November 10, 2017

Holiday Gift Swap with Schweppes Sparkling Water

This post has been sponsored by Schweppes®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Now that Halloween has come and gone, we are getting into the giving spirit over here at LMP! Our team, who is like a family, LOVES nothing more than giving unique, meaningful gifts, to each other over the holiday season. Almost every one of us celebrates a different winter holiday between Christmas and Hanukkah, making gift giving that much more special. Since our schedules are so full over the winter season, we celebrate the holidays early in our office spreading the joy for a longer amount of time.

Our key to a successful party is serving killer cocktails. We take great pride in the drinks that mix up always attempting a unique spin on old classics. For our holiday gift swap party we stationed a super fun bar cart with a couple of our favorite liquors and a variety of refreshing and delicious Schweppes® Sparkling Waters (see here for even more ways people are using them this holiday season!) for our team to mix in as they wish.

We find it easiest to go to our local Walmart when shopping for a party so we can pick up all the supplies that we need in one stop. We found 8-packs of Schweppes Lemon Lime and Black Cherry Sparkling Water which are now available at Walmart (plus two other flavors as well!) but these two, in particular, happen to be perfect flavors for the Holiday season!

We set out cold cans of the Schweppes® Sparkling Waters with glass carafes of gin and vodka, a variety of pretty glassware, and fresh cranberries and limes to garnish and compliment each drink with.

In case there was anyone who wanted to go straight for the Schweppes® Sparkling Water, we set out pretty paper straws for everyone to enjoy in their drink or a can. Of course no party is complete without something sweet. So we plated glittery cupcakes onto a white cake stand for our team to enjoy while opening gifts and sipping on sparkling cocktails.

Naturally, being the creative team that we are, we had some fun on the wall behind our couch to create a festive look for the holidays. Our team took some of the beautifully wrapped gifts and taped them to the wall. They got extra crafty with a DIY’d “JOY” sign made out of wire and twinkle lights.

With our presents wrapped and our ingredients ready, I mixed up everyone’s preferred cocktail and served them on a confetti filled “Cheers” tray. Then, we all sat on the couch, sipped, snacked and swapped our gifts.

The Fall and Holiday seasons are an extremely busy time for us, so it was so nice for everyone to relax and refresh for a few minutes. It also helped us all get into the Holiday spirit!

And now a gift for YOU! From November 15th through December 22nd, when you spend $10 or more on Schweppes® products at Walmart, upload your receipt to this microsite  and you will receive a free festive Schweppes scarf! How fun?!

Cheers, from all of us at LMP. Happy Gifting!

xx, Abby
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November 8, 2017

Maybelline IT Girls in New York City

Sometimes, we have to pinch ourselves around here. Last year, we were honored to be part of executing a truly spectacular event for the Global Maybelline IT Girl influencers in, which was held the Hamptons thanks to the incredible team at AMP Agency who are the masterminds the whole program.

Last week… we got to do it all over again!  This time, the girls were in NYC for a week, and we were beyond excited when the team at AMP Agency asked us to be a part of the experience.

The events kicked off on Halloween in the penthouse at the Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side. The incredible girls at AMP Agency directed us to meet the brand’s aesthetic and together we came up with a pretty fantastic layout for the events.

The girls at AMP worked with Brian Kaspr to create custom logos for the event. We worked these logos into decals, neon signage, and Maggie used the icons to create a custom designed art piece, which lived on the wall in the penthouse that acted as home base for the week.

We took every opportunity in the penthouse to incorporate branded decor pieces, such as the coffee table that you could look down on from the balcony above.

You know how much we love arranging flowers around here, so we were excited to include beautiful floral arrangements into the decor.  The color palette for this event was one of our absolute favorites. Specifically, for Halloween where we mixed millennial pink with deep red and green.

The other task we had was to find unique items for decor and make up display. We found these black python candle holders at Target, and I could just eat their heads they are so cute. The super chic cement vessels were from CB2. Since the gals at AMP Agency know how to style the make up best, they would walk around and place lipsticks, eyeshadows, mascaras and foundations in the most beautiful ways using all the gorgeous trays, containers and unique vessels that were styled throughout the penthouse.

We also had Confetti System make us these gorgeous custom iridescent fringe letter props. The girls used these in their photos in the penthouse and on the balcony with the panoramic NYC views.

We thought it would be fun to style some of the flowers into black skull candy jars giving an unexpected, spooky look to one of the make up station tables.

Now this is my favorite…
When we were pitching our ideas for decor we wanted to bring in the incredible Oh Joy for Target round barcart. Last year they had it in pink, but this year they made it in green, and the pink has been discontinued! We had initially thought we could buy the pink version for this event, and had already planned so much decor around it. When we made the  realization that it was no longer available, we had to think fast… so what did we do? We called on Crafty Maggie to paint the green cart and make it pink + black. Does it get more fabulous than this? I don’t think so!

The girls were due to arrive at the penthouse on Halloween night at 7pm. The sun was setting and the neon lights were glowing through the windows, and with all of our fabulous decor set up the space was party perfect.

When the girls arrived in the space they were welcomed with specialty cocktails made with dry ice – spooky and festive for Halloween night.

There was candy and make up styled all over the space available for the girls to experience first hand.

On the upstairs floor the girls were invited to get pampered with make up, hair styling, halloween accessories like headbands, cat ears, fangs and flower crowns that Natalie created custom for this event.

The day after Halloween, the Maybelline It Girls were back in the penthouse, which we had changed over to a feminine and modern space with florals, make up displays and comfy furniture for the girls to enjoy breakfast, pampering and lounging.

There were several activities planned for the girls while they were in the penthouse such as a lip lab where they had the opportunity to create their very own custom lipstick!  Also offered were Essie manicures, massages and hair blow outs.

There was beautiful and delicious food at all times, provided by the team at Mr. Purple, which is the hot spot bar and restaurant in the hotel.

The week’s events were a hit, the girls had a blast and we were so thrilled to be a part of the “dream team” behind the execution of it all.

xx, Maggie
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  1. Victoria Revzen

    Absolutely breathtaking
    Bravo to all
    You nailed it with class and elegance!👍

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November 8, 2017

This is Forty.

Milestone birthdays are literally the best. Truly the best reason to throw a party! For this 40th birthday party, we worked with our client to style a fall inspired table for an intimate dinner for her husband’s birthday.

The dinner was for 17 people and was to take place in the couples Manhattan apartment. Parties in Manhattan apartments are our specialty and actually the reason I started this company. When I was living in a one bedroom apartment, before having children, I used to throw huge parties and worry I wouldn’t have enough space. That was never the case. There was always plenty of room, so much so it was hard to get our guests to leave.

Transforming a space into a party takes some skill and planning, moving furniture around, adding in compact party furniture such as cocktail tables, skinny dining tables and chairs.  You need to be creative and come up with a way to best use the space to accomodate your guests.

We styled the table with seasonal flowers and leaves. We styled gold and black sprayed pumpkins and gourds as well as birch planks to give some dimension to the table.

Our client found the most fabulous laser cut name cards for each place setting and she hired a personal chef to take care of all the cooking so she could be a guest at the party without the stress of cooking for a large group.

A few of my favorite details from this table setting were the menus that Crafty Maggie designed and hand painted with gold leaf paint…

As well as the black matte utensils that we included in our rental order from Please Be Seated.

The set up was so beautiful and the guests reportedly had a fantastic time. Just how a milestone birthday should be.

xx, Seri
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November 6, 2017

The Little Miss Holiday Bash in a Box

And….we’re back.  The holidays are going to be here before you know it so we’ve got the Little Miss Holiday Bash in a Box back in stock. WOO!

Take advantage of our early bird discount with a special code until November 22nd.

Enter LMPBASH and receive 10% off your purchase at check out.

So what are you waiting for? Check those to do’s off your list and get your hands on our Little Miss Party in a Box and some extra party supplies so you’re prepped for those last minute drop ins at any time.

xx, Seri
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November 1, 2017

A Potluck Friendsgiving

This post was sponsored by Del Monte®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As my friends and I reach our late twenties, our get-togethers are getting a little less rowdy and a bit more focused on spending quality time together. We are all starting our professional careers and are constantly busy, which makes it hard to keep updated on each others lives.

One of my favorite traditions that has started within the last few years is getting all of my friends together for a Friendsgiving feast. There is nothing better that gathering around a table full of good food and flowing wine with your best friends!

I find the easiest and most cost effective way to host a Friendsgiving dinner is to let each person bring a different dish. We are all still very budget-conscious and like to keep things quick and simple, which is why using Del Monte® canned vegetables to create delicious Holiday meals is an absolute no-brainer.

For this year’s LMP Friendsgiving, we served up a variety of simple and delicious dishes. I made turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce & brie.

Maggie tossed up a colorful spinach salad with cranberries, walnuts, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

Natalie hit it out of the park with some homemade baked green bean fries, which she made using Del Monte® Whole Green Beans , with a sour cream & scallion dip. These fries were crispy & light, and we all remarked on how much we loved trying green beans in a new way!

Seri made a mashed potato, pumpkin and marshmallow casserole, topped with walnuts and drizzled with honey.

Natalie picked up a can of the Del Monte® Whole Green Beans at her local Walmart, and used other ingredients that she already had in her pantry to come up with this original recipe. Here is what she did:

Baked Green Bean Fries with Sour Cream & Scallion Dip

For the Fries:
– 1⁄2 cup of Italian style Breadcrumbs
– 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan
– 2 eggs
– can of Del Monte® Whole Green Beans
– salt & pepper to taste
– olive oil (for pan)

For the Dip:
– 2 tablespoons of spicy brown mustard
– Handful of chopped scallions
– 4 tablespoons of sour cream
– 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
– salt & pepper to taste
– *refrigerate for 30 minutes prior to serving*

1) Preheat oven to 400F
2) Drain liquid from can of green beans
3) Pat dry using a paper towel (this is important to get crispy fries!)
4) Place green beans into scrambled egg bowl (in small batches)
5) Place green beans in dry breadcrumb mixture (in small batches)
6) Place green beans individually on baking plan that has been greased with olive oil
7) Let bake for 20 minutes or until crispy

Maggie and Natalie set our Friendsgiving table beautifully, using indian corn, fresh greenery, and our DIY Studded Pumpkins. For the tableware, they chose plates and cutlery in fall colors, with gold accents set on a maroon tablecloth.

After we each helped ourselves to the delicious food served, we poured some prosecco garnished with fresh cranberries, clinked glasses and enjoyed a beautiful meal together.

Our Friendsgiving was absolutely perfect, and so easy thanks to Del Monte® and Walmart. Now, when you shop at Walmart for all of your Friendsgiving needs, you can save 50 cents when you purchase any Del Monte® product. You can get more info on how to claim your Ibotta rebate here valid 11/3-11/8.

From all of us at LMP, we wish you a Happy Friendsgiving!

xx, Abby
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  1. Tristin Rieken

    Love this idea! It IS so hard to get our friends together, especially during the holidays! I love that you all split the responsibilities even down to the tablesetting! Also, green bean fries with scallion dip?! Yum!!!

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