Some of My Favorite Grown Up Party Themes

by Jillian Leslie on

I spend a lot of time writing about kids' parties, so I thought it was only right to show off some of my favorite grown up parties. Check out how original and creative these are!

Creative Girl Productions' Hip Hop 80's Party -- The money backdrop is so perfect and the birthday boy looks totally authentic in that photo.

Shaira P's Flappers Birthday Party -- I love when adults dress up and really go for it.

Holly T's Swing into 60 -- Dancing at parties is one of my favorite things to do, so I had to show off this swing dancing party.

Crystal F's Pac Man Birthday -- My husband is a huge Pac Man fan so he would have killed me if I hadn't shown this off.

Christine D's 40th Birthday Funeral Party -- A party with a sense of humor that coincides with Halloween... great planning.

Stefani K's Garage Sale 30th Birthday -- Who knew you could create a whole party around a garage sale?

Alexandra D's 33rd Birthday Slumber Party -- You're never too old for an all-girl slumber party!

Xanny V's How we Will Look in our 80s Party -- Again, another party with a sense of humor. This party makes me wonder how I'm going to look when I'm 80.

I have a lot more grown up parties to show off, this is just the tip of the iceberg. This was such a fun post to put together... You people know how to have a good time!

FREE St. Patrick's Day Party Printables from Love Party Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

We're excited to be giving away these "Little Children" St. Patrick's Day printables designed by Ana of Love Party Printables.  What better way to throw a St. Patrick's Day party than with these adorable party decorations.

The collection includes: straw flags, cupcake toppers, napkin rings, a “Happy St. Patrick's Day” banner, water bottle labels, tented cards (2 sizes), invitations, gift tags, labels, favor tags, and mini cake bunting.

Download free St. Patrick's Day printables here!

What a fantastically sweet collection! Thank you, Ana!

To learn more about Ana and see all her great designs, please visit her Etsy shop at Love Party Printables and "like" her on Facebook.


TRENDS: Lalaloopsy Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

I'm seeing a new party trend on the horizon so I wanted to be one of the first to write about it: Lalaloopsy parties.

Lalaloopsy is a line of rag dolls introduced in 2010, and has become all the rage with young girls. Even thought the dolls are new, what's fun about these parties is there's a nostalgic feel to them.  

Since there aren't a lot of commercial Lalaloopsy party supplies out there (yet), you can really make these parties your own, like these hosts have done below. I especially love all the sewing and button details. (Click on the links or photos to see the full parties.)

Beth K's Lalaloopsy Party

Vanessa B's Natalie's 6th Birthday

Kanoli U's Kamilah's First Birthday

My daughter still doesn't have a Laloopsy doll, but I have a feeling that will be changing. Does your daughter have one, and if so how does she like it? Would you ever throw a Lalaloopsy birthday?

DIY: How to Make a St. Patrick's Day Tote Bag

by Jillian Leslie on

Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations used a $2.50 tote bag from Target to create this adorable St. Patrick's Day tote.

She used these materials...

  • Green felt sheet
  • Shamrock template available here
  • Tote bag
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Lighter
  • Pins
  • Small gems (crystal color)

And check out the cuteness she created...

To see the whole tutorial head to Wanessa Carolina Creations. What sweetness, Carolina. I understand why your daughter loves it!

FREE Dr. Seuss Party Printables from Wanessa Carolina Creations

by Jillian Leslie on

Wanessa of Wanessa Carolina Creations designed this incredible collection of free Dr. Seuss party printables in celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday which is today!! Now you can invite some kids over, serve some tasty treats, and read some great books (my favorite being Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can you?).

Th collection includes: mini cupcake toppers, party flags, large party circles, drink labels, cupcake wrappers, blank tented cards, bookmarks, and 2 designs of fantastic patterned paper! Take a look...

Download the free Dr. Seuss printables here!

Thank you, Wanessa for creating so much fun and excitement! To learn more about Wanessa and see more of her designs, please visit her blog, Facebook pageand Etsy shop.

My Daughter is Growing Up Fast and I'm Feeling Nostalgic...

by Jillian Leslie on

My daughter, Lainey, will be finishing preschool in June and heading to kindergarten in the fall. This is the first time I'm starting to feel nostalgic. It really is true what they say about being a parent: the days are slow, but the years are fast. Where have these five years gone?

I'm not usually sentimental, but I must confess that when I see people display monthly photos of their babies during their first year at their first birthdays, I wish I had done that. I think I was just too busy and overwhelmed (and sleep deprived) to even think about it.

So now I'm doing a project. I'm taking my daughter's drawings from preschool which currently looks like this...

And I'm scanning each one using my HP Printer to make a photo book out of them. This way, I don't have to save the actual pieces of paper because I'll have a beautiful way of remembering them (and so will she).

Here are some of her drawings I love...


I got this idea after reading this article on the HP site, How to save mementos for your kids. As you may know, HP is one of our sponsors, so I'm always scouring their site for useful info (because I think they've got a lot of it). The article is full of great ideas, many of which I hadn't thought of, like taking photos of your kids playing with their favorite toys, so you don't have to save all their toys, too.

How do you save mementos of your children? I'd love to know, because I'm always looking for new ideas. Please leave a comment at the end of this post. Also, how sentimental are you? :)



DIY: How to Tint Mason Jars

by Jillian Leslie on

I just discovered that you can tint mason jars and make them look like this, and all it takes is a little Modge Podge and food coloring. I found this easy tutorial put together by Heidi of My Beautiful Mess.

What I like about this tutorial is that Heidi paints the jars on the outside instead of the inside like most tutorials I've seen. This way, if you want to use them as floating candle votives or as flower vases you can. Personally, I think I'm going to use them to store odds and ends.

Just remember, you can't have people drink out of them or they will get a mouthful of Modge Podge. :)

The process is simple and looks something like this...

And here's the beautiful end result. Just lovely!

To see the whole tutorial, check out My Beautiful Mess. Thanks, Heidi.

RECIPE: Delicious, Light, Fluffy Blueberry Muffins

by Jillian Leslie on

These muffins are perfect to serve at a brunch (possibly a Mother's Day brunch) because they are delicious and oh so beautiful!

They are not like the muffins you buy at your local grocery store that are dense, sweet as cake, without a lot of blueberry flavor and it's all thanks to the buttermilk!! ** My secret ingredient!**

These muffins are filled to the brim with blueberries, have just the right amount of sweetness (more like a cornbread than a cake), plus they are light, fluffy, and moist.

(Plus the sugar topping is fantastic. I could easily lick it off all the tops!!)

Here's the recipe...


for the jam

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon granulated  sugar
for the muffins
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter (4 tablespoons), melted
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
for the topping
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 425.

Heat 1 cup of blueberries in a sauce pan.

Mash the blueberries and add 1 teaspoon of sugar.

Cook under low heat until it thickens to a jam like texture, about 10 minutes. Should make about 1/3 cup. Set aside and let it cool.

In a large bow whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.

In a medium bowl add the 1 1/4 cups of sugar, melted butter, eggs, oil,  and buttermilk. Whisk until combined.

Pour into the dry ingredients, along with the blueberries. Gently swirl berry filling into batter using figure-eight motion. Gently mix with a rubber spatula just until the batter comes together. Lumpy is OK.

Scoop batter into muffin tins, about 2/3 full. Place a teaspoon of cooked berry mixture into the center of each mound of batter. Swirl berry filling into batter using a knife or chopstick.

Sprinkle the 1/3 cup sugar on top.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops brown, and a toothpick comes out cleanly.

The only problem with these muffins (and why we don't make them that often at our house) is we end up eating too many. :)

If you make some, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com and tell me what you think.