October 31, 2017

Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule

In case you guys didn’t know, I grew up in Upstate New York, in a very rural town kind of in the middle of nowhere.  Whenever Fall comes around, it means some serious apple picking adventures.  Ever since I moved to the city, I seriously miss going to the local farm and getting fresh apples, pumpkins, cider, etc.

My Mom and Dad came to visit a few weekends ago, and surprised me with a HUGE bag of my favorites.. Empire Apples.  Maggie and I have been brainstorming about all of the treats we can make with them, and of course, a cocktail was necessary.

I settled on the ever popular Moscow Mule, made with fresh apples, cranberries and rosemary, a perfect Fall twist on a classic.

Here is what you need:
-ginger beer
-cranberry juice
-apple cider
-fresh apples
-fresh cranberries
-fresh limes

Here’s what to do:
1) Add ice to each of your Moscow Mule mugs. Sprinkle a few cranberries on top of ice.
2) To each mug, add 1.5 oz. vodka, 1 oz. fresh apple cider, 1 oz. cranberry juice, and the juice of one lime wedge.
3) Add ginger beer to each mug, filling almost all of the way to the top.

4) Garnish with a fresh apple slice, lime wedge and sprig of rosemary.

This is definitely a new favorite of mine! Next time you go apple picking, be sure to pick up some of your favorite kind of apple and cider, and whip this baby up at the end of the day.

Until next week… cheers!

xx, Abby
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October 30, 2017

5 Stylish Ways to Use Balloons

The team at LMP absolutely loves to use balloons as a decor element in our parties. As much as we fawn over flowers and cakes, balloons truly do “wow” the guests. Whether it’s a kids party or an adult soiree, balloons kick up the level of fun in any space. See our 5 favorite ways to style balloons into your event:

1. Solid Garland with Greenery and Florals: For Dylan’s first birthday, Seri and Mandy went with a fiesta theme, using hot pink, orange, yellow and green in contrast to the beautiful white party space they used in Toronto. This plain white garland was chic and festive, making the florals and greenery really come to life.

2. Jumbo Confetti Balloons with Tassels: When we’re trying to please a younger crowd, like at this state fair themed birthday party, we love to add color anywhere possible. Confetti and tassels on our jumbo balloons add the perfect touch for a party of kids.

3. Color Theme Wrap Around Garland: We love balloon garlands of any kind, but this pink themed garland at the Women Who Inspire Brunch last summer was particularly stunning. Not only did the colors pop in against the bright blue summer sky, but the wrap around the column made a serious impact on the decor.

4. Printed Balloon Clusters: For this Barnyard Birthday Bash last year, the cow print balloon clusters gave a fun look to the entire party, drawing the eyes of the guests up and around the room, when usually they’re so busy looking down at their kids. Giving the parents a chance to appreciate the party is just as important as impressing the kids!

5. Mixed Balloon Clusters with Themed Weights: For this amazing Around the World Bat Mitzvah, LMP styled some amazing mixed balloon clusters- jumbo, metallic, and solid balloons with amazing ribbons, tissue fans, and weighted by GLOBES. How cute.

Have a great idea for balloons? Let us know so we can test it out sometime!

xx, Maggie
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October 29, 2017

Seri’s Closet: 4 Looks With Your Fav Jeans

It’s FINALLY Sweater season!  Yassssss. I love sweaters!  I also love keeping my outfits simple during the week when I’m running around for work and busy with the kids. Here you’ll find my favorite pair of Paige Denim Jeans paired with 4 different tops any of which could be worn during the week and into the evening if I’m heading out one night.

Sweater: WildFox
Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar for Target
Booties: Kristin Cavallari

Jacket: JC Penny
Shoes: Tibi

Top: Club Monaco
Earrings: Bauble Bar

Shirt & Necklace: Coal Miner’s Daughter
Boots: Target

xx, Maggie
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October 26, 2017

Chef Luke Makes Candy Corn Rice Crispies

With Halloween just around the corner, and National Candy Corn Day on Monday, we knew Chef Luke would want to cook up something special. We found this fun recipe for chocolate-dipped candy corn rice crispy treats and our little expert executed it PERFECTLY. These delicious treats were a hit in the office.

I mean, how cute? SO perfect for Halloween, and we’re totally getting into the spirit over here at LMP.

And while #CraftyMaggie was busy filming, her trusty assistant Gavin got some detail shots of Luke in action. Watch the full video and find the recipe detailed below.

Chocolate Candy Corn Crispy Treats

-6 cup crispy rice cereal
-6 cup mini marshmallows
-5 tbsp butter
-orange gel coloring
-dark chocolate candy coating
-white chocolate candy coating

1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter.
2. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Stir in a few drops of the orange food coloring and remove the pot from the heat.
3. Mix in the cereal and be sure it is all well coated. Press the treats into a buttered 11×13″ baking dish to set.
4. Once the treats have set, cut them into triangles using your hands to gently round the corners to look like candy corns.
5. Melt the candy coating slowly in the microwave (mixing every 30 seconds). Lay wax paper over a cutting board or cookie sheet.
6. Dip the base of your triangles into the chocolate, shaking off the excess, then dip the top into the white melted chocolate. Place the treat on your tray to set.

Happy Halloween!

xx, Maggie
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October 25, 2017

The 10 Best LMP Cakes of all Time

If there’s one thing every party needs, it’s a great dessert. Our personal favorite is CAKE because it’s an opportunity to get creative and add an unexpected decor element to your party. Here are some of our favorite cakes from over the years:

1. Celebrating 70 with a Whimsical Garden Party For Seri’s Mom’s 70th birthday, they celebrated with a gorgeous garden party, which included this naked cake by Baked with Joy. Topped with flowers in the color scheme of the party and a glitter topper by All That Glitters, this cake was a huge hit!

2. An Around the World Bat Mitzvah- Last year, LMP had the honor of throwing a Bat Mitzvah for a sweet girl who LOVES to travel. Empire Cake brought our vision to life, and we absolutely loved the wow factor it brought to the table.

3. Batman + Superman turn Five + Forty-Two- One of the perks of having your mom as a party planner? Having the coolest birthday cakes every single year. When Gavin turned five, Seri threw him a Superhero Bowling party, at his request. Making That Cake did it again with this impressive cake we’ll never forget.

4. A Parisian Themed Bridal Shower- Seri’s cousin Daniella had a seriously stunning bridal shower that was recently featured on Style me Pretty. One of our favorite decor pieces? The cake, of course. Topped with meringue cookies and flowers, this cake by Nutmeg Bake Shop was a total show stopper.

5. A Skully Halloween Party- As you all know, we love celebrating holidays with Little Miss Party in a Box. For Halloween this year, we got a bloody cake by Empire Cake and stuck a knife in the middle for a spooky and dramatic effect. You can even watch how we set it all up with this Magical Halloween Video.

6. A Romantic Wedding in the East Village- Although LMP does not usually take weddings, this intimate and stunning wedding was one we simply couldn’t pass up. Their cake was also created by the talented Empire Cake, who we know we can always count on to make a masterpiece.

7. A Special Kind of Sixty- Seri is very close with her Aunt Marissa and couldn’t resist an excuse to throw her a beautiful birthday bash last year, complete with wintery greens, bold balloons, and a mouth watering cake by Truffle Toronto.

8. A Dinner Party for Two- Making That Cake came to the rescue once again with a stunning naked birthday cake with dripping pink icing. While setting up for this romantic dinner, Seri and I realized we had leftover flowers after our arrangements were made, so we used them to top the cake and VOILA! Absolutely gorgeous.

9. Lil’ Firefighters to the Rescue!- Although we love all the gorgeous parties we design for our adult clients, we also have a blast getting creative with kids parties! This firefighter cake by Sugar Sugar turned out so cute and was a huge hit with the birthday boy.

10. A Dreamy First Birthday- Last spring, LMP had the opportunity to style an amazing first birthday photo shoot. Between the floral table runner made by Natalie and the amazing set of naked cakes by Nine Cakes, these are photos we’ll never forget.

We absolutely love going through our archives to find our favorite past parties and decor tips. If there’s a party topic you want us to cover, don’t hesitate to ask! Just email me at maggie@littlemisspartyplanner.com.

xx, Maggie
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