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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“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.”

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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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

7 Things You Must Have at Your Rainbow Party

7 Must Have Rainbow Birthday Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.comRainbow parties are super popular here at Catch My Party. They're one of my favorite themes because they're so colorful and bright!

Below are 7 must-have ideas for planning your own rainbow party!

1. Rainbow cake

A gorgeous layered rainbow cake is the must-have for a rainbow party!

Rainbow Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

2. Personalized invitation and printables

From our new Etsy shop, a personalized invitation and a full set of personalized rainbow party printables is the perfect way to decorate your celebration!

Personalized Rainbow Birthday Invitation | CatchMyParty.com

Personalized Rainbow Birthday Party Printable Decorations | CatchMyParty.com

 

 

3. Rainbow fruit display

A frequently seen party food at rainbow parties is a simple but beautiful rainbow fruit display.

Rainbow Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

4. Rainbow party supplies

Make sure you have tons of colorful party supplies, from balloons to paper straws to rainbow candy! Rainbow Birthday Party Supplies | CatchMyParty.com

1. Happy Birthday Balloon Weight

2. Rainbow Fan Decoration

3. Rainbow Swirl Decorations

4. Rainbow Crepe Paper

5. Rainbow Baking Cups

6. Rainbow Tissue Ball

7. Rainbow Fluffy Decoration

8. Paper Straws

9. Rainbow Unicorn Pops

10. Rainbow Dot Cups

11. Rainbow Pinata

12. Rainbow Balloons

For more rainbow candy, head to the Catch My Party Store!

5. Rainbow table skirt

A tulle table skirt in a rainbow of colors makes a fabulous statement for your party! Learn to make a tulle table skirt here.

Rainbow Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

6. Rainbow cupcakes

These themed cupcakes are decorated with sour rainbow candy and frosting clouds.

Rainbow Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

7. Candy decorations

Layer candy in glass jars and add clouds and ribbons on sticks for a fun decoration!

Rainbow Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

For more rainbow party ideas, check out these parties from our site, and for party supplies check out the new Catch My Party Store.

Toasted Coconut Cake Recipe

Toasted coconut cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

We were asked by Kraft to try out one of their "foolproof" spring dessert recipes. Since my husband loves coconut cake, and I've never made one before, I enlisted my favorite baker to help.

What makes this recipe so easy is that you start with basic yellow cake mix batter. Then you add coconut flakes, milk, and dry Jell-O coconut pudding mix to the batter to make it extra "coconutty" and moist.

Can you tell my daughter takes her baking job very seriously!

Toasted coconut cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

TOASTED COCONUT CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (2-layer size)
  • 2 2/3 cups Baker's Angel Flake Coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 package Jell-O Coconut Cream Flavor Instant Pudding (3.4 oz.)
  • 1 package Jell-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding (3.4 oz.)
  • 1/4 cup  powdered sugar
  • 1 tub Cool Whip (8 oz.)
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare cake batter, then stir in 2/3 cup coconut, 1/4 cup milk and dry coconut pudding mix into batter before pouring into prepared pans. Bake as directed on cake mix package. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.

Beat dry vanilla pudding mix, sugar and remaining milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. (Pudding will be thick.) Stir in COOL WHIP. Refrigerate until ready to assemble cake.

Stack cake layers on plate, filling with layers of 1 cup of the pudding mixture and 3/4 cup of the remaining coconut. Frost top and side of cake with remaining pudding mixture. Press remaining coconut into pudding mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Here I had just made the easy frosting. But first...

Toasted coconut cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

The official taster had to do her job! She gave it a big thumbs up and liked how light and fluffy it was, but just to be sure, had to do a few more tastings. Then came the fun part. The stacking, frosting, and coconut sprinkling!

Toasted coconut cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

To add my own twist, I toasted  coconut flakes in the toaster, watching them carefully as not to let them burn, and sprinkled them on top. They added a nice toasted coconut flavor and made the cake looked so pretty.

Toasted coconut cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

And finally, Daddy got to taste it, and can you believe he ate that whole piece?!

Toasted coconut cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

More fun Kraft dessert recipes to follow this week, especially since I got this yummy gift basket in the mail. Thanks, Kraft.

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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.”

Apple MacBook Pro Laptop Giveaway

Apple laptop giveaway | CatchMyParty.com

We wanted to let you know about a fantastic opportunity! Catch My Party has teamed up with Mom SparkFood Folks and Fun,  Gimmie Freebies, and an amazing group of blogs and businesses to present a giveaway for the awesome Apple MacBook Pro Laptop!

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My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - April 13th

Here are my favorite parties for the week...

An exciting Inspector Gadget birthday party for spies and secret agents, a stunning baby shower inspired by Kate Spade, a fantastic Disney Cars birthday party set in Radiator Springs, and a pink and gold genie party where wishes come true.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week April 13 | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

Again, blown away this week. Thanks for inspiring me!

Sleepover Parties, Rainbow Easter Cupcakes, and Moss Covered Letter

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Having a sleepover birthday party?  Get some great ideas for your party!

Sleepover Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Find a whole gallery of cupcake ideas for Easter!

Easter Cupcake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Learn how to cover amonogram letter with moss for a lovely home decor look!

Moss covered letter DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Learn to make these bright rainbow your cupcakes for Easter!

Easter Dyed Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

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

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