April 18, 2017

Derby Day Mint Julep Raspberry Iced Tea

We love ourselves a good Kentucky Derby Party! Flowers, horses, big hats, booze… yes please!

When our friends at Four Roses Bourbon sent us a few bottles of their Bourbon Whiskey to try, I decided to play around and come up with a Derby Day cocktail that was a bit more non-traditional… the Mint Julep Raspberry Iced Tea!

Here’s what you need:

-Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey
-freshly brewed raspberry iced tea (you can make your own or buy at the store)
-simple syrup
-fresh raspberries
-fresh lemons
-fresh mint
-ice

Here’s what to do:
1) In a pitcher, combine 5 oz. bourbon, 2 oz. simple syrup.  Take some fresh mint sprigs and rip into pitcher to release flavor.  Stir to combine all ingredients, and top with lemon slices.
2) Fill each cocktail glass about halfway with ice.  Pour pitcher mixture on top of ice to fill each glass.
3) Garnish with lemon slice, fresh raspberry and sprig of mint.
4) Add a straw for sipping, and enjoy!

I styled these beauties on our favorite gold bar cart, which we decorated with these adorable DIY Derby Balloons, which Maggie will be teaching you how to make on the blog tomorrow!

Happy Derby Day! I hope you enjoy.

Until next week…

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Abby
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June 27, 2016

DIY with LMP: Poppin’ Pink Popcorn Bar

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Okay, let’s be honest here, popcorn is totally the new “it” snack. These days, we’re all looking for the healthier option than chips and dip at the party table, and I’m not talking about the raw veggie platter (does anyone actually touch that thing?!). Well, various forms of guilt-free popcorn have become my new favorite. I think this adorable popcorn bar is just what you need the next time you have all the girls over to watch a rom-com.

All you will need is:

plain white take-out cartons (or another take-home vessel)
popcorn (we chose Skinny Pop!)
pretzels
M&Ms
marshmallows
white chocolate chips
baking sparkles

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Step 1: Set up your bar so your guests can easily access each ingredient to mix themselves.

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Step 2: Start with popcorn as the base, filling only halfway, and add each ingredient that you desire.

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Step 3: Finish adding each ingredient, leaving plenty of space below the top to be able to shake it up.

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Step 4: Close the top, shake it up!

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Make sure each guest takes some extra home with them. A perfect party snack AND party favor!

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xx, Maggie
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February 6, 2016

A last minute Game Watching Spread

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The big day is just one day away and it’s not too late to throw together an easy and impressive spread. The key is to keep the menu simple; I know, game watching food is the best. And it’s tempting to want to make everything, but stick with us and you will be sure to wow your crowd.

The key to our menu is efficiency. We grilled chicken and used it two ways : Chicken nachos and chicken tortilla soup…get it…”soup”er bowl. Pretty creative, right?

Here’s how to get it done:

Start by grilling your chicken…and if you live in NYC, this will most likely take place out on your small patio with a tiny, tiny grill. We used Kingsford charcoal to make for an easy fire and seasoned our chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper but feel free to add some cumin, chili powder and garlic powder, for an extra kick of flavor.
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Once the chicken is cooked to perfection, you can set it aside. First up – Chicken Nachos. Nachos come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them all. We simply chopped up the chicken (you can also shred with two forks), and layered it on top of the chips along with shredded jack & cheddar cheeses. Layer. Layer. Layer. You cannot have too many layers!
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Pop it in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes, or cheese is bubbly. Remove, top with homemade pico di gallo and shredded cilantro.
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Then set out additional toppings on the side, so guests can create their ultimate nacho combo. Try jalepenos, scallions, salsa, guacamole, chili and sour cream. Nothing works better for watching the game then a nacho bar!
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Now that we have our nachos ready to go, let’s get started on the chicken tortilla soup. We love this recipe, but we used our grilled chicken instead of the baked chicken it calls for. The beauty of this dish is it can be made completely in advance and simply warmed up as guests arrive. And don’t forget the toppings! A nice dollop of sour cream, sprinkle of Monterey Jack cheese, a few avocado chunks and of course a nice dusting of chopped cilantro. You can also throw some more of your crispy tortilla strips right on top as well.
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We happened to have these brown bowls in our LMP kitchen…don’t they look like footballs?
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So now that our main dishes are done, we wanted to throw together one more quick item to round out our spread. What are we missing? DIP! Watch how simple this bacon cheddar dip is…I bet you even have all of these ingredients already in your house – cheese, bacon, scallions, sour cream and a package of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix.
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We served ours with blue corn chips and some sliced veggies.
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So now it’s time to set the table. Pick up a roll of kraft paper at your local craft store for your tablecloth. Then mark yard lines using masking tape. The 50 yard line was drawn using a white paint marker.
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Hang a piece of chalkboard paper on your wall and you can create an easy “scoreboard” menu.
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Plastic tumblers are perfect for beer, but it’s easy to misplace your glass or confuse it with someone else’s. Well, we’ve got you covered. Football tattoos applied to each cup are the perfect way to let your guests personalize their drinking vessel and show their team spirit at the same time. Here’s how we did it :
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CHEERS!
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Photos by: Dave Robbins Photography
See more game watching fun on the Gather Now Tumbler Feed.

xx, Seri
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January 27, 2016

Are you ready for some football?

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Well, it’s that time of year again…when wives across the country can rejoice once again because football season, aka the longest 17-weeks of my life, is finally coming to an end. My husband recently announced that he “doesn’t watch much TV.” To which I replied, “Oh so the 12 consecutive hours you are parked on the couch every Sunday doesn’t count as TV?” Don’t get me wrong, I like football too. But after one game, I’m all set. But what I do love is a good Superbowl party. Nothing says Football Sunday like a cold beer and a plate of hot wings. And some fun and festive decor, of course!
So you already know how much we love our Balloon Time Helium tank – makes throwing together an impromptu party that much easier and more affordable. Would you believe we set this all up in under 30 minutes? Believe!! You can too!
We started by lining our table with a piece of astroturf from Home Depot. We keep a roll off this stuff in our closet and just cut pieces whenever we need. Use masking tape to create yard lines down your “field.” We then blew up 15 standard 11-inch balloons to create our goalpost. Stick a piece of heavy duty packing tape on the back of each and line them up into a U shape.
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The trick here is to not over-inflate the balloons. Try to inflate them just enough so they create a circular shape, which will make a more even goal post.  About 3/4 way inflated works perfectly.
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We then blew up two white 11-inch balloons and decided to have a little artistic moment with our Sharpie.
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For the Big Game, we loved the idea of drawing a football helmet or your favorite team’s logo right onto your balloon. Try using your team’s colors for even more game day spirit!DSC_0369 DSC_0371 DSC_0387
Another fun DIY we want to share is a referee balloon. It’s super simple; Just gather black electrical tape, bakers twine (or any string/ribbon) and a white balloon.
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Tie your bakers twine to the end of the balloon, and the other end to your Balloon Time Helium Tank.
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Measure a piece of black electrical tape and place vertically onto the balloon, while holding it steady beneath you.
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Repeat all the way around the balloon, being sure to pull the tape tight to avoid wrinkles or air bubbles.
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For a pop of color, we tied a bright yellow whistle to the bottom of ours to weight it down. After all, a referee always needs his whistle.
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Now it’s time to  set the table. We started with this gorgeous beverage container from Food52. Doesn’t it look like a great big Super Bowl trophy?
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We designed and printed out simple water bottle labels and attached to each bottle. You could easily use team specific labels – check places like Etsy for easy downloads.
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Next we kept it simple with crisp white bowls of popcorn and chips.
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And of course soft pretzels! These might be my absolute favorite game day snack.
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Instead of the usual cardstock food place cards, we put our helium tank to use once more. We used 5-inch yellow balloons and inflated them about 3/4 way…just until they float.
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We then tied bakers twine to the end and attached a yellow whistle to weight it down. Using a sharpie, we wrote on each balloon and voila! Easy food place cards.
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How cute is this little guy??? We absolutely loved how this came out!
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Lastly, we created some football balloons using masking tape and brown balloons. Thanks to our Balloon Time Helium Tank we were able to do all these DIYs and still had leftover helium!
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Start by blowing up 11-inch brown balloons and tie with bakers twine.
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Cut one long strip of masking tape for the center of the laces.
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Then repeat in the opposite direction and with shorter pieces.
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That was easy, right?
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Finish off your setup by hanging or leaning a chalkboard behind your food table. You can also use chalkboard paper, and tape it up behind your table. We actually used chalkboard paint and painters tape to create our chalkboard scoreboard right on the wall!
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So, who are you rooting for on February 7th??

CHEERS!

xx, Michelle
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  1. Cristy Stewart harfmann

    Love this party setup. You make me want to buy a helium tank. Never thought about drawing on the balloons.

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September 17, 2014

Football is back

And just like that…summer is over. While I thoroughly enjoyed my weekends spent floating in the pool with my little lady or stopping by the local farmers market for that week’s local harvest, I have to admit I am pretty excited about Fall. Goodbye bathing suits and flip flops and hello boots, leggings and football. Whether it’s College GameDay or Football Sunday, we have the perfect way to serve up some fun.
We recently styled a Game Day shoot inspired by some delicious Chex Party Mix recipes.140730_LMP_GameDay_001
While looking for the perfect way to serve up these yummy recipes, we stumbled upon this 3-compartment football serving bowl. We love this for serving almost any game day munchies. Perfect paired next to our frosty beer mugs, galvanized beverage tin filled with ice & cold beers and the most adorable (and functional!) astro-turf coasters ever.140730_LMP_GameDay_002
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xx, Michelle
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