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DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - DIY Cupcake Toppers Made of Chocolate

This post is not actually a tip from a Catch My Party member, but a tip from two member, Melissa and Kellie of Icing Designs, a company that specializes in hand-illustrated and hand-glittered invitations, cards, cupcake flags and gift tags.

Melissa and Kellie have added some exquisite parties to our site, and they have a great party design blog where they post many DIY tutorials.

They have graciously allowed me to repost my favorite -- these DIY chocolate decorations for cakes or cupcakes. And wait until you see how remarkably easy they are to make.

Here's what they said:
Of course we love cupcake flags, but sometimes the occasion might call for something a little different.
We love to use these super easy chocolate decos on cupcakes and cakes! They are so easy to make!
All you need to do is copy these designs into a word or publisher file and print them out, place a piece of wax or parchment paper over the print out and trace the designs with your melted chocolate!

If you would like to try these and can not copy the above template, just email us and we will send you one! icingdesigns@hotmail.com
So simple and so beautiful, thank you Melissa and Kellie!

To see more of their great parties ideas, visit their blog, Icing Designs, and also check out their invitations, cards, cupcake flags and gift tags at their Etsy shop.

(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!)

TRENDS: Construction-Themed Parties on Catch My Party

We've gotten some amazing construction-themed parties on our site. For the boy who loves building, trucks, and dirt this is the theme for him! Take a look at these parties for some serious inspiration...

Christina D's Dig In - A Construction 1st Birthday

Christine K's Camden's Under Construction Birthday Party

Kelly S's David's 1st Birthday

Two Personal, Cheap, and Fun Party Themes for Grown Ups

My favorite kinds of parties always have a personal touch. So when I recently ran across these two grown up party ideas -- a "favorite things" party and a "cookie swap" party -- I had to post about them.

"Cookie Swap" Party

I read about this party on A Cup of Jo, Joanna Goddard's great blog. Joanna hosted the cookie swap. Everyone brought two dozen cookies, hung out, and drank ice-cold milk (and wine). How simple, personal, and delicious!  Definitely my kind of party.

A  "Favorite Things" Party

I read about this "favorite things" party on Brooke Reynold's lovely design blog, Inchmark, and instantly wanted to host one. According to Brooke, here's how it works:

  • Each person brings their favorite thing (anything you like... your favorite lip gloss, favorite kitchen tool, favorite gift wrapping supply, a gift card for your favorite frozen yogurt, etc.).
  • It can't cost more than $6, and each person brings five of the same thing.
  • When you arrive at the party, you write your name on five slips of paper and throw them in a big bowl.
  • The bowl is passed around, and each person takes five names (making sure you don't pick your own... or two of the same name).
  • One at a time each person introduces their favorite thing and then reads the five names they picked from the bowl, passing out their gift to those five guests.
  • After everyone at the party has presented their favorite thing, each person should end up with five gifts to take home.

Did you read that right?  Each guest gets five gifts to take home!

As her "favorite thing" at her party, Brooke brought fresh basil plants, included her favorite basil recipes, and presented them with a jar of Trader Joe's pesto.  Nice idea.

What I think both these party themes show is that you don't have to throw an expensive or elaborate party to find an interesting way for people to connect.  And when you're hosting a party, what more could you want?

Thanks Joanna and Brooke for the wonderful inspiration.

TRENDS: Party Wreaths on Catch My Party

There are so many gorgeous wreaths on our site. What's great about a wreath is it sets the tone of the party from the minute you walk in the door. Plus, you can get really creative with them.  Here are some made out of paper, vines, diapers, balloons, ribbons, and even extension cords and (one that's not exactly a wreath, but  so pretty I had to add it).

Eleanor T's All in Due Time Couples Shower

Maegan's Garden Spa Baby Shower

Rachael L's Modern Gray and Yellow "Feather Her Nest" Shower

Kristy's Griffin's Monster Jam Dirtfest 7th

Brittany S's Honey-Do Shower

Dianna N's Welcome Baby Kaleb Shower

Lisa G's She's About to POP Baby Shower

Caroline B's Brown + Blue Birdy Shower

Nneka M's Jackie's All White Bridal Shower

Pam B's AC's Lemonade Stand

How Great is Post-It Note Art for a Party?

Jenni B throws some wonderful parties. I'd describe them as "unique and edgy with a touch of whimsy."

I saw this Post-It Note piece she did as the backdrop to her Dynamic Duo Tie the Knot dessert table, and I had to write about it.  (A party to congratulate two friends on their marriage with a comic book theme and a Post-It Note backdrop. I told you she was creative.)

And as you can see, Post-It Note art is an unexpected way to add something different to your party.  It's inexpensive, colorful, and easy.  And how great would it be at your next work party?

I did some searching and found these Post-It Note art pieces for more inspiration.  All I can say is... insane.

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Chalkboard Bunting Banner

I just saw this on the Martha Stewart blog The Crafts Dept.  How clever... a chalkboard bunting banner that not only looks cool, but is reusable.  You just clean it off and write something else for your next party.

All you need to make it is some canvas, chalkboard paint, scissors, and a couple more instructions.

Seriously, how great would this be for Halloween!

TRENDS: Star Wars Parties on Catch My Party

What great Star Wars parties we've seen on our site!  They are all so creative and unique, with tons of inspiring elements, I had to show them off.

Vesna V's Jedi Master Aniken 1st Birthday Party


The birthday boy, Aniken, is actually named after one of the Star Wars characters


The cake


Jedi certificates and light sabers


Aniken himself as a Jedi master

Amanda P's Star Wars Lego Party


The invitation


The cake made by Amanda


The Death Star pinata


The children needed to complete tasks to become a Jedi Knight

Lyra R's May the 4th Be With You... Gabriel's Star Wars Party


The invitation


A trash can converted into a droid


The whole family in costume


The whole party in costume with their noodle light sabers

There are so many more amazing elements that I couldn't fit into this post.  Click on any of the photos and see the complete parties.  It's worth it!

DIY Tutorial from a Catch My Party Member -- How to Make a Streamer Backdrop

Natasha B made this gorgeous backdrop for her Chocolate and Cherries Jubilee Bridal Shower out of simple streamers.

She put together a simple tutorial on her blog, Fete Fantastic, and was generous enough to let me do a quick recap here...

Materials she used:

  • Streamers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Poster board

First, Natasha measured the streamers to fit the poster board, with a little excess to tape to the back of the board.

Next she used her tape to stick each streamer, top and bottom, to the back of the board, alternating colors to create vertical stripes.

Her advice:  Don’t pull the streamer too tight, you’ll need some room to create the weave effect.

After she covered the entire board with stripes, she started weaving the streamers in a horizontal pattern.

By following the same color order, she repeated weaving them through until she had covered the entire board.  Her advice:  If you don’t wish to do the weaving, you can stick with the stripes.  They look just as nice!

Here's her finished backdrop.  Beautiful!

Thank you, Natasha, for your easy-to-follow tutorial!

For more of Natasha's party inspirationa, visit her blog, Fete Fantastic, and for information about her event business, check out The Flair Factor.

(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!)

TRENDS: Edible Party Favors on Catch My Party

I'm really into edible favors.  I always think it's such a struggle to find gifts under $5 that you know your guests will  go home and treasure, but food is a whole different story...

So here are some great edible favors on our site for inspiration...

Nicole W's Strawberry Picnic 1st Birthday


Homemade strawberry jam

Nancy P's Zebra Boy Baby Shower


M&Ms and chocolate covered raisins

Kim Erin J's About to Hatch Baby Shower


Bird and birdhouse cookies

Nancy P's Tiffany Blue Bridal Shower


Macarons in personalized boxes

Claudia S's Tickled Blue BaByQ Shower


Homemade lemonade mix

Kristeen L's Shabby Chic Baby Shower


Cake pops

Ebony S's "Oh Boy" Gumball Baby Shower


Gumball machines

Daphne J's Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails Baby Shower


Homemade cookie mix

Michelle B's Brian's 40th Birthday


Homemade BBQ sauce

Kelly S's David's 1st Birthday


Lollipop favors

SPOTLIGHT: Mustache Bash Birthday Party

I'm starting a new SPOTLIGHT feature, where I ask a Catch My Party member to share about a party they recently threw.

And with yesterday's post on DIY photo booth props, I had to pick Pamela S's Mustache Bash!  Plus, how could a mustache-themed party not make you smile?

So I asked Pamela to share about her Mustache Bash, and here's what she said...

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

The Mustache Bash was created for my son, who was celebrating his 11th birthday. He was actually the one who came up with the idea of having a Mustache party after we had fun one day this summer making our own props for a family photo shoot.

How long did your party take to plan?

This party didn't take too long to plan, maybe a week or so total. I contacted Jen from Blush Printables in hopes that she would create images for me to use for the cupcake picks. Once Jen sent me the super fun images the party everything just fell into place. It was so easy to design the party around her designs.

What was the most fun part of planning the party?

I think the best part of planning this party was that it was something new! It was exciting and inspiring to have to think outside of the box.

What was the most difficult part?

Boys don't need a lot of fluff, so trying not to go overboard with decorations was probably the hardest part.

What DIY elements did you do?

I created the mustaches  that were attached to bamboo skewers as photo props. I assembled the cupcake toppers and made the family's matching t-shirts (I asked permission to make the t-shirts first) using the images I purchased from Blush Printables.  I also spray painted the large red letters, baked and molded all of the treats .

What food and beverages did you serve?

I served lots of sweets as it was right after lunch. Cupcakes, chocolate lollipops, sugar cookies, licorice and other candy & vanilla ice cream cups. We served cold bottles of root beer with some fun vintage red and white paper straws.

What, if any, activities did you have?

This party was very laid back, we all sat around and chatted as it was mostly family. We used the mustaches on sticks to take photos which the kids enjoyed. My son didn't want to play party games, so really everyone just enjoyed each other's company.  Very relaxing!

What was your favorite moment during the party?

My favorite moment was probably trying to get our family together for a photo since we all had our "Mustache Bash" t-shirts on. With a family of 5 trying to get everyone to smile and look in the right direction is a challenge...this time was no exception.

What a great party, Pamela!  Thank you for sharing.

To learn more about Pamela and check out the wonderful party favors, decorations, and accessories she designs (they're gorgeous), please check out her blog, Party Starters.

(If you have an interesting story to tell about a party, one that you think our members would enjoy in a SPOTLIGHT feature, please email me at jillian@catchmyparty.com.)

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