Star Spangled July 4th BBQ and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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.




Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Party Favors

by Jillian Leslie on

Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Party Favors |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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


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 |

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 |

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! |

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.


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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Giselle Dulce Valentin's Lupe's First Birthday

Nothing prettier than a paper flower canopy!

1st birthday paper flower backdrop |

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 |

GreyGrey Designs' Backyard Fiesta Concert

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

Fiesta party party flower backdrop |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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

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DIY Paper flower tutorial and template |

Buy the template for $7.00

DIY Paper flower tutorial and template |

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

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Shopkins Birthday Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

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

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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

Finding Dory & Finding Nemo Sugar Cookies |

Next I gathered my tools and 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!


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.


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


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


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 |

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 |

Finding Dory Cookies |

Finding Dory Sugar Cookies |

Finding Nemo Cookies |

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 |

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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.




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




Cookies inspired by Two Busy Blondes.


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.

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

Macaron Birthday Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

Favorite parties this week: a macaron party, a glam 30th birthday party, a royal pink and gold birthday party, and a puppy birthday party! |

This week, we had some fantastic parties added to our site, like a beautiful macaron birthday party that you must see!

Macarons are one of the prettiest cookies. They come in so many delicious flavors and such beautiful colors. Plus, the fact that they are difficult to make adds to their specialness. So this week, I'm excited to share our first macaron themed birthday. There's a macaron topped cake, macaron topped cupcakes, macaron themed sugar cookies, macaron drawings, and of course lots of yummy-looking macarons all by themselves.

My favorite parties this week are a sweet macaron themed party, a gorgeous, glam 30th birthday party, a stunning royal pink and gold birthday party, and a super fun puppy birthday party! Take a look below...

CrowningDetails' Kiki's Magnificent Macaron Party!

Macaron party |

Lilly H's My awesome 30th Birthday Party

Glam 30th birthday party |

Events By Shero's Royal Celebration

Royal party |


Puppy dog birthday party |

This is our first week of summer vacation. I'm hoping for a relaxing summer filled with good friends and good food!

7 Hacks for Throwing a Budget Kids Birthday

by Jillian Leslie on

7 Hacks for Throwing a Budget Kids Party |

Below are seven great hacks for throwing a budget kids birthday!

7 Hacks for Throwing a Budget Kids Birthday

1. Make a DIY (no-sew) tulle table skirt for your dessert table

You can create this no-sew tulle table skirt to dress up your party table! All you need is a white tablecloth, tulle,  stretch elastic, Fabri-Tac adhesive, and flower trim. The best part is you can customize it in any color! no-sew-tulle-table-skirt-diy |

2. Pull together some inexpensive party games

Instead of renting an expensive bounce house or hiring an entertainer, you can set up simple DIY carnival games for your guests like a balloon shoot, duck pond game, ring toss, tin can knock down, and more!

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3. Hold your party between lunch and dinner

If you hold your party in the afternoon, between lunch and dinner, you'll just need to serve snacks and dessert. Try something easy like these cheese pretzel sticks or cut up fruit. Then serve cake or cupcakes for dessert.

Party snacks |

4. Make your own cake

One way to save money is to make your own birthday party cake. Check out this delicious chocolate cake made using a waffle iron! How adorable would this be to serve and all you need is cake mix and frosting (and don't forget the sprinkles)!

Waffle cake |

5. Make your own party favors

Another great idea is to make your own party favors, like these mini homemade play dough containers...

Homemade playdough |

Or these gumball necklaces.

Gumball Necklace Party Favor DIY |

6. Use free party printables and invitations

Free printables are a great way to easily and inexpensively dress up your party. Check out all our fun and free birthday printables!

Free printable invitation |

Free Printable Girl Birthday Party Printables |

7. Choose a simple party theme

You can save money by choosing a simple theme, like an ice cream social or a cupcake decorating party, and then you can use items you already have around the house and serve something easy like ice cream or cupcakes!

Ice Cream Party |

Hopefully these tips will help you plan a fabulous party on a limited budget! And remember two things:

  • One special element - a party DIY decoration or a homemade cake -- can really make your party!
  • It's all about the love!
For more party inspiration, check out these party supplies from Catch My Party shop owners.


Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea

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Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea |

Julie from Crowing Details is here with a easy and fun Father's Day gift idea. Plus she's designed "Dad's Stache" printables make your gifts extra special. Thanks, Julie!

I don't know about you, but I definitely have a secret "Mommy stash" of my favorite chocolates that I sneak on tough days... or on any day, really.

But, what about for the dads?

Wouldn't it be great to give your husband or dad a "Dad stash" of his own this Father's Day? Here's a Dad 'Stache' Father's Day gift idea that is easy to put together and what I love about it is how personal you can make it.

Just buy a big glass jar with a top (a mason jar would work, too), fill it with his favorite candies or chocolates, and add this free "Dad's Stache"printable to the jar.

I'm sure the dads out there would appreciate the thought... and the sweets.

For my husband, I'd add these mini TCHO Chocolates. He loves dark chocolate but won't buy the expensive stuff for himself, so this would be a great gift for him! What would your husband like?

Download the free Father's Day Dad Stache printable here!

Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea |

This is also a great last-minute Father's Day gift idea. So if Father's Day sneaks up on you this year (it's June 19th), and you and your kids are scrambling, just print out the printable and fill any container with something your husband likes. It could be chips!

Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea | Dad 'Stache' Father's Day Printable | CatchMyParty.comDad 'Stache' Father's Day Gift Idea |

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Here are some other Father's Day gift ideas your kids can make!

Father's Day Apron DIY |

Homemade Father's Day Gift Ideas |

Free Father's Day Printables |

Emoji Instagram Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

My four favorite parties of the week include an emoji Instagram party, a mermaid party, a blue Cinderella party, Harry Potter party |

Hope you're having a great long holiday weekend! We just back from seeing family in San Francisco. We had a nice time and it was an absolutely beautiful day!

There were some incredible parties added to our site this week, including an awesome Emoji Instagram Party that has the cutest poop cupcake (seriously!.

So without further ado, my four favorite parties of the week are the emoji party I mentioned earlier, that would be perfect for tweens, a mermaid birthday party with stunning details, a beautiful blue Cinderella party, and an amazing Harry Potter birthday party!

Debbie M's Emoji party

Instagram party |

Sandy Bahia's Alice's Under the Sea

Mermaid party |

Christina M's Vivienne's Cinderella 1st Birthday

Cinderella party |

Michelle L's A Harry Potter Birthday Party

Harry Potter party |

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