How to Wrap Things Beautifully

by Jillian Leslie on

I'm a sucker for beautiful packaging, so I was very excited to stumble upon the Packagery, a shop on Etsy. They sell everything for party favor packaging, from boxes to labels to tags to twine.

Here are some of my favorite items from their store:  favor boxes, tags, ribbon, twist ties, library cards, and garlands.

If you've done a pretty party favor, please email me a photo at jillian@catchmyparty.com so I can do a blog post about it.

TRENDS: Halloween Inspirations on Catch My Party (Part 1)

by Jillian Leslie on

We've gotten some gorgeous Halloween tablescapes and photo shoots on our site.  If you are planning a Halloween party, you must check these out.  They run the gamut from traditional orange and black, to unexpected pink and purple.  So whatever you're planning for Halloween, if you're looking for great printables and party ideas, these talented women have got you covered!

Kim S's Halloween Glam Dessert Table

Pamela S's Boo Crew's Children's Halloween Party

Courtney D's Pink-o-Ween Party

Paula's Halloween Trick or Treat Tablescape

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - DIY Cupcake Toppers Made of Chocolate

by Jillian Leslie on

This post is not actually a tip from a Catch My Party member, but a tip from two member, Melissa and Kellie of Icing Designs, a company that specializes in hand-illustrated and hand-glittered invitations, cards, cupcake flags and gift tags.

Melissa and Kellie have added some exquisite parties to our site, and they have a great party design blog where they post many DIY tutorials.

They have graciously allowed me to repost my favorite -- these DIY chocolate decorations for cakes or cupcakes. And wait until you see how remarkably easy they are to make.

Here's what they said:
Of course we love cupcake flags, but sometimes the occasion might call for something a little different.
We love to use these super easy chocolate decos on cupcakes and cakes! They are so easy to make!
All you need to do is copy these designs into a word or publisher file and print them out, place a piece of wax or parchment paper over the print out and trace the designs with your melted chocolate!

If you would like to try these and can not copy the above template, just email us and we will send you one! icingdesigns@hotmail.com
So simple and so beautiful, thank you Melissa and Kellie!

To see more of their great parties ideas, visit their blog, Icing Designs, and also check out their invitations, cards, cupcake flags and gift tags at their Etsy shop.

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

TRENDS: Construction-Themed Parties on Catch My Party

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We've gotten some amazing construction-themed parties on our site. For the boy who loves building, trucks, and dirt this is the theme for him! Take a look at these parties for some serious inspiration...

Christina D's Dig In - A Construction 1st Birthday

Christine K's Camden's Under Construction Birthday Party

Kelly S's David's 1st Birthday

Two Personal, Cheap, and Fun Party Themes for Grown Ups

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My favorite kinds of parties always have a personal touch. So when I recently ran across these two grown up party ideas -- a "favorite things" party and a "cookie swap" party -- I had to post about them.

"Cookie Swap" Party

I read about this party on A Cup of Jo, Joanna Goddard's great blog. Joanna hosted the cookie swap. Everyone brought two dozen cookies, hung out, and drank ice-cold milk (and wine). How simple, personal, and delicious!  Definitely my kind of party.

A  "Favorite Things" Party

I read about this "favorite things" party on Brooke Reynold's lovely design blog, Inchmark, and instantly wanted to host one. According to Brooke, here's how it works:

  • Each person brings their favorite thing (anything you like... your favorite lip gloss, favorite kitchen tool, favorite gift wrapping supply, a gift card for your favorite frozen yogurt, etc.).
  • It can't cost more than $6, and each person brings five of the same thing.
  • When you arrive at the party, you write your name on five slips of paper and throw them in a big bowl.
  • The bowl is passed around, and each person takes five names (making sure you don't pick your own... or two of the same name).
  • One at a time each person introduces their favorite thing and then reads the five names they picked from the bowl, passing out their gift to those five guests.
  • After everyone at the party has presented their favorite thing, each person should end up with five gifts to take home.

Did you read that right?  Each guest gets five gifts to take home!

As her "favorite thing" at her party, Brooke brought fresh basil plants, included her favorite basil recipes, and presented them with a jar of Trader Joe's pesto.  Nice idea.

What I think both these party themes show is that you don't have to throw an expensive or elaborate party to find an interesting way for people to connect.  And when you're hosting a party, what more could you want?

Thanks Joanna and Brooke for the wonderful inspiration.

TRENDS: Party Wreaths on Catch My Party

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There are so many gorgeous wreaths on our site. What's great about a wreath is it sets the tone of the party from the minute you walk in the door. Plus, you can get really creative with them.  Here are some made out of paper, vines, diapers, balloons, ribbons, and even extension cords and (one that's not exactly a wreath, but  so pretty I had to add it).

Eleanor T's All in Due Time Couples Shower

Maegan's Garden Spa Baby Shower

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

Kristy's Griffin's Monster Jam Dirtfest 7th

Brittany S's Honey-Do Shower

Dianna N's Welcome Baby Kaleb Shower

Lisa G's She's About to POP Baby Shower

Caroline B's Brown + Blue Birdy Shower

Nneka M's Jackie's All White Bridal Shower

Pam B's AC's Lemonade Stand

How Great is Post-It Note Art for a Party?

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Jenni B throws some wonderful parties. I'd describe them as "unique and edgy with a touch of whimsy."

I saw this Post-It Note piece she did as the backdrop to her Dynamic Duo Tie the Knot dessert table, and I had to write about it.  (A party to congratulate two friends on their marriage with a comic book theme and a Post-It Note backdrop. I told you she was creative.)

And as you can see, Post-It Note art is an unexpected way to add something different to your party.  It's inexpensive, colorful, and easy.  And how great would it be at your next work party?

I did some searching and found these Post-It Note art pieces for more inspiration.  All I can say is... insane.

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PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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This week's party photo of the week comes from Linda V's Ava's Tea Party in the Park.

The party was inspired by a little girl named Ava, who died before ever getting to have a tea party.  So in honor of her and to celebrate time with friends and family Ava's Annual Tea Party was born.

What is so special about this photo is the girls are releasing balloons into heaven to reach Ava.

Chalkboard Bunting Banner

by Jillian Leslie on

I just saw this on the Martha Stewart blog The Crafts Dept.  How clever... a chalkboard bunting banner that not only looks cool, but is reusable.  You just clean it off and write something else for your next party.

All you need to make it is some canvas, chalkboard paint, scissors, and a couple more instructions.

Seriously, how great would this be for Halloween!

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