DIY: How to Make Your Own Scratch Off Cards

by Jillian Leslie on

How great would DIY scratch off cards work as part of an invitation, a kid's party activity, or even promotional materials for your business? I found this tutorial on Wonder Forest and it turns out they're a snap to make.

The only supplies you need are:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Silver acrylic paint (the dollar store!)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Paint brush
Told you it was easy!

To see the full tutorial please visit WONDER FOREST.

 

RECIPE: The Most Amazing Whoopie Pies

by Jillian Leslie on

We celebrated New Year's Eve at a friend's house. It was a perfect family-friendly night with a yummy burger bar (you know what a fan I am of the whole bar idea).

We wanted to bring something decadent and delicious for dessert that we knew kids would like (no lavender cardamon truffles for this crowd), so we decided to make whoopie pies.

What a terrific idea it turned out to be. They were so simple to make, my five-year-old daughter could be very involved in the baking (plus she got to try marshmallow fluff for the first time -- loved it!), and they were oh so tasty when they were finished. This will definitely be one of our Leslie family go-to desserts.

We based our recipe on this one from Eat, Drink & Be Merry but made a few tweaks.

So in case you're wondering how we did it, and I highly recommend you try it, here's the simple recipe:

Whoopie Pies:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Beat together sugar and butter, then add egg and mix until combined. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the flour mixture and milk and mix well. Drop on an ungreased cookie sheet using a small tablespoon or an ice cream scooper. They spread when baking, so err on the side of smaller rather than larger. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes. Once cooled, transfer cookie cakes to a wire rack.

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Beat together ingredients until smooth. Pipe the mixture in between cooled cookie cakes working your way from the outside in (or you could also spread it on with a knife).

If you make them, please email me a photo at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see how yours turn out.

 

 

 

How I'm Teaching My Daughter The Days of the Week

by Jillian Leslie on

I've been trying to teach my daughter, Lainey, how days, weeks, and months all fit together, and I have to say, it's a lot to absorb.

So for the New Year, I thought I would get her a calendar, so she can see for herself. Then I found these free calendars and started printing them out.

First, I printed out this Doodle Monthly Calendar which I added pictures of her to. I'm planning to keep it on the fridge so she can look at it, touch it, read it... whatever she wants. I find she learns the best that way, and if it gets messed up, I can print a new one. Cute, right?

I also printed out this kid and parent calendar so she can start to see all the upcoming events in her life, because as a kid, it's so important to know what's around the corner. For Lainey, I can tell it definitely gives her a sense of control.

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She loved it, too, and helped me glue on the cute little labels this calendar comes with for playdates, doctor's appointments, vacations, etc. Now she can count the days to her friends' birthday parties.

As you know, I'm obsessed with my HP printer, so any new project I find, especially with photos, I'm game.  Maybe calendar birthday gifts for my parents this year?

Last Minute FREE New Year's Printables...

by Jillian Leslie on

We're giving away three collections of free New Year's printables, and our readers have also sent in these two collections for me to share...

If you love chevron, check out these free gray chevron printables from Brandy of Simply Creative Insanity.

The collection includes: New Year's resolution place cards (love this idea!), wine gift tags, fold over food labels, drink flags, and an adorable "Keep Calm" 8x10.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES HERE

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And here's another playful chevron collection, this time in black and white, from Jennifer at BellaGrey Designs.  Jennifer's collection includes: 8x10 subway art, food labels, party circles, and a "Happy New Year" banner.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING

 

Thank you, Brandy and Jennifer, for sharing your designs with our readers. And happy celebrating, everyone!

TRENDS: Angry Birds Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

A new trend we're seeing on our site is Angry Birds parties. If you are a fan of the game (or a six-year-old boy), this could be the theme for you!

Take a look at all these creative ideas, especially the out-of-this-world cakes...

Abby C's Lorcan Birthday Party

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 Eleanor T's Happy Angry Birdsday to You

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Junita N's Shava's 1st Birthday

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Jackie T's Brayden's 6th Birthday

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Check out all the fantastic Angry Birds parties on our site for even more inspiration.

Some of My Favorite New Year's Eve Party Ideas...

by Jillian Leslie on

If you're looking for some creative and exciting ideas to bring to your New Year's Eve party, here are my favorites (Click on the images to see more)...

CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES

How impressed would your guests be if you served them champagne cupcakes! If you're looking for a great recipe check this one out from Sprinkle Bakes, and for the easy version, take a look at what Betty Crocker has baked up.

BLACK AND WHITE DAMASK

An easy way to make a statement and add some style, is to use black and white damask. How about buying some cheap black and white damask fabric and using it as a table cloth, a table runner, or as part of a backdrop...

Plus, add these free damask printables to finish off the look.

GOLD AND SILVER

Add a few pieces of gold and silver to pump up the glam and to let people know that this is no small celebration (even if it is a small celebration :)).

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RETRO ELEMENTS

Adding tuxedos and top hats will add a touch of sophistication and whimsy to your party.

Here are some free retro printables that will add a festive 1920's feel to your party.

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FREE PRINTABLE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION CARDS

How about asking your guests to write down their New Year's resolutions? Just print these cards out and pass them around. Good conversation starter, don't you think?

To get more ideas and inspiration, check out these great New Year’s parties on our site and these free printable collections

DIY: How to Apply Glitter Tattoos (So Much Cooler Than Regular Temporary Tattoos)

by Jillian Leslie on


My daughter feeling like a real model.

I first saw glitter tattoos at the Egyptology 8th Birthday Nicole W threw for her daughterFor party favors, Nicole applied glitter tattoos to her guests. I thought they looked cool, but didn't quite get how they worked.

Then I read Nicole's blog post, where she described the process and explained where to buy everything. So to try it out, I ordered this set from Glimmer Body Art for my daughter for Christmas.

Well, yesterday was Christmas, and those glitter tattoos were such a hit. By the end of the day, my daughter had two tattoos, I had one, her aunt had one, and even her grandmother had one. They look amazing, and are easy to apply.

So in case you're wondering how to do it, here's a simple tutorial.

HOW TO APPLY A GLITTER TATTOO

STEP 1

Pick out your self-adhesive stencil (this one came in the kit I bought, but you can buy them in every possible theme from Glimmer Body Art or Faketoos). Remove the backing so it's sticky, and place it where you'd like the tattoo.

STEP 2

Apply the body glue.

STEP 3

Let the glue dry until it's almost clear, then remove the stencil.

 STEP 4

Using a small brush, apply the glitter generously over where you placed the glue. It's easy to use a variety of colors, they blend nicely.

 Step 5

Use a big brush (like a blush brush) to remove the extra glitter.

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Step 6

And what you are left with is an awesome sparkly glitter tattoo!

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You can tell she likes them. :)

Here's what the Glimmer Body Art kit looks like that I ordered.

The kit comes with: 12 self-adhesive stencils, 4 containers of glitter, two brushes, and a bottle of body glue.

If I were buying glitter tattoos to do at a party (which I think it a fantastic idea!), I would definitely buy the pieces separately like Nicole did, but since we were just starting out, a kit was perfect. In fact, this will be my go-to birthday gift for all of my daughter's friends.

BONUS GIVEAWAY: Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Beau-coup

by Jillian Leslie on

Our $100 gift certificate giveaway was such a success, Beau-coup offered us a bonus $50 giveaway. Thank you, Beau-coup!

Beau-coup has one of the widest selection of unique party favors, party supplies, decorations, and gifts online.

They will be giving one of our lucky readers a $50 gift certificate, and they are also offering all our readers 10% off purchases of $75 or more valid until December 31, 2011. Just type in the coupon code: CMP10.

So how do you enter? Just head to Beau-coup, find the item you like the most, and tell us in a comment. That's it!

Again, here are some of my favorite items from their site. Click on the photo for all the details...

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We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, December 30rd at 10:00PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email. 

Good luck!

 

Thank You Lori's Place

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Lori from Lori's Place, baker of some of the most beautiful decorated sugar cookies, just sent me the most adorable box of holiday treats. Thank you, Lori! I'm trying to save them until tomorrow, but my five-year-old daughter has other plans. We'll see how much willpower I have. :)

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If you need beautiful decorated cookies, definitely check out Lori's Place.  She does beautiful work that I am continually showing off. Her shop is on vacation for the holidays, so definitely check back after the New Year.