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!
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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.
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It was an amazing event with some pretty gorgeous flowers!! 
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xx, Michelle
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July 28, 2015

Romance on the Roof

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Getting engaged is pretty much it. One of the ultimate, most incredible moments in your life.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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All photos above were taken by the talented and super sweet Sasithon Pooviriyakul.

xx, Seri
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June 2, 2015

Festival Life

Summer festivals are upon us and we have been making our way through the stages. This week we’ll be hitting up The Governor’s Ball. Can.not.wait!
If you’re not making it out to any of the festivals this year, fear not! We are going to give you a few festival inspired party ideas so you can invite your friends over for some good eats, cocktails and tune into some great music!
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The food:
Festivals have come such a long way from funnel cakes and fries. One of my favorite dishes at the Governor’s Ball last year was the fish tacos that I found at a nearby food trucks. We made our own version of these tacos by simply sauteeing white fish (we used cod) and topping with a Sriracha cabbage slaw, guacamole and sour cream.
What else do you eat at Festivals? Hot dogs. I am one who will never get sick of a good ol’ juicy dog. We topped ours with a mango salsa. Here’s an easy recipe for ya. DEE-LISH!

To drink:
At our festival party you know there’s going to be sangria flowing freely. We suggest serving the sangria out of a beverage dispenser, punch bowl or large pitcher if you have one. This way guests can help themselves as they please and you won’t get tied up in the kitchen having to make more!
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With all the wine you may consume, it’s important to also stay hydrated. Especially in the heat!
We found these water bottles with a built-in filtration system from Brita® and we infused our water with fresh fruit. Pick your citrus: lemon, lime, orange…so refreshing!
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For something sweet:
Cool down with an all natural snow cone! Brings us back to our childhood while enjoying a new twist on an old classic. We used the recipe from The Garden of Eatin’ found here.
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If you didn’t catch it last week, we made flower shades to wear to the shows this year. We are also (while late to the party) really into these flash tattoos. Actually…a bit obsessed.
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What we’re listening to at our Festival Party:

If you are going to the festivals, go prepared! It’s a long day in the heat and it’s much more enjoyable when you have all the essentials on hand. The quick list for you:
* Sunscreen, face wipes, lip protection – we love the products from Burt’s Bees® for all of our sun protection.
* Sunglasses, hat, headband
* Water bottle
* Blanket
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For those of you who do make it out…be safe and have fun!

Photos above were taken by: Dave Robbins Photography

See more excuses to get together on the Gather Now Tumblr Feed.

xx, Seri
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May 28, 2015

DIY Flower Shades

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We’re packing our bags and getting ready to hit the field for the Governor’s Ball next Friday. Last year we got decked out in flower headbands. This year we are making flower sunglasses. Here’s how…
What you’ll need:
* Cheap pair of sunglasses – we found a Ray Ban style from a street vendor in NYC.
* Glue gun and glue sticks
* Mini faux flowers – we found at Michael’s Craft store
* Scissors
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What to do:
* Cut the mini flowers off the wire stem.
* Glue the flowers around the edge of your sunglasses.
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Boom. You’re done. Um….was that the easiest project EVER?
Now you’ve got a pair of jazzed up shades and are ready to rock!
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Check back next week as we’ll be showing you how we’re prepping for the upcoming festivals. And in the meantime, see our festival tips on the Gather Now Tumblr Feed.

Photos by Dave Robbins Photography.

xx, Seri
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February 25, 2015

A Winter Wonderland Birthday Party

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As we walked into the room and set up the wintry mix of teal, white, silver and grape at the Downtown Dance Factory, the snow started to fall. This mom couldn’t have gone with a better theme for her daughter’s 5th birthday if she tried.
As the kids came off of dancing up a storm they enjoyed pizza followed by sweet eats from Making that Cake.
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We styled the airy feeling room with jumbo confetti filled balloons dangling with snowflake garland from One Stylish Party. She also made us fringe bunting that we hung up to look like a sky with tissue flakes falling down.
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We’re always looking for a good excuse to celebrate and there’s nothing better then a birthday. Cheers to turning 5 and so many more wonderful celebrations in the future.

xx, Seri
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