DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - How to Sew a Pennant Banner

by Jillian Leslie on

Brandi Barnes sewed this gorgeous pennant banner for her son Stewart's Willy Wonka Golden Birthday Party.

She also put together a tutorial on her blog, There Goes My Life... on how she did it.

So here's the summary...

What you will need for your pennant banner:

  • Four fabrics (1/2 yard each)
  • One package of extra wide double fold bias tape
First Brandi cut a triangle pattern out of heavy paper.  Hers is 8 1/2 inches across and 9 1/2 inches long.

Then she folded her fabric in half, pinned the pattern on, and cut out her triangle shapes.

Next she pinned the pennants together and sewed the long sides of each pennant, leaving the tops open.

Next she clipped around the point of the pennants before turning them right side out.   She said you can use a pencil to help get the points turned.

Once  all her pennants were done, she opened the biased tape and pinned the open edge of her pennant inside it.  She started about 7 inches from the end of the tape and put about an inch of space between each pennant. After all the pennants were pinned, she sewed from one end to the other... and that was it!  Easy!

Here's another pennant banner she made from gold, purple, and chocolate fabrics to match the decorations on Stewart's cake table.

Thank you, Brandi, for your great tutorial.  We look forward to seeing more of your beautiful pennant banners at your future parties.

Also, to check out Brandi's beautiful photographs, head over to her professional photography blog here.

Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you'd like to share in a "Tips from a Catch My Party Member" post?   Please email me at jillian@catchmyparty.com.  I'd love to feature it!

TRENDS: Vintage and Unusual Sodas

by Jillian Leslie on

I love surprises at parties.  They don't have to be big surprises, but little unique details really impress me.  So when I noticed some people serving vintage and unusual sodas, I had to post about it.

Here are a couple photos of these sodas from parties on our site:

Alejandra V's How Sweet it Is - Ava Turns One

How great does the Americana Black Cherry soda fit in with this "cherry" themed party.

Carey B's Sesame Street Party

It's a kids party, but Frostie Orange Soda and Dad's Root Beer are nice option for the adults.

Anneliese S's Fiesta Forty

Anneliese threw a fiesta themed party and served authentic Mexican soda to her guests.  Love it!

Trader Joe's has started selling 3 varieties of vintage soda -- cola, root beer, and orange cream soda.  But if you want the real thing, check out Galco's Soda Pop Stop.  They are based in LA but ship everywhere.  And here's a sweet interview with John Nese, the owner of Galco's!  Talk about someone who loves what he does!

DIY Paper Lanterns - What a Great Party Decoration!

by Jillian Leslie on

I saw this post on Decor8 this morning and had to repost about it.

This is a little video tutorial from Tina Fussell, who writes The Travelingmama blog, on how to make these gorgeous paper lanterns.

These lanterns are so simple to make, and can be used anywhere you might hang a pom pom.  Also, as Tina says, they'd look great in kids' bedrooms.   So sweet!

TRENDS: Awesome Dessert Tables for Boys on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

(Just a quick note, we're giving away some beautiful Le Creuset cookware.  Click here if you want more info.)

We showcased dessert tables for grownups and dessert tables for girls (part 1 and part 2), so of course we had to do dessert tables for boys!  I'm so impressed by all the creativity here.  See for yourself...

THE CARNIVAL TABLE Lisa R's Carnival Party

Here's what's on Lisa's table:

  • Popcorn bags
  • Oreo pops
  • Marshmallow pops
  • Cake, cookies & cupcakes (from Crazy 4 Cookies & Cupcakes)
  • Animal crackers
  • Sour straws
  • Licorice
  • Gumballs
  • Lemonheads
  • Old fashioned candy sticks
  • Candy buttons
  • M&M’s
  • Happy Birthday banner (from TomKat Studio)
  • Candy/food labels (from Party Flair Creations)
THE SUPER GROVER TABLE Kristy M's Super Grover Rave

Here's what's on Kristy's table:

  • Blue raspberry licorice
  • Yellow smiley face gumballs
  • Old fashioned taffy sticks
  • Rainbow cookies
  • Blue cotton candy clouds
  • Blue raspberry rock candy sticks
  • Custom mini black and white cookies with "G"s on them
  • Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes
  • Coordinating color chocolate pretzels
  • Mini dessert hamburgers (krabby patties)
  • Gummy peaches
  • Cherry sours
  • Rock candy tree
THE HAZARDOUS TABLE Pamela S's Hazardous Teen Birthday Party

Here's what's on Pamela's table:

  • Chocolate cake pops coated with green candy melts and peanut butter chips
  • White cupcakes with green colored vanilla pudding centers topped with green butter cream frosting
  • Green (white) chocolate cupcake balls
  • Custom wrapped candy bars
  • Custom wrapped soda bottles
  • Toxic waste sour candy
THE DINOSAUR TABLE Lori L's Jackson's 3rd Birthday Party

Here's what's on Lori's table:

  • Dinosaur candy on a stick made by Sweet Treats & Designs
  • Orange, blue and green Sixlets
  • Orange, blue and green Twizzlers
  • Gummy bears
  • Dinosaur chocolate cake
  • Peach jelly beans
  • Peach orange slices
  • Candy-dipped marshmallows
  • Candy-dipped cake pops
  • Suckers
  • Dinosaur-shaped sugar cookies with royal icing
THE STAR WARS TABLE Amanda P's Star Wars Lego Party

Here's what's on Amanda's table:

  • White chocolate almond butter cream cupcakes with Star Wars Lego character pics (made with downloaded images from the internet and glittery scrapbook paper)
  • Death Star Donuts:  powdered sugar donut holes
  • Padawan Pizza:  pizza bagel bites
  • Light Sabers:  colored chocolate covered pretzel sticks with colored sparkling sugars
  • Wookie Cookies:  homemade chocolate chip cookies surrounding the original Wookie himself, Chewbacca
  • Yoda Soda:  lime sherbet balls mixed with Sprite
  • Two-tiered white chocolate almond butter cream filled cake covered in metallic silver and blue fondant with fondant Star Wars Lego characters, fondant silver and blue Lego pieces, light sabers and a Death Star decoration
  • Water bottles with glittery "5's" to celebrate the birthday boy's 5th birthday
THE POOL PARTY TABLE Maureen A's Blue and Green Pool Party

Here's what's on Maureen's table:

  • Cupcake ice cream cones
  • A waffle cone cupcake with a cookie pop topper (for the birthday boy)
  • Blue old fashioned candy sticks
  • Lollipops (we used our party logos to put lollipop covers on them)
  • Cookie pops in blue and green tones
  • Gummy sharks (blue and white)
  • Lemonheads (blue and green with some scattered red and pinks)
THE MONSTER TABLE Carrie E's Little Monster 3rd Birthday Party

Here's what's on Carrie's table:

  • Teal and yellow sugar cookies
  • Gumballs
  • Monster marshmallow pops
  • Mini boxes of lemon clouds
  • Monster fondant cake
  • Goodie bags filled with mini monster beach balls from Oriental Trading Company and printable coloring books from etsy http://www.etsy.com/transaction/25607434
What fun!  Thank you Lisa, Kristy, Pamela, Lori, Amanda, Maureen, and Carrie for sharing your fabulous tables with us.

DIY Tutorial From a Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Macaron Tower

by Jillian Leslie on

We're starting a new feature called "Tips from A Catch My Party Member," where members of our community give tips on how they made certain items (foods, crafts, decorations, etc.) for their parties.

Today's feature is all about macaron towers, because if you checked out our recent dessert table post, you know that macarons have become quite a popular item.

And what are macarons?  They are cream-filled French sandwich cookies made from egg whites, almond flour, and sugar.  They are both delicious and colorful, which is why they work great on dessert tables.

Linda V., from Brisbane Australia, who made this gorgeous raspberry macaron tower for her daughter Lilli's Pink Fairy High Tea 6th Birthday Party, is going to show us how she did it.

Linda put together a great tutorial on her baking blog, Bubble and Sweet, so I'm just going to recap it here.

Things you will need for your macaron tower:

  • A Styrofoam cone available at any craft shop (the one she's using here is 27 cm or 10 1/2 inches high)
  • Some pretty paper (optional)
  • Lots of toothpicks
  • Lots of macarons

Linda first wrapped the Styrofoam cone in paper so that no Styrofoam would show through the gaps in the macarons.

Next, at the bottom of the cone, she popped a toothpick in, leaving approx half a macaron's width poking out.

Then, carefully holding the sides of the macaron, she pushed the macaron onto the cone.

She continued inserting toothpicks and macarons around the tower in a spiral, working her way up, trying to leave as little space between macarons as possible.  On the top couple of tiers, she cut the toothpicks in half.

And voila, here's what she had at the end, a beautiful chocolate macaron tower...

And if you want to try your hand at baking chocolate macarons, Linda has a great recipe and tips on her blog (plus you can check out her little macaron mishap).

Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you'd like to share in a "Tips from a Catch My Party User" post?   Please email me at jillian@catchmyparty.com.  I'd love to feature it!

TRENDS: Beautiful Dessert Tables for Girls on Catch My Party - Part 2

by Jillian Leslie on

(Just a quick note, we're giving away some beautiful Le Creuset cookware.  Click here if you want more info.)

We've gotten such wonderful responses from our first post on the beautiful dessert tables for girls on our site.  So here is Part 2.  I promise it won't disappoint.

THE OOH LA LA TABLE Melissa & Kellie's Paris in the Springtime Birthday Party

Here's what is on Melissa and Kellie's' table:

  • French macarons
  • Creme puffs
  • Strawberry napoleon
  • French palmiers
  • Mini cupcakes with french butter cream
  • Chocolate Eiffel Tower lollipops
  • Apothecary jars are filled with salt water taffy
THE YUMMY CHOCOLATE TABLE Sharnel D's Chocolate and Turquoise Party

Here's what is on Sharnel's table:

  • Macarons
  • Petite cupcakes
  • Heart shaped melting moments
  • Chocolate milk
  • Freckles candy
  • Pink clouds candy
  • Malted chocolate balls
  • Chocolate coated honeycomb
  • Chocolate sour cream birthday cake
THE COUNTRY SUMMER CABINET Jessica K's Lemonade & Sunshine Birthday Party

Here's what is on Jessica's table:

  • Lemon cheesecake
  • Pink & yellow lemonade cookies
  • Pink lemonade cake
  • Lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting
  • Pink & yellow gum drops
  • Lemonheads
  • Pink lemonade bubble gum
  • Fabric topped jars filled with lemon drops
THE PINK FAIRY TABLE Linda V's Lilli's Pink Fairy High Tea 6th Birthday

Here's what is on Linda's table:

  • Raspberry macaron tower
  • Strawberry Blossom Layer cake  (strawberry cake with Italian meringue butter cream covered in pink fondant and fondant blossoms)
  • Fairy Wand Cookies (sugar biscuit with fairy decorations)
  • Chocolate macarons
  • Butterfly Cake Pops (chocolate cake pops with white chocolate and pink fondant butterflies)
  • Pink Fairy Chocolates (chocolates covered in pink paper and decorations)
  • Fairy Lolly mix (mix of pink, white and red lollies)
  • Musk sticks
  • Fairy Dust Marshmallow (marshmallow dipped in chocolate and pink sprinkles)
  • Fairy Bite Biscuits (small round sugar cookie decorated with flowers and butterflies)
  • Home made rose cordial
  • Scones with jam and cream
  • Selection of finger sandwiches
THE MODERN BUNNY TABLE Leanne A's Indi's First Birthday Bunny Party

Here's what is on Leanne's table:

  • Birthday cake
  • Cupcakes
  • Macaroons
  • Bunny cookies
  • Marshmallow pops (chocolate dipped marshmallows)
  • Oreo cookies
  • Coconut ice
  • Meringues
  • Marshmallows
  • Strawberry Milk
THE FESTIVE OWL TABLE Brandy K's Whoooo's Turning 3 Birthday

Here's what is on Brandy's table:

  • Cake
  • Owl lollipops
  • Mini gumball machines
  • Rice krispy treats with pink chocolate drizzled on top
  • Pink chocolate dipped marshmallows
  • Cotton candy
  • Strawberry malted milk balls
THE SWEET TEA TABLE Jane and Lou's Eliza's Afternoon Tea

Here's what is on on Jane and Lou's table:

  • Marshmallows
  • Gluten free cupcakes with raspberry puree colored frosting
  • Coconut mini cupcakes with coconut cream cheese frosting
  • Coconut macaroons
  • Red grapes and watermelon balls on kebab sticks
  • Red apples
  • Popcorn cups
  • Biscuit sticks
Hope this gave you lots of ideas and inspiration.  Thank you to Melissa & Kellie, Sharnel, Jessica, Linda, Leanne, Brandy, and Jane & Lou for sharing your beautiful tables with us.

Our last dessert table post will be on dessert tables for boys.  Stay tuned...

For more inspiration see:  Dessert Tables for Girls (Part 1) and Beautiful Dessert Tables

Le Creuset 14" Oval Dish Giveaway!

by Jillian Leslie on

I love love Le Creuset!

And the generous folks at cookware.com have offered to give one of our readers a beautiful, white Le Creuset 14" Oval Dish (retail value $49.95) from their dinnerware sets.

What's great about Le Creuset is that it can be used in the oven, the broiler, or the microwave, and it looks great on the table.

For all you cooks and entertainers out there, hopefully this will be a great addition to your kitchen.

So how can you enter to win?

  1. "Like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, then come back here and leave comments telling us you did so.  (If you already "like" us or follow us, just leave comments mentioning that.)
  2. Post about our Le Creuset giveaway on your blog, Twitter, or Facebook page and leave comments telling us you did so.
Please leave a separate comment per entry.  Maximum number of entries is five per person.

The winner will be chosen on Thursday, August 5th at 10:00pm (PDT).  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.

TRENDS: Beautiful Dessert Tables for Girls on Catch My Party - Part 1

by Jillian Leslie on

(Just a quick note, we're giving away some beautiful Le Creuset cookware.  Click here if you want more info.)

We have so many wonderful dessert tables for girls on our site, I've had to break this post down into two parts.

So here is Part 1 of these gorgeous, inspiring tables...

THE VIBRANT TABLE Kim S's Kate's Fairy Garden Party

Here's what's on Kate's table:

  • Cake - Decadent Delights
  • Cupcakes & mini cheesecakes
  • Oreo pops & Chocolate covered Oreos - Sweeties by Kim
  • Printed cookies - Sweetopia
  • Cake Pops
  • Meringues
  • Paper Products designed by The TomKat Studio
THE PRETTY IN PINK TABLE Lindsey M's PINK Party

Here's what's on Lindsey's table:

  • Little Debbi heart cakes
  • Pink M&M
  • Pink Hersey's Kisses
  • Strawberry candy canes
  • Strawberry Tootsie Pops
  • Grapefruit sours
  • Strawberry mousse
  • Pink chocolate covered strawberries
  • Strawberry cupcakes
  • Pink swirl pops
  • Pink rock candy
  • Strawberry wafer cookies
  • Watermelon licorice
  • Pink marshmallows
  • Pink cotton candy
  • Pink M&M chocolate chip cookies
  • Pink frosted animal crackers
THE SHABBY CHIC TABLE Pamela S's Shabby Chic Fairy Party

Here's what's on Pamela's table:

  • Chocolate covered marshmallow pops
  • Sugar cookies
  • Good N Plenty candy
  • Starbursts candy
  • Chocolate cupcakes with pink vanilla bean frosting
  • Carrot cupcakes with pink and green cream cheese frosting
  • Candy filled wafer cookies
  • Pink chocolate cupcake balls
  • Fairy marshmallow pops courtesy of Stix N Pops
  • White cheddar popcorn
  • Fairy favor boxes filled with bottles of "Fairy Dust" (glitter) for the girls to take home and sprinkle in their gardens
THE VINTAGE TABLE Kristina M's Vintage Circus Party

Here's what's on Kristina's table:

  • Cotton candy flavored popcorn
  • Pink & yellow marshmallow swirls
  • Pink M&Ms
  • Yellow M&Ms
  • Pink jellybeans
  • Yellow jellybeans
  • Cake pops
  • Pink and yellow chocolate dipped Oreos
  • Assorted pink and yellow sugar cookies from a local bakery
  • Rainbow rice crispy treats
  • Pink and yellow chocolate dipped pretzels
  • Cake & cupcakes
THE COUNTRY FAIR TABLE Anneliese S's "Fair Day" in May Party

Here's what's on Anneliese's table:

  • Orange twirly pops
  • Blue and pink gum balls
  • Vanilla taffy
  • Blue old fashioned candy sticks
  • Pink crystal candy suckers
  • Red velvet cake
  • Chocolate buttermilk cake
  • Lemon bundt cake
  • Jars of "orange preserves" (orange jelly candies)
THE SWEET TWINS' TABLE Terri W's Twins 1st Birthday

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

  • Cake
  • Cupcakes
  • Cookies
  • Chocolate covered Oreos
  • Chocolate covered marshmallows
  • Suckers
  • M&M's
  • Cake balls
  • Green candy fruit slices
  • Strawberry chocolate covered pretzels
  • Pink and green Hershey's kisses
THE CANDY STORE TABLE Eileen C's Sweet Ponyville Party

Here's what's on Eileen's table:

  • Chocolate ponies by A Chocolate Creation
  • Pony decorated sugar cookies
  • Lollipop topiaries
  • Pastel M & M's
  • Dark chocolate Kisses
  • Caramel chocolate Kisses
  • Large Pixie Sticks
  • Bubble gum
  • Assorted Wonka small lunch boxes filled with Nerds, Sweet Tarts, etc.
  • Lemonheads
  • Large lollipops
Thank you Kim, Lindsey, Pamela, Kristina, Anneliese, Terri, and Eileen for sharing your beautiful dessert tables with us.  For more inspiration, see Beautiful Dessert Tables for Girls (Part 2).

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