Free Back-To-School Owl Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

Free Back-To-School Owl Printables |

Now that summer is winding down, we're sharing these adorable free back-to-school owl printables designed for us by

I'm a big believer in celebrating transitions. Going back to school is an important one for our kids. Lots of children find going back to school stressful. I know I do. Just figuring out what to pack for lunch gives me a headache. So my advice is to turn it into a celebration, and host a back-to-school party. This is what I do for my daughter.

I print out the printables to make it feel like a special occasion. Then I put out a few item to eat, like mini donuts, grapes, cheese, and crackers. I don't go crazy. I just want her to know something new and exciting is coming! Another idea is to celebrate over breakfast the morning of school or the day before. It's just a way to let your kids know you're there for them.

**** With this collection, the extra surprise is that the food labels are completely editable if you use Adobe Acrobat!! You can have them say anything you'd like! ****

This back-to-school owl collection has everything you'll need to host an awesome party: a welcome sign, cupcake toppers/favor tags, food labels, water bottle labels, straw flags, cupcake wrappers, and a "Back to School" banner.

Download the Free Back-To-School Owl Printables Here!

Free Back-To-School Owl Printables |

Here are the individual files...

Free Back-To-School Owl Printables - Welcome Sign |


Free Back-To-School Owl Printables - Welcome Sign |

Free Back-To-School Owl Printables - Welcome Sign |

Free Back-To-School Owl - Back To School Banner |

Free Back-To-School Owl - Water Bottle Labels |

Free Back-To-School Owl - Tented Cards |

Free Back-To-School Owl -Cupcake Wrappers |

Free Back-To-School Owl Printables |

And here are some inspirations for styling...

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Thanks for the sweet collection, Party and Printables!

To learn more about them, please visit their website, and on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

And for more back-to-school inspiration, check out all our amazing back-to-school parties on our site, our back-to-school party supplies and gifts, and all our collections of free back-to-school printables.

Here's another back-to-school post you might like!

10 Must Have Back-To-School Party Ideas |

14 Must-See S'mores Party Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

14 Must-See S'mores Party Ideas

Here's  a fun roundup of amazing s'mores party ideas for your summer parties! We're featuring DIY s'mores bars, party favors, dessert tables and more!

1. Rustic S'mores Bar Wedding

I love the rustic feel of this s'mores bar and using a row of sternos for fire, is a great way to get your guests grilling without needing a big flame.

Rustic s'mores bar wedding |

2. S'mores Under The Stars Birthday

This whole birthday party is about s'mores! Look at that s'mores cake and tell me the marshmallow topper isn't the coolest?!

S'mores Birthday Party |

3. 40th Birthday S'mores Bar

Here's how to do an elegant s'mores bar. To elevate your s'more table, add an assortment of high-end chocolates and an assortment of quality graham crackers.

40th Birthday S'mores Bar |

4. Camp S'more

Here's a s'mores party done up in pink! I love it! Try different colored marshmallows, like pink, to add some pizzazz!

Camp S'mores Birthday |

5. Backyard Campout

This backyard campout s'mores bar looks like it could be set up in the woods, not on a residential street. I'm loving the burlap banner held up by sticks!

Backyard campout s'mores bar |

6. Camp Leilani

Another way to do something a little more classy -- displaying the marshmallows on skewers.

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7. Neon Camping Party

Dip the marshmallows in sanding sugar before serving to add a pop of color to your marshmallows.

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8. Camp Delaney

Send your guests home with s'mores party favors. I love the heart marshmallows and the cute printable toppers that say: "Thanks for making my party so much s'more fun!"

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9. Girly Sixth Birthday

Here's now to do camping pink girl style!

Girl camping birthday party |

10. Camp David Birthday Party

Put the s'mores ingredients in mason jars and let your guests take them home to make their own s'mores.

Camp David Birthday Party |

11. S'more Bites

Dipping marshmallows in chocolate, then in graham cracker crumbs is a great way to create mini s'mores bites.

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12. Camping Wooden Spoons

Aren't these the perfect utensils for your outdoor camping party?!

Camping Wooden Spoons |

13. Snores and S'mores

I like this DIY touch. Give each guest his or her own s'mores basket filled with all the goodies.

S'mores birthday party | Catch My

14. FREE S'mores Bar Printables

If you want to create your own s'mores bar, use our free printables! 14 Make Smores sign

S'mores bar signs |

Check out all of the great s'mores party ideas on our site!






Ice Cream Shop Birthday and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

My four favorite parties this week are an ice cream shop birthday, a floral party, a circus party and a pool party |

This week we had lots of amazing parties added to our site, including a delightful ice cream shop birthday party you should not miss!

My favorite parties  this week: the incredible ice cream parlor party, a lovely floral boho first birthday with a stunning photos, a fantastic vintage circus party with lots of fun games, and a first birthday bash with a splish splash pool party theme!

Creative Touch By Johanny M's Eva's Ice-cream & Cupcakes Shop

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful dessert table and ice cream shop backdrop
  • The ice cream sundae cupcakes
  • The ice cream cone cake pops
Ice cream parlour birthday party |

Mary B's Floral Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful birthday girl with her crown
  • The stunning birthday cake
  • The hanging flower wreaths
Floral bohemian girl birthday party |

M&J Kreations' Rudy's Circus Party

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful curtain backdrop and circus sign
  • The incredible circus themed cookies
  • The animal cracker and Cracker Jack boxes
Vintage circus birthday party |

CrowningDetails' Spencer's Splish Splash 1st Birthday Bash

My favorite details:

  • The cloud balloons and painted sun backdrop
  • The party favor pails
  • The gorgeous splish splash cake
Pool summer birthday party |

I'm heading the BlogHer16 Conference in LA this week. If you're going, and want to meet up, please email me or contact me on social. I love going to BlogHer because I get to see old friends, meet new ones, and most importantly, get inspired!



How A Flash Drive Improved My Marriage

by Jillian Leslie on

How A Flash Drive Improved My Marriage |

I take a ton of photos and videos with my iPhone. This is the feature I love most about my phone. And it's the feature I like least. I only have 16GB of storage, and that's the problem.

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My photos and videos have to be constantly downloaded. I can't tell you the number of times I've tried to capture a moment (like my daughter's hip hop recital), and I get the message that there's no more space!

While this is a big problem for me, it's an even bigger problem for my husband, David, because he's the one who actually deals with it. He's the one who has to clean up my phone -- removing photos, podcasts, apps, music, etc. -- to make room.

So when I told David SanDisk was sending me a SANDISK IXPAND FLASH ™ DRIVE to test out, and his eyes lit up, I knew this was going to be a good thing for both of us.

And it was. I've been able to stop worrying about my storage problem, and so has David. A stress creator in our lives is now gone!

So here's my SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive review...

I got the flash drive and immediately with the Lightning connector, plugged it into my phone. Then, without doing anything, it asked me to download the SanDisk app.


Next, with the push of a button, I was able to download all my photos and delete them off my phone. I also set it up to sync with my phone so whenever I plug it in, it immediately starts copying my photos to the drive.


It's compact, fits perfect in my iPhone with the case on, and the photos download fast.

The first time I used it for real was last week on vacation. We were in Sonoma, and yes, I took a ton of photos and videos. But because I kept my flash drive in my purse, I was able to download my photos on the spot. I never ran out of space and I could handle it completely on my own.

Here are a few photos of my trip to Sonoma. It really is as beautiful as the say, and the wine is incredible!

Sonoma Valley |

Sonoma valley wine tasting |

Once my photos were on the iXpand, I was able to easily download them to my computer with the USB 3.0 port.


To get a little technical, the SanDisk has 128GB of flash drive storage, which is huge. It's more space than I would ever know what to do with. I could easily download tons of movies on it.

And it's also a good value. I'd been contemplating buying a new phone with more storage, but to buy an iPhone with 128GB of storage vs. 16GB would cost an extra $300.

In comparison, you can purchase the SanDisk iXpand for $79.99 using this $50 off coupon. (Coupon expires on August 31st.)

And here's another helpful feature. When I record video, I can record it directly onto the iXpand, so I never have to worry about missing another one of my daughter's hip hop performances.

I've started carrying my flash drive around with me everywhere I go. It's like having a little peace of mind with me at all times, and who wouldn't want a little peace of mind in their purse? :)

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*1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.

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Olympic Games Oatmeal M&M Cookies

by Jillian Leslie on

Olympic Games Oatmeal M&M Cookies |

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are right around the corner, so if you are planning a viewing party for your friends and family, why not serve up these easy Olympic Games oatmeal M&M cookies!

Bounty, an official sponsor of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, asked me to come up with a party recipe for the occasion. Since cookies are an easy food to serve at parties, especially ones where people are focused on the TV, I made sure my cookies were delicious, Olympic Games-themed, and fun!

But the best part of making them was when I saw my daughter's face light up when I asked her to sort the M&Ms. Can you think of a better job for a nine-year-old?! The only color we didn't use was orange, so guess where those M&Ms went?

Olympic Games Oatmeal M&M Cookies |

Olympic Games Oatmeal M&M Cookies

Makes: 20 cookies


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups quick or old-fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package of M&Ms

Preheat the oven to 350F

In a large mixing bowl, add the butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Mix on high for about 2 minutes.

In a second mixing bowl, add the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet, about 1/3 at a time, mixing on low until combined.

The dough comes together very easily. You can make it in about 10 minutes.

Oatmeal M&M Olympic Games Cookie Dough |

Roll pieces of dough into small balls and flatten with your hands.

Here's where my trusty Bounty paper towels come in. Your hands will be sticky and covered in dough, so have a wet piece of Bounty nearby for wiping.

Next, put your cookies in the oven for 7-9 minutes. (When my cookies go in the oven, I use Bounty to wipe up my countertops. It's 2X more absorbent, so it is my cleanup workhorse.)

Oatmeal M&M Olympic Games Cookie Dough |

Take the cookies out of the oven just when they're close to done but still soft, and with your M&Ms nearby, gently push the M&Ms onto the cookies in a ring. I used 8 M&Ms per cookie.

You want to work while the cookies are hot so the M&Ms will stick. If they don't all stick, use a little white decorating gel to "glue" them in place.

Olympic Games Oatmeal M&M Cookies |

Because of all the M&Ms in the cookies, I was able to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. I felt good about that. And the real judge in the family, my daughter, thought they were delicious!

Olympic Games Oatmeal M&M Cookies |


One last cool fact... Bounty has teamed up with four-time Olympic Gold Medal sprinter, Allyson Felix, for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

I love her and can't wait to watch her compete. She's so lightning fast! Go Allyson!

Olympic Games Bounty |

This post is sponsored by Bounty, but all opinions and text are mine. And I really do love Bounty and use their paper towels and paper napkins in my house every day!

Olympic Games Bounty |

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14 Must-See Pokemon Go Party Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

14 Must-See Pokemon Go Party Ideas |

Pokemon Go is such a phenomenon! My daughter and husband play it a lot, and for the last week that was all they've been talking about. Are your families as obsessed?

I'm expecting a slew of Pokemon Go birthday parties showing up on our site very soon. So to help you plan yours, check out these 14 awesome Pokemon Go party ideas!


1. Pokemon Party Printables

What adorable Pokemon party printables This set comes with everything you'll need to decorate your Pokemon party in style!

Pokemon Party Ideas - Dessert Table |


2. Pin the Tail on Pikachu

A printout of Picachu and a missing tale. Here's a perfect game for your party!

Pin the tail on Pikachu |

3. Pokeball Candy Bowl

I'm loving this DIY Pokeball themed candy bowl and the Pokeball cake pops in the background.

Pokeball candy container |

4. Pikachu Party Cake

Purchase this cake topper and you've got all the decoration you need for your Pokemon Go cake!

Pikachu cake topper |

5. Pikachu Peep Pops

I think this is such a clever way to make Pikachu Peep pops!

Pokemon Go Party Ideas - Pikachu Marshmallow Pops |

6. Pokeball Snack Tray

Take a red snack tray, cover one side in white tape, add some black detailing, and you're there.

Pokemon Go Party Ideas - Pokemon snacks |

7. Pokeball Trainer Hats

Homemade Pokeball trainer hats would make great party favors.

Party Favor Pokeball Trainer Hat |

8. Marshmallow Pokeballs

Red candy melts, chocolate candy melts, and white chocolate chips... how clever are these?

Marshmallow pokeballs |

9. Party Invitations

How adorable are these Pikachu invitations!

Pokemon Birthday Party Invitations |

10. Pokemon Masks

Printable Pokemon masks to give out to your guests.

Pokemon Masks |

11. Pokeball Cupcakes

Cupcakes topped with red, white, and black fondant.

Pokeball cupcakes |

12. Pokemon Favor Tags

Here's how to give your party favors a Pokemon touch.

Pokemon Party Favor Tags |

13. Pokemon Favor Boxes

Favor boxes with Pikachu!

Pokemon Party Favor Boxes | CatchMyParty

14. Pokemon Banner

Purchase this "Happy Birthday" banner and get your guests into the Pokemon spirit!

Pokemon Happy Birthday Banner |

Be sure to check out all of these Pokemon party ideas on our site!



Beauty and the Beast Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

My favorite parties this week are a Beauty and the Beast party, a floral tea party, a camping party, and a flamingo party |

Thanks for adding such gorgeous parties to our site this week. Don't miss the stunning Beauty and the Beast party I'm featuring. One word... Wow!

My favorite parties this week are a beautiful Beauty and the Beast girl birthday party, a lovely outdoor floral tea party, an adventurous backyard camping party, and a tropical pineapple and flamingo party!

Iva T's Ivana's 5th Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful dessert table with Belle and the Beast in the backdrop
  • The incredible Beauty and the Beast cookies
  • The Belle favor bags
Beauty and the Beast Belle birthday |

Cassie B's Lavender's Floral Tea Party

My favorite details:

  • Lavender's flower crown
  • The pretty fabric bunting
  • The beautiful cake with the tea cup on top
Floral tea party birthday party |

Emily B's Backyard Camping Celebration

My favorite details:

  • The cute party signs
  • The burlap details
  • The upcycled decor
Backyard campout with s'mores |

Tania's Let's Flamingle! Birthday Bash

My favorite details:

  • The delightful printables
  • The paper rosette flower backdrop
  • The two flamingos cake topper
Tropical flamingo pineapple birthday party |

We just got back from Las Vegas. Even though it was 107 degrees, I love Las Vegas in the summer. We stayed at the Wynn, which felt so glam, and because it's summer, was so inexpensive! We spent most of our days indoors (in the malls, at the buffet, or watching movies in our room), then we'd head to the pool around 4pm.  I also took my daughter, Lainey, to her first concert. We saw Meghan Trainor, which was awesome, and I have one word for you... "No!" (Now I can't get that song out of my head.)





Mod Sea Glass Candlesticks

by Jillian Leslie on

Mod Sea Glass Candlesticks |

This was such a fun post to do. I love crafting in the summer when I can be outside. I also love modern, colorful details.

So when Krylon asked me to do a project that showcased their KRYLON® SEA GLASS PAINT, I knew I wanted to make mod sea glass candlesticks for my mantle. Our living room is mostly neutral, so my goal was to bring a pop-up of color and a casual playfulness to the room.

That's why when I went to Lowe's to shop for colors, I chose Cornflower (blue) and Sea Foam (green), two of my favorites.

And because I wanted a smooth, translucent sea glass look, I only sprayed each candlestick with one coat of paint. It could not have been simpler.

Mod Sea Glass Candlesticks



First, I cleaned my candlesticks well using dish soap and water. I wanted to make sure there was no dirt or oil on my candlesticks so the paint would spread evenly.

Mod Sea Glass Candlesticks

Using colored tape, I carefully taped two stripes around the necks of the candlesticks. I wanted to show lots of color but have some modern details.

Sea Glass Paint |

I placed my candlesticks on a piece of butcher-block paper outside in a well-ventilated area. The weather was warm but not too hot, and the humidity was low.

Then, holding the can about 12 inches from the candlesticks, I sprayed each candlestick in a big sweeping motion. I made sure to move quickly because I didn't want the paint to drip.

My goal was to make them look very translucent -- like real sea glass -- so I used only one coat of paint on each.

I let them dry for a few hours, and...

Sea Glass Paint |

Voila! I love how they turned out. Don't they look great on my mantle?

Mod Sea Glass Candlesticks

Mod Sea Glass Candlesticks

If you want to add smooth, translucent color to any clear glass piece you have in your house, try  KRYLON® SEA GLASS PAINT. You will beautifully and easily turn something ordinary into a statement piece.

For more inspiration, here are some other other inspiring ideas from Krylon. Just please don't use it on glass items that will touch food.

Take everyday items from ordinary to extraordinary! Krylon can give your everyday objects a new life with an assortment of colors, finishes, and textures. For more information, visit our website, follow us on Pinterest, or like us on Facebook.


Free Emoji Party Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

Free Emoji Party Printables |

Emoji parties are getting very popular on our site, especially among teen girls. I'm not even a teen girl and I use emojis daily in emails, on Instagram, and on Snapchat!

They're fun and expressive and very of-the-moment. I'm predicting this is just the beginning of a big party trend.

So I'm super excited to be giving away these free emoji party printables for you to use at your own emoji parties!

The collection includes: party invitations, cupcake toppers, a "Happy Birthday" banner, a welcome sign, and tented cards.

Download the free emoji party printables here!

You can see the individual files here...

Free Emoji Party Printable Invitations |

Free Emoji Party Printable Cupcake Toppers |

Free Emoji Party Printable Welcome Sign |


Free Emoji Party Printable Happy Birthday Banner |

Free Emoji Party Printable Happy Birthday Banner |

Free Emoji Party Printable Tented Cards |

Free Emoji Party Printable Tented Card |

And make sure to download our free Emoji party bingo set for a fun activity at your party!

Free Printable Emoji Bingo Cards |


Lilly Pulitzer Bridal Shower and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

My favorite parties are a Lilly Pulitzer bridal shower, a cowgirl summer party, a white daisy party, and a country fair pinwheel party

There were lots of amazing parties added to our site this week, including an incredibly beautiful Lilly Pulitzer bridal shower!

My favorite parties this week are the stylish Lilly Pulitzer bridal lunch, a summertime shabby chic cowgirl party, a gorgeous white daisy birthday party, and a pretty country fair party with pinwheels!

Amy S' Lilly Pulitzer-Inspired Bridal Luncheon

My favorite details:

  • The Lilly Pulitzer dress cookies
  • The flamingo cake pops
  • All the pineapple details!
Lilly Pulitzer flamingo party |

Annaliese J's Howdy Summer Girls' Night Out!

My favorite details:

  • The vintage furniture details and burlap
  • The adorable kids' table
  • The cowgirl cookies
Girl's Night Out Cowgirl Party |

Silviya Schimenti's Elizabeth's White Daisy Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The birthday girl's white daisy dress
  • The beautiful yellow, green, and white cake
  • The daisy ring cookies!
White daisy girl birthday party |

Lucia P's A Day at the Country Fair

My favorite details:

  • The pinwheel cookies
  • The vintage lemonade stand
  • The pastel cupcakes
Country fair pinwheel birthday party |

We just got back from two days in Sonoma. One of the benefits of living in the Bay Area is that we can head up to wine country for great food and great wine!

We got to tour the hills of the Gundlach Bundschu winery driving in one of these!


Yes, we got to taste wine during the drive (and no, we weren't driving) :)!


The wineries we toured were Gundlach Bundschu, Patz & Hall, Ravenswood, and Schug. All had delicious Chardonnays and Pinots. What's your favorite Sonoma winery?