Halloween White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

by Jillian Leslie on

Halloween White Chocolate Covered Ghost and Frankenstein Pretzels | CatchMyParty.com

These ghost and Frankenstein Halloween white chocolate covered pretzels were so fun to make, and I loved how they turned out! These would be perfect to serve at your upcoming Halloween parties.

Supplies:

Halloween White Chocolate Covered Ghost and Frankenstein Pretzels | CatchMyParty.com

And look, I even added a mummy!

Halloween White Chocolate Covered Ghost and Frankenstein Pretzels | CatchMyParty.com

Ghost, Frankenstein, and Mummy Halloween White Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Ghosts
  • Place white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Melt white chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring after each one.
  • Using a spoon coat pretzel. I covered about 1/3 of the pretzel with the chocolate. Let excess drip off.
  • Place on a sheet of wax paper. As the chocolate start hardening a little, add two eyes. You might have to hold them in place for a minute to make sure they stick.
  • Once white chocolate has cooled, use your black Food Writer marker to draw a mouth on the pretzel.
Frankenstein
  • Place white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Melt white chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring after each one.
  • Add neon green food coloring and mix.
  • Using a spoon, coat pretzel. I only covered 1/4 of the pretzel because I wanted the green white chocolate to look like a head.
  • Place on a sheet of wax paper. As the chocolate start hardening a little, add two eyes. You might have to hold them in place for a minute to make sure they stick.
  • Once white chocolate has cooled, use your black Food Writer marker and draw hair and a scar on top of the Frankenstein head. My Food Writer ran out so I used black decorating gel and a toothpick to add hair and scar.
Mummy
  • Place white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Melt white chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring after each one.
  • Using a spoon, coat pretzel. I covered about 1/3 of the pretzel with white chocolate. Let the excess drip off.
  • Place on a sheet of wax paper. As the chocolate start hardening a little, add two eyes. You might have to hold them in place for a minute to make sure they stick.
  • Use a spoon and drip "bandages" across the mummy.
Halloween White Chocolate Covered Ghost and Frankenstein Pretzels | CatchMyParty.com

If you make some, please send me photos to jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see how yours turned out!

For more Halloween inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, free Halloween printables, and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

Free Zombie Printables from Party Fun Box

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Free printables for your Halloween zombie party! See more party printables at CatchMyParty.com.

Today we are sharing free zombie printables from Party Fun Box, perfect for an upcoming birthday or Halloween party! How ghoulish and great and the best part is the collection comes with two party games... a zombie bingo game and a "Pin the Brain on the Zombie" game! Just print them out and you've got everything you need for a party.

The collection includes a ton of printables: a welcome sign, zombie bingo game, "Pin the Brain on the Zombie" party game, "Happy Birthday" banner, ID cards, drink labels, cupcake wrappers, party hats, treat toppers, cupcake toppers, tented cards, straw flags, and more!

FREE ZOMBIE PRINTABLES DOWNLOAD HERE:

And here are some the individual files:

Welcome sign...

Free Printable Zombie Welcome Sign | CatchMyParty.com

Party hats...

Free printable Zombie Party Hat | CatchMyParty.comCupcake toppers...

Free printable Zombie Party circles | CatchMyParty.comFavor boxes...

Free printable zombie box | CatchMyParty.comTreat bag toppers...

Free Printable Zombie Treat Topper | CatchMyParty.comWater bottle labels...

Free Printable zombie bottle wrapper | CatchMyParty.com

Zombie bingo game...

Free Printable Zombie Bingo | CatchMyParty.com

"Happy Birthday" banner...

Free Printable Zombie Banner | CatchMyParty.com

"Pin the Brain on the Zombie" game...

Free Pin the Brains on the Zombie Game | CatchMyParty.com

What a creepy fun collection, Party Fun Box, thanks for letting us share it with our readers. To see more from Party Fun Box, check out their free party printables and party ideas here.

And as we approach Halloween, check out these fantastic Halloween parties from our site and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

A Neon Wedding and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

Neon wedding party ideas and more! | CatchMyParty.com

Take a look at my 4 favorite parties of the week... A gorgeous royalty themed blue ombre birthday party, a fantastic neon wedding (with tattoos!), a modern outdoorsman birthday and a magical woodland birthday celebration!

Clockwise from top left:

Hope you're having a good week. Halloween posts coming to the blog this week, like my Halloween themed white chocolate pretzel DIY!

Mini S’more Brownie Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Mini S'more Brownie Recipe | CatchMyParty.comHi, Michelle here from Michelle's Party Plan-It with a fun mini s’more brownie recipe that is super simple and super yummy!

Mini S'more Brownie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

The other day when I was perusing the baking aisle at the grocery store, it hit me... mini s’mores brownies! Perfectly sized for camping themed parties or any party for fall, these mini s’mores brownies are a snap to make and your guests will love them!

What you will need:

  • 1 box brownie mix of your choice (plus ingredients as directed on the box)
  • Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crusts (I used 3 packages of 6 for the family size brownie mix)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips
  • Crushed graham crackers
 

Mini S’mores Brownies Recipe | CatchMyParty.comStep 1:

Prepare the brownie mix as directed on the box and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

Mini S’mores Brownies Recipe | CatchMyParty.comStep 2:

Fill the prepared mini graham cracker crusts with 2 tbs. brownie batter.

 

Mini S’mores Brownies Recipe | CatchMyParty.comStep 3.

Top with a small handful of marshmallows, chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers.

 

Mini S’mores Brownies Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Mini S’mores Brownies Recipe | CatchMyParty.comStep 4.

Bake for 24-28 minutes. Remove from oven and add several more mini marshmallows and continue to bake until marshmallows are toasted.

 

Mini S’mores Brownies Recipe | CatchMyParty.comServe warm and enjoy!

 

Mini S’mores Brownies Recipe | CatchMyParty.comThank you, Michelle, I love how rust and adorable these look! I can only image what they taste like!

To learn more about Michelle, please visit her at Michelle's Party Plan-It, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Etsy!

Halloween Candy Mix Recipe

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Halloween candy mix recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Gemma Touchstone from Gemma's Party Style is here with a quick and easy Halloween candy mix recipe that's simple to make and adds a little scary fun to your party.

This mix is sure to curb your Halloween munchies. Three easy steps - just mix these fun ingredients. I love to make it and the the kids just eat it up!

I call it the "Halloween Massacre Mix."

1 package Brachs Classic Candy Corn - of course, you can use any brand you prefer, but I love to go with the classic.

Halloween candy mix recipe | CatchMyParty.com

1 half cup or 9 oz. of white Sixlets available at Michaels.

Halloween candy mix recipe | CatchMyParty.com

And these seasonal little candy knives create by Wilton also available at Michaels or Joanns.

Halloween candy mix recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Mix together in your favorite bowl and serve for your Halloween party guests, or package in a mason jar for teachers, friends or family. You can find more ideas for simple and easy party mixes in Gemma's new book "Gemma's Mixes & Munches" due out March 2015.

For fun party ideas & product reviews visit Gemma at Gemma's Party Style and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

For more Halloween inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, free Halloween printables, and these amazing Halloween party supplies from our store.

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Cake Toppers

by Jillian Leslie on

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Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are back with another cool DIY... Halloween-inspired tissue paper pom pom cake toppers to decorate your Halloween cakes! 

Cake toppers are a fun, inexpensive and easy way to take a basic cake from boring to beautiful without breaking the bank! These frilly and fun pom pom cake toppers can be personalized by using different colors and patterns!

We chose black and gold for a chic take on a Halloween cake! Follow these quick and easy steps to create your own Pom Pom Cake Toppers!

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Several sheets of tissue paper
  • Thin Ribbon
  • Paper Straws
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
 

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.comFollow these quick and simple steps to make your own Pom Pom Cake Toppers:

1.) Start by layering your sheets of tissue paper and folding it accordion style, about 1-2' wide, similar to folding a paper fan. The more sheets of tissue paper you use, the fluffier your pom poms will be.

 

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com2.) Once your tissue paper is folded, cut your strip into 2 equally sized pieces. The smaller your pieces, the smaller your pom poms will be.

 

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

3.) This will leave you with 2 small pieces of tissue paper, which will be the basis for your pom pom.

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

4.) Next, trim your ends into an oval shape. You can also trim into a point for a different look!

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com 5.) Next, tightly tie your ribbon in the center of your paper, being careful to not bend the paper or leave any slack.

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

6.) Trim any excess ribbon and repeat for your second pom pom.

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

7.) Next, begin fluffing up your pom pom by separating the layers of tissue paper and lifting them.

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com 8.) Once all of the pieces are fluffed, it will leave you with a petite pom pom!

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

9.) Repeat step 7 for your second pom pom. This will leave you with two complete pom poms.

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

10) With a dot of hot glue, secure your pom poms to your paper straws. If you don't have paper straws on hand you could easily substitute lollipop sticks or even wooden skewers!

DIY Pom Pom Cake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com Add your pom pom toppers to your cake and you have a fun and easy way to take that plain bakery cake from simple to chic!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

For more Halloween inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, all our free Halloween printables, and these amazing modern Halloween party supplies from our store! We've got you covered.

Burrata Artichoke Dip Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Easy burrata artichoke dip | CatchMyParty.com

My favorite Italian cheese is burrata. It's got an outer shell of solid mozzarella, and an inside of both mozzarella and cream. It's rich, mild, and utterly divine. I've been dying to do a burrata recipe for the blog, so here's my burrata artichoke dip recipe that is my new go-to dip for entertaining.

In fact, we served it at a recent family birthday party instead of traditional cheese and crackers and it was a big hit! This dip is so yummy because it's both creamy and sour, and you can really taste the artichoke. If you haven't tried burrata this easy dip is the perfect way to get introduced to your new favorite cheese. :)

Burrata Artichoke Dip Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 8 ounce package of burrata cheese
  • 4 tablespoons diced artichoke hearts
  • 2 tablespoons diced shallot (or onion)
  • 2 tablespoons of chives + 1 teaspoon for garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice (1 medium lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • pinch of black pepper
Easy burrata artichoke dip | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese. Add two tablespoons of diced shallot (about half of one shallot), 2 diced or pressed garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons of chives, and a couple twists of fresh black pepper. Add 4 tablespoons of diced artichoke heart - that's about 1 large trimmed artichoke heart (cooked!). If you use canned or jarred artichoke, drain the liquid. Mix on high until the texture is light and smooth.

Easy burrata artichoke dip | CatchMyParty.com

Stir in the burrata cheese and lemon juice. If the mozzarella shell of the burrata cheese doesn't incorporate easily, mix on low for 10-20 seconds it is distributed evenly. garnish with a teaspoon of chives, and serve with crackers or flatbread.

Easy burrata artichoke dip | CatchMyParty.com

 

Easy burrata artichoke dip | CatchMyParty.com

And here's what else we served at our family birthday party. We wanted to keep it casual, but tasty...

Easy burrata artichoke dip | CatchMyParty.com

I put together a dessert display of homemade zucchini cranberry bread (made by a friend) and banana bread (made by another friend). Then I added store-bought donut holes just to give it a touch of whimsy, and because I knew the kids would like them (and they did).

Easy burrata artichoke dip | CatchMyParty.com

Now for those of you following our blog, you know that we got a new kitchen faucet from Delta Faucet. My husband installed it last weekend himself, and said it wasn't hard to do.

After he installed it, we stepped back and looked at it. It was definitely prettier than our last one, the water pressure was much stronger, the span of the faucet was larger so it could cover more of our sink, and the sprayer, with its two water speeds, was so much better than our last one (which was actually broken).

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Then the best part came... the "touch" technology. At first I thought this would be useful for those times I had something sticky or germy on my hands, like raw eggs or batter, but then something miraculous happened.

We started using it all the time.

Now to turn on the water, we just tap anywhere on the faucet with anything (a finger, a wrist, a palm, the back of a hand) and it turns on instantly. Then we do the same to turn it off.

Now, when I'm cleaning a pot, I can turn the water on with a tap to get the pot soapy, tap it to turn it off while I scrub, and turn it back off when I'm done with just a flick of my finger.

The ease is crazy!

I actually had this conversation with my husband.

Me: I love our new faucet.

David: (teasing tone) You really love it?

Me: I think I do.

(beat)

David: I think I do, too.

Delta Faucet is all about enjoying the #HappiMess of your life, and with our new faucet we definitely are.

Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Delta via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Cinnamon pumpkin spice muffin recipe perfect for fall! CatchMyParty.com

Now that fall is here, I love to entertain and to bake. I think it's because it warms my house and makes it smell so good when people come over! That's why I'm sharing my cinnamon pumpkin spice muffin recipe. 

These muffins taste like a cross between a pumpkin muffin and a cinnamon sugar donut. They're sweet on top (where I brush them with butter and dip the tops in cinnamon sugar) and spicy, pumpkin-y, and moist underneath. It's a delicious combination, perfect for fall!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe

Ingredients:

for the muffins

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin purée
for the topping
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger). Mix and set aside.

In a second mixing bowl, add the butter (room temperature), brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on high for 2 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing until just incorporated.

Cinnamon pumpkin spice muffins perfect for fall! CatchMyParty.com

Line your pan with baking cups, and fill about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 minutes if you are using a cupcake pan, or 30 minutes for standard muffin size. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes.

For the topping, mix the granulated sugar and cinnamon in one bowl. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a second bowl. Brush the top of each muffin with butter, then dip it in the sugar mix.

Cinnamon pumpkin spice muffins perfect for fall! CatchMyParty.com

Makes 12 standard sized muffins or 18 cupcake size muffins.

Cinnamon pumpkin spice muffin recipe perfect for fall! CatchMyParty.com

Cinnamon pumpkin spice muffin recipe perfect for fall! CatchMyParty.com

Cinnamon pumpkin spice muffin recipe perfect for fall! CatchMyParty.com

Electrolux asked us to share some of our tips for creating a cozy, warm dinner party with less work, so here are some suggestions...

Tip 1 - Always have lots of white dishes available when entertaining. I buy Ikea white tableware in bulk so I never run out. Also, if you're going to invest in a few nice serving pieces, I suggest you make them white, too. That way everything will match and your food will stand out and look great against the white.

Tip 2 - Have lots of mason jars on hand! I use them as glasses for my guests and silverware and napkin holders, plus, I've been known to bake desserts in them. They are inexpensive, versatile, and perfect for a party! Plus, they give your party a slightly rustic feel, which ties nicely into fall.

Tip 3 - Use free party printables to decorate whenever possible. We have so many collections at Catch My Party for every holiday and occasion, so take a look. Just download the files, print them out, cut them out, and use them to give your party a polished touch. They are easy, inexpensive, and you can do them last minute.

Tip 4- Have your guests go home with something sweet, which is why I shared my pumpkin donut muffin recipe. It leaves your guest with something to remember the evening by and it's an inexpensive way to say "thanks for coming." In fact, you can even use these free printable gift tags to adorn your baked good. I promise your guests will be dying to come back.

Tip 5 - Always empty your dishwasher before your guests arrive, so you don't have to worry about having nowhere to put your dirty dishes at the end of the evening. However, the Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls (EI24ID50QS) is such a cool dishwasher because you can give your dishes a professional-level clean in just 30 minutes – so you could actually run a load between courses. I so want one of these! Look how pretty...

Fall Entertaining Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

And my other favorite feature of the dishwasher... a top shelf for  spatulas and other kitchen tools, or extra room for everyday utensils. What a space saver!

Fall Entertaining Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

This dishwasher has gone on my wishlist immediately. Happy entertaining, and if you need other delicious party recipes, we've got them. Take a look!

A professional-level clean in just 30 minutes – so dishes are clean and ready before the next course is served.   Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-TouchTM Controls (EI24ID50QS)   The new Electrolux dishwasher provides a professional level clean with its 30-minute wash and dry cycle. As the highest rated dishwasher on Reviewed.com (http://dishwashers.reviewed.com/content/electrolux-ei24id50qs-dishwasher-review ), it also features SatelliteSpray Arm technology which provides 400% more water coverage than a traditional dishwasher. Visit ElectroluxAppliances.com for more information on this and other stylish and functional options available from Electrolux.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Electrolux via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Electrolux.

Mermaid Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

You will love all these parties!

My four favorite parties this week from our site include: a stunning Snow White birthday celebration, a glam Monster High girl birthday party, a vintage murder mystery dinner party and a cute mermaid with glasses is the star of this modern mermaid party.

See more details below...

Favorite Parties of the Week | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

 

Free Printable Halloween Bingo Cards

by Jillian Leslie on

Free Printable Halloween Bingo Cards | CatchMyParty.com

 

Halloween bingo instruction

If you're throwing a kids' Halloween party, or even one for adults. Then how about using these free printable Halloween bingo cards as an easy activity to entertain your guests? I'm going to be using them at my daughter school Halloween party.

All you do is print out the 10 cards and the instructions. Then call out items off the instruction sheet (in random order), and if the guest have the image on their card, they cover it with a marker. I plan to use pennies as my markers. The first one to cover an entire row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) yells "bingo" and you've got a winner.

Download the Free Printable Halloween Bingo Cards

For more inspiration, check out these awesome Halloween parties from our site, all our free Halloween printables, and these amazing modern Halloween party supplies from our store! We've got you covered.

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