Happy Thanksgiving!

by Jillian Leslie on

Happy Thanksgiving from Jillian and CatchMyParty.com

This year, I've been working on cultivating gratitude in my everyday life. I've found that when things feel tough, it brings a little bit of softening to my worries, and creates a little more space in those times of discomfort.

And when I get frustrated because there's so much more I want to do... to accomplish... to have... it's like a little reminder that says, "It's okay, Jill, it's really all okay, there's enough."

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. May your hearts be open, and may you, too, feel like there's "abundance" in the world!

Giving Back While Shopping This Christmas

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As I had mentioned in my previous TOMS for Target post, TOMS and Target have teamed up this holiday season so that for every #TOMSForTarget gift you buy, they're giving away shoes, a blanket, or a meal to someone in need. I think that's such a great way to be giving back while shopping this Christmas.

As part of this campaign I got to go to Target and purchase some of those special items. To help me show them off is Lainey...

Here she is in her cute new TOMS tee shirt and hoodie. Sparkly gold is everything to a seven-year-old, so the tee shirt was a big hit, and she really liked the pink and black designs on the hoodie.

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Here she's examining her new zippered clutch, which is the new home to her special calligraphy pens.

How to Give Back at the Holidays | CatchMyParty.com

And finally something for me. My new "everything" bag. I always have one on me. This is my go-to bag to carry groceries, random purchases, swim clothes, ballet clothes, workout clothes, etc. Every mom needs one. And while I don't usually like to wear labels, because I believe so strongly in TOMS' mission, I feel happy to carry this bag.

How to Give Back at the Holidays | CatchMyParty.com

There were other items from the collection I was eyeing, but when I went to my local Target, they were sold out, so if you're thinking of getting TOMS for Target items, act fast. The collection will be gone before you know it.

I also had to share the clever way TOMS+Target launched their campaign. In the mail, I received their "together sweater" a two-headed sweater to represent their partnership. How cool is this!

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And here Lainey and I are wearing it. It's warm and cozy and definitely brings us together. Thanks #TOMSForTarget.

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TOMS For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we're (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget

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

Thanksgiving Kids' Table Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

Last-Minute Kids' Table Thanksgiving Ideas |CatchMyParty.com

Today we have some fun, last-minute Thanksgiving kids' table ideas from Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party!

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! We love the time that is spent with family. And this year, our family has grown. So if your family is big like ours, and you're thinking about setting up a kid’s table, here is some inspiration to get you started!

Thanksgiving Kids Table Ideas Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Make sure you save a designated area for the kiddies: This could be a small area in your dining room, or even a spot outside. Here in California, we end up doing a lot of outdoor dining, even in November.

Thanksgiving Kids Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Make your kid tablescape fun & inviting: You can add a placemat that has games & coloring options. Or you can set out a few coloring books for each guest. I also made sure their table had easy access to cupcakes & turkey shaped suckers.

I found the suckers at Tai Pan Trading. They were displayed in a darling mason jar from Just Add Glitter. Marla creates such beautiful jars - I love using them in all of my parties!

Thanksgiving Kids' Table Ideas Turkey Pops | CatchMyParty.com

Set out smaller & easy to handle cups & dishes: There are lots of kid-friendly dining options, and cute plates are one of them! I scooped up these plastic raccoon shaped plates, and matching cups from Walmart. The placemat is from Hobby Lobby. My no-fuss table cover was nothing more than a couple yards of burlap that I found at JoAnn Fabrics.

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Embellish a few things with festive printables: I came across a darling Thanksgiving themed printable set from DimplePrints. They were offering a huge printable set as a free download on their site. Lots of fun items to choose from! I added the circle toppers to our cupcakes, and wrapped them with their printable wraps. The turkey straw flags were a hit on the polka dotted straws from Target.

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas Straw Flag | CatchMyParty.com

In addition to the kid’s table that was filled with treats & coloring books, we brought out our mini covered wagon! I added a bushel of fake vegetables, a fall wreath, and a gorgeous ‘Be Thankful’ banner. The banner is beautifully hand crafted with burlap, and festive die cut pieces. Rina from Mothership Scrapbook Gal did a fantastic job on it!

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Not only will the covered wagon serve as a neat backdrop for our little guests’ area, but the kids will have a blast playing inside, and letting their imaginations soar. And when you mix imaginations, kids, family, and great food, you’ve created a recipe for a memorable event! It doesn't get much better than that!

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

Wishing you & your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 To learn more about Laura, find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

 

Last Minute Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

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Last-Minute Delicious Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

If you are looking for last-minute and delicious Thanksgiving dessert ideas, we've got them! Here are 9 of my favorite desserts to give you some ideas beyond the usual fare.

I've created each recipe myself, so I know they how easy and tasty each one is, I promise you won't be disappointed. And if you make one of these =, please email me a photo to jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see how yours turned out!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe

Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

Apple Crumble Cake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Mini Cranberry Apple Pie Recipe

Mini Cranberry Apple Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Zesty Lemon Cake Recipe

Zesty Lemon Cake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Pumpkin Pie Blondie Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Blondie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares Recipe

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, please check out these awesome Thanksgiving parties for more inspiration. Also, we have a ton of free Thanksgiving printables to decorate your dinners, so please check them out.

A Rustic Thanksgiving Dinner and more!

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A Rustic Thanksgiving Dinner and more! | CatchMyParty.com

A rustic Thanksgiving dinner and more! With the holidays upon us, we are seeing so many fantastic parties and I'm sharing four of my very favorites from this week, including two Thanksgiving themed parties and two Christmas ones, including one with the Grinch!

A turquoise and orange Pilgrims and Indians Thanksgiving party, a rustic Thanksgiving party held outdoors, a fun green and red Grinch themed Christmas party and a festive and rustic backyard Christmas party!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! My gratitude list is very long, hope yours is too.

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe

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Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast! | CatchMyParty.com

Today we're sharing a delicious cranberry orange scone recipe  from Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine. How yummy would these be on Thanksgiving morning!

There is just something about this cranberry orange scones recipe that I love. Well, scones period. Perfect for breakfast, warmed with a dab of butter. I could eat an entire batch!

The best part is they aren’t too sweet. The tartness of the fresh cranberries and citrus of the orange, make these scones a delicious holiday treat!

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Ingredients:

  • 3⁄4 -1 cup fresh cranberries (whole or chopped)
  • Orange zest from one large orange
  • 1-2 tablespoons juice from orange
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1⁄3 cup whole milk or cream
  • 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, chilled cut into pieces
  • 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
Directions:

Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl. Whisk together. Cut butter into small cubes. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour until it resembles small pea like pieces.

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Fold in orange zest. I like to use this zester on my orange.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Using a fork, slightly beat egg.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Add egg and milk to flour mixture. It will be sticky.

Fold wet ingredients in until a dough ball begins to form. Add in whole or chopped cranberries.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Continue to work dough with hands until a nice round dough ball forms. You can apply a little flour to your hands if dough becomes too sticky, but don’t add too much.

On a floured surface press dough out with hands until you get your desired thickness. You can also use a rolling pin. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out scones.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Cranberry Orange Scone Dough | CatchMyParty.com

Cranberry Orange Scone Dough | CatchMyParty.com

 

Place scones on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Time will depend on size of cookie cutter you use.

Note: grease a baking sheet and add a layer of parchment paper on top. The butter helps the parchment paper stick!

Cranberry Orange Scone Dough | CatchMyParty.com

Cool scones on wire rack. Place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper underneath scones before you add glaze.

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Measure out 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar. Using a whisk, add one tablespoon of fresh orange juice.

Whisk. Add more juice for a thinner glaze or less for a thicker glaze. I prefer mine to be a little thicker.

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Allow scones to dry. Eat and enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Scone 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.

For more inspiration, check out these  awesome Thanksgiving parties from our site, all our free Thanksgiving printables, and these Thanksgiving party supplies from our store!

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu DIY

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Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Our blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are sharing a rustic Thanksgiving chalkboard menu DIY that's perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have been busy planning our holiday menu and decor. With that, we thought it would be fun to combine both, and create a stylish way to display our cuisine of choice for the evening with this DIY Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu!

With just a few simple supplies and a some delectable dishes to display, you will be well on your way to creating a fabulously rustic chalkboard menu of your own!

Supplies:

  • Round Wooden Plaque (We found our at Michaels Craft Stores)
  • Black Chalkboard Paint
  • Foam Paintbrush
  • Chalk or Chalk Marker
Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu DIY | CatchMyParty.com

1.) Begin by dipping your foam paintbrush into your chalkboard paint and carefully coat your wooden plaque; leaving a bit of space between the wood grain and the bark.

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu Materials | CatchMyParty.com

We followed the grain of the wood for a more even coating.

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu Painting | CatchMyParty.com

2.) Continue painting your wooden slab until you have filled in the desired space. Allow your paint to dry for approximately 30 minutes.

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu Frame | CatchMyParty.com

3.) Once your paint has dried, it is time to write in your menu!

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu DIY | CatchMyParty.com

4.) We are planning on serving some classic Thanksgiving dishes and couldn't wait to have them on our menu!

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu Craft | CatchMyParty.com

5.) Once your menu is complete, make sure to display it for all your guests to see!

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu DIY | CatchMyParty.com

We love that this DIY is not only perfect for Thanksgiving, but can be used time and time again for many events to come! Simply erase and recreate your next dinner party menu! We hope you enjoyed creating your Thanksgiving chalkboard menu as much as we did! Happy Thanksgiving!

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

For more inspiration, check out these  awesome Thanksgiving parties from our site, all our free Thanksgiving printables, and these Thanksgiving party supplies from our store!

Free Printable Minecraft Bingo Game

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Free Printable Minecraft Bingo Game | CatchMyParty.com

We're in love with Minecraft at Catch My Party! It seems like everyone we know is playing it, and people have added some fantastic Minecraft parties to our site! So here's our free printable Minecraft bingo game that is fun to play at your upcoming Minecraft party!

Just print out the ten cards and instructions, and you're ready to go. Then call out items off the instruction sheet (in random order), and if the guest have the image on their card, they cover it with a marker (pennies and candies work great). The first one to cover an entire row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) yells "bingo" and you've got a winner!

Download your free printable Minecraft bingo game here!

Free Printable Minecraft Bingo Game | CatchMyParty.com

For further inspiration:

Free Thanksgiving Printables from J at Your Service

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Free Thanksgiving printables | CatchMyParty.com

I have known Jeannette from J at Your Service for a while. She was one of the first people to add her parties to our site way back when! It's fun to watch what she does, and I'm very excited to be sharing her free Thanksgiving printables. I love her use of purple in the set (a color we're seeing a lot of this year) and her classic designs.

The free Thanksgiving printables include: a sign, banner, cupcake toppers, drink wraps, menu cards and napkin rings.

DOWNLOAD the Free Thanksgiving printables

DOWNLOAD the free "GIVE Thanks" banner 

Free Thanksgiving Printables | CatchMyParty.com

 

Free Thanksgiving Printable place setting cards | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Printable napkin rings | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Printable cupcake toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Printable table signs | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Printable "Give Thanks" banner | CatchMyParty.com

 

 

 

Free Thanksgiving Printable "Give Thanks" banner | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving printable sign | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Printable napkin rings | CatchMyParty.com

Thanksgiving table setting | CatchMyParty.com

Thank you, Jeannette, for designing such a pretty collection. The "Got Pie" sign is my favorite! You can learn more about Jeannette  at J at Your Service, on Facebook and on Twitter.

For more inspiration, check out these  awesome Thanksgiving parties from our site, all our free Thanksgiving printables, and these Thanksgiving party supplies from our store!

Lego Ninjago Party and more!

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Lego Ninjago birthday and more! | CatchMyParty.com

I wanted to include some boy birthdays this week in my 4 favorites this week because we get so many great ones. That's why I'm showing off an awesome Lego Ninjago birthday and Spiderman birthday. But I also had to add a little girly fun to the mix.

Here are my 4 Favorite Parties of the Week... a lovely pink birthday party for a little ballerina, a colorful and fun Lego Ninjago boy birthday party, an amazing Spiderman boy birthday party and an elaborate purple princess Sofia the First party. Check them out below, I promise you'll ooh and ahh!

Clockwise from top left:

I can't believe it's the last full week before Thanksgiving. Where has this year gone? Do you feel the same way, that life has just sped up? It's making me feel weird.

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