Minecraft Creeper Pizza

by Jillian Leslie on

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

We were asked by DiGiorno® to come up with a fun pizza design using their new DESIGN A PIZZA kit. The DESIGN A PIZZA kit comes with everything you need to create your own pizza masterpiece.

I knew my daughter, Lainey, would enjoy doing this. She loves creating any kind of masterpiece, especially one she can eat!

Lainey is a huge Minecraft fan, in fact she's going to Minecraft camp in a few weeks, so when we came up with the idea of making a Creeper pizza she was so excited!

The DESIGN A PIZZA kits come in three varieties:

  • Pepperoni and Sausage with Peppers & Onions
  • Spinach, Tomato & Red Onion with Pepperoni
  • Chicken, Green Peppers & Red Onions with Pepperoni.
For this project, we chose the kit with chicken, green peppers & onions, and pepperoni. Here's what this DESIGN A PIZZA kit looks like.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

Because we both love pepperoni, cheese, and seasonings, those were the toppings we chose to go with for our pizza. Here are all the toppings right out of the box:

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

First thing we did was add the extra cheese.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

Next, because everything in Minecraft comes in blocks, we had to make a block pizza. I used a square piece of  7.5" x 7.5" paper to cut it out.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

Next we cut the pepperoni into squares. We needed 4 square pieces of pepperoni and one additional square cut in half and then one half cut into quarters.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

Here the Minecraft design so you can see how the pepperonis are put together.

Minecraft Pizza Template

And here's Lainey adjusting the pieces.

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

Our finished pizza...


And since the DESIGN A PIZZA kit comes with a pack of oregano, and Creepers are green, it was the perfect touch!

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

What did we do with the pizza edges? We sprinkled on a little extra cheese and... delicious!

Minecraft Creeper Pizza

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

Frozen Nutella Banana Ice Cream Toppers

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Frozen Nutella Banana Ice Cream Toppers!

Nothing to me says summer like ice cream. Since I was a child, ice cream has always been my favorite  dessert.

One of my best summer memories is of my dad taking me out for ice cream to our local ice cream shop in New Jersey called Grunings. The best part was that I was allowed to order anything I wanted, and I always got the same thing... a banana split. My special banana split had vanilla ice cream with extra chocolate sauce and extra whipped cream. It was delicious.

I can still picture eating it out of one of those big glass banana boats. But what really makes the memory special is that it was time I got to spend with just my dad. I remember him being so tall and handsome. He had a mustache, wore tennis clothes, and drove a little Datsun 280z.  And I remember being so proud to be out with him.

So when I was asked by Nutella to "Spread the Happy," and share a favorite summer memory, I thought in honor of my dad and our trips to Grunings, I'd make frozen Nutella banana toppers.

These were simple to make. All ll I did was slice bananas and lay them on a sheet of wax paper covering a small cutting board. I heated the Nutella for 20 seconds in the microwave to melt it a little.

Frozen Nutella Banana Ice Cream Toppers!

Then using a spoon (and my finger), I coated the tops and sides of the banana slices.

I froze them for about three hours and then used them to top my ice cream! They are delicious, just like my old banana splits, and the best part is they make me think of my dad.

Frozen Nutella Banana Ice Cream Toppers!

If you love Nutella and want to share how you enjoy it, check out the Nutella Tumbler page!

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the HappyTM.

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

6 Fun July 4th Crafts, Recipes, and Free Printables

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July 4th Crafts, Recipes, & Free Printables! |


I love when I get to participate in blog hops, especially with bloggers I admire and respect.

So, if you need July 4th party and BBQ ideas, then please hop over and visit some of my favorite friends. There are crafts, recipes, free printables, and more! Enjoy the jaunt!

July 4th Ideas:

For more party ideas, check out these incredible July 4th party ideas and free July 4th party printables from our site!

7 Must-Haves for Your Construction Birthday Party

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Construction Birthday Party Ideas |

Construction birthday parties are all the rage on our site, perfect for young boys who like to build! Check out these fantastic construction birthday party ideas you'll want at your upcoming party.

1. Dump truck cake

First you need a great cake. How about a fondant decorated cake like this, with malted milk balls as dirt, and a toy dump truck scooping them up on top!

Construction Birthday Party Cake |

2. Dirt cups

To add to the theme of getting dirty, Oreo "dirt, "pudding cups, with gummy worm candy make for a fun treat for kids.

Construction Party Dessert Ideas |

3. Workbench dessert table

Here's a way to wow your guests. Set up your dessert table like a real workbench.

Construction Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas |

4. Construction party activity

Painting a cardboard house is a perfect activity for the party guests to enjoy. Everyone can get in on the action.

Construction Birthday Party Activity Ideas |

5. Work zone kids' table

To make your party feel more authentic, set up your kids' table with work vests and orange cones.

Construction Party Kids' Table Ideas |

6. Marshmallow wet paint brushes

Square marshmallows dipped into yellow candy melts look a lot like wet paint brushes!

Construction Party Dessert Ideas |

7.  Party supplies

And finally, here's a selection of awesome party supplies for your construction party! Construction Birthday Party Supplies |

  1. Construction zone paper dessert plates
  2. Construction zone beverage napkins
  3. Construction zone cupcake toppers
  4. Construction zone tablecover
  5. Construction zone dangling swirls
  6. Black and white baker's twine
  7. Yellow mini popcorn boxes
  8. Black horizontal paper straw
  9. Black gumball tube
  10. Lemon rock candy sugar stick
  11. Yellow construction hat
  12. Construction sign cutouts

For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all these construction birthday parties on our site.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - June 22nd

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

A gorgeous pink, white and black Parisian girl birthday party, a hot pink and gold baby shower with hot air balloons and elephants, an amazing colorful cowgirl birthday party, and a fun boy Minecraft birthday party.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week June 22 |

Clockwise from top left:

Just came back from a beautiful few days in Napa. What incredible food I ate and wine I drank. Still tasting it all in my mouth!

July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake is here today with us to show us how to make a vintage-looking scrap fabric banner, which is perfect for the 4th of July!

This fabric garland is a fun and easy way to decorate for the 4th of July. I love its rustic look!

July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
Here is how to make it in a few simple steps:
July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
  • 1/4 yard fabric in assorted colors
  • Twine
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
Start by cutting the fabric in 1 inch wide strips. Using a rotary cutter makes this process super fast.
July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty
1. Cut a length of twine and make loops at both ends for hanging later.

2. Knot a fabric strip around the twine.3. Pull both ends of the strip towards you.

4. Repeat in a pattern of your choice.

July 4th Patriotic Scrap Fabric Banner DIY | CatchMyParty

Thank you, Virginie, for sharing this awesome garland banner with us! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

For more party ideas, check out these incredible July 4th party ideas and free July 4th party printables from our site!

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial

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Chic Mason Jar Vase

Our wonderfully creative blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are sharing a gorgeously chic mason jar vase tutorial with us today!

Nothing sets the ambiance of an event or brightens a room like fresh flowers in a stylish vase! Mason jars are a fun and easy option for centerpieces, ranging from a chic way to liven up your home, to setting the scene at a wedding. This quick, easy and trendy take on your basic mason jar is a fun way to add a little style to your home or next event!

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |


  • Quart sized mason jar
  • Gold spray paint
  • Blue spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Wax paper
  • 1/2 inch hole punch
  • Flowers
Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

Follow these quick and simple steps to make your own custom mason jar vase:

1.) Select a mason jar from your local craft supply store. (We chose a quart size, but you can use any size you like!) Prepare your mason jar to be painted by washing and drying it carefully. Next, turn your jar upside down.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

2.) Select the color paint you would like for your dots, we chose gold. Spray the entire jar in even strokes until it is completely coated. Allow the paint to dry for 30-60 minutes.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

3.) Next, take a strip of your painters tape and adhere it to the wax paper. This will make it easier to punch.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

4.) Using your hole punch, cut out as many dots as you would like to use on your jar. (You can use any size hole punch you prefer, depending on how large you would like your dots to be)

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

5.) Carefully peel the wax paper away from the back of your painter tape dots and apply the tape dots in any pattern you like on the jar.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

6.) Once your dots are applied to the jar, you will be ready to paint the next coat.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

7.) Using your second color, spray the entire jar in even strokes until it is completely coated. Allow the paint to dry for 30-60 minutes.

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

8.) Once your top coat is dry, carefully peel of the painter tape dots to reveal your base color, creating a fun and beautiful pattern!

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

Add your favorite flowers to your new vase and enjoy!

Chic Mason Jar Vase Tutorial |

Thanks so much, Missy and Kristen! These jars would be lovely as a centerpiece at a rustic celebration!

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

9 Best 40th Birthday Themes for Women

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Best Femaile 40th Birthday Party Themes |

If you're a woman turning 40 and want your 40th birthday party to be classy, sexy, and cool, check out these fantastic party themes below. Remember... 40 can be oh so fabulous!

1. Chanel

Nothing says classy like Chanel. Check out the party and you'll see why you'd be celebrating in style.

Chanel 40th Birthday Party Theme |

2. High Heels

Another way to celebrate your love of fashion, is to show off some high heels and bring a sexy, stylish, feminine vibe to your party!

Fashion 40th Birthday Party Theme |

3. Pink Party

If you're looking for something more demure, how about throwing a party all in pink!

Pink 40th Birthday Party Theme |

4. Superhero

What woman isn't Wonder Woman in her own right! Shouldn't you celebrate that way?

Wonder Woman Superhero 40th Birthday Party Theme |

5. Fine, Fun, Fierce, Fabulous Forty

Loving the bold attitude at this 40th birthday. Who says 40 can't be fun!

Female 40th Birthday Party Themes |

6. Fiesta Forty

If you want to add lots of bold colors and flavors to your 40th, think about hosting a 40th fiesta! Wait until you see the leche cakes with 40 candles. Click through.

Fiesta 40th Birthday Party Themes |

7. Old Hollywood Glam

Who wouldn't want a little old Hollywood glamour at their 40th birthday, and a little Audrey Hepburn never hurt!

Hollywood 40th Birthday Party Themes |

8. Bollywood

If you want bright colors and a taste of the exotic, host a Bollywood party. You can even include dancing!

Bollywood 40th Birthday Party Themes |

9. Burlesque

Looking to turn up the sex appeal? A burlesque themed 40th birthday leaves just enough to the imagination but is definitely interesting!

Burlesque 40th Birthday Party Themes |

 For more inspiration, check out all the fantastic 40th birthday parties on our site!

Free Printable Blank Birthday Cards

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Free printable birthday cards perfect for kids, adults, and relatives! Blank inside! |

Has this ever happened to you? You've got birthday present in hand, you're about to leave for the party, and you have no card? We'll we've got your back.

Here are two free downloadable birthday cards that fit perfectly in 5x7 inch envelopes. Now five minutes before you leave for the party, print out one of these cards, cut it out, sign it, and you're ready to go!

Here are the two cards. They are blank inside so they are really all-purpose, great for kids birthdays, adult birthdays, and for all family memembers.


Free printable birthday cards perfect for kids, adults, and relatives! Blank inside! |

Free printable birthday cards perfect for kids, adults, and relatives! Blank inside! |

Also, I've teamed up with seven amazingly talented bloggers to bring you more free birthday printables. Check them out here and download below...

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Lemon Garlic Aioli Recipe

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Lemon garlic aioli recipe |

I once saw a cooking show where an old French woman in Provence made the most amazing homemade aioli using just five ingredients (garlic, lemon, salt, egg yolk, and olive oil) and a mortar and pestle. What she was doing looked so effortless and old-school. And it looked so delicious when she was done. I knew someday I'd have to try it, to see if it actually was that effortless and delicious.

So when we were asked by Dietz & Watson, the maker of premium deli meats and cheeses, to come up with a sandwich recipe that would work great at a summer picnic, I knew it was time to try some lemon garlic aioli for myself. I thought... roasted turkey breast sandwich with lemon garlic aioli... yum.

If you know me, you know I love cooking with the freshest ingredients. So off to the farmer's market I went to get my garlic and lemon for the aioli, and my  tomatoes, basil, and rustic rye bread for the sandwich.

I bought a few extra garlic cloves and lemons just in case the aioli took a few tries, but it was actually quite simple and tasted delicious right away. It had a garlicky smooth flavor with a punch of acid from the lemon juice.

Some people prefer making aioli in a food processor, but I like the chunkier, rustic taste of using a mortar and pestle. Lainey, my daughter, thought it was fun to squash the garlic with it. This was her first time using a mortar and pestle and after we were done, she asked if she could use the mortar and pestle to squash up her own concoctions. We'll see...



  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves (medium sized)
Lemon garlic aioli ingredients |


Add the garlic cloves to a mortar, and smash them with the pestle. Work the garlic for a minute, then add a pinch of the salt and a drizzle of the olive oil. Keep working until you just start to get a paste like texture.

Now add the egg yolk and mix with the pestle until it is completely integrated. Keep mixing while drizzling in the the olive oil. Keep stirring until the olive oil is completely integrated.

Add the lemon juice, and the rest of the salt to taste.

Best served fresh, but you can refrigerate for a day.

Lemon garlic aioli recipe |

Here's the finished aioli. I love how velvety and rich it looks!

Lemon garlic aioli recipe |

To make my sandwich, I sliced off two pieces of rustic rye bread. I coated one of the slices with my aioli. I stacked it high with my fresh oven roasted homestyle turkey breast from Dietz & Watson. Then I added two slices of fresh heirloom tomato and two basil leaves.

Lemon garlic aioli on a turkey sandwich |

The aioli took the sandwich to a whole new level. It gave it a creamy brightness that brought all the flavors together -- the umami from the turkey, the punch from the tomato, and the herbiness from the basil. Serious yum for a summer picnic! Lemon garlic aioli on a turkey sandwich |

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

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