TRENDS: "Back to School" Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

It's definitely that time of year again when summer winds down, and everyone starts back to school.

To get you in the mood, here are some of the great "back to school" parties we recently seen on our site.  I don't know about you, but it makes me want to buy a new pack of pencils.

Staci G's Back to School Bash

Rachael L's Back to School Carnival

Kate P's Art Party

Dawn S's Back to School Bash

Destini H's 1st Day of School

Back to School Cookies

by Jillian Leslie on

I saw these back to school cookies Kate from Grin and Bake It created, and thought they were so cute and clever I had to repost.

If you want to try your hand at baking them, Kate has put together a really easy tutorial.

Also, if you've thrown (or are planning to throw) a back to school party please add it to our site.  I'm putting together a TRENDS blog post on them and would love to include yours.

TRENDS: Milk on Catch My Party

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Milk... how simple.

It's also a great party design element.  If you're having a dessert table, a cereal bar, or just a big cake, what better drink is there?

Take a look at how people on our site have used milk to add something different their parties.

Kristy's Cereal Bar Buffet

Put some "blinged" out labels on traditional milk and you've got something festive and fun for a cereal party.

Chris N's Baby Girl Sip & See

Strawberry milk shots topped with a cookie.  A sweet little treat for a baby shower.

Kate V's Choo Choo Train Party

Vintage bottles and vintage straws at this train party.

Kristy's Griffin's Monster Jam Dirtfest 7th

The guests choose the flavor milk, then fill up their bottles using "oil" funnels at this truck party.

Sharnel D's Chocolate and Turquoise Birthday Party

Chocolate milk on a chocolate-themed dessert table.  Why, of course.

Leanne A's Indi's 1st Birthday Bunny Party

Vintage bottles of strawberry milk on this lovely dessert table, and on the straws, sweet little decorative flags.   Adorable.

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member -- How to Make Crepe Paper Rose Pomanders

by Jillian Leslie on

When I saw these gorgeous crepe paper pomanders Brittany from Grey Grey Designs made for her Diamonds and Damask Engagement Party, I fell in love.

What a great way to make a statement at a party.  And the best part is, they're something new.  You might have seen pomanders made with real flowers, but I bet not like this!

So I asked Brittany if she would do a tutorial on how she made them, and she so graciously said yes.  Our lucky day!

Here are all the details, as told by Brittany...

Recently, I was looking for an alternative to your run-of-the-mill tissue paper flowers for an engagement party that I was designing. I ran across some beautiful crepe paper rose pomanders from Danielle at Homespun with Heart .

So, I decided that I would try these instead, but I wanted to put my own twist on them by using party crepe paper and tying them with wide ribbon.

So today, I am sharing them with you! Beware, these are totally time-consuming, but also totally worth it!


  • Styrofoam balls of assorted sizes.  In this case, I used two 5” and one 6”.
  • Crepe paper in the colors of your choice, roughly 4 large rolls for this project
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Wide wired ribbon (2 rolls)
  • Floral pins

1. Take crepe paper and measure out lengths around 20” each

2. Fold strips of crepe paper in half lengthwise.  This will make the crepe paper longer as you do it.

3. Hold the end of the folded crepe paper around your pinkie finger.

4. Wrap crepe paper around your pinkie a few times to secure. 5. Continue to wrap around your pinkie, folding over as you do.  This creates the “petal” look.  PS, I really need a manicure.

6. Be sure to wrap pretty tightly, otherwise, the “rose” will unwrap. 7. Secure the end of the rose with hot glue.  It only takes a touch.  And be careful with the hot glue, I burned myself, oh, roughly 500 times while doing these.

8. Once the rose is finished, glue the rose to the Styrofoam ball.

9. Repeat this 1 billion times, until you fully cover the ball in roses.

10. I recommend cutting or tearing the crepe paper as you go, since you don’t know how many strips you will need upfront.  Plus, once you start on this project, you can pretty much eyeball the lengths that you need. 11. Dry overnight preferably. 12. Wrap the completed ball in the ribbon and tie off at the top. Cut to the length desired to hang.

13. Secure the top and bottom of the ribbon by inserting floral pins directly into the balls. This will secure that the ribbon does not slide off the pomander.

14. Hang with ribbon! And voila, you have created a rose pomander that will never wilt, and saved you hundreds! I spent $24 on this entire project, so this is completely cost-effective and a great addition to your next party, or even a little girl’s room!

These pomanders are beautiful!  Thank you, Brittany, for the wonderful tutorial.

To learn about Brittany and read more of her party tips and ideas, check out her event company, Grey Grey Designs.  Plus, you can see more of her parties here at Catch My Party.  Also, if you'd like some pomanders for your next party, but don't want to make them yourself, you can buy them at Brittany's Etsy shop.

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: Summer Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

As summer winds down, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of our most memorable beach and pool parties of the year.  Enjoy!

Lindsey M's Girly Gecko Birthday Party

Lisa R's Carnival Party

Sarah Y's Popsicle Party

Katie I's Flip Flop Fabulous Party

Christina C's Splish Splash Party

Maureen A's Blue and Green Pool Party

Jen C's Brinley's 2nd Birthday

Lisa R's Hannah's Flip-Flopped Party

Claudia S's Surf's Up Party

Tonya B's Splish Splash Soiree

Hope you've had a wonderful summer!

How to Throw a Kate Landers Style Event, Even on a Budget

by Jillian Leslie on

No one throws children's parties like Kate Landers, owner of Kate Landers Events, LLC.

So when I recently spoke to her, I  asked her what makes for a great children's party.  And I really liked her answer.

According to Kate, it's all about creating an "experience" where the children feel transported to another world.

So, for example, she likes to provide costumes for her guests, like these custom caplets and hairbows for her Madeline in Paris Inspired Birthday Party.

She serves foods that feel authentic to the theme, like this "make your own trail mix station" at her Enchanted Woodland Fairy Party.

She transforms the physical space, like placing the table for her Woodland Party outside, and providing the children with gorgeous toadstools to sit on.

And she designs theme-related activities, like this "design your own floral masterpiece" at her Madeline in Paris Party, that the children find exciting and engaging.

Now I know we all wish we could have Kate Landers design us a party, but for those of us who can't, I asked Kate how someone can add those special touches on their own, without a huge budget.

And here were her recommendations:

  • Instead of using regular paper plates, invest in a set of nice white melamine or ceramic plates and some colorful fabric bunting to use over and over at all your parties.
For inspiration, here is some fabric bunting from Kate's Gingham Birthday Party.

  • Repurpose what you have.  For example, pull out your silver candlesticks and use them to dress up your table.  Hang an an old chandelier above your buffet.
  • Keep food to a minimum.  Schedule your party from 2pm -4pm and serve easy foods (fruit, veggies, mini sandwiches, and cake).  Forget making an elaborate dessert table.
  • Be careful with making things yourself.  A lot of times it can be a lot of work, and it might not save you as much as you think.
Thanks, Kate, for all your helpful advice and letting us take a peak at your gorgeous parties.

And if you have any interest in learning how to throw a party like Kate, she will be starting The Kate Landers Events, LLC, School of Children's Party Design, where she will offer webinars on everything you'll need to know to throw unforgettable parties for children.

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