Girl Surfing Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

My 4 Favorite Parties include a Girl Surfing Party, a Minnie Mouse tea party, an It's a Small World party, and a modern baseball birthday! | Catchmyparty.com

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you had a lovely day. I definitely did. My daughter created a card, a song, and a comic for me, and my husband is cooking a delicious steak dinner as we speak!

There were so many amazing parties added to our site this week, including a very cool girl surfing party. If you read my blog you know I love "girl power" themed parties!

This week my favorite parties are the awesome surfing party, an adorable "It's a Small World" birthday party, a stunning and modern baseball party, and a gorgeous Minnie Mouse tea party! Again, I'm blown away by what talent I see on our site everyday! Take a look at these parties below...

Krista O's A Girly Surfing Birthday Party

Girly surfer party | Catchmyparty.com

Dee L's Sara's It's A Small World Birthday Celebration

It's A Small World party | Catchmyparty.com

Paige Simple's Chase's 4th Baseball Themed Birthday

Modern baseball birthday party | Catchmyparty.com

Kim K's Quinnie's Mouseka-Tea

Minnie Mouse pink tea party | Catchmyparty.com

School is starting to wind down for us. My daughter has a little over three weeks of school left. Boy, has this year flown by.

If you need graduation party ideas, check out this best preschool/kindergarten graduation party ideas post and this best graduation party ideas post. Plus, check out our free graduation party printables!

Free Mother's Day Cards and Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

Free Mother's Day Cards & Printables | CatchMyParty.com

I have a confession to make. I am usually super last-minute when it comes to holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. Isn't that funny for someone with a party site?

I always say I'm going to be better next year, but so far that hasn't happened. I definitely end up scrambling the day of, but because I use lots of hacks and cheats (like decorating my own store bought cake instead of making my own), for the most part, I end up pulling it off. Just don't look at the mess in my kitchen.

So if you are like me, and save things until the last minute, but this year, you want to give your Mother's Day brunch (yes, it's this Sunday) a little extra special... or if you need a last minute Mother's Day card, please check out all the beautiful collections of free Mother's Day cards and printables we have on our site! You will be blown away. Just click on these thumbnails and I promise you will find something!

Free Boho Flowers Mother's Day printables | CatchMyParty.com

 

Free Mother's Day flower printables | CatchMyParty.com

 

Free Printable Mother's Day Cards | CatchMyParty.com

 

Free Mother's Day printables | CatchMyParty.com

 

Free Mother's Day Cards and Printables | CatchMyParty.com

 

Free Mother's Day Cards and Printables | CatchMyParty.com

 

Free Mother's Day Cards and Printables | CatchMyParty.com

 

Free Striped Mother's Day Printables | CatchMyParty.com

And now what about a Mother's Day gift?  How about making an easy photo vase.

Easy Mother's Day Photo Vase | CatchMyParty.com

Or you can try this easy homemade candle (perfect for your kids to make for Grandma)!

Easy Homemade Candle | CatchMyParty

12 Best Graduation Party Ideas

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12 Best Graduation Party Ideas | Catchmyparty.com

Did you see our preschool & kindergarten graduation party roundup we posted last week? Well today we are sharing twelve of the best graduation party ideas for high school, college, and beyond!

We've included three full sets... that's right three... of free party printables to use to decorate your party. We've got a fancy gold set, a rustic chalkboard set, and a red and white preppy set. Pick a collection and a color scheme, and start building your party.

We've also included ideas for decorations, desserts, photo booth props, and party favors. Just take a look below...

12 Best Graduation Party Ideas

1. 2016 Glitter Numbers

Best Graduation Party Ideas- Gold Glitter Monogram 2016 | Catchmyparty.com

2. Free Gold Graduation Party Printables

Free printables for a gold graduation party | Catchmyparty.com

3. Graduation Cap Treats

Graduation Cap Treats for a graduation party dessert | Catchmyparty.com

4. Photo Booth Props

Graduation Photo Booth Props - 12 Best Graduation Party Ideas| Catchmyparty.com

5. Grad Banner

Graduation Photo Banner - 12 Best Graduation Party Ideas| Catchmyparty.com

6. Free Chalkboard Graduation Party Printables

Free Graduation Chalkboard Party Printables | Catchmyparty.com

7. Graduation Balloons

Graduation balloons - 12 Best Graduation Party Ideas | Catchmyparty.com

8. Free Preppy Graduation Printables

Free Preppy Graduation Party Printables | Catchmyparty.com

9. Congrats Cake Topper

Gold Congrats Grad Cake Topper - 12 Best Graduation Party Ideas | Catchmyparty.com

10. Graduation Cap Straw Decorations

Graduation straws - 12 Best Graduation Party Ideas | Catchmyparty.com

11. Diploma Treats

Graduation Diploma Treats - 12 Best Graduation Party Ideas | Catchmyparty.com

12. Graduation Cap Party Favors

Graduation Party Favors - 12 Best Graduation Party Ideas | Catchmyparty.com

For more graduation inspiration, check out these amazing graduation parties and free graduation party printables from our site! Wishing you a great end to your kids' school year!

Unicorn Birthday Party and More!

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My 4 favorite parties of the week include a unicorn birthday party, a snow white birthday party, a boho chic sweet 16, and an Instagram party! | Catchmyparty.com

This week lots of amazing parties were added to our site, including a magical unicorn birthday party!

My favorite parties this week include a gorgeous rainbow themed unicorn girl birthday party, an incredible outdoor Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs party, a bohemian chic Sweet 16 birthday party, and an awesome Instagram birthday party!

Tierra L's Aaliyah's Unicorn Themed Party

Unicorn birthday party | Catchmyparty.com

Alexandra B's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Birthday Party

Snow White party | Catchmyparty.com

LAURA'S little PARTY's Boho Sweet 16

Boho chic party ideas | Catchmyparty.com

Loli candy bar's Instagram party

Instagram party | Catchmyparty.com

I'm really getting into Snapchat. There's something so playful and fun about it! Who doesn't want to vomit rainbows? :)

If you want to follow me, I'm at @catchmyparty or you can be in the app and snap a photo of this image and you'll automatically follow me. Are you on it? Do you think it's fun, too?

CatchMyParty Snapchat | CatchMyParty.com

Also, if you are a blogger, have you heard about the smart pop-up we built called MiloTree? We give it away for free. It will help you grow your Pinterest, Instagram, and/or Facebook following. It's easy to install and it works. There's no reason not to try it, and if you have any questions, just email me.

Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Party Printables

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Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Party Printables | Catchmyparty.com

Yep, it's graduation time! Today we giving away this full set of free red & blue preppy graduation party printables designed for us by Michelle from Printabelle!

If you're throwing a graduation party this year, and want to give your party a little classic style, just download the pdf file below, print out the printables, cut them out, and style your party!

The collection includes everything you need to throw an awesome party: graduation party invitations, party circles, large party circles, a "Good Luck" banner, mini candy bar wrappers, welcome sign, thank you and menu/place cards and water bottle labels.

Download The Preppy Graduation Party Printables Here!

Take a look at all of the individual items...

Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Party Invitations | CatchMyParty.com

Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Good Luck Party Banner | CatchMyParty.com

Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Party Mini Candy Bar Wrappers | CatchMyParty.com

Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Party Menu and Thank You Cards | CatchMyParty.com

Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Party Printable Circles | CatchMyParty.com

Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Party Printable Water Labels | Catchmyparty.com

Free Red & Blue Preppy Graduation Party Printable Circles | CatchMyParty.com

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

If you throw a graduation party using these free printables, please add your party to catchmyparty.com! I'd love to see what you do! Also, if you are looking for dessert ideas, check out our graduation cap treat tutorial and our graduation diploma treat tutorial. These are easy and fun and your guests will love them!

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

10 Best Preschool & Kindergarten Graduation Party Ideas

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10 Best Preschool & Kindergarten Graduation Party Ideas | Catchmyparty.com

Yes, our babies are growing up. Can you believe how fast it's going?

Because I'm such a believer in celebrating milestones, today we're sharing the 10 best preschool & kindergarten graduation party ideas from our site!

We've got ideas for graduation cookies, treats, decorations, party favors, tee shirts, and we've got "last day of school" free printables for photo ops of the special day. I've been using these printables every year to capture that once a year moment. The smile on my daughter's face is always priceless! I can always feel her sense of accomplishment for a school year passed and her excitement about the summer.

So without further ado, here are the...

10 Best Preschool & Kindergarten Graduation Party Ideas

1. Graduation cookies

What a great personalized touch!

10 Best Preschool & Kindergarten Graduation Party Ideas - Graduation cookies | Catchmyparty.com

2. The Places You Go Dr. Seuss banner

I find this book so inspiring and so perfect as a graduation gift.

10 Best Preschool & Kindergarten Graduation Party Ideas - Graduation banner | Catchmyparty.com

3. Free last day of school printables

I use these every year on my daughter's last day of school.

10 Best Preschool & Kindergarten Graduation Party Ideas - Free last day of school printables | Catchmyparty.com

4. Graduation party sign

Here's a great way to welcome your graduation party guests or as a photo prop! Graduation sign | Catchmyparty.com

5. Easy diploma treats

These seriously take 5 minutes!

graduation-diploma-treats | Catchmyparty.com

6. School supply cake centerpiece

What a clever idea for a centerpiece. You can open it up at the end of the party and let kids take stuff as a parting gift.

School supply cake | Catchmyparty.com

7. Party decorations

Simple items in bright colors work great as party decorations. I love the letters.

Graduation decorations | Catchmyparty.com 8. Kindergarten graduate tee shirt

I wish I saw this when my daughter graduated kindergarten.

Kindergarten grad shirt | Catchmyparty.com

9. Preschool graduate tee shirt

And I would have bought this one for her preschool graduation!

Preschool grad shirt | Catchmyparty.com

10. Lightbulb party favors

I think this is the cleverest idea.

Grad favors | Catchmyparty.com

For more graduation inspiration, check out these amazing graduation parties and free graduation party printables from our site! Wishing you a great end to your kids' school year!

Easy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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Easy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies | CatchMyParty.com

It's 9pm and your daughter announces that there's a charity bake sale tomorrow at school and she has to bring something the next morning. What do you do? You make these easy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup brownies and all is right with the world. If only everything in life could be this simple!

Easy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

These brownies are delicious. They turn out chocolatey, peanut buttery, and the best part is the chopped Reese's on top.  I promise, these brownies will sell out super quick at the bake sale, which means more kisses for Mommy! Win-win!

Easy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies | CatchMyParty.com

Easy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Makes: 12 large brownies or 24 small brownies

Time: 45 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 1 bag peanut butter cookie mix
  • 1 bag Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, coarsely chopped
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)
 

Reese's Peanut Butter Brownie Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 . Grease 13x9” baking dish. In a medium bowl make brownie mix according to package.

In a separate bowl make the peanut butter cookie mix according to package.

Pour brownie batter into greased 13x9” baking dish.

Brownie batter | CatchMyParty.com

Using a tablespoon, scoop peanut butter cookie dough on top of the brownie batter.

Brownie batter with peanut butter cookie dough | CatchMyParty.com

Bake according to brownie package instructions.

When the brownies are done, remove from oven. Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups over warm brownies.

Chopped up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups | CatchMyParty.com

Serve with vanilla ice cream!

Easy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies with Ice Cream | CatchMyParty.com

Or just by themselves. :) Enjoy!

Easy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies | CatchMyParty.com

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Game of Thrones Party and More!

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My 4 Favorite Parties this week: a Game of Thrones party, a Cinderella birthday, a science party, and a mustache bash baby shower | Catchmyparty.com

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? My husband is a huge one! So in honor of him and the season 6 premiere this weekend, I had to show off this incredible Game of Thrones party. If you love the show or the book, you have to see this party!

My other favorite parties this week are also not to be missed: There's a lovely Cinderella princess party that feels like it's just out of the movie, a chic mustache bash for a little man (love the suspenders on the cake), and a fantastic neon science birthday party (I'm all about nerding out at parties)!

Check them all out here...

Pocket Full of Parties' Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones party | Catchmyparty.com

Heather S' A Cinderella Birthday

Cinderella birthday party | Catchmyparty.com

ADAL Kreation's Little Man Jonah

Mustache bash baby shower | Catchmyparty.com

Sunshine Parties' Scientist Party

Neon science birthday party | Catchmyparty.com

Wishing you a great week ahead.

Btw, if you are a blogger, have you heard of the new pop-up we built called MiloTree? We give it away for free to help bloggers grow their social media accounts. It's helped us grow our Pinterest following to close to 500k.

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Something Fun To Entertain Your Kids

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We just got back from vacation. We spent a few days in LA eating yummy sushi, seeing the sights, and spending time with friends. It felt so nice to get away.

I don't know about you, but as soon as I get home from a vacation, I go from "fun, relaxed Mom" to "efficient, busy Mom."

Immediately, I've got to catch up on emails, clean up the house, and organize for the week ahead. It helps reorient me and allows me to regain a sense of control (at least over the laundry), but I do feel guilty because my family can feel the change in me.

But today we had a nice surprise.

Curious George is now streaming only on Hulu -- all 9 seasons (100+ episodes) and the animated film Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey -- so I gave my daughter the laptop (perfect for a rainy day) and let her watch the show while I started unpacking and cleaning up.

Curious George | CatchMyParty.com

She even invited our neighbors, who are 3 and 5, over to watch because she knew they'd like it. They were all entertained by the wacky adventures Curious George went on with the Man With the Yellow Hat. It was so cute to see them on the couch, my daughter acting like the older sister as she handed out snacks.

Curious George - Something Fun to Entertain Your Kids | CatchMyParty.com

Curious George is funny and silly, which is why kids like it, but what I like, are the wholesome messages the episodes convey.

Something Fun to Entertain Your KidsAnd the surprise for me... After I got caught up on emails and laundry, my daughter and I watched an episode together, and "fun, relaxed Mom" made a return visit. Curious George - Something Fun to Entertain Your Kids | CatchMyParty.com

All 9 seasons of Curious George, as well as the animated film Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, are now streaming only on Hulu. As with all kids programming on Hulu, Curious George streams commercial-free.

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How To Get Your Kids To Clean!

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How To Get Your Kids To Clean! | CatchMyParty.com

Dyson sent us a new Dyson V6 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum to try. I must say, I really like it -- it's lightweight, can reach high places, works great on both carpets and floors, and is easy to store. But the best part is that my daughter fell in love with it!

Right from the start, she was fascinated by all the pieces -- it's got two cleaner heads, 3 extra attachments, and a pole.

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And like giant Legos, the pieces fit together easily with a nice "click."

How To Get Your Kids To Clean! | CatchMyParty.com

And because it's so lightweight and there's no cord to trip over, my daughter started cleaning with it. Actually cleaning! She said it was fun. Seriously, she said that.

How To Get Your Kids To Clean! | CatchMyParty.com

She kept cleaning, like vacuuming up the crumbs on the couch...

How To Get Your Kids To Clean! | CatchMyParty.com

And the fuzz behind the TV...

How To Get Your Kids To Clean! | CatchMyParty.com

She had a friend over yesterday and asked if she could take out the Dyson to clean up the popcorn that fell on the floor. She asked that during the playdate.How To Get Your Kids To Clean! | CatchMyParty.com I think the fact that it looks cool helps. She says it looks sci-fi. I say... whatever keeps her cleaning!

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Cleaning doesn't have to be a chore. With Dyson V6 Cord-Free Vacuums, you can clean from floor to ceiling with Dyson power, without the hassle of a cord. Clean carpets or cobwebs in corners, or convert to handheld mode for countertops, couches and car interiors. No more lugging, plugging and re-plugging the old corded vacuum—just undock and go. For more on Dyson Cord-Free Vacuums, visit www.dyson.com. Join the conversation using #NoSpaceUncleaned and #CleanEverywhere.

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