TRENDS: Parties at the Park on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

I love parties at the park.  I love that they're outdoors, casual, and free.

In this TRENDS post I thought I'd highlight some of our favorite kids' and adult parties at the park, to show off what our users have done to make these parties special.


What I think is great about this Cap'n Harris Turns 1 party is how the host, Amy, took a pirate play structure and built a whole theme around it, complete with real treasure hunt.

And to keep things simple Amy asked her guests to bring their own picnic lunches, then provided the fun party foods -- cookies, cupcakes, and cake.

Here's the pirate play structure

Here's the treasure map to find keys to open the treasure chest

The treasure chest

And what was the treasure?  The gorgeous cake!

What I love about this Snakes, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails Triple 1st Birthday is how the hosts added their own creative and personal touches -- banners, balloons, matching tee shirts, and photo collages -- while keeping the whole thing casual, by serving an easy picnic lunch in brown paper bags with kid friendly foods (sandwiches, tangerines, chips, grapes, goldfish, and donuts).

The birthday boys in their homemade shirts

The picnic table set up and the Happy Birthday banner

Simple picnic lunches with kid friendly foods

Personal photo collages of each boy to incorporate the theme


Amy, the same host who threw the Cap'n Harris Turns 1 party also put together this Surprise 30th Library Party for her bookworm sister.

The personal details are beautiful, and yet again, it was a casual potluck lunch where Amy provided the cookies and cupcakes.

And another nice details -- for gifts, Amy asked everyone to bring along bookmarks for the birthday girl.

The invitations looked like borrow cards from the library

Amy painted a handmade "library" backdrop for the party area

Pages of old books were used to make bunting, cupcake wrappers, and sprinkles

Becca, from the Birthday Girl Blog, added this 31st Birthday Picnic in the Park.

She created a logo that she used throughout the party which tied the whole thing together in a simple but elegant way.

The menu included sandwiches wrapped in parchment paper, juice, chips and home baked chocolate chip cookies that doubled as the favors.  She even made dog cookie favor bags for the four-legged friends.  And the rest of the menu she left to her friends to fill in.

Becca's personalized party logo

Parchment wrapped sandwiches

Homemade chocolate chip cookie favors

Becca taking advantage of all the park had to offer

I love how with these parties in the park, the hosts kept their budgets low by serving simple picnic foods and/or making them a potluck, took advantage of what the park had to offer (play structures, carousels, etc.), and by adding lots of  personal and creative details, made them special in their own unique ways.

How About this for you Next Lemonade Stand?

by Jillian Leslie on

Along time ago I wrote a blog post on Paper and Cake because I love the printable partyware they do.  And this lemonade stand is no exception!

Need an activity this summer?   Make a beautiful lemonade stand with their printables.

And this one is so gorgeous you don't even need the excuse of kids to do it!

For $14.95, here's  what the Paper and Cake kit comes with:

Invitation (fits A7 envelope) + Pennant Banner + Coasters Cupcake Picks + Lolli Wraps Lolli Flags Straw Markers Jar Labels + Treat Wraps + Skinny Treat Wraps + Snack Box + Pinwheels Paper Doilies Menu + Signage + Lemonade Recipe Card Stand How To Foam Ball Cover Sheets Paper Chain Sheets Full Pattern Sheets

You will definitely be the talk of the neighborhood with this!

One of the Most Original Wedding Invitations I've Seen

by Jillian Leslie on

If you read my blog, you know I love anything personal and quirky when it comes to parties... especially weddings.

(To see two of my favorite personal and quirky weddings click here and here.)

So when I saw this wedding invitation, or should I say, 20-page wedding "comic book" on Offbeat Bride, I had to write about it.

The story, written by the bride and groom, is touching.  The illustrations, drawn by the groom, are gorgeous.

Here's the beginning...

To see the rest, go to the groom, Giles Timms' blog.  It's a lovely tale.

I'm the Guest Blogger Today on the Birthday Girl Blog

by Jillian Leslie on

Becca from the Birthday Girl Blog, one of my favorite party blogs, asked me to write a guest post for her while she enjoys her first days of motherhood.

So in honor of her new baby girl, I thought I'd write about some of my favorite baby shower details that I've pooled from the gorgeous baby showers on our site.

Here is the post.

Thanks Becca!  (And I hope you're getting sleep.)

Hey YoYo is an Awesome Etsy Party Store!

by Jillian Leslie on

As many of you know, we get a lot of circus, carnival, and retro /vintage toy themed parties on our site.

Plus, "old school" elements, like vintage straws and vintage popcorn bags, are popping up at even the most posh events.

So when I found Hey YoYo, this awesome store on Etsy that caters to all things kitschy, whimsical, and retro, I had to post about it.

As I was browsing through, I couldn't help saying to myself, "I remember that!"

Below is just a small sample of the cool stuff they sell.

Vintage paper straws

Vintage popcorn bags

"Old school" jacks

Fortune teller fish - remember these?

Fun cupcake wrappers

Smiles on a stick

Chattering teeth

Hey YoYo is such a fun find.  Even if you're not planning a party, it's definitely worth a look!

How to Draw on Marshmallows for your July 4th BBQ

by Jillian Leslie on

How cool would these marshmallows look at your July 4th barbecue?  I found this post at The Decorated Cookie and had to share.

DIY barbecue marshmallows

At first I said, no way, I can't draw like that on a marshmallow.  But Meaghan Mountford, professional cookie decorator and blogger, gives you step-by- step instructions in her post on how to draw each one.

Step-by-step instructions on how to draw each picture

And the truth is, it doesn't look too hard.

If you like the marshmallow idea, check out her blog for more ideas on how to draw on your food.

TRENDS: Homemade Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

I am a big fan of homemade parties.  So how do you take a well-known party theme, like Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse, and add your own creative spin?

Take a look at these wonderful parties on Catch My Party to see how.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party submitted by Shay B

I love the beautiful tissue paper centerpiece and the customized cupcake toppers and favor boxes.

Tissue paper mouse ears centerpiece

Personalized cupcake toppers

Customized favor box labels

To see more of this party, click here.

Handmade Minnie Mouse Party submitted by Kalleen W

Check out the gorgeous handmade pinata, Minnie Mouse birthday girl outfit, goodie bags, and Happy Birthday banner.

Homemade pinata using a Huggies box

A handmade Minnie Mouse birthday girl outfit

Handmade goodie bags

Handmade Minnie Mouse banner and hats

To see more of this party, click here.

Laci's 3rd Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday submitted by Julie L

How great are the Mickey banner and wall decorations, the homemade Mickey's kitchen sign, the homemade chocolate lollipops, and the Mickey ears flowers.

Homemade banner and mouse ears wall decoration

Homemade Mickey Mouse kitchen sign

Homemade Mickey Mouse chocolate lollipops

Mickey Mouse flowers

To see more of this party, click here.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas for how to take your Mickey or Minnie Mouse theme and run with it!

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