October 24, 2017

Fest Märzen Whiskey Beertail

One of my favorite things about Fall is all of the excellent Oktoberfest and Pumpkin-flavored beers that come into season.  My new favorite this year is the delicious Fest Märzen Lager brewed by Narragansett.

It was based on Bavarian style beers and brewed in the traditional German Oktoberfest style… aka it is rich and exactly what you should be drinking when the weather drops below 65 degrees.

When our friends at Narragansett sent us a few cases of the Fest Märzen to test out, I immediately fell in love and knew it had to be that base of one of my October creations. I wanted to make a cocktail that combined some key seasonal Fall flavors, and also packed that extra punch to warm you up. The winning combo? Beer and whiskey.

Here’s what you need:
Narragansett’s Fest Märzen Lager
-ginger beer
-apple wedge

Here’s what to do:
1) Using your apple wedge, wet the rim of your cocktail glasses.  Combine sugar and cinnamon on a flat plate and line the wetted rim of your glass so that the cinnamon and sugar coats the rim.

2) Measure 1/2 oz. of whiskey into each cocktail glass.
3) Pour lager on top of whiskey, filling each glass about 3/4 of the way.

4) Top each glass with ginger beer.  Sprinkle leftover cinnamon and sugar on the top of each drink and serve!

Now, tell me that those first few sips with the cinnamon sugar rim aren’t incredible.

Cheers, and Happy Fall! Until next week…

xx, Abby
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October 23, 2017

Creating Good with Brit + Co.

Living and working in New York City means that we have the opportunity to experience a lot of really cool events, but it’s always our favorite when we get to be involved in actually producing those events.

Maggie and I went to college with our friend Kelly, who lives in San Francisco and happens to be the DIY Designer for Brit + Co. Every year, Brit + Co. works tirelessly to produce incredible pop up events, including Re:make, which has been held the past few years in San Francisco.  This year they decided to bring their efforts to NYC for #CreateGood, a pop-up experience centered around inspiring women to be their best selves and encouraging them to be the most confident, creative versions of themselves.

Which is, of course, right up our alley.  Kelly and the team at Brit + Co. asked if we could not only help them build the event, but also design a few spaces within the event, and we were so excited to participate!

One of the sections of the event that we helped to build were the sensory rooms, which represented each of the 5 senses.  This event took place in an old American Apparel, so there were some fitting rooms built in, so each was repainted and repurposed.

There was the “Smell” room, which was painted to look like a watermelon and included a bunch of watermelon air fresheners so when you stepped in it it smelled entirely like watermelon.

The “Sound” room had a bunch of xylophones screwed into the wall so that whoever entered it could play them at will.  The back of the door had a pair of sweet glitter headphones, which I painted on.

The “Taste” room was filled with mini gumball machines on shelves that Kathleen built, and the walls were filled with gumball art, including swirls, dots and a big “Treat Yo Self”, made of gumballs.

The “Sight” room had a bunch of tchotchkes glued to the wall, which were spray painted hot pink.  You had to search the items and find the frog hidden among them!

Finally, the “Touch” room had a bunch of cool, different textured fabrics stapled to each wall, so people could enter the room and feel every surface.

We also helped to paint and build a few more spaced on the main floor, including the epic yarn wall, for which Maggie hand-stapled and zip tied each skein of yarn.

Maggie and I traced and painted this abstract wall, which acted as a backdrop for the Mixbook mailing station.

We helped our friend Kelly trace and paint the ice cream “YUM” wall, which acted as backdrop to the Talenti Gelato station.

One of the special events that Brit & Co. hosted in the space was a Disney’s Coco- themed family brunch on Saturday morning, for which me and my friend Ali painted these awesome white Ikea tables for the kids to sit at.

Throughout the rest of the upstairs, there were a million other Instagram-worthy areas, including the Don Julio Bar (with free cocktails), the Tattly Temporary Tattoo station, the Coco Guitar Wall, the Sorel Foot-Selfie floor, the Arcade, the Kia “Sky’s the Limit” Lounge, and the #CreateGood Stage.

We were asked by Brit + Co. to create some floral arrangements for the days of the event, which ended up being absolutely stunning and fit so well within the decor of the space.

Downstairs, we took the reins in designing some cool spaces, including the green room where the talent would be getting ready before going out on stage for their presentation.

Maggie created an epic yarn wall backdrop behind the hair and makeup station, using yarn and pom poms.

We spray painted some cardboard letters that spelled “Lookin’ Good, Feelin’ Fine”, which we affixed to the wall above one of the couches in the green room lounge area.

We also designed two separate vignettes, one warm and one cool, which acted as little video sets where behind-the-scenes interviews of the talent were conducted.

As you can tell, we had the best time being a part of this event, and could not be happier with how everything turned out.  Thanks again to Brit & Co. for including us!

Photos via Brit + Co. and Maggie Antalek. 

xx, Abby
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October 20, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend with Simply Beautiful Eating

If you want to get in on the fun this Halloween, rather than simply attending an event, why not consider holding your own?

Halloween is the perfect time of year to try your hand at hosting a spooktacular “ghouls” night out. Make use of your DIY skills to create simple, handmade projects with a spooky twist. Trust me, this wasn’t a scary process.

I started out with three different simple ideas to accent my Halloween inspired fireplace.

A simple BOO banner made with cardstock lettering, a glue gun and string.

Hand painted pumpkins that were so easy to do with Martha Stewart craft paints.

And last but not least, some bug boxes which were also so easy to put together with dollar store boxes, paints and a glue gun.

My Halloween shopping adventure started at two of my favourite stores. Pier 1 Imports and Homesense Canada(HomeGoods in the USA). Take a look at the cool, modern wall hanging I snagged at Homesense. As soon as I saw it, I had visions of spiders crawling up and all over it. Speaking of which, I had a tough time finding bugs in the stores. Yes, you heard me right. I was on a major bug hunt for this shoot and guess what? The only place I could find them was at Party City.

Believe it or not, most stores had their Halloween decor items on the shelves in August! Thank you!

I went into the stores, drooled over all the gorgeous items and filled my shopping cart to the brim. One of my favourite items was this “spellbook”, it definitely went hand in hand with my new skeleton friend. Another top pick were these spider and bat reversible sequined mermaid pillows. Quick confession, I was playing with them all day!

The colour theme I went with is Halloween glam. I wanted everything to pop, so I used hot pink, bright orange, black and white.

Once you’ve set up your fireplace mantle with all your wares, why not serve up a signature drink to your guests like this one? First of all, how cute are these? Thanks to Martha you can whip up Boonilla shakes in a jiffy.

See? It’s as easy as 1, boo, 3 !

It may be the spookiest day of the entire year, but I hope your day is filled with no tricks and all treats.

Happy Halloween everyone!

See you next week.

debi @simplybeautifuleating

xx, Debi
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October 19, 2017

DIY Studded Halloween Pumpkin

Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, so in the LMP office that means it’s TIME FOR PUMPKINS! As usual, we’re all about that #GlamLife so this year, we decided to go with white, black and gold studded accents. Here’s what you’ll need:

-mini white pumpkins

-black spray paint

-brass studs (like these!)

Step 1: Set aside your clean white pumpkins and use any irregular pumpkins for spraying black. Be sure to coat the pumpkins entirely.

Step 2: Allow the painted pumpkins to dry completely before taking out your studs.

Step 3: Decide on some different designs, like diamond shapes or stripes, and firmly press your studs into the pumpkin skin.

Step 4: Style them up on the table for any fall gathering, and enjoy!

xx, Maggie
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October 18, 2017

DIY Floral Table Runner

If you haven’t seen the photos of Seri’s amazing Rosh Hashanah dinner from last month, you should go check them out. Every detail from the gold leaf apple place cards to the tableware made for stunning dinner her family will never forget. But the real show stopper was the amazing floral table runner.

I know we mention how easy these floral runners are ALL the time, so we figured it was about time to show you how we make them. Here’s what you’ll need:

1. Clippers

2.Your favorite type of greenery- we used Italian Ruscus!

3.Floral Water Tubes

4.Flowers of your choice- we used Dahlias

5.Additional accents, like our geometric candle holders

Watch and LEARN!

I hope you try this at home for your next gathering, because you wouldn’t believe how easy and beautiful it is! I can’t wait to dress up my holiday table this year with a stunning  floral runner!

Are there any #LMP tricks you’re dying to see a video of?! Shoot me an email so we can add it to our list: maggie@littlemisspartyplanner.com.


xx, Maggie
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