September 11, 2017

DIY Broomstick Skewers

In my personal opinion, Fall begins the moment September arrives. My favorite event of fall is, of course, Halloween! At LMP we’ve been preparing for Halloween ahead of time, because we’re so excited for all the parties, costumes, and fun decor that comes with this holiday.

Our first DIY for Halloween are these easy broomstick skewers, which are perfect for adding decor to your table. You will need plain wooden skewers, dried wheat grass, hot glue, and string.

Step 1: Cut off the head of one stem, and cut down the rest of the stem into 2-3 inch pieces.

Step 2: Glue the head of the wheat to the end of a skewer.

Step 3: Line up the skewer and the wheat pieces over your string and then tie it tightly around the head of the wheat.

Step 4: Use the hot glue around the edges of the string, and cut down the excess length.

Step 5: Skewer up your favorite treats and SET THE TABLE!

Happy Fall!

xx, Maggie
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September 7, 2017

5 Ways to Elevate Your Party Using Florals

If you want to know one of our favorite ways to dress up a party, just take a look at our photos and you will see that we’re flower CRAZY. The truth of the matter is that flowers are the easiest way to bring your party decor from bland to grand- as long as you know how to use them! Today, we’re sharing our favorite ways to boost your flower game.

1. Amazing Centerpiece Arrangements

Okay so we know this sounds obvious, but having a stunning centerpiece on your main table could be everything you need to dress up the room. You can then add matching single stem bud vases in other areas of the party to tie the look together, just like we did for Mandy’s amazing Backyard Baby Shower.

(Flowers: Sweet Woodruff)

2. Romantic Floral Table Runners

Easier said than done? No way- DO try this at home, kids. The best option is to use a linen to protect your table and line the middle area with your greenery. We love to use ruscus or eucalyptus, but there are lots of options out there that can survive with little water while you wait for your guests to arrive. Then, add your pops of color with great flowers, like roses or peonies. Be sure to have floral water tubes on hand for ultimate freshness. Weave the stems together and hide the tubes under the greenery. Decorate the rest of the room with the same flowers in vases to tie it all together, like we did for this intimate last minute wedding.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

3. Floral Topped Cake

Honestly, it’s simpler than it looks. After arranging our florals in vases, we use the leftovers for this favorite party trick. We trim the stem down to about 1-2 inches, rinse thoroughly in the sink, and start sticking them right into the cake. If your cake is small and your flowers are big, cover the top entirely, like we did for this romantic Dinner Party for Two! Otherwise, choose one edge of the cake, place the largest flower in the middle surrounded by smaller flowers cascading to the sides.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

4. All White Everything

Flower Power is a real thing- if you want to make a serious statement, curate your flower selection to an extremely specific color. As much as we love every color of the rainbow, sometimes picking one theme will give your party a big WOW factor. We created this stunning floral runner for a Dreamy First Birthday and we couldn’t get over how amazing it turned out.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

5. Well Rounded Floral Color Scheme

Choosing a color scheme can be difficult when planning a theme, and sometimes narrowing it down is the hardest part. Don’t feel like you have to restrict yourself, either, as long as the colors remain consistent in every part of the party. For this beautiful First Fiesta, we choose pink, yellow, and orange. We incorporated those colors into the bud vases along the table, on top of the cake, in vases on the food table, and even into the beautiful balloon garland.

(Flowers: Little Miss Party)

I can’t wait to share more of our favorite entertaining tips with you, and would love to hear what you’re most interested in learning about! Is it balloons? Tableware? Let me know by sending me an email! (maggie@littlemisspartyplanner.com)

xx, Maggie
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September 6, 2017

Summer in the City with MZ Wallace

After pretending to be a model for the MZ Wallace Mother’s Day campaign earlier this year, the team asked if LMP would host their #MZWSummerintheCity store event and I couldn’t have been more honored.

Guests were invited to the MZ Wallace Soho Store to shop and meet the LMP team plus hear some of our tips about “How to Host” a party.

What better way to promote a party than with PINK PARTY BALLOONS!  We filled the MZ Wallace store windows with our favorite script balloons and drew the crowd in off the street.

Best part of the party was Abby’s cocktail station where she mixed drinks and led a cocktail demo to teach the guests how to make her Ruby Red Grapefruit Gin & Tonic, which featured gin provided by our favorite NYC Liquor delivery service MiniBar Delivery.

The MZ Wallace team designed a beautiful postcard with the cocktail recipe on the back for guests to take hope and make themselves!

In addition to the cocktail, we also set up a station for small bites, sparkling champagne and water for guests to enjoy.

Throughout the rest of the space, we tied our favorite jumbo white balloons to MZ Wallace handbags, to call attention to the bags that were for sale.  We attached a variety of their fabulous accessories to the neck of each balloon.

To compliment the season we arranged fresh hot pink, peach and deep red flowers in white dwell vases and styled them around the room for bright pops of color that transition easily from summer to fall.

The event was such a success and we had so much fun sharing our tips with our fabulous guests.  We even had a special visit from a friend at Martha Stewart, who wrote up an awesome article about the event which you can read here.

Huge thanks to MZ Wallace for having us!

xx, Seri
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August 30, 2017

Maggie’s Mini Adirondack Getaway

One of the things I miss the most about being home with my family is being able to take little trips together- whether it was a few hour drive to my grandparents house in the country, or the long trek to Cape Cod, we always had such a wonderful time traveling in the summer.

This year, I decided, I couldn’t go the whole summer without getting away from the city to see the family! Luckily, they were headed up to visit my Aunt Carol’s cottage in The Adirondacks during the last week of August. I was able to take a train from New York to spend 2 days working from home and enjoying the wonderful views.

It was refreshing, relaxing and CHILLY. Talk about being ready for fall. Even the leaves are already beginning to change up there!

When we first arrived, we relaxed on the deck for a great summer meal- steak, potatoes, and corn on the cob.

Then we all sat on the dock to enjoy the sunset, including Roxy, our family pup.

As you might imagine, the cell service out in the woods is pretty bad, so we had to entertain ourselves all day (imagine, HAH!) with things like fishing…

nature walks…

and painting!

It was honestly a great excuse to not be glued to my phone all day, even if I was on wifi for work! Any chance to disconnect can be totally refreshing.

And it wouldn’t be a trip to the woods without hot dogs cooked over the bonfire.

I even got the chance to go kayaking with my dad, although the trip was short lived because Roxy simply couldn’t handle the concept of the oars… She can be crazy but we love her anyway!

And finally, another stunning sunset to complete a couple wonderful days away. I’m so glad I got to spend a little time with family, grateful to my Aunt Carol for her amazing hospitality, and already dying to go back for another dose of fresh Adirondack air!

A happy end to a happy summer!

xx, Maggie
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August 28, 2017

Family Dinner by Abby & Maggie

All summer long we’ve been eating delicious home cooked meals by Seri in The Hamptons. Abby and I decided it was our turn to treat the family to a meal of our own. We combined a couple of our favorite recipes and prepped dinner for everyone to enjoy!

We used our favorite tableware from The Grown Up Birthday Bash in a Box alongside some amazing flowers from Sag Harbor Florist. After dressing up the table, we brought out the good stuff.

Abby made her famous turkey burgers and Mexican street corn. I made my favorite brussel sprout salad, inspired by the farm salad from Sweet Cheeks BBQ in Boston. Below you’ll find our ingredient lists, if you’d like to test out this meal at home!

Abby’s Famous Turkey Burgers

1 lb. ground turkey
small pack of fresh basil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped red onion
salt & pepper to taste

Mexican Street Corn

4 fresh ears of corn
1/4 cup mayo
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 cup cojita cheese
2 limes 

Brussel Sprout Farm Salad

salad:
1 lb. brussel sprouts
1 bag of baby arugula
2 cups of red grapes, halved
1 cup cooked farro
crushed walnuts
shaved parmesan cheese

dressing:
chopped red onion
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

We hope you get a chance to try our recipes, they were a huge hit! The perfect way to wrap up #LMPSummer!

xx, Maggie
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