My Favorite Thanksgiving Treats on Etsy

by Jillian Leslie on

Given my enormous sweet tooth and that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I thought I'd highlight some of my favorite Thanksgiving treats on Etsy. One word... yum!

Pumpkin Pie Butter Caramels by Fusion Sweets - I'm really into homemade caramels.

Thanksgiving Turkey Place Card Cookie by Stone House Oven - Won't the kids want to eat this first? :)

Thanksgiving Chocolate Covered Oreos by Sweeties By Kim - Almost too pretty to eat.

Apple Pie Pops from someyum - My new obsession: anything sweet on a stick!

Pumpkin Woopie Pies with Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting by KSM Beach - I'm thinking of adding woopie pies to our Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Lovers Dog Treat Gift Box by muddypuppies - Who said we should have all the fun at Thanksgiving?

If you have a favorite Thanksgiving treat, please email me a photo at jillian@catchmyparty.com so I can do a post about our readers' favorite treats.

TRENDS: Toy Story Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

We've gotten some amazing Toy Story parties on our site. What's great about a Toy Story party is that it can work for either a boy or a girl, and there are a lot of Toy Story toys and party supplies available so you don't have to come up with everything yourself.  However, if you want to make it your own, here are our favorite ideas from the parties on our site. (To see each party in its entirety, click on the link or photo.)

Darina D's Toy Story Party - Love this dessert table with its bunting and blow up Buzz Lightyear doll. Cupcake toppers and labels add a nice touch.

Skye H's Lauren's 4th Birthday - Personalized labels and sheriff's badges give these Toy Story toy favors a little more excitement.

Natalie's Greyson's Rocket 5th Birthday - A Toy Story 3 party with a "rockets and aliens" theme. This is one of the most original candy ideas we've seen. Cotton candy rockets with pop rock aliens.

Beth K's Toy Story - Jessie & Woody Party - A great-looking cake and how simple, just add some figurines on top.

The Party Wall's Toy Story Party - If you really want to get creative, you could make a Star Command Headquarters sign and Buzz Lightyear rocket like these.

Terri W's Toy Story 3rd Birthday Party - How cute are these character cupcakes of Hamm and the Squeeze Toy Aliens?!

Melissa C's Toy Story Birthday Party - Using themed cupcake toppers and Toy Story wrappers adds some easy themed fun.

Take a look at all of our Toy Story parties for many more amazingly creative ideas.

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member: How to Make a Lollipop Topiary

by Jillian Leslie on

Nicole, who threw the lovely Magical Cornish Fairy Affair for her daughter, created these fabulous lollipop topiaries as part of her dessert table.

I'd never seen anything like them, so I asked Nicole how she made them, and she generously put together this tutorial...

One of my favorite elements of the dessert table I created for my daughter's Cornish Fairies party were the lollipop topiaries.

I've been making a version of these for years for my gingerbread houses, and when I decided to do a full-blown dessert table for a fairy-themed party, miniature sized topiaries made out of sugar seemed like an ideal fit!  Cake pops are great, but I see them everywhere.  I wanted to come up with something all my own, and this was it.

They're incredibly simple to make, but have a real wow-factor.  You'll need:

Miniature terracotta flowerpots (mine were 1.5" tall, bought at Joann's). Glue Glitter Styrofoam Dried moss Lollipop Green royal icing grass or leaf icing tip and disposable icing bag. Glue gun Disco dust (optional) Gumpaste flowers or flower-shaped sprinkles (optional)

1)  Paint glue on the band at the top of the terracotta pot, and sprinkle with glitter.  I used Martha Stewart brand.  Not only does she have gorgeous colors, but I love how fine the grain of the glitter is.  You could easily skip this step, however, if you didn't want any glitter on your pot.  But for our fairy party, *everything* was glittery!

2)  Cut a piece of Styrofoam small enough to wedge into the terracotta pot.  Push it down in there tight so it won't pull out.  Stick an unwrapped lollipop in the center.

3)  Remove the lollipop, then fill the hole where the stem was with a little hot glue.  Quickly push the stem back in place and let the glue cool down.  This will allow you to be more rough and turn the whole thing upside down without fear when covering the candy with icing.  Yeah, learned this step the hard way.  ;-)

4)  Use glue gun to adhere dried moss to the base and cover any visible Styrofoam.  I always use a low temperature glue gun, because I always glue myself when I use one.  Always.  Always.  Especially when gluing something porous like moss.  I was glad I'd used a low-temp gun several times when making the six lollipop topiaries for the party.

5)  Make up a batch of royal icing and color it green.  I love using the recipe on the container of meringue powder available from craft and cake decorating stores.  So much easier than separating egg whites perfectly and whipping for ten minutes or more!  Put in a piping bag with your choice of tip. (I used a grass tip, but a leaf tip also works very well for this purpose.  Even a star tip would look great!)  Cover the lollipop with royal icing.

6)  If you wish, sprinkle with disco dust (a highly sparkly edible glitter available online and through cake decorating stores.  NOT available through Wilton.  Their edible glitter is NOT the same stuff, and will disappoint).  I had some leftover gumpaste flowers, so added those to my topiaries, but they looked great without them, too.  (Oh oh oh!  Could you imagine half red and half white flowers on these for an Alice in Wonderland dessert table??  Please oh please someone let me throw a party!)  You could also use flower shaped quinns (sprinkles) if you wanted the look, but didn't want to bother making gumpaste flowers.

There you are!  Absolutely adorable, miniature, edible topiaries.  These were the hit of the dessert table!  Honestly, they were pretty darn cute even before I added the icing, and would look spectacular stopping at that step for a Candyland/Sweet Shoppe party.

Thank you, Nicole for the wonderful tutorial!  If you make some lollipop topiaries, please email me photos so I can post them.

To learn more about this wonderful party check out this Spotlight Feature, and also check out Nicole's other amazing parties on our site and her blog Tradewind Tiaras.

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

FREE Thanksgiving Party Printables from the Paper Dolls Shoppe!

by Jillian Leslie on

Kelli Britt from the Paper Dolls Shoppe, who designed one of our free Halloween printables collections, has now designed these adorable  FREE Thanksgiving printables just for us to give away. Thank you, Kelli!

How much panache would these printables add to your Thanksgiving table?! There is an invitation, party circles, place cards, thankful cards, a menu, and a "thankful" banner.

Take a look how festive and joyful they are...


Thanksgiving invitation


Party circles great as cupcake toppers or labels


Folded cards great for place cards or labeling dishes


Cards to write down what you're thankful for -- my favorite!


Menu


"Thankful" banner


"Thankful" banner


"Thankful" banner


"Thanksful" banner


"Thankful" banner

To receive the high resolution pdf files for the printables, please visit the Paper Dolls Shoppe and convo Kelli that you are interested in the Thankgiving printables giveaway. Thank you again Kelli, for sharing the Thanksgiving love!

TRENDS: Strawberry Shortcake Themed Parties on Catch My Party

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Here are some beautiful Strawberry Shortcake parties on our site. I love when people take a theme based on a popular character and make it there own.  Take a look at these creative ideas...

Jessica M's Vintage Strawberry Shortcake Party

Rose Marie M's Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday Party

Cherie M's Strawberry Shortcake Party

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