It is always a great honor to style and help coordinate a shower or special event for a close friend. This particular shower was for the girl marrying the best friend of my husband. Confused yet? Stay with me.
I just may have to go as far as saying…this is one of my favorite showers that we have styled to date. I used a color palette of black, white, pink and gold which fit so perfectly in the venue that my friend’s mom chose for this party. This shower was held at Per Lei in New York City where they set the tone with tons of artwork and a loungey vibe.
One of my favorite details of the set up was the oversized photos on the dessert table. Luckily these friends of mine took my advice and hired Sasithon Photography for their wedding. Sas shot their engagement photos and they were absolutely gorgeous. So I chose my favorites, blew them up and framed each to line the back of the sweets table.
Throughout the tables I used bright pops of pink peonies and garden roses in small glass bud vases to decorate.
We worked with our friends at Minted to customize the menus at each place setting. And we placed a black and white cocktail napkin under each water glass to really make the tables pop.
Abby tossed gold confetti on the tables to add a little “glitz” to the party.
And we completed the tables with mini pedestals of cupcakes each with “eat me” toppers made by our favorite Etsy designer All that Glitters.
On the dessert table we worked with Bake-tique 212 NYC for the beautiful chocolate and vanilla cupcakes as well as s’mores pops. YUM.
For the cake, our girl Angela of Making that Cake nailed it with a painted gold design. And we completed the look with a fresh peony on top.
To thank the guests for coming out to celebrate we sent everyone home with a mini bottle of “Pop” champagne.
It was an afternoon to remember….and next up….the WEDDING! Can’t wait to celebrate these two.
Photos taken by Maggie Antalek
I was recently introduced to a very cool new app called Partyology, which can be best described as a total life / time saver for fashionable females on the move who are looking to plan the perfect event (of any kind!). Their mission is to make stress-free celebrations a reality and, after trying the app myself, I must say…mission accomplished!
Not only is it beautifully designed and curated, but Partyology is also an extremely practical tool that allows you to select the type of event you wish to plan (birthdays, BBQ’s, bachelorette parties, you name it), and scroll through inspiration and ideas that have been gathered from the best party people around. But the fun doesn’t stop there! This great app also shares first-rate party goods galore, catered to your specific celebratory needs, and can be shopped right there on the spot.
With Partyology you can save the items you love to your personal profile and come back later, or create “collections” so that you can keep all of your favorite things in one place.
Ultimately, Partyology allows you to plan a stylish event from the palm of our hand (literally). We’re also so excited to be featured as a Party Pro, so our parties are showcased, and our LMP In A Boxes are available for sale within the app!
With wedding season in full swing and summer soirees aplenty to be planned, I know I will be using this app quite a bit to help make the most of my upcoming events. I highly suggest you do the same by clicking here to download the iOS app, and see for yourself. Oh, and did I mention it’s free?!
Enjoy (I know you will!), and #PartyOn.
Mother’s Day is a fabulous way to remind our moms how much we love them. How do you thank a woman who’s been putting up with you all your life? Keep it simple with these ridiculously easy DIY bath teas.
1/2 cup lavender
1 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup dried basil
Tea filter, muslin or cheese cloth
3″ kraft box
Closure sticker, so many cute options at minted
In a small bowl combine and all the ingredients and mix thoroughly
Fill each tea filter with 2 tablespoons of herbal mix
Wrap it up! Use the ribbon and closure sticker to decorate
So many possible variations for the herbal mix, oatmeal makes for a very relaxing bath as well.
If you would like to attach instructions to the gift, let mom know that these are meant to hang from the faucet while water flows through.
So my family has come to expect my macaroons to make an appearance at Passover dinner now. For the past several years I have used the same coconut macaroon recipe from Martha Stewart (obviously) and it has never failed me.
Every year I try adding something slightly to change it up. Whether its dipping them in chocolate, using fresh vanilla pods (highly recommend) or maybe covering them in sliced almonds. Check out my step by step instructions below, they make a perfect gift anytime of the year and I promise, they will not disappoint.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.
2 large egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I usually scrape a full vanilla pod as well)
2 bags shredded sweetened coconut (14-ounces each)
1. Heat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites and salt until frothy, about 2 minutes. Stir in condensed milk, vanilla and vanilla pods if using. Using a rubber spatula, fold in coconut until well combined.
2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats. Using a teaspoon and your fingers, form macaroons into 1 1/4-inch mounds about 1 inch apart.
3. Bake until macaroons are golden brown, about 20 minutes (usually takes a bit longer for me and I tend to make bigger macaroons). Transfer baking sheets to a cooling rack; let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Once they are ready to be eaten the fun begins.
Throw a couple in a cellophane bag and tie it them up! Check out the hangtags we got from Minted. Aren’t they adorable? Check out Minted.com for so many more party & décor items.
We have been pretty thrilled with the response we have received to our Little Miss Birthday Party in a Box. But when we receive direct feed back from our customers including beautiful photos showing every detail we can’t help but hear our hearts skip a little beat.
The goal of these boxes that we have created for birthdays, the pink party, showers and soon spring and cocktail hour are to minimize stress when throwing a party. In the boxes we have sold to date, we have proven this to be successful and this brings us great joy.
This particular customer threw her adorable daughter a birthday party with the supplies that we included in our box to which she added a gorgeous cake and beautiful spread of food and drinks.
From the looks of it all…the party was a smash.
Photos taken by Ashley Cordle.