Fruit and Herb Ice Cubes

by Jillian Leslie on

Fruit and Herb Ice Cubes | CatchMyParty.com

This fresh and summery fruit and herb ice cubes idea is from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! What an easy way to add a little color and flavor to your beverages.

Lemon Ice Cubes Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Not only are these fruit and herb ice cubes so pretty to look at, they actually add a bit of flavor to a glass of sparkling water! These are perfect additions to your favorite spring and summer drinks. Such a simple idea will go a long way when entertaining your guests and you can get creative with what fruits and herbs you use. Yum!

Fruit and Herb Ice Cubes | CatchMyParty.com

Ingredients:

  • Ice cube trays
  • Filtered water
  • Sliced fruit and herbs (I used mint, lemon, and pomegranate seeds)
Fruit and Herb Ice Cubes | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Slice up your favorite herbs and fruit ( berries, lemons, oranges work best ) and place in the tray.

Fruit and Herb Ice Cubes | CatchMyParty.com

Fill each cube with filtered water and freeze.

Fruit Ice Cubes Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Allow to freeze overnight.

Fruit Ice Cubes Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Place ice cubes in your favorite drinks!

Lemon Ice Cubes Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I enjoy these in Sprite or sparkling water so I can see the beautiful colors.

Fruit Ice Cubes Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

What do you think? Makes you look forward to summer, doesn't it?

Lemon Ice Cubes Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

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

Big Hero 6 Free Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

Big Hero 6 Free Printables | CatchMyParty.com

We're sharing a set of Big Hero 6 free printables with you today designed by Michelle at Printabelle!

I just saw the movie a week ago and I loved it. It really stuck with me, I think because it was not just fun but very emotional.

It's been so exciting to see the new Big Hero 6 parties added to our site, and now with our free printables you can decorate your own Big Hero 6 parties, too!

Our Free Big Hero 6 party printable collection includes: two welcome signs, invitations, cupcake toppers, tented food cards, and fun photo props.

Download our Big Hero 6 Free Printables Here!

Check out all of the individual files below...

Big Hero 6 Free Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Big Hero 6 Free Printable Invitation | CatchMyParty.com

Big Hero 6 Free Printable Welcome Sign | CatchMyParty.com

Big Hero 6 Free Printable Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Big Hero 6 Free Printable Photo Booth Prop | CatchMyParty.com

Big Hero 6 Free Printable Photo Booth Prop | CatchMyParty.com

Big Hero 6 Free Printable Tented Cards | CatchMyParty.com For more party ideas, check out the Big Hero 6 parties posted on our site. We also have a blog post with amazing Big Hero 6 party ideas you might want to check out. Who knew you could create so many Baymax party decorations!

And if you'd like any of the printables personalized, Michelle at Printabelle will be happy to help!

Garlic Chili Pita Chips

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Garlic Pita Chips Recipe delicious! | CatchMyParty.com

Now that spring is here, and it's time to think about casual entertaining, I wanted to make some quick and easy chips with some serious "kick."( If you had my husband who pretty much drinks hot sauce, you'd understand the need for these.)

I made these garlic chili pita chips to pair with RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac and Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas. The combo of flavors makes me think of sitting by a pool on a warm day, hanging with friends, and having an awesome time.

The chips bring heat and crunch, the RO*TEL’s Rockin’ Guac brings creaminess and touch of tangy tomato and chilies, and the Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas bring an instant party because there are no margaritas to prepare, just pop open a can and enjoy. You could seriously put this whole setup together in about 30 minutes, and the flavors are bold, fresh, and feel like spring.

Garlic chili pita chips recipe with guacamole | CatchMyParty.com

Garlic Chili Pita Chips Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 pitas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375F.

Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut off the outside edge of each pita. Pull both sides of the pita apart.

Garlic chili pita chip ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Brush olive oil over the smooth side of each piece.

Garlic chili pita chip ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Mix the garlic powder and chili powder.

Garlic chili pita chip ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Cut each piece of pita into eight slices and spread them out on a baking sheet. Grab a pinch of the spice mix with your fingers and sprinkle over the chips. Lightly dust with kosher salt.

Bake in the oven at 375F for ten minutes until crunchy and brown.

Garlic chili pita chips | CatchMyParty.com

Enjoy!

Garlic chili pita chips | CatchMyParty.com

RO*TEL Rockin' Guac Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 pitted and peeled avocados
  • 1 can RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mash the avocados in a bowl.

Stir in the remaining ingredients.

Season with salt & pepper.

RO*TEL Rockin' Guac | CatchMyParty.com

Now doesn't this look like a party in your mouth? :)

Garlic Pita Chip Recipe with Guacamole | CatchMyParty.com

Garlic Pita Chips Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Garlic Pita Chip Recipe with Guacamole | CatchMyParty.com

Garlic Pita Chip Recipe with Guacamole | CatchMyParty.com

Zest up your fiesta with RO*TEL's Rockin' Guac and Bud Light's Lime-A-Rita.

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Art Birthday Party and More!

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Art birthday party and other party favorites from the week | CatchMyParty.com

My favorites this week include a colorful rainbow art birthday party with an amazing popcorn bar, a beautiful mermaid party held outdoors, a lovely rainbow unicorn girl birthday party and a very cool race car boy birthday party!

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Our spring break is ending and Lainey, my daughter, heads back to school tomorrow. It was definitely a stay-cation like I'd hoped for. I head to Chicago on Tuesday to speak on a bloggers' panel at ConAgra. I like talking to brands about bloggers because I'm not always sure they understand exactly what we do.

Btw, this is my first time visiting Chicago. I've flown through the airport a host of times, but never seen the actual city. I'm excited to take a look. I hear there's a lake. :)

DIY Painted Planters

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Geometric Painted Flower Pot DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Today I'm sharing cool geometric DIY Painted Planters from Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs. We just got our front porch repainted and these would look awesome on it!

With spring on the horizon, we thought this would be the perfect time to create some fabulous painted planters for all our upcoming floral displays.

Not only would these be functional and fabulous decor items for your home, they would also make the perfect teacher or neighbor gift!

Supplies:

  • Terra cotta planters
  • Spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Scissors
Materials for Planters | CatchMyParty.com

1. Begin by choosing which paint you would like the for the accent color of your planter. We chose a glossy black for a more modern feel! Apply an even coat of spray paint to your planter and allow to dry.

Materials for Planters | CatchMyParty.com

2. Once the paint has dried, it is time to adhere your painter's tape.

Materials for Planters | CatchMyParty.com

3. Using scissors, we cut triangles out of the painter's tape to give our planter a more geometric feel, but any pattern can be created; stripes, polka dots-get creative! Go ahead and add your next paint color. We chose a fun metallic gold!

Materials for Planters | CatchMyParty.com

4. Once the paint is dry, remove your tape.

Final Painted Planters | CatchMyParty.com

5. You now have a pretty, painted planter! Repeat steps 1-5 for any additional planters.

Final Painted Planters | CatchMyParty.com

Once filled with fresh flowers, these would would look fabulous on your porch or windowsill and add the perfect touch of spring to your home decor!

Painted Planters | CatchMyParty.com

Painted Planters | CatchMyParty.com

We can't wait to make some more of these simply chic planters to add to our collection!

Painted Planters | CatchMyParty.com

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

Sweating Next to David Duchovny

by Jillian Leslie on

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They say that your yoga practice changes as you change. I used to think that meant that as you got older, you just couldn't do the cool poses anymore and yoga wasn't fun. It was like yoga for moms, God forbid. But now that I am getting older and I'm a mom, I'm starting to understand what this really means.

If I were to be completely honest, when I started yoga in my early twenties, I did it mostly for the sweaty workouts, the ego boost (watch me touch my nose to my knees), and the trendiness of the whole thing. I started taking class in Santa Monica, CA, the epicenter of trendy.

I'd come home from yoga excited that I sweated next to David Duchovny for an hour and a half. And if I got a sense of peace, calm, or insight after class, I might not have even noticed.

Now that I'm not in my twenties anymore, and a mom, I can no longer touch my nose to my knees, in fact, my knees hurt sometimes when I walk up the stairs. But my yoga practice has changed... for the better.

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It's now about trying to stay present in my body and with my breath, exploring my edge, and embracing my limitations. By having the time and space on the mat, and the years behind me, I know what really matters.

What I've found is the more I keep things simple and pure -- whether that be eating fresh farmers market fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water to stay hydrated (thank you, Nestle Pure Life Water), doing yoga at my own pace, taking moments out of my day to focus on what I'm grateful for, or working to let go of the belief systems that keep me stuck (hello, inner critic) -- the better I feel. And if I feel better, I know it has a positive effect on those around me, like my husband and daughter.

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The older I get, the more I see how interconnected we all are, and with my family, I see how we all impact each other and build off of one another.

It's a different way of thinking from my life in my early 20s, and I wouldn't trade that wisdom or self-knowledge for a cool handstand in the middle of the yoga room or sweating next to David Duchovny. Not that it wasn't fun. :)

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10 Amazing Star Wars Party Ideas

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10 Awesome Star Wars party ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Today we are sharing ten awesome Star Wars party ideas. This is a very popular theme on our site and it seems to just be getting more and more so! We've included lots of fantastic Star Wars ideas from creative party food to cool Star Wars decorations. We promise, these ideas will really "wow" the birthday boy or girl, and definitely your guests!

1. Star Wars Party Cake

A fantastic cake is a great way to set the stage for your Star Wars party! Yours doesn't have to be this elaborate, of course, but we had to show this one off!

Star Wars Cake | CatchMyParty.com

2. Free Printable Lightsaber Napkin Wraps

These free printable lightsaber tableware wraps from our site are perfect for your Star Wars party.

Light Saber | CatchMyParty.com

3. Free Printable R2D2 Cups

An extremely well put together little droid cup decoration with free printables from our site!

R2D2 Label | CatchMyParty.com

4. Death Star Cake Pops

These tiny Death Star pops are so cute and relatively easy to make. Death Star cake pops | CatchMyParty.com

5. Han Solo Jello

You can encase Han Solo in Jello for a fun themed party treat!

Han Jello | CatchMyParty.com

6. Tie Fighter Treats

You can make these tiny TIE fighter sweets with two cookies and a mini marshmallow and some melted white chocolate for glue.

Tie Fighter Treats | CatchMyParty.com

7. Light Saber Pretzels

Transform candy dipped pretzel rods into light sabers using candy melts.

Pretzel light saber | CatchMyParty.com

8. Yoda Soda

Any green soft drink will work well as this yummy Yoda Soda!

Yoda Soda | CatchMyParty.com

9. Star Wars Party Boxed Lunch

Make up some Star Wars box lunches for the party guests using these themed ideas.

Star Wars boxed lunch | CatchMyParty.com

10. DIY Hutt Dogs

We love DIY bars at Catch My Party. How about a DIY Hutt dog bar, and let your guests dress up their own hot dogs.

Hutt dogs | CatchMyParty.com

If you'd like to see more party ideas, take a look at all the amazing Star Wars parties on our site! And if you throw one, please add it to our site so others in our community can enjoy what you did!

Rainbow Unicorn Party and more

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Rainbow unicorn party and more! | CatchMyParty.com

Happy Easter! Hope your day with family and friends was just what you needed. It was an almost rainy day here in Northern California. We need the rain so badly, so it was pretty disappointing.

But to cheer myself up, I found some beautiful parties to show off this week, including this gorgeous rainbow unicorn party!

I'm also loving this fun George Pig (Peppa's brother) birthday party, a beautiful springtime garden 1st birthday party with lots of ladybugs, and a lovely, rustic outdoor Easter egg decorating party! These are must-see, so please check them out and scroll through the photos. And if you're inclined, leave a message for the wonderful party throwers!

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We're on spring break this week with no major plans. I'm a natural homebody, so I'll take a staycation anyday, and with all the running around we've been doing, I think my husband and daughter will, too! I'm heading to Chicago in a week or so.

Cake Batter Mini Cheesecake Recipe

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Check out our funfetti cheesecake recipe perfect for spring! CatchMyParty.com

I love cake batter anything -- cake, cookies, milkshakes... The flavors remind me of birthday parties when I was a kid. Plus I think they look so colorful and festive.

So when we were coming up with an idea for a fun spring dessert using Philadelphia Cream Cheese, I immediately thought... cake batter cheesecake!! Plus, we just got this new mini cheesecake pan that I read good reviews about, and I couldn't wait to try it out.

Funfetti cheesecake ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Cake Batter Mini Cheesecake Recipe

Ingredients: For the Filling
  • 8 ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese (1 8oz packages)
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vanilla cake mix
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles
For the Crust
  • 1/4 box graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons walnut pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Melt the butter (about 30 seconds on high in the microwave). Put the graham crackers, walnuts, and salt into a food processor and pulse until broken down into crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until combined. Spray the pan with some non stick spray. Place 2 teaspoons of graham cracker into each mini cheesecake container and pack firmly with a spoon.

In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add the egg, mixing until incorporated. Mix in the sugar and cake batter, adding a few tablespoons at a time. You don't want to over mix, you just want a smooth consistency.

Stir in the sprinkles, reserving a few pinches for garnish.

Pour the mixture into the mini cheesecake pan, about 1 1/2 tablespoons for each mini cheesecake.

Optional: Sprinkle the top of each cheesecake with sprinkles before baking. If you see the photo of the ones right out of the oven, those were topped with sprinkles, but the ones in the bottom photos with the whipped cream, were not. Totally your choice.

Funfetti cheesecake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Let it cool on the counter until you can handle the pan, pop out each cheesecake, and chill for an hour or two. They will fall a little while cooling.

Funfetti cheesecake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Top with a dollop of whipped cream and add a few sprinkles. Aren't they adorable and divine?!

Funfetti cheesecake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Tip: Apply whipped cream right as you are about to serve because it will melt fast, even with chilled cheesecake. See my photos below!

Funfetti cheesecake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Funfetti cheesecake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Funfetti cheesecake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Happy spring and happy Easter!

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It was fun to partner with Philadelphia Cream Cheese to come up with this dessert for Easter! Do you have a favorite Easter recipes using Philadelphia Cream Cheese? Leave a comment below and share.

Note: I came up with this recipe myself. It is not an original Philadelphia Cream Cheese recipe.

Easter Egg Place Card Craft

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Easter egg place card craft! See more Easter ideas at CatchMyParty.com!

This lovely Easter egg place card craft from Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs would look gorgeous on your Easter dinner table!

Easter is only a few days away, so we thought we would share a quick, simple, and chic way to add a bit of glitz to your holiday tablescape! With just a few supplies, you can add a touch of custom creativity that all your guests will be sure to enjoy!

Supplies:

Supplies Easter Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

1. Begin by spray painting your egg in the color of your choosing. We chose a modern, metallic gold!

Materials Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

2. Once the paint has dried, it's time to add some fun polka dots using the Mod Podge & foam pouncer.

Materials Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

3. Dip the foam pouncer into the Mod Podge and place dots randomly on your egg.

Glitter Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

4. It's now time to add some glitter!

Glitter Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

5. Gently sprinkle the glitter onto the Mod Podge dots and allow to dry. Once the glitter has set, carefully wipe away any excess glitter from your egg.

Glitter Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

6. Next, take a portion of your ribbon and size it to fit around your egg.

Ribbon Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

9. Wrap the ribbon around the center of your egg and adhere with a small dot of hot glue.

Final Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

10. Now it's time to personalize your place card! We found these gorgeous and free place card printables from 100 Layer Cake and were able to customize them and print them to fit our egg! (We printed on 110 pound card stock).

Final Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

11. Using either double stick tape or glue, adhere your printable place card to the center of the egg the atop the ribbon.

Easter Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

You now have an adorable Easter Egg Place Card that will add the perfect touch of sweet sophistication to your holiday table!

Easter Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

Easter Egg Place Card | CatchMyParty.com

Happy Easter, everyone!!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

For more inspiration, check out this amazing selection of Easter parties on our site! We also have a lot of free Easter printables to help you decorate for Sunday.

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