Cartolina iPhone App -- A New Way to Send Beautiful Text Messages and Emails

by Jillian Leslie on

Cartolina is a company that sells beautiful greeting cards and paper products.

They've recently launched an iPhone app for $2.99, where instead of sending a plain email or text, you can send a gorgeous "Cartogram."

According to the site, you just choose from a selection of designs, customize your message, and send.  Here are a few samples to get the idea...

I think they're really beautiful, and how special would these be to send to someone?  Plus, the app costs less than an actual card.  I'm in.

Cherry Tee - My Favorite Tee Shirt Company and 20% Off

by Jillian Leslie on

My best friend from high school, Deb, started a tee shirt company called Cherry Tee which has become my go-to place for stylish, comfortable, and affordable tees.

In fact, I live in her tees. They work great for yoga and I can dress them up to go under a jacket.

And I'm not the only fan. Rachel Zoe, celebrity stylist, is a fan too, and even dresses her clients in them.

Here is a sample of my favorites, but you must see the whole collection on her site to get what Cherry Tee is all about...

Cherry Tee also sells adorable tee shirt gift sets which have been featured everywhere, and are great for birthdays, showers, and even Christmas. (Gasp, but we just finished summer!)

Deb is offering our readers 20% off on all orders until 9/24.  Just type in "CTCATCH20" at checkout and go to town!  I promise you'll love them as much as I do.

SPOTLIGHT: Mustache Bash Birthday Party

by Jillian Leslie on

I'm starting a new SPOTLIGHT feature, where I ask a Catch My Party member to share about a party they recently threw.

And with yesterday's post on DIY photo booth props, I had to pick Pamela S's Mustache Bash!  Plus, how could a mustache-themed party not make you smile?

So I asked Pamela to share about her Mustache Bash, and here's what she said...

Who was the party for and how did you come up with your theme?

The Mustache Bash was created for my son, who was celebrating his 11th birthday. He was actually the one who came up with the idea of having a Mustache party after we had fun one day this summer making our own props for a family photo shoot.

How long did your party take to plan?

This party didn't take too long to plan, maybe a week or so total. I contacted Jen from Blush Printables in hopes that she would create images for me to use for the cupcake picks. Once Jen sent me the super fun images the party everything just fell into place. It was so easy to design the party around her designs.

What was the most fun part of planning the party?

I think the best part of planning this party was that it was something new! It was exciting and inspiring to have to think outside of the box.

What was the most difficult part?

Boys don't need a lot of fluff, so trying not to go overboard with decorations was probably the hardest part.

What DIY elements did you do?

I created the mustaches  that were attached to bamboo skewers as photo props. I assembled the cupcake toppers and made the family's matching t-shirts (I asked permission to make the t-shirts first) using the images I purchased from Blush Printables.  I also spray painted the large red letters, baked and molded all of the treats .

What food and beverages did you serve?

I served lots of sweets as it was right after lunch. Cupcakes, chocolate lollipops, sugar cookies, licorice and other candy & vanilla ice cream cups. We served cold bottles of root beer with some fun vintage red and white paper straws.

What, if any, activities did you have?

This party was very laid back, we all sat around and chatted as it was mostly family. We used the mustaches on sticks to take photos which the kids enjoyed. My son didn't want to play party games, so really everyone just enjoyed each other's company.  Very relaxing!

What was your favorite moment during the party?

My favorite moment was probably trying to get our family together for a photo since we all had our "Mustache Bash" t-shirts on. With a family of 5 trying to get everyone to smile and look in the right direction is a challenge...this time was no exception.

What a great party, Pamela!  Thank you for sharing.

To learn more about Pamela and check out the wonderful party favors, decorations, and accessories she designs (they're gorgeous), please check out her blog, Party Starters.

(If you have an interesting story to tell about a party, one that you think our members would enjoy in a SPOTLIGHT feature, please email me at jillian@catchmyparty.com.)

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - How to Make DIY Photo Booth Props

by Jillian Leslie on

I loved Stacey W's One Year Old in a Flash Birthday from the first moment I saw it.  The colors, the festive vibe, the little details... and then I saw the homemade photo booth props and I was in pure heaven.

As you probably know by reading my blog, I love photo booths!

So when I asked Stacey if she would share with our community how she made them, she kindly wrote up this tutorial and gave me permission to repost.

What I think is genius is how Stacey had a professional photographer come to her party to take photos of her guests (using the homemade props) and gave the photos out as favors.

As she said:

My guest list ranged from age 7 months to 68 years... I was looking for a way to engage them all and make it a celebration worth remembering.  Personal photo sessions with a professional photographer not only fit the bill and the theme, but also provided a thoughtful way for me to give guests a really meaningful favor.

For her props, Stacey came up with whimsical mustaches & mouths on sticks, umbrellas to match the color scheme, empty picture frames, and my personal favorite... chalkboard thought bubbles.

So here's how she did it...

MUSTACHE & MOUTH STICKS

I had to reign myself in on this one... there are so many directions you could go with this!

I went with mustaches and mouths, but you could also do eye glasses, eyebrows, maybe even hair styles or hats.

I mentioned in my last post that my Dad does graphic design, well he also happens to be accommodating when it comes to my hair-brained ideas.   He created the mustaches and mouths for me, but you could also use clip art that you find and/or buy on the web, or even just draw  the graphics you want (how hard could it be to draw a mustache?!).

I printed mine on card stock, cut them out, and hotglued them to little wooden dowels that came in packs of 20 at Michaels.  I made enough to use for the photo sessions and extras as the favors for the kids at the party.

For the favors, I punched two holes in the 3" round tags Beyond Designs designed for me and threaded the dowels through.

UMBRELLAS

I bought a pack of 6 child size umbrellas from Oriental Trading & just painted a couple of them with fabric paint... easy peasy and they added a nice pop of color to the white background photography.

EMPTY PICTURE FRAMES

Well that about explains it... I picked up two framed pictures at Goodwill, removed the glass and all the insides and spray painted them in the colors of the party.

CHALKBOARD THOUGHT BUBBLES

We had so much fun with these & they were a relatively quick project to make!  I started with adhesive backed chalkboard vinyl that I ordered from Uppercase Living (that's a link to Gina's UL site... she's a consultant & is really great to work with!) and some mat board.

My Doug drew the thought bubble shapes on the mat board, then we applied the vinyl to the other side & cut them out with a sharp pair of scissors.

Because I used white mat board (I had it on hand from a picture framing project I did forever ago) the white cut edges didn't look great, so I colored the edges with a black sharpie to make them blend in and give it a finished look.

These needed thicker dowels than the mustaches to support their weight, but a few lines of hotglue was still enough to keep them solid... just be sure that you glue several inches of the dowel onto the back of the board so that it doesn't get top heavy and bend.

Now all you need is a fabulous photographer & a little creativity!  This was so much fun, I think mustaches on sticks and chalkboard thought bubbles will make an appearance in all our family portraits!

Stacey, thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial!

If you want to learn more about Stacey and read all about her other creative projects check out her great blog, Elle Belle Creative.  And if you happen to make any photo booth props yourself, please send in photos.  I'd love to post them.

(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!)

Kids' Cakes on Catch My Party (Part 1)

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We get such gorgeous kids' birthday cakes on our site, I thought I'd highlight some.  How inspiring are these...

Linda V's Wizard of Oz Party

Aymee R's Cat in the Hat Triple Birthday

Nicole W's Rainbow Unicorn 5th Birthday

Gwynn W's Dashell's Race Car Party

Christine K's Caitlyn's Mad Science Birthday Party

Lisa M's Classic Boys Camp Out Party

Ann P's Around the World Party

Beth K's Toy Story - Jessie & Woody Party

Jane R's Top Secret Military Mission

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I show off even more insane kids' cakes.  And if you have a great cake, please upload your photos!

I Had a Photo Shoot

by Jillian Leslie on

Now that Catch My Party is off and running, I thought it was time I got some half-way-decent photos taken of me. There are so many places I need to add a photo (like our own site), and I never seem to have one I like.

While my husband is wonderful in many ways, he takes the most unflattering photographs.

So enter photographer Tamar Levine.  I met Tamar when she tutored me in Photoshop about a year ago.  She's young, hip (but not too hip), and approachable.

I thought, if I was going to get my picture taken, I needed it be by someone who was going to make me feel comfortable.  And Tamar was just the person.  She was fun, supportive, easy to work with, and she even gave me some important tips on how to look my best in photos ("chin up, chin up").  By the end of the shoot, I felt like such a natural.  I even wondered if I'd missed my calling as a supermodel.

Here are some of the photos she took of me at the photo shoot.  (I love saying photo shoot, by the way.)

While Tamar is best known for her fashion photography, she also loves shooting portrait and engagement photos.

Here are some of her fashion photographs...

And here are some of her gorgeous wedding and engagement photos...

She will be shooting my daughter's next birthday, so be on the look out for that in March.

And if you live in Los Angeles and are looking for a creative, down-to-earth photographer, who takes beautiful photos, and might make you (delusionally) think you could be a supermodel, Tamar Levine is your woman.

Stylish Eco-Friendly Wooden Cutlery

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I love this stylish, disposable cutlery from Ecoware Products.

Because they're made out of birch (real wood), they're disposable like plastic cutlery, but they're also biodegradable.

Plus, they're not insanely expensive.  You can buy a hundred forks, knives, or spoons for $8.95.

Or you can buy 100 individually packaged cutlery kits (like this one pictured below), which include a spoon, fork, knife, and napkin, for $39.99.

And I'll say it again... aren't they stylish?

TRENDS: Cowgirl Parties on Catch My Party

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We've seen a lot of gorgeous cowgirl parties on our site.  It's a great theme for the girl who loves horses.  Some of the parties involved real horses, some involved imaginary one.  All are super creative.  Take a look...

Tiffany C's Cowgirl Carnival

Aimee P's Ranch Cowgirl Party

Erin V's Vintage Cowgirl Party

Kate P's Bailey's Farm Party

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Kelly S's Pink Cowgirl Party

What creativity!  Yippie ki yay!

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