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My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week

I'm excited to share my favorite parties added to our site this week... A totally rad motorcycle party, a Cat in the Hat 1st birthday with an amazing cake and balloon figures, an Avenger birthday with tons of DIY details, and a birthday party for twins that will take your breath away...

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Clockwise from top left:

I'm always blown away by your creativity. Can't wait to see what parties you put up this week!

 

 

 

FREE Printable Kids' Party Planning Checklist

Since our kids are heading back to school and we're all trying to get organized, I created this two-page Kid's Party Planning Checklist to help make planning your next child's birthday party so much easier.

With this checklist, you no longer have to wonder when to order the cake or when to send out the invitations, because it's all here. Just print out this list and you're ready to go! (And make sure you have enough HP ink to print out your party printables.)

Happy party planning!

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Also, if you think I've missed anything on the list, please leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what it is and I'll happily update it.

Here's the two page list in its entirety:

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Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

Vote for Your Favorite Birthday Card Design Now!

We've gotten a fantastic turnout to our birthday card design challenge! Thank you to everyone who entered!

Now it's time for our community to vote for our three favorite cards.

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The designers with the three most popular cards will each receive $100 Amazon gift certificates.

The three finalists will then have their designs featured on the HP Facebook page and in the HP Newsgram newsletter, and the winner, voted on by the HP community, will receive a brand new HP OfficeJet 7500A printer worth $199.

Here's how voting works:

  • You can vote once a day for as many cards as you like
  • Voting ends at 11:59pm on May 20th
  • If you want to share a card on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter, just click on the card you like and you'll see the links
Good luck, everyone! I can't wait to see the winning designs!

{PARTY ON A BUDGET} Woodland Fairy Party for $170

Melissa N from My Party Passion is my go-to gal for beautiful parties on a budget. She knows how to stretch a dollar better than anyone. Well, she's done it again with the Woodland Fairy Party she threw for her daughter over the weekend,  and she is here to tell you all about it.

Over the weekend our youngest daughter turned 3!

She loves to watch her older sister's DVD of Tinkerbell and asked me, back in February, if she could have a fairy party. Of course I can do that, I said. HOWEVER, our "Samantha" aka Sammie, is not a girly girl....so I needed to change it just a little, and went with a Woodland Fairy Party theme.

Right away I knew that I would be using elements from our yard/woods to help create the perfect setting for the party. If you are familiar with my parties, budget is very important to me, but so is quality. I challenge and pride myself on styling and executing a top notch party on a not so top notch budget. Once I got my wheels turning there was no holding me back on this one!

Starting Point: The first thing I do is always write down all my ides in a notebook and brainstorm before buying anything. Impulse buys can turn out expensive and sometimes a waste of time. A routine trip to our local Christmas Tree Shop gave me the idea for more natural colors for the party. Greens, yellows, oranges and reds. I found these beautiful huge butterflies and flowers there for $ 2.49 a piece (granted it was 3 months until her party). 

Mushrooms: Another trip to the local Dollar Tree gave me the idea for these brown "natural" looking mushrooms. The idea came to me to use these moss planters for mushroom tops and also for snack bowls. I took two Dollar Tree plastic planters and hot glued them end to end, stuck another Dollar Tree Moss bowl on top and there you have it! The red mushrooms were the same "stems" but I painted our wooden salad bowl set (yeah not sure why I ever had these on our wedding registry) to look like mushroom tops!

Fairy Wings: My first intention was to buy Dollar Tree fairy wings and "glam them up" with flowers and ribbons. Since 15 girls were originally invited, cost was a factor. After scoping out more than 4 Dollar Tree stores with no luck, I turned to Ebay, Etsy and other sources. I finally found a good quality wing for a great price and then used Dollar Tree flowers and ribbon that I bought last Fall from Pick your Plum to make them more "woodsy"...They were $5 a pair but that was really the fairy goodie bags. The fairy "crowns" I made from pipe cleaners and flowers from Dollar Tree and left over curling ribbon from Christmas. These cost me less than $.25 each to make.

My mother made the little Woodsman Hats out of felt for the boys! (if you sew or have a friend that does, hats off to ya! I don't sew at all...) Less than $ 1 per hat!

Activities: Keeping little ones busy at a party is a tough job sometimes. You need a variety of options at any time. One of the activities was a Fairy Story being read by an older fairy (I hired three young girls from our Church to help out at the party - this way I can spend time with the birthday girl and soak all of it in) and I wanted that Mushroom Grotto feel to the story area. I looked all over for little red cushions to make toadstools and everything was out of my budget -- so at IKEA I found red round mouse pads and added my own "spots" to them...voila - toadstool pads for them to sit on in the mushroom grotto! $.99 a piece.

A fairy parade was so much fun for them using instruments and "flying" around the yard to wake up the enchanted forest.

Woodland Crafts - for the girls - paint your own fairy house. Each house was $ 1.00 at Michael s and I bought plenty of them. The Woodsman - my hubby, cut and sanded wooden plaques for them to paint.

Food: Kept it simple. I always seem to have so much food left over and the kids never seem to want to eat while they are so busy playing. However this party was opposite. I put out fresh fruit, homemade salsa & chips, tomato, basil and moz. sandwiches, salads. It was enough and the kids all ate.

Misc Items: My husband made the cake stands from elements in our yard. Cost was nothing! I found the "fairy" house in the woods and added a few elements to it from around the yard. Cost nothing. Fairy Houses - I found two bird houses at Michaels Craft store that were on clearance and turned them into fairy houses "for rent."

This theme could get out of control easily as I had so many more ideas that I just had to stop somewhere! The birthday girl had a blast and so did all the other children. The fairies have all returned to the Enchanted Forest and the woods are quiet again!

Budget: decor $ 50 + food $ 25 + goodie bags/wings $65 + misc $30 = $170

Thank you, Melissa, I always love hearing your stories and how you come up with your amazing ideas!

Do check out Melissa’s other fantastic parties on our site, her new blog, My Party Passion and her Facebook page.

{DESIGN CHALLENGE} Design a Birthday Card and Win $100 from Amazon and an HP Officejet 7500A Printer

We've come up with a new Design Challenge... We're giving away $300 in Amazon gift certificates and an HP Officejet 7500A printer. Plus your design could end up on the HP Facebook page and in the HP Newsgram newsletter!

We'd like you to design the front of a BIRTHDAY CARD --  an all-purpose card that someone would download, print out, and send to their friend or relative on their birthday!

All you need to enter is a little creativity and a photograph. That's right, the birthday card you create must include at least one photo. It can be a photo of a birthday hat, a cake, a foot... anything. We want to see how creative you can be with a photo.

Here's an example...

And wait, I didn't even tell you the coolest part... The most popular design will be featured as a free download on the HP Facebook page and in the HP Newsgram. If any company understands printing and printables, it's HP, so they're excited to see what our creative community can come up with!

Here are some other basic rules:

  • Each person may enter up to three birthday card designs
  • Card designs must be entered by 11:59pm (PDT) May 13th
  • We ask that you submit a JPG, PNG, or GIF of the front design of your card, and there will be space to type in any text for the inside of the card
  • The semi-final round will occur on the Catch My Party site from May 14th - May 20th, where our readers will vote for their favorite three designs
  • The three finalists will each receive $100 Amazon gift certificates
  • The final round of voting will be held on the HP Facebook page and in the HP Newsgram
  • The designer who creates the winning design will also receive an HP Officejet 7500A worth $199.99 provided by us, and will have their design be featured as a free download in the HP Newsgram and on the HP Facebook page
  • The winner will be notified by email and be required to sign a release for their design
  • All entrants must own the rights to the photo(s) they use
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years of age
  • This design challenge is sponsored and administered solely by Catch My Party
Happy designing!! We can't wait to see your cards!!

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TRENDS: Lalaloopsy Parties on Catch My Party

I'm seeing a new party trend on the horizon so I wanted to be one of the first to write about it: Lalaloopsy parties.

Lalaloopsy is a line of rag dolls introduced in 2010, and has become all the rage with young girls. Even thought the dolls are new, what's fun about these parties is there's a nostalgic feel to them.  

Since there aren't a lot of commercial Lalaloopsy party supplies out there (yet), you can really make these parties your own, like these hosts have done below. I especially love all the sewing and button details. (Click on the links or photos to see the full parties.)

Beth K's Lalaloopsy Party

Vanessa B's Natalie's 6th Birthday

Kanoli U's Kamilah's First Birthday

My daughter still doesn't have a Laloopsy doll, but I have a feeling that will be changing. Does your daughter have one, and if so how does she like it? Would you ever throw a Lalaloopsy birthday?

FREE Dr. Seuss Party Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

Wanessa of Wanessa Carolina Creations designed this incredible collection of free Dr. Seuss party printables in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday which is today!! Now you can invite some kids over, serve some tasty treats, and read some great books (my favorite being Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can you?).

Th collection includes: mini cupcake toppers, party flags, large party circles, drink labels, cupcake wrappers, blank tented cards, bookmarks, and 2 designs of fantastic patterned paper! Take a look...

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Thank you, Wanessa for creating so much fun and excitement! To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

GIVEAWAY: Win a $100, $75, or $50 gift certificate to Sugarsticks Parties

Sugarsticks Parties is all about "making life lovelier" through their fully personalized birthday, baby shower/christening, and holiday party decor, as well as their full line of adorable stationery. The items are assembled and shipped directly to you, ready to go out of the box!

In celebration of Sugarsticks Parties' new party decor shop, they are offering a $100, $75, and $50 gift certificate to three lucky readers. But, you don't have to win to join the celebration. All readers will receive a 10% discount on purchases in the shop by using the coupon code: LOVE10.

Take a look at their beautiful designs... How great would these look at your next party!

My personal favorite is this s'mores party!

To enter the giveaway, just "like" Sugarsticks Parties on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did so at the end of this post.

For 2 additional ways to enter:

Good luck!!
We’ll pick three winners at random on Thursday, February 23nd at 10:00PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email.

PARTY ON A BUDGET: A Vintage Ballerina Birthday for $150

I saw this Vintage Ballerina Birthday on our site that Jenifer H created for her daughter, and I thought it was beyond beautiful.

Then I read that she pulled the whole thing off for $150 and I almost died. How did she do it? I, of course, had to find out Jenifer's secrets, and she so generously agreed to share them here. We won't tell, Jenifer, we promise!

My daughter, Ellah, has a love for ballerinas and dancing. When I was shopping at the Round Top/Warrenton Antiques Show in Round Top, Texas, I found a stash of vintage little ballerina prints. I purchased them for her room, and when she saw them, the gasp she took helped me to decide the theme of her 3rd birthday - a vintage ballerina.


Vintage ballerina print in spray-painted frame

When planning my two children's birthdays, under one month apart, I know we cannot break the bank two months in a row on birthday parties.  Although I'd really love to do it, I guess God really didn't have birthday parties in mind when He planned our children.  I also work with plenty of moms through my store with similar circumstances or moms who just want to save money.  Perfectly understood.

1st Tip - K.I.S.S

My first money saving tip is always the theory KISS: Keep it Simple Sweetie.  I am with the idea 'less is more.'  My daughter's party was very, very simple.  I kept the party small which helped cut the cost.  We invited family plus a few of my daughter's closest preschool friends, about 25 guests including the children. 

I served less expensive foods by having a simple brunch.  Breakfast foods can be inexpensive to make!  My husband and I cooked french toast, pigs-n-the-blanket, oven baked ham and swiss sliders (via Pinterest - so easy with very few inexpensive ingredients), chicken salad croissant sandwiches, homemade raspberry muffins and we had a simple green salad and fresh fruit in season. My mom brought the chicken salad, so my most expensive menu item was lovingly donated. 


Chicken salad croissant sandwiches


Pigs in the blanket

I kept the ballerinas' activities so simple.  Since coloring is a 2-5 year old favorite, I printed off a ballerina coloring page free from the internet for the girls to color and decorate.  I also purchased foam princess crowns and foam stickers on clearance for $5.00 total. 


Crowns to decorate

The girls had a blast creating their own princess ballerina crowns to wear during the party.  The last activity was, simply, dancing.  All party guests either wore their own tutu or we let them wear a tutu from our play clothes.  The little ballerinas cut a rug with what you might call very modern, interpretive dance moves - so entertaining and it was free!

2nd Tip - Use & Reuse

This is a fun and important tip: Use and reuse what you have!  I love "shopping" the house (and my mother's house) to find what will work with my party's theme.  I think it's perfectly acceptable to ask family and friends to borrow items that could work for your party.  Get creative with the stuff you already have.  The vintage ballerina prints that I purchased for my daughter's bedroom were some of the main party decorations I planned to use, but they didn't have frames.  Lo and behold, in my search, I found three identical, unused frames in my garage that happened to fit the pictures!  That was a score.  The frames were black, so I purchased spray paint to coordinate with the party color scheme and simply spray painted them and hung the art.  Easy and inexpensive. 

Absolutely everything that I used to serve the food and candy I either owned myself or I borrowed from my mom's vintage dish collection. 


Borrowed vintage dishes

The pops of turquoise you see in the platter and round place mat I already had.  Another party item I reused was the large mirror seen in the outdoor table photos. The mirror was kept from our bathroom remodel and worked as a great ballet mirror.


Ballet mirror from bathroom remodel

3rd Tip - Use your connections

Here I saved most of my money on the most expensive parts of the party - the photography, the cake, the bunting, the invitations and party accessories - all because of people I know.  Do you have a friend or family member you know who takes better photos than you?  I do!  A good friend of mine is the photographer of Jennifer Schattle Photography.  Jennifer and I partner together on projects every year including my children's birthday parties, so I am blessed to know and work with such a talented friend.  Of course, you don't have to know a photographer.  Ask people you know who can help! 

I also know someone who bakes - conveniently, my husband.  He is not a professional, but he grew up baking with his grandmother and does a wonderful, tasty job.  We insist on baking our children's cakes/cupcakes every birthday, so we save money in that department yearly. 


Caked baked by Jenifer's husband -- incredible!

In addition, I have an aunt who owns a custom sewing business, Kustom Kids of Kingwood.  When I had decided on the ballerina theme, I knew I wanted a bunting.  I shopped around and found that they were a little pricey for me.  I contacted my aunt and she quickly put together my requests (and my favorite piece of the party) for a fraction of what I would have paid anywhere else. 


Bunting sewn by Jenifer's aunt

Finally, I own my Etsy store Hello Love Designs where I sell printable party invitations and party accessories.  I also work with one of the top US press printing companies allowing me to have my invitations professionally printed for cost.  I printed out the cupcake toppers, tent labels, and favor tags on my own home printer, cut, and we were ready to party!  I have the Little Vintage Ballerina birthday invitation and full printable party collection for sale in the store.


Custom invitation designed by Jenifer


Cupcake toppers and tent labels designed by Jenifer

4th Tip - Use printables

I LOVE printables!!  Printable party accessories add such detail to a party and save money at the same time.  You can purchase anything from full party packages to just the pieces you need for a low cost.  Then all you have to do is print, cut them out, and you're ready to add beautiful detail to your party.  If you're really on a tight budget, there are many blogs, designers, and sites who offer free party printables.  You will spend a little time assembling, but the money you save is so worth it!

5th Tip - Use Etsy

For me, Etsy is an indispensable source.  Great deals are to be found everywhere!  Etsy offers such a variety of products, styles, and prices that everyone is happy.  I found (another favorite piece) a vintage floral sheet that I used as the table cloth outside at a great Etsy store called Eager Hands.  It was so reasonably priced, and the seller was kind enough to throw in sweet little "extras."  In fact, the eyelet trim I used to trim the party hats came as an "extra" from her shop. 


Eyelet trim on party hats

I also purchased the cupcake liners from The Cupcake Social used to serve candy, Ellah's tutu from Cheeky Chic Baby, and Ellah's headband from Prim Couture Shop - all on Etsy.  Note:  Ellah's birthday outfit was not a part of our party budget.


Ellah's birthday outfit

My one "splurge" item was the floral arrangement and, truthfully, it wasn't all that expensive.  I took the florist my pitcher, an inspiration photo, and a budget and they worked up something gorgeous that I could afford.  I always plan and shop ahead comparing prices.  I try to avoid last minute purchasing which can end up costing me more money.

Thank you, Jenifer, for sharing all your tips and your beautiful party with us. You did an incredible job!

To see more of Jenifer's designs, check out her other pretty parties on our site and her Etsy shop, Hello Love Designs .

 

FREE Mickey & Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Printables from Printabelle

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse parties are some of our most popular, so how fantastic that Michelle from Printabelle designed this set of FREE Mickey & Minnie Mouse party printables just for us. Now if you're thinking of throwing a Mickey or Minnie party you'll have everything you need to make your party extra special.

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, welcome signs, a "Celebrate" banner (small and large), menu and thank you cards, water bottle labels, favor tags, favor bag toppers, and mini chocolate bar wrappers.

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Here's the whole collection...

Here are the individual printable files...

Thanks, Michelle, for designing this set. I have a feeling they will be very popular!

And remember, if you’d like any of the printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Also, for further inspiration, check out all these fantastic Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse parties on our site!

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