September 13, 2017

The Holidays Are Coming

It’s still quite gorgeous outside. Warm and sunny. However the summer, is long gone and over to me. My kids have been back to school for almost a week now and work is in full swing with events, shoots and major new developments ahead!

September may be the busiest month of the year for me. With all of my family and career commitments plus the Jewish Holidays that are thrown into the mix.

For ever and then some, my little guy has always loved to cook with me.  It’s my FAVE. I used to carry him on my back while cooking dinner and preparing the dinner table.

He is now known as Chef Luke and has his own cooking show that he enjoys sharing recipes on and today, he’s making a Rosh Hashanah essential: Challah.

I have the most fond memories of my home smelling of challah when my mom would bake it fresh for our Friday night dinner. I couldn’t love the smell of it more.

Without further ado…here’s Luke whipping up a challah. You will see there was an outfit change and truth be told the bread turned out to be a little dense. What can I tell ya? This chef is only 5.  He’s still working on his techniques!

But not to worry…just follow the classic (award winning) recipe that we have listed below for you and you won’t go wrong.

ENJOY!

xx, Seri
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September 12, 2017

Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour

I am officially feeling autumn in the air.  Although it is a bummer that summer is almost over, I will admit that I am more of a fall person anyway.  For this weeks cocktail , I decided to dive right into the Fall flavors to bring you guys a Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour.

This cocktail has just the right amount of sweet to balance the sour, and the maple flavor will certainly get you into the spirit of Fall.

Here’s what you need:
-bourbon whiskey (we used Bulleit)
-real maple syrup
-lemon juice
-fresh lemon
-fresh rosemary
-ice
-cocktail shaker

Here’s what to do:
1) Add a few rosemary leaves, 3 oz. of bourbon, 1.5 oz lemon juice and 1/2 oz. of maple syrup to cocktail shaker.
2) Add a few pieces of ice to the shaker, close it up and shake well to combine all ingredients.
3) Add a few pieces of ice to each cocktail glass.  Pour mixture from shaker over ice into each glass.


4) Garnish each glass with a fresh lemon slice and a sprig of rosemary.

This cocktail is an excellent one to make at home before going out on a crisp early fall night.. nothing warms you up quite like bourbon.

Until next week… cheers!

xx, Abby
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September 11, 2017

DIY Broomstick Skewers

In my personal opinion, Fall begins the moment September arrives. My favorite event of fall is, of course, Halloween! At LMP we’ve been preparing for Halloween ahead of time, because we’re so excited for all the parties, costumes, and fun decor that comes with this holiday.

Our first DIY for Halloween are these easy broomstick skewers, which are perfect for adding decor to your table. You will need plain wooden skewers, dried wheat grass, hot glue, and string.

Step 1: Cut off the head of one stem, and cut down the rest of the stem into 2-3 inch pieces.

Step 2: Glue the head of the wheat to the end of a skewer.

Step 3: Line up the skewer and the wheat pieces over your string and then tie it tightly around the head of the wheat.

Step 4: Use the hot glue around the edges of the string, and cut down the excess length.

Step 5: Skewer up your favorite treats and SET THE TABLE!

Happy Fall!

xx, Maggie
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September 7, 2017

5 Ways to Elevate Your Party Using Florals

If you want to know one of our favorite ways to dress up a party, just take a look at our photos and you will see that we’re flower CRAZY. The truth of the matter is that flowers are the easiest way to bring your party decor from bland to grand- as long as you know how to use them! Today, we’re sharing our favorite ways to boost your flower game.

1. Amazing Centerpiece Arrangements

Okay so we know this sounds obvious, but having a stunning centerpiece on your main table could be everything you need to dress up the room. You can then add matching single stem bud vases in other areas of the party to tie the look together, just like we did for Mandy’s amazing Backyard Baby Shower.

(Flowers: Sweet Woodruff)

2. Romantic Floral Table Runners

Easier said than done? No way- DO try this at home, kids. The best option is to use a linen to protect your table and line the middle area with your greenery. We love to use ruscus or eucalyptus, but there are lots of options out there that can survive with little water while you wait for your guests to arrive. Then, add your pops of color with great flowers, like roses or peonies. Be sure to have floral water tubes on hand for ultimate freshness. Weave the stems together and hide the tubes under the greenery. Decorate the rest of the room with the same flowers in vases to tie it all together, like we did for this intimate last minute wedding.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

3. Floral Topped Cake

Honestly, it’s simpler than it looks. After arranging our florals in vases, we use the leftovers for this favorite party trick. We trim the stem down to about 1-2 inches, rinse thoroughly in the sink, and start sticking them right into the cake. If your cake is small and your flowers are big, cover the top entirely, like we did for this romantic Dinner Party for Two! Otherwise, choose one edge of the cake, place the largest flower in the middle surrounded by smaller flowers cascading to the sides.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

4. All White Everything

Flower Power is a real thing- if you want to make a serious statement, curate your flower selection to an extremely specific color. As much as we love every color of the rainbow, sometimes picking one theme will give your party a big WOW factor. We created this stunning floral runner for a Dreamy First Birthday and we couldn’t get over how amazing it turned out.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

5. Well Rounded Floral Color Scheme

Choosing a color scheme can be difficult when planning a theme, and sometimes narrowing it down is the hardest part. Don’t feel like you have to restrict yourself, either, as long as the colors remain consistent in every part of the party. For this beautiful First Fiesta, we choose pink, yellow, and orange. We incorporated those colors into the bud vases along the table, on top of the cake, in vases on the food table, and even into the beautiful balloon garland.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

I can’t wait to share more of our favorite entertaining tips with you, and would love to hear what you’re most interested in learning about! Is it balloons? Tableware? Let me know by sending me an email! (maggie@littlemisspartyplanner.com)

xx, Maggie
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September 6, 2017

Summer in the City with MZ Wallace

After pretending to be a model for the MZ Wallace Mother’s Day campaign earlier this year, the team asked if LMP would host their #MZWSummerintheCity store event and I couldn’t have been more honored.

Guests were invited to the MZ Wallace Soho Store to shop and meet the LMP team plus hear some of our tips about “How to Host” a party.

What better way to promote a party than with PINK PARTY BALLOONS!  We filled the MZ Wallace store windows with our favorite script balloons and drew the crowd in off the street.

Best part of the party was Abby’s cocktail station where she mixed drinks and led a cocktail demo to teach the guests how to make her Ruby Red Grapefruit Gin & Tonic, which featured gin provided by our favorite NYC Liquor delivery service MiniBar Delivery.

The MZ Wallace team designed a beautiful postcard with the cocktail recipe on the back for guests to take hope and make themselves!

In addition to the cocktail, we also set up a station for small bites, sparkling champagne and water for guests to enjoy.

Throughout the rest of the space, we tied our favorite jumbo white balloons to MZ Wallace handbags, to call attention to the bags that were for sale.  We attached a variety of their fabulous accessories to the neck of each balloon.

To compliment the season we arranged fresh hot pink, peach and deep red flowers in white dwell vases and styled them around the room for bright pops of color that transition easily from summer to fall.

The event was such a success and we had so much fun sharing our tips with our fabulous guests.  We even had a special visit from a friend at Martha Stewart, who wrote up an awesome article about the event which you can read here.

Huge thanks to MZ Wallace for having us!

xx, Seri
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