously you know that we will use any excuse to have a random brunch, party or gathering.

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So….

When Ilana asked if I could style a brunch for her to host for her “work wife” friends…I was like, um, yes. Yes yes I would love to.

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I’m addicted to black, white, pink and gold. Throw some copper in. I can’t help it.

Totally obsessed with these marble plates from CB2. And of course we have the most fabulous menus printed by Minted for every setting.

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For the seating cards, Ilana wrote a “love note” to each guest.

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Hershey’s was behind the idea of this gathering and provided chocolates upon chocolates for us to play with and gift.

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We adore Chef Sue Park and brought her in to make a delicious breakfast for us. Smoked salmon heart shaped toasts – oh my yum! Sausages in a blanket, heart shaped frittatas, kale salad with roasted acorn squash and heart shaped pie pops filled with brie and jam. YUM!!

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This brunch was such a fabulous excuse to have a delicious meal, cocktails and laughs with best friends, new friends and work friends. Needless to say…this brunch also made for some great photos….

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Thank you Ilana for always making me part of the fun. And damn our hair looks great.

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To all my friends and family, I Love you.  And let the Valentine’s Day weekend begin!

Loving credits go to:

Photographs: Dave Robbins Photography
Catering: Chef Sue Park
Hair and Make up (on Seri, Ilana and Abby): GlamSquad
Tableware (Plates, copper utensils, napkins and pink champagne flutes): CB2
Red cake stands: Fish’s Eddy
Custom menus: Minted
All Chocolate Kisses: Hershey’s

xx, Seri
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December 31, 2015

Best of LMP in 2015

Looking back on our year it was almost impossible to choose the highlights. There were SO MANY! Wow. I’m so proud of what we have accomplished and what we have in store for the future. From the bottom of our hearts we thank YOU for following along and supporting us in this “Mompreneur” world. It’s not easy but we are doing our best to have FUN!

Without further ado…here is a recap of our favorite moments from the year 2015…

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Host a shower in your home + A Vanity Fair Breakfast supporting Dress for Success + A Lil King turns one + Dining under the stars for Baby Dick

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See what our customers are saying + Little Miss Party in a Box is now sold on Brit & Co + MEN set up our party in a box + A New Years Eve stunner.

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Pretty in Cheesecake Pink + Crostini makes the best party food + Simply Salad + Dye me Devilved eggs

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Mandy’s Asparagus salad + The YAY in our LMP in a Box + DIY bath salts for Mom + Holiday party snacks that you can doll up for your guests to take home.

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It’s sorta hard to believe how fast these lil ones are growing up…and how amazing it is to see our family grow!

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Gavin went on a lot of “dates” + Lukey ate his way through 2015 + Alexandra made for the cutest reindeer on this planet + We welcomed our newest team member, Baby Dylan.

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Cocktails 2015

It’s Cocktail Time: Cranberry Mojitos + Spiced Mulled Wine + Classic Lemonade with CB2 + Bar Essentials

We hope you’re year was just as fabulous as ours was. We wish you a healthy and happy new year. Be safe, friends. Our love, LMP.

xx, Seri
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November 26, 2015

First time at the Big Apple Circus

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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…

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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