January 4, 2017

A Fiesta First

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This past summer, my adorable Niece turned ONE. When my sister made the “we need to start planning baby Dylan’s birthday party” call I was all ears and ready to PARTY!

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Mandy wanted to go with a fiesta themed party but with a tweak to the traditional primary color story. Instead of red, blue, green and yellow we went with a palette of bright fuchsia, lemon yellow, lime green and tangerine orange. STUN.NING.

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She found the PERFECT invite on the Minted website and ordered matching thank you cards for sending hand written notes to all the guests after the party.

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Timing worked out perfectly as a space called Bash Studio had recently opened in Toronto. The space is bright, clean and perfect for a kids party. We set a table for family to enjoy lunch at while kids were off in a corner listening to music, playing with toys and enjoying their time together as little peeps. The space also comes with a slew of high chairs so everyone with a small child could feed them easily.

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Mandy found the most adorable party hat “crown” for Dylan on Little Blue Olive‘s site and I mean c’mon….could this family be any cuter?!

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We set up a serve yourself bar with sangria, wine, beer, water and juice boxes for the kiddos. We also set up a ridiculously gorgeous dessert table. We styled the table with a balloon garland from One Stylish Party, our newest obsession. We also got the most fabulous cake topper from our cousin Daniela of All that Glitters which Mandy stuck into a shaved coconut crusted vanilla cake. YUM!

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One of Mandy’s best friends is a caterer, Elyse Leanna, in Toronto and her food is not only delicious by so beautifully presented. She set out the fiesta themed food with make your own burrito bowls, chips with guacamole and salsa, shrimp + chorizo skewers…it was so YUM.

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To document the party and capture shots of Dylan with our family and her friends, we asked Sandra Brzezinski to photograph. That was a smart idea wouldn’t you say?! If you ever question hiring a photographer, don’t. There’s nothing better than having the milestones documented through photos that you can cherish forever.

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Find more on Dylan’s First Fiesta Birthday Party in our feature on Style Me Pretty Living.

xx, Seri
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December 26, 2016

A Cozy Winter Cocktail Party

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As soon as the cold weather hits in the east coast hibernation sets in. Time to celebrate the great indoors!
What better time to invite friends and family over to join in and keep cozy?

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To set the stage for an inviting environment during the coldest of months, we focused on three specific elements:
1.) The HOT bar: We love the smell of hot apple cider. We also love the smell of hot cocoa. Why not offer both?! And some light rum and Baileys to spike it if you like of course. We set aside a carafe of hot water for those who want pumpkin spice tea.
Since our guests spend a lot of time mulling around the bar, the festive décor is focused in that direction. We borrowed a vintage white frame and filled the inside of the frame, on the wall with cut berry florals hanging upside down. Also borrowed, was a rustic bark-lined lantern. We dropped a small copper vase of fresh flowers inside for an unexpected chic and outdoorsy pairing.

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2.) The food: An event of this nature results in a revolving door, people popping in and out to say hello. To avoid getting stuck in the kitchen all day, heating food and then heating more food to replenish, we set a table with an edible runner for guests to enjoy all day long. The runner has an assortment of dried meats, cheeses, fruits and tons of fresh breads. Guests could help themselves and chat at the table or fill up a plate and go lounge on the couch.

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3.) Activities: It’s important to me to keep everyone warm so we provided tons of blankets and pillows. Pop some party crackers or play games by the fireplace, whatever your friends are in to.

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Now call in the troops.If they ask you what they can bring…tell them wine. You can never have too much to drink when you’re bundled up with good company inside.

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Credits and Thanks for contributing to this shoot to:
Venue: Bash Studio
Photography by: Sandra Brzezinski
Copper Teapot, gold and copper vases, rose gold bread basket:  CB2
Blankets, party crackers, paddle, thermos and tote:  Hudson’s Bay Company

xx, Seri
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October 13, 2016

Mandy’s Meals & More

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The December Holidays are a big deal around here at Little Miss Party. We love any excuse to get the whole family together. Making healthy food that the kids will eat is always a challenge. This seasonal salad has crispy, flavorful chicken tenders and sweet cranberry dressing. Chicken fingers in a salad? That should seal the deal. Happy kids, happy parents. Enjoy the holidays, xx  

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 16 Minutes

Serves 2 as a Main/4 as an Appetizer

Winter Spinach Salad

3/4 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh cranberries
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
Pinch Salt & Pepper to taste
1 can mandarin oranges, drained or 2 fresh mandarins peeled & segmented
1 pound spinach

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Arrange almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in oven for 5 minutes, or until nuts begin to brown. Watch carefully to avoid burning
In a food processor, combine the vinegar, oil, cranberries, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
In a salad bowl, toss the almonds, mandarin and spinach with the vinaigrette
Note: salad dressing would make a beautiful dip for the tenders if you prefer not to mix! 

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Chex Rosemary Dijon Chicken Tenders

3 cups Rice Chex™ cereal, crushed
2 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1 lb boneless skinless chicken tenders

Preheat oven to 400F on cover with parchment paper
Meanwhile, crush cereal in zip top bag using a rolling pin and chop rosemary
Mix crushed Chex™, rosemary and garlic powder in bowl
Cover tenders with dijon on both sides
Place each tender in Chex™ mixture covering each side, pressing mixture into mustard
Bake 8 minutes on one side, flip tenders over and bake for another 8 minutes

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Looking for more delicious, Chex-inspired DIY recipes? Head on over to Chex.com for plenty of simple and healthy ideas!

xx, Seri
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October 5, 2016

A sweet and happy new year

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I love nothing more than big family dinners. Some of my fondest memories are from our big family dinners. Family dinners were always the time we got to catch up with cousins, aunts and uncles who we hadn’t seen in awhile. We’d eat great food, drink delicious wine and chat for hours. The best.

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This Rosh Hashana I took the boys to Toronto and invaded my cousin’s apartment to host my Canadian family for the very first time. It was a thrill. The best part was…my biggest responsibility was styling the table. MY FAVORITE PART! The ladies in my family are the most incredible cooks. And everyone has a famous dish. So it was like a big old potluck. So awesome.

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My sister and I joined forces as we always do to get the table set and dinner prepped. We took a trip to our favorite place the St. Lawrence Market to grab fresh, seasonal flowers, mini jars of honey and cheese.

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Since Rosh Hashana is the celebration of the Jewish New Year where we dip apples into honey to symbolize a sweet new year, I made a small plate of sliced apples, a triangle of brie cheese, a mini jar of honey and a dipper at each setting. It was perfect.

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For the seating arrangement, I printed a photo of each family member from Artifact Uprising and placed it at their setting.

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And of course served a huge round challah. Divine.

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The best part of our family dinners is they end up being a potluck. Everyone has a famous dish that they cook and they bring it so there isn’t one person stuck in the kitchen all night.

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Our menu was:
Aunt Sandy’s Brisket
Aunt Debi’s meatballs made by Mandy
Boobie’s potato salad made by Debi
Boobie’s Matzo ball soup
Steamed broccoli
Chinese chicken (Don’t ask)
Aunt Debi’s apple kugel

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The night ended with a beautiful cake that Aunt Debi made to celebrate our cousin Daniella’s birthday which was yesterday and then we all helped to clean up which is so fun when you have a huge group to help.

It was another memorable, fun, awesome night. L’Shana Tova. Wishing those who celebrate a sweet and healthy new year!

xx, Seri
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July 1, 2016

Yay for Canada Day!

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Seri and I have officially moved out East for the summer with the boys, which means so much summer inspiration and different places to shoot.  In other words, this will be the summer of snapchatting, so be sure to stay tuned!

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In addition to this weekend being the 4th of July AND Luke’s 4th Birthday Party, today happens to be Canada Day! We knew that we had to make something in honor of Seri’s home country, and we have been talking about making our own snow cones for ages now.  Why not make them red?  Genius!!

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Snow cones are enjoyed by people of all ages, so we made an adult version and a kids version of these babies, both using homemade simple syrup.  Cherry Thyme Simple Syrup, to be exact.  Ya ready?

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Here’s what you need:

-1 cup white sugar
-1 cup water
-20 fresh cherries
-a few sprigs of thyme
-ice
-bottle of rosé wine
-blender
-snow cone cups

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Here’s what to do:

1) Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil.
2) Add 15 cherries and a few sprigs of thyme to mixture in pan and stir to combine.
3) Reduce heat to simmer.  Take spoon or mallet and muddle cherries.
4) Let simmer for 10 minutes, until all sugar is dissolved and mixture has thickened.

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5) Pour mixture through fine mesh strainer into a heat safe pitcher to strain out cherries and thyme.
6) Cover and refrigerate syrup until cool, about 30 minutes.
7) Meanwhile, take your blender and make about 6 cups of crushed ice.
8) Once simple syrup is cooled, take out of fridge and have ready to go next to you.
9) Use ice cream scoop to scoop crushed ice into each paper snow cone cup.  If you can’t get the cone to form a perfect dome, use your hands to melt the ice into a dome.

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10) Take pitcher with simple syrup and slowly pour onto the top of each snow cone.

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11) If you’d like to make an adult version, pour some rosé over the top of your cone in addition to the simple syrup.

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12) Garnish with a fresh cherry, and you’re done!

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Enjoy, and Happy Canada Day!

xx, Abby
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