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Easy Outdoor Summer Party Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

I love summer parties! This weekend I got to throw one, and I have to say, summer parties are my favorite. It's the casual, easy feel of eating outside, the delicious summer fruits and vegetables, the long days and warm nights, and even the flip flops (and yes, I wore them)...

We invited over some old family friends and their children, and thanks to Pier 1, I got to really style it up (I call my theme "colorful boho"). I also used our new free retro summer printables to help set a playful mood!

The welcome sign was a huge hit with the guests, they all commented on it.

Free summer party printables | CatchMyParty.com

While the guests arrived I put out simple foods to nosh on, and poured some bright, crisp albarino wine.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty For dinner. I served this beautiful salad straight from the farmer's market...

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Corn bread...

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Corn and tomato salad...

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

And a special marinated steak called "Fred's Steak" that we get at our local butcher. It's got this weird black exterior, but tastes amazing on the inside!

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

I was excited to use my new honeycomb drink dispenser. Can you believe up until now, I haven't owned one? (Thank you, Pier 1.)

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

I also set up a little cozy nook for people to have a quiet getaway spot and added my favorite flowers... tulips.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

For dessert, I served whoopie pies to the kids, always a crowd favorite.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty And for the adults, an upside down blueberry and peach cake that had the perfect balance of tangy and sweet. I wish I had made it, but it was store bought. :)

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

For those wanting a healthier option, I put out some fresh farmer's market strawberries. They were so sweet, however, it was like I dumped them in a bag of sugar.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty A fun parting gift for the kids, some crazy glow-in-the-dark lollipops.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

And I love when a summer party transitions from day to night, and all the lights turn on...

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Just looking at these photos, makes me think about what a great time we had, and how much fun it is to celebrate with people you love! My takeaway... I need to throw more parties!

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Find what speaks to you.

Pier1Imports_Logo (2) Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pier 1 via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pier 1.

Free Summer Party Printables from Printabelle

by Jillian Leslie on

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

If you love retro party styling like me, check out this set of free retro summer party printables Michelle at Printabelle has designed for us!

 

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

The collection includes: a "Let's Eat" welcome sign, cupcake toppers,  thank you cards, straw flags,  and blank tented cards.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Here are the individual files...

Free Summer Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

For more inspiration and party ideas, check out these awesome summer parties on our site!

And remember, if you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Feminine Ribbon Chandelier DIY

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Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here today with a beautiful ribbon chandelier DIY that would look great at a girl birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, or even as room decor.

Nothing says "feminine" like delicate ribbon and lace, and a ribbon chandelier is an easy and beautiful way to add an ethereal, shabby chic feel to your next event!

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:
  • Large embroidery hoop
  • Small embroidery hoop
  • Assortment of ribbon and lace
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • String

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial supplies | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

1.) Take your large embroidery hoop and hot glue a 12 inch strip of ribbon to the hoop, leaving a small amount of ribbon at the top to wrap over the top of the hoop.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

2.) Now glue down the excess ribbon by wrapping it and securing it to the interior of the hoop.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

3.) Repeat the first step, alternating ribbon colors and textures, creating a pattern, until the entire hoop is covered.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

4.) Secure a piece of ribbon around the inside perimeter of the hoop with hot glue, hiding any excess, uneven or frayed pieces.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

5.) Take your string and simply knot it onto the hoop in 3 even spaces locations at the height you prefer.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

6.) Pull the three pieces of string and knot them together, creating a perfect first layer to your chandelier!

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

7.) Repeat the previous steps for your second, smaller hoop.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

8.) This should leave you with two hoops. Carefully, evenly space and attach the strings from the smaller hoop to the large hoop. Be sure to adjust the distance between the two levels, determining the overall length you would like your chandelier to be.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

9.) Now you will have a lovely 2 tiered chandelier, perfect for your party. We chose to use our DIY ribbon chandelier to accent our Belle inspired princess party!

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

 

Thank you Kristen and Missy for your beautiful DIY. I definitely want to make a ribbon chandelier for my daughter's room. She would love it hanging above her bed.

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram. Party photography by Expressions by Nicole Marie.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - July 6th

by Jillian Leslie on

Check out my favorite parties added to our site this week...

A red, yellow and blue Pinocchio birthday party with circle decorations, a camping boy birthday party with a nature scavenger hunt, a 50's bridal shower with a perfect housewife theme, and an Disney's Up inspired boy birthday party with colorful balloons!

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week July 6 | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

Hope you had a great July 4th! We saw some amazing fireworks from the parking lot of Costco!

Spicy Habañero Chimichurri Recipe

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Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe | CatchMyParty.com

We were asked by Hebrew National to share a recipe using their famous quality franks, so we decided to make a grilled hot dog sandwich topped with some delicious spicy habañero chimichurri!

Originally from Argentina, chimichurri is a marinade usually made from parsley, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice that adds a zing of flavor to all kinds of meat.

We decided to add some heat to our chimichurri with habañero peppers. We love spicy and we thought it would balance the smoky, salty flavors of the hot dog well!

We sliced our hotdog in half,  grilled both sides to get a good char, toasted up some whole wheat bread from the farmer's market, placed our hot dog on a bed of arugula and mizuna (I love greens that add a little bite). Then we topped our hot dog with our spicy chimichurri sauce and added some heirloom tomato slices for acid and crunch.

The whole thing was so easy and yummy! This sandwich is a great way to take your hot dogs to a whole new level this summer.

SPICY HABAÑERO CHIMICHURRI RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon onion
  • 2 teaspoons of finely diced habañero pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Combine olive oil, parsley, red wine vinegar, garlic, lime juice, and salt and habenero pepper in a bowl. Mix and taste. Two teaspoons of habanero should be medium spicy. Add another teaspoon or two if you like it hot! Let it rest for an hour or two to let the flavors combine.

Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe | CatchMyParty.com

When entertaining in summer, I love putting food out and giving my guests lots of choices.

For a BBQ, I recommend putting out a plate of grilled hot dogs, some sliced bread, some lettuce and tomato, and an array of condiments including ketchup and mustard for those old school flavors. (You can see my Hunt's Tomato Ketchup and Gulden's Mustard here which I served right next to my chimichurri).

I'd give no instructions to my guests on how to make their sandwiches, but let them do the creating. It's more fun that way, and if you can get people talking about food -- their likes and dislikes -- you have a party. In my opinion, there's no better ice breaker!

Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Spicy habanero pepper chimichurri recipe | CatchMyParty.com

With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It's all about what makes the cut (and what doesn't). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.

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

Waffle Iron Birthday Cake DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Waffle iron birthday cake | CatchMyParty.com

Michelle from Michelle's Party Plan-It is here with a creative way to bake a birthday cake... using a waffle iron!

Looking for a fast and easy way to bake a birthday cake without using an oven? How about using a waffle iron? It’s hot here in Southern California and the last thing I want to do is fire up the oven to bake.

I recently baked some ready-made cinnamon rolls in my waffle iron and have since been on the hunt to find other items I can bake with my waffle iron. One of my friends shared how she baked a cake with a waffle iron and I knew I had to try it out for myself.

Supplies:

  • 1 box cake mix of your choice (plus ingredients as directed on the box)
  • Waffle iron
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Icing
  • Sprinkles

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Step 1.

Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box and turn on your waffle iron.

Step 2.

Spray the top and bottom waffle iron plates with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cake batter in the center of the waffle iron. The amount of cake batter will depend on the size and shape of your waffle iron. Just like when you make waffles, it may take some trial and error to determine the right amount of batter.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

Step 3.

Cook until steaming stops, then carefully remove the cake waffle.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

Step 4.

Once cooled, spread a thin layer of icing on top of the cake waffle and sprinkle some sprinkles on the edges. Stack another cake waffle and repeat.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

More ideas:
  • Use whipped cream instead of icing and add fresh fruit.
  • Serve vanilla ice cream between two layers to make ice cream sandwiches.
  • Serve warm with whipped cream and fudge sauce.

How to bake a birthday cake in a waffle iron | CatchMyParty.com

 

This looks crazy delicious, Michelle, and so cool!

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

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - June 29th

by Jillian Leslie on

Check out my favorite parties added to our site this week...

A fun Curious George birthday party with yellow hats and bananas, a wild rumpus Where the Wild Things Are birthday party for a one year old, a rustic shabby chic mint and gold baby shower, and a milk and cookies party featuring Cookie Monster!

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week June 29 | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

Hope you enjoyed your first week of summer! What are you planning for July 4th?

Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Our super chic blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are sharing an easy table runner made out of craft paper, perfect for a colorful summer party or baby shower!

A brightly colored table runner is a great way to take a party table from boring to beautiful, and with this table runner, there is no sewing involved because it's made from craft paper. This quick, easy, and inexpensive party DIY is a fun way to add a little color to your next event!

Supplies:

  • Roll of craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Assortment of acrylic paint
  • Wine cork
  • Paper towels

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Unroll your craft paper and cut it to the length of your table, adding a foot of length to each side. This will not only look nicer, but it also help to keep the runner in place.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Squeeze out a bit of paint onto a piece scrap of paper. You won't need much, as a little goes a long way for this project!

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Next, gently dip your cork into the first paint color, only applying it to the very base of the cork.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Blot off any excess paint onto a paper towel, leaving enough paint to transfer a couple of polka dots onto your craft paper.

Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner DIY CatchMyParty.com

Carefully press the paint-coated cork straight down onto the craft paper and lift, leaving a perfect polka dot!

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Repeat the previous steps with your other paint colors, being careful to wipe the previous color from the cork with a paper towel.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Don't be concerned about perfectly spacing your dots, imperfections add to the charm! This should leave you with a fun polka doted pattern throughout the entire runner.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Add your new runner to your table and enjoy!

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks so much, Missy and Kristen! This table runner would look great at a rustic brunch or as part of a shabby chic dessert table!

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

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