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TRENDS: July 4th Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

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

by Jillian Leslie on

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!

Party Starters is Turning 1 and Throwing a Party!

by Jillian Leslie on

I don't know if you saw the Hazardous Teen Birthday on our homepage, but it's one of my favorite parties.  It was planned by Pamela Smerker for her 13 year old son.

Pamela is the creative mind behind Party Starters, a site that sells handmade party essentials -- party favor boxes, party banners, cupcake toppers, bottle labels, signs, and invitations.  You can see her products in her Etsy shop here but she also loves custom orders.

She has a great blog filled with party ideas, inspirations, and tutorials.  She even shares with her readers what it's like to be both a mom and an entrepreneur, a balancing act many of us struggle with.

But let's get to the good stuff!!

Her site is turning 1 and she's throwing a party from July 5th - July 9th.   A real online party!

She's having guest bloggers all week (of which I will be one, thanks Pamela!) and there will be festivities and prizes galore!

So what should you do?

First, check out her blog and her shop.  Then from July 5th through the 9th, keep checking back to see all the great stuff she has in store.

Knowing Pamela, I think this will be a very good time!

TRENDS: Parties at the Park on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

I love parties at the park.  I love that they're outdoors, casual, and free.

In this TRENDS post I thought I'd highlight some of our favorite kids' and adult parties at the park, to show off what our users have done to make these parties special.

KIDS'  PARTIES

What I think is great about this Cap'n Harris Turns 1 party is how the host, Amy, took a pirate play structure and built a whole theme around it, complete with real treasure hunt.

And to keep things simple Amy asked her guests to bring their own picnic lunches, then provided the fun party foods -- cookies, cupcakes, and cake.


Here's the pirate play structure


Here's the treasure map to find keys to open the treasure chest


The treasure chest


And what was the treasure?  The gorgeous cake!

What I love about this Snakes, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails Triple 1st Birthday is how the hosts added their own creative and personal touches -- banners, balloons, matching tee shirts, and photo collages -- while keeping the whole thing casual, by serving an easy picnic lunch in brown paper bags with kid friendly foods (sandwiches, tangerines, chips, grapes, goldfish, and donuts).


The birthday boys in their homemade shirts


The picnic table set up and the Happy Birthday banner


Simple picnic lunches with kid friendly foods


Personal photo collages of each boy to incorporate the theme

ADULT PARTIES

Amy, the same host who threw the Cap'n Harris Turns 1 party also put together this Surprise 30th Library Party for her bookworm sister.

The personal details are beautiful, and yet again, it was a casual potluck lunch where Amy provided the cookies and cupcakes.

And another nice details -- for gifts, Amy asked everyone to bring along bookmarks for the birthday girl.


The invitations looked like borrow cards from the library


Amy painted a handmade "library" backdrop for the party area


Pages of old books were used to make bunting, cupcake wrappers, and sprinkles

Becca, from the Birthday Girl Blog, added this 31st Birthday Picnic in the Park.

She created a logo that she used throughout the party which tied the whole thing together in a simple but elegant way.

The menu included sandwiches wrapped in parchment paper, juice, chips and home baked chocolate chip cookies that doubled as the favors.  She even made dog cookie favor bags for the four-legged friends.  And the rest of the menu she left to her friends to fill in.


Becca's personalized party logo


Parchment wrapped sandwiches


Homemade chocolate chip cookie favors


Becca taking advantage of all the park had to offer

I love how with these parties in the park, the hosts kept their budgets low by serving simple picnic foods and/or making them a potluck, took advantage of what the park had to offer (play structures, carousels, etc.), and by adding lots of  personal and creative details, made them special in their own unique ways.

How About this for you Next Lemonade Stand?

by Jillian Leslie on

Along time ago I wrote a blog post on Paper and Cake because I love the printable partyware they do.  And this lemonade stand is no exception!

Need an activity this summer?   Make a beautiful lemonade stand with their printables.

And this one is so gorgeous you don't even need the excuse of kids to do it!

For $14.95, here's  what the Paper and Cake kit comes with:

Invitation (fits A7 envelope) + Pennant Banner + Coasters Cupcake Picks + Lolli Wraps Lolli Flags Straw Markers Jar Labels + Treat Wraps + Skinny Treat Wraps + Snack Box + Pinwheels Paper Doilies Menu + Signage + Lemonade Recipe Card Stand How To Foam Ball Cover Sheets Paper Chain Sheets Full Pattern Sheets

You will definitely be the talk of the neighborhood with this!

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