Cinderella Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week | CatchMyParty.com

I always look forward to Sundays so I can go through the parties added to our site over the week, and pick out some of my favorites. It's like a big dose of eye candy! My favorites this week include an incredibly gorgeous Cinderella party, a pretty pink and yellow kite girl birthday party, a colorful and fun beach ball summer birthday party, and a grown up vintage garage party with vintage cars and trucks!

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For anyone who has added a party to our site, I want you to know that your party gets viewed by my assistant, Michelle, and myself, usually twice. If you're interested to learn more about what I look for in featuring parties, check out my blog post, Tips For Getting Your Party Featured on Catch My Party, and if you ever have any questions, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I love hearing from you!

Enjoy your spring breaks! Ours starts Friday...

10 Easter Dessert Table Ideas!

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Easter Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

Today we are sharing gorgeous Easter dessert table ideas to inspire you for your own celebrations! Below are 10 of my favorite Easter dessert tables. I just love all the spring colors, all the beautiful desserts, and all the sweet bunnies and Easter eggs! I'm sure there are at least a couple of ideas you might want to borrow. :)

1. Floral Chalkboard Easter Dessert Table Ideas by Elise B.

Floral Chalkboard Easter Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

2. Easter Party by Laura's Little Party

Easter party | CatchMyParty.com

3. Granny’s Garden Easter Dessert Table by Amelia A.

Granny’s Easter Garden Party | CatchMyParty.com

4. Easter Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt by Mariah L.

Easter Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt | CatchMyParty.com

5. "The Golden Egg Book" Easter Dessert Table by Kenna O.

"The Golden Egg Book" Easter Shoot | CatchMyParty.com | CatchMyParty.com

6. Preppy Bunny Party by Frog Prince Paperie

Preppy Bunny Party | CatchMyParty.com

7. Easter Vintage Party by Por Amor A Mora

Easter Vintage | CatchMyParty.com

8. Our Sweet Easter Breakfast! by Sweet Memories Party Design

Our sweet Easter breakfast! | CatchMyParty.com

9. Easter Party Fun! by Jennifer M.

Easter Party Fun! | CatchMyParty.com

10. Gist Family Easter Egg Hunt by Bethany G.

Gist Family Easter Egg Hunt | CatchMyParty.com

You can see more Easter dessert table ideas on our site! We also have full collections of free Easter printables to help you decorate your parties. Have fun!!

10 Must-Haves At Your Big Hero 6 Party

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Big Hero 6 Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Here are some awesome Big Hero 6 party ideas, including DIY party decorations, treats and desserts, cake, party favors, and more.

We've been seeing these parties show up on our site recently and I feel like there is a trend in the making. That's why I wanted to share simple Big Hero 6 party ideas in case you're thinking of throwing one.

1. Big Hero 6 Dessert Table

This dessert table has creativek Baymax paper lanterns, a cool poster backdrop, and of course some toy figures. Toy figurines are such a great way to decorate.

Big Hero 6 Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

2. San Fransokyo Cake

This stunning San Fransokyo cake is decorated with a nighttime skyline and some characters.

Big Hero 6 Cake | CatchMyParty.com

3. Cable Car Cookies

These cable car cookies show amazing details and definitely represent the movie!

cable_car_cookies | CatchMyParty.com

4. Baymax Balloon

Here's a super easy idea. Make a Baymax centerpiece with a white foil stick balloon, and black craft foam!

Baymax balloons | CatchMyParty.com

5. Baymax Cookie Pops

Because of its simplicity, Baymax's face lends itself to a variety of treats, like these Baymax cookie pops!

Baymax cookie pops | CatchMyParty.com

6. Baymax Pinata

A basic white paper lantern is transformed into a Baymax piñata with the addition of white tissue paper and black construction paper!

Baymax pinata | CatchMyParty.com

7. Baymax Paper Lanterns

Another use for white paper lanterns... add some black felt, craft foam sheets, or construction paper and voila! Hang them to decorate your dessert table or party table.

Baymax paper lanterns | CatchMyParty.com

8. Big Hero 6 Decor

A balloon Baymax asks how you would rate your pain at this party -- with cake pops! Love this!

Big Hero 6 Decorations | CatchMyParty.com

9. Big Hero 6 Bento Box

Serve a "bento box" lunch for your guests, featuring all the Big Hero 6 characters including a Baymax PB&J sandwich!

Big Hero 6 Bento Box | CatchMyParty.com

10. Big Hero 6 Birthday Banner

A triangle pennant banner, in the style of Big Hero 6's colors and lettering, is a great way to welcome your guests!

Big Hero 6 Banner | CatchMyParty.com

Make sure to check out the awesome Big Hero 6 parties on our site!

Crustless Bacon Spinach Cream Cheese Quiche Recipe

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Crustless cream cheese quiche recipe, low carb with spinach and bacon | CatchMyParty.com

With Easter coming up, we were asked by Philadelphia Cream Cheese to create a recipe that would be easy to serve at Easter brunch. So enter my... crustless bacon spinach cream cheese quiche recipe. I know, what a title!

I made the quiche crustless by serving it in individual ceramic tart dishes. I thought I would miss the crust, but the quiche is so light and fluffy and flavorful, I honestly didn't.

The bacon adds a rich smokiness. The sautéed spinach give it some good umami flavor. But my favorite part of the quiche is the cream cheese. It doesn't spread during baking. Instead, you are left with these creamy sour bites throughout. It was the ingredient that brought the most brightness and uniqueness. I promise, you will enjoy this recipe.

Crustless Bacon Spinach Cream Cheese Quiche Recipe

  • Servings: 6
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
  • 3 large eggs (or 4 medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 6 oz bag of spinach
  • 3 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (brick)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Chop and sauté the spinach in a pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Thoroughly drain, and use a paper towel to get as much moisture as possible out of the spinach.

Put 3 large eggs in a bowl, and lightly whisk until the whites and yolks are completely combined. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 1/2 cups of cream, and lightly whisk until combined.

Roughly chop the bacon, and cut the cream cheese into 1/4 inch cubes.

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Put six tart dishes on a baking sheet. Divide the spinach, thyme, bacon, and cream cheese evenly amongst the dishes.

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Pour the liquid mixture into each dish, until it is about 3/4ths full. You can gently stir with a spoon if any of the ingredients are poking out of the top.

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Note that we used 5 oz tart dishes which make nice single servings, but any cookware will work. There should be just over 2 cups of liquid.

Move the baking sheet to the oven, and cook for about 20 minutes, until the center is no longer liquid, but it should jiggle and have a soft texture.

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Serve hot or cold. These will last in the fridge for 3 days, so you can make them beforehand and pull them out for brunch. They reheat nicely, one minute in the microwave.

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Enjoy!

Philadelphia Cream Cheese has been my favorite cream cheese since I was a child. Now that I'm an adult, it’s fun to find new ways to use it!

Thanks to Philadelphia Cream Cheese for allowing me to partner with them to come up with some fresh and delicious recipes for the Easter season! Do you have any favorite Easter recipes using Philadelphia? I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments below.

**Note: I came up with this recipe and it is not an original Philadelphia Cream Cheese recipe.

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Big Hero 6 Party and More!

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My 4 Favorite Parties including an awesome Big Hero 6 party | CatchMyParty.com

Lots of outdoors in party pics this week! My favorite parties include an awesome Big Hero 6 party (not necessarily outdoors, but I had to feature it, it's that good), a fun first birthday party with a woodland forest theme, a fantastic girl birthday Teen Beach Movie birthday party, and a gorgeous enchanted forest party with an unbelievable naked cake and beautiful details.

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Now that spring is officially here, we're definitely getting into the swing of things.

This weekend I was busy baking for upcoming recipe posts. For the first time ever I made funfetti mini cheesecakes. It took me three tries to perfect the recipe, but I think I got it right. They look so cute and colorful for spring! Stay tuned, the recipe will be on the blog in a week or so.

Free Printables for Easter

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Free Printables for Easter to decorate your Easter kids parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Today we're sharing a set of free printables for Easter that Lisa from Candles and Favors designed for us.

They have a pretty pink and yellow color scheme and are perfect for your spring Easter celebrations and parties, and they even include an cute Easter egg coloring page for kids!

The collection includes: water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, food tent cards, a "Happy Easter" banner, invitations, cupcake wrappers and a coloring page.

Download the free printables for Easter here!

Below you can see the individual files:

Free Printables for Easter to decorate your Easter kids parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printable Easter Water Bottle Labels| CatchMyParty.com

Free Printable Easter Labels | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printables for Easter to decorate your Easter kids parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printables for Easter to decorate your Easter kids parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printable Easter Coloring Page | CatchMyParty.com

Free Easter banner | CatchMyParty.com

And here are some helpful styling ideas!

Easter party display using free printables | CatchMyParty.com

Easter party display using free printables | CatchMyParty.com

Easter party display using free printables | CatchMyParty.com

Easter party display using free printables | CatchMyParty.com

Would you like to see more of Lisa's personalized designs and party favors? Check out the Candles and Favors website and Facebook and Twitter.

We have a fantastic selection of Easter parties on our site, if you'd like to see them! We also have a lot of free Easter printable collections.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe

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Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe great for an Easter or spring party! | CatchMyParty.com

This delicious Easter marshmallow white chocolate bark recipe from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine would look so pretty on a spring dessert table or packaged up cute as Easter party favors! Who doesn't love white chocolate and marshmallows (with some sprinkles thrown in)?!

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Easter Marshmallow Bark | CatchMyParty.com

I am used to making peppermint bark around the holidays, and thought it would be fun to try an Easter bark!

It is a super delicious treat and easy to make, and perfect for little fingers who are on the go with all the Easter festivities.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Feel free to substitute your favorite pastel Easter candies.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 12 oz bag white chocolate chips
  • 1-2 cups Easter Candy Corn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Easter sprinkles
Ingredients for white chocolate marshmallow bark | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Melt chocolate on medium to low heat in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring each time.

Ingredients for marshmallow bark | CatchMyParty.com

When melted, add butter, and continue to mix until butter melts. Add three cups marshmallows and mix until all marshmallows are coated.

Ingredients for marshmallow bark | CatchMyParty.com

Add candy corn and mix. Spread bark in a 9x13 baking pan on parchment paper.

Ingredients for marshmallow bark | CatchMyParty.com

Add sprinkles white chocolate is still hot.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes for the chocolate to harden.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe  | CatchMyParty.com

Remove from fridge and break into pieces to serve!

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

For more inspiration, check out all the amazing Easter parties and FREE Easter party printable collections on our site!

10 Amazing Mermaid Party Ideas

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10 amazing mermaid party ideas | CatchMyParty.com

If you're thinking of throwing a mermaid birthday party , these ten mermaid party ideas will help you have an amazing party!

1. Under the Sea Cake

Pretty pastel white chocolate shells and fondant scales decorate this fabulous mermaid birthday cake! You can add the scales yourself using fondant, food coloring and a small round cookie cutter. You can also make the chocolate sea shells using seashell molds and candy melts.

Under the Sea cake | CatchMyParty.com

2. Oyster Cookies

Aren't these oyster cookies with a candy pearl just perfect for a mermaid party? You can make these with a variety of round cookies. Just put a white candy in the center.

Oyster Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

3. Free Mermaid Party Printables

A lovely set of party printables -- free -- for under the sea party! The collection includes: invitations, a birthday sign, a banner and mini banner, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, mini candy bar wrappers, gift tags, treat toppers, and tented cards, and gift bag tags.

Mermaid-Printables | CatchMyParty.com

4. Rock candy "coral"

This pretty rock candy is actually pink and purple "coral on a stick!"

Rock candy coral | CatchMyParty.com

5. Jellyfish Decor

Welcome your guests "under the sea" with these inexpensive "jellyfish" paper lanterns. Just use purple paper lanterns and plastic table covers. Here's a jellyfish tutorial.

Jellyfish Decor | CatchMyParty.com

6. Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

Decorating cupcakes, like with these mermaid tails, is another great way to celebrate your party's theme!

Mermaid Tail Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

7. Fish scale backdrop

Overlapping colored paper circles creates a beautiful backdrop for a mermaid party dessert table!

Fish Scale Backdrop | CatchMyParty.com

8. Seashell Chocolate Covered Oreos

Pastel colored seashells work well on these white chocolate-covered Oreos. Again these are easy to make using seashell molds, Oreo molds, and candy melts.

Seashell Chocolate Covered Oreos | CatchMyParty.com

9. Balloon Decor

You can place balloons, in the party's color palette, in a "fish net" -- overhead. Great way to create the setting at your party. This would look great above your dessert table.

Balloon Decor | CatchMyParty.com

10. Pin the Star on the Mermaid

Pin the star(fish) on the mermaid is a perfect party game! If you don't want to make your own, check out this Little Mermaid party game.

Pin the Star on the Mermaid | CatchMyParty.com

Hope these ideas spark your creativity! For more inspiration, check out all the fantastic mermaid parties on our site!

Katy Perry Party and More!

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Katy Perry party and more! | CatchMyParty.com

My favorite parties this week include a Katy Perry party with lots of brightly colored rainbow candy details! It's definitely fabulous!

The others I'm featuring are a gorgeous black and pink spring soiree, a mustache bash first birthday party and a favorite things girl birthday party with a bunny twist! These are really worth checking out.

Clockwise from top left:

Perfect Little Party Planner's Lawson's 1st Birthday

Laura's Little Party's Spring Soiree

Polka Dot Pinwheel Parties' Katy Perry Party!!

Beth K's There's NoBUNNY Like You

We just got back from our annual trip to Disneyland. It's such a different experience seeing Disneyland through my eight-year-old daughter's eyes. It's no longer kitschy and ironic, like when I was in my twenties.

Through her eyes, it's pure unadulterated magic. I think that's one of the gifts of becoming a parent... a total change in perspective and an earnestness that almost hurts your heart.

How To Throw a Beer and Cheese Tasting Party

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We're used to seeing wine and cheese tasting parties, so I decided to mix it up and throw a beer and cheese tasting party. And here's why I did it... Beer brings a different vibe to a party, a little more casual. Beer goes with almost anything, so it's actually easier to pair beer with cheese. And finally, I'm more of a novice in the world of beer so it was fun for me to learn

I recommend throwing a beer and cheese tasting party if your guests don't know each other well. Tastings work as excellent conversation starters.  "What'd you think of the manchego?" "I thought it was a little strong but tasty."

Plus, chances are there will be a beer-lover in the mix, who will be very excited that you are elevating beer to its "rightful" place.

So let's start with the basics. I wanted this to be a non-fussy table, so I used kraft paper as my tablecloth. I put each of the four beers out, ranging from light amber to stout, and wrote on the kraft paper what flavor notes they should find in each one. I had a tasting with my husband beforehand. :)

The beers I served were some fun ones:

Here's what it looked it.

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I also chose 4 cheeses, put those out on a slate cheese board, and with a soapstone crayon, which is safe to use with food, wrote the names of the cheeses on the board. I chose a mix of hard and soft cheese, strong and mild flavors.

The cheeses I served were:

Disclosure: These are all my favorite cheeses.

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To finish out my table, I wanted to make sure there was a lot of "crunchy," so I put out Town House crackers in Flatbread, Pita, Original, and Pretzel flavors.

Like in my previous lemon chive goat cheese dip post, I like to put out lots of interesting flavors, so I also added macadamia nuts, grapes, dried tangerines, cherry tomatoes, olives, and pepper jelly.

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Beer and cheese tasting party

Beer and Cheese Tasting Party

I thought the table looked robust and inviting, just how I imagined it. I garnished the cheese board with a sprig of rosemary from my garden as a final touch. It smelled so good and added to the rustic feel.

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I can't tell you what my favorite beer and cheese combination was. I can tell you that because I couldn't decided, I kept going back for more. :)

From presentably munch-able options, to dipping inspiration, to versatile possibilities, we have the variety that will help her stylishly host any type of gathering - from planned to impromptu.

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