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TRENDS: Kids' Valentine's Parties on Catch My Party

If you're planning a kids' Valentine's Day party, here are some amazing kids inspiration Valentine's Day photo shoots from our main site to get your wheels spinning...

Kristy's Monster Love Tiny Valentine's Rave

Natalie's Love Rocks! Rockin' The Valentine's Party Scene

Marcie L's Vintage Valentines Party

I know, pretty freakin' incredible! If you are looking for more ideas, check out all the Valentine's Day parties on our main site. And more posts on Valentine's Day parties to follow...

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Shabby Chic Ruffle Garland

I saw this ruffle garland in the photos of Leslie I's 60th Birthday Tradtional Tea Party and I fell in love. I'm always drawn to things that are a little unfinished or rough around the edges and that's what drew me to this garland.

I asked Leslie is she'd put together a tutorial for us and she had already done so on her blog. Lucky us! Here it is...

One of my favorite elements from the Tea party last month was the ruffle garland I made by hand.  I have been crushing on the Hank and Hunt garlands for a while now (Etsy shop, Blog), but being the kind of person I am, I just had to try to DIY a variation of it for myself. I just knew that the burlap would work well, and it really was perfect!

(Clarification:  I didn't have time to take pictures as I was making the actual garland for the party, so I used fabric scraps I have lying around the house to make a mini version for this tutorial)

Here's how you do it:

1) Get yourself some awesome fabric.   (I used a natural burlap that I bucket-dyed to match the color scheme of the party.  The pink was RIT Petal Pink, and the red was a combination of RIT Scarlet and Wine.)

Shown: Two coordinating fabrics, heavy duty thread & needle, six inch wide clear ruler & a pair of really good scissors!
2)  Measure out the length of your garland.  Because I used such a generous stitch, I found that I needed about 60% more length than the finished product needed to be.  Seriously, these things take a lot of fabric!  Fabric saving tip: Get your fabric half the total length and sew the two pieces together once ruffled.  (Can you tell that the garland above the buffet is actually 6 pieces sewn together, and the garland on the hutch is actually 4 separate pieces?)

3) Cut your strips.  Don't worry about making perfect cuts.  In order to keep the width fairly consistent, I found it good to have a ruler lined up to help keep things somewhat straight.  I aimed for the wide strip to be about 6 inches wide and the layered strip to be about 2 inches wide.

Cutting the fabric
Finished cuts - notice the jagged edges!
4: Layer and sew.  Layer the narrow fabric strip on top of the wide fabric strip; aligning one of the short ends together.  Sewing by hand, sew a single stitch all the way down the center of the fabric.  Keep the stitches small on the top side and wide on the bottom side.  Again, don't worry about keeping things perfect.  Some of the uneven stitches will help create more character and dimension.  Also, don't be surprised if the top layer ends up being shorter than the bottom layer.  It will naturally bunch a little higher, so make sure you have quite a bit extra length.

Line up the fabric pieces
Start sewing.
Close-up of the stitches from the top.
5)  Scrunch and finish.  Gently push your fabric down the thread line until you get your desired ruffle effect.  Now you can go back and tie off your thread at the end of the ruffle.
Fabric scrunched down the thread.
Finished garland
And now you have your own 'seamless' ruffle garland!

Thank you, Leslie, for this awesome tutorial. If anyone makes a ruffle garland, please send photos.

Check out the rest of the photos from Leslie's 60th Birthday Tradtional Tea Party. You'll love the ruffle cake and tea cup favors.  Also, to learn more about Leslie, please check out her blog, Pampers, Playdates and Parties, for more great party ideas and inspirations.

TRENDS: Valentine's Day Parties on Catch My Party

Planning something for Valentine's Day and looking for ideas? Here's a host of them from the Valentine's Day parties on our main site...

THE GIRLS' NIGHT

Courtney D's Valentine's Dinner Party -- Got a group of single girlfriends? Invite them over for a Valentine's Day dinner with a beautiful table and decadent treats just like Courtney did.

THE ROMANTIC LUNCH

Lilian O's Sail Away With Me Valentine's Day Lunch - Want to plan a romantic lunch for your husband or boyfriend? How about using some of these gret ideas from Lilian who created this surprise lunch for her husband. Lucky guy!

THE GROWN UP PARTY

Chris N's Queen of Hearts Valentine's Day Party - How about a grown up Valentine's Day party with gorgeous desserts and printables? Let Chris show you how.

THE SEXY BREAKFAST

Laura's - Kiss Me Valentines Romantic Breakfast Party - Want to plan a romantic breakfast with personalized notes, heart-shaped pancakes, and beautiful rosettes decorating your table? Then this is the party for you.

Looking for more ideas, check out all the other Valentine's Day parties on our main site. And more posts on Valentine's Day parties to follow!

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SPOTLIGHT: A Vintage Circus Birthday Party

As soon as I saw the photos from Laura B's Vintage Circus Birthday Party, I needed to know more, in fact I needed to know everything!

I contacted Laura, asked her some questions about her party, and here's what she said in all the gory details...

Who was the party for and how did you come up with your theme?

The party was to celebrate my three daughters' birthdays. Preslee and Mason who turned four, and Finley who turned two. Last year we did two separate parties two weekends apart and it was a lot. My twins love anything having to do with the circus and once we started talking about it, I knew that this would be the perfect theme. My girls are "girly girls" so we had to have that feminine spin on things. A circus with a girly twist = LOTS of frills, ruffles, pink and glitter!

How long did it take to plan?

The idea came to me about a year ago, right after their last parties, but I didn’t actually start putting things together until about 6 months ago. Don’t laugh, it’s my Type A personality!

How many guests did you have?

We had 33 kids and 55 adults!  It was crazy fun!

What was your overall budget?

I hope my hubby isn’t reading this  HAHA…The biggest expense was the rental of the venue. The party was held at Confetti's Event Center.  They are a party rental place but have a room that you can rent out for parties.   It's local here in Baltimore.  I did the paper goods (signs, favor tags, party circles) myself and there were so many DIY aspects to this party. Spent a lot of time at Home Goods, The Dollar Tree and the clearance aisles at Michaels. You also have to remember that this party was for three children and doing it for just one would be much less expensive.

Did anyone help you put it together?

I had lots of help, ideas and inspiration from some amazingly talented ladies. Jess from Party Box Design designed my invite and offered some cute party ideas, Ally from Allyson Jane did the gorgeous cookies, and Kim from Sweeties by Kim created the yummy Oreo pops and chocolate covered Oreos. The Super Chick herself made the ruffle on the wall behind the dessert table and I ordered some tasty taffy from Kate Landers Events. This was the first party that I designed and did the paper goods for since opening my shop, Cupcakes and Lemonade. It was so fun and special to do that for my daughters and see it used in a “real” party. Also, my babysitter and a few of her college friends worked all the booths.  I ordered them "carnie hats" and aprons from Oriental Trading Company to wear for the party.

What was the most fun part of planning it?

As the months passed, my dining room table began to pile up with all the things I was buying to use for the party. It was so awesome the night that I set up a “mock” dessert table and I could for the first time really see how it was all going to come together. My husband was asleep and I ran in, woke him up and dragged him in just to see. It all looked so pretty!

What was the most difficult part of planning it?

I think forcing myself to stop looking in magazines and on the Internet. The more you look, the more awesome ideas you see, and at some point you just have to step back, stop and say this is enough for this party. I had to remind myself that I didn’t need to use every single one of my ideas on just this party.

What DIY elements did you do?

I did not want to be THAT parent who sent each child home with a live goldfish so I made goldfish soaps for each child to take home as prizes when they played the ping-pong toss. They were so easy and such a cute and unexpected idea for that game. I also made the popcorn cupcakes and the candy apples, which were a HUGE hit with the kids and all the parents.

What was your favorite DIY element?

I think it has to be the goldfish soaps. They really were so easy. I am going to have to do a tutorial on my blog.

What food and beverages did you serve?

We had a dessert table with every kind of sweet you could imagine. Cookies, candy, cupcakes, candy apples, cotton candy, and popcorn. We also served hot dogs, chips and pizza. Just good ole’ circus food. It was so easy and the kids loved being able to just grab a quick bite and run right back to playing all the games. For drinks, I had juice boxes for the kids and bottled water with cute matching labels from The Paper Cupcake. I also found at a garage sale an old Coke crate. My local grocery store carries the old Cokes in bottles. I stuck one of those in each slot with a fun striped paper straw.

What, if any, activities did you have?

We had a stilt walker, a photo booth with lots of fun props; spin art, a bounce house, ring toss, beanbag toss, ping-pong toss, a ballpit for the little ones and a kiddie stryker. We had a face painter as well who was amazing! When the guests arrived at the party, they each received a gable box full of circus treats as well as tickets to play each game. When they “won” the games, they were given a gold coin, which they could turn in, at the end of the party for prizes.

What was your favorite moment during the party?

Almost ever child that walked in the door had this look of amazement on their faces. Literally their mouths were hanging open and they just squealed. That made my whole day! So many of them have since told me that it was the best party that they have ever been too. Makes all the hard work totally worthwhile.

Any lessons learned from planning the party (things you might do the same or differently next time)?

I feel so lucky, for me, this party went exactly the way I envisioned it. One thing I did that I have never done before was having a photographer. It was something that I budgeted and planned to spend the money on. It was so nice to be able to enjoy the party and not worry about running around trying to take pictures of everything and everybody. I know this is an extra expense, but even if you don’t do a professional photographer, get someone to be responsible for taking those special pictures for you.

Any final thoughts about the party?

This was a party that anyone can do. My daughters all have birthdays in January so that makes it hard to do anything outside. This would be a FAB party in your backyard. You could have so many fun outdoor games, petting zoo, etc. There are so many DIY aspects as far as the food and decorating, etc. I think all kids love the circus/carnival and it was just so neat to stand back, actually enjoy the party myself and let them run wild. It doesn’t have to be totally organized and that was one of the best parts!

Thank you, Laura, for sharing how you put this unbelievable party together! It looks so magical and fun.

To learn more about Laura and find great party tips and ideas, visit her blog, Cupcakes and Lemonade. Also visit her Etsy shop for cute printables, cards, and invitations.

TRENDS: Very Hungry Caterpillar Parties on Catch My Party

Who doesn't love the book, A Very Hungry Caterpillar? Well it shows in these incredible Very Hungry Caterpillar parties we've seen on our main site. Here are some of my favorite details from each party...

Corey V's Brooklyn's Very Hungry Caterpillar Party


Great cupcake cake


The invitation with holes in it wrapped in twine with the apple and little caterpillar


The coloring activity with cool colored pencils


The favor bags with the little pom pom caterpillars


The birthday boy in his birthday crown

Katie P's Lucas Turns 1 Party


The insane homemade cake!


Food labels with passages from the book. So clever.


Caterpillar cookie favors. Love the tags with art from the book.


Favor bags with personalized tags

Heather T's Very Hungry Caterpillar Party


Homemade caterpillar cake


Again food labels with passages from the book


A caterpillar hunt with hidden homemade egg carton caterpillars in the bushes


Using the book as a guest book

Brittany S's Grant's Very Hungry Caterpillar Party


Fun cupcakes in the shape of a caterpillar


Personalized favors bags with a cute saying

The Party Wall's Very Special 1st Birthday


Wall decals from the book


I love these caterpillar pizzas

If you are inspired by this post, check out all the other book themed parties on our main site. There are some great ones!

TRENDS: Super Mario Bros. Parties on Catch My Party

If your son is in love with Super Mario Bros check out these inspiring parties from our main site.  There are so many great ideas. Here are the details I'm loving...

Rachael L's Mario Kart Wii Birthday


Dessert table


The invitation was in a box shaped like a Wii remote


Hats and star cookies

Brittany S's Super Mario Party


Dessert table


Insane cake


Cookie pops


Party favors - Mario and Luigi hats

Tiffany B's Matthews Super Mario Party


Invitation


All the party details including the great cake


Super Mario bingo

Kelly R's Tyler's Super 6 Mario Bros Party


Party favors


Dessert/candy table

Angelina P's Frank and Sissy's Birthday Bash


Chocolate mustaches


Favor boxes

If you find these parties inspiring, check out all the video game parties on our main site.

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member - How to Make Beautiful Paper Snowflakes

When I found out Dawn S made these gorgeous paper snowflakes as part of the backdrop for her Rockin' New Year's Eve Bash, I didn't believe it.

I asked her to do a tutorial to prove it. She had actually just posted one on her blog and generously said I could repost it, so maybe she wasn't lying. Hmmmm... :)  Here's what Dawn had to say...

When Jillian asked me to share with her readers how I made these fun paper snowflakes from our Rockin' New Year's Eve Party, I was more than happy to oblige! They are easy to make, crazy budget-friendly, and you can mix and match colors and patterns for any party decor.

This tutorial starts with an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of paper that will get cut down to a square sheet of paper, so if you choose, you can make snowflakes from any size square of paper just start at step 2 once you've folded your square in half.

Supplies to make one snowflake:

8 sheets of paper NOT cardstock

Scissors

Tape

Stapler

Hole punch

1. Take one sheet of paper, fold the bottom edge to the left edge and crease.

2. Cut off the top strip to make a square.

3. Fold top corner down.

4. Rotate almost half way.

5. Cut through both layers on the folded ends, almost to the end.

6. Open completely, folded crease-side down.

7. Fold the smallest flaps in, overlapping each other and tape, then turn over.

8. Fold the medium flaps in, overlapping each other and tape, then turn over again.

9. Fold the largest flaps in, overlapping each other and tape. This is how it should look from the side.

Now repeat this 7 more times.

10. Staple or tape 8 pieces together.

11. Staple in a ring by stapling the center points together.

12. Punch a hole in the top point and string through with fishing line. Voila!

Okay, Dawn, you've proved your point. :) They are lovely! Thank you so much for sharing.

To learn more about Dawn, check out her blog, Not Just a Mommy, where she shares tips and trends on entertaining, event planning, and lifestyle. Also take a look at all her gorgeous parties on our main site. She has thrown some great one!

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FREE Valentine's Day Printables from Iced Jems

More Valentine's Day printables. Yay! This adorable "swirly" set was designed by Jemma L from Iced Jems. Aren't they sweet?

The collection includes: an invitation, party circles, cupcake toppers and wrappers, mini cupcake toppers and wrappers, tented cards, large candy bar wrappers, mini candy bar wrappers, favor tags drink flags, and a "Happy Valentine's Day" banner.


Invitation


Labels


Cupcake wrappers and toppers


Mini cupcake wrappers and toppers


Food tents


Large candy bar wrappers


Mini candy bar wrappers


Favor tags


Food/drink flags


"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 1)


"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 2)


"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 3)


"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 4)


"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 5)

Download the high resolution files:

Invitation

Labels

Cupcake toppers and wrappers

Mini cupcake toppers and wrappers

Food tents

Large candy bar wrappers

Mini candy bar wrappers

Favor tags

Food/drink flags

"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 1)

"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 2)

"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 3)

"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 4)

"Happy Valentine's Day" banner (Part 5)

Thank you Jemma for created such a fun collection for us! To learn more about Jemma take a look at her blog, Iced Jems, "a place for lovers of cupcakes & parties to come for ideas and inspiration." Also, check out Jemma's great parties on our main site.

FREE Valentine's Day Printables from Green Apple Paperie

Once again we're the luckiest site in the world! Katie from Green Apple Paperie designed this adorable "cupcake" collection of FREE Valentine's Day party printables just for us.

The collection includes: party circles, favor tags, candy bar wrappers, mini candy bar wrappers, food tents, and a "Be Mine" banner. They are so sweet, I could just eat them!


Party circles


Favor tags


Candy bar wrappers


Mini candy bar wrappers


Tented cards


"Be Mine" banner (Part 1)


"Be Mine" banner (Part 2)

Download the high resolution files:

Party circles

Favor tags

Candy bar wrappers

Mini candy bar wrappers

Tented cards

"Be Mine" banner (Part 1)

"Be Mine" banner (Part 2)

Thank you, Katie for this delicious collection! If you like these designs, please see more of Katie's wonderful printable party decorations and invitations at her Green Apple Paperie Etsy Shop.

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DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

I'm really into party wreaths, so when I saw this homemade wreath Amy C made for her Milla Turns 3 in a Rainbow of Ribbons Party, I had to ask her if she'd do a tutorial for us. Thank you, Amy, for agreeing, and take it away...

I love the idea of a wreath hanging on the front door to greet party guests at any soiree. They are such a great way to set a tone for the party as people arrive. I have seen a few different and fun styles of wreaths around but when my daughters 3rd birthday party theme was decided on - 'Rainbow of Ribbons' - I knew I had to put something together so came up with a ribbon wreath.

It was so simple, cheap and fun to put together and almost everyone who came to the party commented on it. One of the best things about this handmade decoration is it can be used over and over. The rainbow one I made now hangs on my daughters bedroom door. I've put together a little 'How To' for you to follow and make your own - have fun!!

You will need: * Wire coat hanger * Scissors * Selection of ribbons in whatever colour/theme/pattern you like * Tin snips (optional)

1) Bend the wire hanger into shape. Traditional wreath shape is circle but you could do whatever shape you desire. Heart shape for Valentines Day, tree shape for Christmas, star shape, car shape, fairy wings shape... it's limited to your imagination!!

2) Cut your ribbon. I cut mine into lengths of about 8.5inches long. You will need LOTS as the wreath looks best when the ribbons are all squeezed up together and not spread out. I also use ribbon in a mix of textures and widths for a bit of fun but purely personal preference.

3) Ready. Set. Tie! Now you just tie the ribbons with a basic knot to the wire hanger until the wreath is full and you have your desired look.

4) Using the tin snips cut off the 'hook' piece from the top of the coat hanger - this is optional: if you don't have tin snips around just bend the 'hook' down so it's hiding in the ribbons.

5) Tie a complimenting ribbon to the top of the wreath for hanging it and you are done - Easy!

These look fabulous on the front door but don't have to be used for just that.... How about three of them hanging in a row on the backdrop behind a candy buffet or dessert table... Or make a bunch of them and hang them around your party for general party decoration - FUN!!

Thank you, Amy, for this great tutorial. I had no idea you made it with a simple wire hanger!

To learn more about Amy and see her gorgeous homemade fabric bunting banners and ribbon garlands (they are some of the most beautiful I've seen), check out her site, Giggleberry Creations. Also, take a look at Amy's other amazing parties on our main site. And if you're inspired by rainbow parties, take a look at these.

(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!)

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