DIY Tutorial -- How to Make a Candy Tree Topiary

by Jillian Leslie on

I can't say enough about Maria, Kristina, and Roxana, the women at MKR Creations.  I met two of them at the CPN So Cal meetup and they are lovely and so creative.

They created this adorable candy tree topiary for their Y's Diapers and Wipes Shower using Smarties Pops and marshmallow rope. I just love it.

Maria, Kristina, and Roxana were kind enough to put together this tutorial and wait until you see how easy it is...


  • Large foam ball
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Stick
  • Vase
  • Foam & artificial grass from Michaels
  • Poofy marshmallow rope or candy necklace from It'Sugar
  • Smarties Pops unwrapped from


STEP 1 -- Cut half off the Smarties Pop sticks.

STEP 2 -- Start inserting the Smarties Pop sticks into the large foam ball.

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 STEP 3 -- After you are done filling the foam ball with Smarties Pops, add the stick to your vase and insert it in your large foam ball.

STEP 4 -- Tie the poofy marshmallow rope around the stick to cover it. You could use the candy necklace instead; if you use the candy necklace you will need a glue gun to glue it so it will stay in place.


STEP 5 -- Add your ribbon and you're done!

Candy tree topiaries makes such a great addition to your party!

I couldn't agree more! Thank you, lovely ladies, for putting this tutorial together. To learn more about MKR Creations and see the other amazing parties they've styled, please check out their vendor page on our site.

The Creative Process in Blogging (and Life) - My Presentation from Bloggy Bootcamp Denver

by Jillian Leslie on

I just got back from Bloggy Bootcamp in Denver where I spoke about the "creative process."

Having been a writer all of my life, I understand the creative process from the inside out -- both how hard it is to create, but also how rewarding it can be.

Here's the presentation I put together with the tools I use everyday to get my work done. I hope you find this useful as part of your creative journey.

Also, if you are looking for a one-day conference with supportive women and lots of relevant information about taking your blog to the next level, I highly recommend Bloggy Bootcamp. Tiffany and Francesca, the women behind the conference, are both smart, engaging, warm, and know what they're doing. You will learn a ton and walk away with new friends, I promise.

The Creative Process in Blogging (and Life)

FREE Tea Party Printables from Sugarsticks Parties

by Jillian Leslie on

Ivona from Sugarsticks Parties created these adorable party printables with a little girls' tea party in mind.

But they're so pretty and versatile, they could be used so many types of celebrations -- a garden party, a birthday party, a Mother's Day brunch. I just love all the sweet flowers!

The set includes an invitation, party circles, and thank you cards.

Download the free Tea Party printables here!




free-printable-thank-you-card-tea-party Thank you, Ivona, for this darling collection. To see how Ivona used them and get some great ideas, check out her blog, Sugarsticks Parties. And to learn more about Sugarsticks Parties, check out Ivona's Sugarsticks Parties vendor page.

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Satin Flower Wreath

by Jillian Leslie on

I'd never seen this before, where you cut out circles of polyester satin, lightly burn the edges with a candle so they curl into petals, and attach them together to make gorgeous flowers, have you?

Well, here's a tutorial from Lina of Fancy Frugal Life that takes it a step further and turns the flowers into a beautiful wreath. Take a look...

And here's a decorated "3" Lina made for her daughter's 3rd Dora birthday. Just gorgeous!!

To learn the step-by-step how Lina created such fabulousness, check out this tutorial on her blog. Thank you, Lina!!


GIVEAWAY: Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Favor Affair

by Jillian Leslie on

How hard is it to come up with party favor ideas that are original, useful, and don't cost an arm and a leg?

Well, Favor Affair, an online retailer that sells beautiful and affordable favors for all occasions—everyday celebrations, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays, and more -- is giving one of our readers a $50 gift certificate to their store!

Here's a sample of some of the great favors you can find...












They've got every type of favor imaginable, and they sell perfect bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts and wedding accessories.

Plus, Favor Affair features a growing library (28 and counting!) of FREE E-guides for the party enthusiast. Each guide is filled with detailed ideas for celebrating everything from New Year’s Eve to Halloween to National Hamburger Day. :) Definitely check them out.

To enter the giveaway, just “like” Favor Affair on Facebook, then leave a comment at the end of this post saying you did it. Nothing hard about that!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Thursday, September 22nd at 10:00PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry.  We will use to generate our winner and will notify you by email.




FREE (Girl and Boy) Baby Shower Bingo Printables from A Party Studio

by Jillian Leslie on

When Tali from A Party Studio contacted me about giving away the sweet Baby Shower Bingo Game she designed (in both a girl version and a boy version), I jumped at the chance.

I like activities at baby showers. I think they bring the guests together and add some unexpected fun. And now, if you're throwing a shower, you don't even have to pay for one because these bingo cards are absolutely free! Thank you, Tali!

Both sets include instructions and seven different bingo cards.




The pink bingo game matches Tali's pink and white damask baby shower collection which can be purchased in her Etsy shop here, or you can buy the pink and white  water bottle labels and cupcake toppers separately.

The blue bingo game matches her blue and white baby shower collection which can also be found in her Etsy shop.

Thank you again, Tali, for creating so much fun!

TRENDS: Awesome Football Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

It has become quite evident based on my husband's TV habits, that football season is officially here.

So for those of you thinking about incorporating football into your next party, take a look at these ideas from the amazing football parties we've seen on our main site.

Some of my favorite details are, of course, the variety of party printables. They're such a simple way to add that extra touch to your party and so inexpensive. I also love all the ways sweets can look like footballs. And who knew we had so many creative Steelers fans for members?! Take a look...

Holly's NFL Game Day




Carrie L's Football Birthday Party





Amanda P's Chap's Football Party




Kate P's Go Steelers! Party



Spaceships & Laser Beam's Football Fun



This is just a sample of all the football parties people have added to our main site. To find more inspiration, check out all these great football parties.

DIY Tutorial: How to Make Fabric Pom Poms

by Jillian Leslie on

I had never seen fabric pom poms before until I saw these gorgeous ones Victoria L made for her Pinkalicious Party. What I love about them is the added level of sophistication it brings to her party decor.

It turns out they're not hard to make, and you just need a few supplies. But they can be a little time consuming depending on the size of the pom pom, so be warned. :)




To see the whole tutorial, check out this post on Victoria’s blog vixenMade.

Thank you Victoria, these are just beautiful! And if you haven't seen Victoria's Pinkalicious Party you are in for a treat!

If you make some fabric pom poms please send photos, I’d love to show them off.


FREE Halloween Party Printables from Squared Party Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

How "wicked" would this new FREE collection of Halloween party printables from Zoila at Squared Party Printables look at your upcoming Halloween party! I love all the modern accents mixed with traditional Halloween fair!

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, favor tags, treat boxes, and a "trick or treat" banner. So cute!

Download the free Halloween printables here!


And here's a sample of the actual printables...




Thank you, Zoila for this super collection. Those pumpkin faces are quite cute!

To learn more about Zoila see all her great designs, check out Squared Party Printables.

If you use these printables at your party, please add it to our site so I can show it off.