Cute Halloween Treats

by Jillian Leslie on

Cute Halloween Treats! | CatchMyParty.comI'm always looking for cute Halloween treats to serve my little guests (read: daughter and friends). So here's a roundup of some of the things I've made. I kept them all very simple so anyone (including kids) can make them. I've got cookies, pretzels, and even ice cream sandwiches all dressed up for the holiday!

Candy Corn Halloween Cookies

Candy Corn Halloween Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Halloween Ice Cream Sandwich Spiders

Halloween Ice Cream Sandwich Spiders | CatchMyParty.com

Easy Mummy Cookie Pops

Easy Mummy Cookie Pops | CatchMyParty.com

Halloween White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Halloween White Chocolate Covered Pretzels | CatchMyParty.com

Aside from my cute Halloween treats, if you need more inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, free Halloween printables, and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY

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Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Shauna Krantz, our new contributor, and the brains behind the beautiful Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with a great shabby chic ruffled wreath DIY for fall. Take it away, Shauna...

I am so excited to have created this ruffled wreath tutorial for Catch My Party! The original inspiration came from the AO at Home blog. Beautiful tutorial, however, I like a few more step-by-step details when I’m following a tutorial, so I thought I would create my own for you!

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Materials:

  • 2 yards of fabric, 36-44” wide ( I used unbleached muslin)
  • 12” wooden embroidery hoop
  • Ribbon (I used a glittered ribbon with wire from Offray, found at Joann’s)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors
Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY materials | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Note: on the finished sides of fabric cut the very edges and tear down sides. This way all edges of fabric have a unfinished looked.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

 

Take your fabric and fold lengthwise in half. Do this two more times until you have 8 layers of fabric.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

They will be about 4.5” wide and 72” long. On the fold cut 1⁄2”.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Begin to rip your first strip.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

 

Take a quick look at this video to get a better idea of how to tear your layers.

Continue to tear layers until all 8 strips are complete.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Set aside 4 of your strips. With the remaining 4 we will now mark where you will sew. Take one strip and fold in half lengthwise. Use your fingernail to make a crease down the fold or you can iron the fold.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Unfold. The crease should be the middle of your strip. Using a ruler mark a half inch on each side of the crease. You do not need a special fabric pencil for this. To be honest, I always use a real pencil! Don’t use pen or marker though. Marke every few inches down the center of fabric.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Repeat for three additional strips.

Take one of the marked strips and place on top of one of the unmarked strips. Using sewing machine (faster) or needle and thread, sew in a straight line following the guides you have made. Repeat on second half of strip. You have now created a tubing for the wooden hoop. You will repeat this process until you have 4 strips with tubing.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Only using the outer hoop, slide your first set of strips onto the hoop.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

It is difficult at first because of the metal piece that secures the hoop, but once you get the hang of it, they slide on super easy. Repeat with all four sets of strips.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Fasten the hoop together with provided screw.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Disperse the fabric evenly throughout the wreath.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY steps | CatchMyParty.com

Cut ribbon and loop around wreath. Hang your beautiful work of art! I love this wreath. It is timeless and easy, and can be made with a variety of fabric to pair with each season.

Shabby Chic Ruffled Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Thanks, Shauna, it looks so beautiful on your door! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

A Confetti Party and More!

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A gorgeous confetti party and more! | CatchMyParty.com

I wanted to show you my four favorite parties from this week (including an amazing confetti party!) ...

A fun mad scientist boy birthday party, a gorgeous confetti birthday party in black, white, teal and pink, an outdoor camping boy birthday party and a spooky Frankenweenie Halloween party.

Clockwise from top left:

Wishing you a great week ahead! I'm heading to a startup conference in SF this week that I'm excited about.

Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party

Gemma Touchstone from Gemma's Party Style is here with a fun and yummy Halloween hot cocoa recipe that's will definitely entertain your guests.

This is my favorite Halloween treat for the kids and their friends. It's so easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser. I start by taking plain large jet puff marshmallows and black edible pen, and color fun ghost faces and spooky Halloween words.
Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party
Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party

Then I make my favorite hot cocoa recipe.

Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe

Ingredients:
        2 tablespoons sugar
        2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
        2 1/2 cups fat-free (skim) milk
        1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
        1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (1 1/2 oz)
        1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:

In your 2 quart saucepan, mix sugar and cocoa. Stir in the whole milk and half-and-half until completely blended.

Cook and stir over medium heat until hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat. Then add your chocolate chips; stir constantly with wire whisk if you have one until chips are melted and mixture is smooth and tempting. Stir in the vanilla. Then it's ready to pour and add your spooky ghost marshmallows!

Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party

And voila! Enjoy your spooky treat.

Halloween Hot Cocoa Recipe | CatchMy Party

Thanks, Gemma. What a great idea! For fun party ideas & product reviews visit Gemma at Gemma's Party Style and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For more Halloween inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, free Halloween printables, and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

How to Throw a Toddler Halloween Party

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Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.comLaura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party is here to share her adorable toddler Halloween party and to show up how she put it together!

Halloween time is one of our favorite times of the year! My family looks forward to dreaming up fun costumes, carving pumpkins, and of course, Halloween parties! Because my youngest two children are toddlers, I feel the need to keep the spooky decor to a minimum. But that doesn’t stop us from having a great time with our party treats & decor!

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I love having parties outside. And the gloomy weather made it more fun.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

This year I created a festive Halloween spread that included spooky-fun chocolate caramel apples, tasty Oreo cookies, delectable caramel pretzels, cupcakes, and popcorn. I opted to keep the candy scarce, in preparation for the buckets of candy the kids will bring home after they trick-or-treat!

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I picked out a cute Halloween free printable party set designed by Printbelle for Catch My Party. I printed, cut, and attached the printables to treat boxes, the tops of cupcakes, napkins, and snack cups.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Along with a colorful trick-or-treat banner, I created another banner, using different sizes of circle tags.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Our party table wasn’t very hard to create. I like to buy store-bought treats, and mix them with special ordered treats, such as the candy apples, chocolate covered oreos, and caramel pretzels. I also enjoy doing a few DIY projects, whenever I get the chance.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I spray painted a few of my cake stands, to match the party decor. I even added some tissue festooning around the edge to give it a more festive look.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I also created a faux cake! This is something I’ve wanted to do, and I’m so happy I did. It was easy to create, inexpensive, and added a bit of whimsy to our party table. For the faux cake, you can use various shapes & sizes of styrofoam. (different sized boxes will also work). I picked up a few 2” styrofoam rounds from Dollar Tree.

I stacked the rounds to the desired height for my cake, covered them with polka dotted wrapping paper, and attached with tape. Because the top of the cake round was exposed, I cut out a circle piece of wrapping paper, and attached it to the top. To disguise the “seam” of the paper, I attached black tissue festooning, and voila! You’ve got a fun, festive, and inexpensive cake for your party table!

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I used striped fabric for a table cover, and added a spooky spiderweb runner that I found at HomeGoods. I picked up some cute spider cupcake holders, and placed them on a cake stand. Paper plates, striped napkins, and fun Frankenstein head cups were a fun touch. Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

And I couldn’t forget the bubbling cauldrons. I used a package of mini black cauldrons from Party City, and filled them with white gum balls that served as the “bubbles” of a boiling witch’s brew.

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

I hope my Halloween party will help inspire you to throw something spooky-cool for your little Monsters. Happy Halloween!

Learn how to throw this toddler Halloween Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Thank you, Laura for all your creative ideas! I'm hoping lots of toddlers will get to enjoy parties because of your inspirations.

For more Halloween inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, free Halloween printables, and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

Credits

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

Fall Wine Glass Markers DIY

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Fall wine glass marker DIY | CatchMyParty.com

If you're planning a fall party, check out this useful and pretty fall wine glass marker DIY Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake put together for us. Now everyone will know whose wine glass is whose. I'm always so grateful when a host has glass markers!

I love fall and it's mainly due to the beautiful colors of the trees. It is a great time for a family gathering or simply for inviting friends around.

Fall wine glass marker DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Here is a little craft that will help at your next celebration: wine glass markers! But we might as well make them pretty and seasonal by adding a leaf embellishment.

Fall wine glass marker DIY | CatchMyParty.comSupplies:

  • Fake leaves
  • Jewelry Wire
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Black paper
  • White pencil
  • 1" Circle Punch
  • Scissors
  • Cocktail Pick
  • Hole punch
 

Fall wine glass marker DIY supplies | CatchMyParty.com

Instructions:

  • Start by creating the Monogram labels. Punch a 1" circle in the black paper. Then use a little hole puncher to add a hole on the side. Finish by writing your guest's initial with a white pencil.
  • Use the pliers to bend the wire and create a little spiral. Cut the wire, leaving a couple of inches of straight wire after the spiral.
  • Cut off a leaf and make a little hole near the stem using a cocktail stick or a skewer.
  • Insert the label and leaf on the wire.
  • Loop the straight part of the wire around the glass to attach.
Fall wine glass marker DIY Instructions  | CatchMyParty.com

And now you've created something useful and seasonal for your guests to enjoy.

Fall wine glass marker DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 

Thank you, Virginie, for sharing your creativity with us once again! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

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Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Lainey, my daughter, wanted to make a cake yesterday so we used my apple crumble cake recipe and made this delicious treat!

The crumble cake is filled with lots of apples, plus there's a touch of apple cider vinegar in the cake batter to give it a little brightness. The crumble topping is beyond yummy with lots of cinnamon and sugar. I made sure to put on extra crumble because I know how much Lainey loves it! This is the perfect cake for fall because the apples and cinnamon will really warm you up.

We were asked by Delta Faucet to share our HappiMess story. Well, baking with Lainey is all about HappiMess.

I'm from the school of thought that kids can do a lot more than we give them credit for, so I try to give Lainey lots of autonomy in the kitchen. Sometimes I'm surprised by how much she can handle, and sometimes things don't go quite her way, like when an entire cup of flour ends up on the floor, or when the cracked eggs make it nowhere near the bowl.

And while I can pretend that I'm zen about the whole thing, there are time when my eyes bug out and I think, "Oh my God, what a mess!"

Then I have to remind myself that it's about the journey, and the precious time we get to spend together, and us both getting batter on our noses and wondering why, since batter tastes so delicious, cakes can't just be bowls of batter.

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

For the cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 medium apples peeled, and cored
For the topping
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9" springform pan with butter.

Whisk the dry ingredients (2 cups flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon) in a bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup milk, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix on high for about one minute. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Add half the batter to the greased pan. Stir the chopped apples into the remaining batter. Add the rest of the batter to the pan and smooth the top.

Make the topping by adding 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup of flour, and 1/2 of melted butter. Mix until it starts to clump, then spread across the batter.

Bake for 40-50 minutes. Check the center with a toothpick to make sure it is fully cooked.

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

This is the cake right before it went into the oven.

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Here it is right out of the oven. It smelled so good!

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

And here's my HappiMess kid doing her thing!

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

For those of you following our Delta Faucet story, we are still in love with our new kitchen faucet! We always use the Touch Technology, no more old-school turning off the water with the handle. For two people who cook a lot, my husband and I ask ourselves how we survive so long without it. To read more about our cool new faucet, check out our burrata artichoke dip recipe post.

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“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.”

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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.

12 Amazing Frozen Birthday Cakes

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12 Amazing Frozen cakes! | CatchMyParty.com

Frozen birthday parties are so popular right now. Below I'm sharing twelve awesome Frozen birthday cakes from parties on our site. If you are planning a Frozen party, I hope these cakes inspire you, and if you're not, I hope these at least give you something beautiful to look at! (Click on the link or image to see the party the cake comes from.)

1. From Meghan's 4th Birthday

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

2. From Giullia´s Birthday

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

3. From B & H's 5th Birthday

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

4. From Emma's Glamorous Sparkly Frozen Party

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

5. From Veronica's Frozen Party

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

6. From Fancy C's Frozen

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

7. From Frozen: Snowfall in Summer

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

8. From Awesome Elegant Frozen Party

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

9. From Frozen Party

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

10. From 5th Birthday

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

11. From Ava's 6th Birthday

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

12. From Frozen Inspired 4th Birthday

Amazing Frozen birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

If you need Frozen party supplies, check out the Catch My Party Store!  You can also get a free set of Frozen party printables here! Also, be sure to check out all the Frozen parties on our site!

Minnie Mouse Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

A Minnie Mouse party and more! CatchMyParty.com Take a look at my 4 favorite parties of the week...

I'm sharing one of my all-time favorite parties, perfect for Halloween, a Tim Burton themed birthday party. I promise you will be impressed. I'm also showing off some pretty girl parties... a stylish Minnie Mouse girl birthday party, a lovely shabby chic horse girl birthday party, and an enchanted woodland garden celebration! Check them out below.

Clockwise from top left:

It's 90 degrees here today in Northern California, so it definitely doesn't feel like fall. We visited a glass pumpkin patch today to get into the Halloween spirit, but we were sweating when we came home! :)

Halloween Treats and Free Printables

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8 Halloween Treats and Free Printables | CatchMyParty.com

8 Halloween Treats and Free Printables

I'm excited to be sharing this roundup from some of my favorite creative women on the Internet. A couple times a year we get together to do an official blog hop. Check out these other blogs and you'll see why I think this group is so amazing! For more Halloween inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, free Halloween printables, and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

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