What to Give the Cat Who Hates Everything!

Grumpy Cat Gift Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Grumpy Cat's 2nd birthday is in 5 days! Given that she is probably hating it, here are some ways you can celebrate instead.

1) Make a Grumpy Cat Cubeecraft

Cubeecrafts are paper toys you fold and create yourself. They have interlocking tabs to hold them together, so there's no need for tape or glue.

Grumpy Cat Cubeecraft Printable | CatchMyParty.com

To make your own Grumpy Cat Cubeecraft, download the Grumpy Cat cubeecraft template here, then add your own unique speech bubble and give it to your least favorite friend! (This awesome cubeecraft was designed for us by Kelter at BadCat Design.)

Grumpy Cat Cubeecraft Printable | CatchMyParty.com

2) Try on a Grumpy Cat Temporary Tattoo

Show some grumpy love by wearing a Grumpy Cat tattoo.

Grumpy Cat Free Temporary Tattoos | CatchMyParty.com

To make yours, just purchase this temporary tattoo printer paper, then download this page of Grumpy Cat temporary tattoos and print them out. Affix with water like a regular temporary tattoo. Then get your grump on!

Grumpy Cat Free Temporary Tattoos | CatchMyParty.com

Well, hopefully now you have enough ideas, including our Grumpy Cat party food ideas, so you can party like the grumpy girl herself.

Grumpy Cat Cubeecraft | CatchMyParty.com

Grumpy Cat Temporary Tattoo | CatchMyParty.com

And remember, if you upload a photo of your cat's best frown to the 1 million frowns challenge (#1MMGrumpyFrowns), on the Friskies Party Mix site or on Instagram, using the hashtag #1MMGrumpyFrowns, you will be entered to win some great prizes! 

Also, check out this fun Happy 2nd Birthday video to get you in the partying mood!

And Grumpy Cat, we wish you a very unhappy birthday and a miserable year ahead!

This is a sponsored post by Friskies Party Mix, but all creative ideas are ours. 

Gumball Necklace DIY

Gumball Necklace DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I'm excited to announce our new blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, who came up with this beautiful gumball necklace craft I can't wait to share. So take it away, ladies...

Gumball candy necklaces are a fun and fashionable new trend that are sure to make a sweet statement! This new take on your typical candy necklace is a quick and easy option for your next party favor, easy gift, or as a simple craft project.

DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Thin satin ribbon
  • 5-8 Large gumballs
  • 1 Metal skewer
DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Gather your satin ribbon and gumballs. In honor of spring, we chose a bright yellow ribbon and shimmer pink gumballs by Sweetworks.

DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com

Use your metal skewer to carefully puncture a hole into the center of one of your gumballs. Be sure to only puncture one side at a time or the gumball could split. Once you have punctured the gumball, spin the skewer until you have made a smooth hole.

DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com

DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com Next, string your ribbon through the gumball. This can be a bit tricky! We used out metal skewer to push our ribbon through both holes in the gumball.

DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com

Tie a knot after each gumball you string to secure it into place.

DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com

DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com

Feel free to add a cute accent to your necklace for a little extra flair! (We chose the perfect pink flower to compliment our gumballs). Or, you can simply tie a pretty bow to finish off your necklace!

DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com

Once finished, you can enjoy your gumball necklace for years to come or give it as a fun gift!

DIY Gumball Necklace | CatchMyParty.com

 

Thanks, Missy and Kristen. Wouldn't these be would be perfect as a favor at a princess party! Also, if you're looking for gumballs, we sell a bunch of different colors in the Catch My Party Store.

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

Free Father's Day Printable Gift + Blog Hop

Father's Day Free Printable Gift | CatchMyParty.com

I wanted to create a free printable that could be an awesome Father's Day gift for your kids. I know it's early, but if you're a busy mom like me, you appreciate getting items crossed off your list. (What would I do without my lists?)

For the printable, all you need to do is download it and print it out, then grab some blue tempera paint and get your kids hand-stamping. They will love this!

DOWNLOAD FATHER'S DAY PRINTABLE HERE

Also, I've teamed up with seven amazing bloggers to bring you more free Mother's Day and Father's Day printables. Check them out here and download below...

 

blog hop (1) Free Printables for Mother's Day and for Father's Day | CatchMyParty.com

Peach Earl Grey Cocktail Recipe

Earl Grey Peach Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I made this Earl Grey peach cocktail yesterday for Easter because I thought it would be fun to use the Pinnacle Peach Vodka Bevmo sent us to try. If you like sweet iced tea with a kick, you'll love this drink!

EARL GREY PEACH COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Earl Grey tea
  • 1 cup Pinnacle Peach Vodka
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Mint leaves to garnish
Directions:
  • Create a simple syrup by heating 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
  • In a pitcher, mix the syrup, tea, and flavored vodka
  • Add a generous amount of ice to your cocktail glasses
  • Add the tea mixture, and garnish with mint
  • Should make 4-6 cocktails
Cook time: 15 min

Total time: 20 min

Earl Grey Peach Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Earl Grey Peach Cocktail Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Hope you had a Happy Easter, yesterday! We did, and my daughter is still recovering from her sugar high. :)

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - April 20th

Happy Easter! Hope you had a wonderful day with your friends and family.

Here are my favorite parties for the week... wait until you see these!

A gorgeous pink and navy nautical girl birthday party, a creative silver and blue Batman Disco boy birthday, an amazingly detailed Wreck-It Ralph party, a lovely girl birthday party with a Beauty and the Beast princess theme.

My Favorite Parties of the Week April 20 | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

Can't wait to see what great parties you add to our site this week!

Free Birthday Printables for Boys and Girls, Red Riding Hood Parties and Military Party Ideas

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week... Get your camo ready for these awesome military party ideas! Military Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Little Red Riding Hood is such a adorable and sweet party theme!

Little Red Riding Hood Parties | CatchMyParty.com

Find a large selection of free printables for boy birthdays!

Free Boy Birthday Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

We didn't forget the girls! Here are free printables for girls' parties, too!

Free Girl Birthday Party Printables Free Boy Birthday Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers Book + Giveaway

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

My friend, Lynlee Beckett, from Lynlee's Petite Cakes, just released an amazing new book, Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to take a look at it, since I already knew how talented she was and I love her work. If you don't believe me ,check out all the amazing parties she's added to our site!

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Fondant toppers are such a fun way to decorate your cupcakes and if you have ever been interested in experimenting with fondant, this book would be a great place to start. If you already have experience working with fondant, it has lots of sweet ideas for birthdays, holidays, seasons and more.

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

The book comes with over eighty tutorials that can help you learn how to make your own adorable cake toppers. There are detailed instructions to follow and I love how the book shows you variations depending on your skill level.

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Lynlee was also kind enough to let us give a copy of her incredible book away to one of our readers! I promise, this book will blow your mind! Enter here:

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Lynlee will be traveling to several U.S. cities for book signing events, along with some fellow sweet authors! Visit Lynlee's Petite Cakes for the most up-to-date book tour information. Also, you can find Lynlee on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

We were given a basket of goodies from Kraft and asked to come up with our own recipe. How fun, especially when the basket contained two of my favorite ingredients.... chocolate and marshmallows!

I knew instantly I wanted to make cookies. But sometimes it's hard to add marshmallows to cookies because when you bake them, the marshmallows can sort of evaporate.

So we decided to try something different. We froze the mini marshmallows, then placed them inside the cookie dough before baking. And it totally worked! Here's Lainey wrapping the cookie dough around three mini marshmallows.

Also, I added walnuts to the recipe because I like have a nutty crunch to my chocolate cookies, but feel free to leave them out.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

CHOCOLATE WALNUT MINI MARSHMALLOW COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 oz semi sweet Kraft Baker's Chocolate
  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups Kraft Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows
Directions:

A few hours before you start, take two cups of mini marshmallows and put them in the freezer. Take out two sticks of butter and let them come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

In a second bowl, add the butter, eggs, brown sugar (firmly packed), granulated sugar, and vanilla. Beat on high for two minutes. Break the chocolate into squares, and melt in a double broiler, or microwave on high for one minute. Add the melted chocolate to the wet ingredients, and mix until completely incorporated.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet in thirds.

Crumble the walnuts. and fold into the dough. Chill for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Take the marshmallows out of the freezer. Use about two tablespoons of dough and press three mini marshmallows into the center. Ball the dough up and around, completely covering the marshmallows.

Bake for about 8 minutes, until the cookies are just barely cooked. If you overcook, the marshmallows will melt and dissolve. The cookies will still taste great, but you won't get the nice white chewy marshmallow center.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

These are the perfect cookies for me... they are sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, and best of all, chocolate-y! I don't want to admit how many I ate. :)

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Chocolate Walnut Marshmallow Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

These cookies would be an absolute show-stopper at a milk & cookies party! We have this entire collection of milk & cookies free printables on our site to help you decorate! Just download, print out, and have fun!

Milk & Cookies Party Free Printable | CatchMyParty.com

Sweeten up this spring with easy dessert recipes from Kraft.

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Strawberry Lemon Jello Cupcake Recipe

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

We were asked by Kraft to add our spin to one of their spring dessert recipes. So here's our take on their Luscious Lemon Poke Cake. Instead of "poking" the cake with holes to get the Jell-O flavor inside, we decided to create a cupcake with an actual Jell-O filling surprise inside! I can't wait to serve these to guests to see their reaction!

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

STRAWBERRY LEMON JELLO CUPCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • White or yellow cupcakes (homemade or from a mix)
  • 1 pkg.  (6 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
  • 1 pkg.  (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup  cold milk
  • 3 cups  thawed Cool Whip
  • Lemon zest for garnish
Directions:

Bake 12 cupcakes and let cool.

Prepare strawberry Jello using the directions on the package. Refrigerate for 5 hours.

Prepare lemon frosting by whisking lemon pudding mix and milk in large bowl, then stirring in Cool Whip.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Using a cupcake corer or knife,  carefully remove the center of the cupcakes.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Using the cupcake corer or a knife, cut out circular pieces of Jello. Carefully insert your Jello cylinders into your cupcakes. Lainey, my daughter, loved this part!

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Frost cupcakes with lemon frosting and top with fresh lemon zest. Refrigerate cupcakes until serving.

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

And there you have it! Lemon cupcakes with a fun Jell-O surprise inside!

These cupcakes have a sweet and tangy flavor from the light and airy lemon frosting, to the cake-y vanilla cupcake, to the cold and slippery strawberry Jell-O. Total fun in your mouth!

Strawberry Lemon Jello Filling Surprise Cupcake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Here's another simple spring dessert recipe to check out... Strawberry Pretzel Squares.

Sweeten up this spring with easy dessert recipes from Kraft.

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“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Kraft via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kraft.”

Cheese Wedge Mice DIY

Cheese wedge mice DIY | CatchMyParty.com

We created these cheese mice for our post about what to serve at Grumpy Cat's 2nd birthday. They cheese wedges are super cute, super kid-friendly, and super easy to do!

SUPPLIES:

  • Laughing Cow cheese wedges (we used cheddar flavor)
  • Oblong cracker
  • Dried blueberries
  • Dried apricots
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chives

Cheese wedge mice DIY | CatchMyParty.com

DIRECTIONS:

Place your cheese wedge on a cracker. Add two dried blueberries for eyes. Insert two large sunflower seeds for ears. Slice a small piece of dried apricot for a nose. Slide a piece of chive about 3 inches long in the back of the wedge for a tail. Voila!

Cheese wedge mice DIY | CatchMyParty.com

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