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DIY Tutorial from A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Ribbon Topiary

Lisa G put together this fabulous Pinkalicious-themed Pink-errific 4th Birthday for her daughter, and I loved so many of the elements she created for the party including this ribbon topiary.

I've seen ribbon topiaries on our main site quite a bit and have always wondered how to make one. Well, thanks to Lisa and this tutorial, I now know. Thank you, Lisa!


  • LOTS of ribbon!
  • Terra cotta pot or any ceramic potspray paint (for the pot)
  • Wooden dowel
  • Large styrofoam ball
  • Floral foam
  • Scissors
  • Dressmakers pins
  • Hot glue gun or gorilla glue
  • Rocks/candy/tissue paper etc for the base of the topiary
Step one: Spray paint the pot and allow it to dry

Step two: Add a dab of hot glue to one end of the wooden dowel and insert it into the styrofoam ball about 1 inch.

Step three: Add a dab of hot glue to the opposite end of the wooden dowel and insert it into the floral foam.

Step four: Once your pot is dried insert the floral foam into the pot.  This will allow your topiary to stand on a flat surface making it a little easier to decorate.

Step five: Cut cut cut that ribbon!  I cut all my ribbon in 3 inch strips and also cut multiple spools at once to save time.

Step six: Make a loop with the ribbon.  Where the ends meet insert a pin then push the pin completely into the styrofoam ball.

Step seven: Repeat step six until the entire ball is covered.

Step eight: Once the ball is covered you can add gumballs, tissue paper, rocks etc. whatever coordinates with your theme and that will cover up the floral foam in the base!

Now you have a beautiful little tree that is very easy to swap out for any season!

Thank you, Lisa, for this easy tutorial.

Check out more of Lisa’s Pink-eriffic 4th Birthday here, and see all the sweet touches she added to the party. Also, take a look at her other beautiful parties on our site and her blog Blissful Chaos.

And finally, if you make your own ribbon topiary using this tutorial, please send photos to I'd love to show it off!




FREE Easter Party Circle Printables from 9 to 5 Mom

Brady C from 9 to 5 Mom contacted me with these adorable FREE Easter party circles and asked us if we'd like to give them away. How sweet! Thank you, Brady, for thinking of us and our readers.

Download the high resolution file here:

FREE Easter-printable-party-circles

To see Brady's other designs or to purchase her entire Easter collection, please visit her Etsy shop, 9 th 5 Mom.

Also, be sure to check out all the other  FREE Easter printable collections we're giving away on our site.

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member - How to Make Sequin Easter Eggs

When I saw these stunning sequin Easter eggs Norene C made for her Easter Brunch for 14, I had to know how she made them.

It turns out they're quite simple. Here's a tutorial Norene put together for us. Thank you, Norene!


  • 5mm sequins in colors of your choice
  • Sequin pins (13mm)
  • Styrofoam eggs (1 7/8” x 2 ½”)
  • Thimble (if you have wimpy fingers like mine)
Step 1 – Start by pinning the sequins in the MIDDLE of the egg making a row of sequins that runs horizontally around the entire egg. (Kind of like a belt on Humpty Dumpty.)

Step 2 – Continue making rows around the egg until you reach the tip.

Step 3 – Repeat in the opposite direction until the entire egg is covered. You can use the same colored sequins to cover the entire egg, or make stripes in different colors. Let your creativity and imagination take over and “eggsperiment” with different patterns like diamonds and dots!

Step 4 – Embellish the sequin covered egg with flower or butterfly shaped sequins if you wish.

These really are so easy and fun to make. Great to do while watching television and they are so beautiful!

Thank you again, Norene!  These eggs are so sparkly and gorgeous and would look great on any Easter table! To learn more about Noreen, please check out her blog, Party Pinching, where she shares all her budget-friendly party ideas.

Also, if you make some of these sequin Easter eggs, please send photos to I'd love to show them off!

FREE Pink and Yellow Party Printables From Embellish

Our FREE girl birthday and boy birthday printable collections have been such a hit, we decided to give away more party printables!

This "paper fan" collection is designed by the talented Kirsten of Embellish. We wanted these printables to be generic enough to work for any party, but to have a sophisticated and feminine feel.

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, tented cards, party labels, cupcake wrappers, favor tags, drink flags, water bottle labels, a "let's party" banner, and a "party this way" sign. It's got everything you need to throw a well-styled party, so think of using these for your next birthday, shower, garden party, girls gathering... you name it!


Party circles

Tented cards

Party labels

Cupcake wrappers

Favor tags

Drink flags

Water bottle labels

Party banner

Party banner

Party banner

Party banner

Party banner

Party banner

Party banner

Party banner

Party sign

Download the high resolution files for printing here:

Thank you, Kirsten, for this beautiful collection!  To learn more about Kirsten and see her beautiful printables, please visit her Etsy shop, and her blog, Embellish. Also, check out the adorable Easter printables Kirsten designed for Catch My Party!

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

And stay tuned for the more masculine version of these printables to be posted on our blog soon...


Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Butterfly Mobile

How lovely are these butterfly mobiles Carey B made for her Butterfly Garden for Avery Party. They are so delicate and beautiful...

I asked Carey how she made them and she generously put together this DIY tutorial. Thank you, Carey!


  • Wreath - mine was a 12" from The Dollar tree
  • Fishing Line
  • Ribbon
  • Tulle
  • Greenery
  • Scissors
  • Die Cut Shapes in various sizes
  • Double Sided Tape or Glue Dots
(All instructions and measurements are for a 12" wreath)

Step 1:

Wrap wreath with greenery (18") and ribbon (60") as desired.

Step 2:

Cut 32 small die cut butterflies and 32 medium die cut butterflies. (If you don't have a die cut machine you can trace shapes using cookie cutters or print a shape from Microsoft clipart.)

Cut 4 strands of 22" long fishing line.

Using double sided tape or glue dots stick coordinating front and back of each shaped butterfly to the 22" long strand of fishing wire.  Start your top set of butterflies 5" from the top.

Alternate one small set with one medium set or whatever pattern you choose. I used 2 sets of each size on a strand.

Only place glue in the "body" portion of the butterfly so that you can separate the wings into 3-D form. You will create 4 strands.

Step 3:

Cut 24 pieces of tulle - 20" long and 5" wide.

Using 3 pieces of tulle, I made 8 mini poms using the accordion fold tissue paper pom technique. But I have since discovered there are easier ways to make them as shown on Once Wed. Lesson learned for next time!

Step 4:

Tie 2 poms to a 18" strand of fishing line leaving space in between to tie a coordinating bow. Also leave 3-5" of space from the top so you have room to tie the strand onto the wreath. You will create 4 strands.

Step 5:

Tie your four strands with butterflies and your four strands with poms around the wreath. I alternated the strands and tied at various heights. Trim the fishing line at the top.

Step 6:

Cut 4 strands of ribbon at 24" length to tie onto the wreath for hanging. Tie each ribbon onto the evenly.

Step 7:

This is where it gets a bit tricky for me. Grab all four of the ribbons you just tied on and gather them together above the wreath. The wreath will be hanging below you.

Tie those four ribbons in a knot at the top once you have it balanced where all sides are hanging even. I have to stand to do this and I find an extra set of eyes is  helpful to make sure I have all sides even.

Step 8:

Hang from the ceiling with a hook or I simply used a push pin since I knew it would be coming down in a few hours.

Enjoy! I am happy to help with any questions. So many possibilities with Easter right around the corner.

Thank you again, Carey, for putting this tutorial together!

To learn more about Carey and read about all her crafting and party planning adventures, please check out her blog, With Joy, and also check out her other gorgeous parties on our site including her out of this world butterfly garden party.

If you make a mobile for your next party, please send photos to I'd love to show it off!


The minute I saw this photo I knew it would be Party Photo of the Week. It comes from Peggy F's Barbie Makeup Party - 5th Bday.

I think the box is such a clever detail and so great for photo ops!  Who wouldn't want to be a life-size Barbie? :)

Check out the rest of this fun party here! My daughter would L-O-V-E it!!

GIVEAWAY: Easter Treat Table Party Box from Shindig Diva

Tara from Shindig Diva creates "party boxes" filled with everything you need to throw a party, and I mean everything (including instructions on how to set it up in less than 20 minutes)! No hassles, no worries, just pure party fun! She's offered to give away an Easter Treat Table party box worth $85 to one of our lucky readers. Take a look at all that you get...

So here's what is in the Easter Treat Table party box:

  • (2) Egg Stands
  • (2) Floral Pails w/ Crinkle Paper
  • (1) Large Plate
  • (2) Small Plates
  • (1) Ceramic Frog
  • (1) Ceramic Bunny
  • (1) Medium Felt Pail
  • (8) Chic Eggs
  • (8) Hand Dipped Rice Crispy Bars
  • (12) Lollipops
  • (1) Peeps
  • (1) Roll of Gift Wrap
  • 2.5 Yards of Lavender Fabric
  • Jelly Beans
All you have to do to enter is first head over to Shindig Diva 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 Shindig Diva for this adorable giveaway!  Also, if you are the winner, please add your Easter  party to our main site. We’d love to show it off!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Friday, April 8th 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.

DIY From a Catch My Party Member - How to Make Beautiful Party Hats

I saw these darling homemade party hats on Robyn B's Peyton's Sweet Shoppe Party and had to know how she made them.

Robyn graciously put together this tutorial for us. So a big thank you to you, Robyn!


  • A couple sheets of coordinating scrap book paper 12 x 12
  • Cardstock
  • Matching cupcake wrapper (optional)
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Embellishments
  • Chipboard monogram
  • Matching ribbon
  • Matching festooning available at available at Bake It Pretty and Party Cheap
First go through your scrap paper and see what you have that might go together well and look for matching embellishments.

Robyn loves the funky colorful pattern on this paper.

Black, white and pink -- so graphic and cool.

Pink and orange, like Dunkin Donuts!

Pink and green - pretty.

Robyn chose this one for the tutorial because of the pretty cherry blossoms and the vintage feel of the paper.

Robyn used an antique crochet millenry flower, a hat pin, and cream colored paper. Gorgeous!

Robyn says, "Pretty easy and so pretty!" We couldn't agree with you more!

Thank you, Robyn, for this in-depth tutorial. Your hats are stunning! To learn more about Robyn, read about her passions, and see her beautiful photographs, please visit her blog, Whimages.

If you make one of these party hats, please send photos to I'd love to show it off!

DIY From A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Pom Pom Backdrop

I saw this pom pom backdrop Sarah Y of Sheek Shindigs made for her Hello Kitty Inspired Birthday Party and I loved it!!  What a fuffy, colorful way to make a statement! I asked Sarah if she would put together a tutorial and she so graciously said yes. Thank you, Sarah!

Pom pom backdrops are super easy, very inexpensive, and so versatile. These can be used as a backdrop for a dessert table, art on the wall to add to your parties decor, or as a "photo booth" backdrop.


  • 1 large piece of foam board or several smaller pieces of foam board, depending on what size you want the backdrop to be
  • Tissue paper, in assorted colors of your choice
  • Floral wire
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
If you are using several pieces of foam board, begin by taping your foam board pieces together to create the overall backdrop size you want.

Sarah suggests using a heavy tape, such as duck tape or packaging tape. Simply run tape along the seams of two pieces of foam board (on the backside).

Now you are ready to start making your tissue paper pom poms. Martha Stewart provides an excellent tutorial on how to do this below. (Pictures from Martha Stewart).

Step 1 -- Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inch-wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.

Step 2 -- Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.

Step 3 -- Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.

Now that your pom poms are made, begin gluing rows of pom poms onto your foam board backdrop using a hot glue gun.

Sarah suggests laying the board flat during this process and applying the glue at the center of the pom pom, where the wire has been wrapped. She chose to alternate colors but your backdrop design is only limited by your imagination. "Have fun!" Sarah says!

Thank you, Sarah, for this quick and easy tutorial!

To learn more about Sarah and read all her party inspirations and ideas, please visit her blog, Sheek Shindigs. Also, take a look at Sarah's gorgeous parties on our site.

If you make a pom pom backdrop like this, we'd love to see it. Please email your photos to so I can show them off.


TRENDS: Little Red Wagon Birthdays on Catch My Party

I'm loving the trend of little red wagon 1st birthdays we've seen on our main site. They have such a sweet retro feel. If you're looking for a theme for your 1 year old boy, this could be it...

Katie W's Corbin's Little Red Wagon 1st Birthday


Melody F's Red Wagon First Birthday

Brittanie G's Little Red Wagon 1st Birthday

Gina F's Cooper's 1st Birthday



Cute, right?

If you like these, take a look at all our other toy themed parties on our main site. There are some great ideas here.

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