Ballerina Parties, Delicious Granola Recipe, and a Tulle Garland

by Jillian Leslie on

CATCH MY PARTY ROUNDUP

Ballerina Party Ideas

If you're looking for great ideas for ballerina parties then look on further! We've got lots of gorgeous ideas for pretty, pink ballerina parties.

Ballerina parties | CatchMyParty.com

You'll find ideas for beautiful dessert tables, decorations, delicious cakes, cupcakes, cookies and so much more, that will help make you're little girls party that extra bit special! The tulle table skirts are my favorite ballerina party idea! They are such a showstopper and are just so beautiful to look at! They'll instantly give your party that ballerina feel.

Rainbow Unicorn Tulle Tassel Garland

If you're looking for a fun and colorful way to decorate a wall for a party then our vendor Pompoms and Pinwheels  has this beautiful tulle pom-pom garland for you to purchase .

Rainbow Unicorn Tulle Tassel Garland | CatchMyParty.com

This garland is perfect for unicorn birthday parties, My Little Pony birthdays, rainbow parties, Shopkins birthday parties, wedding decorations, baby showers and nursery decor!! A sure way to add color to a wall and brighten up your party!

Nutty, not-too-sweet Granola Recipe

Top your ice cream or yogurt with this delicious recipe for nutty, not-too-sweet granola!

Delicious and nutty 'not too sweet' Granola | CatchMyParty.com

It's so simple to make and so delicious, don't be surprised if you never want store-bought again.

 

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Cranberry Orange Martini

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Cranberry Orange Martini | CatchMyParty.com

Wouldn't this Christmas cranberry orange martini be the perfect signature cocktail to serve at your holiday party? Your guests will definitely be talking about it.

I love serving a signature cocktail at a holiday party because then I don't need a fully stocked bar, just some beer and wine and a pitcher full of cranberry orange martinis.

And wait until you see how easy these are to make...

Cranberry Orange Martini

What you need:
  • Cranberry cocktail juice
  • Orange liqueur
  • Vodka
  • Cranberries
  • Rosemary
  • Sugar
  • Cocktail picks
Cranberry Orange Martini with Rosemary Sugar Rims | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Add sugar to a small plate. Pick off some rosemary leaves and place on the plate with the sugar. Press the rosemary into the sugar allowing any juices or aroma to escape.

Rosemary Leaves coated with Sugar | CatchMyParty.com

Using your finger, add a little bit of water to the rim of each martini glass. Dip each glass rim into the rosemary sugar.

Cranberry Orange Martini with Rosemary Sugar Rim | CatchMyParty.com

Using a cocktail shaker or measuring cup, combine 2 ½ to 3 ounces of of cranberry juice with 1 oz orange liqueur and 1 oz vodka. If you want the drink to be sweeter, try adding cranberry vodka. Add ice. Mix to combine.

Cranberry Orange Martini | CatchMyParty.com

Pour the cranberry orange drink into each martini glass. Using a cocktail pick, slide 3-4 cranberries onto the pick. Garnish the martini with rosemary sprig and cranberry pick!

Cranberries on the pick | CatchMyParty.com

Gorgeous and so festive!!

Yummy Cranberry Martini | CatchMyParty.com

This delicious recipe was created by our style, food, and 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 Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Woodland 1st Birthday Party and More!

by Jillian Leslie on

Lots of great parties were added to Catch My Party this week, including a gorgeous rustic Woodland 1st birthday party!  Woodland parties are such a  popular theme at the moment that you're got going to want to miss this party.

My favorite parties this week include an adorable woodland birthday party, an pretty mermaid birthday party, a cute jungle animals birthday party and a modern Wizard of Oz baby shower.

My favorite parties this week include an adorable woodland birthday party, a pretty mermaid birthday party, a cute jungle animals birthday party and a modern Wizard of Oz baby shower. Take a look at them below...

Ali W's  Wild & One 1st Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The absolutely adorable woodland boho birthday cake
  • The beautiful cupcakes and sparkly arrow toppers
  • The gorgeous high chair garland
Woodland 1st birthday party | CatchMyParty.com

Printsforevents' Mia's Mermaid 4th Birthday

My favorite details:

  • The beautiful dessert table and backdrop
  • The pastel table settings
  • The pretty 'sea foam' favor jars
Mermaid 4th Birthday | CatchMyParty.com

CottonCandy's * Diego's Jungle animals birthday party

My favorite details:

  • The fun animal dessert table
  • The awesome jungle birthday cake decorated with animals
  • The cute animal cake pops
Jungle animals birthday party | CatchMyParty.com

Baby Blossom Company's Modern Wizard of Oz Baby Shower

My favorite details:

  • The pretty dessert table and backdrop
  • The gorgeous cupcakes topped with poppies
  • The beautiful diaper cake
Wizard of Oz Baby Shower | CatchMyParty.com

Happy almost Thanksgiving! If you need Thanksgiving food ideas, check out our Thanksgiving dinner recipes Pinterest board. Also, for lots of Thanksgiving inspiration, check out all our Thanksgiving party ideas Pinterest board.

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Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

by Jillian Leslie on

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Lainey, my daughter, wanted to make a cake yesterday so we used my apple crumble cake recipe and made this delicious treat!

The crumble cake is filled with lots of apples, plus there's a touch of apple cider vinegar in the cake batter to give it a little brightness. The crumble topping is beyond yummy with lots of cinnamon and sugar. I made sure to put on extra crumble because I know how much Lainey loves it! This is the perfect cake for fall because the apples and cinnamon will really warm you up.

I'm from the school of thought that kids can do a lot more than we give them credit for, so I try to give Lainey lots of autonomy in the kitchen. Sometimes I'm surprised by how much she can handle, and sometimes things don't go quite her way, like when an entire cup of flour ends up on the floor, or when the cracked eggs make it nowhere near the bowl.

And while I can pretend that I'm zen about the whole thing, there are time when my eyes bug out and I think, "Oh my God, what a mess!"

Then I have to remind myself that it's about the journey, and the precious time we get to spend together, and us both getting batter on our noses and wondering why, since batter tastes so delicious, cakes can't just be bowls of batter.

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

For the cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 medium apples peeled, and cored
For the topping
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9" springform pan with butter.

Whisk the dry ingredients (2 cups flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon) in a bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add 1/4 cup melted butter, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup milk, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Mix on high for about one minute. Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Add half the batter to the greased pan. Stir the chopped apples into the remaining batter. Add the rest of the batter to the pan and smooth the top.

Make the topping by adding 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup of flour, and 1/2 of melted butter. Mix until it starts to clump, then spread across the batter.

Bake for 40-50 minutes. Check the center with a toothpick to make sure it is fully cooked.

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

This is the cake right before it went into the oven.

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Here it is right out of the oven. It smelled so good!

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I baked the cake in a wide cake pan because I wanted the crumble to cake ratio to be really high, meaning lots of crumble per bite. Absolutely delicious and perfect for a fall or Thanksgiving!

Apple crumble cake recipe | CatchMyParty.com

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Pumpkin Biscotti

Pumpkin Biscotti Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

See all our delicious dessert recipes here.

Nutty, Crunchy, Not-too-Sweet Granola

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Nutty, Crunchy, Not-too-Sweet Granola | CatchMy Party.com I eat a lot of yogurt. I love the tangy taste and the fact it's so good for me!

My goal with this granola was to come up with a mix that was crunchy, nutty, and not too sweet (but sweet enough) so it could work in plain or sweetened yogurt. And guess what? I think I achieved it. My secret is to add a little salt, in addition to the honey and brown sugar.

I must say, this really brings out the flavors.

This granola is so simple to make and so delicious don't be surprised if you never want store-bought again.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (if you love coconut, add 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Activia Harvest Picks yogurt
Nutty, Crunchy, Not-too-Sweet Granola | CatchMy Party.com

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, flax seeds coconut, salt, and brown sugar.

Nutty, Crunchy, Not-too-Sweet Granola | CatchMy Party.com

In a separate bowl, combine the honey and oil.

Nutty, Crunchy, Not-too-Sweet Granola | CatchMy Party.com

Combine both mixtures.

Nutty, Crunchy, Not-too-Sweet Granola | CatchMy Party.com

Pour the granola onto a 2" sheet pan. Spread out evenly.

Nutty, Crunchy, Not-too-Sweet Granola | CatchMy Party.com

Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to brown.

Nutty, Crunchy, Not-too-Sweet Granola | CatchMyParty.com

Pour your yogurt in a bowl or mug, top with granola and enjoy!! Yum!!

Nutty, Crunchy, Not-too-Sweet Granola | CatchMyParty.com

Warning: Don't leave the granola on your counter. My husband and I finished off the entire bowl in a day and a half.

 

Rustic Floral Centerpiece for Fall

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Rustic Floral Centerpiece for fall | CatchMyParty.com

It's almost Thanksgiving, and I came up with this easy rustic floral centerpiece that would look beautiful on your table this Thanksgiving. And my inspiration... Charmin toilet paper. :)

I was asked by Charmin to share how at Thanksgiving, when you're thinking about stocking up on food and drinks, you should also stock up on Charmin Mega Rolls, so you don't run out of toilet paper for your guests.

And then I thought about crafting with one of my favorite materials, toilet paper rolls.

I love centerpieces that use fall foods as part of the display, but I didn't want to fill my entire mason jars with popcorn and lentils that would go to waste. So I placed a toilet paper roll inside each jar and just used a measuring cup with a spout to fill the food around the roll.

Plus, with the toilet paper roll inside, I now had a great place to add my flowers stems and wheat.

Autumn Mason Jar Floral Centerpiece | CatchMyParty.com

Autumn Mason Jar Floral Centerpiece

Supplies:
  • 3 Mason Jars
  • Corn kernels, lentils in red and green
  • 3 Charmin toilet paper rolls
  • Faux flowers, wheat, and pinecones bought at the craft store
Directions:

Place a toilet paper roll inside each mason jar.

Using a measuring cup with a spout, carefully pour kernels or lentils along the sides of the toilet paper roll.

Rustic Floral Centerpiece for Thanksgiving | CatchMyParty.com

It looks like the jar is full, but I only needed about 1/3 of a bag of lentils to fill it up.

Rustic Floral Centerpiece for Thanksgiving | CatchMyParty.com

Place faux flowers, leaves, wheat, and pine cones from the craft store inside each one. Voila!

Rustic Floral Centerpiece for Fall | CatchMyParty.com

And remember, you don't want to run out of toilet paper at Thanksgiving, so Charmin mega rolls are a must. Plus, they're the softest and most absorbent brand out there, so you actually use less. But personally, I think it's a little way to add a nice, soft touch to your Thanksgiving!

Autumn Mason Jar Floral Centerpiece | CatchMyParty.com

This post is sponsored by Charmin but all opinions and ideas are mine. And yes, we use Charmin every day at our house!

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Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate

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Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate | CatchMyParty.com

Get Thanksgiving started with this delicious and fun turkey-shaped Thanksgiving meat and cheese plate.

I used a round cake stand to display my meat and cheese turkey platter. To add some color to the platter you can cover the platter in green lettuce before layering the meat and cheese.

Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate

Ingredients:
  • Salami
  • Cheese Slices
  • Round and Oval Crackers
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Candy Eyes
  • Lettuce
Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Start with the oval crackers and place them along the edge of the platter about ¾ of the way around, leaving room at the bottom for the turkey’s body. Next, layer the round crackers on top of the oval crackers (placing them at the halfway mark of the oval crackers). See photo for example.

Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate | CatchMyParty.com

Depending on how large your cake platter is, you can add more than two layers of crackers. The crackers create the outside portion of the turkey’s feathers.

I bought the pre-sliced cheese tray with a variety of cheese flavors. Add the first layer of cheese slices on top of the round crackers. Alternate the cheese slices with the salami slices until you have a full tray.

Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate | CatchMyParty.com

I used two oval crackers for the turkey’s body and one round cracker for the turkey’s head. Add two candy eyes ( you can find these in the baking section of the grocery store). If you add a little cream cheese to the back of the eyes they will stick to the crackers.

Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate | CatchMyParty.com

Cut a small triangle from orange cheese for the turkey’s beak. Slice a small piece of red bell pepper for the turkey’s waddle.

If you do not have candy eyes, you can always use olives.

Thanksgiving Meat and Cheese Plate | CatchMyParty.com

Simple, fun, and definitely a crowd-pleaser!!

This fun DIY was created by our style and 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 Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Free Thanksgiving Printables for Kids

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It's almost Thanksgiving! So here's a set of free Thanksgiving printables for kids to make your celebration a little more fun for the little ones at your celebration! Wouldn't these look great decorating your kids table?

The collection includes: a banner, tented cards (2 varieties), favor tags, labels, napkin rings, straw flags, invitations, an 8x10 welcome sign, cupcake toppers, cake toppers, and water bottle labels.

Download the free Thanksgiving printables here!

Free Thanksgiving Printables for Kids | CatchMyParty.com

Take a look at some of the individual files...

Free Thanksgiving Printables for Kids | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Printables for Kids | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Printables for Kids | CatchMyParty.com

Free Kid Thanksgiving Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Party Invitations for Kids | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Cards | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Cards | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Favor Tags | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Free Thanksgiving Straw Flags | CatchMyParty.com

To learn more about Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.

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Here's another great way to entertain the kids at your Thanksgiving table. Just print out the cards and instructions, then use pennies as markers, and you got a fun game!

Free Thanksgiving Bingo Game | CatchMyParty.com

 

For more Thanksgiving inspiration, check out these great Thanksgiving parties from our site. Also, see all our free Thanksgiving printable collections here.

Frozen Yarn Wrapped Bottles

by Jillian Leslie on

Frozen Yarn Wrapped Bottles | CatchMyParty.com

Frozen remains one of the top party themes on Catch My Party. And now that there's going to be second movie, I don't see it slowing down anytime soon.

I think the staying power has to do with the likeable characters --Elsa, Anna, and Olaf -- and the memorable music. Who will ever forget "Let it Go"? I still can't get it out of my head.

 

Bounty asked me to create a Disney Frozen party craft to complement their new line of Bounty Prints Featuring Disney Frozen paper towels and Quilted Napkins.

So here are my Frozen yarned wrapped bottles, that would work as a pretty Frozen party centerpiece, or as a fun party activity for your guests.

These are simple and fun to make. My daughter and I made these in a little over an hour.

Frozen Yarn Wrapped Bottles

Supplies: disney-frozen-yarn-wrapped-bottles-centerpiece-6

Directions:

Using your foam brush, apply Mod Podge to the bottom half of the glass milk bottle.

Starting at the bottom, wrap yarn around the bottle, making sure there are no gaps as you move up.

I like to do my Mod Podge in stages so I can still hold my bottle as I wind, but feel free to paint on all the Mod Podge at once.

PRO TIP: Continue to adjust the yarn as you go, because it's harder to fix it later on.

After you've gotten your yarn layer just how thick you want it, trim the yarn and start the next color right where the first one left off.

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Also, try to keep your color transitions to one side of the bottle, so you can keep them hidden when displayed.

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I put out mini blueberry muffins for my daughter and me to enjoy while we crafted. She's a big fan of Olaf, so she liked Bounty's new paper napkins.

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We made our bottles in a variety of color combinations.

Then to capture the feeling of winter and snow, we placed sparkly white and silver branches inside.

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What a fun day of crafting and hanging out together.

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Now the Frozen yarn wrapped bottles we made are sitting on my daughter's bookshelf and they look so pretty. A perfect touch for winter!

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If you throw a Frozen party, please add it to our site. I'd love to see what you do. Just click the "add party+" button in our nav bar on Catch My Party!

This post is sponsored by Bounty. All opinions and ideas are my own. Please note: I really love Bounty products and use them daily!

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Mini Thanksgiving Desserts

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Mini Thanksgiving Desserts

You are going to love these mini Thanksgiving desserts we have for you. Just browse our many tiny Thanksgiving desserts to inspire you to make delicious things for your friends and family.

Mini Thanksgiving Desserts | CatchMyParty.comWhat's great about them is they're self-serve, so no need to worry about cutting cakes and pies, and also they're cute and precious, adding an interesting visual to your dessert spread.

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas

Check out these great ideas for setting a kids' table for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Brighten up your table and make Thanksgiving a lot more fun for your kids. Look at our  awesome tips and fun ideas for activities to keep them happy at the dinner table.

Mini Marshmallow Dreidels

Have the kids help make these mini marshmallow dreidels for Hanukkah!

DIRECTIONS:
  • Dip each marshmallow in white candy melts (melted in the microwave in 30 second intervals)
  • Roll the marshmallows in blue sanding sugar
  • Attach a Hershey's Kiss to each one, as the top of the dreidel
  • Finish them off by insert a pretzel stick into the bottom of the marshmallow

Mini Marshmallow Dreidels | CatchMyParty.com

For more inspiration, check out all of our Hanukkah parties and free Hanukkah printables!

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