September 25, 2017

A Chic & Easy Halloween Party

Last week the fall holidays kicked off with Rosh Hashanah and from here on out it’s just holiday after holiday. The best of the bunch, in my opinion, is Halloween because there’s no right or wrong way to celebrate.

Every year, we sell a limited edition Halloween Party in a Box and this year may very well be my favorite.

We tailored this Halloween’s Party Box to both the young + old. Whether you’re hosting a Halloween playdate for the kids or adults only cocktail soiree, we’ve got you covered with this party for 8 people.

In the box you’ll find a chic collection of tableware and decor. One of my favorite items is the plastic cauldron that can be used in so many ways. We found an assortment of fall flowers in the market and used the cauldron as a vase to make a beautiful arrangement for the table. We put the flowers into a cup before placing into the cauldron to avoid leaking.

You can of course use the cauldron so many other ways. If you plan to purchase this party in a box for a children’s party at home or in their classroom you can fill the cauldron with snacks!

The black and white balloons that we have included this year are my favorite. Simply take them to your local party store to inflate with helium or grab yourself a Balloon Time Helium Tank to inflate the balloons at home. Use the balloons as a backdrop for your table or to take photos in front of with the BOO balloons that are also included.

Since it’s Halloween, you can get away with serving a menu of sweets at your party. We went over to our local bakery, Empire Cake and picked up a red velvet cake with a buttercream frosting and asked if they could drizzle the top with red frosting. Now stick a knife into the cake and scream!

How about some witches broomsticks for mini donuts? Pretty perfect right? And we made these with decorative wheat that I had lying around in a jar at home. Find the DIY for these broomsticks here.

You’ll find a tub of mini pumpkins in this Party Box which can be used in so many different ways. We found some bamboo skewers in the kitchen and stuck one of these pumpkins on each to make drink stirs. You could use them as confetti for the table, to top on your cake and so much more.

Now how about a little fun since it’s Halloween…? We included a set of Halloween themed tattoos that are SO FAB for the kids and/or adults! They are so easy to put on and come off with soap, water and a little scrubbin’.

As for the tableware, it’s disposable (make sure to recycle!) but you could also hand wash the items (I would keep that glitter cutlery for-eva!) and reuse.

You can clearly see how chic this box is but now I’m going to prove to you just how easy it is to set up. Watch and learn friends…

Find the Little Miss Halloween Party in a Box for sale here and now on Etsy too!

Happy Halloween!

xx, Seri
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September 20, 2017

DIY Chic Skull Vases

Every fall it seems like Halloween creeps up on us before we know it, so this year we really wanted to get ahead of the game with our decor. There’s nothing worse than reaching the end of October and realizing you didn’t even have a chance to put out your pumpkins!

For our most recent Halloween Party in a Box photoshoot, I wanted to add some details to the table. Seri had these old, ugly skulls laying around and I knew they just wouldn’t fit into our decor selection. So instead, I transformed them into chic Halloween-y vases!

Here’s what you will need:

Hallow plastic skulls, made of a softer plastic
Exacto Knife
Black, white, and metallic spray paint
Krazy glue
Sparkles
Masking tape

Step 1: Carefully use your Exacto knife to cut into the top of the skull. Make sure the skull is standing upright and the hole is directly on top, where the flowers will stand straight.

Step 2: Bring your skulls outside and give them a base coat of spray paint. We started with black, but you can really use any color scheme you’d like!

Step 3: After drying, decorate! We made one skull sparkly, using krazy glue and sparkles to create a “dripping” effect.

We created one ombre effect by lightly spraying white paint from directly above.

Finally, we used the masking tape to block off sections of black and cover the open spots with silver paint.

And, voila! A perfect addition to our Halloween table.

 

xx, Maggie
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September 19, 2017

Apple Cider Sangria

In case you missed it yesterday, Maggie and I talked all about our housewarming party that we threw for our new apartment on the blog yesterday.  One of the aspects of the party that we highlighted was the signature cocktail that I made to serve to our guests, Apple Cider Sangria.

I chose this cocktail because not only is sangria super easy to make and serve, but it uses seasonally appropriate ingredients as well!

Here’s what you need:
-fresh apple cider
-white wine (we used Pinot Grigio)
-ginger ale
-fresh apples
-fresh oranges
-cinnamon sticks

Here’s what to do:
1) Chop up the fresh oranges and apples and put into a pitcher. Add a few cinnamon sticks.


2) On top of fruit and cinnamon sticks, add a full bottle of white wine.


3) Top with apple cider, filling your pitcher a little more than 3/4 of the way.
4) Use a stirrer to combine the ingredients.  Top pitcher with ginger ale.


5) Cover your pitcher with plastic wrap and leave in fridge for at least an hour.
6) After letting sit, uncover and serve! Garnish each glass with a few slices of apples and a cinnamon stick.

This sangria was a huge hit amongst our guests.  There are not many people who don’t enjoy apple cider in the Fall!

Until next week… Cheers!

xx, Abby
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September 18, 2017

Abby & Maggie’s Housewarming Party

Some of you may not know that in addition to working together, Maggie and I are also roommates! As of July 1st, we share a beautiful apartment in Astoria, one that we have obsessively decorated and made as cozy as possible.

We had a crazy summer of work and traveling, so we decided to host a housewarming party at the beginning of September, which gave us plenty of time to settle in.

As event planners, we know just how expensive these parties can become. We’re in our mid twenties and living in NYC, so you can imagine it was our top priority to throw this party on a budget. For under $200, we had small bites, dessert, cocktails, and decor. We promise, if we can do it, so can you!

One of the most important elements of a good party is a killer cocktail.  To welcome people to our new home, Maggie and I decided to serve a seasonal Apple Cider Sangria.  This drink is as simple as it gets, and only requires a couple of ingredients, all of which are very affordable.

Full recipe for this Sangria will be on the blog tomorrow!

Even though our party was later in the evening after most people eat dinner, Maggie wanted to provide a charcuterie board and some desserts for everyone to snack on.

What’s her secret to making a killer meat and cheese plate on a budget? TRADER JOE’S! They have an amazing selection of meats, cheeses, and crackers. Plus, she always buys extra things like grapes, dried fruits, and mini tomatoes to fill in all the extra spaces.

We also brought our favorite cocktail plates from the Little Miss Party in a Box website and added some bamboo forks for people to pick at the charcuterie.

Maggie also filled up the table with chocolate covered pretzels, homemade Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, and Browned Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies. Baking desserts at home is a great way to save on cost- even if you just use a box mix! Prep everything the night before, and your guests will have some sweet bites to snack on.

For additional decor elements, we strung up our favorite copper firefly lights and Natalie helped up to make this adorable DIY banner.

Natalie also offered to provide us with her amazing floral arranging skills. Maggie picked out 2 bundles of fall dahlias at the Union Square Farmers market, and had Natalie mix them with some eucalyptus and a fall bouquet from Trader Joe’s. We had small arrangements all over the apartment in old vases and mason jars, and they were the perfect finishing touch to the decor.

As the finishing touch, we set up a tapestry in my room as a photo backdrop and provided an Instax polaroid camera for people to take photos.  We set up a cork board so people could either take their photos home, or leave them for us to keep to remember the party.

We could not be happier with the way that our housewarming turned out, and are so happy that we were able to make it happen in such an affordable way!

Special thanks to Natalie for all of your hard work in helping us bring it to life.

xoxo,
Abby & Maggie

xx, Abby
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  1. Mary

    What a gorgeous party, and on such an affordable budget! The decor, fairy lights, food, and flowers all compliment each other in color and texture – its all so perfect! Thanks for sharing, it definitely gives some inspiring ideas!

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September 14, 2017

Let’s play with the table

Rosh Hashanah is next week and my favorite part about hosting our family over for this Jewish holiday dinner is setting the table. Now that I have built up a collection of tableware, napkins and glassware I have a few options to play with.

Today I’m playing with a few of my favorite tableware combinations. Once I determine my tableware, I can come up with a plan for flowers, name cards and a fun signature drink.

Table setting #1: I love the black base here, makes the white marble plate pop right off the table. The copper utensils are to die for and the yellow pop is just perfect. I would pair this setting with low copper bud vases with fresh white and deep purple florals. Some tall taper candles in glass votives will round out the table nicely providing soft lighting across the table.

Table setting #2: Totally obsessed with the mint + pink color combo not to mention the kaleidoscope utensils. Be still my heart. With this setting I would use bright white vases with pink, white and green florals. A set of small glass dishes or cubes with pillar candles will round out the setting well.

Table setting #3: Most definitely for the winter holidays, this tartan clad setting screams LET’S CELEBRATE! For this setting I would create a table runner out of leafy greens such as pine needles and Italian Ruscus. Pinecones would look gorgeous styled within along with some shallow gold bowls of ornaments.

Table setting #4: How about paper? Faux pas? NO! I love it. Makes for an easy clean up and with the right assortment can look super chic. You know we have a shop where we sell tons of stunning paper products so your table can look just like ours right?

Have any amazing table setting tips to share with us? Please do so in the comments!  We would love to hear.

xx, Seri
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