Tips For Getting Your Party Featured on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

Tips for Getting Your Party Featured on Catch My Party!

I was recently asked how I choose what parties to feature on our homepage and on our social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, so I wanted to give you my tips for getting your party featured on Catch My Party and shed some light on how I go about deciding.

Beautiful Photos

The first thing I look for is beautiful photos. I know it sounds obvious, but it couldn't be more true!

I look for photos shot in good (usually natural) light, that aren't blurry, and that show off all the interesting elements of the party.

I like a mix of close ups and panoramic shots. I don't like a lot of collages because it can be hard to make out the details.

I like to think about parties as stories. What story are you telling with the photos you add, and how are you building that story?

Number of Photos

A party needs at least 10 photos for me to consider featuring it because if people click through to see more, I want there to be something substantial there.

I would say adding more photos is better than fewer, but if I see multiple photos of the same thing, or lots of blurry shots, I know our users won't like it, so I won't feature it.

Having too many photos (say over 50) can also be a detriment because it's a lot to ask a user to scroll through who is probably just looking for a few great ideas.

Party Recaps... Yes!

I love details! I love captions. I love shout outs (and links) to the people that helped you put your party together. I love knowing where your bought stuff or how you made it. I love knowing what you ate and drank and what your favorite moments at your party were.

For me, it is all those details that make the party come to life... and again, it's all about the story. A good story, with good photos, gets me every time!

Don't be shy about sharing what you know or what you're proud of with our community. It's amazing the response you'll get.

Interesting or Unique Party Themes

I love showing off great, new, creative themes. Of course I'm a big fan of Frozen parties, superhero parties, and circus parties, but if there's a new theme I haven't seen before, and the photos are stunning, chances are I will be showing off that party!

I remember the first time I saw a Disney Up party and I couldn't wait to share it everywhere!

Photoshoots and Staged Parties

Real parties are my favorite, and if they have real people in them having a fun time, even better.

But, I will definitely feature photo shoots and staged parties if the photos are great, and there are interesting and inspiring elements in the set up. Having real people in them also makes a big difference.

Staged parties, where the sole purpose of the shoot is to sell products, probably won't be featured because they can feel "spammy" to our users. It's just not our vibe.

Watermarks

I'm a big believer in watermarking your photos. It's a great way to protect what is rightfully yours. If however, your watermarks obscure your photos and make them difficult to see, it's hard for me to show off your party.

So finally...

I hope this gives you some insight into what I think about when sharing and featuring parties.

But really what I want to say is thank you for all the parties you add. I get excited each morning when I get to my computer and I see all the new parties from all over the world.

You are a creative and generous community, you love your friends and families dearly (it shows), and you inspire me every day. I love what I do because of you.

If you have any questions, or there are things I haven't answered, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

How To Make Homemade Birthday Party Hats

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How To Make Homemade Birthday Party Hats | CatchMyParty.com

Have you ever wondered how to make homemade birthday party hats that that take traditional birthday hats to a new level? Well Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here to show how to make these beautiful handmade floral party hats.

Who says party hats are just for children's parties? We put a chic spin on your average party hat by using modern colors and fresh flowers! This fresh and floral take on your basic party hat will have your guests ready to celebrate!

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Fresh flowers
  • Party Hat Template
  • Cardstock
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pen
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1) First, carefully cut out your party hat template, which we found here.

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

2) Trace the template on to your cardstock (we chose a minty blue).

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3) This should leave you with the perfectly outlined shape for your hat

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

4) Carefully cut out the shape of your hat

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

5) With your pen marks facing the inside of the hat, roll your paper into the cone shape and seal the edge with a few beads of hot glue. This should leave you with the standard party hat shape.

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

6) Take your fresh flowers and get the scissors as close as you can to the base of the bloom.

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

7) Once you have destemmed your flowers, they should resemble this

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

8) With a dot of hot glue, begin adhering your flowers around the base of your homemade party hat

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

9) As you add your flowers to your hat, be sure to layer and mix up colors to create a pretty spread. Continue adding until the desired amount of flowers are on the base of your hat. We included some gold painted ferns for a bit of extra sparkle!

10) Simply staple two satin ribbons to the sides of the hat, or a piece of elastic to both sides of the hat so it can be secured to someone's head

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Congratulations on creating your very own chic and modern homemade birthday party hat! Enjoy your hat at a garden party, bridal shower, girl birthday, or brunch! The options are endless!

Thanks, Missy and Kristen for another stunning tutorial! To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

Back to School Treat Ideas

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Back to School Treat Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

If you're looking for back to school treat ideas to send your kids back with smiles on their faces, Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake is here today with a great back to school snack box DIY that your kids will love! Take it away, Virginie...

Whether your kids are excited to go back to school or a little apprehensive, I am sure finding these cute snack boxes in their backpacks will lift their spirit for the day :)

I even used some free printables from Catch My Party to embellish and personalize the boxes.

Back to School Treat Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

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 Directions:

  • First cut out the patterned paper using the milk carton template (You can actually print the template directly onto the paper to make it a lot easier)
  • If you have a scorer, score all the lines
  • If you wish to add a straw, now is a good time to make a hole, before you start folding
  • Fold on every line
  • Start assembling the box by closing the sides, making a tube. Glue the tab.
  • Then glue the bottom
  • Finally close the top
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  • Fill the box with you child's favorite snacks before shutting with glue
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  • Use the printables and some twine to embellish! You can also personalize the boxes by writing your own special message…
Back to School Treat Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

If you're looking for back to school treat ideas for an upcoming parent back to school night, these would work great for that too!
Thank you, Virginie, for sharing this awesome garland banner with us! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest 
 

A Frozen Party and Other Great Parties!

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I love Sundays when I get to share my favorite parties of the week! You won't be disappointed with these! Check out this elegant Frozen party,  a girly circus party in pink for a 1st birthday, a Neverland birthday party, and a Jake and the Neverland Pirates boy birthday with fantastic details.

A Frozen party and other great parties to see! CatchMyParty.com

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For those of you who have headed back to school already, I hope it's been an easy transition for you and your kids.  For those still heading back, good luck!

Hope you enjoyed these beautiful parties...

 

Slime Halloween Party Favors

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Easy slime Halloween party favors + free printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Now that my daughter is back to school, I'm excited to bring you my first Halloween post of the year -- slime Halloween party favors!

Some people call this slime "gak" or "blubber." It is the easiest thing to make, and so fun for kids (and adults).

We were introduced to it at booth at this year's Maker's Faire. My daughter made it herself and couldn't stop playing with it. It's got this really cool Silly Putty feel, but a little more stretchy and springy. You can even blow bubbles in it!

Here's how you make it...

SLIME RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Elmer's Glue (2 bottles)
  • 2 Tbs Borax
  • Food coloring -- I used a lot of neon green
  • Water
  • A bowl and a cup
Easy slime Halloween party favors + free printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

  • Combine 8 oz of glue (2 bottles) and 8 oz of water in a big bowl
Easy slime Halloween party favors! | CatchMyParty.com
  • Add as much food coloring as you like, I prefer lots of neon green.
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  • In a separate cup dissolve Borax into 8 oz of warm water
  • Slowly pour the Borax solution into the glue solution and mix until it starts to come together
Easy slime Halloween party favors + free printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Easy slime Halloween party favors + free printables! | CatchMyParty.com

I put the slime into small plastic bags and with silver ribbons attached these free Halloween party printables from our site.

My daughter said all the kids would love me if I passed out slime Halloween party favors at our upcoming Halloween party. And for parents taking it home, I promise it's not too messy.

Easy slime Halloween party favors + free printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Easy slime Halloween party favors + free printables! | CatchMyParty.com

We were also asked by Elmer's Glue to share how important Elmer's Glue is as part of shopping for school supplies. But at our house, Elmer's goes way beyond that.

Since my daughter was little, I have always had multiple bottles of Elmer's Glue and multiple tubes of Elmer's Glue Sticks at the ready. I store them in her art bucket, along with paper, markers, scissors colored pencils, tape, craft sticks, and pipe cleaners.

Easy slime Halloween party favors + free printables! | CatchMyParty.com

The art bucket is always within reach, so that way, she can create anytime the mood strikes her. I was introduced to this idea from my friend Rachelle, founder of TinkerLab, who wrote a wonderful book about supporting kids as they explore their creativity . You might want to check it out.

And since there is nothing more fun than crafting with your children. Another resource worth taking a look at is the Elmer’s Parents Club. It's a handy site filled with great crafting ideas for your whole family (including my slime recipe).

Elmer’s is America’s #1 School Glue. A must-have for every backpack, Elmer’s School Glue is always safe, always washable.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Elmer’s via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Elmer’s.

Back to School Fashion

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Back to School Fashion Ideas | CatchMyParty.com I was asked by JCPenny to outfit my daughter, Lainey, in some of their back to school fashion and show off her favorite finds. This was a really fun post to do, because Lainey got to express her creativity from start to finish.

First, she and I headed to JCPenny, and once inside, I let her loose, picking out everything she liked. She started with tee shirts, jackets, and infinity scarves!

Lainey is seven, and seven is such a unique age. It's really when you can see your kids turn from "little kids" into full-blown people with strong senses of self, and a real awareness for how they want to show themselves off to the world.

I could also see a lot of my influence on her, which I was a little surprised by. I love infinity scarves, cardigans, costume jewelry, leggings, and crossbody bags, but we don't usually talk about my fashion choices. However, now I've learned she likes a lot of those same thing.

It made me very mindful of how much we influence our children, even when we aren't aware we are doing it. It definitely speaks to the notion that children pick up most from us by what we do, and not what we say.

I always thought it was cute that Lainey would say when she grows up she wants to be a blogger and entrepreneur like her mom. But to be honest, I always thought this was just something she said.

Now it makes me realize that I need to take what she says a little more seriously. Maybe she's not yet ready for a Wordpress blog, but how about that lemonade stand she's been talking about? Maybe I really need to help her make that happen.

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Check out all the cute back to school fashion she styled!

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And the poses are 100% authentic. It's amazing what you can capture when you take a few hundred photos!

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Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe

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Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe. Delicious! See more recipes at CatchMyParty.com

It's not fall yet, in fact it's going to be in the eighties today, but my daughter heads back to school this week, so I can't stop thinking about fall and fall flavors. That's why I'm excited to share my favorite cinnamon apple raisin bread pudding recipe.

This bread pudding is so warm and moist. It's like biting into a fluffy, sweet, cloud of apples, raisins, and cinnamon. Plus, I topped it with a drizzle of Nutella just to give it a slight hint of chocolate. So scrumptious!

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 5 cups bread, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (1/2 stick)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
Directions:

Prepare your bread by cutting it into 1 inch cubes. If the bread isn't stale, you can put the cubes on a cookie sheet in the oven, set to the lowest temperature (our is 175F), for about 15 minutes, until they feel firm to the touch.

In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and beat them just until the yolks and whites are combined. Add the milk, melted butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix by hand until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the bread crumbs. Let it sit for about 15 minutes to let the bread crumbs have absorb the liquid.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Stir in the raisins, and one apple, chopped into 1/4" cubes. Pour into a greased 8x8" pan. Cook for about 40 minutes.

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And here it is right out of the oven. I wish you could smell it!

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And here is the warm bread pudding with a drizzle of Nutella!

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If you try our cinnamon apple raisin bread pudding recipe, please send me a photo. I'd love to see what you do!

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Last week, Nutella asked me to share what makes me happy and I shared how taking photos, especially of food, makes me happy.

Well, this week, they asked me to share what I love (food photography) with someone I love. So here's my daughter, Lainey, trying her hand at food photography.

She watches me take photos like these all the time, so she was really excited to give it a try. She styled the bread pudding just right, then started snapping.

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One thing I've taught her is that you have to take lots of photos to get one good shot. So that's what she did!! It was great fun watching her experiment with different camera angles, set ups, and light. I do think she's starting to have a great eye.

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And here's something fun if you love Nutella. The Nutella ‘Spread the Happy’ Sweepstakes is on now through Sept. 1st.  To enter, just submit a photo of your favorite Nutella combo & you’ll be entered to win one of 50 prize packages! The prize packages include:

  • Nutella tote bag
  • T-shirts
  • (1) mug
  • (1) tumbler
  • (1) spreader
  • (2) coupons for free jars of Nutella
To increase your chances, you can enter once a day if you like.

And, to inspire you with ideas, check out all our Nutella recipes!

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the HappyTM.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of Nutella via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nutella.

1st Day of School Free Printables

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Free 1st Day of School Free Printables available at CatchMyParty.com

Today my daughter, Lainey, went back to school. So I can always remember these milestones, I took a photo of her this morning holding one of our 1st day of school free printables. I love how sleepy she looks. :)

Download our 1st day of school free printables here.

We've got these 1st day of school free printables for every grade, so if you need one for your child, just download the file, print it out, and ask your kid to say "cheese"!

Wishing you all a wonderful school year ahead...

 

Free Baby Shower Bingo Printable Cards for a Girl Baby Shower

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Free Baby Shower Bingo Printable Cards for a Girl Baby Shower | CatchMyParty.com

Free Baby Shower Bingo Printable Cards for a Girl Baby Shower | CatchMyParty.com

Free Girl Baby Shower Bingo Printable Cards

Last week I posted our free boy baby shower bingo cards, and as promised, Michelle at Printabelle has also designed these free baby shower bingo printable cards for all of you planning girl baby showers!

Just print out the fifteen cards and instructions, and you're ready to go. I always find baby shower bingo to be the perfect ice breaker for your guests. It's a low stress way to get everyone together and laughing.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Free Girl Baby Shower Printables

And the best part is we designed this set to match our adorable "It's a Girl" free baby shower printables set designed by Green Apple Paperie. Now you can have an entire coordinated party!

Free printable set for a girl baby shower | CatchMyParty.com

Pink and Yellow Party Supplies

And if you need  pink and yellow baby shower party supplies, we've got those too in the Catch My Party Store. We've got everything from all the coolest candy to the pretty tableware to some awesome decorations (including many DIY items). Now you have everything you need to throw a very special party!

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Hope you now have any easy time putting together an adorable girl baby shower with our free printables and our free baby shower bingo printable cards!

And if you’d like any of the bingo card printables personalized, Michelle will do it starting at just $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Video Game Boy Birthday Party Ideas and More!

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Video Game Boy Birthday Party Ideas and More! | CatchMyParty.com

Here are my four favorite parties added to our site this week.

I'm usually showing off girl birthdays because they're so pretty, but this week, I'm excited to show off parties where three of the parties are for boys!

For great video game boy birthday party ideas, I'm showing off a Space Invaders Video Game Birthday Party and a Mario Kart birthday! There's also a fantastic LEGO police birthday party  filled with such fun cops and robbers. And because I do love girl birthdays so, here's a beautiful vintage shabby chic girl birthday party with lots of pink to make you swoon!

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My daughter is heading back to school on Tuesday. Goodbye summer, it's been real... On to fall and all that that brings (even though it's still in the eighties here)!

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