Posts in the ‘Christmasholidays’ Category

My Favorite Crafty Food Tutorials from our Link Up Party

Thanks to everyone who so far has linked up their tutorials, recipes, and free printables to our holiday link party! I'll be showing off more of your work, so please add your links.

Here are my favorite crafty food tutorials, all these brought to you by the Dollhouse Bake Shop. How cute are these holiday pops!

Candy Bar Penguin Pops

Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Pops

Hot Cocoa-christmas-Marshmallow Pops

Candy Bar Reindeer Pops


To see even more fun and festive holiday treat tutorials, check out the Dollhouse Bake Shop.

GIVEAWAY: Win an HP Officejet 7500A Printer worth $179.99

If you read my blog, you know I'm really excited about my brand new HP Officejet 7500A Printer.  What I love most about it is that it can do everything! It great for professional printing, home printing, photo printing, faxing, copying, and crafts. Cool, right?

So yesterday, I told my husband, David, how much I loved it, and his response was, "If you love it so much, why don't you just marry it?" Hmmm.

Since I can't actually marry it (although after his comment, I was ready to), I thought I'd give away a printer, and not just because it's the holidays, but because I want someone else to understand my feelings!

It's simple to enter. Just head to our Facebook page, "like" us if you haven't already, and enter your email address in the box provided on the page. (You won't be signing you up for anything, it's just so we can contact you if you win).


The contest ends Sunday, December 18th at midnight (PST) and is open to US residents only. We will use to generate our winner, and will notify you by email. Good luck!

Please Link up Your Holiday Crafts, Recipes, and Free Printables!

This week it really hit me that the holidays are right around the corner. I'm hoping to get crafty with my daughter this season so I need some ideas.


I'd love to see all the inspiring holiday crafts, recipes, and free printables you've been creating. Please link them up and I will be showing off my favorites over the next few weeks (as well as making a few). Can't wait to see! Please click the link below to add your project:

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FREE Christmas Party Printables from Bird's Party

Many of you know Bird of Bird's Party. She is a definite taste-maker when it comes to parties and printables.

How excited was I, when she agreed to design a free holiday printables collection exclusively for us! Take a look at this adorable "Rudolph" collection which includes: an invitation with type-in fields, party circles, tented cards with type-in fields,  favor tags, straw flags, a "Merry Christmas" banner, and a kids' activity sheet.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES HERE FOR PRINTING IMPORTANT!! You will need the following password (case sensitive) to open the PDFs after download: party.





Thank you, Bird, for your playful designs. To learn more about Bird and see all her designs, please check out her shop, Bird's Party.

And for more inspiration, take a look at all our free Christmas printables and check out these holiday parties






FREE Christmas Party Printables from Love Party Printables

The "little children" are back! This they're here to help you celebrate Christmas! Thank you, Ana, of Love Party Printables, once again for your adorable designs.

This collection is chuck full o' good stuff: invitations, straw flags, napkin rings, a "Happy Holidays" banner, water bottle labels, tented cards, favor tags, labels, mini cake bunting, and kids activity sheets.

Take a look at how cute. I could almost eat them!!





"Happy Holidays" banner


Mini cake bunting

Kids' activity sheet

Thank you, Ana, what a amazing job!!

To learn more about Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.

And for more inspiration, take a look at all our free Christmas printables and check out these holiday parties


This week's party photo comes from Angela S's Chic and Glamorous Christmas Party. Can you believe these are mini cakes?! I wonder what they taste like...

This holiday party is stunning. If you haven't seen the whole thing, it's worth a look.

Our Snowflake Design Challenge and My Top 12 Favorite Items

I am thrilled with how our Snowflake Design Challenge turned out! If you haven't seen all 181 items, please take a look.

I feel honored that I get to show off the work of such creative people. I really do love my job and that is one of the main reasons.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I hope you get a lot of exposure for the beautiful items you've made.

And now, without further adieu, here are my top 12 favorite snowflake items, in no particular order (there were so many I loved, my husband had to play tie breaker on a few and I still had to pick 12 instead of 10)...

Glittered Snowflake Birthday Party Hat by Prop Shop Boutique


 Baby It's Cold Outside Holiday Party Invitation by loralangdesigns


Twinkling Snowflakes Holiday Card by Blush Printables


Snowflake Chocolate Lollipops by Frosted Petticoat


 Pet Photo Booth Holiday Card by Paper Heart Company


 Snowflake Cookies by Lori's Place


 Joy to the World Vintage Gift Tags by SongbirdGreetings


Holiday Eat, Drink, Be Merry Printable Collection  by TypeWink ;)

snowflake-printables-setFrosted Fairy Mini Top Hat Headband by Cutie Patootie Designz


Girls Applique Winter Wonderland Snowflake Tee by Modern Frills


Winter Fun Cupcake Toppers by Party NV


Vintage Winter Wonderland Printables from Squared Party Printables


Thanks again to all of you talented people who added your items. I'm planning to do another design challenge for Valentine's Day. I hope you'll join then too.

And tomorrow, I will be doing a random drawing where one of you will win an HP Officejet 7500A Printer! Good luck!

FREE Holiday Baby Shower Printables from Paperlicious

If you are planning to throw a baby shower this holiday season, boy, are you in luck! Amy from Paperlicious, has generously offered this 'snowflake" holiday baby shower collection to our readers for free. These coordinate beautifully with the holiday baby shower invitations she sells on her site.

The printables collection includes: party circles, tented cards (that you can add your own text to), cupcake wrappers, and a baby shower banner (that you can also add your own text to). Look how adorable they are!!






To learn more about Amy and to check out all her holiday baby shower invitations, holiday cards, announcements, and stationary, please visit Paperlicious, for paper that rocks!

Thank you again, Amy, for letting us give these away!


Gorgeous Christmas Dessert Tables on Catch My Party (Part 2)

It's almost Christmas! Here's a way to get into the spirit with some more Christmas dessert table "eye candy." Enjoy... and have a very merry and safe Christmas!

Rebecca's Blake's Winter Candyland

Courtney's Pink Gingerbread House Tea Party

Nicole's Sugar Plum Fairy Birthday Party

Kate's Gingerbread Decorating and Trim the Tree Party

Nicole's Swedish Styled Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Renee's Red & Blue Christmas Party

Rene's Wine & Cheese Open House

Stay tuned for New Year's party tables coming soon...

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member: How to Make a Dramatic but Simple Winter Centerpiece

Nicole, who created the gorgeous Sugar Plum Fairy Birthday Party we've featured on our site, was so kind to put together a tutorial for how she made her tulle garlands.

Now she's being unbelievably generous by putting together another tutorial, this one for how she made her dramatic gumdrop branch centerpieces. Thank you, Nicole...

When designing my Sugar Plum Fairy party, I was on a tight budget. I didn't have money for lavish floral arrangements, so I had to be creative. I wanted something that would carry through the wintry Sugar Plum Fairy theme, and came up with these below:

They're incredibly easy to make, cost very little, and were striking because of their large size.


  • Branches (I just gathered mine when our neighbor did some massive trimming of his mesquite trees)
  • Spray paint (I used silver)
  • Some type of vessel or vase
  • Either styrofoam or stones to keep the sticks in place
  • gumdrops (optional, but cute!)

1) Break off branches in whatever desired length.

2)  Spray paint branches any color.

3)  Put sticks in a vase or other receptacle of your choice.  You can use floral foam or just stones from the yard to make the sticks extra secure, but if you have a tall vase, even that probably isn't necessary. I used foam to secure the branches in a compote for the Sugar Plum Fairy party, and used strips of tulle to hide the foam in a cloud of material.
For some of the arrangments scattered through the house where I didn't need floral foam, I added a little bit of sugar in the bottom of the vase to look like snow and hide the price sticker.
4)  If you'd like to, push gumdrops on the tips of the branches.  It looked perfect for our Nutcracker ballet Land of Sweets!
That's all there is to it!  I used this technique again last weekend for our annual gingerbread house decorating party, where I hung Swedish cones full of Chex mix from the branches on my anti-dessert table.
It's large scale, it's dramatic, and the only thing I spent any money on was the $5 can of spraypaint.  That's just the kind of craft I like!

Thank you, Nicole for another great tutorial!

If you make a centerpiece like this for one of your parties, please email me photos so I can post them. Also, please check out Nicole’s other amazing parties on our site, and to get more of her party tips and learn about her handmade tiaras, veils, and other wedding accessories, please read Nicole's blog, Tradewind Tiaras.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at  I’d love to show it off!)

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