Football Cupcake DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Learn to make these Game Day cupcakes with this football cupcake DIY! CatchMyParty.com

This football cupcake DIY was created for us by Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! Thanks, Shauna, for such a simple but adorable tutorial for Game Day!

Who's ready for the Super Bowl? In preparation for your Game Day parties, how about serving these football cupcakes to get your guest in the spirit.

Football Cupcake DIY | CatchMyParty.com

They are quick and easy to make. Best part, even a beginner can make these.

Finished Football Cupcake | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Frosting tip 1M
  • 2 disposable decorating bag
  • 1 ziploc bag
*we used store bought frosting

Directions:

Follow package instructions on cake mix box. Bake your cupcakes and cool completely.

Place chocolate frosting in disposable decorating bag. In the second disposable bag, trim off the end and place the 1M tip inside. Cut off the tip of the first bag filled with frosting. Place bag #1 with frosting inside bag #2 with tip.

Finished Football Cupcake | CatchMyParty.com

Squeeze frosting in a zigzag pattern down center of cupcake. Fill your ziploc bag with vanilla frosting. Cut the tip off the ziploc bag (just barely!! super small tip).

Using the ziploc bag draw a straight line (vertically) down center of chocolate frosting. Add 4-6 smaller lines (horizontal). Use photos for reference.

Easy as pie! Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Finished Football Cupcake | CatchMyParty.com

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Who are you rooting for this year? I'm rooting for the Seahawks, because my husband loves the coach, Pete Carroll, from his days at USC.

If you need Super Bowl party food idea, we've got them and free football printables!

Neon Heart Cookie Recipe

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Neon Heart Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

This awesome neon heart cookie recipe is from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine. These shortbread cookies are the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, or any occasion you want to do something bright.

I love how bold and fun these cookies are. They would add serious pizzaz to any dessert table and they're super easy to make!

Finished Neon Heart Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

These cookies are a snap to make and delicious with coffee! With a few simple ingredients these shortbread cookies will be the hit of your party!

Recipe adapted from Joy of Baking.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Food coloring
  • Heart cookie cutter
Dough for Rainbow Heart Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Combine flour, salt, butter and powdered sugar. Mix until dough ball forms. Separate dough into 4 equal pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

When dough is chilled, take each piece out individually and add the food coloring. A a couple drops to start and knead into dough. TIP: wear gloves so your hands do not get dyed!

Dough for Neon Rainbow Heart Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Keep adding food color until desired shade is reached. Repeat for each ball of dough. Re-wrap in plastic and chill for 25-30 minutes.

Dough for Neon Rainbow Heart Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Roll out dough on floured surface. Using a floured heart cookie cutter, cut out cookies.

Cut out Rainbow Heart Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Place on a greased baking sheet. Once pan is full, place in fridge to chill cookies for at least 15-20 minutes. This helps the cookies hold their shape when baking!

Neon Heart Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Neon Heart Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Admire your colorful rainbow cookies, eat, and most of all enjoy!

Neon Rainbow Heart Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

For more inspiration, be sure to check out the fantastic Valentine's Day parties on our site and all our free Valentine's Day printables.

Free Printable Classroom Valentines

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Free Printable Classroom Valentines | CatchMyParty.com

Check out these free printable classroom Valentines we're giving away designed by Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine. These are such a fun and easy way to send your kids to school with Valentines for their friends. Come on, who doesn't want to be called a "smarty" while eating candy?

Smartie valentine cards | CatchMyParty.com

To make these Valentine's Day cards, just download the files, print them out, cut them out, fill them out, then tape a pack of Smarties to the front of the Valentine. It's just that simple. Plus these are great Valentines to give to family members too!

Download the Free Printable Classroom Valentines Here!

Free Printable Classroom Valentines | CatchMyParty.com

 

The printables have both "to" and "from" fields to write in for school Valentines.

Free Printable Classroom Valentines | CatchMyParty.com

 

And how adorable are these!!

Smartie valentine cards | CatchMyParty.com

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Be sure to check out the fantastic Valentine's Day parties on our site and all our free Valentine's Day printables, including other classroom Valentines.

Paris Bridal Shower and more!

by Jillian Leslie on

Paris Bridal Shower | CatchMyParty.com

Check out my four favorite parties added to our site this week, including a Paris bridal shower held in a beautiful garden, a gorgeous vintage Winnie the Pooh gender reveal baby shower, an elegant champagne birthday brunch and a cute second birthday party with a puppy and kitty theme.

I chose 3 elegant parties, because I was kind of in an elegant mood this week (in my sweatpants),  and one adorable 2nd birthday with cute dogs and cats to add a little whimsy. Take a look and see what you think.

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I just got back from the BASH Conference late last night and had the loveliest of times. I'll blog about it later. Hope you enjoy MLK Day tomorrow and have a wonderful week!

Cut Out Strawberry Heart Cupcakes DIY

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Cut Out Strawberry Heart Cupcake DIY | CatchMyParty.com

These gorgeous cut out strawberry heart cupcakes with vanilla frosting are from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine.  They are a perfectly pink treat for Valentine's Day! Better yet, they are super EASY to make -- no need to be an expert baker to make a beautiful treat for your love!

Ingredients:

  • Strawberry cake mix
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Powdered sugar
Ingredients for Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Follow the directions on the cake box to prepare your strawberry cupcakes. Isn't the pink batter fun?! Bake the cupcakes and cool completely.

Whisking Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Filling Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Using a “bread” or “serrated” knife cut the top of the cupcake off. Place top on flat surface. Using a mini heart cookie cutter, cut the center of the top out.

Cutting Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Cut out for Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Cut out for Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Place frosting on the cupcake BEFORE placing the top back on.

Cut out for Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Sprinkle with powdered sugar!

Strawberry Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Cut Out Strawberry Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Add sprinkles or a fun red heart in center.

Cut Out Strawberry Heart Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Easy right!? This recipe was inspired by Glorious Treats.

Be sure to check out the fantastic Valentine's Day parties on our site and get free printables for your Valentine's Day parties, too!

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

10 Must See Valentine's Day Dessert Tables

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Collage of Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

Get inspired with these amazing Valentine's Day dessert tables! They will give you ideas for your parties and celebrations with stunning cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other treats, all set up beautifully. The garlands and banners add a lot to the tables, too!

1. Maria P's Love More

Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

2. Sweet Jelly Parties' Hugs & Kisses Playdate

Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

3. Carla R's Donut Valentine's Day Party

Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

4. Rock Paper Scissors Events' Love is gold!

Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

5. Belinda's You Rock My World Valentine's Day Playdate

Rocky My World Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

6. Tania S' Hello Love Valentine's Day Party

Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

7. The Party House's Amor y Amistad

Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

8. Karen R's Love Letters

Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

9. Shauna K's Tweet Heart Party

Pink and red Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

10. Flaired Affairs' Dollie & Me Valentine's Tea Party

Red Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

For more inspiration, check out these awesome Valentine's Day party ideas and these free Valentine's Day party printables.

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I was asked by Alexia Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries to come up with a quick and easy recipe that would work great as part of a family-friendly meal. One of my New Year's resolutions is to try my hand at sauces. I cook a lot of fresh foods at home, but I feel like I can take them up a notch by exploring beautiful sauces (a la Julia Child). So here's my first one of the year -- my romesco sauce recipe!

Romesco is a Spanish sauce that incorporates almonds, garlic, roasted peppers, roasted tomatoes, and toasted bread. It's thick, crunchy, tangy, and goes with just about anything.

So for my family-friendly meal, I wanted to keep it simple. First, I made a basic chicken and baby green sandwich on French bread, but for my condiment, I slathered on my Romesco sauce. It brought a tomatoe-y, peppery brightness that brought my sandwich to life. (My seven-year-old daughter, Lainey, even liked it. I think she thought it was flavorful without being too spicy.)

Then instead of serving ketchup with my French fries, I used my Romesco as a dipping sauce. Again, the roasted pepper, the thickness from the toasted bread, and the crunch from the almonds were such great additions to my crispy fries.

 Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup of roasted peppers
  • 1 cup of cubed bread
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika (pimentón)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh herbs (thyme or oregano) to garnish
Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place your tomatoes (~4 medium) and peppers on a baking sheet, and roast for about 30 minutes. We used a mix of red bell pepper (2), and sweet peppers (4). If you want a spicier sauce, you can add spicier peppers. Take them out of the oven when they are cool enough to handle, and peel and seed them. Don't worry about getting it all.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the almonds to a skillet on medium high heat. Keep stirring the almonds until they just start to brown, then add the cubed bread and two diced garlic cloves. Continue stirring until the bread is firm and starting to brown.

Add the almond, bread, and garlic to a food processor, and pulse for about a minute until the almonds are crumb-like in size. Add the tomatoes, peppers, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar, paprika, and salt, then pulse for another minute. You want a thick rustic texture. So don't over process. You can taste and add more salt if you like.

I like to garnish it with some fresh herbs and serve it warm, but it can be refrigerated and is good for several days.

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

 

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I'm a huge fan of French fries, but I do try to limit them to special occasions. However, what's great about the Alexia Classic Crinkle Cut Fries is they are 98% fat-free and 100 calories per serving. One way they achieve this is by roasting their fries, plus they are made with whole ingredients like U.S.-grown Yukon Select potatoes. You wouldn't know they were missing the fat.

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Alexia Foods offers frozen potatoes, appetizers, breads and side dishes with minimal, but distinctive, real ingredients that serve-up exceptional taste--right in your kitchen. For more recipes, tips and inspiration from Alexia online, check out AlexiaFoods.com

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

Homemade Lip Balm DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Homemade lip balm DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Shauna Krantz, our new contributor, and the brains behind the beautiful Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with a homemade lip balm DIY!

There is just something soothing about all natural lip balm. I love it, my kids love it, and it makes the perfect gift or party favor! Made with beeswax, your favorite extract or essential oil, and coconut oil, it's super simple to do. You can even tint with beet root powder or by melting in a piece of your favorite lipstick. I prefer the sheer gloss!

Homemade lip balm ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Beeswax ( 2 oz bar found at Whole Foods )
  • Organic coconut oil
  • Vanilla, almond, or peppermint extract (you can also use essential oils)
  • Olive or vitamin E oil
  • Mini glass favor jars
Homemade Lip Balm Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Grate your beeswax. DIY Lip Gloss Tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

Take 6 teaspoons grated beeswax and put it in a microwave safe bowl. Add 6 teaspoons coconut oil.

DIY Lip Gloss Tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

Heat for 1 minute and 25 seconds in microwave. Check to make sure wax is completely melted.

DIY Lip Gloss Tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

Add 1 teaspoon extract or oil. Mix well.

Homemade Lip Balm DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Pour into container and let cool until solid. You can tint with food coloring if you want.

Homemade Lip Balm DIY | CatchMyParty.com

The glass jars hold about 3.87 oz of lip gloss each.

Enjoy this all natural, soothing lip gloss year round and especially for the winter months. This makes the perfect baby shower, bridal shower, or spa party favor, or what a great homemade birthday gift idea!

Homemade Lip Balm DIY | CatchMyParty.com

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Disney Cars Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

Disney Cars Party and More | CatchMyParty.com

Check out my four favorite parties this week added to our site, including a Disney Cars party with fun themed party foods and an incredible cake, a lovely pink and black Paris themed girl birthday party with added Scottie dogs, a chic and modern Yellow Submarine party in yellow and gray, and a garden glamping party with an actual tent and beautiful wildflowers!

Clockwise from top left:

Happy January! I'm heading to the BASH Conference on Thursday and very excited about it. I can't wait to meet so many party friends in person, women that I've known virtually for years. I'm packing up my many outfits, I even rented a dress for the first time on Rent the Runway for the big gala! I'll tell you all about it next week. If you're going to be there, please come find me!

12 Awesome Frozen Party Decorations

by Jillian Leslie on

12 Awesome Frozen Party Decorations | CatchMyParty.com

Here are 12 awesome Frozen party decorations that will help you with planning your Frozen parties and making them amazing and memorable!

1. Snow globe

Add faux snow, an Elsa doll, and glittered snowflakes into a covered dish to make a pretty snow globe decoration.

Frozen snow globe | CatchMyParty.com

2. Dressed up candy jars

Glass candy jars look lovely with color coordinated candy, glittered snowflakes, and ribbon!

Frozen candy jar decoration ideas | CatchMyParty.com

3. Tulle dessert table skirt

Covering the bottom of your party table in blue tulle makes a beautiful presentation for your dessert table.

Frozen tulle dessert table skirt | CatchMyParty.com

4. Free Frozen printables

This collection of free Frozen party printables are a quick and easy way to really dress up your party! Just download the files, print them out, and start decorating!

Frozen printable banner | CatchMyParty.com

5. Ribbon fabric garland

A ribbon garland is simple to make with strips of fabric and looks great in front of the dessert table.

Frozen ribbon garland | CatchMyParty.com

6. Snowflake wands

Queen Elsa's wands are a gorgeous decoration and a fun party favor!

Frozen wands | CatchMyParty.com

7. Tulle wreath

This blue and white tulle wreath is a wonderful way to welcome your guests to a Frozen party!

Frozen tulle wreath | CatchMyParty.com

8. Pillow stuffing fake snow

Use pillow stuffing to create fake snow for your party table! Add it everywhere for a winter look.

Frozen fake snow | CatchMyParty.com

9. Paper rosettes

These paper rosettes look amazing for a Frozen birthday party backdrop and if you need instructions, here's how to make a paper rosette backdrop yourself.

Frozen paper rosettes | CatchMyParty.com

10. Frozen toys as decor

Using themed toys can be an excellent way to decorate at your Frozen party (and so easy)!

Frozen toy decorations | CatchMyParty.com

11. Homemade Play Doh & cookie cutter party favors

Sparkly bags hold a special treat for your guests with homemade glitter Play Doh and a snowflake cookie cutter!

Frozen dough and cookie cutter | CatchMyParty.com

12. Frosted milk bottles

Milk bottles are frosted to give an icy look to your Frozen party drinks!

Frozen frosted milk bottles | CatchMyParty.com

If you've got a great Frozen party decoration you'd like to share, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see it!

For more Frozen party 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!

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