White Chocolate Peeps DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Easy White Chocolate Peeps Craft for Easter! | CatchMyParty.com

Today we're sharing a white chocolate Peeps DIY from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! How fun are these for the kids on Easter?!

Peeps are a springtime favorite in my family, and they are even better on a stick covered in white chocolate and sprinkles!

These would be a great addition to traditional Easter desserts or as spring party favors. Plus, they are simple to make.

Final Chocolate Peeps | CatchMyParty.com

Ingredients:

  • Peeps (if you can find white, they would cover best with chocolate)
  • 1­2 bags white chocolate chips or white candy melts
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Pastel sprinkles
Ingredient Peeps on Sticks | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Start by melting your chocolate. I always add about 1⁄2 teaspoon of oil to chocolate. I find this helps it melt smoothly. Microwave on low for intervals of 30 seconds. Stirring each time until melted.

Dipping Peeps | CatchMyParty.com

Dip the end of the lollipop stick into the chocolate and then into the bottom of the peep. Allow chocolate to harden.

Dipping Peeps | CatchMyParty.com

Repeat with remaining Peeps. You can place them in refrigerator for 5 minutes to speed up the process.

Taking a spoon, scoop the chocolate over the peep until covered.

Dipping Peeps | CatchMyParty.com

Dipping Peeps | CatchMyParty.com

Immediately add sprinkles.

Peeps on Sticks | CatchMyParty.com

Place end of stick into a styrofoam block so the peeps can dry.

Final Chocolate Peeps | CatchMyParty.com

Serve! They would also be cute placed in a clear cellophane bag tied with pretty ribbon.

Final Chocolate Peeps | 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 thisamazing selection of Easter parties on our site! We also have a lot of free Easter printables to help you decorate for Sunday.

Enter Our $1,500 Spring Cleaning Giveaway!

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Now that it's spring, don't you feel like giving your home a good cleaning? Please enter our $1,500 Spring Cleaning Giveaway!  We're partnering up with  some amazing bloggers to help you get your home feeling shiny and new! Take a look at what we're giving away...

Thanks to the amazing bloggers listed below and our sponsors -- HomeRight, Dyson and The Container Store --you can win these amazing prizes in a once-in-a-lifetime Spring Cleaning pack!

If you total it up, you're looking at a $1500 value!

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Rules: This giveaway is open only to U.S. residents. It ends on April 6, 2015. We will email the winner as soon as the giveaway is over. The winner will need to respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. Once we confirm, the winner's name will appear in the widget.

Good Luck and Happy Spring!

Coconut Blueberry Bar Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bar Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

My daughter is a very picky eater. Getting her to eat healthy can be a challenge. So when we were asked by PAM to come up with a healthy and seasonal dish, I decided to focus on blueberries. Not only are they a super food and taste so good in spring, they are also my daughter's favorite berry. Here is my delicious coconut blueberry bar recipe, perfect for the picky eater.

What makes these blueberry bars so successful is the blending of flavors. There's nuttiness and a touch of saltiness from the almond flour in the crust, tartness and fruitiness from the blueberries (with no added sugar), sweetness from the crumble, and crunch from the sprinkled toasted coconut slices.

We used PAM Coconut Oil cooking spray to grease the pan. This cut down on added fat in the dish, and made cleanup a breeze. And, since I've been reading about the health benefits of coconut oil, I was happy to incorporate it.

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bar Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Coconut Blueberry Bar Recipe

Makes: 16 squares Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

for the filling

  • 2 cups of blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or orange zest plus 1 tablespoon of the juice

for the topping

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup shaved unsweetened coconut

for the crust

  • PAM Coconut Oil Spray
  • 1/2 bag graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

 

Directions:

Melt the butter (about 30 seconds on high in the microwave). Put the graham crackers, almond meal, and salt into a food processor and pulse until broken down into crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until combined.

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bar Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Coat pan with PAM Coconut Oil Spray.

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bar Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Spread the crumbs along the bottom of the pan, and pat down to form the crust.

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bar Crust | CatchMyParty.com

Put the blueberries in a saucepan over low heat. Mash them with a fork a bit to get the juices flowing. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice (lemon, lime, or orange would all work well with blueberries).

Simmer for about 20-30 min, stirring occasionally until it thickens. If you are in a rush, you can simmer for 10 minutes and add a teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken.

Let it cool for 5 minutes, then spread it on top of the bars right up to the edge, but leaving a little bit of crust exposed.

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bars | CatchMyParty.com

Add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar,  1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 cup of almond meal to a mixing bowl, and stir until combine. Pour in a 1/4 cup of butter, and work with your hands until it starts to clump and look like crumble.

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bar Crumble | CatchMyParty.com

Sprinkle the topping onto pan.

Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes, until the topping is nicely browned.

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bar Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Toast 1/4 cup coconut slices in the toaster until golden brown. Sprinkle on top of the bars. Eat and enjoy!

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bar Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

The best part is that these bars are filled with all whole ingredients, and as a mom, I feel really good about serving them to my family (and my picky daughter)!

Healthy Coconut Blueberry Bars | CatchMyParty.com

Leaving up to *99% less residue, PAM is your ally in the kitchen and allows you to save time during prep and clean up.

* vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400°F for 30 min, cooling, and then washing in standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating 4 times

PAM Coconut Oil: PAM® Coconut Oil It's a gluten-free alternative to traditional coconut oil that you can feel good about. PAM Coconut Oil Spray has zero calories and zero grams of fat per serving.

Cinderella Party and More!

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My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week | CatchMyParty.com

I always look forward to Sundays so I can go through the parties added to our site over the week, and pick out some of my favorites. It's like a big dose of eye candy! My favorites this week include an incredibly gorgeous Cinderella party, a pretty pink and yellow kite girl birthday party, a colorful and fun beach ball summer birthday party, and a grown up vintage garage party with vintage cars and trucks!

Clockwise from top left:

For anyone who has added a party to our site, I want you to know that your party gets viewed by my assistant, Michelle, and myself, usually twice. If you're interested to learn more about what I look for in featuring parties, check out my blog post, Tips For Getting Your Party Featured on Catch My Party, and if you ever have any questions, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I love hearing from you!

Enjoy your spring breaks! Ours starts Friday...

10 Easter Dessert Table Ideas!

by Jillian Leslie on

Easter Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

Today we are sharing gorgeous Easter dessert table ideas to inspire you for your own celebrations! Below are 10 of my favorite Easter dessert tables. I just love all the spring colors, all the beautiful desserts, and all the sweet bunnies and Easter eggs! I'm sure there are at least a couple of ideas you might want to borrow. :)

1. Floral Chalkboard Easter Dessert Table Ideas by Elise B.

Floral Chalkboard Easter Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

2. Easter Party by Laura's Little Party

Easter party | CatchMyParty.com

3. Granny’s Garden Easter Dessert Table by Amelia A.

Granny’s Easter Garden Party | CatchMyParty.com

4. Easter Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt by Mariah L.

Easter Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt | CatchMyParty.com

5. "The Golden Egg Book" Easter Dessert Table by Kenna O.

"The Golden Egg Book" Easter Shoot | CatchMyParty.com | CatchMyParty.com

6. Preppy Bunny Party by Frog Prince Paperie

Preppy Bunny Party | CatchMyParty.com

7. Easter Vintage Party by Por Amor A Mora

Easter Vintage | CatchMyParty.com

8. Our Sweet Easter Breakfast! by Sweet Memories Party Design

Our sweet Easter breakfast! | CatchMyParty.com

9. Easter Party Fun! by Jennifer M.

Easter Party Fun! | CatchMyParty.com

10. Gist Family Easter Egg Hunt by Bethany G.

Gist Family Easter Egg Hunt | CatchMyParty.com

You can see more Easter dessert table ideas on our site! We also have full collections of free Easter printables to help you decorate your parties. Have fun!!

10 Must-Haves At Your Big Hero 6 Party

by Jillian Leslie on

Big Hero 6 Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Here are some awesome Big Hero 6 party ideas, including DIY party decorations, treats and desserts, cake, party favors, and more.

We've been seeing these parties show up on our site recently and I feel like there is a trend in the making. That's why I wanted to share simple Big Hero 6 party ideas in case you're thinking of throwing one.

1. Big Hero 6 Dessert Table

This dessert table has creativek Baymax paper lanterns, a cool poster backdrop, and of course some toy figures. Toy figurines are such a great way to decorate.

Big Hero 6 Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

2. San Fransokyo Cake

This stunning San Fransokyo cake is decorated with a nighttime skyline and some characters.

Big Hero 6 Cake | CatchMyParty.com

3. Cable Car Cookies

These cable car cookies show amazing details and definitely represent the movie!

cable_car_cookies | CatchMyParty.com

4. Baymax Balloon

Here's a super easy idea. Make a Baymax centerpiece with a white foil stick balloon, and black craft foam!

Baymax balloons | CatchMyParty.com

5. Baymax Cookie Pops

Because of its simplicity, Baymax's face lends itself to a variety of treats, like these Baymax cookie pops!

Baymax cookie pops | CatchMyParty.com

6. Baymax Pinata

A basic white paper lantern is transformed into a Baymax piñata with the addition of white tissue paper and black construction paper!

Baymax pinata | CatchMyParty.com

7. Baymax Paper Lanterns

Another use for white paper lanterns... add some black felt, craft foam sheets, or construction paper and voila! Hang them to decorate your dessert table or party table.

Baymax paper lanterns | CatchMyParty.com

8. Big Hero 6 Decor

A balloon Baymax asks how you would rate your pain at this party -- with cake pops! Love this!

Big Hero 6 Decorations | CatchMyParty.com

9. Big Hero 6 Bento Box

Serve a "bento box" lunch for your guests, featuring all the Big Hero 6 characters including a Baymax PB&J sandwich!

Big Hero 6 Bento Box | CatchMyParty.com

10. Big Hero 6 Birthday Banner

A triangle pennant banner, in the style of Big Hero 6's colors and lettering, is a great way to welcome your guests!

Big Hero 6 Banner | CatchMyParty.com

Make sure to check out the awesome Big Hero 6 parties on our site!

Crustless Bacon Spinach Cream Cheese Quiche Recipe

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Crustless cream cheese quiche recipe, low carb with spinach and bacon | CatchMyParty.com

With Easter coming up, we were asked by Philadelphia Cream Cheese to create a recipe that would be easy to serve at Easter brunch. So enter my... crustless bacon spinach cream cheese quiche recipe. I know, what a title!

I made the quiche crustless by serving it in individual ceramic tart dishes. I thought I would miss the crust, but the quiche is so light and fluffy and flavorful, I honestly didn't.

The bacon adds a rich smokiness. The sautéed spinach give it some good umami flavor. But my favorite part of the quiche is the cream cheese. It doesn't spread during baking. Instead, you are left with these creamy sour bites throughout. It was the ingredient that brought the most brightness and uniqueness. I promise, you will enjoy this recipe.

Crustless Bacon Spinach Cream Cheese Quiche Recipe

  • Servings: 6
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
  • 3 large eggs (or 4 medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 6 oz bag of spinach
  • 3 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese (brick)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Chop and sauté the spinach in a pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Thoroughly drain, and use a paper towel to get as much moisture as possible out of the spinach.

Put 3 large eggs in a bowl, and lightly whisk until the whites and yolks are completely combined. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 1/2 cups of cream, and lightly whisk until combined.

Roughly chop the bacon, and cut the cream cheese into 1/4 inch cubes.

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Put six tart dishes on a baking sheet. Divide the spinach, thyme, bacon, and cream cheese evenly amongst the dishes.

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Pour the liquid mixture into each dish, until it is about 3/4ths full. You can gently stir with a spoon if any of the ingredients are poking out of the top.

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Note that we used 5 oz tart dishes which make nice single servings, but any cookware will work. There should be just over 2 cups of liquid.

Move the baking sheet to the oven, and cook for about 20 minutes, until the center is no longer liquid, but it should jiggle and have a soft texture.

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Serve hot or cold. These will last in the fridge for 3 days, so you can make them beforehand and pull them out for brunch. They reheat nicely, one minute in the microwave.

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Enjoy!

Philadelphia Cream Cheese has been my favorite cream cheese since I was a child. Now that I'm an adult, it’s fun to find new ways to use it!

Thanks to Philadelphia Cream Cheese for allowing me to partner with them to come up with some fresh and delicious recipes for the Easter season! Do you have any favorite Easter recipes using Philadelphia? I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments below.

**Note: I came up with this recipe and it is not an original Philadelphia Cream Cheese recipe.

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Big Hero 6 Party and More!

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My 4 Favorite Parties including an awesome Big Hero 6 party | CatchMyParty.com

Lots of outdoors in party pics this week! My favorite parties include an awesome Big Hero 6 party (not necessarily outdoors, but I had to feature it, it's that good), a fun first birthday party with a woodland forest theme, a fantastic girl birthday Teen Beach Movie birthday party, and a gorgeous enchanted forest party with an unbelievable naked cake and beautiful details.

Clockwise from top left:

Now that spring is officially here, we're definitely getting into the swing of things.

This weekend I was busy baking for upcoming recipe posts. For the first time ever I made funfetti mini cheesecakes. It took me three tries to perfect the recipe, but I think I got it right. They look so cute and colorful for spring! Stay tuned, the recipe will be on the blog in a week or so.

Free Printables for Easter

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Free Printables for Easter to decorate your Easter kids parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Today we're sharing a set of free printables for Easter that Lisa from Candles and Favors designed for us.

They have a pretty pink and yellow color scheme and are perfect for your spring Easter celebrations and parties, and they even include an cute Easter egg coloring page for kids!

The collection includes: water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, food tent cards, a "Happy Easter" banner, invitations, cupcake wrappers and a coloring page.

Download the free printables for Easter here!

Below you can see the individual files:

Free Printables for Easter to decorate your Easter kids parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printable Easter Water Bottle Labels| CatchMyParty.com

Free Printable Easter Labels | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printables for Easter to decorate your Easter kids parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printables for Easter to decorate your Easter kids parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printable Easter Coloring Page | CatchMyParty.com

Free Easter banner | CatchMyParty.com

And here are some helpful styling ideas!

Easter party display using free printables | CatchMyParty.com

Easter party display using free printables | CatchMyParty.com

Easter party display using free printables | CatchMyParty.com

Easter party display using free printables | CatchMyParty.com

Would you like to see more of Lisa's personalized designs and party favors? Check out the Candles and Favors website and Facebook and Twitter.

We have a fantastic selection of Easter parties on our site, if you'd like to see them! We also have a lot of free Easter printable collections.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe

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Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe great for an Easter or spring party! | CatchMyParty.com

This delicious Easter marshmallow white chocolate bark recipe from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine would look so pretty on a spring dessert table or packaged up cute as Easter party favors! Who doesn't love white chocolate and marshmallows (with some sprinkles thrown in)?!

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Easter Marshmallow Bark | CatchMyParty.com

I am used to making peppermint bark around the holidays, and thought it would be fun to try an Easter bark!

It is a super delicious treat and easy to make, and perfect for little fingers who are on the go with all the Easter festivities.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Feel free to substitute your favorite pastel Easter candies.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 12 oz bag white chocolate chips
  • 1-2 cups Easter Candy Corn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Easter sprinkles
Ingredients for white chocolate marshmallow bark | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Melt chocolate on medium to low heat in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring each time.

Ingredients for marshmallow bark | CatchMyParty.com

When melted, add butter, and continue to mix until butter melts. Add three cups marshmallows and mix until all marshmallows are coated.

Ingredients for marshmallow bark | CatchMyParty.com

Add candy corn and mix. Spread bark in a 9x13 baking pan on parchment paper.

Ingredients for marshmallow bark | CatchMyParty.com

Add sprinkles white chocolate is still hot.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes for the chocolate to harden.

Marshmallow White Chocolate Bark Recipe  | CatchMyParty.com

Remove from fridge and break into pieces to serve!

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 all the amazing Easter parties and FREE Easter party printable collections on our site!

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