TRENDS: New Year's Parties on Catch My Party

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We've started to get some incredible New Year's parties on our site. The trend is a lot of blacks, whites, and grays, some pops of color, formal decor, and lots of shine. Take a look!

Chris's Black & White & Bling!

Bird's Glitter and Snow Party

Natalie's - New Year New Sophisticate

Kristy's Black. White. Comics. Bling. Rave.

Natalie's New Year's Bash for the Little Rascals

Yadira's New Year's Bash

If you're throwing a New Year's party and want to add that special touch, think about incorporating our "classically elegant" and "disco ball" New Year's printable collections to your decor. They're FREE!

Gorgeous Christmas Dessert Tables on Catch My Party (Part 2)

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It's almost Christmas! Here's a way to get into the spirit with some more Christmas dessert table "eye candy." Enjoy... and have a very merry and safe Christmas!

Rebecca's Blake's Winter Candyland

Courtney's Pink Gingerbread House Tea Party

Nicole's Sugar Plum Fairy Birthday Party

Kate's Gingerbread Decorating and Trim the Tree Party

Nicole's Swedish Styled Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Renee's Red & Blue Christmas Party

Rene's Wine & Cheese Open House

Stay tuned for New Year's party tables coming soon...

FREE New Year's Printables from The Paper Dolls Shoppe

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If you're looking for something classically elegant for your New Year's parties, take a look at these lovely FREE party printables designed by Kelli Britt of the Paper Dolls Shoppe. These will definitely add that wow factor to your party! (Also, check out the New Year's Eve parties on our site to give you more inspiration!)

The collection includes an invitation, labels, wine labels, and a "Happy New Year" banner...


General labels

Wine labels

"Happy New Year" banner

"Happy New Year" banner

"Happy New Year" banner

"Happy New Year" banner

"Happy New Year" banner

"Happy New Year" banner

Download the FREE high quality files for printing.


General labels

Wine labels

"Happy New Year" banner

To see more of Kelli's adorable printables please visit her Paper Dolls Shoppe. Also, check out Kelli's previous HalloweenThanksgiving, and Christmas collections on our site.

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member: How to Make a Dramatic but Simple Winter Centerpiece

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Nicole, who created the gorgeous Sugar Plum Fairy Birthday Party we've featured on our site, was so kind to put together a tutorial for how she made her tulle garlands.

Now she's being unbelievably generous by putting together another tutorial, this one for how she made her dramatic gumdrop branch centerpieces. Thank you, Nicole...

When designing my Sugar Plum Fairy party, I was on a tight budget. I didn't have money for lavish floral arrangements, so I had to be creative. I wanted something that would carry through the wintry Sugar Plum Fairy theme, and came up with these below:

They're incredibly easy to make, cost very little, and were striking because of their large size.


  • Branches (I just gathered mine when our neighbor did some massive trimming of his mesquite trees)
  • Spray paint (I used silver)
  • Some type of vessel or vase
  • Either styrofoam or stones to keep the sticks in place
  • gumdrops (optional, but cute!)

1) Break off branches in whatever desired length.

2)  Spray paint branches any color.

3)  Put sticks in a vase or other receptacle of your choice.  You can use floral foam or just stones from the yard to make the sticks extra secure, but if you have a tall vase, even that probably isn't necessary. I used foam to secure the branches in a compote for the Sugar Plum Fairy party, and used strips of tulle to hide the foam in a cloud of material.
For some of the arrangments scattered through the house where I didn't need floral foam, I added a little bit of sugar in the bottom of the vase to look like snow and hide the price sticker.
4)  If you'd like to, push gumdrops on the tips of the branches.  It looked perfect for our Nutcracker ballet Land of Sweets!
That's all there is to it!  I used this technique again last weekend for our annual gingerbread house decorating party, where I hung Swedish cones full of Chex mix from the branches on my anti-dessert table.
It's large scale, it's dramatic, and the only thing I spent any money on was the $5 can of spraypaint.  That's just the kind of craft I like!

Thank you, Nicole for another great tutorial!

If you make a centerpiece like this for one of your parties, please email me photos so I can post them. Also, please check out Nicole’s other amazing parties on our site, and to get more of her party tips and learn about her handmade tiaras, veils, and other wedding accessories, please read Nicole's blog, Tradewind Tiaras.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at  I’d love to show it off!)

FREE New Year's Printables from Piggy Bank Parties

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We're offering these fabulous FREE "disco ball" New Year's Eve printables from Do of Piggy Bank Parties to take your party to a whole new level. (Also, check out the New Year's Eve parties on our site to give you even more inspiration!)

This fun collection includes an invitation, cupcake toppers, a "Happy New Year" banner, party labels, and food tents, everything you need to throw yourself one fine shindig to ring in 2011!

Here are some photos of these printables in action...

To download the high resolution files, just click on the individual printables below.


Cupcake toppers

"Happy New Year" banner

Flat labels/gift tags

Food tents

If you want some inspiration for your parties, check out the gorgeous New Year's parties on our site.

And thank you again, Do, for this fantastic collection. To learn more about Do, check out her other party printables, and read all her great party inspirations, please visit Piggy Bank Parties. And take a look at her fabulous parties on our site.

Love the Day has FREE New Year's Printables to Raise Awareness for Operation Shower

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We are big fans of Operation Shower here. So when Lindi from Love the Day contacted me about the FREE New Year's printables she's giving away to raise awareness for Operation Shower I had to give it a big shout out. First of all, the printables are gorgeous!

And secondly, Operation Shower, the non-profit organization that provides baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment, couldn't be more worthy of some attention this holiday season.

All Lindi asks if that if you use her printables, you spread the word about Operation Shower in the following ways:

1. Check out Operation Shower’s website to find ways to donate or volunteer

2. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about Operation Shower and the Give Thanks project.

3. Facebook/Tweet/Blog about this FREE DOWNLOAD so more people will come and read about Operation Shower.

4. Donate to Operation Shower here.

Thanks Lindi, for helping raise awareness for such a worthy cause while giving people a little something extra special for their New Year's parties!

TRENDS: Stunning Christmas Dinner Tables on Catch My Party

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Not just dessert tables... Christmas dinner tables.  Now that we're in the Christmas home stretch, I thought you'd find these tables inspiring...

Frog Prince Paperie's Joyeux Noel Christmas Dinner

Lilian O's Oliver Family Christmas

Chris N's Kids' Candy Coated Christmas Party

I can't wait to see what your Christmas dinner tables look like. Please add them to our site so I can post!

FREE Christmas Printables Round Up

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We've been so fortunate to have been given so many FREE printable collections for the holidays. In case you're still looking for some, you'll be sure to find something perfect here...

Printables from Munchkin Designs - Includes an invitation, party circles, wine gift tags, wine labels, food tags, cupcake wrappers, and a festive “cheers” banner.

Printables from the The Paper Dolls Shoppe - Includes an invitation, party circles, labels, drink flags, wine bottle labels, gift tags, and large party circles.

Printables from Love The Day - Includes gift tags and mini candy bar wrappers.

Printables from The Inspired Occassion - Includes an invitation, cupcake toppers/decorative circles, a large “Celebrate Christmas” bunting banner, food label tents/place cards, drink flags, and cake bunting banner.

Printables from Sparkling Events and Design - Includes gift tags and labels, an invitation or menu, large party circles, and medium party circles.

Thank you to Munchkin Designs, The Paper Dolls Shoppe, Love the Day, The Inspired Occasion, and Sparkling Events & Designs for giving us printables for the holidays! We absolutely love them!

If you use any for your celebrations, please add your parties to our site so we can feature them!

Also, a collection of New Year's printables from Piggy Bank Parties will be up soon. Stay tuned...

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