Where to Buy Giant Balloons Online

by Jillian Leslie on

I love giant balloons!  They are fun, look great in photographs, and are an inexpensive way to add some style and color to your party.

Here are a couple great giant balloon shots from some of the parties on our site.

Leslie B's Trent's Giant 3rd Birthday

Kristy L's J&J's Firetruck Party

So where can you buy these great colorful orbs?

I found a site called Balloon Maniacs! which sell them in 15 different colors (including pink and blue polka dot) for $3.33 each.  And they have some serious discounts on their homepage, so definitely check that out before purchasing.

If you add some giant balloons to your party, please send photos so I can post them for everyone to see.

I think they're so simple and beautiful.

TRENDS: Beautiful Dessert Tables on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

This TRENDS post is all about the gorgeous dessert tables we've seen on our site.  I've highlighted both traditional tables as well as some variations.  So here goes...

THE CLASSY TABLE From Terri G's A 40th Birthday Party

Here's what's on Terri's table:

  • Chocolate covered Oreos in a houndstooth print done by Sweeties by Kim
  • Strawberry linzer cookies done by Olaha Bakery
  • Decorated sugar cookies
  • Cake pops
  • Oreo truffles
  • Licorice candy
  • Coconut cupcakes with cream cheese icing
  • Strawberry bars
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • "Blinged" out water
  • 4 dozen roses
THE REGAL TABLE From Mandy R's Green and White Bridal Shower

Here's what's on Mandy's table:

  • Cake pops
  • Chocolate pretzels
  • Chinese takeout boxes filled with watermelon hard candies, toffee, and salt water taffy
  • Homemade milk chocolate hearts
  • Vanilla pudding in shot glasses
  • Chocolate dipped marshmallows on skewers
  • Large martini glasses filled with bunches of grapes
THE FUN TABLE From Kristin E's Janice and Bob's 1st Baby Shower

Here's what's on Kristin's table:

  • Red velvet cupcakes with blue colored cream cheese butter cream frosting
  • Lemon vanilla cupcakes with green colored lemon butter cream frosting
  • Green and blue candy cane sticks and gummy candies
  • Doublemint Gum
  • Airheads
  • Blue heart lollipops from Michael's
  • Blue and green foil covered mini chocolate eggs
THE SUMMERY TABLE From Lauryn B's Jacqui's Bridal Shower

Here what's on Lauryn's table:

  • A yellow and white striped fondant covered cake with yellow and white fondant daisies.  The cake is a yellow cake with alternating layers of chocolate and vanilla frosting.
  • Mini cookies 'n cream sunflower cupcakes
  • Mini banana chocolate chip cupcakes with fluffy vanilla frosting
  • Blondie hearts
  • Mini lemon cheesecakes with graham cracker crust
  • Chocolate cake pops dipped in yellow and white chocolate
  • Yellow and white salt water taffy
  • Yellow and white gumballs
  • Yellow, white and green jelly beans
  • Yellow M&Ms
  • Gummy frogs
  • Sour gummy apple rings
  • Yellow rock candy
  • Bags with "Jacqueline HEARTS Scot" printed on them, so guests could take candy and desserts home
THE LOVELY TABLE From Courtney D's Yellow & Blue Baby Shower

Here's what's on Courtney's table:

  • White chocolate covered pretzels
  • Yellow, blue, and green chocolate candies
  • Vanilla butter cream cupcakes
  • White chocolate covered strawberries
  • Chocolate and vanilla cookies
THE DOWN-HOME HOMEMADE PIE TABLE From Leslie B's Housewarming Pie Party

Here's what's on Leslie's table:

  • Key lime pie
  • Chocolate pecan pie
  • Buttermilk pie
  • Rhubarb apple pie pockets
  • Mini pumpkin,  apple, and peach pies
THE YUMMY MILK AND COOKIES TABLE From Chris N's Farewell to Friends Party

Here's what's on Chris's table:

  • Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
  • White chocolate and butterscotch chip cookies
  • Peanut butter filled cookies
  • Apple spice drops
  • Brownie bites
  • Plain milk
  • Chocolate milk
THE RETRO CASUAL TABLE From Brittany S's What's It Gonna BEE Gender Reveal Party

Here's what's on Brittany's table:

  • Vanilla and regular Oreos
  • Banana Moon Pies
  • Black licorice
  • Hershey's miniatures with custom "bee" wrappers
  • Lemon jelly beans
  • Blackberry jellybeans
  • Black raspberry Now n' Laters
  • Bee pops
  • Custom cupcakes
Thank you to Terri, Mandy, Kristin, Lauryn, Courtney, Leslie, Chris, and Brittany for sharing your tables!

See my other dessert table posts: Beautiful Dessert Tables for Girls (Part 1) and Beautiful Dessert Tables for Girls (Part 2)

PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK (and How to take Great Shots)

by Jillian Leslie on

There are some beautiful, touching, funny photos on our site, so I'm starting a new feature where I highlight my favorite party photo of the week.

This week, that honor goes to this photo from

Joanne W's Tate's Bug Bash.

I love Tate's expression juxtaposed with the festive party table.  Brilliant!

HOW TO TAKE GREAT PARTY PHOTOS

As I've been thinking about photography (and trying to become a better photographer myself), I checked into what some of the experts had to say about how to take great shots.  Here are some tips for all you photographers out there:

Tip 1:  Get down to your subject's level, especially if you're shooting kids.

Tip 2: Pick a plain background for your subject to makes it pop.  (And make sure there are no trees sticking out their heads.)

Tip 3: Move in close and fill your picture with your subject.

Tip 4: Even outdoors, use your flash.  On bright days it will fill in shadows, and on cloudy days it will brighten things up.

Tip 5: Know your flash's range (for many cameras it's about 10 feet).  This way you don't end up with dark pictures.

Tip 6: Turn your camera sideways and take some vertical shots.

Tip 7: Place your subject off-center.  Imagine a tic-tac-toe grid and place your subject at one of the intersections of lines.

Tip 8:  Lock the focus on your camera to take pictures of off-center subjects.  That way your subjects won't be blurry.

Tip 9: Watch the light.  For pictures of people, cloudy days are the best.  On sunny days, pay attention to shadows.

Tip 10:  If you're taking a group shot, aim the center of the camera at someone's chest. That way, the heads appear in the upper third of the photo, and you've filled the photo with people rather than background.

Tip 11: Be a director and get creative.  Add props, use different angles, take a ton of different shots (to increase your chance of getting that one "great" photo), and have fun!

I hope these are helpful.  I'm going to start using them and I'll report back.

Sources: Kodak and weschan.com

FooDoodler Markers Let You Write on your Food

by Jillian Leslie on

I first read about FooDoodlers on Meaghan Mountford's The Decorated Cookie, a great food decorating blog I wrote about in this post.


Use these to draw on your food!

FooDoodlers are markers made of food coloring that you can use to draw on cookies, cakes, pancakes, bread, crackers, marshmallows... you name it.

And when I read that Meaghan recommends them, and was even running a contest on her blog to give some away, I knew they had to be good.

Not only would these markers be fun to use on your own food decorating projects, but how great would these be at a party?  Lay out some iced cookies and some FooDoodler markers and let people go to town.

There were also a couple of creative ideas on their website that I thought were worth sharing:

After a sleepover, put out the pens and let your guests color their pancakes.

If you take kids to a restaurant and want to entertain them, pull out some FooDoodlers and let them draw on their food.

Give your fruits and vegetables more pizazz by drawing on them.

I know my daughter will love these!  In fact, if I don't win them on Meaghan's blog, I'm ordering some on Amazon.

Photo: The Decorated Cookie

It's Pool Party Time!

by Jillian Leslie on

Believe it or not, here in LA, we've had one of the coldest summers on record.  This week, however, the weather has changed and it's starting to get hot!

So in honor of good weather, here are some of my favorite pool party ideas from Etsy.

First, an invitation from Lilly Mae Designs.

Next a banner from IE Creations.

Some DIY printable pool party decorations from Paper and Cake.

Pool party cupcake toppers from Toadally Cute Products.

And to make your cupcakes even more decadent, how about some fondant cupcake toppers from Kids Cakes.

A large galvanized tub to keep your drinks cool from brodyandma.

And so no one mixes up their drink cups, here are some chalkboard tumblers from Party Bzz.

Some wooden boats to decorate your pool from duckduckgoosetoys.

And to add a little excitement and fragrance to your party, how about these fizzy pool bombs from Les Treasure.

And finally, so no one goes home empty-handed, some flip flop cookie favors from Whimsical Originals DB.

And shouldn't the kids get something extra?  Personalized beach pails from Bumble Bee Lane.

Stay cool and happy swimming!

TRENDS: Bird Themed Baby Showers on Catch My Party

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We've gotten some beautiful bird themed showers on the site, so I thought I'd highlight some of their most inspiring details.

(In fact, bird themed showers are so popular, this is the second time I've written about them in a TRENDS post.)

Caroline B's Brown + Blue Birdy Shower


A pretty bird's nest wreath to meet guest at the door.


The cute bird logos used throughout the party on cupcakes, drinks, and food.


Wishing tree tags to use on the wishing tree.  (I love wishing trees at showers.)

Tiffany C's Tweet Baby Girl Shower


Another sweet wishing tree.


The gorgeous "tweet baby girl" dessert table.


Another great-looking bird logo used throughout the party on invitations, cupcake toppers, and food signs.

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


The pretty and modern shower invitation.


The elegant decor, including this great welcome wreath made of eggs and feathers.


More decor details.  I love the white branches with yellow bird used as centerpieces.

Tiffany N's The Birds and Bees Baby Shower


Pretty robin's egg cupcakes.


Cute bird drink tags.


I love the use of real birdcages as decoration above the buffet table.

If you are planning a bird themed baby shower, I hope these ideas come in handy.

If you've already thrown one, we'd love to see the photos!

DIY S'mores Party Favors

by Jillian Leslie on

I stumbled upon this great summer party favor idea at Tiny Prints and had to share -- DIY s'mores kits.  (Just writing those words makes me hungry.)

Here's how pretty their favors look:


DIY s'mores party favors

And to make them, all you need is this:


Supplies for your s'mores

What I like about these favors is that they're inexpensive and easy to make, they're kid and adult friendly (who doesn't love a s'more?), and while they'd work great at a "camping" themed party, they could really work at any summer party.

I know I'd be psyched to go home with one of these!

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