Last minute, I know. But if you need some retro free Labor Day BBQ printables, we've got them for your BBQs! Go celebrate Mad Men style, and have a fabulous Labor Day!
I wanted to share my four favorite parties of the week from our site. These are all incredible! There are two girl birthdays, one filled with awesome Peppa Pig party ideas and one with beautiful butterfly party ideas, plus two creative boy birthdays: a vintage shark boy birthday party based on the movie Jaws and an Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party boy birthday.
See more details below.
Clockwise from top left:
We based this on the famous recipe found in Christina Tosi's Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, but we made some tweaks to ours that we think make them a little easier to make, and give you a little thicker and chewier cookie.
The cookies are absolutely incredible! They have just the right amount of crunch from the cornflakes. They're chewy and sweet from the marshmallows, and chocolate-y from the chocolate chips. Plus, there's a little bit of milk powder in the recipe to make you think you're eating cookies and milk in one bite.
If you want to impress your friends, I recommend you make these cookies!
CORNFLAKE MARSHMALLOW CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons nonfat milk powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups corn flake cereal
- 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
Whisk the flour, milk powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Add the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla into another mixing bowl. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes until creamy.
Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing on low until it just comes together. Add the chocolate chips, and mix on low. Add the marshmallows, mixing on low until evenly distributed. Reserve handful of the marshmallows to decorate the cookies. Add the corn flakes, and mix by hand so they don't get too crushed.
Here's the batter once the cornflakes and marshmallows have been stirred in.
Chill the dough for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Roll the dough into golf ball sized balls, and place on a parchment lined or greased baking pan. Press a marshmallow or two into the top of each cookie. Give them ample room to spread. We cooked 8 at a time. Bake for 13 minutes.
Makes 2 dozen large cookies.
Here they are just out of the oven... And beyond insane!
So we created this recipe because we needed to make a mess (and what better way to make a mess than by making cookies). We have, in fact, teamed up with Delta Faucets to celebrate "mess."
But here's the truth, no food blogger wants to talk about mess, much less show theirs off. All we want to show is mouthwatering photos that look effortless.
But I love what Delta Faucets says about the whole thing: "Mess is evidence of a life well lived." And I couldn't agree more, especially having kids.
So, here's what my behind the scenes cookie mess looked like.
And I'm even more excited to show this off, because Delta Faucets is giving me a new kitchen faucet. Here's my current one so you see why I'm so thrilled.
And the cool thing about my new Delta Faucet is that it will incorporate new technology called Delta Touch2O ® Technology which allows users to turn on the water with a simple tap anywhere on the faucet spout, hub or handle. This helps reduce the spread of dirt and messes from hands to the faucet.
I love this idea because I tend to always have raw egg on my hands and I have to turn the water on by contorting my arm in this really funky way. Then I'm still worried I've contaminated everything.
We should be getting the faucet sometime in the next month and we're planning to install it ourselves, so you'll get to see the whole journey in my next two posts. Stay tuned...
And here's the cool part for you. Delta Faucets is running a promotion on Facebook where if you submit a photo of your mess, you will be entered to win a Delta Faucets kitchen and bath prize package worth $2,400. You can learn more about it on the Delta Faucets site and enter the sweepstakes on the Delta Faucets Facebook page.
So to messy lives everywhere, I say, "Bring it on!" But because I'm a food blogger, I have to leave you with one more pretty shot.
Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.”
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Delta via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.
With all the amazing Frozen parties on our site, I thought I'd share some fun Frozen party activities to give your guests a good time at your party!
And if you need free Frozen party printables, we've got those too!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
- Fresh flowers
- Party Hat Template
- Hot glue gun
1) First, carefully cut out your party hat template, which we found here.
2) Trace the template on to your cardstock (we chose a minty blue).
3) This should leave you with the perfectly outlined shape for your hat
4) Carefully cut out the shape of your hat
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.
6) Take your fresh flowers and get the scissors as close as you can to the base of the bloom.
7) Once you have destemmed your flowers, they should resemble this
8) With a dot of hot glue, begin adhering your flowers around the base of your homemade party hat
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
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!
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.
- Patterned paper or light cardstock. You can download the school pad design here to print your own.
- Milk carton template (there are many to choose from if you search on Google, I used this small milk carton template)
- Free back to school printables at Catch My Party
- 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
- Fill the box with you child's favorite snacks before shutting with glue
- Use the printables and some twine to embellish! You can also personalize the boxes by writing your own special message…
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.
Clockwise from top left:
- Stephanie S' Frozen Party
- Lynn H's Abigail's Pink Circus 1st Birthday
- Sweetly Chic Events & Design's Neverland
- Creative Touch by Johanny M's Jace's Awesome Pirate 3rd Birthday
Hope you enjoyed these beautiful parties...
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...
- 8 oz. Elmer's School Glue (2 bottles)
- 2 Tbs Borax
- Food coloring -- I used a lot of neon green
- A bowl and a cup
- Combine 8 oz of Elmer's School Glue (2 bottles) and 8 oz of water in a big bowl
- Add as much food coloring as you like, I prefer lots of neon green.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out all the cute back to school fashion she styled!
And the poses are 100% authentic. It's amazing what you can capture when you take a few hundred photos!
When It Fits, You Feel It. www.jcpenney.com/backtoschool Disclosure: Compensation was provided by JCPenney via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of JCPenney.