Giraffe Birthday Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

My favorite parties this week: a giraffe birthday party, a patriotic birthday, a Mary Poppins party and pink flamingo birthday

Once again, we had so many fantastic parties added to our site this week, including an unbelievable gold boho giraffe birthday party!

In addition to the giraffe celebration, we also had a stunning patriotic 4th of July birthday party, a pretty, vintage Mary Poppins party, and a poolside pink flamingo girl birthday party!

The Little Big Company's Giraffe Party

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful giraffe backdrop
  • The birthday girl's flower crown
  • The gold cake with floral topper
Giraffe girl birthday party | Catchmyparty.com

Down Emery Lane's 2nd Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The American flag cake
  • The paper fan backdrop
  • The birthday boy's sneakers
Patriotic 4th of July party | Catchmyparty.com

Mindy K's Mary Poppins Second Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The incredible buffet table with Mary's hat and silhouette
  • The beautiful invitation
  • The hanging kites and umbrella
Mary Poppins birthday party | Catchmyparty.com

Serendipity Do's Poolside Flamingle

My favorite details:

  • The flamingo cake topper
  • The giant balloons and ribbons on the dessert table
  • The name "Poolside Flamingle"!!!
Pink flamingo summer party | Catchmyparty.com

I hope you had a nice week. I went on a house tour today to see a zero energy house. I's run 100% off the solar panels on the roof. It was so amazing. I see the future and it's here!

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How To Entertain Your Kids on Long Car Rides

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How to Entertain Your Kids on Long Car Rides | CatchMyParty.com

If you are looking for a great way to entertain your kids on long car rides this summer, I have one suggestion... Audible! It's a lifesaver.

My daughter's favorite book is Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. She loves the special world Alice enters, and all the incredible characters she meets along the way.

For this post, I'm happy to have teamed up with Audible to let you know about the new edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, narrated by Scarlett Johansson.

Yes, the Scarlett Johansson, Golden Globe nominee and the beautiful actress with the cool, throaty voice.

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We started listening to it in the car the other day, and Lainey, my daughter, didn't want to get out. She just wanted to stay and listen because Scarlett Johansson brings such life and expression to the story and characters.

It's like she's right there in the car telling us this incredible story. Yes, the Scarlett Johansson is in our car... well, at least it feels like she is.

I have been an Audible subscribers since my daughter was very young. It's such a pleasure to download books from Audible and listen on long car rides.

It gives us something to look forward to, it definitely makes the drives feel shorter, and it's fun for my husband and me to revisit some of our childhood favorites.

But the best benefit is, it gives us something to talk about during our trips, and when the trips are over, the books stay with us. I can remember the books we listened to past trips, because they've became part of the overall experience.

Some of our favorite Audible family books have been:

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG on Audible

 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden on Audible

For myself, I like having an audiobook to listen to when I'm in the car by myself, cleaning up, folding laundry, or right before bed. Listening to a good book definitely helps me unwind.

Right now I'm in a non-fiction phase. I'm listening to Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and I find it absolutely fascinating. It's changing my whole perspective on being human.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sign up for Audible and get a 30-day trial with a free download. It's so worth it for summer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers Easily

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FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers

You might have seen this pop-up on our site...

FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers

A few years ago, we built this for ourselves, a pop-up to grow Pinterest followers, and it worked so well we started giving it away for FREE to other bloggers and business owners. We named it MiloTree (after our favorite tree in Hawaii).

Then we went one step further. We configured it so you can use the same pop-up to grow Instagram followers and to grow Facebook followers.

Here's what our Instagram pop-up looks like...

FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers

And here's what our Facebook pop-up looks like...

FREE Pop-Up To Grow Your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook Followers Notice each pop-up is personalized with our different social media accounts, and yours will be, too.

And today a blogger sent me this email:

"I love this pop up!  It worked immediately."  

So how do you get it for yourself? Simple!

Head to MiloTree and download our free WordPress plugin to grow your Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook followers.  We also support most publishing platforms including: Shopify, Blogger, Squarespace, Weebly, BigCommerce, and many more.

Depending on how you configure it, you can grow one, two, or all three social networks.

Because at Catch My Party, we care so much about site performance, we optimized the MiloTree pop-up to be lightening fast and mobile friendly.

And for those wanting to get your followers growing even faster, check out our Blogger Level Plan ($6/month). We've added special features that will get your audience clicking on your pop-up.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out, and if you're using it already, I'd love to hear what you think!

Finding Dory Party Ideas

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Finding Dory party ideas Including a Finding Dory dessert table | CatchMyParty.com

We saw Finding Dory opening weekend, and our whole family loved it! The movie is funny, sweet, and touching, and the message about accepting people's differences is so universal and important.

When Party City asked me to style a Finding Dory party I was happy to do it. I wanted to make the party simple, stylish, and fun.

To set the mood, I hung a large Dory party banner behind my dessert table and added pop-up Dory centerpieces.

Finding Dory Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Finding Dory Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

As a special treat, I made homemade candy sushi.

Finding Dory Candy Sushi | CatchMyParty.com

I shaped Rice Krispie Treats to look like rice balls, topped them with small Swedish fish, and wrapped them with black licorice wheels to look like nori (seaweed). My daughter and her friends thought these were super cute! Btw, this is the only kind of sushi my daughter will eat.

How To Make Candy Sushi | CatchMyParty.com

Candy sushi - Finding Dory Party | CatchMyParty.com

I put out large blue gumballs as an accent, and as an extra treat, I drizzled melted royal blue candy melts over microwave popcorn, then served them in cute Dory snack cups.

Finding Dory popcorn | CatchMyParty.com

To add something salty, in a small plastic fish bowl, I put out Goldfish crackers.

Finding Dory Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

I bought vanilla cupcakes at the grocery store, then added these cute Wilton Dory toppers.

Finding Dory Cupcake | CatchMyParty.com

For drinks I served blue Gatorade and added blue striped paper straws.

Finding Dory Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

I love how great the cupcakes looked with such little effort.

Finding Dory Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

And for party favors, I made these tissue paper Dory and Nemo fish party favors.

Finding Dory Party Favors | CatchMyParty.com

Here are some of the cute party favor toys I filled them with.

Finding Dory Party Favors | CatchMyParty.com

At the end of the party, my daughter and friends loved ripping them open to get their loot!

Finding Dory Party Favors | CatchMyParty.com

If you throw a Dory party please add it to our site so I can see what you do. Also, check out all that Party City has to offer. There’s no party like a Party City party!

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

For more inspiration, don't miss this post I did where I share how I made Dory and Nemo cookies!

Dory & Nemo Cookies DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Star Spangled July 4th BBQ and More!

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My favorite parties this week: a Star Spangled July 4th BBQ, a Breakfast at Tiffany's party, an Alice in Wonderland tea party and a woodland pixie party! | CatchMyParty.comAmazing parties were added to our site this week, including a fun, outdoor Star Spangled July 4th BBQ that offers so many inspiring ideas for your BBQs!

My favorite four parties this week are the patriotic 4th of July barbecue, a pretty woodland pixie birthday party, a first birthday with a Tiffany & Co. theme, and an Alice in Wonderland tea party!

Sweet Jelly Parties' Star Spangled BBQ

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful themed cookies
  • The wagon rides
  • The patriotic pies
 

Star Spangled July 4th BBQ | Catchmyparty.com

Fawn - Handcrafted Celebrations' Woodland Pixie Party

My favorite details:

  • The boxed invitations with pixie dust
  • The beautiful cookies
  • The fairy garden craft
Woodland Pixie Birthday Party | Catchmyparty.com

Crowning Details' Georgia & Co's Breakfast at Tiffany's 1st Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • The Tiffany blue and white pearl welcome balloons
  • The Tiffany box cake
  • The diamond ring napkin holders
Breakfast at Tiffany's Party | Catchmyparty.com

The Tru Happiness' It's Always Tea Time With Alice

My favorite details:

  • The Alice in Wonderland party stage
  • The incredible Alice cake
  • The kids' table
Tea time Alice in Wonderland party | Catchmyparty.com

My husband, daughter, and I just came back from seeing Finding Dory as a Father's Day treat. We loved the movie. We thought it was funny, entertaining, and touching (yes, I teared up).  Hope you had a wonderful Father's Day with your families.

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Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Party Favors

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Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Party Favors | CatchMyParty.com

Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory opens June 17th, and I can't wait to start seeing Finding Dory parties added to our site. So to inspire you, I created these easy Finding Dory & Finding Nemo party favors made out of tissue paper.

And whenever I'm crafting, I always keep Bounty paper towels handy. Bounty is 2X more absorbent -- so nothing cleans up messes (like glue, glitter, or paint) better than Bounty. And how cute are these Bounty prints featuring Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory paper towels, in stores now.

 

Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Party Favors DIY

Supplies: Finding Dory Party Favor Craft | CatchMyParty.com

Next, I spread out two sheets of blue tissue paper to give my Dory some strength. I placed the toys in the middle of the sheets and wrapped up the toys.

Finding Dory Party Favor Craft | CatchMyParty.com

I molded the tissue paper into a fish body (I added some white shredded paper to help create the shape).

I tied a yellow bow on the tail to close it.

Finding Dory Party Favor Craft | CatchMyParty.com

I glued on two big googly eyes (the bigger the better) and two triangles I cut from yellow scrapbooking paper. To finish it off, I tied a black ribbon on the tail to represent all of Dory's colors.

Finding Dory Party Favor Craft | CatchMyParty.com

And then, using the same technique, I created a Finding Nemo tissue paper party favor. Here I'm molding the fish body.

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Then I tied both a white and black ribbon on the tail, glued on smaller googly eyes, and stapled a white ribbon around the body.

Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Party Favors | CatchMyParty.com

I love how they came out! These are perfect to give to your guests at your Finding Dory parties!

And did you notice the Bounty prints featuring Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory paper napkins in the shots? My daughter absolutely loves them!

Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Party Favors | CatchMyParty.com

If you throw a Finding Dory party, please add it to our site. I'd love to see what creative things you do!

This post is sponsored by Bounty, but all opinions and ideas are 100% mine!

10 Gorgeous Paper Flower Backdrops

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10 Gorgeous Paper Flower Backdrops for baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, birthdays, and more! | Catchmyparty.com

Paper flower backdrops are so popular right now. This is definitely the on-trend decoration!

What's great about them is they add so much drama to your party decor! And they work for so many types of parties: bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, and more.

10 GORGEOUS PAPER FLOWER BACKDROPS

Irene R's Baby shower

This is one of our most popular pins on Pinterest with over 80k repins What I love about this table is that the flowers on the backdrop make a statement, but also add a feeling of rustic warmth.

Baby shower paper flower backdrop | Catchmyparty.com

Alexandra B's Garden Birthday Party

This party is beyond gorgeous! I love how the garden theme is represented in every piece of the dessert table, from decorations to desserts.

Garden party dessert table paper flower backdrops | Catchmyparty.com

Casa Natalia's Pretty in Pink 1st Birthday Party

I love the combination of the pink and white paper flowers mixed with the paper rosettes. The table skirt adds to the drama and so do the gold flower centers.

Pretty in pink 1st birthday paper flower backdrop | CatchMyParty.com

Cecy C's Lacey's Bridal Shower

I love how the paper flowers add a dramatic touch to this bridal shower dessert table, especially with the use of gold as an accent color.

Bridal Shower paper flower backdrop | Catchmyparty.com

Yoliez Creative Candy Buffets' Floral Baby Shower Candy Buffet

The wooden plank backdrop works so well with the pink paper flowers, and the Winnie the Pooh cake looks even cuter on this dessert table.

Baby shower paper flower backdrop | Catchmyparty.com

Giselle Dulce Valentin's Lupe's First Birthday

Nothing prettier than a paper flower canopy!

1st birthday paper flower backdrop | Catchmyparty.com

Kasie W's Pipers First Birthday Party

This dessert table is breathtaking. The tulle table skirt, paper flowers, and little white picket fence on the table create make you feel like you've stepped into another world.

Garden party dessert table with paper flower backdrop | Catchmyparty.com

GreyGrey Designs' Backyard Fiesta Concert

These bold flowers and vibrant colors work so well at a Mexican fiesta.

Fiesta party party flower backdrop | Catchmyparty.com

Cindy Paperie's Spanish Garden Bridal Shower

We're starting to see paper flowers show up on photo booth backdrops. This is becoming very popular at weddings and bridal showers. Loving the bold black and white stripes with the overflowing flowers.

Bridal shower paper flower photo backdrop | Catchmyparty.com

Ashleigh Nicole Events' Alice in Wonderland Party

Don't the paper flowers make this table look like it's from Alice's Wonderland?

Alice in Wonderland paper flower backdrop | Catchmyparty.com

Casa Natalia's Camila's Enchanted Unicorn Party

We are seeing a lot of magical unicorn parties on our site with gold accents. This is a very popular trend, and now they're popping up with brightly colored paper flowers as part of the decor. I'm finding this to be such a new and interesting design choice.

Unicorn birthday paper flower backdrop | Catchmyparty.com

Make Your Own Paper Flower Backdrops

If you want to create your own paper flower backdrops, here are some paper flower templates and tutorials. They're easier than you think!

Buy the template for $7.00

DIY Paper flowers | Catchmyparty.com

Buy the template for $8.50 DIY Paper flower tutorial and template | Catchmyparty.com

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DIY Paper flower tutorial and template | Catchmyparty.com

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DIY Paper flower tutorial and template | Catchmyparty.com

Buy the template for $9.75 DIY Paper flower tutorial and template | Catchmyparty.com

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Most Popular Girl Baby Shower Themes | CatchMyParty.com

 

Shopkins Birthday Party and More!

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My favorite parties are a Shopkins birthday party, superhero birthday party, sugar and spice 1st birthday, and pink princess party! | Catchmyparty.com

There were so many great parties added to our site this week, including a fantastic Shopkins birthday party with not one, but two incredible cakes. This party is an absolutely treat!

In addition to the Shopkins party, my favorite parties this week included an amazing Justice League superhero birthday party, a sweet sugar and spice first birthday party, and a royal pink and gold princess party! You've got to see them!

Alexandra B's Shopkins Party

My favorite details:

  • Two adorable Shopkins cakes
  • A Shopkins store
  • A Shopkins market
Shopkins party | Catchmyparty.com

Bethany F's Justice League Superhero Birthday Party

My favorite details:

  • Superhero cake pops, cookies, and cupcake toppers
  • The three-tiered Justice League cake with cityscape
  • The "9" shaggy pinata
Justice League superhero party | Catchmyparty.com

Printsforevents' Mackenzie's Sugar And Spice First Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The pink, white, and gold paper details
  • The donut pile cake with "one" bunting
  • The time capsule cards (awesome idea!)
Sugar Spice 1st birthday party | Catchmyparty.com

Sheryl S' A Royal Blast Princess Party

My favorite details:

  • The pink dresser dessert table
  • The beautiful favor table
  • The pink princess cake with gold crown
Royal princess party | Catchmyparty.com

My daughter finished her first week of theater camp this week. She is such an actress!

For me, it's starting to feel more relaxed and I love it. I just got these new sandals and I've been wearing them everywhere. I like that they're chunky, stylish, and oh so comfortable! If you're looking for summer sandals with a little wedge, I recommend them.

Finding Dory and Finding Nemo Cookies

by Jillian Leslie on

Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

I'm very excited for Finding Dory to open on the June 17th. We've already made plans as a family to see it opening weekend.

I've been seeing so such amazing cookie decorating videos on Facebook, I wanted to make custom Finding Dory and Finding Nemo cookies that would be both easy to make and super cute. So here's what I did...

How To Make Finding Dory and Finding Nemo Cookies

(Makes 8 cookies.)

First I rolled out store-bought sugar cookie dough. You can definitely make your own and if you do, I recommend our perfect sugar cookie recipe.

Next, using my fish cookie cutter, I cut out some fish shapes.

Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Sugar Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Here are my naked fish cookies right out of the oven.

Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Sugar Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Next I gathered my tools and supplies.

Supplies:

In a Ziplock bag, I squeezed out about 1/3 a bag of white cookie icing, added some orange food coloring, and mixed it until the color was even.

Then I cut off a tiny end of the Ziplock bag so I could pipe it. I drew a simple orange fish and filled it in with the cookie icing.

Then I added an eye, and when the orange was dry, I added a band of black cookie icing along the end of the tail.

TIP: Use a fondant molding stick to smooth out and spread your cooking icing. It works great!

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Next, using the white decorating gel, I added three white stripes to the Nemo body, the middle one a little thicker than the other two.

I made blue cookie icing using the same technique I used for the orange. I drew the round Dory fish bodies and added candy eyes.

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Then using yellow cookie icing, I added the yellow Dory tails.

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Using my black food marker, I drew the Dory details. I was very pleased with how they turned out!

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To serve the Dory cookies, I placed them on top of plastic fish bowls filled with Cool Blue Gatorade, and added blue striped paper straws.

Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

And my Nemo cookies I displayed on a cake stand and placed them on top of orange Sixlets. I love how Sixlets look as a cookie backdrop.

Finding Nemo Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Finding Dory Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Finding Dory Sugar Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Finding Nemo Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

For more inspiration, check out these Finding Nemo parties on our site. If you throw a Finding Dory, please add it to our site. I'd love to see what creative things you do!

BBQ Grill Cookies

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Grill cookies | Catchmyparty.com

Wait until you see how adorable these BBQ grill cookies are! They are perfect for your summer BBQs. Your guests will be impressed and you don’t need to be an expert in cookie decorating to make them!

BBQ Grill Cookies DIY

Supplies: Step 1 -- Make your favorite “cut­out” sugar cookie recipe.

Step 2 -- Roll your dough out on a floured surface. Using a 2.5” round cookie cutter, cut circle cookies from your dough. Bake according to the recipes instructions.

Step 3 -- While your cookies are baking, take a piece of parchment paper, and draw circles on it with a pencil using your 2.5” circle cookie cutter. Flip the parchment paper over.

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Step 4 -- Melt chocolate chips in a microwave in 30 second intervals and pour into a ziploc baggie. Snip a teeny ­tiny corner of the bag for piping.

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Step 5 -- Using the chocolate in the ziploc bag, trace the circles on the parchment paper. Next, draw lines across the circle (as pictured) to create the grill. Make sure the chocolate lines connect to the circle.

Step 6 -- Freeze the chocolate grills until ready to use.

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Step 7 - Make the buttercream frosting.

Here's my go-to butter frosting recipe for cupcakes and cookies:

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
  • 3­-4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
In a mixer, combine all ingredients until smooth.

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Step 8 -- Time to decorate! Spread a thin layer of frosting on each cookie.

Step 9 -- Using “red” color mist, spray the frosting on the cookie until red. You can also use red food coloring to make the frosting red, I just liked the textured look the spray gave the frosting!

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Step 1 -- Remove grills from freezer. Place one grill per cookie on top of the frosting. Now to add the food!

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I used Gummy Bears, Swedish Fish and Sponge Bob Krabby Patties. Simply slide the gummy candies onto toothpicks and place your candy kabobs into the grills.

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That’s it! Pretty easy right? And don't they look great!!

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Cookies inspired by Two Busy Blondes.

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This awesome food 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.

Here are some other summer summer posts you might like:

Watermelon Cupcakes | CatchMyParty.com

Summer Citrus Sangria | CatchMyParty.com

Free Summer Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

For more inspiration, browse all the amazing summer parties and free summer printables we have on our site!