DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - How to Make Cake Bunting

by Jillian Leslie on

Anyone who has read my blog or my posts knows I am a huge fan of cake bunting. What is cake bunting, you ask? Mini banners you stick into cakes. Like this adorable one Carey B made for her Teddy Bear Picnic.

I asked Carey if she would put together a tutorial for us, and she so sweetly said yes. So without further ado, here is Carey's cake bunting tutorial...

Cake bunting is such an adorable touch to your cakes. There are so many variations on the concept it is hard to pick just one. Here are directions for the one I made for my Teddy Bear Picnic.

2 Wooden skewers
Ribbon (3/16" width)
Cardstock in color of choice
Coordinating ribbon
Glue Gun
Fishing line
Double sided tape
Scallop punch or die cut machine.

Step One:  Punch or cut your scallops. You will need two sizes. I used a 1 and a 1 1/4 on my Cricut. You will need 3 cut scallops for each 3-D scallop you are making for the bunting.

Step Two: Take 3 scallops of the same size and fold in half. Using double sided tape (my best friend) and stick your scallops halves together. One side will be left unstuck.

Step Three: Thread your needle with fishing line and begin "sewing" your scallops together. You will poke the needle through the top center of each scallop. KEY: Once the needle is through DOUBLE knot the top of each scallop so that it stays in place. *You can also use thread I just like the floating in air look that fishing line or invisible thread achieves.

Step Four: Double knot the end of your fishing line, with the scallops on it, to the top of a skewer. Place a dot of hot glue on the knot to hold it in place. While the glue is still hot place the end of your ribbon there and begin wrapping the skewer. I left some of the natural part of the skewer showing to bring out those tones we were using throughout the party. But, I think it would be nice with a fully wrapped skewer too.

Step Five:  Repeat step four on the other skewer. I use glasses filled with rice to hold my skewers up and help with with spacing.

Step Six:  Finish off the top of the skewer with trailing ribbons or a bow.

Step Seven:  Top your cake, step back and ENJOY your creation!

Thank you so much, Carey, for putting this tutorial together! If anyone makes cake bunting, please send us a photo so we can post it.

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.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at  I’d love to show it off!)

TRENDS: Boy Dinosaur Parties on Catch My Party

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First I showed off the girl dinosaur parties. Now, I'm showing off these cool boy dinosaur parties we've seen on our main site!

Christine K's Phoenix's DinoFOUR Birthday Party

Invitation with dinosaur decor

Dinosaur fondant cupcake toppers

A dino egg hunt

4-wheeler rides. Nice touch!

Frog Prince Paperie's Modern Dinosaur Birthday Adventure

The gorgeous dessert table

The cake. Love the footprints.

The favor bags

The dinosaur bounce house

Corrie S's Dinosaur Dig Party

The table

Paper mache dinosaur eggs

The cake

The dinosaur dig

Cheeks Celebrations Charlie's Dino-mite Birthday Party

Dinosaur activities

Cake, cupcakes, and dinosaur eggs


Jenn K's Dino Party, Bryson's 5th

Dino cake

Personalized favor bag

Dino cookie favors with tags

For more inspiration, check out all the dinosaur parties here at Catch My Party.

"Browse Themes" Button Added to our Nav Bar - Now You Can Find Party Themes More Easily

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A few months back we created a party inspirations and themes page, a list of all the party themes we have on our main site.  Now we've made it even easier to find that page by adding a "browse themes" button in our nav bar that leads you right to it. Take a look...

To see all the inspirations and themes on our main site (not just in those five categories), scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.

We will also be making tweaks to this page to make it easier to use, so if you have any ideas on how to improve it, please let me know at


TRENDS: Girl Dinosaur Parties on Catch My Party

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We've gotten a lot of amazing dinosaur parties on our main site. In Part 1, I'm showing off the girls!

If you've got a girl who's into dinosaurs, there are so many ways to make your party ferocious and feminine. Take a look at the ideas here...

Genevieve L's I am Girly... hear me ROAR - A Pink Dino Party

Dinosaur birthday banner

Goodie bag

Pink dinosaur cupcake toppers

Nala C's Polka Dots and Triceratops - 3rd Birthday Party

Triceratops decorations and a polka dot food sign

Dinosaur masks for guests

The polka dot cake. Love the girl and the triceratops!

Robin G's Dinosaur Party

Digging for dinosaurs activity

Dinosaur andwiches with cucumber spikes

Scary dinosaur cake balanced by pink flowers

See all the girl dinosaur parties on our main site, and stay tuned for part 2...  boy dinosaur parties!

FREE PINK Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Printables from Printabelle

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If you liked our original Minnie & Mickey Mouse printable set, designed by Michelle from Printabelle, then you'll love these Minnie Mouse printables in PINK! Thank you Michelle for creating more Minnie!

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, welcome signs, "Celebrate" and "Happy Birthday" banners (small and large), a photo banner, menu and thank you cards, water bottle labels, favor tags, favor bag toppers, and mini chocolate bar wrappers.


Here's the whole collection...

Here are the individual printable files...


Thanks, Michelle, for designing this cute set.

And remember, if you’d like any of the printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Also, for further inspiration, check out all these fantastic Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse parties on our site!


Some of My Favorite Parties of the Year!

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These parties are in no particular order. They are all beautiful, inspiring, interesting, and they make me gasp, even for a moment.  Thank you everyone for adding them to our main site. What a year it's been!

Linda V's Ava's Tea Party in the Park

Anne P's Around the World Party

Brittany S's Super Mario Bros Party

Nicole W's A Magical Cornish Fairy Affair

Kristy's Super Grover Rave

Jenni B's Viva Las Vegas Party

Lisa M's Classic Boys Campout Party

Erika H's Indian Dance Party

Dawn M's Old School Hip Hop 2nd Birthday

Emily W's Oh-So-Girly 1st Birthday

Jane R's Top Secret Military Mission Party

Lisa W's Paris's "Frida Kahlo" Party

Cari's Camp Four Birthday

Trish D's Lumberjack & Jill Wedding Shower

Kate A's Pinkies Out Tea Party

Amanda P's Star Wars Lego Party

Leanne A's Sienna's 6th Birthday Party

Kallie Brynn B's 25th Birthday Fiesta

Suzanne C's 30 Years 30 Wishes Party

Christine K's Caitlyn's Mad Science Birthday Party

Joanne W's Peace Love and Lollipops Party

Anneliese S's Fiesta Forty Party

Pamela S's Shabby Chic Fairy Party

Katie M's Morgan + KTs Picnic Engagement Party

Can't wait to see what you do next year...

TRENDS: Clocks as Decor for New Year's Parties

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A cool design trend we've seen on our main site for New Year's parties -- clocks. Take a look...

Kristy's Black. White. Comics. Bling. Rave.

Courtney's New Year's Eve Dinner Party

Robbin M's New Years Countdown Party

Natalie's New Year - New Sophisticate

Denise C's Ring in the New Year

For more great ideas, check out all the New Year's Eve parties on our site.

New Year's Eve Champagne Suggestions From our Members

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I asked what champagne (or sparkling wine) people were drinking for New Year's Eve and below is what some of you said. Thanks for the responses.

Sharon F said: "Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is my champagne of choice. Its very easy to drink, some can be quite dry and harsh IMO."

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label about $30 a bottle

Kate M said:  "Nearby in Plymouth, CA in the Amador Wine country there is a winery named Karmere. They make an Almond Champagne that is absoluely amazing."

Karmere Almond Sparking Wine about $14 a bottle

Jill O said: "My pap always gave us grandkids a sip of Martini & Rossi Asti on holidays, and this New Years Eve will be the 5th anniversary of his passing so we'll be toasting it in his honor."

Kim P said: "I just love love love Martini and Rossi Asti Spumante."

Martini and Rosi Asti Spumante about $12 a bottle

Erika L said: "Gloria Ferrer from the Carneros district of Sonoma. Love the Royal Cuvee, but the brut is outstanding, too."

Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee about $32 a bottle

Ledaliz C said: "For New Year's Eve, I already have a Clicquot Rosé in my fridge. Chilling..."

Veuve Cliquot Rose about $55 a bottle

Jennifer A said, "Yes our favorite is called Verdi. It's about $4 or $5 and it's the greatest ever."

Verde Spumante about $5 a bottle

And here is my favorite sparkling wine -- NV Vin Du Bugey-Cerdon “La Cueille,” a deep pink sparkling wine with about as much alcohol as a typical beer. It's fruity (but not too fruity), light, and delicious!

NV Vin Du Bugey-Cerdon “La Cueille” about $20 a bottle

If you have a champagne or sparkling wine to recommend people drink for New Year's Eve, please add it to the comments. We'd love to hear what your favorite is. Also check out all the New Year's Eve parties on our site. You can't help but be inspired...

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