March 31, 2016

Turning 6 with a “Pink” Carpet

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How fun is a birthday party that includes candy, popcorn and a movie? Pretty perfect right?

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We had so much fun planning this party for sweet Elizabeth who turned six and invited all of her friends to watch a movie screening of Sophia Grace and Rosie at the Core Club.

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When the kids arrived they hit up our “red carpet” photo backdrop that we customized with Minted and where we had Dave Robbins playing Paparazzi taking pics of the kids and parents as they dressed up with fun props.

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Because Elizabeth is such a vibrant, fun little gal we wanted her party to be bright and playful. We set each table with a different color linen. AND…guess what? We used our Little Miss Perfectly Pink Party in a Box for the tableware. How fab?! Pink + white stripe napkins, pink square dinner plates, silver star dessert plates, silver heart stamped bamboo forks…it all coordinated so well with our set up and color scheme.

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We customized menus for the buffet dinner from Minted and attached them to popcorn boxes that we styled on the table so the parents knew what the kids were eating.

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Of course there was a superfly dessert table with cupcakes, brownies, cookies and a FAB “pink” carpet cake.

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And our favorite part of the party was our popcorn + candy table. After dinner the kids were invited to fill up bags of candy and grab a box of popcorn. No better way to watch a movie, right?!

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And last but not least, each child was sent home with a favor bag including a DIY Marquee initial.

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Oh to be six. GOOD TIMES!

Photos by Dave Robbins Photography

xx, Seri
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  1. Abby

    One of my favorite parties yet :)

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February 18, 2016

An Around the World Bat Mitzvah

We most recently had the pleasure of planning a Bat Mitzvah for a super sweet gal named Ally.

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Ally’s Mom told us that she has a great love for traveling as their family has pretty much been all over the world. So with that information came the theme for Ally’s special party.

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There are some pretty important staples when it comes to planning a Bat Mitzvah such as the Decor, Music, Food and FUN. Here’s how we went Around the World with Ally…

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Our amazing venue scout, Laurie found the perfect spot for this intimate party of 75 guests. The party was held at 287 Gallery in Chelsea. It’s a raw space with dark stained wood floors and exposed brick walls.

We brought in oversized “OMG” and solid metallic balloons, framed photos of Ally from all of her travels, pillows to dress up the couches as well as globes and vintage suitcases that we rented from our favorite shop called Little Vintage Rentals.

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To ensure an upbeat, high energy dance party for this group of 13 year old kids we brought in Generation Events with our favorite DJ Jason Fioto behind the tables. He brought along his best guys to MC and Dance for the kids and boy did they ever have a blast! They played all the hot tunes and made sure the kids received tons of swag.
Secretly…Abby and I were dancing along behind the scenes….

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We also worked with Jason’s team to hang up marquee lights that spelled out “Ally’s World” to set the stage for her dance party. We LOVE how this turned out!

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Customary at a Bat Mitzvah is lighting a candle for 14 of the most special people in your life. We worked with a lovely vendor that Ally’s mom found on Etsy, Name with a Flame, to create a silver glitter “Allison” to hold the candles for this ceremony.

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Of course with all that dancing the kids end up STARVING. So the food was key. Ally’s Mom wanted a variety of foods so we thought it would be fun to have stations that represented different parts of the world: Israel, The Americas and a Taste of Asia.

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For the Kosher Israel Station we brought in platters of food from Village Crown. The food was delicious and the staff member they provided was a doll. We did up this station with a chalkboard menu that we made by painting a frame with chalkboard paint and having an artist write up the menu for us.

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For the Americas and Taste of Asia, we worked with Creative Concepts NYC to style these tables in a really fun way…

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For the Americas, the menu included Mac & Cheese which we added bamboo forks to, each stamped with red and blue stars;  Mini sliders that we topped with red, white and blue glitter star picks made by All that Glitters and pizza which was just simply delicious.

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For the taste of Asia, we had dumplings served out of mini bamboo steamers, noodles in mini pink take out cartons and custom fortune cookies just for Ally’s Bat Mitzvah. Julie, of Creative Concepts was so fun to work with and was more then willing to source all of these fabulous items to make the food presentation extra special.

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Of course we also went all out for the desserts and brought in our faves….

A worldly cake from Empire Cake with a Jewish Star to mark Israel on the map; Macarons from La Maison Du Macaron which we styled on a platter with an Eiffel Tower and sweet eats from Making that Cake including custom travel themed sugar cookies and mini cupcakes.

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On the bar we put water bottles with a label that we designed just for Ally as well as custom cocktail napkins honoring Ally’s big day.

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Then we capped the night off with hot cocoa served in cups from our favorite customization shop The Stationery Studio.

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For fun fun fun….aside from dancing, we brought in a few of our favorite vendors to help keep the kids busy. First, was Vince, a graffiti artist genius who we adore. Vince set up a small station where he was making custom trucker hats for each kid. These are the COOL.EST.

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Next up, we had a “red carpet” type entrance where there was a photo backdrop from Minted staged and MVS Studio was taking photos of the kids with the props that we set out. They print the photos for you on the spot so the kids could take as many shots as they wanted and then bring them home with them…so fun!

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For a little keepsake for Ally, we set up a cork globe that we found at CB2 along with note cards, pens and tacks for her friends and family to “sign their love all over Ally’s world”. We LOVED this as a unique and themed update to the traditional guest book.

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This party was not only a huge success but the kids legitimately had a BLAST. Dancing, eating and sipping on mocktails, it’s safe to say that Ally rocked her party.

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We were honored to be a part of such a special event and hope to share in many more “mitzvah’s” with Ally’s family in the future.

All of the photos in the post above were taken by the incredible Diane Hu Photography

xx, Seri
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    Best, best, best party! Ally and all her guests had a total blast. Everything was perfect and true to the theme of Around the World with Ally. You did a fabulous job! xx

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February 11, 2016

Feeling the Love

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The other day my friend Ilana wrote a heart felt blog post about our relationship as friends, work wives and fellow Mothers. Her words brought a tear to my eye as I was reminded how lucky I am for the friends I have made while living in New York for the past 16 years.

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Valentine’s Day is the ultimate excuse to show your love. And obviously you know that we will use any excuse to have a random brunch, party or gathering.

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So….

When Ilana asked if I could style a brunch for her to host for her “work wife” friends…I was like, um, yes. Yes yes I would love to.

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I’m addicted to black, white, pink and gold. Throw some copper in. I can’t help it.

Totally obsessed with these marble plates from CB2. And of course we have the most fabulous menus printed by Minted for every setting.

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For the seating cards, Ilana wrote a “love note” to each guest.

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Hershey’s was behind the idea of this gathering and provided chocolates upon chocolates for us to play with and gift.

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We adore Chef Sue Park and brought her in to make a delicious breakfast for us. Smoked salmon heart shaped toasts – oh my yum! Sausages in a blanket, heart shaped frittatas, kale salad with roasted acorn squash and heart shaped pie pops filled with brie and jam. YUM!!

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This brunch was such a fabulous excuse to have a delicious meal, cocktails and laughs with best friends, new friends and work friends. Needless to say…this brunch also made for some great photos….

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Thank you Ilana for always making me part of the fun. And damn our hair looks great.

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To all my friends and family, I Love you.  And let the Valentine’s Day weekend begin!

Loving credits go to:

Photographs: Dave Robbins Photography
Catering: Chef Sue Park
Hair and Make up (on Seri, Ilana and Abby): GlamSquad
Tableware (Plates, copper utensils, napkins and pink champagne flutes): CB2
Red cake stands: Fish’s Eddy
Custom menus: Minted
All Chocolate Kisses: Hershey’s

xx, Seri
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January 18, 2016

The Ultimate Popcorn Bar

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Did you know that tomorrow is National Popcorn Day? Not sure what that means exactly…except for the fact that we should be celebrating popcorn!

So we have put together the ultimate popcorn bar to celebrate. And here’s how we’re serving up sweet and savory popcorn for a POP-in Party!

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For the sweet popcorn we had two options:

Chocolate covered popcorn with sprinkles which is the easiest recipe ever.

White chocolate popcorn
Ingredients:

Plain popcorn (We used 6 cups)
White chocolate chips (We used 2 cups)
Sprinkles (optional)

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Place the popcorn in a large bowl.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave (slowly) or on a heat safe bowl over a pot of simmering water.

*Note: White chocolate can get hard very quickly when you try to melt it. If you need to, add a tsp. of canola oil to loosen it up.

Pour the chocolate over the popcorn and mix thoroughly with a spoon or your hands.

Toss in some sprinkles (as much as you’d like).

Let stand in the fridge for a few minutes so the chocolates sets.

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Serve it up! We served our chocolate popcorn in a glass wine bucket to fit with our popcorn “bar” theme.

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Ice Cream Popcorn Cones
Makes 12 ice cream cones
Ingredients:

10 cups popped popcorn
¾ cup light corn syrup
¾ sugar
4 ounces marshmallow cream
1 tablespoon butter
12 ice cream cones (with flat bottom)

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Put popped popcorn in a large roasting pan.

Place corn syrup and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat until boiling, stirring continually. Remove pan from heat.

Stir in marshmallow creme, butter and vanilla until combined.

Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn. Stir until evenly coated. Allow to cool until mixture can be handled easily.

Grease hands lightly with butter to prevent popcorn mixture from sticking. Press into balls of desired size. Place balls directly into ice cream cones to set.

We served these on a tray lined with popcorn!

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Ok let’s talk about….the Savory Popcorn at our Popcorn bar for National Popcorn bar day.

Serve plain or buttered (we did a combo) in a glass punch bowl with a ladle.

We set out a variety of toppings for our guests to choose from such as the following combos:

Chopped rosemary mixed with parmesan cheese
“Everything” seasoning: a mix of poppy seeds, garlic powder, Kosher salt and sesame seeds
Cayenne, cumin and Kosher salt

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We put the popcorn into a Glad container so when we added our topping we could close the lid and easily shake it up!

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And what’s a party without cocktails? We mixed up a pomegranate spritzer (pom juice + prosecco with a splash of soda water) with which we garnished with popcorn skewers.

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With all of this popcorn you may end up with leftovers. We put the leftover popcorn into cellophane bags with notes that read: Thanks for Poppin’ by! for our our guests to take home with them and enjoy for a snack the next day. DSC_0622

Thanks to the team behind Gather Now for sponsoring this post and inspiring this Pop-tastic party!

xx, Seri
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December 31, 2015

Best of LMP in 2015

Looking back on our year it was almost impossible to choose the highlights. There were SO MANY! Wow. I’m so proud of what we have accomplished and what we have in store for the future. From the bottom of our hearts we thank YOU for following along and supporting us in this “Mompreneur” world. It’s not easy but we are doing our best to have FUN!

Without further ado…here is a recap of our favorite moments from the year 2015…

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Host a shower in your home + A Vanity Fair Breakfast supporting Dress for Success + A Lil King turns one + Dining under the stars for Baby Dick

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See what our customers are saying + Little Miss Party in a Box is now sold on Brit & Co + MEN set up our party in a box + A New Years Eve stunner.

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Pretty in Cheesecake Pink + Crostini makes the best party food + Simply Salad + Dye me Devilved eggs

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Mandy's Meals & More 2015

Mandy’s Asparagus salad + The YAY in our LMP in a Box + DIY bath salts for Mom + Holiday party snacks that you can doll up for your guests to take home.

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It’s sorta hard to believe how fast these lil ones are growing up…and how amazing it is to see our family grow!

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Gavin went on a lot of “dates” + Lukey ate his way through 2015 + Alexandra made for the cutest reindeer on this planet + We welcomed our newest team member, Baby Dylan.

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Cocktails 2015

It’s Cocktail Time: Cranberry Mojitos + Spiced Mulled Wine + Classic Lemonade with CB2 + Bar Essentials

We hope you’re year was just as fabulous as ours was. We wish you a healthy and happy new year. Be safe, friends. Our love, LMP.

xx, Seri
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