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DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member: How to Make a Month-by-Month Onesie Bunting Banner

When I first saw Donna E's Blush and Bashful Baby Shower on our site I was blown away by all the details, especially this homemade month-by-month onesie bunting she used to decorate.

Donna put together this tutorial on how she made it and she has kindly let me repost it, so thank you, Donna! What a fun way to decorate a shower.

I love this onesie bunting because it doubles as shower decor and the perfect gift for the mommy-to-be.

Supplies:
  • 12 onesies ranging from size 1 month to 12 months, washed and dried
  • Iron-on transfer paper (if you are using colored onesies, be sure that the transfer paper is suited accordingly)
  • Design made in Photoshop or any other program that will allow you to use text with a photo
  • Iron
 

  • The first thing you'll have to do is come up with a design.  I generally try to stick with the theme of the shower or the theme of the baby's nursery.  Try to keep the size of the design to roughly 3 or 4 inches wide and 4 to 5 inches in height.  Once you have come up with your design, you'll need to flip each design to a mirror image.
  • Print your design according to the manufacturers instructions onto the transfer paper.
  • Cut out each month, leaving a 1/8-1/4 inch border around each design.
  • Heat your iron to the highest heat setting without steam.
  • Place your design face down on the onesie and gently place the iron over the back side of the design allowing the design to adhere to the onesie. Continue moving the iron over the design until the design has completely adhered to the onesie.
  • Allow the iron on to cool slightly then gently remove paper backing. Repeat steps 1-6 for each of the onesies.

They are so cute attached to a clothes line and displayed around the shower and the mommy-to-be will appreciate having a keepsake that shows each month how much the baby has grown!

Thank you, Donna, for the tutorial! I too love that that this is both party decor and a mommy-to-be gift.

To learn more about Donna and her event design service, please check out her blog, Fabulous Fetes, and also check out Donna's other incredible parties on our site.

Stupendous Circus/Carnival Cakes on Catch My Party

I've been blown away by the circus cakes we've seen on our main site, so of course, I had to show them off. Take a look, see what you think...

Claudia R's Circus Party

Jennifer M's Aris's 1st Birthday Celebration

Nicole L's Parker's 3rd Birthday

Vania A's Retro Circus Birthday Party

Zuesette Z's The Incredible and Amazing Carnival... Featuring Zoe Reese Turns 1!

Tiffany S's Treyson's 1st Birthday Party

Odette K's J&K Birthday Party

Jodie's "Old Time Carnival" 4th Birthday

Jennifer C's Backyard Carnival Party

Pretty awesome, right? For more inspiration, take a look at all the circus parties on our site. We've got a lot!

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week's party photo (or actually "photos") comes from Susanne E's American Girl Tea Party. Nothing sweeter to me than watching a little mommy take such good care of their doll.

This party is gorgeous. Take a look at the rest of the photos. There are so many beautiful details here!

How to Host a Royal Wedding Viewing Party -- As Seen on TV!

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.)

 

PARTY FOOD

  • 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.”
DECOR
  • 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.
FAVORS
  • 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.
Happy planning! If you host a Royal Wedding Viewing Party please add your photos to our site. I'd love to show it off!

And again, thank you, Catherine, for your fabulous printables and amazing party ideas.

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week's party photo comes from Ellen B's Whimsical Pink/Green Easter Party. Doesn't this look like a first-time moment?

Definitely take a look at the rest of this gorgeous Easter party. Ellen put together one of the most show-stopping dessert tables we've seen this year!

FREE Easter Printables Roundup

We are giving away 5 collections of FREE Easter printables. Take a look, there's bound to be something you like! (Click on the link or image to see the full sets.)

“Storybook” Easter Printables -- Collection includes: party circles, an Easter egg hunt sign, invitations, favor tags, tented cards, water bottle labels, and a “Hoppy Easter” banner. Designed by Kirsten from Embellish.

 

"Polka Dot" Easter Printables - Collection includes: party circles, tented cards, and a “Happy Easter” banner. Designed by Karen & Allison from Peace Love Cupcakes.

 

"Baby Chick" Easter Printables - This collection includes: party circles, invitations, food labels, favor tags, water bottle labels, and a “Happy Easter” banner. Designed by Autumn from Autumn Leah Designs.

 

"Sweet Bunny" Easter Printables - This collection includes: small party circles, large party circles, invitations, favor tags, drink flags, tented cards, party labels, and water bottle labels. Designed by Emily from Magnolia Creative Co.

 

"Little Egg" Easter Printables - This collection includes: small party circles, large party circles, invitations, favor tags, tented cards, and a “Happy Easter” banner. Designed by Fara from Little Things Creations.

 

 

Our Free Easter Printables in Action!

Lynda from Chino & Milo's Thrify Gems, used our free Easter printables for tags on her Easter baskets. How adorable!

We have a whole assortment of FREE Easter printables on our site for you to choose from. If you use them, please send photos so I can show off what you did!

Our Newest Spring/Easter Party Page Layout

Just thought I'd let you know that we have a new party page layout we've added to our site. It's our spring and Easter layout.  Hope you like it... let me know what you think.

 

FREE Royal Wedding Viewing Party Printables From Design Editor

Are you planning to have a party to watch the Royal Wedding on April 29th? Well, here are some FREE printables designed by Catherine of Design Editor to make your party even more regal and fun.

This collection includes:

  • A PARTY INVITATION: Get the gang together with this simple invite. The area for the party details is editable or you can write-in the details by hand. Fits in an A2 size envelope (4 3/8" x 5 3/4").
  • ROYAL PENNANTS: Blue and red 4.25" tall pennants can be strung on a ribbon as a banner or use individually as flags. Files include templates for easy trimming.
  • PARTY SQUARES: Festive 2" squares can be used as envelope seals, treat toppers, gift tags, stickers, and more.
  • UNION JACK WRAPS: Dress up your drinks! One inch tall strips wrap around cups, stems of glassware or straws. Pop on skewers to make mini-flags or food picks.
  • QUEEN'S CROWN: Add ribbon around the back to wear or use in your decor. Kids will love these!
  • COORDINATING PAPERS: Three full size papers in the blue and red crown patterns and the Union Jack flag. Wrap around favor boxes, line serving trays or dishes, make napkin rings, wrap bottles, matte a photograph of the royal couple...have fun with it!
Download the high resolution files for printing: Thank you, Catherine, for this festive collection!  To learn more about Catherine and read her posts on interior design, entertaining, and kids, check out her blog, Design Editor. Also, please visit her Etsy shop. And finally, take a look at her adorable twins birthday party on our site!

TRENDS: Alice in Wonderland Parties on Catch My Party (Part 1)

One of the most popular themes on our main site is Alice in Wonderland parties. We have gotten so many beautiful ones, I thought it was about time I showed them off.

If you are planning one, or even if you're not, you will be blown away by the incredibly creative ideas here. (Click on the photos or the party name to see more of each party...)

Tabitha B's Wonderland Birthday

Kelli B's Ariel in Wonderland

Faride T's Maya's Tea Party!!

Rozanna F's Alexis' Unbirthday Tea Party

Rashae T's A Very Merry 1st Un-Birthday Party

Check out all of the Alice in Wonderland parties on our main site. And stay tuned for part 2 where I highlight even more of these amazing parties.

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