November 5, 2015

A Backyard Baby Shower

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This summer I had the pleasure of throwing my sister a baby shower. I made sure that this baby shower…was different form all the other baby showers I’ve ever been to in the past…

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For starters, I asked my Aunt Debi if we could co-host the shower in her backyard. She’s got a perfectly flat piece of lawn and I have always dreamed of throwing a party back there with a big white tent…

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When she agreed, I got to work on the game plan. I wanted this shower to be laid back, have no games and be on an evening during the work week so we weren’t taking anyone away from their weekends.

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I chose a Thursday evening for the party and planned a family style menu with a rustic feel. The guests were invited to dine outside, under the stars with delicious food and cocktails.

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The other detail I threw into the mix was a play on my sister’s married last name. Her husband is a Dick. Jason Dick. So she was giving birth to…baby Dick. There was no shortage of laughs here starting with the gorgeous invites that I found on Minted and baby Dick references made throughout the night.

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We ended the night on a sweet note, as we always do, serving mini cupcakes and donuts in an ombre of pinks.

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The night went exactly as planned. Most importantly, Mandy was over the moon with joy to celebrate the birth of her first babe with dear friends and family.

We owe a great big thank you to all of those incredible vendors who helped to pull this all together for us…

Photography: Sandra Brzezinski
Flowers: Sweet Woodruff
Catering: L’Eat Catering
Aunt Debi’s Backyard: Toronto, Ontario
Candles And Pink Glasses: CB2
Chairs, Tableware & Tent: Exclusive Affairs
Custom Cupcake Toppers: All That Glitters
Invitations And Menus: Minted
Mini Cupcakes And Custom Cookies: Baked By Joy
Mini Donuts: Minilicious By Rachelle
Party Stylist: Little Miss Party Planner
Party Stylist: Simply Beautiful Eating
Wood Tables: Woodstock Rentals

xx, Seri
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  1. Mandy

    Best shower ever!! Xx

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October 19, 2015

Mandy’s Meals & More

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As the weather cools down, I can’t help but to crave warm comforting soup. If you’re looking for a super easy and delicious staple that you will never forget, check out my friend elyse’s (elyse leannacatering) French onion soup recipe. There’s something about that ooey gooey cheese that gets me every time.
Perfect for a Sunday night in cozying up with the cat watching Netflix. Or your family haaa they will love you for it!

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Elyse’s French Onion Soup

Serves 4
Ingredients:
1 small baguette
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. butter
1 large, Vidalia onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed and roughly chopped

1/4 cup sherry wine
4 cups beef stock
Salt and pepper
1 1/3 cups grated gruyere cheese

Method:
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice baguette and brush with olive oil. Place in the oven and bake until golden and toasted. Remove from oven and turn oven on to broil.
Heat a large saucepan over medium- high heat. Add butter, once melted add onions, garlic and thyme and sauté until softened. Lower heat and slowly cook until onions start to become golden and caramelized. Pour in sherry and scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Allow the sherry to reduce by 1/2, about 2 minutes then pour in the stock. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and allow to simmer for 10-20 minutes to infuse flavours. Season with salt and pepper.
Divide the soup mixture into 4 oven proof bowls. Top each bowl with a couple of toasted baguette slices and 1/3 cup of grated cheese. Place under the broiler and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove from oven and serve, be careful the bowls will be VERY HOT!!!!

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xx, Mandy
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June 1, 2015

Mandy’s Meals & More

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This weekend LMP NYC and Toronto had a bbq in our backyard for some of our favorite ladies.
A super easy menu was concocted and a very successful trip to ikea made for a perfect tablescape.
For dinner we wanted delicious seasonal food that wasn’t too high maintenance. For that, I had the easiest salad, a real go-to around here.
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To drink we had the most refreshing fruit infused lemonade Sangria. We combined lemonade, sliced fruit, couple spoons of sugar and a crisp, white wine. So delish.IMG_0062_2
While grocery shopping for the menu, we found baby eggplants that were just too perfect for the palette here. We wrote everyone’s name in gold to make for the table place cards.IMG_0132_2
Lanterns are the prettiest way to keep the backyard table lit when the sun goes down and you’re still enjoying the sangria and dessert.
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Oh yeah and here is the recipe for my go to Kale salad as adapted from this recipe found here.
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Kale Salad Recipe with Pecorino, Strawberries, Pine Nuts
YIELD: 6 servings
PREP TIME: 15 minutes (active time)
Ingredients:
1 bunch tuscan kale
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries
2 ounces toasted pine nuts (about 1/3 cup)
1 ounce shaved pecorino cheese
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Wash and dry the kale leaves. Fold each leaf in half, lengthwise, and cut out the stem. Then slice the kale into thin ribbons. Place in a large salad bowl.
Sprinkle the kale with bread crumbs, lemon juice, olive oil, and honey. Toss well, then salt and pepper to taste. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Once the kale has wilted a little, toss in the sliced strawberries and toasted pine nuts. Use a veggie peeler to shave bands of nutty pecorino cheese over the top. Enjoy! IMG_0073_2
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These photos were taken together with our Aunt Debi who is known for her beautiful photography and food art that can be found on her site Simply Beautiful Eating.

xx, Seri
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May 20, 2015

Celebrating Seventy with a Whimsecal Garden Party

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Now seriously speaking….I have an addiction. To celebrating. Sounds a bit ridiculous, but people who know me will tell you, I’m obsessed.
So you bet your bottom dollar I was gonna be riding my sister, Mandy to put together the best damn party our mother would ever see, for turning 70.
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Mandy is an intuitive one, who has an eye for bringing people’s passions to life.
Our Mom loves color, flowers and breakfast. So Mandy and I both knew a beautiful brunch with close family was a no brainer.
Mandy found the most perfect invitation on Minted and we were hooked. The palette, the whimsical flowers and the pop of gold. Too too good.
The Pinterest board was born and Mandy got to pinning. At the end of the day….she made the Pinterest board come to life.
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So how does one do it? How do you put the pieces of a Pinterest board together? One would start like this…
The table. If your dining room table doesn’t work, rent one! Mandy found this rustic wood beauty online through a vendor who purchased these for his wedding and now rents them out. Genius!
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Do yourself a favor and spring for a few inexpensive rentals. Chairs, plates and linen napkins. Add cutlery and glassware if you need to.
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Bring the outside in! Look at the runner. The incredibly talented Becky of Blush & Bloom styled lush greenery and flowers to make the most stunning runner my eyes have ever seen. Becky offers flower styling classes in Toronto…wishing I could be there a bit more often to take them with her!
For brunch we called upon the talented Food Dudes to whip up a menu that was both delicious and beautiful. They were a pleasure to work with and brunch was off the charts.
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To drink, Mandy made a simple strawberry syrup and added it to prosecco with a fresh strawberry to garnish.
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Since nobody has an event without taking pictures any longer….a backdrop is a pretty fun way to create interaction at the party. We found this pretty pattern from Minted and customized the backdrop for our Mom.
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What comes next? Dessert!
I’m SURE  you’re aware of the NAKED CAKE trend that is happening. These days a bare bottom cake is all the rage.
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Well Becky went right on over to our naked cake and added some stems to dress it up for the occasion, while we topped it with a glittery “seventy” from the All that Glitters Shop.
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For the cupcakes our Aunt Debi of the Garden of Eatin’ worked with her friend Baked with Joy to design these hand painted cupcakes which styled perfectly into our Boobie’s vintage tea cups.
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The party was perfection and Mom had the most wonderful time.
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We owe a huge thank you to the vendors that we collaborated with on this party as well as a shout out to the team at Style Me Pretty Living who featured our party last week!

LMP LOVES…
Scarlet O’Neill: Photographer
Minted
: Invites/Menus/Backdrop
Woodstock Rentals:  Wood Table
Blush & Bloom: Florist
The Food Dudes: Caterer
Baked with Joy: Cake & Cupcakes
All that Glitters Party Shop: Cake topper
Event Rental Group: Chair, Tabletop rentals

xx, Seri
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  1. Mahbub

    Nice post keep it to continue thanks….

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February 20, 2015

Thinking outside the box

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Well it’s kinda nice when you see someone thinking outside the box…a Little Miss Party in a Box, that is.
This week on The Canadian television show The Social we found our New Years Eve box styled on a table for the Oscars. Although we have designed our party boxes around some holidays, they are meant to and can be used for so much more.
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Glitz, glam, pop, fizz, clink! Most certainly screams The Oscars! It’s a night to celebrate talent within Hollywood and why not do so in style like the celebrities do!
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Sippin’ on champagne and throwing back oysters, all went perfectly with the shiny star plates that you will find in many of our party boxes.
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It’s a black tie type of night so hold up a bowtie and smile for the paparazzi.
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From our Pink Party in a Box…Mwah! Big red lips, just like the movie stars.
So what are you waiting for? Shop the Box now! We’ll take the stress out of entertaining and then some.

xx, Seri
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  1. Kathy@5thavestore.com

    Stunning ideas very nice

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