Catch My Party Trend Report: Fabric Garlands

by Jillian Leslie on

Party trend for November: Fabric Garlands | CatchMyParty.com

Since we see so much on our site in the world of parties, once a month I'm going to highlight a popular trend in party styling we're witnessing. This month, it's fabric garlands. They are everywhere!

What's great about fabric garlands is they're simple to make -- they're just strips of fabric tied to a long ribbon.

You can use them to decorate your party in variety of ways: as dessert table decor (in front of the table or as a backdrop), as a wall decoration, as a way to style a high chair for a first birthday, or even to accentuate a printed banner.

While we typically think of fabric garlands as feminine and "shabby chic," they don't have to be. It all depends on the ribbons you choose. Fabric garlands are a great way to your party a punch of color and a touch of whimsy.

Below are some examples (click on the photo to see more photos from the party). Here are the beautiful, shabby chic fabric garlands...

Shabby chic fabric garland | CatchMyParty.com

Shabby chic fabric garland at a tribal 1st birthday | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric garland decoration at a baby shower | CatchMyParty.com

Shabby chic fabric garland at a girl baby shower | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric garland high chair decoration | CatchMyParty.com

Shabby chic fabric garland | CatchMyParty.com

Shabby chic fabric garland at a vintage baby shower | CatchMyParty.com

But I love how this fabric garland is incorporated into the birthday banner, frames it, and makes it pop with color.

Fabric garland at a Snow White birthday party | CatchMyParty.com

And here's a bright Mickey Mouse 1st birthday fabric banner to give the birthday boy's high chair some matching style.

Fabric garland at a Mickey Mouse birthday party | CatchMyParty.com

And colors galore at this Kate Spade inspired baby shower!

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And finally, because this fabric banner is made of gold and hot pink satin ribbons, it becomes a real statement piece and works perfectly at this Ever After High birthday.

Ever After High birthday party | CatchMyParty.com

Stay tuned for next month's trend! And if you made a fabric banner for your party, I'd love to see it. Send me a photo at jillian(at)catchmyparty(d0t)com.

Free Printable Thanksgiving Bingo Cards

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Free printable Thanksgiving bingo cards! | CatchMyParty.com

Want to keep your kids busy on Thanksgiving while they're waiting for dinner? How about printing out these free printable Thanksgiving bingo cards designed by Michelle at Printabelle, and playing a game of Thanksgiving bingo to keep everyone entertained (you might get some adults, too).

Download the Free Printable Thanksgiving Bingo Cards Here!

Free printable Thanksgiving bingo cards! | CatchMyParty.com

All you do is print out the 10 cards and the instructions. Then call out items off the instruction sheet (in random order), and if the guests have that image or word on their cards, they cover it with a marker. Candy corn, candy pumpkins, or even pennies work great for markers.

The first one to cover an entire row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) yells "bingo" and you've got a winner!

For more inspiration, check out these  awesome Thanksgiving parties from our site, all our free Thanksgiving printables, and these Thanksgiving party supplies from our store!

To learn more about Michelle and see all her printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Twilight Zone Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

4 Favorite Parties Nov. 2 |CatchMyParty.com

Happy Día de Muertos! I wanted to show off my four favorite parties from this week.

Of course I had to show off this vividly gorgeous Day of the Dead party, also a black and white classic Twilight Zone party, that will blow your mind because it feels like you're stepping into an old episode, a colorful Mickey Mouse Clubhouse birthday party (why does Mickey Mouse never gets old?), and a delightfully sweet Ice Cream Shoppe girl birthday party! Check them out below...

Clockwise from top left:

We had a super fun Halloween filled with three parties in the rain and lots of trick or treating! My daughter has been eating candy all weekend. Tomorrow a bunch of it secretly goes in the trash. Do you do the same thing?

Wishing you a peaceful and bright week ahead. I'm already looking forward to Thanksgiving.

10 Scary Halloween Parties

by Jillian Leslie on

10 Scary Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

Here are 10 scary Halloween parties from our site! These parties are filled with lots of eyeballs, poisonous brews, brains, severed hands, black ravens, blood everywhere (even on cakes), and more skulls than you can image!

Given that it's Halloween today, I thought these parties would definitely put you in the mood! So start looking and getting squeamish...

10 Scary Halloween Parties

 

1. Vintage Halloween Haunt

10 Scary Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

2. The Transylvania Morgue

10 Scary Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

3. Halloween Party

10 Scariest Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

4. A Bloody Good Time

10 Scary Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

5. Halloween Dessert Table

10 Scary Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

6. Monster Bash

10 Scariest Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

7. Witches Ball

10 Scary Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

8. Nightmare Before Christmas

10 Scariest Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

9. Zombie Apocalypse Birthday Party

10 Scariest Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

10. Mad Scientist's Lab

10 Scariest Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

Now to put you in a sweet mood, check out these 9 must-see kid-friendly Halloween parties.

For more Halloween inspiration, check out all our awesome Halloween parties from our site, our free Halloween printables, and these amazing modern Halloween party supplies from our store!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties

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9 Must-See Kid Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

Check out these 9 must-see kid friendly Halloween parties from our site! This is to get you in the mood for tomorrow. You will

1. Villains Inspired Mommy & Me Party

9 Must-See Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

2. Halloween Witches Kitchen Party

9 Must-See Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

3. All Things Tim Burton

9 Must-See Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

4. Hipster Spooky Soiree

9 Must-See Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

5. Monster Mash for kids

9 Must-See Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

6. Glam Halloween

9 Must-See Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

7. Frankenweenie

9 Must-See Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

8. Day of the Dead

9 Must-See Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

9. Friendly Halloween Party

9 Must-See Kid-Friendly Halloween Parties | CatchMyParty.com

 

Hope you thought these kid friendly Halloween parties were as awesome as I did. Wait until tomorrow when I show off the scariest Halloween parties from our site.

Also, if you need last minutes free Halloween party printables or our free printable Halloween bingo cards (that I'll be using at my daughter's class Halloween party), we've got them!

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with a fabric hanging lights DIY that can beautifully illuminate to any holiday or room.  

I first saw these fabric lights on the Land of Nod blog and fell in love. I wanted to create a mini version for my daughter’s bedrooms, the perfect night lights for bedtime: pretty, fun and enchanting.

They would add an extra special touch to your outdoor porch, balcony, or even fireplace mantel! Simple supplies, affordable to create, and fun for you and the kids! The fabric you choose can change with the seasons or coordinate with your home decor.

Supplies:

  • Set of 50 mini LED lights (this is 12.5 ft, but you can make as long as you like)
  • 5 oz clear white plastic cups ( I got the great value brand at Walmart, set of 80)
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam paint brush
  • Template
  • Fabric
  • Drill
  • Template
Directions:

Supplies for Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies for Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Begin by printing the template. Cut template out and trace onto fabric. I use pencil and trace lightly the shape of the template. Depending on how many lights you bought that will be how many fabric shapes you cut out. I believe you can buy a strand of as little as 25 lights. I bought 50 which will be about 12 ½ feet of lights. Trim one end of each fabric piece with pinking shears. This will prevent the fabric from fraying.

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cut out desired amount of fabric shapes. Set aside. Grab your drill. Using a drill bit slightly smaller than the light, drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the cups. I stacked 10 + cups at a time and then drilled through the stack. See video:

Separate cups. Using foam paint brush. Brush the Mod Podge onto the entire cup except for rim and bottom. Working quickly apply first fabric piece, slowly working your way around cup. Wipe off excess glue. See video

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Repeat with all cups and fabric pieces. Allow fabric to dry at least 20-30 minutes.

Attach lights to cups. Place one hand inside of cup for resistance. Gently twist light through drill hole being careful not to crack the cups. See video:

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Note: if you make your drill holes too large the cups will just fall off. If you make the drill holes too small the lights will crack the cups.

Now hang those beautiful lights!

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Fabric Hanging Lights DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Thanks, Shauna, for such a sweet craft! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Please Note: Do not leave the lights unattended or on for extended use. All children should be supervised in the crafting process and when lights are in use. Best to have an adult do the drilling step in the process.

 

Fall Monogram Wreath DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Fall Monogram Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here with a beautiful fall monogram wreath DIY. It's such a beautiful way to decorate for Thanksgiving.

We just love everything about fall; the crisp air, the changing leaves and of course, all the fabulous seasonal decor! And what better way to greet the season and your guests than with a new, stylish fall wreath!

With this simple tutorial and a few fantastic supplies, you will be on your way to welcoming the harvest with a little bit of glitz and glam!

Fall Monogram Wreath DIY

Supplies:
  • Wooden monogram (we used one by Ten23Designs but you can find a variety at your local craft store)
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Miniature craft pumpkins & gourds
  • Artificial flowers
  • Hot glue gun
DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

1. Gather your foam brush, your paint, and your monogram.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

2. Carefully apply your paint to your monogram, being careful to coat well.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

2. Using a small amount of hot glue, adhere your wooden monogram to your grapevine wreath.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

3. Next, gather your accent details, we started with a few gold gourds and pumpkins.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

4. Feel free to add an array of coordinating artificial flowers and a feather or two to add a bit of glam to your fall project!

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

5. Begin arranging and adhering your pumpkins, gourds, and florals with a touch of hot glue.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

6. Continue arranging your festive decor until your wreath is complete.

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

You now have a fabulous piece of fall decor that will perfectly accentuate the coming season and all the fantastic things it has to offer!

DIY Chic Fall Wreath | CatchMyParty.com

A special thanks to Ten23Designs for supplying us with this custom monogram!

And thank you Missy and Kristen for sharing your stylish wreath DIY with us! 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 all the pretty wreath tutorials on our site.

Hipster Halloween Party and more!

by Jillian Leslie on

Hipster Halloween party and more! | CatchMyParty.com

I wanted to show you my four favorite parties from this week, including an awesome hipster Halloween party!

A very cool hipster themed Halloween spooky soiree, a glam dress up Mommy and Me Disney Villains party, an outdoor wooded dreamy Navajo first birthday party, and a gorgeous party celebrating the Day of the Dead! Check them out below.

Clockwise from top left:

Happy Halloween, everyone! My daughter, Lainey, is planning to be a candy fairy. She loves candy and fairies so it fits. What about your kids?

Cookie Mix Party Favor DIY

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Cookie Mix Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with her easy holiday cookie mix party favor DIY. What a great way to give something special to your holiday guests and friends! 

I learned young the art of homemade gifts from my mothers. Maybe there is some misconception about homemade gifts. You often feel you’re being cheap, right? Well I want to stop you right there!

Cheap is far from homemade. Homemade to me, means love, time, and energy. Homemade is unique. Your family and friends will not receive another gift like yours. These gifts are affordable, easy, and yummy to say the least!

What you need: (note: 2 jars, split recipe in half when adding to jars and make sure to cut butter and eggs in half when adding recipe tag to jars).

  • 2 16 oz. mason jars or one 32 oz large jar
  • Fabric scraps cut
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Cookie recipe
  • Recipe card template
Directions:

Start by cutting your fabric scraps into 5x5 or 6x6” squares (depending on size of jars you use). Set aside.

Cookie Jar Favors DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 

Decide how many jars you are making and in what sizes. Clean and dry thoroughly the jars.

Recipe: (adapted from Nestle)

  • 2 1⁄4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp powdered vanilla (like vanilla extract in powder form)
  • 3⁄4 cup sugar
  • 3⁄4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 12 oz bag of your favorite chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, vanilla chips etc. I used butterscotch.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped nuts ( optional )
Cookie Mix Party Favors DIY | CatchMyParty.com

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda and powdered vanilla. Mix. In a separate bowl combine sugars and mix. Tip: mix sugar with hands to remove any lumps.

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Begin to layer ingredients. Start with flour. If using two jars make sure to cut ingredients in half. Next, add the sugar mixture on top of the flour. Lastly, add chocolate chips, nuts, etc.

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Place the jars round lid on top. Cover with your pre-cut fabric square ( I also used pinking shears to give a pretty edge on the fabric and prevent fraying ) and screw on the cap over the fabric. Add ribbon or twine to attach the recipe card or create a pretty finished look!

Cookie Jar Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Mix Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Mix Party Favors DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Cookie Mix Party Favor DIY | CatchMyParty.com

 Thanks, Shauna, what a great way to give something homemade at the holidays! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

10 Ways to Decorate your Party with Cardboard Letters

by Jillian Leslie on

10 great ideas for decorating your parties with cardboard letters | CatchMyParty.com

Cardboard letters are a super popular DIY trend on our site. The best part of using letters is you can spell anything you like, and it's a great way to personalize your party.

Below are 10 ways to decorate your party with cardboard letters by using glitter, paint, sequins and more!

1. Sequin Monogram Letter

This gorgeous monogram letter uses gold sequins to embellish it. See the tutorial...

Sequin Monogram Letter | CatchMyParty.com

2. Pink and Gold Polka Dot Glitter Letters

Glitter and pink paint are a sweet way to decorate these letters for a first birthday.

Pink and Gold Polka Dot Glitter Letters | CatchMyParty.com

3. Monogram Floral Centerpiece

Fresh flowers and floral foam make these letters look amazing. See the tutorial...

Monogram Floral Centerpiece | CatchMyParty.com

4. Yarn Wrapped "Love" Letters

Several colors of chenille yarn look great decorating these Love letters. Just wrap them up!

Yarn Wrapped "Love" Letters | CatchMyParty.com

5. Ombre DIY Piñata

Colored tissue paper turns a simple letter into a fun piñata party game! See the tutorial...

Ombre DIY Pinata | CatchMyParty.com

6. Blue Tissue Paper Letters

Scrunch up colored tissue paper and attach it with glue to letters for this striking look.

Blue Tissue Paper Letters | CatchMyParty.com

7. Glittery Gold Letters

The front of these letters spelling "dance" are completely covered in gold glitter. Just cover the front of the letters with glue and dust with glitter.

Glittery Gold Letters | CatchMyParty.com

8. Purple "Frozen" Glitter Letters

Using colored glitter to match your party is a perfect party decoration, like with these "Frozen" letters.

Purple "Frozen" Glitter Letters | CatchMyParty.com

9. Cardboard "Milk" Marquee Letters

White lights added to the inside of the cardboard letters creates "milk" marquee letters.

Cardboard "Milk" Letters | CatchMyParty.com

10. Floral "Mom" Letters

Mod Podge or glue and your favorite fabric transform cardboard letters into a beautiful centerpiece.

Floral "Mom" Letters | CatchMyParty.com

If you need cardboard letters, we just started selling them in our store! They're 12" and $3.85 each. Have fun creating!

If you need cardboard letters, we sell them! | CatchMyParty.com

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