Gorgeous Christmas Dessert Tables on Catch My Party (Part 1)

by Jillian Leslie on

We've gotten so many gorgeous Christmas dessert tables on our site, I had to show them off!  I find them all so inspiring. Take a look...

Bird's Party Blog's Christmas Candyland

Frog Prince Paperie's Gingerbread Christmas Cookie Exchange

Suzanna's Red & Aqua Christmas Dessert Table

Brittany S's Cookies with Santa Party

Kate A's Pink and Red Christmas Dessert Table

Jackie F's Pink and Green Cookie Party

Terri W's Christmas Open House

Stay tuned for Part 2...

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member: How to Make Glitter Christmas Trees

by Jillian Leslie on

Laura B made these gorgeous glitter Christmas trees as decorations for her Crafty Kids Christmas Party. Not only did they add serious sparkle to her party, but wait 'til you see how inexpensive and easy they are to make.

Laura so generously put together this tutorial for us. Thank you, Laura!

Supplies you will need:

  • 3 styrofoam trees: I used sizes, 15x5, 12x4 and 9x4, but you can use any size you want.
  • 3 small candlesticks. I found these at Michaels for $1.00
  • Spray adhesive
  • Elmer’s glue for the glitter on the bottom and a stronger epoxy like glue ( I used E6000) to glue the tree to the candlesticks
  • Glitter in any colors you LOVE
  • White spray paint
Here’s what you do:
  • Give your tree a good coating of the spray adhesive. It dries pretty fast so you won’t have to wait too too long. Leave the bottom of the tree undone, you will glitter this at the end.
  • Once you have your tree coated in glue, cover it completely with the glitter. Do this for all three trees and then set them aside to dry.
  • While they are drying, you can spray paint your candlesticks. Let those dry. I even saw pretty silver candlesticks. That would look cool to just leave them silver.
  • Now take your E6000 and glue the candlesticks to the trees. Let them sit overnight. They have to be really good and dry.
  • When everything is good and dry, flip them over and put a little Elmer’s glue on the bottom around where the tree is glued to the candlestick. Glitter this.
  • You are done! Find the perfect spot for these and wait for all the compliments. They are so pretty that I had several people not believe I made them!

(I have to give the credit for this tutorial to eighteen25. I originally saw it here.)

What sparkley and fun Christmas trees!  Thank you again, Laura, for sharing with us.

To learn more about Laura and find great party tips and ideas, visit her blog, Cupcakes and Lemonade. Also visit her Etsy shop for cute printables, cards, and invitations.

FREE Christmas Printables from Sparkling Events and Designs

by Jillian Leslie on

More free holiday printables, you ask? Why yes! Ebony from Sparking Events and Designs has given us these fun and flirty Christmas printables to give away to our readers. Picture a "glam" Christmas party, and now you've got your decor. There are gift tags and labels, an invitation or menu, large party circles, and medium party circles.  Take a look...


The set includes gift tags or labels, an invitation or menu, large party circles, and medium party circles


Large party circle


Regular party circles

Download the FREE high quality files for printing here:

Gift tags/Labels

Menu/Invitation

Regular Party Circles

Large Party Circles

Thank you, Ebony, for these dazzling printables!! To learn more about Ebony and her event planning business, check out her blog, Sparking Events and Designs. And to see her fabulous parties in action, check them out on our site.

TRENDS: Kids' Christmas Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

Take a look at these seriously fantastic kids' parties we've seen on our site... I'm blown away by all the creativity.

Courtney D's Children's Gingerbread House Decorating Party - This gingerbread house is unbelievable and we love the candy cane Christmas trees. We haven't seen those before.

The Savvy Mom's Guides Gingerbread Play Party - The chefs hats and aprons are too cute, and there were two fun activities at this party: birdhouse decorating and cookie decorating.

Laura B's Crafty Kids Christmas Party - What a gorgeous table filled with candy canes, peppermint sticks, cookies, and snowballs and we love how Santa made a surprise appearance at the party.

Amanda P's Snowman Children's Holiday Party - There are so many great details here from the snowball garlands to the big snowman centerpiece and little snowmen made out of marshmallows.

Laura M's Cookie Decorating Playdate - Such a pretty dessert table. We love all the red accents like the red sodas, red cupcakes and red backdrop.

If you throw a kids' holiday party of your own, please add it to our site so we can show it off!

TRENDS: Out of This World Cakes On Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

(Enter our $50 CSN giveaway: Leave a comment here telling us what you want for Christmas. That's it!)

I love posting photos of the gorgeous cakes we get on our site. I'm continually blown away by the talent. Take a look and tell me which one is your favorite. I can't decide.

Brittany S's Casino 40th Birthday

Charynn O's Madelyn's 4th Birthday Party

Nicole W's A Magical Cornish Fairy Affair

Katie P's Lucas Turns 1 (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) Birthday

Rose A's A Rainbow Party (Romeo's 1st Birthday)

Nala C's Polka Dots and Triceratops - 3rd Birthday Party

Candace M's Janelle's Pixie Hollow Birthday

Laura B's Ladies & Gentleman: An Evening Affair Birthday

Brittany S's Super Mario Party

Frog Prince Paperie's Modern Dinosaur Birthday Adventure

Veronica B's Alice's Garden Party

Corrie S's Sophie's Everything Purple Baby Shower

Tonya S's Bears and Bees Birthday Party

Rebecca G's What are Little Boys Made Of?

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

by Jillian Leslie on

Melissa and Kellie from Icing Designs gave me a sneak peak at their peppermint hot chocolate cupcakes.

I thought they were so cute and festive (like a warm cup of hot chocolate), I asked them if I could repost their tutorial and they so sweetly said yes! Wait 'til you see how easy it is...

  1. Make chocolate cupcakes
  2. Added a swirl of butter cream frosting
  3. Sprinkled some crushed peppermint and mini chocolate chips on top
  4. Add a mini candy cane for a handle
And voila!!

Here they even piped out little chocolate stars for the top... so cute!

To see more of Melissa and Kellie's party inspirations (and there are a lot), check out their blog. Also take a look at their beautiful parties on our site and at their Icing Designs Etsy shop where they sell gorgeous hand-illustrated, hand-glittered invitations and cards.

New Dessert Table Category in the Photo Showcase

by Jillian Leslie on

We've just added "dessert table" to the showcase section on everyone's party page. When you're adding a new party (or editing an old one), please drag a photo of your gorgeous dessert table into the "dessert table" box.

This way it's easier for me to show off all your lovely dessert tables in my blog, and for people to browse through them in the "browse photos" section of the site.

Also, please let me know what you think and if there are any other categories we should be adding.

Tell Us What you Want for Christmas and Win a $50 CSN Gift Certificate! No joke...

by Jillian Leslie on

Just in time for the holidays we're giving away a $50 CSN gift certificate.  For those of you who don't know, CSN sells everything for your home, from kitchenware, to hardware, to toys, and to even sling backpacks. To enter, please leave a comment telling us what you want for Christmas. No joke, that's it! (Maybe you could even inspire someone with your good ideas...)

We'll pick the winner at random on Wednesday, December 15th at 10:00 (PST).  Any entries after that won't be considered, sorry.  This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only.  We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email.

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member: How to Make Gorgeous DIY Fairy Wands

by Jillian Leslie on

We get so many fairy parties on our site, it's definitely a top theme.  So when I saw these gorgeous fairy wands Candace M made for her daughter, Janelle's Pixie Hollow Party, I had to ask her how she made them.

She graciously put together this tutorial. Thank you Candace!

These fairy wands were a big hit at my daughter's pixie hollow party. They were used in the fairy tag game and then taken home as favors. Supplies Needed:

  • 7/16 inch wooden dowels that are 12 inches long
  • 5/8 inch ribbon in color of choice
  • A bunch of artificial roses with leaves
  • 1/8 inch ribbon in 3 or 4 different colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun

Take a wooden dowel and apply hot glue to the side of the dowel and wind the ribbon tightly around the dowel working your way down to where the glue stops. Continue adding glue and winding ribbon around the dowel.

Once the dowel is covered in ribbon, take a rose from rose bunch and cut the top close to the stem.

Hot glue the rose top to the top of the dowel holding for about a minute.

Using the rose leaves from the rose bunch, hot glue the leaves around the top of the dowel just under the rose.

Tie the 1/8 inch ribbon strips around the top of the dowel to finish off the fairy wand.  You can add a tiny amount of hot glue to make sure the ribbons do not slide down the wand.

Let the magic begin!

Thank you, Candice, for this easy tutorial. The end product is so beautiful!

To learn more about Candace, visit her blog Candy and Cake and also check out her gorgeous parties on our site.

(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!)

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