Posts in the ‘Invitations’ Category

TRENDS: Unusual Invitations on Catch My Party

I'm always drawn to unusual invitations. I think they set a really interesting tone for the whole party. Here's some of my favorites from our main site. See what you think...

Abbey H's The Big 3 Birthday Party

Rachael L's Mario Kart Wii Birthday

Amy C's Surprise 30th Library Party

Amber T's Rocker Girl 5th Birthday

Lisa Hu C's Treasure Hunt Party

Sarah D's Iris & Alex's Baby Shower

Dawn S's Super Strike Soccer Party

Stay tuned for more posts on the unbelievable invitations we see on our main site...

FREE Pink and Purple (Girl) Birthday Printables from Green Apple Paperie

As promised, here is our collection of FREE pink and purple birthday printables designed by Katie from Green Apple Paperie. We've got everything you'll need to throw your special girl a beautiful party.

This collection includes: invitations, cupcake toppers/party circles, cupcake wrappers, favor tags, water bottle labels, flat cards, tented cards, candy bar wrappers, and an adorable "Happy Birthday" banner.

Plus, if you'd like anything personalized, Katie will happily do it and charge a fee, just convo her at her Etsy shop, Green Apple Paperie.


Invitations


Cupcake toppers/party circles


Cupcake wrappers


Favor tags


Water bottle labels


Flat cards


Tented cards


Candy bar wrappers


"Happy Birthday" banner

 


"Happy Birthday" banner


"Happy Birthday" banner


"Happy Birthday" banner (Part 4)

Download high resolution files for printing here:

Invitation

Cupcake toppers/party circles

Cupcake wrappers

Favor tags

Water bottle labels

Flat cards

Tented cards

Candy bar wrappers

“Happy Birthday” banner

Thank you Katie, for this adorably sweet collection!

To see more of Katie's work, check out her Etsy shop, Green Apple Paperie. And if you’d like something original for your next party, Katie will happily do that, too! Just email her at greenapplepaperie (at) yahoo.com or convo her at her Etsy shop, Green Apple Paperie.

Also, check out our new collection of FREE blue and green (boy) printables Katie designed for us, too.

FREE Blue and Green (Boy) Birthday Printables from Green Apple Paperie

Since we've had such success with our holiday printables, we thought we'd give away a collection of FREE blue and green birthday printables designed by the talented Katie from Green Apple Paperie. It's everything you'd need to throw your special boy a fabulous party.

This collection includes: invitations, cupcake toppers/party circles, cupcake wrappers, favor tags, water bottle labels, flat cards, tented cards, candy bar wrappers, and an adorable "Happy Birthday" banner.

If you're new to the world of printables, this is a great way to start. Just click on the "high resolution" file links below, print, cut, and you're done!


Invitations


Cupcake toppers/party circles


Cupcake wrappers


Favor tags


Water bottle labels


Flat cards


Tented cards


Candy bar wrappers


"Happy Birthday" banner


"Happy Birthday" banner


"Happy Birthday" banner


"Happy Birthday" banner 

Download high resolution files for printing here:

Invitation

Cupcake toppers/party circles

Cupcake wrappers

Favor tags

Water bottle labels

Flat cards

Tented cards

Candy bar wrappers

"Happy Birthday" banner

Adorable collection, Katie, thank you!

And if you'd like anything personalized, Katie will be happy to do it and charge a fee. Just email her at greenapplepaperie (at) yahoo.com or convo her at her Etsy shop, Green Apple Paperie. Or if you'd like a completely original design, Katie can do that, too!

Stay tuned for our gorgeous FREE pink and purple (girl) birthday collection from Green Apple Paperie too...

Planning My Daughter's 4th Mermaid Dance Party -- The Invitation

I have mermaids on the brain!

My daughter's 4th birthday is coming up in March. She's obsessed with both mermaids and dancing, so we're combining them and having a "mermaid dance party" (even though I'm not quite sure how mermaids dance). There is much to do and I've only just begun, so I thought I'd blog as I go through the process.

First, this gorgeous invitation...  Lindi from Love the Day, who designed many of our holiday printables, designed this invitation and a host of other printables (cupcake toppers, "Happy Birthday" banner, favor tags, water bottle labels, etc.) for me.

All I did was tell Lindi the theme and send her a color pallet and she went to town, simple. I couldn't be happier with the result (and Lindi is so lovely to work with), but more importantly, my daughter LOVES everything! Score one for Mommy! Here are the adorable cupcake topper...

I sent the invitation out yesterday using Cocodot, the online invitation site.

I love paper invitations, but since I have such limited time, I knew this would be much easier. I uploaded the invitation, typed in all my party info, added the guests' email addresses, and boom!  Of the 40 invitations sent, more than half have already responded.

I used Cocodot for my daughter's last party and liked them so much I wanted to use them again, plus I think they're classier than many of the other online invitation sites. Has anyone else used them and liked them?

I hope you stay with me as I continue on this party planning journey, and please keep in mind I'm not a party professional and I'm on a strict budget. So let's see how I pull it off. Wish me luck, or better yet, say a prayer.

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.

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 Magnolia Creative Co.

As I said before, I'm a forward thinking girl, so here is our first set of FREE Valentine's Day party printables designed by Emily of Magnolia Creative Co.

This gorgeous "cupid" collection includes: an invitation, large party circles, medium party circles, party labels, favor tags, Valentine's Day cards, drink flags, food tents, and a "Happy Valentine's Day" banner. Everything you need to throw a love-filled party!


Invitation


Large party circles


Medium party circles


Party labels


Favor tags


Valentine's Day cards


Straw tags


Food tents


"Happy Valentine's Day" cupid banner

Download the high resolution (PDF) files:

Valentine's Day party printables

"Happy Valentine's Day" banner

Thank you, Emily, for this great collection of printables! To learn more about Magnolia Creative Co., which sells party and event invitations, stationery items, and hand painted ceramic and canvas gifts, please check out their website and Etsy shop.

Black Friday Deals from our Members

Here are some deals from our members...

Fun Favors -- I'm having a "Thanksgiving Happiness" 20% discount on any purchase in my shop.

Spaceships and Laser Beams -- Black Friday/Cyber Monday special...The winter printables collection is more than 50% off.

Tweedle Dee Designs - We are having a super fun sale with Somewhat Simple's Studio Boutique! Visit our Etsy Shop (tweedledeeaz) for 50% off every purchase with coupon code BOUTIQUE2010.

Announce Your Day Invitations -- For all your birthday needs! We have added a 15% discount coupon with this code : CATCHMYPARTY activated now through Sunday at noon.

I Luv Sugar - 40% off all baby tees + balloons! Use coupon code FRIDAY.

Let the shopping begin!!

SPOTLIGHT: A Magical Cornish Fairy Affair

Nicole W told me about her Magical Cornish Fairy Affair months ago, when she was still in the planning stage. I knew this was going to be an out-of-this-world party, so I asked her if I could write a SPOTLIGHT feature on it once she had had it.

How right I was about her party. It's incredible! Take a look at these photos, and the most amazing part is that Nicole did it all herself (including the cake)!

I asked Nicole to share how she put it all together, and here's what she said...

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

The party was for my daughter's 7th birthday.  She originally requested a fairy party, and while I was happy to oblige, I wanted to put my own spin on it.

There are a lot of gorgeous fairy parties out there.  So I brainstormed with my daughter about it, actually.  It was a collaboration.  Our family came from Cornwall (before emigrating to the UP of Michigan in the late 1800s), we'd taken a summer trip there, and my husband and daughter have been learning Cornish (an essentially dead Celtic language so that they have a "secret" language together--yes, we're geeks).

So it wasn't long before using the mythology and fairy folklore of Cornwall as a specific inspiration came around.  Stone circles.  Piskies, spriggans, and browneys.  Cornish pasties.  There was so much from which to draw!

For the color palette, I adore the green/cream/red parties out there.  I've always loved that combo.  Those little toadstools get me every time.  But I wanted something a little bit different.  The birthday is in October, so I decided to tweak the classic palette and go with greens/browns/creams (the natural colors) and pops of soft oranges.   This was largely influenced by the fact that I scored over a thousand yards of ribbon for only $4 on clearance at my local ribbon and lace store.  Eight massive spools of ribbon in a gorgeous color scheme for mere pennies?  I'll take that as a sign!

How long did it take to plan?

I spent six weeks working on the party.  I probably would have been happy to spend longer (and some of those wishful items on the to-do list would have gotten done!) but that was as quickly as I was able to nail my daughter down to one theme.  She's getting better.  For her fourth birthday, she insisted on a Madeline-Dora-the-Explorer-Pirate-Princess-Pink theme.  Now that's a hard cake to make.

What was your overall budget?

Eek.  I have no clue.  I really should have had a budget in mind from the outset, but I didn't.  I am, however, a huge do-it-yourselfer.  I made, as a conservative estimate, approximately four thousand trips to Michaels, Joann Fabrics, and Lowes for this party, and basically bought everything on sale or with a coupon.  I took advantage of clearance sections.  I improvised and recycled.  The biggest splurges were the stone circle (it cost about $90 to make, but had such a huge impact!) and having the pasties catered by our favorite local restaurant, the Cornish Pasty Co.  (http://www.cornishpastyco.com/).  Still, food for 40, half of whom were adults, for $117?  Not bad!

Did anyone help you put it together?

It was essentially all me.  Photographer = Me.  Baker = Me.  Decorator = Me.  Party Coordinator = Me.  But I certainly couldn't have done it without the help of my husband, who indulged me during my many hours of crafting, and took a day off work so he could watch the girls while I was carving Styrofoam in the garage.

My mother flew in for the birthday (not that she needs an excuse to see her granddaughters!) and was heroic the day before the party, making more Italian Meringue Buttercream and re-crumb-coating the cake after I had a fondant tearing emergency (*&^%%$# Wilton.  My homemade performed better and tasted better after all that grief.  hmph.)

And my friend Jill came over an hour before the party and helped out with all those last minute details putting everything together so I could take pictures before the guests arrived.  Even though this was pretty much a solo show, there's no way I could actually have done it all myself.

What was the most fun part of planning it?

An excuse to indulge in fairy fun!  The sheer, excessive, girliness!  A fun excuse to invent all sorts of new crafts!  And getting to pretend that this is all about my daughter, not about how much fun I'm having!  ;-)  Who are we kidding.  Sure, I'm glad she adored the event, but I wouldn't have done it if I hadn't had so much fun putting it all together.  I'm already planning her next party, and I hope she sticks with the theme, because I have such GREAT ideas already!

What was the most difficult part of planning it?

Simply finding the time.  I have a one year old daughter as well, and it's nearly impossible to get anything done while she's awake.  It'll get easier in years to come, but for right now, it was a real challenge to do anything with the Tiny Dictator around.

What DIY elements did you do?

  • A pomander ball pinata with over 300 tissue paper roses.
  • A standing stone circle based on the Merry Maidens circle in Cornwall, made out of Styrofoam.
  • An absolutely adorable fairy circle (circle of mushrooms where fairies are rumored to appear).  I've seen one other fairy ring in the blogosphere, but it was nothing like mine.  Theirs was made from 2D cutouts set on the ground.  My 3D version looked awesome (I'm too proud to be humble here), and since I used fabrics to match the bunting, it tied everything together so well!
  • Hundreds of yards of ribbon in my orange colors
  • A Dessert Pavilion (so much more grand than a dessert table!).  I adapted a 7x5 tent that was designed to shade grills.  Thanks, Craigslist!  More ribbons, a hand-painted tablecloth, hidden fairies, and clever no-sew bunting.
  • All of the goodies on the dessert table, of course -- decorated sugar cookies, lollipop topiaries, meringue mushrooms, browney-made-brownies, gnome-made scones and strawberry jam, the cake, edible wands, rock candy branches from the crystal forest, considerate caramels from a detail in the invitation story text, and wee trifles.  I'm particularly proud of the lollipop topiaries.  I've never seen anything like them before, and was very happy with how they came out.
  • Floral arrangements and lace-covered votives
  • Burlap and lace table runners and the hand painted tablecloths
  • Suspended centerpieces that floated above the tables under the fairy tree
  • Ooh--I did buy the fairy door on the tree on etsy here http://www.etsy.com/shop/reginagreenway?ref=seller_info .  But I made the mini bunting in front of it in fabric to match the larger bunting.
  • Twinkling lights INSIDE the punch to make it sparkle with fairy magic (see image above).  Again, this is something I invented myself, have never seen before.  It turned out magnificently!
  • Tutus for each girl
  • Wands for each girl
  • Tiaras with Swarovski crystals for each girl (it's good to have a mom who is a tiara designer if you're a girly girl!)
  • I had shields to decorate, elf ears, tunics, and boy-wands for any boys, but none of the invited boys came.  Too bad!
  • Wood-burned signs in Cornish
  • Gosh, probably a lot more than I'm forgetting.  I worked for weeks on this party, and had the entire dining room completely overwhelmed with party supplies for weeks.

What was your favorite DIY element?

It's hard to choose, but I was very proud of my idea for twinkling, glowing punch.  It worked out so well, and was so affordable and easy!

What food and beverages did you serve?

We served the above-mentioned desserts, but also had salad (with homemade dressing), apples, and a selection of Cornish pasties (PB&J, Cheese and Onion, Chicken Greek, and the traditional Oggie) from the Cornish Pasty Co.  That was a vendor I used.  It's one of our very favorite restaurants, in Mesa, AZ.   They'll even allow you to buy the par-baked pasties and bake them at home!  I might not have made the pasties, but I did build the wood-fired oven we baked the pasties in!

I made a pinkish orange punch (just threw together pink lemonade, peach-white grape juice, and sprite) that was a hit with the kids, served "morning dew" (ice water), and had three adult beverages, too (mojitos, sangria, and Penzance Punch, made from a recipe of a punch I was served by a pirate in Penzance during the Golowan cultural festival this past June!).

What, if any, activities did you have?

We had face painting, wing-decorating, the pinata, and a magnificent treasure hunt put together by my husband. (He may be a computer engineer now, but he was an English and Latin major in college, and knows his poetry!  The rest of the time was unstructured play time.  One of the main games the kids decided to play was reenacting the story I'd written for the book/invitation!  (Full text of the story here  http://tradewindtiaras.blogspot.com/p/fairy-party-invitation-story-text.html)  I decided not to structure more games because it's always hard to get the kids to stop playing long enough to get them to play an organized game.  Why fight it?  Just let them go have fun.

What was your favorite moment during the party?

My husband playing the part of the evil Spriggan (a very mischievous type of Cornish fairy whose job it is to protect treasure), leaping out and trying to "protect" the treasure at the end of the treasure hunt.  Such squeals of mock fear and delight I've never heard!  The girls loved fighting him off with their wands.

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

Start setting up earlier!  I thought I'd learned this lesson with previous parties, but I guess I didn't learn it well enough!  I want time to photograph all the elements I spent so much effort creating, and I always end up rushing.

Any final thoughts about the party?

I'd do it again, a thousand times over.  I show love by putting tremendous efforts into things.  Elaborate cakes.  Insanely complicated parties.  Involved crafts.   As I was putting together the pinata one evening, my daughter said, "You must really love me!"  Yes!  Mission accomplished.  I LOVE this kid, and I want to shout it from the rooftops in my quiet, crafty way.

Nicole, thank you for sharing with us all about your beautiful party!  What a wonderful job you did!

Check out Nicole's other gorgeous parties on our site, and if you want to learn more about her fabulous desserts, please read my feature on her tea set cupcakes.  Also, to  see the beautiful wedding tiaras Nicole creates in her spare time when she's not putting together lavish parties, please check out her blog, Tradewind Tiaras.

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