Posts in the ‘Weddings’ Category

FREE Bridal Shower Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

Wait until you see what we're giving away today! It's an entire collection of gorgeous paisley bridal shower printables designed by Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations! This romantic set has everything you'll need to throw a beautiful affair, including an invitation you can add text to yourself.

The collection includes: and editable invitation (how cool!), a welcome sign, party circles, mini party circles, cupcake wrappers, tented cards, favor tags, thank you notes, return address labels, wine glass markers, drink wraps, party flags, a "love" banner, and three pieces of patterned paper. Told you it was everything!

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING:

Thank you, Wanessa, the printables are stunning, and I love your use of patterns!!

To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

I'm a Sucker for Love. You've got to see this!

I found this interactive Candyland-themed engagement announcement on the Broke-Ass Bride.  It's wonderful.

I love creative people in love!  Check it out here.

Happy Friday!

One of the Most Original Wedding Invitations I've Seen

If you read my blog, you know I love anything personal and quirky when it comes to parties... especially weddings.

(To see two of my favorite personal and quirky weddings click here and here.)

So when I saw this wedding invitation, or should I say, 20-page wedding "comic book" on Offbeat Bride, I had to write about it.

The story, written by the bride and groom, is touching.  The illustrations, drawn by the groom, are gorgeous.

Here's the beginning...

To see the rest, go to the groom, Giles Timms' blog.  It's a lovely tale.

My Favorite Twilight Saga Cakes

With "Eclipse" about to open at the end of the month, and being the cake lover that I am, I thought I'd honor the movie with my nine favorite Twilight saga cakes.

Aren't they just beautiful?


Courtesy of fanpop.com


Courtesy of Miss Catty Cakes


Courtesy of Annie's Eats


Courtesy of Kell's Kreations


Courtesy of Cre8acake


Courtesy of Salt Cake City


Courtesy of Tantalizing Treats


Courtesy of Tara's Cupcakes


Courtesy of cakecentral.com

My New Favorite Online Craft Store -- Save On Crafts

I'm loving Save on Crafts.  It speaks to the DIYer in me begging to come out.

I browse through the site and think about all the crazy things I could do here:

I could make a cool sweets table with the apothecary jars.

I could make some great centerpieces with the birdcages and silk flowers.

I could string twinkle lights all over my backyard to set a really awesome mood.

I could make a great cupcake tree.

I could hang up some homemade pom poms.

I could even throw some ecofriendly confetti at a wedding... or just because.

So much to do, so little time.

SPOTLIGHT ON: An Insanely Awesome Picnic Engagement Party

I fell in love with Morgan + KTs Picnic Engagement Party the first moment I saw the pictures.

What speaks to me about it is that it's homemade, low key, beautiful, fun, and all about love.  What could be better?

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I asked Katie, from NSW Australia, how she created it, and here's what she said:

What was your inspiration for the party?

I can't remember my exact inspiration for the party but I know it was just coming out of winter and I wanted to get outdoors and into the sunshine! Also a lot of our friends were also having night time engagement parties and we wanted to do something a little different.

We wanted to create a laid back picnic feel, where people could dine on the grass, enjoying the sunshine and where we could spend a lazy Saturday afternoon with our friends and family. Unfortunately the weather didn't co-operate for us and we ended up having to bring in shelters and no-one really 'picnicked' on the grass (instead on chairs) but we had fun just the same.  I created a mind map for the event and starting listing all the ideas that came to mind when I thought of a picnic party - and it kinda grew from there.

Here is what i wrote on my blog: “simple a little country (to compliment our wedding which is being held in the country) picnic style a red & orange colour theme and a M+K= <3 theme (which many of our guests cleverly used too!)

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Can you describe all the different things that went on during the party? You can find a lot of info on this on my blog: www.alittlebirdtoldmeso.blogspot.com (under wedding) I have listed all the things we did in seperate posts.

Food: Morgan's cousins acted as servers and brought out trays of yummy food. For mains we served chicken ceaser salad and anglo-asian lamb salad in noodle boxes (which were left over from another party) It was YUMMY. Also yummy was the home made lemonade which was drunk out of straws with flags which guests were asked to write their name on.


Homemade lemonade in jelly jars.

Games: We set up lawn boules on the grass, random balls and I'm pretty sure Morgan put some cricket equipment out too. The homemade twister quilt was also a fun game for kids and adults alike.


Homemade Twister sign


Homemade Twister game in action.

Another easy 'game' was leaving buckets of chalk on the driveway to help keep our littlest guest occupied. They loves it and created a whole 'hopscotch land' and covered the rest of the driveway in M<3 K!


The kids played with sidewalk chalk

Photo booth: We hung a sheet between two palm trees, put our camera on a tripod, created some felt mustaches from an online tutorial and had guests take silly photos of themselves. It was a lot of fun and we got some of the best shots of our guests from here. I plan on scrapbooking them with notes from the guestbook.


Homemade photo booth complete with mustaches.

Guestbook: We hung some twine between some palm trees and cut simple squares out of scrapbooking paper which were pegged onto the twine. We also used the line to display some of our favorite engagement photos.


Wishes were strung on clothes lines.

Quiz: We gathered everyone together and made a silly quiz of our relationship. The idea was that at least one guest knew an answer to each of the questions and guest had to mingle to find the answers they didn't know. The answered were then read out and lead into the speeches. (there was also a small prize for the winner)

Speeches + toasts: Speeches were a special part of the day. Also a very special was the part where Morgan's dad prayed over our marriage, relationship and wedding preparation while all of our friends and family joined in.

What were the most fun things to design and create? I had a lot of fun sewing up the twister quilt. And love the idea how this can one day become a family heirloom and picnic tradition - we have used it a lot for picnics since!


Homemade Twister quilt

Also fun was making the chalkboard signs and flag straws, cupcake toppers, framed signs and any paper related crafts.

What activities were the most fun for your guests and you during the party?

The guests all commented on the food actually, particularly Morgans mum's berry pie. :)
And I guess the photobooth were a lot of guest had fun hanging around and being silly.

And for the kids it was the chalk on the driveway!

And we really loved getting to sit down together the morning after the party, at breakfast, and reading over all the guestbook notes from family and friends. There were some really funny responses!

What was your budget?

Hmm wow. As our party was about 7 months ago I can't really remember that one.

But I do know some hints as to how we kept costs down.

Having a party at home was definitely a money saver because it meant no hire costs. We were also lucky enough to borrow all the chairs from church and the 'circus' tarpaulin from a friend. So don't be afraid to ask friends and family if you can borrow.

Instead of buying an 'engagement cake' we opted to make our own cupcakes, which were actually just simple packet mixes (although we made our own icing) - they took about 5 hours worth of icing but were worth it.


Homemade cupcakes and cupcake toppers.

We also made all our own food - a joint effort from my mum, Morgan's mum and aunt, sister, cousins and myself. It was a lot of work but meant we didn't need to hire a caterer. And cousins helped serve so Morgan and myself could enjoy the party.

Signs were made from scrap wood and left over chalk board paint from another project. And other objects, frames, tables, glass jars were brought in from around the house.

We made the invitations ourselves and found lots of free tutorials online for eg. the envelope labels, mustaches, Martha Stewart banner:http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/click-print-banner so keep a great eye out for free printables and ideas.


Homemade invitations.

How long did it take to put together?
I can't quite remember this one either. I think a 2-3 months?
What's your wedding going to be like?

We are having a Spring time wedding in the Hunter Valley NSW with an outdoor ceremony followed by a garden party and then a reception at a closeby vineyard. We want to day to be fun and a reflection of us and most importantly our relationship with Christ and his plan for marriage. So you can expect lots of handmade touches, fun music, games and untraditional twists.
We are also planning to keep our friends and family (they mean a lot to us) quite involved - we will be getting married by Morgan's uncle and close friends will play music etc.
Morgan and Katie's wedding is in November and she promises to share her wedding photos on Catch My Party.   As soon as she does, I will add them to the blog so you can see them!
Can't wait, Katie!!

Top Chef Masters Wedding Wars

I love "Top Chef Masters," so how psyched was I to watch last week's episode and see that it was "Wedding Wars."

I wish I could have tasted the food.  How many times have I been to a wedding where the food was just adequate, or not even that great.  What would it be like to be at a wedding and eat food prepared by awesome chefs?

The desserts made by Govind Armstrong where quite impressive, but I have to say I was happy when Jody Adams won the challenge.  She seems modest and hard working, no showboating, which I like.

But I've got a couple questions... How do they pick the couple to feature on the show?  Are they foodies, because based on the episode they didn't seem like it.  And what's it like to have a reality show filming at your wedding?

Even though I think of myself as a slight foodie, I'm not sure I'd welcome the cameras, even for the free food.  Any thoughts?

Amazing Wedding Cakes designed by The CakeGirls, Cake Alchemy, and Merci Beaucoup

Today was the first day I saw an episode of  "Amazing Wedding Cakes" and now I'm hooked.  It's on the WeTV cable network and there are some seriously cool cakes on this show.

So here are the three cakes that were featured in today's episode.  My favorite is the Barcelona cake, styled after Gaudi's most famous building in Barcelona and created by Cake Alchemy in New York.

But the other two, like this turntable cake by the CakeGirls in Chicago, aren't too shabby.  (When I looked at the CakeGirls website I saw that they recently had a fire that destroyed their studio.  My heart goes out to them.  You can read more about it here.)

And check out the incredible flowers on this traditional cake by Merci Beaucoup in LA.

If you love weddings and cakes (like me), this is the show for you.

New Online DIY Wedding and Party Magazine -- Nonpareil

I stumbled upon this new online magazine, Nonpareil, dedicated to DIY projects for weddings and parties.  I thought it was beautiful so I had to write about it.

So far they only have two issues up, but what I love are the free downloadables and tutorials, plus the photo spreads are gorgeous.

If you love beautiful things that make you go "aaaaaah," this is the online magazine for you.


Nonpareil online magazine -  Issue 1


Nonpareil online magazine - Issue 2

A New Blog Post About Catch My Party

How cool.  Dulce from FunFavors wrote a great post about us.


Lollipop sugar cookies by FunFavors

She also added this fun Family Guy-themed birthday party to our site.

Check them both out.  And a big thank you to Dulce!

Also, my next post will be about a few of my favorite party favors on Etsy.  I'll be including some beautiful treats from Dulce, but in the meantime, check out her FunFavors Etsy store as a sneak peak.

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