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Slime Halloween Party Favors

by Jillian Leslie on

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
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Directions:

  • Combine 8 oz of glue (2 bottles) and 8 oz of water in a big bowl
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  • 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!

by Jillian Leslie on

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!

Clockwise from top left:

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)!

Easy Birthday Party Craft Ideas

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Birthday party craft ideas! See more party ideas at CatchMyParty.com

I know people (including myself) struggle to find engaging and inexpensive birthday party craft ideas. A bounce house is great entertainment of course, but what else to keep the kids busy?

I was asked by Elmer's Painters to come up with a DIY with my daughter, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share a party craft that would work great at any kids birthday party, especially a princess or fairy party!

Birthday party craft ideas! See more party ideas at CatchMyParty.com

I bought these heart-shaped bottles at Michaels for $2 each and a few packs of sticky stencils.

Birthday party craft ideas! See more party ideas at CatchMyParty.com

Birthday party craft ideas! See more party ideas at CatchMyParty.com

Lainey wouldn't even let me lay everything out before she dove in. She began by sticking on the letter and flower stencils, and then couldn't wait to paint them. She loved trying out all the different colors.

What's great about these paint markers is they can work on wood, plastic, clay, glass, metal, foam board, fabric, and ceramic, and they are non-toxic with no funky smell. I felt good letting Lainey create with them.

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And the best part was she was totally engrossed. She decided after she decorated her first bottle filled with "love" and flowers, that she'd make a second bottle just for potions. (She's reading Harry Potter.)

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Once the bottles were dry, I attached a ribbon to each one, and filled them with white M&Ms to look like party favors. Lainey was a big fan of the M&Ms!

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So just think of all the possibilities. You could have your guests paint on tee shirts, jars, wooden boxes, terra cotta pots, mugs, plates... you name it.

(Btw, I've read that if you use the markers on ceramics, you can bake them for 30 minutes at 350 and the paint will become permanent. Now you don't have to have your party at a pottery painting studio. You can do it all at home!)

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Hope this gives you some easy birthday party craft ideas! If you try any of these, I'd love to know, so please email me a photo!

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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.

Free Printable Lunchbox Notes + Blog Hop

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Free Printable Lunchbox Notes perfect for back to school! | CatchMyParty.com

If your kids gets a little nervous on the first day of school, or if you just want to send a little message saying "you can do it!" check out our free printable lunchbox notes designed by Michelle at Printabelle.

I love sending my daughter, Lainey, to school with these notes to let her know I'm thinking about her. She says they really make her happy!

I usually send them during her first week, but now as I'm writing this, I think I should print out a bunch and have them at the ready, so I can surprise her during the rest of the school year. I believe these little gestures make such a difference!

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DOWNLOAD FREE PRINTABLE LUNCHBOX NOTES

The lunch notes are part of this entire collection of free back to school printables we have on our site. If you're thinking of throwing a party, take a look at all that we're offering.

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If you’d like any of the lunch notes or back to school printables personalized, Michelle at Printabelle 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.

And for more back to school party planning ideas, check out these parties on our site!

Also, I'm excited to be part of this free back to school printable blog hop (with some of my favorite women on the web).

Take a look. With planners, bookplates, lunchbox notes, stickers, and more...  they'll be something you'll want to download!

 

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Back to School Free Printable Blog Hop | CatchMyParty.com

FROM TOP - LEFT TO RIGHT

Weekly School Planner - No Biggie

Bulldog Bookplates - Hostess with the Mostess

Good Morning Sunshine Morning Routine Checklist - Kori Clark

Eat Up Lunchbox Back-to-School Stickers - Nest of Posies

I Love You Because Art Prints - Pen N' Paper Flowers

Grade School Photo Signs - Skip to My Lou

Weekly School Calendar - Living Locurto

Coconut Nutella Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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Coconut Nutella Oatmeal Cookie Recipe! | CatchMyParty.com

Since we're doing a series of posts with Nutella, and Nutella is one of my favorite foods (ask my husband), I had to share my coconut Nutella oatmeal cookie recipe.

I'm a big oatmeal cookie fan. I love the rustic feel of the oats and the crunchy chewiness of the cookie, but I don't like mine with raisins, only chocolate chips.

So here's my spin... I experimented by making these cookies into thumbprints, and because of the stiff cookie dough, they held their shape quite well during baking. Then I spooned in a little Nutella and sprinkled big coconut flakes on top.

They had the cinnamon oat-y taste I love. They were definitely crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside. The Nutella gave them just the right amount of gooey chocolatey-ness, and there was just a hint of coconut to make them interesting. These is definitely my new go-to oatmeal cookie recipe!

COCONUT NUTELLA OATMEAL COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Mix the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and oats, in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg, butter, sugar, and vanilla to a second mixing bowl. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients in three batches until combined.

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Place tablespoon sized balls onto a silpat or lightly greased baking sheet, and using your thumb or finger make indentations in each one.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes until they just start to brown.

When just out of the oven,  use a measuring spoon to give the thumbprints a little more shape.

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Spoon Nutella into a ziplock bag. Snip a small corner of the bag, and pipe the Nutella on to the cookies. Shake the cookies a little to get the Nutella smooth.

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Sprinkle coconut flakes on top and there you have it!

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I just love how they turned out!

Coconut Nutella Oatmeal Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Coconut Nutella Oatmeal Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Since Nutella is all about "spreading the happy," they wanted me to share what makes me happy. Well, if you read my blog, you've probably guessed it... cooking, baking, and photography.

Most weekends you'll see me like this, in my yoga pants, high on a step stool or chair, improvising with anything and everything to get the perfect shot.

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I fell in love with photography in high school where I used to develop my own film. Now that I have an iPhone and a DSLR, it's even more exciting because of the immediacy. I snap and there's my photo. Plus, with all the editing software out there, I'm like a kid in a candy store. I find it so creative.

I got into cooking and baking once I started dating my now husband. We took some cooking classes together and we were hooked. It's one of our most enjoyable things to do together, even to this day. Almost all the recipes we post on our blog have his invisible (and sometimes visible) hands in them.

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.

7 Must-Have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Ideas

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Here are my must-have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party ideas to help you throw an amazing party!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles parties are super popular on our site, and now with the movie opening, I bet it will become even more so!

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dessert table

A fantastic backdrop and dessert table sets the stage for the party, like this one with a green chevron pattern and awesome treats!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Ideas - Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cake Pops

Cake pops are fun for everyone and these cute turtle pops are perfect for the party!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Ideas - Cake Pops| CatchMyParty.com

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Drinks

Themed drinks like this green "Sewer Ooze" are a great way to add interest to the party and create some fun!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Ideas - Drinks | CatchMyParty.com

4. Make Your Own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nunchuks

Make sure you have an activity for the party guests, like making their own nunchuks from pool noodles. Clever!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Ideas - Party Activity | CatchMyParty.com

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cake

An amazing sewer cake is a must, like this one with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the city!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Ideas - Cake | CatchMyParty.com

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Favor Bags

Your guests will love to take home these favors made from green paper bags dressed up with colorful paper masks and googley eyes!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party Ideas  - Party Favors| CatchMyParty.com

 

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Supplies

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Here's a selection of party supplies from the Catch My Party Store that would look great at a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party!

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles napkins

2. Green striped mini popcorn boxes

3. Green snack polka dot cups

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles loot bags

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cups

6. Chevron stripe treat cups

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blowouts

8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles plates

Check out all our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Supplies here!

Hope you enjoyed these must-have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party ideas! For more ideas, check out all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles parties on our site!

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