If you’ve been following along you know we love to party by the pool. After being holed up from that winter we had, who wouldn’t?! So last week when we got a call giving us four days notice to set up a party for a 5 year old’s birthday…in Bridgehampton by the Pool…it was hard to say no.
Would you like me to let you in on the secrets to planning a party last minute? Oh and making it look super pretty? Here you go:
Step 1: Flowers. They change everything. Add fresh flowers to your party and you have instant decor.
Step 2: Tableware. Outdoors? Plastic. No doubt. We wrapped up forks and knives in napkins and tied with twine. This way the guests could just grab and go as they served themselves lunch. No fuss, no muss. We set out a bucket of spoons along side for dessert.
Step 3: Make it festive.We kept the decor simple. Tissue fans and paper lanterns for the sunbrellas, a garland and gold sprayed “A” for our birthday girl Alex and some oversized balloons for the kiddie table which we dolled up with tissue tassel.
What better way is there to spend July 4th weekend combined with your son’s second birthday? POOL PARTY of course! We invited all of our friends and family over this weekend to eat, swim and play. It was a total blast.
Here are a few tips for a a successful and super fun pool party…
1.) Snacks, Water, more snacks and tons of food: When you invite people over for a party they expect to be fed. No matter what time it is! Now this was a birthday party for a 2 year old. But it was also July 4th weekend. So we had a big crowd and I knew the kids would be running wild. This means – they will have no interest in sitting down to eat at any time. So I set out a ton of snacks for the kids to grab at any point during the day and of course I put them in cute cups…blueberries, pretzels, cut up grapes and veggie chips. Of course I made sure to serve tons of water. Ali designed labels just for my lil guy and we set them out in pails of ice all over the backyard.
For lunch we created an easy BBQ menu of grilled chicken legs, hot dogs and shrimp skewers. All easy to grab and go or have a seat and relax while you eat. On the side there were salads and crudités.
Many of you have met our friends Jessica and Kaity from Well Rounded NY; we helped them with their launch party last summer and also featured the two talented ladies on last weeks Little Miss Chatty. Well, a year has passed and it was time to say Happy First Birthday!!
We were thrilled to find out the event was to be held on the rooftop of the Bloom Baby headquarters. The space was amazing but very large. Using a “summer in the city” theme, Seri and I knew we needed some really impactful rentals to stand out in such a huge space, without breaking the bank. It just so happened that the week we were coming up with ideas for the event we had a meeting with Please B Seated where we found some pretty stand-out rentals which were perfect for this outdoor event.
These hedges made for the perfect photo backdrop. We strung colorful lights on them and turned it into a polaroid station where guests could take pictures with funky sunglasses and the giant polaroid props we made. Guests used mini clothes pins to clip up their pictures for an extra special touch.
We loved how the black and white beach balls made such an amazing background and filled up this blow up pools. We set out some colorful beach chairs and hoola hoops and we were all set.
Check out these huge Bloom letters the guys brought up from their showroom? Of course Seri and I had to pose in them!
For the bar we also used a hedge, which looked absolutely awesome. An oversized mason jar dispenser was the perfect vase for the centerpiece of our bar. Pom Wonderful helped to sponsor some drinks so we created a very tasty cocktail and served it out of this gorgeous Pottery Barn beverage dispenser. Guests were also sipping on coronas and water to keep cool.
What better food for a summer party in NYC than hot dogs and soft pretzels. The Bark Hot Dogs and Cafe Katja pretzels were stacked in lucite trays and accompanied by a fully loaded toppings bar. Cucumber relish? Yes Please! We used mini terra-cotta pots that we sprayed pink to stick in food place cards.
What was for dessert you ask? Baked by Melissa cupcakes of course. Those little treats are seriously addicting. They looked amazing stacked into a galvanized tiered tray and were eaten up in no time!
Another sweet treat to cool guests off were popsicles which were passed on white melamine trays lined with lemon slices. Gorgeous and delicious!
Guests were given this fabulous tote sponsored by Babyganics - it was filled with some really useful goodies for moms. I was especially happy about the sunscreen because I always seem to lose mine in my diaper bag!
We love these gals and were thrilled they asked us to be a part of another milestone event. Best of luck in your second year Well Rounded NY. Cheers and see you next year!
All gorgeous photos courtesy of Lara Levine Photography
Everyone loves a view. Whether it be 50 stories up overlooking Central Park, on the waterfront overlooking the Hudson River or in this case on the Long Island Sound with a gorgeous golf course on one side and water on the other. The Creek in Locust Valley Long Island gives you just that. We were honored to be part of a fabulous engagement party that was held at the newly constructed beach club at The Creek. And we have to say, the venue was pretty fabulous!
The party started upstairs where guests gathered for some small bites and of course cocktails. The signature drink of the Creek is The Southside; a mix of gin or vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, mint and a splash of soda water. There is also a “secret” ingredient in these delicious drinks, which I tried to get out of them but was not successful! We set up a Southside station with a large Mason Jar beverage dispenser and also tons of small mason jars sprayed white, as vases for some gorgeous season flowers.
We also used mason jar vases on each of the cocktail tables within the upstairs lounge and also on some of the outdoor tables. On the credenza as guests entered the lounge area we had white sprayed wine bottles which we wrapped in twine and also some silver lanterns which tied into the decor in the main dining room.
Welcome to another edition of Little Miss Chatty.
Today we are featuring the two adorable ladies, behind the genius brand Gracious Goodies - welcome bags for hotel guests.
Have you ever driven for what seems like hours, got to the hotel room excited to rummage through the welcome bag and been sadly let down? Us too. That half crushed bag of pretzels and mini water bottle only go so far. Seri and I know all too well the importance and value of a well thought out gift bag. Enter Gracious Goodies; a NY and LA based company specializing in custom and locally themed gift bags for all of your out-of-town guests and late night partygoers. And these gals Sara and Bree thought of everything. In addition to the carefully curated selection of treats, you have the option of choosing from a ton of thoughtful extras such as magazines, (US weekly anyone?) beach towels, kids coloring books, local maps and more. Simple choose your tote, make your selections and they handle the rest — pretty easy, right? Bags are hand delivered if you are in the NY or LA area and can also be shipped anywhere nationwide. And these stylish totes are not limited to just weddings. We love this idea for corporate functions or as a custom party favor! Your guests will thank you — we promise.