January 14, 2016

A special kind of sixty

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There are no words to describe how I feel about my Aunt Marissa. Growing up she was like a second mother to me. We would go out on special dates together with my younger cousins, her two daughters, for Lime Rickeys and Chuckie Cheese. When she would drop me back off at home, I would cry. Cry because I loved being with her and never wanted to leave. It’s pretty incredible having a person you love this much in your life.

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With that said, when my Aunti Marrisa (who looks 35) turned sixty, I told my cousin that I wanted to do everything in my power to help.

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Luckily, my super hero powers include party planning.

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My sister and I spent some time brainstorming with our cousin Bailey. Aunti Marissa will be forever young, loves her family and has a boho style. We envisioned wild flowers, bubbly cocktails and metallic gold details.

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We decided on brunch for the party. Aunti Marissa loves good coffee, bagels and cake. So we got it all.

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We loved how the table runner turned out for our Mom’s 70th birthday last year, so we went with the same type of table design, but with seasonal greenery and flowers. Since the party was just after Thanksgiving there was a lot of fern, pine and wild berries happening. It was beautiful.

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Lunch was made by my cousin Bailey and yours truly. We stayed up into the wee hours the day before the party making chopped egg salad, crudite, mini quiche, deviled eggs, maple bacon and a fruit platter.

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Of course we set a mimosa bar with a variety of juices and fruit to garnish. And we set a large pot of coffee up in the kitchen.

The final detail was in the photos. Aunti Marissa cherishes her memories and keeps everything! We pulled out some of our favorite shots with her family and best friends, all who were at the party, and tied these to the bottom of our balloon strings.

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Then there was the cake…

For some reason when cake came to my mind for this party, all I could think about was caramel. I designed this cake with Truffle Toronto with a salted caramel flavor on the inside. It was out.of.this.world. Everyone at the party was raving!

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Needless to say, Aunti Marissa was speechless and more then touched by this bash. We love you Marissa. And wish you nothing but happiness for the next 60 years.

Thank you to the amazing Toronto talents who helped us put this all together:
Flowers: Sweet Woodruff
Cake: Truffle Toronto
Balloons: Balloon Queen
Photography: Sandra Brzezinski

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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LMP Box 2015 v2

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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SBE 2015

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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November 30, 2015

Mandy’s Meals & More featuring Daniella of All that Glitters

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I have a confession to make. From the day we moved into our condo which was over a year ago, I have been dreaming about hosting our engagement party in our building’s party room. Well before the proposal. That’s normal right? When my fiancé Cory popped the question about two months ago, I got right to work to put all my ideas into action. This weekend we celebrated with our family and close friends, and if I do say so myself it was one fabulous party!

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When planning I tried to keep things simple since the room itself has so much character and so many great details. I kept a palette of white, mint, and pale pink with accents of copper and marble. We stocked the bar and hired a The Food Dudes to do passed appetizers. The drinks were flowing and the food was out of this world.

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Now onto the details.

Because it was an engagement party I felt that a bubbly bar cart would be perfect. Because really, when you’re engaged all you want to do is pop champagne and celebrate! I put out juices and fruits for mimosas which were such a hit! And to switch it up a bit I stocked the bar with elderflower liquor and aperol so guests could make Elderflower Fizzes and Aperol Spritzes – so yummy! Using a bar cart as a mini drink station is great since it’s interactive and also takes a bit of pressure off the bar. I added a confetti balloon and a SIP SIP HOORAY glittery banner and voila – a chic bubbly bar!

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The sweet table was really out of control and probably my favourite part of the party! My fabulous mother in law to be Debi, who you all know as Simply Beautiful Eating, brought with her a stunning petal layer cake, vanilla and chocolate mini cupcakes, and the cutest sugar cookies ever. All from the amazing ladies at Baked With Joy. My wonderful mother made mini panna cottas to add to the table as well. I loved that everything on the sweet table was mini and very easy for guests to grab at any point in the night.

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Let’s talk about the favor table. I knew I wanted to give out mini champagne bottles so I designed a thank you tag that fit our theme to tie around the bottles. We also tied straws around some for those guests who wanted to pop their bottle right away and keep the party going! I printed black and white square photos of my fiancé Cory and I to use as wall decor behind the table. I punched holes in two of the corners and strung them onto three strands to put up on the wall. It was the easiest thing and a non-cheesy way to incorporate photos of the bride and groom to be. Seeing photos of us from the past four years was so much fun for all our family and friends, and made us so happy to look back on all the wonderful things we’ve done and amazing places we’ve been to together throughout our relationship.

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This party was so much fun and it was amazing to celebrate with so many of the people we love. We couldn’t be happier! Until next time…

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Vendors
Photography – Simply Beautiful Eating
Caterer and Bartender – The Food Dudes
Flowers – Coriander Girl
Desserts – Baked with Joy
Banner, Cake Topper, Cupcake Toppers – All That Glitters

 

xx, Seri
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  1. Debi @simplybeautifuleating

    This was one of the most beautiful engagement parties I’ve ever been too! Daniella you’re amazing and we love you! I’m so happy to have you as my future daughter! Xoxo Mama D

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November 23, 2015

Mandy’s Meals & More

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With the recent birth of our daughter Dylan, my husband and I decided to send out an announcement/holiday card combined rather than both. Though I do appreciate getting a letter in the mail, I thought it would be pretty wasteful to do anything separate.
With our beautiful pictures from Aunti Debi (Simply Beautiful Eating) in hand, we began our search on Minted.
Minted has literally followed every step of my adult life, every milestone I’ve achieved, party I have thrown and holiday that has passed minted has celebrated with my family. I really adore what they are about, that artists around the country are contributing and sharing their work.

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Typically I am not super “girly” but this one just seemed to fit the bill and match Dylan’s adorable floral crown which you may have seen here. It was so beyond perfect I couldn’t believe it!

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If you haven’t ordered your holiday cards yet check out the amazing selection here.

Wishing you and your families an amazing thanksgiving next week and upcoming holiday season!

Like the napkins in the pic? Check em out in the Little Miss Birthday Party Box!

xx, Mandy
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November 16, 2015

Mandy’s Meals & More

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Celebrating the bride to be? Looking for a healthy nibble to serve the ladies with the Shower Party in a Box that you just purchased?

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Check out these ridiculously easy and surprisingly healthy appetizers. I would suggest dipping these puppies into a greek dressing of sorts.

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Greek Feta Skewers
Olives (pitted preferably)
Tomato (I used a pretty firm tomato so that it stands up to the skewer)
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Cucumber (I bought mini cucs)

Simply pile them high on a pretty skewer and call it a day! Your guests will be super impressed and relieved that they aren’t eating another typical bridal shower pastry.

Enjoy!
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Little Miss Party in a Box includes everything you need to entertain your friends with beautiful tableware and decor. All you need to add is the flowers, food and cocktails. Shop the Box and follow along with Mandy’s Meals & More for weekly recipes and food styling ideas!

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xx, Mandy
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