Free Superhero Party Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

Free Superhero Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

I'm so excited to be sharing that Ana from Love Party Printables created this set of free superhero party printables and we get to give them away! Woo hoo!

Superhero parties are some of the most popular parties on our site. With all the superhero movies out, every kid wants to be one these days! My daughter is dying to fly.

Well now you can go throw your kid an awesome superhero party!

The collection includes everything you could ever need: cupcake toppers, cupcake wrappers, cake toppers, invitations, party labels, favor tags, straw flags, welcome signs, a "happy birthday" banner, and tented cards.

Download the free superhero party printables here!

Check out the individual files...

Free Superhero Party Printables - Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Free Superhero Party Printables -Invitations | CatchMyParty.com

Free Superhero Party Printables - Welcome Sign | CatchMyParty.com Superhero Party Free Printables - Water Bottle Labels | CatchMyParty.com

Superhero Party Free Printables - Labels | CatchMyParty.com Superhero Party Free Printables - Straw Flags | CatchMyParty.com

Superhero Party Free Printable - Happy Birthday Banner | CatchMyParty.com

Superhero Party Free Cake Topper Prntables | CatchMyParty.com Superhero Party Free Printable Tented Cards | CatchMyParty.com

Superhero Party Free Printable - Thanks You Cards | CatchMyParty.com

Superhero Party Free Printable - Birthday Cards | CatchMyParty.com

For more inspiration, check out all the incredible superhero parties on our site!

And to learn more about Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables. What an awesome collection, Ana! Thanks!

Blueberry Mojito Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Blueberry Mojito Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I had a friend who went to Cuba, and when he got back, he threw a party and made everyone mojitos to celebrate! It was the first time I'd ever tried one and I loved the fresh mint and lime flavor. It tasted light, bright, and summery.

So check out this blueberry mojito recipe we're sharing. It's still got all the zestiness of a traditional mojito, with a lot more bold fruit. And doesn't the blueberry color look so vibrant? Wouldn't your guests love sipping on one of these on a hot summer night?

Blueberry Mojito Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Blueberry Mojito Recipe

Ingredients:
  • Fresh mint
  • Limes
  • Blueberry Vodka
  • Sparkling water or Sprite
  • Wild blueberries (I like the frozen wild blueberries)
  • Crushed ice
  • Sugar
Blueberry Mojito Ingredients | CatchMyParty.comDirections:

Place 4­-6 mint leaves and 3-­4 lime quarters in the bottom of the mason jar glass. Using a cocktail muddler press down on the mint and limes to release the lime juice.

Blueberry Mojito Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Add a scoop of crushed ice.

Depending on the size of your mason jar, add 1-­2 oz of blueberry vodka.

Add 1⁄8 - ­1⁄4 cup crushed wild blueberries.

Add another scoop of crushed ice.

Top the mojito with sparkling water or Sprite. The Sprite makes the mojito sweeter (this is how I love it!). If using the sparkling water make sure to add 2-­3 teaspoons of sugar and stir to combine.

The mint and blueberries together are such a refreshing summer cocktail!

Blueberry Mojito Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Blueberry Mojito Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

This delicious summer recipe was created by our craft and food contributor, Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

For more summer cocktails, check out these delicious recipes.

Watermelon Agua Fresca | CatchMyParty.com

Summer Citrus Sangria | CatchMyParty.com

And for more inspiration check out all the fantastic summer parties on our site and our free summer printables.

 

Geometry Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

My favorite parties this week are a geometry party, a patriotic 4th of July party, a under the sea boy birthday party , and a carousel dreams pastel birthday party

Happy almost July 4th! We're being mellow this year, watching fireworks from the Costco parking lot near us where we can get a great view!

This week we had incredible parties added to our site, including a modern graduation geometry party. If you're up on current party trends, you know that "geo" parties are very popular right now. They've got a great modern feel and you can do them in any colors you like.

So my four favorite parties this week include the geo grad party, a red, white and blue patriotic 4th of July party, an awesome under the sea boy birthday party, and a dreamy carousel pastel birthday party!

Bethany F's Lyric's Geo Grad Party

My favorite details:

  • The awesome geo cake
  • The triangle paper backdrop
  • The vibrant pyramid chocolates
Geo themed graduation party | Catchmyparty.com

Mint Event Design's 4th of July With a Vintage Touch

My favorite details:

  • The American flag marshmallows
  • The pinwheel cake toppers
  • The bright red dresser as dessert table
4th of July patriotic party | Catchmyparty.com

14 & Hudson / Paula Clemente Woods' Brayden's Under the Sea 1st Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The shark cake
  • The banner of monthly photos
  • The cute under the sea photo booth props
Under the sea boy birthday | Catchmyparty.com

Chakoda Design's Carousel Dreams

My favorite details:

  • The carousel horses
  • The incredible carousel cake
  • The beautiful paper flower backdrop
Carousel dreams girl birthday | Catchmyparty.com

Have a happy and safe July 4th with your friends and family!

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Patriotic July 4th Cookies

by Jillian Leslie on

Patriotic July 4th Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

 

 

Ever since I was a little kid, I've always loved July 4th. Something about a party on a hot summer night with family and friends, eating yummy food, and fireworks -- what could be more fun!

For your July 4th BBQ this year, how about serving something like these patriotic July 4th cookies for dessert! All you need are some cookie molds, candy melts, and Oreos. Didn't these come out cute? Your guests will love them and their patriotic vibe.

Supplies: (affil)

Wilton cookie mold

Red, white and blue Candy Melts

Piping bags or Ziploc bags

Oreos (no double stuffed)

Patriotic July 4th Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Place the red and blue candy melts into two piping bags or Ziploc bags. Melt the candy melts in the microwave in 30 second intervals, massaging the bags after each interval, to help melt.

Making July 4th Chocolate Oreos | CatchMyParty.com

Cut the tips off the red and blue candy melt piping bags. Starting with one color, gently squeeze the piping bag to slowly fill just the dots or stripes in the molds. This will be layer 1. Repeat with the next color.

Making July 4th Chocolate Oreos | CatchMyParty.com

Tip: I used the end of a wooden skewer to clean up any spots I overfilled. It may take a few attempts for practice! You will need a steady hand:­)

Chill for at least 30 minutes to allow the melts to harden.

Making July 4th Chocolate Oreos | CatchMyParty.com

Next, melt the white candy melts in a bowl. Take the cookie mold out of the refrigerator. Fill each mold 2⁄3 full with the white melts. Make sure the melts are not too hot!

Making July 4th Chocolate Oreos | CatchMyParty.com

Let them cool if need be before moving on to the final step.

Press the chocolate cookie into the white candy melts until the white melted candy reaches the top of the mold. Note: The bottom of the cookies will not be covered.

Making July 4th Chocolate Oreos | CatchMyParty.com

Chill cookies for at least an hour. Keep them cool before serving to avoid melting during the hot summer months!

Patriotic July 4th Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

This awesome food craft was created by our craft contributor, Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Here's another July 4th post you might like!

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July 4th Kids' Activity That Will Snap, Crackle, and Pop!

by Jillian Leslie on

July 4th Kids' Activity That Will Snap, Crackle, and Pop!

Julie from Crowing Details is here today to share how she put together a fantastic kids' activity station for July 4th that will delight your kids! She also designed a free printables to go along with it! 

Even though my 3 little ones are still too young for a big fireworks show, I still like to make July 4th fun and exciting for them. I also like to find a way to entertain the adults at my BBQ.

So I created a July 4th kids' activity that I like to call "safe" fireworks for kids (and adults).

It's simple to put together, and will definitely get your guests (big and small) into a poppin' mood!

July 4th Kids' Activity That Will Snap, Crackle, and Pop

Supplies: Step 1- Grab 3 of your favorite containers (I chose a 3 part metal server for my display) and fill it with items that you guessed it....snap, crackle & pop! I filled my containers with traditional party poppers, pop snaps, and sparklers for after dusk (adult supervision is needed for this one).

Step 2 - Print and trim the FREE Snap, Crackle, Pop printables and attach using tape or glue dots to your chosen containers for a bit of cheeky 4th of July fun!

Download the July 4th printable here!

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Snap, Crackle Pop July 4th Kids' Activity Station | CatchMyParty.com

Snap, Crackle, Pop4th of July Kids' Activity Station | CatchMyParty.com
Snap, Crackle, Pop July 4th Kids' Activity Station | CatchMyParty.com
How will you celebrate this 4th of July with your family?
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What Works for a Busy Blogger Mom

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What Works for a Busy Blogger Mom | CatchMyParty.com

When you are a blogger, your home life and work life blur. I love this about my job, because everything is part of everything else.

So yes, I am a multitasker by definition. I'm constantly juggling work and family, switching between the two at the drop of a hat.

I've learned that because things can be unpredictable, my goal is to stay nimble and flexible, and to use strategies that simplify my life and make it run smoothly.

It's why I eat ZonePerfect® Nutrition Bars when I'm looking for a between-meal snack. I like that they are tasty and packed with protein, so they keep my energy high.

They also go great with my green tea with coconut oil.

What Works for a Busy Blogger Mom | CatchMyParty.com

I've been eating ZonePerfect Bars for years. My secret is to refrigerate them so they've got a little extra crunch when you bite into them.

And when I go out, I always stash a few in my bag.

What Works for a Busy Blogger Mom | CatchMyParty.com

Today, we went to the Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. The Maker Faire is "part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new." It's as if Burning Man, Google, and an artisan pickle maker had a baby.

It's for all types of makers, in every field imaginable, and because I think of myself as a "maker," I find the whole thing incredibly inspiring.

Here are some of my quick highlights...

This was a cool light up board you could adjust with magnetic lights.

Maker Faire 2016 | CatchMyParty.com

Here are some adorable paper crafts people were selling.

Maker Faire 2016 | CatchMyParty.com

I loved the clothing made from duct tape.

Maker Faire 2016 | CatchMyParty.com

We got to explore a forest of fluorescent blow-up trees.

Maker Faire 2016 | CatchMyParty.com

How cool is this life-size Monopoly board?

Maker Faire 2016 | CatchMyParty.com

3D printers were everywhere!  Maker Faire 2016 | CatchMyParty.com

And when I needed refueling, I pulled out my ZonePerfect Bar at the hula-hoop station.

Maker Faire 2016 | CatchMyParty.com

Here I'm letting a camera show me my mood. The camera and I both agreed I was quite happy (thanks to my happy tummy). Maker Faire 2016 | CatchMyParty.com

My favorite ZonePerfect Bar flavors are Chocolate Peanut Butter, Double Dark Chocolate, and Chocolate Mint.  As you can guess, I'm a chocolate kind of gal.

What Works for a Busy Blogger Mom | CatchMyParty.com

If you're a busy working mom like me, keep a ZonePerfect Bar (or two) at the ready. It's just one of those things that works!

And here's a coupon if you'd like to receive $1.00 off two ZonePerfect 5-count cartons. The coupon expires 8/4/2016.

At ZonePerfect, we don’t just love making bars—we insist that all of our snacks feature delicious and tempting ingredients that also happen to be nutritious. With so many varieties to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect flavor for any craving. So keep a few bars on hand, and don’t let snack time distract you.

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Giraffe Birthday Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

My favorite parties this week: a giraffe birthday party, a patriotic birthday, a Mary Poppins party and pink flamingo birthday

Once again, we had so many fantastic parties added to our site this week, including an unbelievable gold boho giraffe birthday party!

In addition to the giraffe celebration, we also had a stunning patriotic 4th of July birthday party, a pretty, vintage Mary Poppins party, and a poolside pink flamingo girl birthday party!

The Little Big Company's Giraffe Party

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful giraffe backdrop
  • The birthday girl's flower crown
  • The gold cake with floral topper
Giraffe girl birthday party | Catchmyparty.com

Down Emery Lane's 2nd Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The American flag cake
  • The paper fan backdrop
  • The birthday boy's sneakers
Patriotic 4th of July party | Catchmyparty.com

Mindy K's Mary Poppins Second Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The incredible buffet table with Mary's hat and silhouette
  • The beautiful invitation
  • The hanging kites and umbrella
Mary Poppins birthday party | Catchmyparty.com

Serendipity Do's Poolside Flamingle

My favorite details:

  • The flamingo cake topper
  • The giant balloons and ribbons on the dessert table
  • The name "Poolside Flamingle"!!!
Pink flamingo summer party | Catchmyparty.com

I hope you had a nice week. I went on a house tour today to see a zero energy house. I's run 100% off the solar panels on the roof. It was so amazing. I see the future and it's here!

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How To Entertain Your Kids on Long Car Rides

by Jillian Leslie on

How to Entertain Your Kids on Long Car Rides | CatchMyParty.com

If you are looking for a great way to entertain your kids on long car rides this summer, I have one suggestion... Audible! It's a lifesaver.

My daughter's favorite book is Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. She loves the special world Alice enters, and all the incredible characters she meets along the way.

For this post, I'm happy to have teamed up with Audible to let you know about the new edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, narrated by Scarlett Johansson.

Yes, the Scarlett Johansson, Golden Globe nominee and the beautiful actress with the cool, throaty voice.

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We started listening to it in the car the other day, and Lainey, my daughter, didn't want to get out. She just wanted to stay and listen because Scarlett Johansson brings such life and expression to the story and characters.

It's like she's right there in the car telling us this incredible story. Yes, the Scarlett Johansson is in our car... well, at least it feels like she is.

I have been an Audible subscribers since my daughter was very young. It's such a pleasure to download books from Audible and listen on long car rides.

It gives us something to look forward to, it definitely makes the drives feel shorter, and it's fun for my husband and me to revisit some of our childhood favorites.

But the best benefit is, it gives us something to talk about during our trips, and when the trips are over, the books stay with us. I can remember the books we listened to past trips, because they've became part of the overall experience.

Some of our favorite Audible family books have been:

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet the Spy

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG on Audible

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden on Audible

For myself, I like having an audiobook to listen to when I'm in the car by myself, cleaning up, folding laundry, or right before bed. Listening to a good book definitely helps me unwind.

Right now I'm in a non-fiction phase. I'm listening to Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and I find it absolutely fascinating. It's changing my whole perspective on being human.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sign up for Audible and get a 30-day trial with a free download. It's so worth it for summer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers Easily

by Jillian Leslie on

FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers

You might have seen this pop-up on our site...

FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers

A few years ago, we built this for ourselves, a pop-up to grow Pinterest followers, and it worked so well we started giving it away for FREE to other bloggers and business owners. We named it MiloTree (after our favorite tree in Hawaii).

Then we went one step further. We configured it so you can use the same pop-up to grow Instagram followers and to grow Facebook followers.

Here's what our Instagram pop-up looks like...

FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers

And here's what our Facebook pop-up looks like...

FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers Notice each pop-up is personalized with our different social media accounts, and yours will be, too.

And today a blogger sent me this email:

"I love this pop up!  It worked immediately."  

So how do you get it for yourself? Simple!

Head to MiloTree and download our free WordPress plugin to grow your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook followers.  We also support most publishing platforms including: Shopify, Blogger, Squarespace, Weebly, BigCommerce, and many more.

Depending on how you configure it, you can grow one, two, or all three social networks.

Because at Catch My Party, we care so much about site performance, we optimized the MiloTree pop-up to be lightening fast and mobile friendly.

And for those wanting to get your followers growing even faster, check out our Blogger Level Plan ($6/month). We've added special features that will get your audience clicking on your pop-up.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out, and if you're using it already, I'd love to hear what you think!

Finding Dory Party Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

Finding Dory party ideas Including a Finding Dory dessert table | CatchMyParty.com

We saw Finding Dory opening weekend, and our whole family loved it! The movie is funny, sweet, and touching, and the message about accepting people's differences is so universal and important.

When Party City asked me to style a Finding Dory party I was happy to do it. I wanted to make the party simple, stylish, and fun.

To set the mood, I hung a large Dory party banner behind my dessert table and added pop-up Dory centerpieces.

Finding Dory Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Finding Dory Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

As a special treat, I made homemade candy sushi.

Finding Dory Candy Sushi | CatchMyParty.com

I shaped Rice Krispie Treats to look like rice balls, topped them with small Swedish fish, and wrapped them with black licorice wheels to look like nori (seaweed). My daughter and her friends thought these were super cute! Btw, this is the only kind of sushi my daughter will eat.

How To Make Candy Sushi | CatchMyParty.com

Candy sushi - Finding Dory Party | CatchMyParty.com

I put out large blue gumballs as an accent, and as an extra treat, I drizzled melted royal blue candy melts over microwave popcorn, then served them in cute Dory snack cups.

Finding Dory popcorn | CatchMyParty.com

To add something salty, in a small plastic fish bowl, I put out Goldfish crackers.

Finding Dory Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

I bought vanilla cupcakes at the grocery store, then added these cute Wilton Dory toppers.

Finding Dory Cupcake | CatchMyParty.com

For drinks I served blue Gatorade and added blue striped paper straws.

Finding Dory Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

I love how great the cupcakes looked with such little effort.

Finding Dory Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

And for party favors, I made these tissue paper Dory and Nemo fish party favors.

Finding Dory Party Favors | CatchMyParty.com

Here are some of the cute party favor toys I filled them with.

Finding Dory Party Favors | CatchMyParty.com

At the end of the party, my daughter and friends loved ripping them open to get their loot!

Finding Dory Party Favors | CatchMyParty.com

If you throw a Dory party please add it to our site so I can see what you do. Also, check out all that Party City has to offer. There’s no party like a Party City party!

This post is sponsored by Party City, but all opinions and ideas are mine!

For more inspiration, don't miss this post I did where I share how I made Dory and Nemo cookies!

Dory & Nemo Cookies DIY | CatchMyParty.com