Posts in the ‘Decor’ Category

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member: How to Make a Ribbon Covered Letter or Number

Stacy H threw such a fun, colorful party for her daughter's first birthday. Even the name of the party was cute...  Baby P's Polka Dotty Pool Party.

Stacy made lots of the decorations herself, including this adorable ribbon covered number "1."  (With a blog called She's {Kinda} Crafty you'd expect nothing less.) I asked Stacy if she'd put together a tutorial on how she made it, and she so generously said yes. Hooray! Here it is...


  • Paper Mache letter or number
  • 6 or more coordinating scrapbook ribbons (3/8")
  • Long length of a coordinating 1" ribbon
  • Fast drying glue or other adhesive (I LOVE Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue)
  • Scissors
  • Patterned Paper & Frame (optional)

Loosely measure the length of ribbon you need to wrap around your number or letter (leave enough to wrap around to the back). Depending on your number or letter you can pre-cut your strips of ribbon.

I only pre-cut enough for the "stems" of the R and the rest I cut as I went, loosely measuring each length one at a time. Apply one line of glue at a time and lay your ribbons down in whatever pattern you'd like (or go crazy and don't use a pattern!)

You could go ahead and glue ALL your ribbon on to your number or letter before flipping it over and gluing the ends to the back.

I stopped when I had reached a point where my pre-measured strips were all used up. Apply a bead of glue to the back edges of your number or letter and wrap the ribbon around.

You may need to hold the ribbon while the glue sets to keep everything straight.


Repeat on other side of number or letter.

Keep on going until your letter or number is completely covered.

Starting in a corner, apply a bead of glue about 1/4" from the top edge of your number or letter (I did about 8-10 linear inches at a time since I was using fast drying glue).

Continue this around your number or letter until you've gotten back to the beginning, overlapping about a 1/2" at the end. It doesn't matter what the back looks like!


Viola! You are done!

You can also mount the number to a frame by cutting a piece of patterned paper to the size of your frame (this one is 8x10), removing the glass of your frame, insert the paper and close the frame up. Then add a whole bunch of glue to the back of your number or letter and stick it right on the patterned paper!

Don't worry about having to buy a new frame, just take one out of your house because after your party you can just take the paper & number out & pop the glass back into your frame! (However, I did buy this frame at Target for about $4.)

Such a fun project! Thank you again, Stacy for putting this together. To learn more about Stacy and see all the crafts she makes, please check out her blog, She's {Kinda} Crafty. Also, take a look at the rest of her pool party photos. So much cuteness!

If you make a ribbon covered letter or number for your next party, please send photos to, I'd love to post it.

FREE Father's Day Printables from Tea Party Designs

Here's our second collection of Father's Day printables. This charming "striped" set was designed by Melody from Tea Party Designs. Thank you, Melody!

The collection includes: party circles, invitations, tented cards, favor tags, drink straws, and a "Happy Father's Day" banner.

Party circles

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[caption id="attachment_15408" align="aligncenter" width="463"] Tented cards[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15404" align="aligncenter" width="465"] Drink flags[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15407" align="aligncenter" width="465"] "Happy Father's Day" banner[/caption]

Download the high resolution files for printing:

Thank you, Melody, for such a fun collection! To learn more about Melody and see her designs, please check out her Facebook page, Tea Party Designs, and Etsy shop.

If you use these for your Father’s Day celebration, please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty, so I can post them.

Also, check out our other free Father's Day printables.

FREE Father's Day Printables from 9 to 5 Mom

Now that Mother's Day is behind us, we're offering our first collection of FREE Father's Day printables. This fabulous “necktie” set is from Brady from 9 to 5 Mom. Thank you, Brady, for more of your awesome designs!

The collection includes: party circles, a "Happy Father's Day" banner, wine bottle labels, water bottle labels, and tented cards, everything you need to celebrate Dad.

Seriously, how cute is that image of the father and baby holding hands?!

Party circles

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"Happy Father's Day" banner

Wine bottle labels

Water bottle labels

Tented cards

Download the high resolution files for printing:

Thank you again, Brady, for this very "manly" collection! I think the dads out there will be pleased.  To learn more about Brady, please check out 9 to 5 Mom.

If you use these for your Father's Day celebration, please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty, so I can post them.

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member: How to Make a Month-by-Month Onesie Bunting Banner

When I first saw Donna E's Blush and Bashful Baby Shower on our site I was blown away by all the details, especially this homemade month-by-month onesie bunting she used to decorate.

Donna put together this tutorial on how she made it and she has kindly let me repost it, so thank you, Donna! What a fun way to decorate a shower.

I love this onesie bunting because it doubles as shower decor and the perfect gift for the mommy-to-be.

  • 12 onesies ranging from size 1 month to 12 months, washed and dried
  • Iron-on transfer paper (if you are using colored onesies, be sure that the transfer paper is suited accordingly)
  • Design made in Photoshop or any other program that will allow you to use text with a photo
  • Iron

  • The first thing you'll have to do is come up with a design.  I generally try to stick with the theme of the shower or the theme of the baby's nursery.  Try to keep the size of the design to roughly 3 or 4 inches wide and 4 to 5 inches in height.  Once you have come up with your design, you'll need to flip each design to a mirror image.
  • Print your design according to the manufacturers instructions onto the transfer paper.
  • Cut out each month, leaving a 1/8-1/4 inch border around each design.
  • Heat your iron to the highest heat setting without steam.
  • Place your design face down on the onesie and gently place the iron over the back side of the design allowing the design to adhere to the onesie. Continue moving the iron over the design until the design has completely adhered to the onesie.
  • Allow the iron on to cool slightly then gently remove paper backing. Repeat steps 1-6 for each of the onesies.

They are so cute attached to a clothes line and displayed around the shower and the mommy-to-be will appreciate having a keepsake that shows each month how much the baby has grown!

Thank you, Donna, for the tutorial! I too love that that this is both party decor and a mommy-to-be gift.

To learn more about Donna and her event design service, please check out her blog, Fabulous Fetes, and also check out Donna's other incredible parties on our site.

Mother's Day Party Ideas and Inspirations

Mother's Day is this Sunday, so here are some photos I picked from the many gorgeous parties on our main site to inspire you for your own Mother's Day celebrations!

Mother's Day is such a feminine holiday, so I'm definitely feeling lots of pinks.  Also, don't forget the three beautiful free Mother's Day printable collections we're giving away on our site.

(Click on the photo to see what party it's from.)

I'm really into ruffle cakes these days

Gorgeous long-stem roses make such a statement

Pretty china with personalized name tags

Fizzy drinks -- watermellon spritzers

Lovely Japanese lanterns

A beautiful outdoor tabled filled with flowers

A macaron tower

A silver teapot as a flower pot. So shabby chic.

A crazy cool cupcake topiary

A centerpiece with photos of mothers and daughters. How sweet!

Can't wait to see what you do for Mother's Day. I'm hoping my husband makes one of his yummy breakfasts for my daughter and me, then I plan to treat myself to a mani/pedi... in pink, of course!



DIY Tutorial from A Catch My Party Member - How to Make Minnie Mouse Party Hats

How cute are these Minnie Mouse hats Maria made for her daughter's Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday!

Now you can make them too, with this easy tutorial Maria put together for her blog, Love & Sugar Kisses, and kindly let me repost. Thank you, Maria!

  • Black cardstock: one sheet per hat PLUS one sheet for every 2 sets of ears (that's 4 ears per page)
  • Pink polka dot scrapbook paper (or whatever color/pattern you would like for the bow)
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Double sided tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Exacto knife
  • 3 inch round cookie cutter or 3 inch round craft punch
  • Medium sized butterfly cookie cutter (optional)
Step 1 Using your cookie cutter as a stencil or your round craft punch, cut out enough ears for your desired number of hats out of the black cardstock.

Step2 Shape a cone out of the black card stock and use double sided tape to seal the seam. You could also use hot glue for this if you want, but tape might be a little less messy. It took a few tries to figure out how to get the cardstock to roll up neatly into the cone shape.

Step 3 Cut desired number of bows out of your scrapbook paper. You can use a butterfly cookie cutter to trace the basic shape then trim them to your liking, but you can certainly freehand them!
Step 4 Cut your ribbon allowing 2 pieces for each hat. These will be your straps. You can use your child's head to measure. Plan on about 12 inches per strap.

Step 5 Now you are ready to assemble the hats!

  • Cut 2 small slits near the top of the cone using your exacto knife. You will be inserting the ears into these slits. You want them large enough to allow the ears to be attached, but not so big that you lose too much of the rounded shape.
  • Apply a small amount of hot glue to the slit and then place each ear inside. You may need to apply a little more to get the ears to adhere. A little goes a long way and isn't very noticeable on the hat!
  • Using the hot glue, attach the ribbon to the inside of both sides of the cone. Make sure you are careful where you place the ribbon so your ears aren't crooked!
  • Finally, attach the bow to the front of the hat using either hot glue or double sided tape.
  • You could even jazz these up further with the birthday child and/or the guests initial on the front! Need a Mickey Mouse hat instead? Just leave off the bow and use red ribbon!

Look, it's the perfect party hat for your little Mouseketeer!

Maria, we couldn't agree more. Your daughter is adorable!! Thank you for the tutorial!

Check out more of Maria's Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday and see all the beautiful things she created for her daughter's party. And to learn more about Maria, please visit her blog, Love & Sugar Kisses, where she shares about her love of baking, cake decorating, and crafting.

And finally, if you make your own Minnie Mouse hats, please send photos to I'd love to show them off!

FREE Mother's Day Printables from Amy Mattes Designs

This is our third set of FREE Mother's Day printables. These I'm calling our "pink flower" collection and they were designed by Amy of Amy Mattes Designs.

This collection includes: invitations, small party circles, large party circles, favor tags, drink flags, tented cards, and a "Happy Mother's Day" banner.


Small party circles

Large party circles

Favor tags

Tented cards

"Happy Mother's Day" banner

[caption id="attachment_14590" align="aligncenter" width="463"] "Happy Mother's Day" banner[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_14591" align="aligncenter" width="463"] "Happy Mother's Day" banner[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_14592" align="aligncenter" width="463"] "Happy Mother's Day" banner[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_14593" align="aligncenter" width="463"] "Happy Mother's Day" banner[/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_14595" align="aligncenter" width="463"] "Happy Mother's Day" banner[/caption]

Download the high resolution files for printing:

Thank you, Amy, for such a delicate and beautiful collection! To learn more about Amy, please visit her blog, Amy Mattes Designs.

If you use these for your party, please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty, so I can post them.

Also, check out all of our free Mother's Day printables.






FREE Mother's Day Printables from Love Party Printables

Here's our second set of free Mother's Day party printables. This stunning "cherry blossom" collection is designed by Ana from Love Party Printables. Thank you, Ana, for such a exquisite set!

This collection includes: invitations, party circles, favor tags, tented cards, napkin rings, drink flags, party labels, water bottle labels, and a "Happy Mother's Day" banner.


Download the high resolution files here:

Thank you, Ana, for such a beautiful collection! To learn more about Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.

If you use these for your party, please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty so I can post them.

Also, check out all of our free Mother's Day printables.





Fun and Festive Ideas for a Cinco De Mayo Party

In addition to our gorgeous free Cinco de Mayo party printables, here are some ideas from fiesta parties on our main site for throwing a gorgeous Cinco De Mayo party. (Click on the photo to see what party the photo is from.)

Pinatas for decoration and fun

 Jarritos Mexican sodas makes things authentic

Yummy taco fixings

Delicious churros

A little music

"Papel picado" (paper flags) and sombreros give it a festive feel

Musical instruments add fun

Pin the tail on the donkey for kids and adults

Some lucha libre masks

And salsa dancing

Plus a Mexican photo booth

And these gorgeous party printables which includes invitations, party circles, drink flags, beer bottle labels, and a Cinco de Mayo banner

And you've got yourself a party!

Anyone have any other ideas to add? Please comment...

Have a fun and festive Cinco de Mayo and please add your parties to our site so I can show them off!



GIVEAWAY: A Dozen Push Pop Containers Plus Custom Labels from Saving Dates

Push pops are all the rage right now for parties, and Katie from Saving Dates has offered to give one of our lucky readers a dozen push pop containers and a dozen custom labels. How cool is that?!

Push pops are a fun new way to serve your guests mini cupcakes, cookies, candies,  ice cream -- anything you can think of -- on a dessert table or as favors, and they're sold out virtually everywhere!

Plus, Katie will design any label you'd like to put on them.

To enter, all you need to do is head over to Saving Dates and “like” them on Facebook. Then head back to this post and leave a comment saying you did it. It’s that easy!

Thank you Katie and  Saving Dates for this great giveaway!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Friday, May 6th at 10:00 (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry.  We will use to generate our winner and will notify you by email. Shipping is free in the continental US. International winners need to pay shipping.

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