How to Throw a Fun Pizza Party

by Jillian Leslie on

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

I was asked by DiGiorno® to come up with a fun way to throw a pizza party using their new DESIGN A PIZZA kit which has all the ingredients you need to bake your masterpiece.

I thought it would be fun to throw a party where the main activity was to let my friends create their own pizzas. I love activities at parties, especially if they involve food. I think it creates a playful vibe, easy conversation and lots of laughter.

I printed out this awesome set of pizza party printables from our site, with every topping label imaginable, plus a whole host of other decorative goodies. You can download the whole free pizza party printables collection here.

The  DESIGN A PIZZA kits come in three varieties:

  • Pepperoni and Sausage with Peppers & Onions
  • Chicken, Green Peppers & Red Onions with Pepperoni
  • Spinach, Tomato & Red Onion with Pepperoni
For our party I used the first two.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Here are the pizzas right out of the box, with all the ingredients in separate pouches.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Here's my invitation.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

I held the party on my back patio. I covered my big table in white butcher block paper to make it feel like a work space.

I put the two frozen pizzas on upside down disposable cookie trays. Then I put out all the toppings in little glass bowls with their corresponding tented labels. I printed out some of the other decorations, and of course, didn't forget the beer and wine.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

I was so excited when my friends arrived.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

They loved the set up, and it didn't take them long to find their creative spirits.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Voilà, a beach ball pizza and a... sort of abstract pizza with lots of meat and very few veggies. :)

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

And here they are piping hot out of the oven.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

And here we all are enjoying our pizzas. They were super cheesy with a thick crunchy crust, and  the toppings added a nice mix of salty, smoky, crisp, and fresh flavors. Plus, I think the fact that we created them ourselves made them extra delicious.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

And because you can't throw a pizza party without cupcakes, here are the chocolate ones I served for dessert.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by DiGiorno. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DiGiorno.

Free Pizza Party Printables from Printabelle

by Jillian Leslie on

Free Pizza Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Thinking of hosting a pizza party? Michelle at Printabelle designed this set of pizza party printables, perfect for a birthday or get-together with friends, and we're excited to be giving them away! To see how I used them at my "make your own" pizza party, check out this post!

The free printable collection includes: a welcome sign, invitations, tented food cards with all the toppings you can imagine, a banner, cupcake toppers, gift tags, mini Hershey's bar wrappers, and water bottle labels.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FREE PIZZA PRINTABLES PRINTING HERE!

And here are the individual files...

Free Pizza Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free Pizza Party Printable Water Bottle Labels | CatchMyParty.com

Free Pizza Party Printable Mini Candy Bar Wrappers | CatchMyParty.com

Free Pizza Party Printable Invitations | CatchMyParty.com

Free Pizza Party Printable Gift/Favor Tags | CatchMyParty.com

Free Pizza Party Printable Topping Labels | CatchMyParty.com

Free Pizza Party Printable Topping Labels | CatchMyParty.com

Free Pizza Party Printable Topping Labels | CatchMyParty.com

Free Pizza Party Printable Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Free Pizza Party Printable Banner | CatchMyParty.com

 

For more ideas on throwing a pizza party, check out these awesome pizza parties from our site!

If you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it starting at just $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - July 13th

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Check out my favorite parties added to our site this week...

An incredible Cookie Monster birthday party for a two year old, a stunning pink and gold girl birthday party , a Scooby Doo party with a camping theme, and an Alice in Wonderland outdoor garden party you've got to see!

My Favorite Parties of the Week July 13 | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

We're having a relaxing weekend. We're heading to see "Singing in the Rain" at our revival theater. Hope you're having a fun weekend too!

$800 Cash Giveaway!

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Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares Recipe

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Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

One thing that brings me a tremendous amount of happiness during these lazy days of summer, is baking. First, I love sweets, so that's easy. But second, unlike cooking, where there's a fair amount of wiggle room, baking has to be precise. To me, baking feels like little science experiments. And there's always a little bit of surprise and satifaction at the end when it all turns out.

And that brings me to the final reason why baking brings me so much happiness.  It's because I love to share what I've made. Summer is this awesome time when everyone is outside -- people are walking their dogs, kids are playing, bikers are biking -- and there is nothing that brings me more pleasure than walking out of the house with a plateful of freshly baked treats, and sharing them with our neighbors.

We have so many wonderful neighbors where we live, so it's my way of "spreading the happy," as Nutella says. :)  They will be gone in seconds flat!

And that brings me to my most recent recipe... my Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares, which I surprised our neighbors with yesterday, and the looks on their faces were priceless. They loved them... cool, creamy cheesecake on a hot summer's day!!

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I made the simple crust out of shortbread cookies and walnuts.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Crust | CatchMyParty.com

The cheesecake filling was just cream cheese, eggs, and sour cream (to cut some of the sweetness and give it a little tang).

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Filling | CatchMyParty.com

I baked the cheesecake (because I like baked cheesecake) and when I took it out of the oven it had a huge crack up the middle.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Filling | CatchMyParty.com

I actually didn't mind, no need for a redo, because I knew I was going to top the whole thing with fresh strawberries and it would cover any imperfections.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I cut them into squares, cutting off the edges so they looked uniform.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

And then, drizzled them with Nutella to give them a touch of chocolate hazelnut deliciousness. Didn't they turn out pretty, and you'd never know there was that giant crack.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

They tasted even better than they looked. They were creamy but light because of the beaten eggs, sweet but not too sweet because of the pinch of salt I added to the crust, and a little tart.

The strawberries gave it a little texture and fruitiness, and the Nutella gave it some smooth chocolate yumminess. All in all, the science experiment worked and I brought a little happiness to some of our favorite neighbors... and definitely to myself!

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

STRAWBERRY NUTELLA CHEESECAKE SQUARES RECIPE

Ingredients:

For the Filling

  • 24 ounces cream cheese (three 8oz packages)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 packages of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of Nutella
For the Crust
  • 1 box (11-12oz) shortbread cookies
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9"x 13" pan with tin foil, leaving enough overhang that you can lift out the cake once it is cooked.

Melt the butter (about 30 seconds on high in the microwave). Put the cookies, walnuts, and salt into a food processor and pulse until broken down into crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until combined. Spray the pan with some non stick spray, and spread the crumb mixture along the bottom, flattening it with your hands.

In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated. You don;t need to over mix, you just want a smooth consistency.

Pour the mixture into the pan and smooth with a spatula. Put it in the oven for 30 minutes, then turn it down to 300 and cook for another 20 minutes. Turn off the oven, open the door, and let it sit in the oven for another 15 minutes. Let it cool on the counter until you can handle the pan, then put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours to help it set up.

There are a lot of cooking techniques like placing the pan in water while it cooks to try to keep the top from cracking. But since we are going to top the cheesecake with strawberries, you don't have to worry about cracks!

Take the cheesecake out of the refrigerator and use the foil overhangs to lift it out of the pan. Cut the strawberries in vertical slices, and place them on the top of the cake like scales.

Cut the cake into 3"x 2" squares, then pipe some Nutella stripes across the top. I put the Nutella in a Ziplock bag that I cut a tiny corner off of to pipe.

Best served cold, with the first couple days.

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Square Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the HappyTM.

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

Fun Summer Crafting + Free Margarita Party Printables

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Summer Jorts DIY | CatchMyParty.com

For this  post, we were asked by Sauza to design our own pair of summer jorts. Well, when the Crayola fabric markers arrived from Amazon in the mail, my daughter, Lainey, refused to let me do this project alone. She grabbed a pair of her jeans and started cutting off the legs. (I did had to come in and rescue the jeans a little.)

We decided she would design the front of the jorts and I would design the back.

I love the scene she created. She wanted it to feel very summery, which is why she added the palm tree and the big yellow sun. Summer Jorts DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I added a rainbow chevron pattern to the back. Rainbow chevron is a very popular pattern we see at summer parties on our site so I thought it only fit.

Summer Jorts DIY | CatchMyParty.com

To add to the feeling of summer (in addition to our cool jorts that my daughter won't stop wearing), I also wanted to give away something fun to help you (the adults in the room) celebrate.

To me, margaritas are such a perfect summer brunch drink, so I asked Michelle from Printabelle to design some free "margarita" printables straw flags and toppers that would work well at a summer brunch party.  Here you'll see I attached the straw flags to my papers straws, and stuck some toppers in some big yummy muffins. Brunch is served!

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION MARGARITA PRINTABLES HERE

Free summer margarita party printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free margarita party printables | CatchMyParty.com

For the margarita, my recipe of choice is always the "Sauza-rita." I love the way the light beer mellows the tequila so you get a more well-rounded drink. It definitely won't overpower your brunch. Here's how I make mine...

SAUZA-RITA RECIPE

Makes 9 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 can frozen limeade
  • 1 can Sauza Silver Tequila
  • 1 bottle light beer
  • 1 can water
Instructions:

Pour limeade and beer into a pitcher filled with ice. Fill limeade can with Sauza® Silver, pour into pitcher. Fill limeade can with water, pour into pitcher. Stir and enjoy.

Sausa-rita margarita recipe | CatchMyParty.com

These are seriously refreshing and not too strong. I recommend lots of ice!

Free margarita party printables | CatchMyParty.com

Now please enjoy some brunch in summer style, and maybe in a pair of jorts!

Free summer margarita party printables | CatchMyParty.com

There's nothing more macho than the Sauza tequila cowboy getting his DIY on! Take a look here...

Ever think you could make jorts with a cowboy? Here's your chance to meet a man who crafts his heart out. Okay, so maybe he's not the best DIY-er. But what he lacks in cutting skills, he more than makes up for when he makes the perfect Sauza-rita. Watch him in action for ideas for your next ladies' night in: http://bit.ly/1juaLln.

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Easy Outdoor Summer Party Ideas

by Jillian Leslie on

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

I love summer parties! This weekend I got to throw one, and I have to say, summer parties are my favorite. It's the casual, easy feel of eating outside, the delicious summer fruits and vegetables, the long days and warm nights, and even the flip flops (and yes, I wore them)...

We invited over some old family friends and their children, and thanks to Pier 1, I got to really style it up (I call my theme "colorful boho"). I also used our new free retro summer printables to help set a playful mood!

The welcome sign was a huge hit with the guests, they all commented on it.

Free summer party printables | CatchMyParty.com

While the guests arrived I put out simple foods to nosh on, and poured some bright, crisp albarino wine.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty For dinner. I served this beautiful salad straight from the farmer's market...

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Corn bread...

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Corn and tomato salad...

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

And a special marinated steak called "Fred's Steak" that we get at our local butcher. It's got this weird black exterior, but tastes amazing on the inside!

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

I was excited to use my new honeycomb drink dispenser. Can you believe up until now, I haven't owned one? (Thank you, Pier 1.)

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

I also set up a little cozy nook for people to have a quiet getaway spot and added my favorite flowers... tulips.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

For dessert, I served whoopie pies to the kids, always a crowd favorite.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty And for the adults, an upside down blueberry and peach cake that had the perfect balance of tangy and sweet. I wish I had made it, but it was store bought. :)

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

For those wanting a healthier option, I put out some fresh farmer's market strawberries. They were so sweet, however, it was like I dumped them in a bag of sugar.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty A fun parting gift for the kids, some crazy glow-in-the-dark lollipops.

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

And I love when a summer party transitions from day to night, and all the lights turn on...

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Just looking at these photos, makes me think about what a great time we had, and how much fun it is to celebrate with people you love! My takeaway... I need to throw more parties!

Easy outdoor summer party ideas including food and decorations | CatchMyParty

Find what speaks to you.

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Free Summer Party Printables from Printabelle

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Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

If you love retro party styling like me, check out this set of free retro summer party printables Michelle at Printabelle has designed for us!

 

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

The collection includes: a "Let's Eat" welcome sign, cupcake toppers,  thank you cards, straw flags,  and blank tented cards.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Here are the individual files...

Free Summer Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

Free retro summer party printables! | CatchMyParty.com

For more inspiration and party ideas, check out these awesome summer parties on our site!

And remember, if you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Feminine Ribbon Chandelier DIY

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Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are here today with a beautiful ribbon chandelier DIY that would look great at a girl birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, or even as room decor.

Nothing says "feminine" like delicate ribbon and lace, and a ribbon chandelier is an easy and beautiful way to add an ethereal, shabby chic feel to your next event!

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:
  • Large embroidery hoop
  • Small embroidery hoop
  • Assortment of ribbon and lace
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • String

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial supplies | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

1.) Take your large embroidery hoop and hot glue a 12 inch strip of ribbon to the hoop, leaving a small amount of ribbon at the top to wrap over the top of the hoop.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

2.) Now glue down the excess ribbon by wrapping it and securing it to the interior of the hoop.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

3.) Repeat the first step, alternating ribbon colors and textures, creating a pattern, until the entire hoop is covered.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

4.) Secure a piece of ribbon around the inside perimeter of the hoop with hot glue, hiding any excess, uneven or frayed pieces.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

5.) Take your string and simply knot it onto the hoop in 3 even spaces locations at the height you prefer.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

6.) Pull the three pieces of string and knot them together, creating a perfect first layer to your chandelier!

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

7.) Repeat the previous steps for your second, smaller hoop.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

8.) This should leave you with two hoops. Carefully, evenly space and attach the strings from the smaller hoop to the large hoop. Be sure to adjust the distance between the two levels, determining the overall length you would like your chandelier to be.

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

9.) Now you will have a lovely 2 tiered chandelier, perfect for your party. We chose to use our DIY ribbon chandelier to accent our Belle inspired princess party!

Feminine ribbon chandelier DIY tutorial, great party decor! | CatchMyParty.com

 

Thank you Kristen and Missy for your beautiful DIY. I definitely want to make a ribbon chandelier for my daughter's room. She would love it hanging above her bed.

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram. Party photography by Expressions by Nicole Marie.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - July 6th

by Jillian Leslie on

Check out my favorite parties added to our site this week...

A red, yellow and blue Pinocchio birthday party with circle decorations, a camping boy birthday party with a nature scavenger hunt, a 50's bridal shower with a perfect housewife theme, and an Disney's Up inspired boy birthday party with colorful balloons!

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week July 6 | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

Hope you had a great July 4th! We saw some amazing fireworks from the parking lot of Costco!

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