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TRENDS: Stunning Christmas Dinner Tables on Catch My Party

Not just dessert tables... Christmas dinner tables.  Now that we're in the Christmas home stretch, I thought you'd find these tables inspiring...

Frog Prince Paperie's Joyeux Noel Christmas Dinner

Lilian O's Oliver Family Christmas

Chris N's Kids' Candy Coated Christmas Party

I can't wait to see what your Christmas dinner tables look like. Please add them to our site so I can post!

FREE Christmas Printables Round Up

We've been so fortunate to have been given so many FREE printable collections for the holidays. In case you're still looking for some, you'll be sure to find something perfect here...

Printables from Munchkin Designs - Includes an invitation, party circles, wine gift tags, wine labels, food tags, cupcake wrappers, and a festive “cheers” banner.

Printables from the The Paper Dolls Shoppe - Includes an invitation, party circles, labels, drink flags, wine bottle labels, gift tags, and large party circles.

Printables from Love The Day - Includes gift tags and mini candy bar wrappers.

Printables from The Inspired Occassion - Includes an invitation, cupcake toppers/decorative circles, a large “Celebrate Christmas” bunting banner, food label tents/place cards, drink flags, and cake bunting banner.

Printables from Sparkling Events and Design - Includes gift tags and labels, an invitation or menu, large party circles, and medium party circles.

Thank you to Munchkin Designs, The Paper Dolls Shoppe, Love the Day, The Inspired Occasion, and Sparkling Events & Designs for giving us printables for the holidays! We absolutely love them!

If you use any for your celebrations, please add your parties to our site so we can feature them!

Also, a collection of New Year's printables from Piggy Bank Parties will be up soon. Stay tuned...

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week's party photo comes from Nicole W's gorgeous Sugar Plum Fairy Birthday Party. The birthday girl requested limbo for her party and here she is enjoying the game!

Take a look at the rest of this magical Christmas birthday, it's not to be missed!

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member: How to Make A Tulle Garland

This Sugar Plum Fairy Birthday Party created by Nicole W is one of the most beautiful parties we've seen on our site this holiday season. I love so many details of this party, including the homemade tulle garland Nicole made to decorated her tree. Isn't it beautiful...

Nicole so kindly put together this tulle garland tutorial for us, just in time for Christmas. Thank you, Nicole! And here's how she did it...

The tulle garland I made for my Sugar Plum Fairy theme was astoundingly easy to make.  What sewing there is is so pathetically easy, that I hesitate to call it a project that even involves sewing.  Don't be intimidated, even if you've never picked up a needle and thread.

Materials:

  • Tulle (also known as bridal illusion, available at any fabric store).  I used the 72" wide version, but any would work.  I wouldn't use the spools of 6" wide tulle you can find at the craft store--the garland would end up being MUCH more expensive than if you bought colorful tulle at the fabric store.
  • Needle  (longer is better than shorter, but it's not critical)
  • Thread (you could use regular thread, but I liked the sturdiness that button thread gave me).
  • Scissors or a rotary cutter and mat.  Using a rotary cutter made the process blazingly fast, but it's certainly not necessary.

Instructions:

  • Cut the tulle into strips.  Mine were approximately 4" wide each, but make yours as wide or narrow as you'd like.  I just eyeballed mine.  Precision isn't really critical for this craft. (See, I told you it wasn't like real sewing!)  Each strip, when gathered, gave me about 10 inches of ruffled garland, so make a guess about how many strips you'll need.

  • Thread the needle with a length of thread as long as you'd like your garland to be.  Make a knot at one end, being sure to give yourself a few inches of tail to hang out so you can tie it to things, attach it to other garland, etc.  You can always cut it of later if you decide you don't need it.
  • Hold the strip of tulle and simply feed the tulle onto the needle, sort of like you're accordion folding the tulle on to the needle and thread.  Simply dip the needle up and down through the fabric, creating the most simple running stitch there is.  (Here's a link to the wikipedia entry for running stitch, if you think that might be helpful.  It's hard to describe with just words!

  • Once the entire strip of tulle is on the thread, push it down to the end of the thread, where it will be stopped by the knot.  Fluff it out until it looks right.  And that pretty twisty double-helixy thing going on in my garlands?  That will happen all by itself.   I told you it was easy!
  • Continue adding strips of tulle to your thread until you have a garland length you want.  Tie a knot in the end so that the tulle won't slip off, and you're done!
Thank you, Nicole for this easy tutorial!  I'm planning to make one for my tree this year.  If you make one, too, please email me photos so I can post them.

Check out more of Nicole’s other amazing parties on our site, and to learn more about her handmade tiaras, veils, and other wedding accessories, please read her blog, Tradewind Tiaras.

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

Sweets in Jars

I'm obsessed with sweets in jars. It all started with my love of pies in jars and has branched out from there. Here are some of my favorite sweets in jars that would make great last minute gifts. Tell me these don't look delicious and... kinda cool.

Pie in a Jar by Meg's Creations


3-pack with your choice of pie flavors $15

Cupcake in a Jar by City Cupcakes


2 carrot cake cupcakes in a jar $6

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in a Jar by All Jarred Up


8 oz. chocolate chip banana bread $6

Biscotti in a Jar by The Kim Kitch


Home-baked anise biscotti $12

Cookies in a Jar by All Jarred Up


Chocolate cookies in a jar $6

French Toast Bread Pudding in a Jar by Nom Nom Sweets


4-pack of french toast bread pudding $16

Mmmmmm...

FREE Christmas Printables from the Paper Dolls Shoppe

Christmas has come early! We are giving away another collection of FREE Christmas party printables. This time it's a  "retro adorable" collection from Kelli Britt of the Paper Dolls Shoppe. We're giving away an invitation, party circles, labels, drink flags, wine bottle labels, gift tags, and large party circles. Thank you, Kelli, they are fabulous!!


Invitation


Party circles


Labels


Drink flags


Wine bottle labels


Gift tags


Large party circles

Download the FREE high quality files for printing.

Invitation

Party circles

Labels

Drink flags

Wine bottle labels

Gift tags

Large party circles

Thank you again, Kelli, for this wonderful collection. To see more of Kelli's delightful printables please visit her Paper Dolls Shoppe. Also, check out Kelli's previous Halloween and Thanksgiving collections on our site.

Gorgeous Christmas Dessert Tables on Catch My Party (Part 1)

We've gotten so many gorgeous Christmas dessert tables on our site, I had to show them off!  I find them all so inspiring. Take a look...

Bird's Party Blog's Christmas Candyland

Frog Prince Paperie's Gingerbread Christmas Cookie Exchange

Suzanna's Red & Aqua Christmas Dessert Table

Brittany S's Cookies with Santa Party

Kate A's Pink and Red Christmas Dessert Table

Jackie F's Pink and Green Cookie Party

Terri W's Christmas Open House

Stay tuned for Part 2...

FREE Christmas Printables from Sparkling Events and Designs

More free holiday printables, you ask? Why yes! Ebony from Sparking Events and Designs has given us these fun and flirty Christmas printables to give away to our readers. Picture a "glam" Christmas party, and now you've got your decor. There are gift tags and labels, an invitation or menu, large party circles, and medium party circles.  Take a look...


The set includes gift tags or labels, an invitation or menu, large party circles, and medium party circles


Large party circle


Regular party circles

Download the FREE high quality files for printing here:

Gift tags/Labels

Menu/Invitation

Regular Party Circles

Large Party Circles

Thank you, Ebony, for these dazzling printables!! To learn more about Ebony and her event planning business, check out her blog, Sparking Events and Designs. And to see her fabulous parties in action, check them out on our site.

TRENDS: Kids' Christmas Parties on Catch My Party

Take a look at these seriously fantastic kids' parties we've seen on our site... I'm blown away by all the creativity.

Courtney D's Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party - This gingerbread house is unbelievable and we love the candy cane Christmas trees. We haven't seen those before.

The Savvy Mom's Guides Gingerbread Play Party - The chefs hats and aprons are too cute, and there were two fun activities at this party: birdhouse decorating and cookie decorating.

Laura B's Crafty Kids Christmas Party - What a gorgeous table filled with candy canes, peppermint sticks, cookies, and snowballs and we love how Santa made a surprise appearance at the party.

Amanda P's Snowman Children's Holiday Party - There are so many great details here from the snowball garlands to the big snowman centerpiece and little snowmen made out of marshmallows.

Laura M's Cookie Decorating Playdate - Such a pretty dessert table. We love all the red accents like the red sodas, red cupcakes and red backdrop.

If you throw a kids' holiday party of your own, please add it to our site so we can show it off!

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Melissa and Kellie from Icing Designs gave me a sneak peak at their peppermint hot chocolate cupcakes.

I thought they were so cute and festive (like a warm cup of hot chocolate), I asked them if I could repost their tutorial and they so sweetly said yes! Wait 'til you see how easy it is...

  1. Make chocolate cupcakes
  2. Added a swirl of butter cream frosting
  3. Sprinkled some crushed peppermint and mini chocolate chips on top
  4. Add a mini candy cane for a handle
And voila!!

Here they even piped out little chocolate stars for the top... so cute!

To see more of Melissa and Kellie's party inspirations (and there are a lot), check out their blog. Also take a look at their beautiful parties on our site and at their Icing Designs Etsy shop where they sell gorgeous hand-illustrated, hand-glittered invitations and cards.

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