FooDoodler Markers Let You Write on your Food

by Jillian Leslie on

I first read about FooDoodlers on Meaghan Mountford's The Decorated Cookie, a great food decorating blog I wrote about in this post.


Use these to draw on your food!

FooDoodlers are markers made of food coloring that you can use to draw on cookies, cakes, pancakes, bread, crackers, marshmallows... you name it.

And when I read that Meaghan recommends them, and was even running a contest on her blog to give some away, I knew they had to be good.

Not only would these markers be fun to use on your own food decorating projects, but how great would these be at a party?  Lay out some iced cookies and some FooDoodler markers and let people go to town.

There were also a couple of creative ideas on their website that I thought were worth sharing:

After a sleepover, put out the pens and let your guests color their pancakes.

If you take kids to a restaurant and want to entertain them, pull out some FooDoodlers and let them draw on their food.

Give your fruits and vegetables more pizazz by drawing on them.

I know my daughter will love these!  In fact, if I don't win them on Meaghan's blog, I'm ordering some on Amazon.

Photo: The Decorated Cookie

It's Pool Party Time!

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Believe it or not, here in LA, we've had one of the coldest summers on record.  This week, however, the weather has changed and it's starting to get hot!

So in honor of good weather, here are some of my favorite pool party ideas from Etsy.

First, an invitation from Lilly Mae Designs.

Next a banner from IE Creations.

Some DIY printable pool party decorations from Paper and Cake.

Pool party cupcake toppers from Toadally Cute Products.

And to make your cupcakes even more decadent, how about some fondant cupcake toppers from Kids Cakes.

A large galvanized tub to keep your drinks cool from brodyandma.

And so no one mixes up their drink cups, here are some chalkboard tumblers from Party Bzz.

Some wooden boats to decorate your pool from duckduckgoosetoys.

And to add a little excitement and fragrance to your party, how about these fizzy pool bombs from Les Treasure.

And finally, so no one goes home empty-handed, some flip flop cookie favors from Whimsical Originals DB.

And shouldn't the kids get something extra?  Personalized beach pails from Bumble Bee Lane.

Stay cool and happy swimming!

TRENDS: Bird Themed Baby Showers on Catch My Party

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We've gotten some beautiful bird themed showers on the site, so I thought I'd highlight some of their most inspiring details.

(In fact, bird themed showers are so popular, this is the second time I've written about them in a TRENDS post.)

Caroline B's Brown + Blue Birdy Shower


A pretty bird's nest wreath to meet guest at the door.


The cute bird logos used throughout the party on cupcakes, drinks, and food.


Wishing tree tags to use on the wishing tree.  (I love wishing trees at showers.)

Tiffany C's Tweet Baby Girl Shower


Another sweet wishing tree.


The gorgeous "tweet baby girl" dessert table.


Another great-looking bird logo used throughout the party on invitations, cupcake toppers, and food signs.

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


The pretty and modern shower invitation.


The elegant decor, including this great welcome wreath made of eggs and feathers.


More decor details.  I love the white branches with yellow bird used as centerpieces.

Tiffany N's The Birds and Bees Baby Shower


Pretty robin's egg cupcakes.


Cute bird drink tags.


I love the use of real birdcages as decoration above the buffet table.

If you are planning a bird themed baby shower, I hope these ideas come in handy.

If you've already thrown one, we'd love to see the photos!

DIY S'mores Party Favors

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I stumbled upon this great summer party favor idea at Tiny Prints and had to share -- DIY s'mores kits.  (Just writing those words makes me hungry.)

Here's how pretty their favors look:


DIY s'mores party favors

And to make them, all you need is this:


Supplies for your s'mores

What I like about these favors is that they're inexpensive and easy to make, they're kid and adult friendly (who doesn't love a s'more?), and while they'd work great at a "camping" themed party, they could really work at any summer party.

I know I'd be psyched to go home with one of these!

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TRENDS: July 4th Parties on Catch My Party

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Here are some of my favorite design elements from the July 4th parties we've seen on our site.

From Lindsey M's Little Firecracker's 4th of July Riverside Soiree

This party is all about the gorgeous sweets and the beautiful party printables.  Lindsey and her partner design the printables themselves at Paper and Pigtails.

Some of my favorite things: the delicious confetti cupcakes, the hand-dipped marshmallows, and the lemonade bottles and straws.  The whole party has such a festive spirit.  It puts me in a good mood.

Daphne J's 4th of July Backyard Bash

What's great about this traditional BBQ is how it's taken to a whole new level by adding all these gorgeous printables.  The printables are designed by Daphne and are available in her store Moo Moo's & Tutus.

Notice how the hamburgers, and even the straws, become something to celebrate when they're given a little decoration.

Molly E's Celebrate Our Independence!

This is a sumptuous party.  The flowers, food, and decor make it seem rich and beautiful.  I want to eat everything: the sliders, the corn, and those fabulous parfait and tart desserts.

And to finish it off, the favors are sweet and simple -- red, white, and blue candies in little jars.  They look elegant and give the table punch.  It's true, sometimes less is more.

Staci G's Old Fashion 4th

This party has "kid" written all over it.  My favorite details: the red, white, and blue robot and the painted coffee filter decorations.  What a great way for a mom to come up with arts and crafts projects for her kids that she can then use for a family celebration.

And how fun are the firecracker cookies with sprinkles and pop rocks?  Nice touch.

Claudia S's Red, White, and Blue Ladybug Party

Great idea for this party -- a July 4th "slash"ladybug birthday party for a seven-year-old.

Again, custom decorations is where it's at this July 4th.  Claudia and her partner designed these.  You can find more at Tini Posh.

My favorite thing about this party is how both themes are incorporated.  Check out the red, white, and blue cupcake toppers with ladies bugs, stars, and photos of the birthday girl on them.  Combining themes does bring something new and exciting to your party.   Definitely try it.

It's so much fun seeing all your great ideas.  Thanks for sharing!

Canada Day Parties on Catch My Party

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We've gotten two beautiful Canada Day parties on the site.

Candace M's Canada Day Party

And Genevieve B's Celebrating Canada Day... Philly Style Party

For those of you who don't know, Canada Day is celebrated on July 1, commemorating the day when Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were combined into a federation on July 1, 1867.

I've already asked everyone to upload their July 4th parties so I could blog about them.  Well to honor our Canadian friends, I also everyone to add their Canada Day parties, too.

I plan to do a big blog post about all these recent festivities.

I can't wait to see what everyone has done!

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