Free Printable Halloween Countdown Calendar

by Jillian Leslie on

Free Printable Halloween Countdown Calendar |

Halloween is a big deal at our house. My daughter starts planning her costume in July (then it changes a couple of times up until the actual day). So we created this cute free printable halloween countdown calendar for the month of October, so you and your kids can easily see how quickly Halloween is coming.

This is perfect for families and teachers. Just print out the two pages, cut out the spider markers, and each day, glue stick a spider to the day of the week.

Ours has just been tacked up to our refrigerator so we can begin the countdown!!

Download your free printable Halloween countdown calendar here. 

Here's what the files actually look like.

Free Printable Halloween Countdown Calendar |

Free Printable Halloween Countdown Calendar | CatchMyParty.comAnd if you need free Halloween party printables, including a "You've Been Booed" kit, we've got those too!


Glitter Clothespin Place Card Holders

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DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here with a tutorial to make beautiful glitter clothespin place card holders and I love how they attached them to champagne glasses. Brilliant!

Place card holders are an essential decor piece at any formal event, from weddings to bridal showers, even baby showers these days! These simple and chic glitter place card holders are a unique alternative to your basic frame-style place card holder.

This inexpensive and creative option can be personalized by using various flowers, colors and patterns!


  • Gold Glitter Paper
  • Clothespins
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pen
DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |


1.) Start by tracing your clothespin onto the back of your glitter paper. We chose glitter paper to avoid getting any excess glitter in our glasses, but you could easily exchange the glitter paper for loose glitter instead!

DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |

2.) Next cut out the traced paper, leaving you with the perfect size strip of glitter paper.

DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |

3.) Using a bit of hot glue, carefully adhere your strip of glitter paper to the front of your clothespin.

DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |

4.) Begin to layer your fresh flowers onto the base of your clothespin. You can easily swap out any style or color to fit your theme!

DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |

5.) Complete each place card holder by finishing up any additional flowers or greenery you would like to include.

DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |

6.) We added a simple and chic place card to our holder by printing out a place card in a script style font and added a few gold polka dots for a little extra fun!

DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |

7.) Next, clip your clothespin holder to a champagne glass.

DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders | 8.) Finish by clipping any additional place card holders to your remaining glasses for a fun and unique way to mark your guest's seat!

DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |

Enjoy your unique and beautiful place card holder, perfect for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers or more!

DIY Glittered Clothespin Place Card Holders |

Thanks so much, Missy and Kristen! These glitter clothespin place card holders would add such a nice shabby chic detail to any party, especially a bridal shower! 

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

For more inspiration, check out these beautiful bridal showers on our site and these great bridal shower party supplies.


Disney Cars Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

Wait until you see my 4 Favorite Parties of the Week... an awesome Disney Cars party for a father and son, a vintage travel hot air balloon party, a fabulous Picasso art birthday party and a colorful Hello Kitty paint splatter party!

See more details below...

Disney Cars Party and More! |

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Wishing you a terrific week ahead. My mom is coming out from NC for a visit and I can't wait!

Personalized Birthday Banners Quick & Easy

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Personalized Birthday Banners |

Have you wondered how to get personalized birthday banners made quickly and inexpensively for your next party? Well, it's never been easier with, a site that offers affordable custom digital banner printing delivered to your home.

The best part is you can use their site to customize your banner to look exactly like you want, and they even have design templates to help you.

And, for the next week, is offering our readers 20% off.  Just type in coupon code PARTY20 at checkout!

Banners work great at parties as dessert table backdrops, but how about a Halloween banner to welcome your trick or treaters, or a banner over your doorway for Thanksgiving!

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Personalized Thanksgiving Banners |

Signazon does other types of printing too, like custom birthday cards and invitations.

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Halloween Invitations |

And don't forget, the 20% off coupon ends Sept. 19th at 11:59pm!

Sesame Red Cabbage Salad Recipe

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Now that it's football season (and we're excited at our house), we were asked by Hebrew National to come up with a dish that would work great at a tailgater. That's why we came up with our tangy sesame red cabbage salad recipe.

This salad can work as an easy side dish or as a topping on your Hebrew National hotdogs. What makes this salad so yummy is that it's got boldness from the apple cider vinegar, crunch from the cabbage, and nuttiness from the sesame seeds. It's adds a real bite to the smoky, saltiness of the hotdog, and because they're Hebrew National hotdogs, you know you're getting only 100% pure kosher beef, no artificial flavors, colors, fillers or byproducts.

Serve it like I did, right along with your Hunt's Ketchup and Gulden's Mustard and let your guests have a ball (I had to!).


  • 1 head red cabbage
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Cut the cabbage into quarters, then cut out the core. Chop into ~1 inch pieces.


In a large mixing bowl, add the oil, vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, sesame oil, and salt. Stir until combined. Thoroughly stir in the cabbage, cover, and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.

When you are ready to serve, add the sesame seeds.





And to really take your Hebrew National hotdogs to the next level, check out our homemade egg bread hot Dog bun recipe and our homemade pretzel dogs recipe.

And for more great tailgating ideas, check out this video from Natalie from Mint Love Social Club.

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. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or byproducts. #greatergrilling

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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.

Frozen Dessert Table Ideas

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Frozen dessert table ideas you don't want to miss! |

If you need Frozen dessert table ideas, check out this post! We've hand-selected 10 must-see dessert tables from some of the most beautiful Frozen parties added to our site. You will be blown away, and hopefully you'll get some great ideas for your party.

1. Frozen Dessert Table by Easy Breezy Parties

Frozen dessert table ideas you don't want to miss! |

2. Frozen Dessert Table by Franci Fiesta

10 must-see Frozen dessert tables! |

3. Frozen Dessert Table by Storybook Bliss

Frozen dessert table ideas you don't want to miss! |

4. Frozen Dessert Table by Fancy Eventos

10 must-see Frozen dessert tables! |

5. Frozen Dessert Table by Mariana R

Frozen dessert table ideas you don't want to miss! |

6. Frozen Dessert Table by A&K Lolly Buffet

10 must-see Frozen dessert tables! |

7. Frozen Dessert Table by GreyGrey Designs

10 must-see Frozen dessert tables! |

8. Frozen Dessert Table by The Candy Shop

10 must-see Frozen dessert tables! |

9. Frozen Dessert Table by Nina H

10 must-see Frozen dessert tables! |

10. Frozen Dessert Table by Party Sweetness

10 must-see Frozen dessert tables! |

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!

Baby Shower Activities

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Great baby shower activities |

I love activities at baby showers. It's a fun way to break the ice and bring them together. Even if people are initially resistant, I promise they will be laughing and enjoying themselves by the end. So if you need some ideas for fun baby shower activities, check these out below!

1. Gender reveal old wives tales

Learn about old wives tales and see if any apply to the mom-to-be!

Baby shower activities |

2. Guess baby's birthday and details

Everyone gets to guess what the baby's birth date and details will be!

Baby shower activities |

3. Wishes for baby

Let the baby know your hopes and dreams for them. These can be real keepsakes for mom and baby.

Baby shower activities |

4. Decorate onesies

Everyone gets to decorate a onesie for the new baby and the mom-to-be goes home with a beginning wardrobe for the baby!

Baby shower activities |

5. Blindfolded diaper changing

Find out how skilled the guests are at diaper changing when blindfolded!

Baby shower activities |

6. Wishing tree

Hang a wish on a pretty tree for the mom-to-be to take home!

Baby shower activities |

7. Gender voting

If your party is a gender reveal, a voting game is a fun way to find out the gender of the baby!

Baby shower activities |

8. Popcorn bar

Mom may be ready to pop, but everyone can enjoy a popcorn bar!

Baby shower activities |

9. Mama Mosas bar

Set up a mimosa bar for the guests to make their own bubbly drinks!

Baby shower activities |

10. Headbands for the new baby

A simple craft idea to entertain your guests during the shower, let them make headbands for the the new baby girl!

Baby shower activities |

11. Free printable baby shower bingo cards

Print out these free cards and instructions to play a fun baby bingo game with your guests. We have free boy baby shower bingo cards and free girl baby shower bingo cards.

Baby shower activities |

Check out all the adorable baby showers on our site, our baby shower Pinterest board and see our free baby shower printables!

Mexican Queso Fundido Recipe

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Mexican Queso Fundido Recipe |

I have discovered the perfect cheese dip to serve at our next party... Mexican queso fundido. It's beyond delicious! We're big college football fans at our house, so this is what we'll be serving at our fall football fiesta.

This Mexican queso fundido recipe is so straight forward and a snap to make. You can make it in about fifteen minutes. It's both cheesy and oniony, and topping it with pico de gallo and fresh cilantro gives it real brightness.

And to pair with it, how about some Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s over ice -- talk about thirst quenching. The apple flavored margarita beer is just here for fall, so snatch some up before they're gone. It's light and fruity and will definitely add fun to your fiesta!


  • 12oz package queso quesadilla or oaxaca cheese
  • 1/4 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro
Directions: Preheat oven to 425F

Grate the queso quesadilla. You can substitute Oaxacan cheese, mozzarella, or other good melting cheese.

Heat a skillet with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Dice the onion, and cook until the onions start to turn transparent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Add half the grated cheese to a lightly oiled small cast iron skillet or small casserole dish. Spread the sauteed onion and garlic in a layer over the cheese. Add the rest of the cheese on top.

Mexican Queso Fundido Recipe |

Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the cheese melts. The time will vary depending how deep the cheese is in your dish or pan.

Pour off any excess oil, then top with some pico de gallo and cilantro.

Mexican Queso Fundido Recipe |

And here are some Bud Light Lime Apple-Ahhh-Rita’s to enjoy with it. Just pour over ice and you're ready for your party!

Mexican Queso Fundido Recipe |

Mexican Queso Fundido Recipe |

Mexican Queso Fundido Recipe |

The awesome flavors of Bud Light Lime Ritas are so incredibly delicious that wherever they go, a party happens! For more Fiesta Inspiration, visit!


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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party + More

by Jillian Leslie on

Loving my choices this week!! A "totally awesome" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party, a vintage baseball boy birthday party, a stunning vintage purple My Little Pony girl birthday party and a taste of the South at this sweet boy 1st birthday party.

I love the variety of parties added to our site each week. It's always exciting for me to see!

See more details below...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party and More!

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Have a wonderful week! I'm starting to think about Halloween? How early to do you start planning?

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