Posts in the ‘Party Planning’ Category

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member -- DIY Paper Lantern Garlands

I'd never seen anything like these fabulous paper lantern garlands Katie made for her My Little Sunshine 1st Birthday. So I asked her if she would do a quick tutorial on how she did it. And here it is!!


  • Paper lanterns color and size of your choice. (I used 16, 8" yellow paper lanterns that I ordered from
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Hot glue gun
How to:
  1. Pop open all of the paper lanterns you are going to use for this project
  2. Cut ribbon in 3-4 inch individual strands
  3. Take the individual strands of ribbon and use it to tie both the paper lanterns end to end. Tie a secure knot in the middle of the metal insert of the lantern. There should be about 2 inches of space between each of the lanterns
  4. Repeat process until you have the desired length of garland. (I used 4 lanterns to each strand of garland.)
  5. After they are tied end to end, make sure the ribbon is in the middle of the metal insert of the lantern and use the hot glue gun to secure the placement of the knot
  6. To make sure that all of your strands are the same, line them up next to each other on the floor and make desired adjustments
  7. Hang with longer ribbon and space apart evenly. (These garlands were hung from the top of a gazebo.)
Thank you, Katie! What an easy but impactful way to dress up a dessert table.

To see more of Katie's gorgeous parties on our site click here, including her Fall Pumpkin Celebration dessert table I featured last week in our blog. And to learn more about Katie, read all about her party ideas and inspirations, and learn about her party planning services, please visit her blog, Katie Grace Designs.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at  I’d love to show it off!)

TRENDS: Princess Parties on Catch My Party

We get a lot of princess parties on our site. In fact it's one of the most popular themes for girl birthdays. To give you some inspiration and ideas, I thought I'd showcase the different kinds of princess parties we've seen on our site, from the most traditional to the most unusual.

See what you think...


Tammi A's Pirate Princess Party


Icing Design's Princess Party


Kiddie Soiree's Pink Divalishous Party


Elizabeth S's Fairy Princess Tea Party


Sandy K's Anna's Princess and the Pea Pajama Party


Tracie S's Princess Tea Party


Brandy S's Princess and the Frog Birthday Party

This is just the tip of the iceberg. These are are many more gorgeous princess parties on our site with so many amazing ideas. If you are thinking of throwing one, you must take a look!


This week's party photo comes from Stephanie S's Morgan's 4th Royal Celebration.

What a beautiful princess at a beautiful princess birthday party! I love the dress and the tiara (and the Tiana doll).

Unique Etsy Halloween Finds

Since this is our Halloween inspiration week, here are some of my favorite Halloween finds on Etsy.

These cookies from a Spoonful of Sugar Shop.

This trick or treat bag from Flyduds.

This spell reversal brew from Steam Bath Factory

This Day of the Dead felt garland from Raw Bone Studio.

These Halloween wall decals from Wordy Bird Studios

These fondant cupcake toppers from Two Sugar Babies.

This candy corn lip balm from Orange Thyme.

Hope your planning is going well! We'll be putting up our decorations today.

FREE Halloween Party Printables from Love The Day

Are we the luckiest blog or what? Now Lindi from Love the Day has designed these gorgeous FREE Halloween party printables just for our readers!

There are cupcake toppers/party labels, water bottle labels, cupcake wrappers, and a large cobweb "welcome" sign! Now there's no excuse not to throw a Halloween party.

Download the FREE high quality files for printing.

Thank you, Lindi, for these fabulous custom creations!!

To see more of Lindi's party designs check out both her blog Love the Day and her Etsy shop. Also make sure to take a look at her beautiful parties on our site.

Halloween Inspirations on Catch My Party (Part 3)

Here's Part 3 of our Halloween party inspirations.  I can't get over how unique and fun all these tables are. (And while  Katie H's Fall Pumpkin Celebration is not typical Halloween, I had to include it because it's just too gorgeous!)

Bri & Amy's Spooktacular Play Party

Natalie's Tricks & Treats Halloween Tablescape

Charlotte B's Happy Halloween Collection

Katie H's Fall Pumpkin Celebration

I hope you're enjoying our posts on Halloween inspirations tables. In case you missed them, here are Part 1 and Part 2.

How to Air A Bride-to-Be's Dirty Laundry

From Melangerie, comes this adorable "Dirty Laundry" Clothes Line Guest Book Kit, perfect for any bridal shower.

Guests get to air their bride-to-be's "dirty laundry" by jotting down stories, notes, and well wishes on cards shaped as t-shirts, tank tops, pants, and skirts, then hang them on a clothesline with mini clothespins.  How cute!

The kit even includes a label to attach to any 50 oz. bottle of Tide that "prompts" guests to fill out a card.  See photo above.

The kit cost $35 and here's what you get (in a sweet mini laundry bag with space to fill-in your event date):

•40 note cards (10 t-shirts, 10 tank tops, 10 pants, 10 skirts) in a mix of beet, grape, plum and white •48 mini wooden clothespins (to clip up notes with) •8 yards of clothesline •1 coordinating prompt label that encourages guest’s to write notes (shaped to fit on a 50 fluid oz. Tide detergent bottle)

I think this looks really fun!

TRENDS: Halloween Inspirations on Catch My Party (Part 2)

We got such great responses from our first post on Halloween inspiration dessert tables, so here is Part 2 -- more amazing Halloween printables and party ideas from more amazingly talented women!

Joanne 's Ghostly Goodies Halloween Tablescape

Pamela S's Boo Crew's Children's Halloween Party for Teens/Adults

Amanda P's Halloween Spooktacular Table

Stay tuned for Part 3 coming soon...

How to Wrap Things Beautifully

I'm a sucker for beautiful packaging, so I was very excited to stumble upon the Packagery, a shop on Etsy. They sell everything for party favor packaging, from boxes to labels to tags to twine.

Here are some of my favorite items from their store:  favor boxes, tags, ribbon, twist ties, library cards, and garlands.

If you've done a pretty party favor, please email me a photo at so I can do a blog post about it.

TRENDS: Halloween Inspirations on Catch My Party (Part 1)

We've gotten some gorgeous Halloween tablescapes and photo shoots on our site.  If you are planning a Halloween party, you must check these out.  They run the gamut from traditional orange and black, to unexpected pink and purple.  So whatever you're planning for Halloween, if you're looking for great printables and party ideas, these talented women have got you covered!

Kim S's Halloween Glam Dessert Table

Pamela S's Boo Crew's Children's Halloween Party

Courtney D's Pink-o-Ween Party

Paula's Halloween Trick or Treat Tablescape

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