My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week -- Feb. 9th

Here are my favorite party picks for the week...

A circus birthday party with an amazing vintage look and feel, a fantastic  "You Are My Sunshine" birthday, a sweet and lovely Valentine's Day party with a "Be Still My Heart" theme, and a colorful carnival party for a first birthday.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week 2.9 |

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Sofia the First Parties, Purple Floral Garland DIY, and Pizza Party Ideas

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

Check out some lovely lavender ideas from these adorable Sofia the First parties! Sofia the First party ideas Decorate your party with this floral garland DIY with flowers to match your party!

Floral garland DIY |

Gather everyone using these fun pizza party ideas, and plan a movie night or birthday party! Pizza party ideas |

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

Scotch Whiskey Cake Recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Rebecca and Rosie of Honeywell Bakes are here with a sumptuous cake to warm you up this frigid winter!

This cake is not just for whiskey lovers -- we don’t really like to drink whiskey, but this cake is delicious! It's moist, filled raisins and has a sweet, buttery-whiskey flavor that is to die for.

We like to eat it as part of Burns Night here in the UK.  A "Burns supper" is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scottish poems. The suppers are on or around the poet's birthday (Burns night), January 25th, and typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish), Scotch whisky, and the recitation of Burns' poetry.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Preparation Time:

Cake - 15 minutes, plus soaking

Icing - 15 minutes

Bakes 1 hour

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

  • 1 ½ cups raisins soaked in 3 tablespoons whiskey for several hours, or overnight
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 2 1/2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons chopped glace ginger
For the whiskey drizzle:
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey
  • 85g (just over 1/3 cup) brown sugar
For the icing (frosting):
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 cups fondant icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whiskey

Preheat oven to 170C or 350F

Grease your bundt tin and then lightly dust with flour. Gently knock the sides of the pan and tip any loose flour out.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy, then add the eggs, mixing as you add each one.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Tip in the yoghurt and vanilla essence, then add the flour, spices and baking powder and baking soda. Mix until well combined.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Drain the raisins (save any excess whiskey for the drizzle) and add them to the cake mix along with the ginger pieces stirring gently.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Tip the mixture into the bundt tin and spread until the mixture is evenly distributed.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Bake for approximately 1 hour or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Make the whiskey drizzle by combining the whiskey and brown sugar and stirring well.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Once the cake is cooked, leave to cool in the pan slightly, then tip onto a cooling wrack.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Poke holes in the top of the cake using a skewer, and then pour the drizzle over whilst still warm. Allow to cool completely.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe To make the icing (frosting), put the butter into a heavy bottomed pan and melt, then, stirring all the time, allow to bubble until it turns golden brown.

Let it cool until just warm, then mix in the icing sugar and whiskey until it forms a smooth paste.

Spoon on top of your cake and let it drip down the sides a bit.

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

Scotch Whiskey cake recipe

 My husband definitely wants to try this. He keeps looking at the photos. Thanks, Honeywell Bakes!

To learn more about Honeywell Bakes, please visit their siteshop, and Facebook page.

7 Things You Must Have at Your Mickey Mouse Party

7 must-have ideas for your Mickey Mouse party

Mickey Mouse birthday parties are extremely popular on our site. Here are seven must-have ideas for throwing an awesome party!

1. Great backdrop

An awesome backdrop really sets the stage, like this red and white striped one covered in bright paper medallions and Disney characters!


2. Gorgeous cake

A beautiful cake can be the focal point of the dessert table, check out this incredible three-layered Mickey cake!


3. Mickey Mouse dipped Oreos

These Oreos are decorated to look like Mickey, what a simple and fun addition to the party!


4. Color coordinated candy

Brightly colored candy in glass jars is such an easy way to dress up your party!

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5. Mickey Mouse pizza

How about adding olives in the shape of Mickey's head to your pizza dinner? The kid's will love how it looks (and they can always take the olives off).


6. Mickey Mouse wreath to welcome your guests

A pretty wreath in red, yellow and black is a perfect way to welcome your guests to the party.


7. Party hats with ears

Transform simple party hats by adding mouse ears!


For more party inspiration, check out all these Mickey Mouse birthday party ideas on our site!

How to Make Candy Heart Cake Bunting

Cake bunting made out of candy heart

Virginie, from That Cute Little Cake with a "sweet" way to decorate your Valentine's Day cake. How adorable is this!

If you are looking for a fun and easy way to decorate a cake this Valentine's Day, then I have just the right thing for you: candy cake bunting!!!

Cake bunting (little decorations strung on top of cakes) has been so popular these past couple of years, that I could not resist revisiting the concept... And since Valentine's Day is all about candy, this is exactly what I used to create those sweet decorations!


  • Candy (gummy hearts, marshmallow... any soft candy you like)
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Paper straws or skewers
Cake bunting made out of candy heart
Simply thread several candies and secure both ends to a straw or skewer. You may want to use a thimble to protect your fingers while threading, going through the candy is a little tough.
Cake bunting made out of candy heart
Experiment with different types of candy to find the combination you like! Here are some different variations I tried.

Cake bunting made out of candy heart

Thanks, Virginie, what a delicious way to decorate for Valentine's Day! To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

14 Desserts That Will Make You Fall in Love on Valentine's Day

Beautiful Valentine's Day desserts

What foods do I love on Valentine's Day? Mouthwatering sweets and desserts! I put together this collection on of some of my favorite Valentine's Day treats, or as I like to call the collection, "14 Valentine's Day Desserts that Will Make You Fall in Love!"

The photos themselves make my heart beat a little faster and give me that tiny flutter in my stomach. Kind of feels like falling in love, doesn't it?

I'll be in Hawaii with my husband and daughter on Valentine's Day this year. If that's not an indulgence in itself, I don't know what is. But I plan for us to celebrate with a special dinner and big decadent dessert. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll see all the gory details.

Now check out my collection and see if you get that flutter...

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My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week -- Feb. 2nd

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! If you get a quick break from the game, check out my favorite party picks for the week...

I choose a sweet and modern farm birthday, Valentine's Day party with it's own kissing bootha super original Popeye birthday, and a gorgeous ballerina birthday for a very lucky little dancer.

My 4 favorite parties of the week from from top left:

Enjoy your week and I can't wait to see what amazing parties show up this week!


Valentine's Day Dessert Tables, Football Brownies, and Free Valentine's Printables

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

You won't want to miss these gorgeous Valentine's Day dessert tables! Valentine's Day dessert table party ideas These easy and delicious football brownies will be the hit of your game day party!

How to make football brownies Check out this roundup of all kinds of free Valentine's Day printables! A collection of free Valentine's Day printables

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

New Coke Super Bowl Ad + $100 Party Kit Giveaway!

I'll admit it... I watch the Super Bowl for the ads, not the game. In fact, I'm the annoying person who shushes people during the commercials. :)

So I was excited when Coke approached me about sharing their Super Bowl ad that's going to air during the second half of the game. I found it really uplifting. I love a story that shows the triumph of the underdog! Take a look and see what you think. I bet it will make you smile, too. :)

If you like the ad, please share it! Once it has been shared 10,000 times, Coca Cola will donate $50,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America Triple Play Program, wellness program that improves the overall health of it's young members. And if there is an organization that celebrates the triumph of the underdog, it's BGCA!

We're also excited because Coke has also given us a Coca Cola party kit (worth $100) to give  to one of our lucky users!

Win a Coca Cola party kit worth $100

The  kit includes:

  • Coca-Cola product
  • Domino’s Pizza gift card ($50 value)
  • Coca-Cola 12-oz. can glasses set (four glass per set)
  • Coca-Cola Refreshing Recipe book
  • Coca-Cola mini football
  • Coca-Cola pizza cutter
  • Galvanized Large Party tub
  • 2 Coca-Cola Contour Bottle T-shirts
Here's how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For some behind the scenes footage of how Coke made the ad, check out this video:

Promotional consideration for this content was provided by The Coca-Cola Company; however, Catch My Party is fully responsible for this giveaway. All opinions expressed in this content are our own and not those of The Coca-Cola Company.

5 Easy Game Day Party Ideas on a Budget

5 Easy Super Bowl party ideas!

Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party is here with some Super Bowl party ideas to help you celebrate Game Day this Sunday!

The Super Bowl is finally here! While some fans will be braving the cold watching the game at the stadium, here are some tips and ideas for enjoying the game in the comfort of your own warm home, surrounded by friends!

1) Free football party printables

Party printables are a great way to give your party style and polish without spending a ton. I used the free Game Day printable set on Catch My Party to decorate my table. There were so many fun files to choose from. I used the banner, water bottle labels, signs, and straw flags. I just printed them out, cut them out and got styling!

They even have a downloadable printable file with team logos you can use!

Game day team free printables

2) Artificial turf as my tablecloth

I used a roll of artificial turf that I picked up at Home Depot for less than $20, and set it out as my table cover. It was the perfect way to set the stage for my table.

Football Party Ideas

3) DIY Decor

I found a couple of small, clear clipboards from the 99cent Only Store, and spray painted them black. They served as great holders for the signs I created to decorate my table. I also wrapped a piece of foam board with black and white chevron wrapping paper to serve as my table backdrop.

Football Party Ideas

 4) Inexpensive serving dishes and plates

I also set out my food using football themed party trays & platters I found at Target a few years back. The paper plates and napkins were from Party City. I just keep my eye out for inexpensive themed trays and platters, and have started a collection.

Football Party Ideas

5) Party food

I served fun, festive, and inexpensive finger foods. Who doesn't like pizza at a football party? I served pizza bread & dipping sauce as my main dish...

Football Party Ideas

I also served popcorn in mini bags to make my guests feel like they were at the game...

Football Party Ideas

 Sunflower seeds in cute paper cups for those nervous ball watchers...

Football Party Ideas

And chocolate cupcakes for a quick, easy dessert! My cupcakes were store bought, so I dressed them up with printable toppers and themed cupcake wrappers.

Football Party Ideas

I also added labels to the water bottles, and added printable straw flags to my brown and white paper straws. This gave my beverages a simple makeover.

Football Party Ideas

Hope you can use these ideas for your party. Until then, stay warm, and go Seattle... I mean, Denver!

 Thank you, Laura, for these easy Game Day party tips. I wish I could come to your house on Sunday! To learn more about Laura, find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

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