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Cheese Wedge Mice DIY

Cheese wedge mice DIY | CatchMyParty.com

We created these cheese mice for our post about what to serve at Grumpy Cat's 2nd birthday. They cheese wedges are super cute, super kid-friendly, and super easy to do!

SUPPLIES:

  • Laughing Cow cheese wedges (we used cheddar flavor)
  • Oblong cracker
  • Dried blueberries
  • Dried apricots
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chives

Cheese wedge mice DIY | CatchMyParty.com

DIRECTIONS:

Place your cheese wedge on a cracker. Add two dried blueberries for eyes. Insert two large sunflower seeds for ears. Slice a small piece of dried apricot for a nose. Slide a piece of chive about 3 inches long in the back of the wedge for a tail. Voila!

Cheese wedge mice DIY | CatchMyParty.com

What to Feed the Cat Who Hates Everything!

Grumpy Cat birthday party food ideas | CatchMyParty.com

If you've been reading our blog, you know that we've been brought on by Friskies Party Mix to help plan Grumpy Cat's 2nd birthday, which is being held in NYC on April 29th. We racked our brains trying to come up with foods she might like. Now we need your help in deciding what to send to her big birthday bash!

1.) Yarn Cake Balls

What cat doesn't like to play with a ball of yarn, especially one you can eat! We made these cake balls out of pound cake, white frosting, and colored fondant (tutorial on our blog next week). Do they look like fun?

Yarn cake balls for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

Yarn cake balls | CatchMyParty.com

2) Grumpy Goldfish Cookies

We thought we'd throw a little unhappiness right back at Grumpy Cat with our grumpy fish cookies! These cookies were made using our basic sugar cookie recipe, store-bought cookie icing (colored neon orange), candy eyes, and an edible black marker. Aren't they  angry-looking?

Grumpy goldfish sugar cookies for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

Grumpy goldfish sugar cookies for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

2.) Cheese Wedge Mice

Almost too cute to eat, but I'm not sure a cat could resist. These cheese mice were made out of Laughing Cow cheese, pumpkin seeds, dried blueberries, dried apricots, and chives (tutorial on the blog next week). We wanted to add a little savory to cut the sweet, thought Grumpy Cat might appreciate that.

Wedge cheese mice for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

Wedge cheese mice for Grumpy Cat | CatchMyParty.com

So which do you think Grumpy Cat would like best?

Please add your vote at the bottom of this blog post, or on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook. We will randomly select one person who leaves a comment to win a Friskies Party Mix Party Pack!

And remember, if you upload a photo of your cat's best frown to the 1 million frowns challenge (#1MMGrumpyFrowns), on the Friskies Party Mix site or on Instagram, using the hashtag #1MMGrumpyFrowns, you will be entered to win some great prizes! 

This post is sponsored by Friskies Party Mix. All fun and recipes are by us!

Spring Paper Flower Wreath DIY

Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I wanted to make a wreath with pretty spring flowers, but I didn't want to use silk flowers, and real flowers would never last, so I decided to make my own flowers out of scrapbooking paper.
This was a fun craft because I made the whole thing while watching The Voice, and my daughter even got to help with the punching and gluing.
SUPPLIES:
  • Styrofoam wreath
  • 8 pieces of scrapbooking paper in coordinating colors (I used a damask pattern)
  • Basic crafting glue
  • Flower paper punch (I wish I had multiple size flower punches to use but only had the one)

Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

DIRECTIONS:

Punch out 6-8 pages full of paper flowers. This can take a while (which is why TV was helpful).

Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com
Glue each one flower your styrofoam wreath in layers but in a random pattern. Make sure each layers dries before adding more flowers.
Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com
Once you've covered the wreath in flowers, fold up some of the flower petals to give the wreath a 3D effect. Attach a pretty ribbon (I chose a light pink silk ribbon) and you're done!

Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I created this wreath for the new Bird's Party Magazine. If you love looking at beautiful party photos and inspiring ideas from the best party stylists around, you must check it out!

Easter Egg Mini Candy Wreath DIY

Easter egg mini candy wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake is here with a great way to decorate for Easter, something kids will love!

Put a smile on your kids' faces this Easter by decorating their drink bottles with a mini Easter Egg wreath!

This is a quick project that is sure to get the little ones excited.

Mini Easter Egg Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

SUPPLIES:

  • Candy (I used Mini Cadbury Eggs and Easter M&Ms)
  • Cardstock
  • Royal icing (I colored mine blue so it would show on the pictures but white is OK)
  • A small Ziploc bag
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Something round to trace a circle (about 2" in diameter)
Mini Easter Egg Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

DIRECTIONS:

  • Trace a circle about 2" in diameter on a piece of cardstock.
  • Cut a little inside and a little outside the circle to get a ring.
  • Place a small amount of royal icing in a ziploc bag and snip the corner of the bag with scissors.
  • Use this easy piping bag to pour royal icing onto the cardstock ring (work on a piece on non-stick parchment paper so it will be easy to lift the wreath when dry).
  • Now have fun decorating your wreath. Just push the mini eggs into the icing and let dry overnight.  
Mini Easter Egg Wreath | CatchMyParty.com
Mini Easter Egg Wreath | CatchMyParty.com
When dry, add a ribbon and tie around a bottle. If you wish, you can make a little bow with some ribbon and "glue" it to the wreath using a little royal icing.

Add a cute straw and you're done !

Mini Easter Egg Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks, Virginie, for this sweet decoration! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

For more party ideas, check out these incredible Easter party ideas and free Easter printables from our site!

Sugar Cookie Easter Basket DIY

Sugar cookie Easter basket DIY | CatchMyParty.com

How cute are these sugar cookie Easter baskets filled with edible grass and jelly beans? What kid wouldn't want to get one of these as an Easter treat!

SUPPLIES:

DIRECTIONS:

Spray muffin tin with cooking spray so your baskets don't stick. Roll sugar cookie dough into a ball. Shape it to line the insides of a mini muffin tin. You might want to add a tiny lip at the top to make the top of the basket (not shown).

Sugar cookie Easter basket DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Bake until golden brown. Cool, then gently remove from muffin tin. Using a sharp needle or pin, poke tiny holes at the top of the basket to feed your edible grass through to make the handle. Fill with green edible grass shreds and jelly beans!

Sugar cookie Easter basket DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Sugar cookie Easter basket DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I just love how these turned out!

Fondant Easter Egg Cookie Pops DIY

Fondant Easter egg cookie pop DIY

I love cookie pops, so I thought I'd try my hand at Easter egg cookie pops in cute pastel colors. I even used fondant (which is like edible Play Doh - so fun!) and the whole thing was much easier than I thought it would be.

SUPPLIES:

First I rolled out sugar cookie dough until it was about 1/4 inch thick (you want it on the thick side so you can insert your sticks).

Here's our fantastic sugar cookie recipe if you want homemade dough. Otherwise you can use store bought.

I then used this Easter egg shaped cookie cutter and cut out my eggs.

Fondant Easter egg cookie pop DIY

 Using these 11.5" lollipop sticks, I carefully inserted them into my cut out  eggs until they were about half-way up the egg.

I baked my cookies until they were nice and crisp, so they would stand up as pops. Since the cookies spread when baking, while they were still warm out of the oven, I trimmed the edges to make them more in the shape of eggs.

Fondant Easter egg cookie pop DIY

I rolled out my white fondant until it was about 1/8 inch thick, used my cookie to trace an egg shape, but left 1/4 inch extra on each side for wrapping. Then I carefully wrapped them onto the flat side of the cookie pop. You can use a light layer of white frosting as glue. I only wrapped one side, but feel free to wrap both.

easter-egg-cookie-pop-diy-6

To make the stripes, you can either use pastel fondant or make your own, by adding a dab of food coloring to a ball of fondant and blending it in. (This is what I did.)

I rolled out my colored fondant and using a pizza cutter, cut out strips. Using a dab of water to the back of the strip, I attach them to my pop.

Fondant Easter egg cookie pop DIY

I trimmed the edges and voila! Here I've set them out on pink edible grass to display, my coolest find this spring!

Fondant Easter egg cookie pop DIY

 For more Easter inspiration, check out all these great Easter parties on our site and all our free printables for Easter.

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Popper DIY

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Popper DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake is here with a clever craft to make your St. Patrick's Day pop (literally)!

Here is a fun favor idea for St Patrick's Day! Leprechaun hat poppers!!!

Although the first couple of steps are best done by an adult, the decoration of the hats would a be a fun family project.

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Popper DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 

Supplies:
  • Craft roll (I used a kitchen towel cut  in 2 inches tubes)
  • Tissue paper (green or black)
  • Cardstock in green, black, and yellow
  • Craft glue and small brush
  • Scissors
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Your choice of candy to fill
  • The printables used are from the free printable page on Catch My Party

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Popper DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

STEP 1

First you need to close one of the circular ends of your craft tube.

  • Cut a piece of tissue paper about an inch bigger than the diameter of the tube. Use the scissors to cut small slits all around the circle, it will make it easier to glue.
  • Glue the tissue paper circle to one end of the tube with slightly diluted glue, using the brush to gently pull the paper down around the tube.

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Popper DIY | CatchMyParty.com

STEP 2

Now you need to close the other end of the tube but this time it is the "popping" end, therefore you need a handle to rip the tissue paper open when you pull.

  • Cut a circle of black cardstock slightly smaller than the diameter of the craft tube. Pierce a hole in the middle (with a skewer for example) and thread the twine through. Secure the twine with a knot and you may even tape the knot to the cardstock.
  • Cut a circle of tissue paper bigger than the tube, like you did in step one. Pierce it in the center and thread the twine through
  • You now have a piece of cardstock on top of the tissue paper, with the twine going through
  • Fill the tube with candy
  • Close the tube with the tissue paper (repeat step 1), making sure the card stock is inside the tube
  • You now have a popper, you just need to decorate it to look like a hat

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Popper DIY | CatchMyParty.com

STEP 3

Cut all the pieces for the hat from the colored cardstock
  • From the green cardstock, cut:
    • A circle the size of the tube for the top of the hat
    • A rectangle the width of the tube and long enough to wrap around the tube
    • A circle about two inches bigger than the diameter of the tube for the base. Cut a hole in the middle slightly smaller than the size of the tube to make it easier to glue
  • From the black cardstock, cut a 1/2 inch strip to make the belt
  • From the yellow cardstock, cut the buckle

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Popper DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Now have fun decorating your hats !!!

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Hat Popper DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks, Virginie, for your fun and creative St. Patty's Day craft! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.
For more party ideas, check out these incredible St. Patrick's Day parties from our site!

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is here with a quick and easy Easter basket craft that is so cute!

Happy Spring everyone. Still waiting for the last snow to melt here in New York, but I see the spring light at the end of the snowy tunnel. Plants are starting to come up, birds are singing, and the chipmunks are starting to dig to recover their winter leftovers.

I have Easter on the mind today. I wanted to share a real easy tutorial that you and the children can craft together using plastic water bottles or soda bottles and some washi tape. Pretty easy, right!

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | catchmyparty.com

Step 1: I Cut your plastic bottle the size you want it. Of course you can GO Big and use a 2 liter container and make a darling centerpiece, but I went small, and each guest at our Easter table will have one at their place setting.

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | catchmyparty.com

Step 2: Making your handle. This is a little tricky and requires two people. I measured out the size handle I wanted and doubled the size so I had two of the same size pieces of washi tape. Then I put stuck them together to make the handle.

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | catchmyparty.com

** The key is leaving some room at each end of the handle to stick the handle to your plastic container. Then once you start covering it, the handle will be covered up.

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | catchmyparty.com

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | catchmyparty.com

Step 3: Start your washi tape pattern around your basket piece.

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | catchmyparty.com

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | catchmyparty.com Once you are done – decorate with some Easter grass and a few chocolates or jelly beans.

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | catchmyparty.com

Didn’t they come out so cute?! The children can make them for their teachers, neighbors and grandparents. I am hoping to find enough plastic bottles around so we can make some to bring over to the nursing home.

Washi Tape Easter Basket DIY | catchmyparty.com

Until next time – Party On Friends and THINK SPRING!

Thank you, Melissa, I love how your crafts turn everyday objects into such sweetnees! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.

 

How to Make Candy Heart Cake Bunting

Cake bunting made out of candy heart

Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake with a "sweet" way to decorate your Valentine's Day cake. How adorable is this!

If you are looking for a fun and easy way to decorate a cake this Valentine's Day, then I have just the right thing for you: candy cake bunting!!!

Cake bunting (little decorations strung on top of cakes) has been so popular these past couple of years, that I could not resist revisiting the concept... And since Valentine's Day is all about candy, this is exactly what I used to create those sweet decorations!

Supplies:

  • Candy (gummy hearts, marshmallow... any soft candy you like)
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Paper straws or skewers
Cake bunting made out of candy heart
Simply thread several candies and secure both ends to a straw or skewer. You may want to use a thimble to protect your fingers while threading, going through the candy is a little tough.
Cake bunting made out of candy heart
Experiment with different types of candy to find the combination you like! Here are some different variations I tried.

Cake bunting made out of candy heart

Thanks, Virginie, what a delicious way to decorate for Valentine's Day! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

Super Bowl Paper Chain Decoration DIY

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is here with this simple Super Bowl decoration idea that her daughter actually came up with... the creativity must run in the genes!

Are you ready for some football... or at least a football party?

Every year we try to host a few families for a Super Bowl Party. We always have a children’s themed table/room and an adult area. Putting out finger foods, crafts, games and fun activities for the kids keeping them busy while the adults watch the game.

This year my daughter wanted to make a paper chain for the children’s table.

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

You might even have these supplies in your supplies already to make one for your own celebration!

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Her idea was to use brown and green paper stripes and put them together. Easy enough, but just a little too plain looking for my taste.

I took it one step further and added something fun to the paper.

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Even if your team is not playing this year, you can still have fun and enjoy the day together!

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Easy Super Bowl party paper chain decoration

Until next time – Party On Friends!

To learn more about Melissa and read all about her party planning adventures, visit her at My Party Passion.

And for more football party inspiration, check out these great football parties from our site and our free football party printables.

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