June 26, 2017

Abby Does Bonnaroo

The month of June has been a whirlwind for everyone at LMP, full of events, the end of school, trips, and music festivals!

In addition to working at LMP, I freelance for Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival as an assistant to their lodging coordinator.  We basically manage all hotel reservations for the artists, staff, guests and crew that come to the festival.  I used to intern for the company that puts on the festival, and have stayed in touch with them and continue to go down to Tennessee every year

This year, Bonnaroo’s lineup boasted headliners like U2, The Weeknd, Lorde, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer and Flume.

Thursday, Day One:

On the first day of the festival, there weren’t that many bands that I was super excited to see, so in between working, I took some walks into Centeroo to explore and see what the artwork and installations looked like.  Every year, the people at Bonnaroo commission different artists to paint the fountain ad walls within the festival, so Centeroo always looks different from year to year!

This year, the fountain was painted with neon, glow-in-the-dark animals and skulls… SO COOL!

Among my other favorite things in Centeroo were Hamageddon (a giant pig roaster that is also shaped like a pig), and these cool tents that provide shade for Bonnaroo-goers to eat under.

I did see one band on Friday… The Orwells.  They put on quite a show… smashing a guitar and jumping into the crowd… You cold tell that they were excited to be there!

Friday, Day Two:

I hit the ground running on the second day, seeing the Strumbellas, Francis & the Lights, Cold War Kids (a personal favorite), Tove Lo, the XX… and rounding it all out at the end of the night was U2.

U2 was absolutely incredible… I will admit that I have never been a big U2 fan, often thinking that they are overrated.  But after seeing them at Bonnaroo, I am a fan.  They put on an epic show and it’s no wonder that they are so legendary!

In addition to all of the music I saw on Friday, my friend Jules and I also spent some time at the Soap & Glory activation, sampling their product and taking photos in their garage beauty salon.  It was so cool! Probably my favorite brand activation at the festival… and i’ve found my new favorite body butter thanks to their tent.

Saturday, Day Three:

Saturday just happened to be #NationalRoséDay, and Dark Horse Wines had a rooftop bar setup in the middle of Centeroo, so Jules and I started the day off with grabbing a glass of rosé!

That day, I saw Jon Bellion, Chance the Rapper, The Head and The Heart, Cage the Elephant, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flume, and the Soul Superjam.

The Superjam is a Bonnaroo tradition, for which a bunch of artists from different bands get together for a once in a lifetime performance.  This years Superjam featured Chance the Rapper, Jon Batiste, members of the Head and the Heart, Lacrae, Nicole Atkins, & more.  They covered TLC’s “Waterfalls”, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”, Pharrell’s “Happy”, and closed the set with “Hey Ya” by Outkast.  It was AMAZING.

Sunday, Day Four:

The last day of the festival, always the most exhausting and saddest.  Jules and I decided to check a Bonnaroo must off the list that we hadn’t done in our many years going to the festival – ride the ferris wheel!

It was so incredible to get a birds eye view of Centeroo and the campground, and see how many people there are at Bonnaroo.

We went over to the Jeep Sponsorship activation (which Jules worked on this year) and took some dash cam photos in one of the Jeeps.

That afternoon, the set that I had been looking forward to most was happening – Royal Blood on the Main Stage.  I watched from all over – the pit, the soundboard, and the side of the stage.  My Bonnaroo boss, Brynn, even got a photo of me on the risers on the side of the stage watching the set.

That night I saw Lorde and The Weeknd, and we all celebrated the end of another fabulous weekend with a crawfish boil in the artist hospitality area.

Bonnaroo is a very special place, full of wonderful music and incredible people.  To anyone who doesn’t mind a trip to Tennessee and getting a little dirty with amazing people for a few days… you have GOT TO GO!

Happy Bonnaroo…. Until next year!

xx, Abby
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June 22, 2017

Taking a Tea Break with Harney & Sons

I have a slight obsession with tea.  It started in my teens, when I decided that I thought coffee was disgusting, but still needed a little jolt to get me going in the morning.  So I opted for green tea.  I now love coffee, but the obsession with tea has prevailed.

Photo via @cityfoodie

I have also been a huge fan of Harney & Sons as a brand AND for their tea flavors for many years.  Even before I moved to NYC, I would make a trip to the Harney & Sons showroom in Soho, and their store and restaurant in Millerton, NY.  That’s why, when Harney & Sons reached out to team LMP about participating in a Tea Party video shoot for their #ThisIsTea campaign, I was quick to jump at the opportunity.

On the day of the shoot, I trekked to Brooklyn to the cutest little house called “The Love Shack”, and after hair & makeup, spent the whole day shooting a video all about our epic tea party.  I met some other incredible influencers from NYC, and got to sample some pretty delicious tea and tea party snacks in the process.

The people from Harney & Sons interviewed me about what tea means to me, and I explained that when I studied abroad in England, it was a favorite activity of mine to go to this cute little tea room in Camden Town to sample the tea and read, for hours.  Every time I drink some delicious tea I think back to studying abroad and how I had the time of my life! You can see my whole interview here:

Thanks to Harney & Sons for inviting us to participate in this campaign! You can snag your own tea here… my favorite is the Chinese Flower!

xx, Abby
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  1. pirate show magaluf

    A little break makes us fresh minded. If these are tea break then we can be passing our time totally awesome. Really impressed by this article.

  2. Jennifer Essad

    Harney & Sons offers the most creative blends too. I love the seasonal blends and enjoy changing it up when I can

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June 14, 2017

Last Minute Wedding Planning Tips

We most recently had the honor and challenge of pulling of a beautiful, earth day inspired wedding in less than 6 weeks.

When the first email came through, our bride, Isabel, sounded hopeless. Like no one could pull off a wedding in such a short amount of time. I said huh? Us? We strive under pressure and tight timelines. I said Bring.It.On.

Isabel knew what she wanted. She had a clear vision, she just needed someone to execute it. That’s where we stepped in. And here’s how we accomplished one of the most beautiful events to date…

Venue: The big popular venues book up months, even years in advance. However there are always options as long as you’re willing to be flexible. Isabel was lucky enough to be able to hold her wedding in her fiancé’s parent’s  apartment. We made the space work by setting up chairs that we rented for the ceremony, set up a satellite bar for cocktail hour in the hallway (one neighbor, and she was cool with it!) and flipped the room for dinner.

Officiant: Isabel had this all lined up with a best friend who prepared a beautiful ceremony led with passion and love.

Marriage license: You will need to have this arranged ASAP to have in time for your ceremony. You can find all the details and paperwork to apply with a simple search online.

Attire: The best site for last minute, quality, well priced wedding dresses is BHLDNThey offer a huge variety of styles in the latest fashions and are ready to ship so you can receive quickly and with enough time to take to your local seamstress to alter if necessary. Isabel was on this and already had her dress when she got in touch.

Photographer: The most important vendor at your wedding. We booked Dave Robbins Photography for Isabel’s wedding and she told us after receiving the photos, it was the best decision she made.

Look & Feel of the wedding: The wedding date was set for April 22nd, Earth Day. Isabel wanted decor to give an eco-feel to her party with tons of lush greenery and pops of fuchsia. She had inspiration photos for us to review including a photo of a stunning flower crown that she wanted us to make for her to wear for the day.

The team over at Paperfinger took care of sourcing these brooklyn light bulbs for our table cards and wrote in stunning calligraphy, the name of each guest. For the menu, we used recycled sparkling water bottles and affixed the menu.

Hair & Make up: For wedding beauty we love to refer our clients to Beautini. They show up with a team of artists who work their magic and leave you looking gorgeous and ready for photos.

Food:  Fresh, seasonal ingredients are a little last minute themselves. So the food is the easy part. Check out your local caterer, tell them what you love, or leave it to them. We love Poppy’s Catering for their creative, delicious, gorgeous meal for Isabel’s wedding. They also baked a cake to perfection. We decorated the simple, buttercream frosting with greenery and Isabel placed it with a meaningful cake topper.

Flowers:  Flowers  can add up quickly at a wedding. If you’re on a budget you can find flowers at your local farmer’s market or flower shop and if you tell them they are for your wedding the vendor should be willing to negotiate. Use household items such as recycled wine bottles, glass jars or pretty water glasses as vases. Prep the flowers the night before and keep them in a cool, dark spot until you are ready to use them.  For Isabel’s wedding we arranged a huge runner of greens and fuchsia peonies to line the dinner tables. It was a dramatic look but low enough that everyone could see the person they were sitting across from.

Guest Book: It’s so nice to have something when it’s all said and done, to remember your wedding day. Of course, the photos are #1. But we love coming up with a creative way to have a guest book.  For Isabel’s wedding we took a page from my Sister’s wedding and set up a Jenga game with markers so each guest could sign a block. After the wedding and for years to follow, Isabel & Sean will always be able to look back at their guest’s notes and remember their special day.

All photos by Dave Robbins Photography

xx, Seri
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  1. Homes & Weddings

    I LOVE love that bridal crown. So beautiful,

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June 7, 2017

First comes Love, then comes the Baby…

We plan a lot of bridal showers here at Little Miss Party and honestly? It’s our favorite party to plan. Our brides are so excited to get married and we get to make their bridal shower party dreams come true.

9 times out of 10, our brides call us a few years after the shower and ask us if we can plan their BABY Shower! First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby with the baby carriage!

A year later, we get another call…time to celebrate Junior’s first birthday! Can you please style the party?!

With that, we quickly realized there are folks who don’t live in NYC and cannot use our services, so to reach these people and ensure they are having a party just as pretty as the ones they see on our website, we launched Little Miss Party in a Box.

LMP in a Box has been around now for two years. We receive the most wonderful feedback from our customers who tell us that our party boxes “saved” them! A few of our favorite notes…

What a party success! We used everything! Everyone was wondering how I had time to coordinate everything- I said I had a Little Miss Party in a Box for help! Keep in touch! Thanks a bunch! Xo
-Sherri Levine

THANK YOU so much for bringing my birthday inspo to life! The room looked incredible with all the decorations for truly a memorable TWINNING birthday celebration that brought together our families in town from across the country. I cannot say this enough, we could not have had this type of birthday celebration WITHOUT your your amazing service and creative support. Everything from the custom flowers for the wall and the light up marquee hearts were just stunning touches to detail that added to the theme. There is just not enough time in the day and I am so grateful to have found your company. I hope to use you again for future party needs!
-Jayne Babine

Now we have new party boxes online and we’re so excited to share with you. Specifically today I’m super excited to introduce the new Little Miss Shower Party in a Box that you can drop down the menu to purchase as a “love” bridal shower box OR a “baby” shower. We’ve got new plates with the cutest party lingo, glitter utensils and our PARTY PEOPLE cups which you can now buy separately.

Whether you’re planning a shower or a birthday party for a child or a grown up, we’ve got you with our one-stop-shop party boxes.


xx, Seri
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  1. Corinne

    What an adorable baby sprinkle. I just threw my sister in laws and recognize a lot of that stuff form he dollar section at target, dont you guys just love target. I added a unique touch to her shower by using an Event YardCard, you can see pics of it here https://www.eventyardcard.com/gallery. It was really cute with little storks.

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June 6, 2017

Rosé Margarita with Wölffer Wines

As you know, we at LMP love our wine, and are loyal to our favorite wine makers! One of our favorites is Long Island-based Wölffer Estate Vineyards, who make the gorgeous “Summer in a Bottle” wines that you have probably seen on Instagram.

We also include bottles of their brilliant Rosé Cider in our For the Hostess Gift Box, which any hostess would be excited to receive! That’s why, when they sent us a few bottles of their incredible rosé, I was so excited to get to trying out some cocktail recipes in time for #NationalRoséDay, which is this Saturday, June 10th.

So, without further adieu, i’m excited to introduce you guys to… my Rosé Margarita!

Here’s what you need:
-bottle of Wölffer Estate Finca Rosé table wine
-silver tequila
-fresh limes
-coarse or kosher salt
-cocktail shaker

Here’s what to do:
1) Using lime wedge, wet rim of cocktail glasses. Salt the rim using coarse salt.

2) In cocktail shaker, combine ice, 1 oz. cointreau, 1 oz. tequila, 4 oz. rosé and the fresh juice of 1 lime. Shake well.

3) Pour into each cocktail glass on ice. Top with more rosé if necessary!
4) Garnish with lime wedge, sip, and enjoy!

This is definitely going to be my drink of the summer… just imagine sipping this poolside in one of our new “Party People” shatterproof stemless wine glasses.  YES, please!

Until next week!

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Abby
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