Posts in the ‘Party Planning’ Category
Today is my big TV debut! I'm going to be on KTLA, a local TV station in LA, to discuss ideas for throwing a royal wedding viewing party. I'm on their morning show and my segment should air around 8:45am.
In case you don't live in LA or miss the broadcast, I thought I'd share with you the ideas I'm presenting today! (Catherine from Design Editor helped with these ideas, so thank you, Catherine.)
- The queen is hosting a breakfast for the royal couple, so how about you do the same? And since many of you might be hosting your parties at 2:00am or DVRing the wedding and hosting them a little later in the morning, what's better than breakfast?
- I recommend serving everything buffet-style. This keeps your party focused around the TV and your guests can grab food when they like.
- For food, I like scones with British jellies and jams, a fritatta that you can make the night before and serve cold, English sausage ("bangers"), strawberries and clotted cream, an assortment of British cheeses (my favorite being Stilton), and some petite fours for those looking for something sweet.
- For tea, how about setting up a "tea bar" with different teas for tasting. If you're hosting your party in the early morning, what better way is there to keep your guests awake?
- Also, how about a signature champage cocktail? A simple one can be made with a touch of pomegranate juice and champagne. This will give you a pretty rose-colored drink and you can call it something fun like, “Kissed by a Prince.”
- Party printables, party printable, party printables!! Catherine from Design Editor designed a great collection of royal wedding printables that we've been giving away free on our blog.
- The collection includes an invitation. So how about writing something on it like: "Wear your favorite PJs or your most regal robe,” or "Don't forget your fancy hat,” and sending it to your friends.
- Drink flag labels can be used to decorate tea cups and champagne stems, or wrapped around napkins as napkin rings.
- Labels can be used on favor bags, as toppers glued to lollipop sticks stuck into scones or other desserts, or tied with ribbon to your tea pot or tea cups.
- The pennant flags can be strung together with ribbon to create a bunting banner to decorate your table.
- And finally, the collection includes a cut-out queen's crown. You can make a bunch of these and hand them out to your guests when they arrive, along with noise makers, confetti, and party poppers to really get them in the spirit.
- Also, British flags bring some regal-ness to your party. If you have one, use it.
- I’m a big believer in sending your guests home with a favor, and my favorite type of favor is an edible one.
- I recommend buying some cute favor bags, attaching one of our printable labels to them, then stuffing them with British candy bars, British shortbread cookies, and British Hobnob biscuits. You can find all these items at Cost Plus. They won't cost an arm and a leg and your guests will depart with a sweet British taste in their mouths.
And again, thank you, Catherine, for your fabulous printables and amazing party ideas.
Christine K's Gingham Easter Party - Love both the gingham and the Japanese touches at this party (like the Peep sushi).
Alexandra D's Mother & Daughter Easter Tea - Nothing sweeter than a bunch of little ladies having an Easter tea party.
Courtney D's Carrot Easter Party - What a fresh idea to make a whole party based around the theme of "carrots."
Gwynn W's Hippity Hop Easter Party - Who would have thought this beautiful party was put together will all items bought at national chain stores?
Melissa T's Chocolate Bunny Inspired Easter Egg Hunt - An Easter party with chocolate bunnies everywhere and Peeps used for decor (love that).
Do's A Springin' Gingham Easter - What sweet gingham touches like these gingham flowers. Also, I love the flower cupcakes decorated with M&Ms. So easy and so cute!
This "paper fan" collection is designed by the talented Kirsten of Embellish. We wanted these printables to be generic enough to work for any party, but to have a sophisticated and feminine feel.
The collection includes: invitations, party circles, tented cards, party labels, cupcake wrappers, favor tags, drink flags, water bottle labels, a "let's party" banner, and a "party this way" sign. It's got everything you need to throw a well-styled party, so think of using these for your next birthday, shower, garden party, girls gathering... you name it!
Download the high resolution files for printing here:Etsy shop, and her blog, Embellish. Also, check out the adorable Easter printables Kirsten designed for Catch My Party!
If you use these for your party, please send photos to jillian@catchmyparty, so I can post them!!
And stay tuned for the more masculine version of these printables to be posted on our blog soon...
- Wreath - mine was a 12" from The Dollar tree
- Fishing Line
- Die Cut Shapes in various sizes
- Double Sided Tape or Glue Dots
Wrap wreath with greenery (18") and ribbon (60") as desired.
Cut 32 small die cut butterflies and 32 medium die cut butterflies. (If you don't have a die cut machine you can trace shapes using cookie cutters or print a shape from Microsoft clipart.)
Cut 4 strands of 22" long fishing line.
Using double sided tape or glue dots stick coordinating front and back of each shaped butterfly to the 22" long strand of fishing wire. Start your top set of butterflies 5" from the top.
Alternate one small set with one medium set or whatever pattern you choose. I used 2 sets of each size on a strand.
Only place glue in the "body" portion of the butterfly so that you can separate the wings into 3-D form. You will create 4 strands.
Cut 24 pieces of tulle - 20" long and 5" wide.
Using 3 pieces of tulle, I made 8 mini poms using the accordion fold tissue paper pom technique. But I have since discovered there are easier ways to make them as shown on Once Wed. Lesson learned for next time!Step 4:
Tie 2 poms to a 18" strand of fishing line leaving space in between to tie a coordinating bow. Also leave 3-5" of space from the top so you have room to tie the strand onto the wreath. You will create 4 strands.
Tie your four strands with butterflies and your four strands with poms around the wreath. I alternated the strands and tied at various heights. Trim the fishing line at the top.
Cut 4 strands of ribbon at 24" length to tie onto the wreath for hanging. Tie each ribbon onto the wreath...space evenly.
This is where it gets a bit tricky for me. Grab all four of the ribbons you just tied on and gather them together above the wreath. The wreath will be hanging below you.
Tie those four ribbons in a knot at the top once you have it balanced where all sides are hanging even. I have to stand to do this and I find an extra set of eyes is helpful to make sure I have all sides even.
Hang from the ceiling with a hook or I simply used a push pin since I knew it would be coming down in a few hours.
Enjoy! I am happy to help with any questions. So many possibilities with Easter right around the corner.
Thank you again, Carey, for putting this tutorial together!
To learn more about Carey and read about all her crafting and party planning adventures, please check out her blog, With Joy, and also check out her other gorgeous parties on our site including her out of this world butterfly garden party.
If you make a mobile for your next party, please send photos to email@example.com. I'd love to show it off!
I saw this pom pom backdrop Sarah Y of Sheek Shindigs made for her Hello Kitty Inspired Birthday Party and I loved it!! What a fuffy, colorful way to make a statement! I asked Sarah if she would put together a tutorial and she so graciously said yes. Thank you, Sarah!
Pom pom backdrops are super easy, very inexpensive, and so versatile. These can be used as a backdrop for a dessert table, art on the wall to add to your parties decor, or as a "photo booth" backdrop.
- 1 large piece of foam board or several smaller pieces of foam board, depending on what size you want the backdrop to be
- Tissue paper, in assorted colors of your choice
- Floral wire
- Hot glue gun
Sarah suggests using a heavy tape, such as duck tape or packaging tape. Simply run tape along the seams of two pieces of foam board (on the backside).
Now you are ready to start making your tissue paper pom poms. Martha Stewart provides an excellent tutorial on how to do this below. (Pictures from Martha Stewart).
Step 1 -- Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inch-wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.
Step 2 -- Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
Step 3 -- Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.
Now that your pom poms are made, begin gluing rows of pom poms onto your foam board backdrop using a hot glue gun.
Sarah suggests laying the board flat during this process and applying the glue at the center of the pom pom, where the wire has been wrapped. She chose to alternate colors but your backdrop design is only limited by your imagination. "Have fun!" Sarah says!
Thank you, Sarah, for this quick and easy tutorial!
If you make a pom pom backdrop like this, we'd love to see it. Please email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can show them off.
When I saw these letter garlands Chelsea A made for her Modern Meets Vintage Baby Fete, I nearly flipped. I've seen many garlands before but never anything like this, and how sweet that the letters spell out lullabies.
I asked Chelsea how she made them and here's what she said...
The letter garlands were made using my Quickutz Silhouette. I think the letters turned out to be about 6" each.
I went through about 20-30 pieces of red cardstock to cut out the two different lullabies. I could only fit between 5 and 7 letters per sheet, even with creative arranging. Even with the Silhouette it took about 5 hours to cut everything.
I know it would have taken SO much longer if I did it by hand. Just thinking about tracing everything and THEN cutting it with scissors is making my hand hurt!
But, if someone doesn't have an extra $200-$225 laying around to shell out for a Silhouette, it's definitely doable with good old tracing and cutting.
After they were all cut out, I used a big needle and red and white striped bakers twine (but any old string would work - just don't use a single thread because it would be heartbreaking to have to re-string it or have it break from the weight in the middle of the party) and strung up each letter.
If you'll notice, some of them are backwards. That wasn't on purpose originally, but as usual I was running late for set up and said, "oh well! Now it's going to be on purpose!" and started making some other letters backwards. The charm of handmade, right?
Chelsea, thank you for sharing how you did this. It's truly original!
Take a look at this FREE "little egg" Easter printables collection designed by Fara at Little Things Creations. Aren't they so cute!!
This collection includes: small party circles, large party circles, invitations, favor tags, tented cards, and a "Happy Easter" banner. So sweet!
Download the high resolution files for printing:
Thank you so much, Fara, for this lovely collection!
Also, check out all the other FREE Easter printable collections on our site.
I fell in love with this Tutu Cute Glam Elmo party Noelle W of Sweet Craft Cakes threw for her daughter's 2nd birthday. I also fell in love with the tulle skirt around the dessert table. We've been seeing a lot of them recently on our main site, but I had no idea how easy they were to make. Here's how Noelle put it together...
- 10 yards of tulle
First she laid down her tablecloth onto her table.
Next she folded her tulle in half.
Then she gathered her tulle and pinned it to the tablecloth. She allowed for 2-3 inches of tulle to stick up from the top of her table.
She continued to gather and pin.
After she pinned the tulle all the way around her table, she took stretchy sequined ribbon and pinned it to the tablecloth.
This hid all her needles and also made sure no one got poked... When she finished she removed all her pins and saved her tulle to make into a skirt again.
Thank you, Noelle, for this super easy tutorial! Tulle skirts are such a beautiful touch.
Take a look at the rest of Noelle's gorgeous Elmo party. I love when people take a traditional theme and add their own creative spin to it.
To learn more about Noelle and her partner Kerry (two sweet gals I had the pleasure of hanging out with at Bloggy Bootcamp San Diego), check out their blog, Sweet Craft Cakes and Etsy shop. Their printables are just "tutu" cute!
Rainbow themed parties are some of my favorites because of all the decor possibilities. When Wendy B threw her daughter this Rainbow Party, she added so many great touches, including this gorgeous rainbow wreath.
Wendy put together this tutorial on her blog, Ramblings From the Sunshine State, on how she made it, and has kindly let me repost it. So take a look at how amazingly easy this is to make...
- $1 wreath form from the Dollar Tree
- Tacky glue
- Baby yarn
- Glue gun
- Baker's twine
Wendy first cut strips out of the batting (which doesn't need to be perfect) and wrapped it all around the wreath.
She wanted to add some rainbow bunting to the wreath so she cut triangles in the felt, glued them together...
How absolutely adorable, Wendy!! Thank you for the tutorial!
Please check out Wendy's other incredible parties on our main site. She definitely know how to throw an amazing party. And to learn more about Wendy, take a look at her blog Ramblings From the Sunshine State.
Lisa put together this simple tutorial on her blog Blissful Chaos, and let me repost it, so thank you, Lisa!
Lisa made this sweet balloon wreath for Landon's Dr. Seuss party using the same wreath and a lot of the same balloons from her Susan's baby shower. How great to find decorations that can be used over and over again!
- LOTS of balloons for this wreath I used about 130 but the more you use the fuller the wreath will be
- 18 inch straw wreath
- 2 packs of greening pins (may need more depending on the number of balloons you use)
Leave the plastic on the straw wreath to prevent shedding. Take a balloon and twist the neck, inserting it into the middle of the greening pin.
Push the greening pin into the wreath and press in tight to prevent floppy balloons.
Continue all the way around the wreath until the entire wreath is covered!
There you have it!
Lisa wanted to add a little something extra to Landon's wreath so she used the "Welcome" sign and Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat symbol from the printable package she got on etsy from Dimple Prints. How sweet!!
Thank you, Lisa, for this tutorial. I think balloon wreaths are so festive and fun!
Check out more of Lisa's Dr. Seuss party here and see all the other personal elements she added.