My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - June 1st

Here are my favorite parties for the week... wait until you see these!

A glamorous pink and gold safari girl birthday party, a rustic shabby chic western bridal shower, a lovely vintage pony party for a girl's birthday with lots of ruffles, and an orange and blue chevron little man mustache bash first birthday party.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week June 1 | CatchMyParty.com

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My daughter just finished 1st grade so our summer has just begun. It feels really good! Looking forward to taking it a little slower (hopefully).

Candy Fruit Skewers DIY

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Get instructions for making these candy fruit skewers! These work great as party favors and can be made in colors to match your party, too!

Candy Fruit Skewer DIY | CatchMyParty.com

For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Recipe + What Makes Me Happy as a Mom

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I was asked by Nutella to show how I like to "spread the happy." What a cool assignment. I'm a big believer that happiness is contagious. Just watch a group of kids laughing, and you'll quickly notice your own smile (or even laughter). It's just that easy.

So for Memorial Day, we were invited over to our friends' house for a BBQ. I love bringing homemade desserts to spread some happiness, so this year I made  homemade peanut butter cookies and sandwiched them together with a dollop of Nutella. Do you know "cookie" is a happy word? It makes you smile when you say it. Just try it.

The peanut butter cookies were delicious. I made the dough a little salty so that the sweet from the Nutella would balance it nicely, and it really did.  Plus, they were easy and quick to make. Here's how I did it:

PEANUT BUTTER NUTELLA COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients: (flour, baking soda, and salt) then set aside.

Add the butter, peanut butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla to a mix bowl, and beat on high until creamy. Mix in the dry ingredients, a third at a time, until completely incorporated.

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Cover and move the dough to the refrigerator and chill for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Roll the dough into small balls (~1 inch) in the palms of your hand, and put them on a greased cookie sheet (or use a silpat!).

Press the dough down with a fork with 2 perpendicular presses.

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Bake for 12 minutes.

Wait at least 15  minutes until the cookies cool. Smear a dollop of Nutella on the bottom of a cookie, and top with a second cookie to make a sandwich.

Makes about 2 dozen cookie sandwiches (4 dozen individual cookies).

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Because this post is all about being happy, I was also asked to share what makes me happy about being a mom. Wow, there are so many things, but one that stands out is sharing experiences with my daughter. This weekend I took Lainey to see Top Hat, her first Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie. I love old dance movies and I was curious to see what she would think of an old black and white film, living in her technicolor 3D world.

Something about being a mom and sharing these special moment with her, getting to see the world through her eyes, teaches me about myself... about what's really important to me, why I make the choices I do, and what I truly love. It's through both our similarities and our differences that I understand more about myself and my daughter, and I love that about being a mom.

As I said, I'm a huge Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers fan, and it turns out, my daughter is too! Here is Lainey dancing after the movie. And her happiness, definitely makes me happy. Nutella Peanut Butter Cookie 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 Happy™.

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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.

Patriotic July 4th Paper Wreath DIY

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake is here with a fantastic paper wreath for July 4th. I love how she distressed the paper stars to make it look like an antique!

One of my little challenges for this year is to make a wreath for my front door for every season/holiday. I just love the welcoming feel a wreath provides.

So of course, I had to come up with a design for the 4th of July! I love the end result and I hope you will too. :)

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

The paper stars are really easy to make and here is a tutorial to recreate the wreath.

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Wreath (I used a wire wreath but took out the inner and outer rings to make it thinner)
  • Red, white, blue card stock (I found the lovely blue one at Michael's)
  • Star template download
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Optional: A scorer for easier folding
  • Optional: Distress Ink (I used the color Frayed Burlap)
July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Use the template to cut out stars in three different sizes. For each star, score from one point to opposite inner angle like shown by the line. Repeat for all 5 points. Fold on every line.

Pinch each point to get the 3D effect (it helps to pinch the points two by two).

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com
If you wish to distress the stars, simply use a small sponge or applicator to apply the Distress Ink. I started by making the fold lines dark and then applied some lighter stains in between the points.

Once you have a selection of stars ready, you can hot glue them to the wire frame. Use a ribbon to hang (I used red burlap).

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com
July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

July 4th Patriotic Paper Wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks, Virginie, for sharing how you made your awesome wreath! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

For more party ideas, check out these incredible July 4th party ideas and free July 4th party printables from our site!

Trendy Ombre DIY Pinata

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are back with another DIY... this stylish pinata tutorial that will add a touch of whimsy and class to your next party!

What says "party!" better than a pinata?! Pinatas are back in a chic and fun new way -- making their way from children's parties to even the trendiest of adult occasions. This contemporary take on the classic pinata is a fun and easy way to add a little extra style to your next event, and the best part is, you can make one yourself!

Supplies:

  • Paper Mache letter
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Candy!

Supplies to make a trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Select a paper mache letter or a shape for your pinata (we found ours at Jo-ann Fabric. Cut a small hole in the base of your letter and fill it up with your favorite candy. We chose pink shimmer gumballs from Sweet Works and added some sequins to the mix for a little extra sparkle! Once you have filled your letter with the desired amount of candy, seal it up with a bit of glue.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Gather your tissue paper. We chose an ombre pattern, but you can choose any color combination you like.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Fold your tissue paper in half, leaving the folded seam at the top. Carefully cut a 2-3 inch strip of the paper

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Take your 2-3 inch strip of paper and cut strips vertically, being careful to leave a bit of space at the top of the tissue paper. This will make it easier to adhere the paper to your letter.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

With a hot glue gun, adhere the first color of the fringed paper to the letter, starting at the bottom.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Repeat step 4, adding each layer so that it slightly overlaps the previous color/layer.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Trim off any overhanging strands of fringe and display your pinata!

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Impress your guests by using your beautiful new pinata as a fun centerpiece or break it open and enjoy the sweets inside!

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks, Missy & Kristen, I love your modern spin on an old party favorite!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Happy Memorial Day from Catch My Party!

Happy Memorial Day! | CatchMyParty.com

I wish you a day of fun with friends and family, hoping you are eating good food and making special memories!

(Btw, I made this paper banner in 5 minutes using scrapbooking paper, a paper cutter, a piece of bakers' twine, and some Glue Dots.)

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - May 25th

Here are my favorite parties for the week...

So many amazing details at this pretty, pink butterfly birthday party, a magical mint and peach under the sea mermaid party, an adorable dollhouse themed first birthday party, and lots of glow-in-the-dark fun at this neon party.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week May 25 | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

Wishing you all an fantastic Memorial Day weekend! We just got back from the pool!

Summer Fun Parties, Airplane Parties and Movie Night Party Ideas

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Summer is almost here, check out these awesome summer party ideas to help you have fun in the sun! Summer Party | CatchMyParty.com Get some amazing ideas for food and decorations for an airplane birthday party!

Airplane Party Ideas | Gather family and friends for a fun movie night party with these cool ideas!

Movie Night Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Free Red SOLO Cup BBQ Party Printables

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Since nothing says "summer BBQ" like red SOLO cups, we thought it would be fun to give away a set of SOLO cup party printables just in time for your Memorial Day parties. All you need to do is download the files (links below), print them out, cut them out, and decorate! The best part about party printables is you can print as many as you like.

The collection was designed by Michelle at Printabelle exclusively for us! I think the "party" banner is my favorite item, talking about setting a fun mood... :)

The collection includes: cupcake toppers, SOLO cup "party" banner, BBQ welcome sign, straw flags (that will look great in your SOLO cups), and menu/place cards.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Now take a look at the whole collection...

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ party printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Have fun this summer with all your cookouts and BBQs, and if you use our SOLO cup printables, please add your party to our site. I'd love to see what you do!

This is a sponsored post by SOLO cups, but all ideas are mine!  To learn more about SOLO cups and see other great ideas, head to the SOLO cups Facebook page.

Planning My Summer Dinner Party

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

I have a feeling this is going to be my favorite blog series of the summer... throwing a summer dinner party with the help of Pier 1 and Spotify.

The first step... my shopping spree.

I headed to Pier 1 and looked at their whole outdoor collection. I found some amazing stuff. I honestly felt like I was on one of those interior design reality shows. Even the salespeople were getting into it, as I was putting together items to see what went with what.

I'm a visual thinker and I love to iterate. So I always start by stacking. This was the initial inspiration for my party decor -- a wrought iron table in red and some damask serving dishes in chartreuse and navy. Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

I'm all about "casual" for summer. I also like to play with bold colors and bold patterns, and add a little touch of bohemian. Based on these initial pieces, I decided to let the rest of the party planning speak to me as I went a long.

So I excitedly took all my goodies home. Then I looked out at my back patio, and, ugh, my patio looked so drab and dirty and messy, with bikes and boxes strewn everywhere. We moved last November, and cleaning up our patio is one of the last items on our to-do list. Just looking around, I knew why we haven't had the guts to tackle it.

I got a pit in my stomach and thought, how will I ever make this space work for a party? With so much work ahead, I felt no inspiration. summer-party-style-decor-ideas-5

But then I placed this lone quatrefoil outdoor pillow on one my gray patio chairs and things started to change, I could see my back patio springing to life.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

I unpacked my rot iron table, which gave the gray patio a big pop of color.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

And I started to lay everything out, to get a sense of how it would all look in my backyard.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

And then I knew, I wanted to do it up Mexican style... I think it was the colors, the patterns, and the warm spring breeze. I could imagine sitting out there with a clean patio, paper lanterns casting soft light on the space, eating warm carne asada tacos, spicy roasted corn with cojita, strawberry arugula salad, and something chocolate-ly for dessert.

I love when inspiration strikes and the ideas are endless.

I was also asked to put together a Spotify playlist for my summer party. So I took my laptop outside to my patio, sat amongst my mess and my new pieces, Mexican flavors in my head, and got to work listening to songs. I wanted to put together a playlist that was upbeat, interesting with a touch of whimsy, but could also work as background to what will hopefully be lots of laughter and fun conversation.

Want to hear what will be playing at my party? Take a listen...

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

And stay tuned for my next two posts where I share how the whole thing turns out. Until then... rubber gloves and 409!

Find what speaks to you.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pier 1 via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pier 1.

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