10 Must See Valentine's Day Dessert Tables

by Jillian Leslie on

Collage of Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

Get inspired with these amazing Valentine's Day dessert tables! They will give you ideas for your parties and celebrations with stunning cakes, cookies, cupcakes and other treats, all set up beautifully. The garlands and banners add a lot to the tables, too!

1. Maria P's Love More

Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

2. Sweet Jelly Parties' Hugs & Kisses Playdate

Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

3. Carla R's Donut Valentine's Day Party

Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

4. Rock Paper Scissors Events' Love is gold!

Valentine's Day Dessert Tables | CatchMyParty.com

5. Belinda's You Rock My World Valentine's Day Playdate

Rocky My World Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

6. Tania S' Hello Love Valentine's Day Party

Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

7. The Party House's Amor y Amistad

Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

8. Karen R's Love Letters

Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

9. Shauna K's Tweet Heart Party

Pink and red Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

10. Flaired Affairs' Dollie & Me Valentine's Tea Party

Red Love Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

For more inspiration, check out these awesome Valentine's Day party ideas and these free Valentine's Day party printables.

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I was asked by Alexia Smart Classics Crinkle Cut Fries to come up with a quick and easy recipe that would work great as part of a family-friendly meal. One of my New Year's resolutions is to try my hand at sauces. I cook a lot of fresh foods at home, but I feel like I can take them up a notch by exploring beautiful sauces (a la Julia Child). So here's my first one of the year -- my romesco sauce recipe!

Romesco is a Spanish sauce that incorporates almonds, garlic, roasted peppers, roasted tomatoes, and toasted bread. It's thick, crunchy, tangy, and goes with just about anything.

So for my family-friendly meal, I wanted to keep it simple. First, I made a basic chicken and baby green sandwich on French bread, but for my condiment, I slathered on my Romesco sauce. It brought a tomatoe-y, peppery brightness that brought my sandwich to life. (My seven-year-old daughter, Lainey, even liked it. I think she thought it was flavorful without being too spicy.)

Then instead of serving ketchup with my French fries, I used my Romesco as a dipping sauce. Again, the roasted pepper, the thickness from the toasted bread, and the crunch from the almonds were such great additions to my crispy fries.

 Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup of roasted peppers
  • 1 cup of cubed bread
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika (pimentón)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • fresh herbs (thyme or oregano) to garnish
Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place your tomatoes (~4 medium) and peppers on a baking sheet, and roast for about 30 minutes. We used a mix of red bell pepper (2), and sweet peppers (4). If you want a spicier sauce, you can add spicier peppers. Take them out of the oven when they are cool enough to handle, and peel and seed them. Don't worry about getting it all.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the almonds to a skillet on medium high heat. Keep stirring the almonds until they just start to brown, then add the cubed bread and two diced garlic cloves. Continue stirring until the bread is firm and starting to brown.

Add the almond, bread, and garlic to a food processor, and pulse for about a minute until the almonds are crumb-like in size. Add the tomatoes, peppers, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, vinegar, paprika, and salt, then pulse for another minute. You want a thick rustic texture. So don't over process. You can taste and add more salt if you like.

I like to garnish it with some fresh herbs and serve it warm, but it can be refrigerated and is good for several days.

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

 

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I'm a huge fan of French fries, but I do try to limit them to special occasions. However, what's great about the Alexia Classic Crinkle Cut Fries is they are 98% fat-free and 100 calories per serving. One way they achieve this is by roasting their fries, plus they are made with whole ingredients like U.S.-grown Yukon Select potatoes. You wouldn't know they were missing the fat.

Quick & Easy Romesco Sauce Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Alexia Foods offers frozen potatoes, appetizers, breads and side dishes with minimal, but distinctive, real ingredients that serve-up exceptional taste--right in your kitchen. For more recipes, tips and inspiration from Alexia online, check out AlexiaFoods.com

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Alexia Smart Classics via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Alexia Smart Classics.

Homemade Lip Balm DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Homemade lip balm DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Shauna Krantz, our new contributor, and the brains behind the beautiful Ella and Annie Magazine, is here with a homemade lip balm DIY!

There is just something soothing about all natural lip balm. I love it, my kids love it, and it makes the perfect gift or party favor! Made with beeswax, your favorite extract or essential oil, and coconut oil, it's super simple to do. You can even tint with beet root powder or by melting in a piece of your favorite lipstick. I prefer the sheer gloss!

Homemade lip balm ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Beeswax ( 2 oz bar found at Whole Foods )
  • Organic coconut oil
  • Vanilla, almond, or peppermint extract (you can also use essential oils)
  • Olive or vitamin E oil
  • Mini glass favor jars
Homemade Lip Balm Ingredients | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Grate your beeswax. DIY Lip Gloss Tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

Take 6 teaspoons grated beeswax and put it in a microwave safe bowl. Add 6 teaspoons coconut oil.

DIY Lip Gloss Tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

Heat for 1 minute and 25 seconds in microwave. Check to make sure wax is completely melted.

DIY Lip Gloss Tutorial | CatchMyParty.com

Add 1 teaspoon extract or oil. Mix well.

Homemade Lip Balm DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Pour into container and let cool until solid. You can tint with food coloring if you want.

Homemade Lip Balm DIY | CatchMyParty.com

The glass jars hold about 3.87 oz of lip gloss each.

Enjoy this all natural, soothing lip gloss year round and especially for the winter months. This makes the perfect baby shower, bridal shower, or spa party favor, or what a great homemade birthday gift idea!

Homemade Lip Balm DIY | CatchMyParty.com

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Disney Cars Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

Disney Cars Party and More | CatchMyParty.com

Check out my four favorite parties this week added to our site, including a Disney Cars party with fun themed party foods and an incredible cake, a lovely pink and black Paris themed girl birthday party with added Scottie dogs, a chic and modern Yellow Submarine party in yellow and gray, and a garden glamping party with an actual tent and beautiful wildflowers!

Clockwise from top left:

Happy January! I'm heading to the BASH Conference on Thursday and very excited about it. I can't wait to meet so many party friends in person, women that I've known virtually for years. I'm packing up my many outfits, I even rented a dress for the first time on Rent the Runway for the big gala! I'll tell you all about it next week. If you're going to be there, please come find me!

12 Awesome Frozen Party Decorations

by Jillian Leslie on

12 Awesome Frozen Party Decorations | CatchMyParty.com

Here are 12 awesome Frozen party decorations that will help you with planning your Frozen parties and making them amazing and memorable!

1. Snow globe

Add faux snow, an Elsa doll, and glittered snowflakes into a covered dish to make a pretty snow globe decoration.

Frozen snow globe | CatchMyParty.com

2. Dressed up candy jars

Glass candy jars look lovely with color coordinated candy, glittered snowflakes, and ribbon!

Frozen candy jar decoration ideas | CatchMyParty.com

3. Tulle dessert table skirt

Covering the bottom of your party table in blue tulle makes a beautiful presentation for your dessert table.

Frozen tulle dessert table skirt | CatchMyParty.com

4. Free Frozen printables

This collection of free Frozen party printables are a quick and easy way to really dress up your party! Just download the files, print them out, and start decorating!

Frozen printable banner | CatchMyParty.com

5. Ribbon fabric garland

A ribbon garland is simple to make with strips of fabric and looks great in front of the dessert table.

Frozen ribbon garland | CatchMyParty.com

6. Snowflake wands

Queen Elsa's wands are a gorgeous decoration and a fun party favor!

Frozen wands | CatchMyParty.com

7. Tulle wreath

This blue and white tulle wreath is a wonderful way to welcome your guests to a Frozen party!

Frozen tulle wreath | CatchMyParty.com

8. Pillow stuffing fake snow

Use pillow stuffing to create fake snow for your party table! Add it everywhere for a winter look.

Frozen fake snow | CatchMyParty.com

9. Paper rosettes

These paper rosettes look amazing for a Frozen birthday party backdrop and if you need instructions, here's how to make a paper rosette backdrop yourself.

Frozen paper rosettes | CatchMyParty.com

10. Frozen toys as decor

Using themed toys can be an excellent way to decorate at your Frozen party (and so easy)!

Frozen toy decorations | CatchMyParty.com

11. Homemade Play Doh & cookie cutter party favors

Sparkly bags hold a special treat for your guests with homemade glitter Play Doh and a snowflake cookie cutter!

Frozen dough and cookie cutter | CatchMyParty.com

12. Frosted milk bottles

Milk bottles are frosted to give an icy look to your Frozen party drinks!

Frozen frosted milk bottles | CatchMyParty.com

If you've got a great Frozen party decoration you'd like to share, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see it!

For more Frozen party ideas, check out all the Frozen parties on our site and our Frozen Pinterest board. And if you need free Frozen party printables, we've got those too!

Glitter Monogram Drink Stirrer DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Glam Glitter Monogram Drink Stirrer DIY | CatchMyParty.com

This glitter monogram drink stirrer DIY is being shared with us today by Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs. I love when these gals get their glam on!

Whether hosting a formal cocktail party, or just a fun girls' night in, our DIY glittered monogram drink stirrers will add the perfect touch of glam to your night's aperitifs! And with each guest having his or her own personalized drink stirrer, there will be no more mixed drink mix-ups!

Stirrer with Gold Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

  • Small Wooden Letters (Found at your local craft store)
  • Modge Podge
  • Fine Tipped Paint Brush
  • Glitter
  • Slim, Natural Wood Craft Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun
Materials Monogram Drink Stirrer | CatchMyParty.com

1. Begin by taking the letter of your choosing and using your fine tipped paint brush, apply a thin coat pf Mod Podge to the front of your letter.

Materials Monogram Drink Stirrer | CatchMyParty.com

Paint Gold Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

2. Once your letter is covered, gently sprinkle the glitter on top of the Mod Podged letter.

Gold Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

3. Carefully shake any excess glitter from your letter.

Gold Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

4. Using your hot glue gun, add a small drop of hot glue to the top of your wood craft stick and gently adhere your letter.

Gold Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

You now have a gorgeous, glittering personalized drink stirrer!

DIY Glittered Monogram Drink Stirrer | CatchMyParty.com Repeat these steps to create drink stirrers for all your party guests!

DIY Glittered Monogram Drink Stirrer | CatchMyParty.com

All that's left to do is add a bit of bubbly or your favorite party cocktail and enjoy!

DIY Glittered Monogram Drink Stirrer | CatchMyParty.com

DIY Glittered Monogram Drink Stirrer | CatchMyParty.com

What a sparkly way to start the New Year, thanks Missy and Kristen! To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

And if you're looking for some fun drink ideas, check out all our drink and cocktail recipes.

Quick and Easy Sprinkle Oreo Pops DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Quick and easy sprinkle Oreo pop DIY perfect for party favors or Valentine's Day treats! CatchMyParty.com

Looking for an inexpensive alternative to cake pops? Try making these pink sprinkle Oreo pops instead.  Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine put together this quick and easy tutorial for making them. These are perfect as birthday treats on a dessert table, party favors dressed in little cellophane bags, and Valentine's Day treats. 

What kid wouldn't want this colorful cookie treat at a birthday or on Valentines day!? They are easy to make and super fun.

Finished Sprinkle Favor Pops | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:

Ingredients for the Pink Oreo Cookie Valentine Favors | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Melt candy melts according to package instructions. Add about 1/2 teaspoon oil to the melts before heating. Melt and stir until you have a smooth consistency.

Take the lollipop stick and dip into melted candy. Insert the dipped lollipop stick into the center of the cookie. Allow to dry for a minute or two.

Pink Oreo Cookie Valentine Favors | CatchMyParty.com

Next, dip each side of the cookie into the melted candy.

Dipping the Pink Oreo Cookie Valentine Favors | CatchMyParty.com

Dip in sprinkles. Place on parchment paper to dry.

Dipping the Pink Oreo Cookie Valentine Favors | CatchMyParty.com

Pink Oreo Cookie Valentine Favors | CatchMyParty.com

Package in clear cellophane bags with ribbon and pass them out as party favors or give them to all your Valentines this holiday!

Finished Sprinkle Favor Pops | CatchMyParty.com

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Be sure to check out the fantastic Valentine's Day parties on our site and get free printables for your Valentine's Day parties, too!

 

Milk and Cookies Party and more!

by Jillian Leslie on

Milk and cookies party and more favorites from CatchMyParty.com

Wait until you see the parties I picked this week as my favorites!

An amazing milk and cookies party for a beautiful girl birthday, in pink with chalkboard details, a bright and sunny Little Miss Sunshine’s 1st birthday, a fun pancake and PJ's slumber party and a sparkly gold and purple Princess Jasmine girl birthday party!

Clockwise from top left:

Happy New Year, everyone! My daughter heads back to school tomorrow so our winter break is officially over. We had a fun time in Las Vegas and celebrating Christmas with family in San Francisco. We also watched movies, went on day trips, and played with lots of fun toys including this Little Bits Synth Kit my daughter got for Christmas. It's super cool, you should check it out.

Trend: Decorated Stacked Cookies

by Jillian Leslie on

Stacked decorated cookies are a new dessert trend we're seeing on CatchMyParty.com

When I see a new trend showing up on our site, especially one that's so beautiful, I have to share it right away. So here's my first trend spotting for 2015. Introducing... decorated stacked cookies. Aren't they gorgeous?!

Most of the ones we're seeing are simple sugar cookies or shortbread cookies, and sandwiched between them is pretty frosting. Plus there seems to be a definite flower theme, lots of piped rosettes and added gumpaste flowers. And don't forget the sparkle. To really make these decorated stacked cookies stand out, we're seeing glittered detail on the edges of the cookies, or completely covering the cookies.

What I love about these stacked cookies is they can work for so many occasions -- baby showers, bridal showers, 1st birthdays, and girl birthdays. Plus you can make them as formal or rustic as you like.

What are your thoughts on serving them instead of cupcakes? Novel and interesting, I think.

To see the parties these cookies are from, just click on the photos. There are many more beautiful photos to browse.

Beautiful decorated stacked cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Decorated Stacked Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Decorated Stacked Cookies with Rosettes | CatchMyParty.com

Decorated Stacked Cookies | CatchMyParty.com

Happy New Year from Catch My Party!

by Jillian Leslie on

Happy New Year from Catch My Party! | CatchMyParty.com

Happy New Year from Catch My Party!

There's something about new beginnings that always makes me happy. We had a great year in 2014, thanks to you, our community, and we're hoping to have an even better 2015.

We've got a lot planned for the coming year, so be on the lookout for:

  • New ways for our community members to interact and help each other
  • More resources for vendors and party pros
  • A marketplace to buy and sell party goods
  • New types of content to share on our site
Come along for the ride. It should be fun!

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