You've Been Booed Free Printable Kit

by Jillian Leslie on

You've been BOOed free printable kit |CatchMyParty.com

My neighborhood goes crazy right before Halloween. Just drive down our street and you will see house after house with a  "You've Been Booed" signs on the door. So I decided to get a jump on it this year, and show you how to "BOO" two of your neighbors using our You've Been BOOed free printable kit designed by Michelle from Printabelle!

How to Make Your You've Been BOOed Kit

First print out the files (including two "BOO" signs). Next cut out both "You've been booed" notes. Place one note, one "BOO" sign, and one treat in two separate bags. Now you've got your two kits!

For treats, we've included printable mini chocolate bar wrappers and printable treat bag toppers, so that can make your own like these below!

You've been BOOed free printable kit |CatchMyParty.com

Or you can use our cupcake toppers to decorate cupcakes, donuts, or muffins and give those as treats.

You've been BOOed free printable kit |CatchMyParty.com

There are also large party circles in the collection that you can cut out and tape on your bags to decorate!

Happy early Halloween, and have fun "BOOing"!

Monogram Floral Centerpiece

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Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Our creative blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are sharing a monogram floral centerpiece that would look great at a bridal shower, baby shower, or wedding!

Nothing brings a lovely sense of elegance to any event like flowers do! These sweet and simple floral centerpieces would be the perfect touch at any event!

When we found these paper mache letters we thought they would be the perfect way to showcase a fresh take on a floral centerpiece!

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Paper Mache Letters
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Floral Foam
  • X-acto Knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Monogram Floral Centerpiece DIY

1.) Start by taking your X-ACTO knife and cut into the front of your first letter where the side and top seam meet.

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

2.) Steadily continue to cut along your letter’s top front seam, leaving the back and sides of your letter intact.

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

3.) Repeat this step with any additional paper mache letters. Don't be concerned if your cuts are not perfect, they will be hidden by your fresh flowers!

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

4.) Using your X-ACTO knife cut your floral foam and down to size so it fits within the hollowed space of your letter.

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

5.) Once you have the necessary pieces sized, carefully hot glue them into the letter.

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com 6.) Now, repeat steps 4 & 5 for any additional letters.

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

7.) Next, select chosen flowers and cut them so you have the buds of the flower and a bit of the bud stem remaining. (Approximately ½ inch of stem)

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

8.) Now it is time to get creative! Carefully place and arrange your flowers into the floral foam. No need to secure the flowers with glue, as the foam will hold them into place!

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9.) Make sure to arrange the flowers so that all of your floral foam will eventually be covered.

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

10.) After placing all the desired flowers into the floral foam, you should have a fully arranged floral letter!

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

11.) Repeat steps 8& 9 for any additional letters.

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

You now have a uniquely gorgeous centerpiece, perfect for a bridal shower, baby shower, or more, that will be sure to wow all of your party guests!

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

And knowing you hand crafted it yourself, makes it all the more special!

Monogram floral centerpiece DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 

Thank you, Missy and Kristen, for sharing such a sweet and lovely party detail!

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

12 Fun Circus Carnival Party Games

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12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

Circus and carnival parties are so popular on our site and they're perfect for both boys and girls! If you're looking for circus carnival party game ideas here are some of our favorites!

1. Balloon shoot

Grab some darts and see who can pop the most balloons!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

2. Duck Pond Game

Catch a duck with a pole and find a hidden number on the bottom and win a prize!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

3. Guess the Jelly Beans

Fill a jar with jelly beans (don't forget to count them first!) and see who can come the closest with their guess!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

4. Ping Pong Toss

Set up cups or jars, and if your guests throw a ping pong ball into one, they win!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

5. Slam Dunk

Score with this fun basketball game that everyone would enjoy!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

6. Ring Toss

Here's a classic carnival game -- the ring toss! Throw a ring around a bottle and win a prize!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

7. Photo Booth with Props

Set the stage for your circus photos with props like these!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

8. Tin Can Knock Down

Stack up cans and let guests throw bean bags to knock down the tower of cans.

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

9. Clown Cut Out

Here's another great photo opp, guests look through the cut out and appear like a clown!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

10. Bean Bag Toss

Earn points for where you throw the bean bag and save up your tickets for a prize!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

11. Clown Noses

Having clown noses available for the guests will add some laughs to your celebration!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

12. Prize Board

Get the kids excited about the games by showing off a board filled with fun prizes!

12 Fun Circus and Carnival Party Games | CatchMyParty.com

For more ideas, check out all the circus and carnival parties on our site and our circus and carnival party Pinterest board.

And if you need free circus party printables, we've got those, too!

Princess Party Planning eBook

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Princess Party Planning eBook by CatchMyParty.com

I'm excited to show off our new Princess Party Planning eBook!

If you want to throw a beautiful princess party for your daughter, but don't know where to start, we've made this ebook just for you.

Our ebook has over 70 pages of everything you’ll need to throw a magical party including a full set free (editable) party printables, party supply shopping guides, easy crafts and recipes, and other princess parties from Catch My Party to inspire you. Take a look at our table of contents...

Princess Party Planning eBook by CatchMyParty.com

 What's inside the Princess Party Planning eBook

  • A full set of princess party printables (including beautiful invitations) that you can personalize with the birthday girl's name and party details! Other items include: favor tags (editable), cupcake toppers (editable), cupcake wrappers, a welcome sign, water bottle labels, straw flags, mini candy bar wrappers, food cards (editable), a "Happy Birthday" banner, and printable photo booth props.
Princess Party Planning eBook by CatchMyParty.com

  • A shopping list of party supplies to perfectly coordinate with your party. See below.
  • Nine simple crafts and recipes to give your party that extra special personal touch.
  • Other inspirational princess parties from Catch My Party to browse for ideas... and even shop.
Princess Party Planning eBook by CatchMyParty.com

Princess Party Planning eBook by CatchMyParty.com

Princess Party Planning eBook by CatchMyParty.com

Shoppable party supply pages

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Because we want you to be completely satisfied with our eBook, we offer a 100% money back guarantee. We feel that confident that this guide will help you throw the best princess party ever, and make lasting memories for you and that special birthday girl in your life!

Get your instant download of the ebook right after purchase.

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Peppa Pig Party Ideas and More!

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I wanted to share my four favorite parties of the week from our site. These are all incredible!  There are two girl birthdays, one filled with awesome Peppa Pig party ideas and one with beautiful butterfly party ideas, plus two creative boy birthdays: a vintage shark boy birthday party based on the movie Jaws and an Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party boy birthday.

See more details below.

Peppa Pig party ideas and more favorite parties! | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

Happy Labor Day! Hope you have a relaxing holiday before we all get back into the swing of things...

Cornflake Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

If you're looking for a decadent and delicious cookie, then definitely check out our cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie recipe.

We based this on the famous recipe found in Christina Tosi's Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, but we made some tweaks to ours that we think make them a little easier to make, and give you a little thicker and chewier cookie.

The cookies are absolutely incredible! They have just the right amount of crunch from the cornflakes. They're chewy and sweet from the marshmallows, and chocolate-y from the chocolate chips. Plus, there's a little bit of milk powder in the recipe to make you think you're eating cookies and milk in one bite.

If you want to impress your friends, I recommend you make these cookies!

CORNFLAKE MARSHMALLOW CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat milk powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups corn flake cereal
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
Directions:

Whisk the flour, milk powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Add the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla into another mixing bowl. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes until creamy.

Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing on low until it just comes together. Add the chocolate chips, and mix on low. Add the marshmallows, mixing on low until evenly distributed. Reserve handful of the marshmallows to decorate the cookies. Add the corn flakes, and mix by hand so they don't get too crushed.

Here's the batter once the cornflakes and marshmallows have been stirred in.

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

Chill the dough for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Roll the dough into golf ball sized balls, and place on a parchment lined or greased baking pan. Press a marshmallow or two into the top of each cookie. Give them ample room to spread. We cooked 8 at a time. Bake for 13 minutes.

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

Makes 2 dozen large cookies.

Here they are just out of the oven... And beyond insane!

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

So we created this recipe because we needed to make a mess (and what better way to make a mess than by making cookies). We have, in fact, teamed up with Delta Faucets to celebrate "mess."

But here's the truth, no food blogger wants to talk about mess, much less show theirs off. All we want to show is mouthwatering photos that look effortless.

But I love what Delta Faucets says about the whole thing: "Mess is evidence of a life well lived." And I couldn't agree more, especially having kids.

So, here's what my behind the scenes cookie mess looked like.

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

And I'm even more excited to show this off, because Delta Faucets is giving me a new kitchen faucet. Here's my current one so you see why I'm so thrilled.

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

And the cool thing about my new Delta Faucet is that it will incorporate new technology called Delta Touch2O ® Technology which allows users to turn on the water with a simple tap anywhere on the faucet spout, hub or handle. This helps reduce the spread of dirt and messes from hands to the faucet.

I love this idea because I tend to always have raw egg on my hands and I have to turn the water on by contorting my arm in this really funky way. Then I'm still worried I've contaminated everything.

We should be getting the faucet sometime in the next month and we're planning to install it ourselves, so you'll get to see the whole journey in my next two posts. Stay tuned...

And here's the cool part for you. Delta Faucets is running a  promotion on Facebook where if you submit a photo of your mess, you will be entered to win a Delta Faucets kitchen and bath prize package worth $2,400. You can learn more about it on the Delta Faucets site and enter the sweepstakes on the Delta Faucets Facebook page.

So to messy lives everywhere, I say, "Bring it on!" But because I'm a food blogger, I have to leave you with one more pretty shot.

Cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie recipe! CatchMyParty.com

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.

9 Fun Frozen Party Activities

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Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

With all the amazing Frozen parties on our site, I thought I'd share some fun Frozen party activities to give your guests a good time at your party!

1. Do you want to build a snowman?

Create an all edible snowman, just like Olaf, with marshmallows, chocolate chips, pretzels, and a candy corn nose!

Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

2. Snowball toss

Keep score on who gets the most points with this soft snowball tossing game!

 Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

3. Inside snowball fight

Even if it is warm outside, you can grab some styrofoam balls and have an indoor snowball fight!

 Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

4. Photo booth

Crowns, snowflakes, and dress up clothes are perfect for a snowy photo booth activity!

 Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

5. Make princess snow

Glitter and fake snow look so pretty in plastic keepsake containers!

 Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

6. Snowmen Marshmallows

Let your guests create snowmen with food safe markers and skewers!

 Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

7. Make wands

Have lots of glitter, snowflakes, sparkles and glue on hand for the girls to make magic ice princess wands!

 Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

8. Make Snow Globe Favors

Save your glass jars for a fun DIY snow globe craft!

 Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

9. Hot Cocoa Bar

Let your guests make their own hot chocolate creations at a hot cocoa bar set up with all the fixings!

 Fun Frozen Party Activities | CatchMyParty.com

Hope you enjoyed these Frozen party activities! For more ideas, check out all the Frozen parties on our site and our Frozen Pinterest board.

And if you need free Frozen party printables, we've got those too!

Tips For Getting Your Party Featured on Catch My Party

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Tips for Getting Your Party Featured on Catch My Party!

I was recently asked how I choose what parties to feature on our homepage and on our social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, so I wanted to give you my tips for getting your party featured on Catch My Party and shed some light on how I go about deciding.

Beautiful Photos

The first thing I look for is beautiful photos. I know it sounds obvious, but it couldn't be more true!

I look for photos shot in good (usually natural) light, that aren't blurry, and that show off all the interesting elements of the party.

I like a mix of close ups and panoramic shots. I don't like a lot of collages because it can be hard to make out the details.

I like to think about parties as stories. What story are you telling with the photos you add, and how are you building that story?

Number of Photos

A party needs at least 10 photos for me to consider featuring it because if people click through to see more, I want there to be something substantial there.

I would say adding more photos is better than fewer, but if I see multiple photos of the same thing, or lots of blurry shots, I know our users won't like it, so I won't feature it.

Having too many photos (say over 50) can also be a detriment because it's a lot to ask a user to scroll through who is probably just looking for a few great ideas.

Party Recaps... Yes!

I love details! I love captions. I love shout outs (and links) to the people that helped you put your party together. I love knowing where your bought stuff or how you made it. I love knowing what you ate and drank and what your favorite moments at your party were.

For me, it is all those details that make the party come to life... and again, it's all about the story. A good story, with good photos, gets me every time!

Don't be shy about sharing what you know or what you're proud of with our community. It's amazing the response you'll get.

Interesting or Unique Party Themes

I love showing off great, new, creative themes. Of course I'm a big fan of Frozen parties, superhero parties, and circus parties, but if there's a new theme I haven't seen before, and the photos are stunning, chances are I will be showing off that party!

I remember the first time I saw a Disney Up party and I couldn't wait to share it everywhere!

Photoshoots and Staged Parties

Real parties are my favorite, and if they have real people in them having a fun time, even better.

But, I will definitely feature photo shoots and staged parties if the photos are great, and there are interesting and inspiring elements in the set up. Having real people in them also makes a big difference.

Staged parties, where the sole purpose of the shoot is to sell products, probably won't be featured because they can feel "spammy" to our users. It's just not our vibe.

Watermarks

I'm a big believer in watermarking your photos. It's a great way to protect what is rightfully yours. If however, your watermarks obscure your photos and make them difficult to see, it's hard for me to show off your party.

So finally...

I hope this gives you some insight into what I think about when sharing and featuring parties.

But really what I want to say is thank you for all the parties you add. I get excited each morning when I get to my computer and I see all the new parties from all over the world.

You are a creative and generous community, you love your friends and families dearly (it shows), and you inspire me every day. I love what I do because of you.

If you have any questions, or there are things I haven't answered, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

How To Make Homemade Birthday Party Hats

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How To Make Homemade Birthday Party Hats | CatchMyParty.com

Have you ever wondered how to make homemade birthday party hats that that take traditional birthday hats to a new level? Well Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here to show how to make these beautiful handmade floral party hats.

Who says party hats are just for children's parties? We put a chic spin on your average party hat by using modern colors and fresh flowers! This fresh and floral take on your basic party hat will have your guests ready to celebrate!

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Fresh flowers
  • Party Hat Template
  • Cardstock
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pen
DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

1) First, carefully cut out your party hat template, which we found here.

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

2) Trace the template on to your cardstock (we chose a minty blue).

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

3) This should leave you with the perfectly outlined shape for your hat

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

4) Carefully cut out the shape of your hat

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

5) With your pen marks facing the inside of the hat, roll your paper into the cone shape and seal the edge with a few beads of hot glue. This should leave you with the standard party hat shape.

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

6) Take your fresh flowers and get the scissors as close as you can to the base of the bloom.

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

7) Once you have destemmed your flowers, they should resemble this

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

8) With a dot of hot glue, begin adhering your flowers around the base of your homemade party hat

DIY Floral Party Hat | CatchMyParty.com

9) As you add your flowers to your hat, be sure to layer and mix up colors to create a pretty spread. Continue adding until the desired amount of flowers are on the base of your hat. We included some gold painted ferns for a bit of extra sparkle!

10) Simply staple two satin ribbons to the sides of the hat, or a piece of elastic to both sides of the hat so it can be secured to someone's head

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Congratulations on creating your very own chic and modern homemade birthday party hat! Enjoy your hat at a garden party, bridal shower, girl birthday, or brunch! The options are endless!

Thanks, Missy and Kristen for another stunning tutorial! To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

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