Last Minute Homemade Father's Day Gift Ideas for Kids

by Jillian Leslie on

Homemade Father's Day gift ideas to do with your children! | CatchMyParty.comIf you need last minute Father's Day gifts for your kids to make, check out our two free printable solutions. The first is printable Father's Day coupons you can put in a jar or Father's Day card and... voila! There are pre filled out coupons ("a hug," "sleeping in," etc.), and blank cards  your kids can fill out themselves.

Free Father's Day printable coupons for Dad! Easy gift your kids can make! |

The second  is a "Hands down... Best Dad Ever!" printable your kids can personalize with their own handprints. Just put the image a frame and you've got a great keepsake for Dad!


 And if you're planning a celebration for Dad, check out all our Free Father's Day party printable collections you can use to decorate.

7 Things You Must Have at a Doc McStuffins Birthday Party

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Best Doc McStuffins Party Ideas |

The Doc is in! If you are planning a Doc McStuffins birthday party for a special girl, we've got some amazing party ideas to inspire you! Take a look below...

1. Cupcake toppers

Cute pink and purple fondant toppers are a fun addition to party cupcakes!

Doc McStuffins Cupcake Ideas |

2. A great balloon backdrop

Pink,  purple and white balloons arranged in a backdrop look striking behind the dessert table!

Doc McStuffins Balloon Ideas |

3. Doctor bag favors

Your guests will love these paper doctor bags filled with Doc McStuffins party treats!

Doc McStuffins Favor Bag Ideas |

4. Giant vitamins

Brightly colored gumballs layered in a glass jar make perfect "vitamin" treats!

Doc McStuffins Candy Ideas |

5. Bear stuffing

Pink cotton candy "stuffing" in push-up pop containers look great in a pink suitcase!

Doc McStuffins Cotton Candy Toy Stuffing Ideas |

6. White chocolate covered pretzel thermometers

Pretzels dipped in white chocolate with pink candy melt stripes are a yummy thermometer treat for the party guests!

Doc McStuffins Dessert Table Ideas |

7. Party Supplies

And of course, make sure you have some awesome party supplies to make your party really stand out! Here are some of my favorites from the Catch My Party Store.

Doc McStuffins Party Supply and Decoration Ideas |

1. Doc McStuffins award ribbons

2. Doc McStuffins lunch napkins 

3. Doc McStuffins plastic cup 

4. Doc McStuffins beverage napkins 

5. Purple horizontal paper straw 

6. Purple paper decorations  

7. Purple and white baker's twine

8. Purple swiss dots latex balloons

9. Classic pink polka-dot candles

10. Grape rock candy sugar stick

11. Purple gumball tube 

12. Purple favor gift baskets 


Hope you found these Doc McStuffins party ideas as fun as I have. For more real-world inspiration, check out all these Doc McStuffins parties on our site!

How To Set a Relaxed Mood at Your Party

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When I'm planning a party, the first thing I think about is the mood I want to set.

With the help of Pier 1, I get to throw a fantastic dinner party this summer. Because we'll be inviting friends with kids and it will be outdoors, I know it's going to be casual. But how do I keep it casual and still add style?

When I think about setting a great "mood" at a party, I always think about my friends' mom. Her parties always had the best food, they were always beautiful, but they never felt fussy. I always looked forward to going to them, even though they were usually filled with lots of adults I didn't know.

Years later, I realized she was able to accomplish this because she was never fussy. She had this casual, effortless, confident way about her as she breezed through the party serving her freshly grilled salmon or home baked pie. It was genuinely fun for her to play hostess and it showed.

I try to internalize this lesson. The best way for me to guarantee a successful party is to not sweat the small stuff (something I'm prone to do), but to relax and have fun at my own party. Happiness is contagious after all.

So, for this party, my goal is to keep it casual, and for style, to worry less about whether the table cloth matches, but instead to add a touch of whimsy and fun... I was inspired by this silly cat planter I found at Pier 1.

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And I was also inspired by the color green. Green is my favorite color. It makes me calm and happy. It's the color of trees, and grass, and inchworms. It's also a great color to build a summer party around. Here are some products I saw and loved (some will be showing up at my party).


And my third inspiration is this lantern. It's not something I would normally gravitate to because, to be honest, it's a little busy for my taste. But it reminds me to step outside my comfort zone, to be okay in not nailing down every detail, but instead to just let things sparkle in their own right... as we eat good food, share some wine and laughter, watch our kids play... and mostly just be together.

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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.

How to Turn Father's Day into "Super Dad" Day!

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Free Father's Day Superhero Printables! |

My husband is definitely a superhero. Sure he's strong, handsome, brave, smart, and can fix anything, but that's not why he's a superhero.

When my daughter was two, my husband needed to change a lightbulb in the bathroom. My daughter told him to wait, then toddled into her toy box, dug for a while, and returned with her  wooden toy toolkit to show him she was ready to work. He lifted her up and let her screw in the light bulb all by himself. The pride on her face was priceless. And in that moment I knew he was a superhero.

So I told Lainey that this year we were going to make a "superhero" celebration for Dad for Father's Day. She loved the idea. We did a trial run by making pancakes drizzled with Nutella (my favorite way to eat pancakes), then decorated the stack using this "Super Dad" free Father's Day printable set from our site.  I love the way it turned out in this photo. My husband is going to love it on Sunday, when we surprise him.

We also printed out the Father's Day cards from the printable set, and Lainey got busy composing her card. She wouldn't let me share what she wrote, but here's the cover.

Free Father's Day Superhero Printables! |

So go ahead and turn your ordinary Father's Day into a "Super Dad" Day with our superhero printables and a maybe a yummy pancake breakfast!

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.

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

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Watermelon agua fresca recipe, perfect for summer! |

How about a refreshing watermelon agua fresca to cool you down this summer? Michelle from Michelle's Party Plan-It is here with a simple and delicious recipe.

Watermelon is a favorite summer fruit in our house, and what better way to enjoy this delicious fruit than in a refreshing agua fresca? Aqua frescas are traditional fruit drinks served all over Mexico. My family recently visited Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles, where we spent the day sampling traditional Mexican food along with an array of agua frescas.

My kids enjoyed the watermelon agua fresca so much, that they asked me to make it for them over the weekend.

Combining our traditional family recipe with the convenience of a juicer, I made them a batch to enjoy poolside. Here's my recipe:

Watermelon agua fresca recipe ingredients |

  • 1 small seedless watermelon (cubed)
  • ½ tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice
  • Juicer or blender (if a blender is used, you may want to strain the juice to remove the pulp)
  • Star Cookie Cutter (optional)
  • Juice from 2 Mexican limes (optional)
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • Thinly sliced lime for garnish (optional)

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe, perfect for summer! |


Using a juicer (or a blender and a strainer), juice watermelon cubes. Pour juice in a large pitcher, then add honey, lime juice, water and ice, then stir.

Serve over ice and garnish with a watermelon star, mint or lime slice.

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe, perfect for summer! |

I served mine in mason jars with cute straws.

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe, perfect for summer! |

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe, perfect for summer! |

Looks so thirst-quenching, Michelle. I could go for one right now as I sit here in my house and it's 87 degrees!

To learn more about Michelle, please visit her at Michelle's Party Plan-It, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Etsy!

And if you need more great summer party ideas and free summer party printableswe've go them too!

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - June 8th

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

A gorgeous "April showers bring May flowers" baby shower, a cute birthday party with Winnie the Pooh and friends, a lovely gender neutral baby shower in blue, grey, and coral, and an incredible Madeline girl birthday party with amazing vintage details!

My 4 Favorite Parties June 8 |

Clockwise from top left:

I'm planting in my garden today and feeling so happy. I'm trying to make a rustic garden, with lots of lavender. Hope you're having a great Sunday!

Budget-Friendly Father's Day Party Ideas

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Easy and inexpensive Father's Day Party Ideas |

Thinking of throwing an easy Father's Day party on a budget but don't know how? Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party is here with some great and inexpensive party tips for throwing a Father's Day mustache bash.

Father’s Day is quickly approaching! Here are a few of my tips to help you throw a simple but spectacular Father's Day celebration to let Dad know how much you love him!

 Step 1: Printables

My inspiration for this dessert table, started with these free Mustache Father's Day printables right here on Catch My Party. This gave me my design and color pallette. I then used some coordinating party supplies from the Catch My Party Store to bring my table to life.

Easy and inexpensive Father's Day Party Ideas |

First, I dressed up store bought cupcakes with the printable cupcake wrappers from the collection. I also printed out the labels to wrap around root beer bottles, toppers to decorate my cupcakes, and tags for the popcorn bags and mini favor boxes (which I decorated with orange tissue paper festooning).

Father's Day Party Treat Ideas |

Step 2: Party decor + backdrop

Father's Day Party Backdrop with Free Printables |

To make the dessert table backdrop, I found polka dot wrapping paper. I covered two foam boards, and added the "Happy Father's Day" printable banner from the set. Easy peasy.

Father's Day Party Backdrop with Free Printables |

I used these mustache cupcake picks to decorate my cupcakes and glued my leftover mustaches to my cake stand. I wrapped a small box in mustache wrapping paper, and set my cake stand on top to give it some height.

Father's Day Party Mustache Cupcakes! |

Step 3: Party supplies

I found mustache straws from the Catch My Party Store, plus these mustache adorned wooden utensilsBecause I love mixing patterns, I used  blue striped dessert plates with orange plates underneath, blue polka dot napkins, and a yellow piece of chevron fabric as my table cloth. I love how the colors and patterns make such a bold and fun statement! 

Father's Day Party Tablesetting ! |

Step 4: Party treats

With a very busy family schedule, store bought treats are always an easy way for me to supply my dessert spread. I asked my kids what we should serve and they suggested popcorn, root beer, cupcakes, and donuts, all snacks my husband loves!

Father's Day Party Ideas |

I think it’s always great to show Dad how much you care with a special party, and it doesn't even have to be a lot of work!

Father's Day Party Ideas + Free Printables ! |

 For more inspiration, check out these Father's Day parties from our site,  plus our free Father's Day printables, and these mustache party supplies from the Catch My Party Store.

To learn more about Laura, please find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

FREE End of School Printables for Kids

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Free end of school printables for kids! |

To celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, we're giving away these free printable last day of school signs by Michelle at Printabelle. These are the perfect photo booth props for end of school parties and also a special way to mark that momentous day in our kids' lives when the year is officially over (time is going fast, isn't it)!

We've got signs for preschool all the way up to 12th grade, so download, print out, and start snapping away and making memories!


And to get ready for summer, check out these amazing summer parties from our site and our free summer party printables.

Free World Cup Soccer Printables from OhSoPrintable

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FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printables | Catch My

Thinking of throwing a FIFA World Cup 2014 viewing party? Then you must see this set of  free party printables Jessica from OhSoPrintable designed with the flags of all 32 countries! Get all your international friends together and start celebrating! And btw, who are you rooting for?

This printable set includes: cupcake toppers, straw flags, bottle wraps, and soccer field scrapbooking paper.


FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printables | Catch My

FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printables | Catch My

FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printables | Catch My

Check out all the available files here:


FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printables | Catch My


FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printables | Catch My


FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printable Flags | Catch My FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printable Flags | Catch My FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printable Flags | Catch My FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printable Flags | Catch My


FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printable Flags | Catch My FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014 Free Party Printable Flags | Catch My


Thanks, Jessica, for letting us share your printables with our readers. I know there will be a lot of people around the world who will love them! To learn more about Jessica and see all of her  designs, please visit her at OhSoPrintable and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Etsy.

And for more World Cup inspiration, check out all the soccer/football parties on our site.

FLASH SALE 50% Off Our New Party Printables & Invitations!

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Party Printable 24 Hour Flash Sale 50% off ends 6/5 at midnight! |

To officially launch the Catch My Party Printables Store, we're offering 50% off our first 4 collections for 24 hours only! This is a great way to snap up some pretty decorations and invitations for your next birthday party or baby shower!

Shop our collections:

Custom Rainbow Girl Birthday Party Printables |

Custom Rainbow Birthday Party Invitation |

Retro Superhero Birthday Party Printables |

Custom Superhero Birthday Party Invitation |

Retro Pink Girl Baby Shower Party Printables |

Custom Pink Girl Baby Shower Invitation |

Retro Blue Boy Baby Shower Party Printables |

Custom Blue Retro Boy Baby Shower Invitation |

We will be adding more collections soon, so stay tuned! And if there are collections you'd love to see, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

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