Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea

by Jillian Leslie on

Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea |

Julie from Crowing Details is here with a easy and fun Father's Day gift idea. Plus she's designed "Dad's Stache" printables make your gifts extra special. Thanks, Julie!

I don't know about you, but I definitely have a secret "Mommy stash" of my favorite chocolates that I sneak on tough days... or on any day, really.

But, what about for the dads?

Wouldn't it be great to give your husband or dad a "Dad stash" of his own this Father's Day? Here's a Dad 'Stache' Father's Day gift idea that is easy to put together and what I love about it is how personal you can make it.

Just buy a big glass jar with a top (a mason jar would work, too), fill it with his favorite candies or chocolates, and add this free "Dad's Stache"printable to the jar.

I'm sure the dads out there would appreciate the thought... and the sweets.

For my husband, I'd add these mini TCHO Chocolates. He loves dark chocolate but won't buy the expensive stuff for himself, so this would be a great gift for him! What would your husband like?

Download the free Father's Day Dad Stache printable here!

Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea |

This is also a great last-minute Father's Day gift idea. So if Father's Day sneaks up on you this year (it's June 19th), and you and your kids are scrambling, just print out the printable and fill any container with something your husband likes. It could be chips!

Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea | Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Printable | CatchMyParty.comDad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea |

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Here are some other Father's Day gift ideas your kids can make!

Father's Day Apron DIY |

Homemade Father's Day Gift Ideas |

Free Father's Day Printables |

Emoji Instagram Party and More!

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My four favorite parties of the week include an emoji Instagram party, a mermaid party, a blue Cinderella party, Harry Potter party |

Hope you're having a great long holiday weekend! We just back from seeing family in San Francisco. We had a nice time and it was an absolutely beautiful day!

There were some incredible parties added to our site this week, including an awesome Emoji Instagram Party that has the cutest poop cupcake (seriously!.

So without further ado, my four favorite parties of the week are the emoji party I mentioned earlier, that would be perfect for tweens, a mermaid birthday party with stunning details, a beautiful blue Cinderella party, and an amazing Harry Potter birthday party!

Debbie M's Emoji party

Instagram party |

Sandy Bahia's Alice's Under the Sea

Mermaid party |

Christina M's Vivienne's Cinderella 1st Birthday

Cinderella party |

Michelle L's A Harry Potter Birthday Party

Harry Potter party |

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How To Play Hooky With Your Kid

by Jillian Leslie on

How To Play Hooky With Your Kids |

Last Wednesday, my husband and I picked our daughter up from school on her early dismissal day (1:05pm), and we all headed to Chuck E. Cheese's for a mid-week break. It really felt like playing hooky!

Wednesdays are usually one of our busiest days filled with school, after school activities, work, homework, laundry, etc.

So when Chuck E. Cheese's asked if we'd like to take a mid-week break and try out their new pizza lunch buffet and play some games, I jumped at the change. I knew this was just what we needed t0 break out of our weekly routine and have some deserved fun.

Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Buffet

Here's Lainey picking out her pizza. She's a traditional cheese girl.

How To Play Hooky With Your Kid |

This veggie pepperoni was my favorite. I don't want to tell you how many pieces I ate!

Chuck E. Cheese's serve a variety of handmade pizzas in the buffet: cheese, pepperoni, pineapple, spaghetti & meatball, and veggie. Plus there's salad and an apple pie dessert "pizza." The buffet is offered Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm, $5,99 for adults and $3.99 for kids.

How To Play Hooky With Your Kid |

And once we finished filling our bellies, it was time to play! Lainey and my husband are huge gamers, so this was right up their alley. Here's Lainey doing some driving.

Playing Hooky at Chuck E. Cheese's |

And here's Daddy giving her a boost.

Playing Hooky at Chuck E. Cheese's |

And here's Lainey giving Daddy a boost. Aren't they two peas in a pod? :)

Playing Hooky at Chuck E. Cheese's |

Here was my snap on Snapchat. We were all having so much fun! Please excuse the typo. :)

Playing Hooky at Chuck E. Cheese's |

The only time my daughter got serious was during Temple Run because she could beat Dad!

Playing Hooky at Chuck E. Cheese's |

And here's Lainey at her last major important stop... the prize display.

Playing Hooky at Chuck E. Cheese's |

Then it was time to go. I really appreciate how they keep your kids safe at Chuck E. Cheese's. No kid can leave without an adult with a matching number.

Playing Hooky at Chuck E. Cheese's |

When we got in the car, we were all in such good moods. It felt so great to break out of our routine and get to spend some quality time together on a Wednesday afternoon.

We might be heading back to Chuck E. Cheese's on Father's Day, because every hour they're putting a dad in the ticket blaster. My daughter would love seeing her dad acting crazy grabbing tickets!

To give YOU an excuse to play hooky with your kids, we're giving away a $100 gift certificate to Chuck E. Cheese's.  Please follow Chuck E. Cheese's on Facebook, then leave a comment at the end of this post saying you did it, and you'll be entered to win!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese's. The opinions and text are all mine.

Easy Father's Day Apron DIY

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Easy Father's Day Apron DIY |

Father's Day Apron DIY

Every Dad needs a colorful apron with his kids handprints on it for BBQing this summer! You can customize your colors and text to make this DIY Father’s Day apron one of a kind! Plus, it's super easy to make!

What you need:

Step 1: Pre­wash and iron apron.

Step 2: Position the stencils where you would like the wording to go on the apron. Lightly trace the letters onto the apron.

Father's Day Apron |

DIY Apron for Father's Day |

Fill the letters with a fabric marker.

DIY Apron for Father's Day |

Step 3: Fill the plastic cups with each color you will be using. Start by painting on a layer of the fabric paint to your child’s hand. You can do two colors at a time if you like, just paint each hand a different color.

Father's Day Apron DIY |

Step 4: Once you have a nice thick layer of paint on your child's hand, have your child press firmly onto the apron. Repeat with each color and each handprint.

DIY Apron for Father's Day |

Apron for father's Day |

Tip: I found it easier to paint the hand rather than dip the hand onto a paper plate. When my kids dipped their hands the paint was too thick and the handprints were difficult to make out.

Allow the apron to dry. Make sure to turn the apron over and iron to “heat” set the paint before washing.

DIY Apron for Father's Day |

DIY Apron for Father's Day |

Be sure to check out all the Father's Day parties on our site and our free Father's Day printables, too.

This fabulous craft was created by our craft contributor, Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Also, here are some other Father's Day ideas you might like:

Homemade Father's Day Gift Ideas |

Free Father's Day Printables |

Enchanted Garden Baby Shower and More!

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My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week include an enchanted garden baby shower, a sweet shoppe birthday, a painting party, and a Peter Pan birthday! |

This week we've seen so many gorgeous parties added to our site, including an enchanting garden baby shower you can't miss!

My four favorite parties this week are that breathtaking baby shower, an absolutely stunning pastel baking party, an art painting party that looks so fun, and an elaborate Peter Pan party that you'll never forget!

14 & Hudson /Paula Clemente Woods' Enchanted Baby Shower

Baby shower |

Sweet Jelly Parties' Stella's Sweet Shoppe

Baking party |

Kidz Party Shack's Willow painting party

Painting party |

Cris Correia's Mariá & Enzo Neverland

Peter Pan party |

We just got back from the Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA today. It's a celebration of the maker movement and has every type of maker you can image. There are artisans, crafters, tech enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, and more! It's a lot of fun and very inspiring.

There are Maker Faires all over the world. If you live near one, I recommend you check it out. It shows you that with a few tools, a little bit of creativity, and a lot of will, the impossible can be possible. (Here's a giant bubble from the Maker Faire bubble guy.)

Maker Faire 2016 |

2016 Tissue Paper Graduation Party Decor

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2016 Tissue Paper Graduation Party Decor |

I'm a big believer in creating DIY party decor that is fast, easy=, and inexpensive. And why do I believe that? Because if it's all three of those things, you're more apt to do it!

This is why I'm happy to share this 2016 tissue paper graduation party decor craft. It's simple to make, fast, and won't cost an arm and a leg, but the best part is that it is a show-stopper. Plus, you can customize the colors any way you like! We created this one in gold and black because those are the on-trend graduation party colors right now.

2016 Tissue Paper Graduation Party Decor

Materials: Start by tracing your numbers on the foam board. I didn't use a template because I knew they'd ultimately be covered by tissue paper!:­)

2016 Tissue Numbers for Graduation |

Using the Xacto knife, carefully cut out the numbers from the foam board.

2016 Tissue Numbers |

Cut the tissue paper up into 1 inch squares.

Tissue paper for 2016 Tissue Numbers |

Take a piece of tissue paper and gather or “pinch” together at the bottom.

Tissue paper for 2016 Tissue Numbers |

Dip the bottom into the glue and press against the cut­out number.

Tissue paper for 2016 Tissue Numbers |

Alternate the colors until the entire number is covered.

2016 Tissue Paper Graduation Party Decor |

Hot glue the dowel to the back of the numbers.

Cut a small piece of floral foam and stick the bottom of the dowels into the foam. This will help your numbers stand up straight! Place the dowel into the mason jars. Fill jars with confetti to cover up the green floral foam.

Tissue paper graduation numbers craft |

Add some decorative washi tape to the mason jars to dress them up.

Tissue paper graduation numbers craft |

Aren’t they cute!?

2016 Tissue Paper Graduation Party Decor |

Tip: Squish the tissue paper together to create a more “even” look.

2016 Tissue Paper Graduation Party Decor |

For more inspiration, check out these amazing graduation parties, graduation party ideas, and free graduation party printables from our site.

This fabulous craft was created by our style and craft contributor, Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

10 Best Pink Flamingo Party Ideas

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10 Best Pink Flamingo Party Ideas |

It's almost summer, and a very popular trend we're seeing on our site is flamingo parties. So today, I'm sharing our 10 best pink flamingo party ideas. I've included ideas for dessert tables, invitations, cakes, centerpieces, party favors, and more! Take a look below...


Flamingo dessert table

I love mix of the hot pink flamingos and metallic. I think this party looks so chic and modern with the shiny fringe backdrop.

Dessert table flamingo |

Pink Flamingo Chocolate Covered Oreos

This is such a clever idea and not hard to duplicate using some candy molds, candy eyes, and piped candy melts.

Pink Oreos |

Pink Flamingo Invitations

I love pink flamingos at girl 1st birthdays! Isn't this flamingo party invitation sweet?

Pool party invitations |

Pink Flamingo Cake

This cake is so vibrant with the pink and orange, and I love addition of the pineapples, (plus I don't mind those donut holes in the back)!

Flamingo cake |

Pink Flamingo Birthday Shirt

I'm a big fan of birthday tees.  I think it's a great way to set the mood for your party.

Party shirt |

Pink Flamingo Lollipops

Here are the flamingo molds to make these.

flamingo lollipops |

Pink Flamingo Drinks

An easy way to dress up your drinks is with these flamingo cocktail straws.

Flamingo drinks |

Pink Flamingo Centerpiece

What I love about this flower centerpiece is how chic and playful it is.  Great touch for your table.

Party centerpiece |

Pink Flamingo Topped Desserts

These desserts are topped with these pink flamingo straws (I think cut down).

Flamingo desserts |

Pink Flamingo Party Favors

What a cute way to send your guests home -- with these pink flamingo foam glasses. Great for photo ops, too!

Flamingo party favors |

Check out all of our fantastic pink flamingo parties on our site, and also all our flamingo party supplies from our party shop owners!

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Patriotic Party and More!

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This week my favorite parties include: a red, white, and blue patriotic party, an enchanting fairy garden birthday, a wild jungle safari party, and a Little Red Riding Hood birthday party! | There were lots of fantastic parties added to our site this week, including an outdoor patriotic party perfect for Memorial Day or July 4th (both of which will be here before we know it)! I'm a big fan of adding a tent or teepee as party decor, and I love the homemade tent at this party!

I'm nursing a cold today. My nose is running. I have a pile of balled up Kleenex sitting next to me as I write this. But sharing gorgeous parties does lift my mood. Beauty has a way of helping me get out of my own way. So thank you, to all the creative people who add parties to our site.  You are the best medicine.

This week my favorite parties include a red, white and blue patriotic party, an enchanting fairy garden birthday, a wild jungle safari party, and an incredible Little Red Riding Hood birthday party!

Take a look. See if these parties brighten your day, too.

Mint Event Design's A Vintage Patriotic Picnic

Red, white, and blue, patriotic party |

Chakoda Design's Enchanted Fairy Gardens

Enchanted fairy party |

The Tru Happiness' Hold on.. Hold on.. Its going to be wild now

Jungle safari party |

Aline S' Who is afraid of bad wolf?? Milena´s 4th Birthday party

Little red riding hood party |

This week is my husband's birthday. I bought him a blowtorch as a present. You can see the torch here and the trigger starter here (affil). If your husband is into cooking (like mine), what a manly present! I just hope he doesn't blow up the house. :)

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Card Holders

by Jillian Leslie on

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Card Holders |

It's the end of the school year, and I like to give gift cards to my daughter's teachers to say thank you for all their hard work. But giving gift cards can feel a little impersonal.

So I came up with these easy toilet paper roll gift card holders that I absolutely love! Who knew gift cards fit so well in toilet paper rolls?

Supplies (affil):

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Card Holders |

First, I flatten the Charmin toilet paper roll. Then using this colored Scotch tape, I added stripes.

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Card Holders |

I placed the gift card inside the roll (in its jacket) and tied it up with baker's twine. I'd love to have a wallet this stylish!

How I came up with this craft is a funny story...

We work a lot with Bounty, which is a P&G company. Charmin is another one of their brands, but in all honesty, I've never used Charmin before. We've always been a Cotttonelle family. That is, until now...

Charmin Toilet Paper

I was asked to do a week-long test, where I swapped out our regular toilet paper for Charmin Ultra Soft. I didn't tell my husband or daughter, but both of them noticed immediately. They wanted to know why I had never bought this brand of toilet paper before. They both commented on how soft it was.

My daughter even started using it to blow her nose because she thought it was softer than the tissues I buy.

I must say, the softness is shocking. And the thickness is impressive, too.

Charmin Toilet Paper

I guess I never bought Charmin before because I didn't think it was strong enough to do serious "cleanup."

So I asked my family if they felt like it was doing the job. They assured me it was, and that it felt so much nicer. My daughter even said, "It isn't rough, so I can clean better down there." From the mouths of babes... :)

Now we are officially a Charmin Ultra Soft family, and we have chic end-of-school gift card holders to boot. I call that a win-win!

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Card Holders |

This post is sponsored by Charmin, but all ideas and opinions are mine!

Olympic Games Donuts

by Jillian Leslie on

Olympic Games Donuts + Free Printables |

Here's a quick video to show you how I made them!

Who's excited for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games? I am! I love the summer games, especially gymnastics and track and field!

Olympic Games Donuts + Free Printables |

I created these Olympic Games donuts to put you in the mood for the games, and because I wanted to create something that would be messy.

You see, Bounty has teamed up four-time Olympic gold medal sprinter, Allyson Felix, one of the fasted women in the world. Allyson is quick, and so is Bounty!

Olympic Games Sprinkles |

Bounty also good at preventing messes, which is why I used it when gluing toothpicks to our free Olympic printables.

Free Team USA Olympic Games Printables |

To make these Olympic Games donuts is simple. I used Krispy Kreme donuts because I like their round shape. Then I very lightly dampened the tops of the donuts to make the sprinkles stick.

Krispy Kreme Donuts |

I used these sprinkles for the colors and these for the black (affil). I sprinkled them on each donut.

Making Olympic Donuts |

It was definitely messy, but when it came time for cleanup, I dampened a sheet of Bounty (because it's so absorbent, I needed only one sheet), swept the sprinkles into a pile, then using another damp paper towel, scooped them up. Easy peasy.


I love how they turned out and so did my family!

Olympic Games Donuts |

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Olympic Donuts + Free Printables |


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This post is sponsored by Bounty. All opinions, ideas, and inspirations are mine!