Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase DIY

by Jillian Leslie on

Pumpkin vase DIY for Thanksgiving |

Today we're sharing a lovely Thanksgiving pumpkin vase DIY from Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine. How great would this look on your Thanksgiving table!

I can't believe I never thought of this before! I see these beautiful pumpkin vases everywhere now. There are so many options! So I decided to paint my pumpkin vase before adding flowers. Super easy to make, you can even put your kids to work!


  • Pumpkin
  • Craft paint (I used a metallic paint)
  • Pumpkin carving knife
  • Flowers
DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase Tutorial |


Paint your pumpkin! The metallic paint I used was fairly thin. I would recommend putting a solid, thicker coat of a similar color first. Then paint over the solid color with the metallic paint.

DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase Tutorial |

To achieve the look I have, you would want to put a dark brown solid coat first and then use the metallic brown over the dark brown to give the finished pumpkin that glistening touch! If you choose to use just the metallic paint, you will need to do 5+ coats.

Once the paint is dry, carve the top of the pumpkin and clean out all the pulp and seeds.

DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase Tutorial |

DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase Tutorial |

Fill pumpkin with water and place those pretty Fall flowers in!

DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase Tutorial |

DIY Thanksgiving Pumpkin Vase Tutorial |

I’ve seen these pumpkin vases painted pink, metallic and even glittered. Place on your dining table for Thanksgiving dinner, on the fireplace mantel, or even in your guest bathroom. I love how it turned out, don’t you?

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

Free Thanksgiving Printables from Candles and Favors

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Free Thanksgiving printables for your upcoming dinner!|

Today we're giving away a set of free Thanksgiving printables that Lisa from Candles and Favors designed for us. These will surely make your Thanksgiving dinners look beautiful! Just print them out, cut them out, and decorate. What I love most about this collection is the color scheme. It feels so warm and cozy!

The collection includes:  water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, stickers, food tent cards, a "Give Thanks" banner, and "I am Thankful for.." cards.

Download the Free Thanksgiving Printables Here!

Below you can see the beautiful files...


Free Thanksgiving printable water bottle labels |

Free printable Thanksgiving cupcake toppers |

Free printable Thanksgiving stickers |

Free printable Thanksgiving food tents |

Free printable Thanksgiving thankful cards |

Free printable Give Thanks banner |

And here are a few photos of the printables in action:


Free printable Thanksgiving thankful card |

Free Thanksgiving printables |

Free printable Thanksgiving place cards |

Thank you, Lisa for such a stunning collection. To see more of Lisa's personalized designs and party favors, check out the Candles and Favors website and on Facebook and Twitter.

For more Thanksgiving inspiration, check out these  awesome Thanksgiving parties from our site, all our free Thanksgiving printables, and our Thanksgiving party supplies in the Catch My Party Store!

9 Awesome Minecraft Party Activities

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Minecraft Party Activities|

Minecraft parties are so popular on our site, I thought I'd share some awesome and inexpensive Minecraft party activities to help your guests have a great time!

1. Creeper Pinata

Make a Creeper pinata out of a cardboard box and crepe paper for your guests to break until the candy appears!

Minecraft Party Pinata|

2. Collect your Minecraft items

Themed candies work well as Minecraft items to collect, like these fish, diamonds, apples, coal, melon and more!

Minecraft Party Food|

3. Potion brewing station

Party guests can brew up their favorite potions for swiftness, poison and more!

Minecraft Party Brewing Station|

4. Make an Enderman pillow

Your guests will enjoy taking a plain pillow and adding felt pieces to make an Enderman pillow!

Minecraft Party Enderman Pillow

5. Bean bag toss

Paint a cardboard box green and cut out the eyes and mouth to make a Creeper to toss bean bags in for points.

Minecraft Party Bean Bag Toss|

6. Minecraft pizza

Have your guests cut a round frozen pizza and pepperoni into squares and transform them into a Creeper!

Minecraft Party Creeper Pizza|

7. Photo booth

Set up a backdrop and get some fun Minecraft props to take some memorable photos of your celebration!

Minecraft Party Photo Booth|

8. Bingo

Make up some bingo cards with Minecraft items on them and have an exciting party game!

Minecraft Party Bingo Game

9. Painting tee shirts

Get some green shirts and black fabric paints and your guests can make their own Creeper shirt!

Minecraft Party Acitivity Paint Tshirts|

Hope you enjoyed these fun Minecraft party activities! For more ideas, you can check out all the Minecraft parties on our site and our Minecraft Pinterest board, too.

And if you need free Minecraft party printables, we've got those too!

A Gorgeous Frozen Party and more!

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A beautiful Frozen party and more! See my favorites! |

This week I wanted to focus on breathtaking parties and parties that will get  you in the mood for winter! These parties are beyond beautiful. They're almost dream-like.

Here they are in more detail: a stunning Frozen girl birthday party, a lovely red and white vintage Christmas party, a winter ballerina girl birthday party and an amazingly original outdoor tribal bohemian girl birthday party.

Clockwise from top left:

I can't tell you how excited I get to show off what our users do day in and day out. With such beauty, it never gets old. :)

Have a great week. We're off from school on Tuesday for Veteran's Day, then it's the mad dash to Thanksgiving.

Paint Swatch Banner DIY

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Paint Swatch Banner DIY |

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are here sharing a paint swatch banner DIY that is so easy to make, and can be personalized using any colors you like from the paint swatch section of the hardware store!

Creating your own party decorations is always a fabulous option for any event, especially when you're on a budget! A simple way to bring in your color palette and add a unique and custom design element is to create your own paint swatch banner! Follow our simple steps to create your own paint swatch banner in minutes!


  • Paint swatches from the paint store
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • 2'' circle punch
  • Scissors
1. Gather your supplies, selecting colors to match your event decor (we opted for a light pink and mint combination). We also selected a 2 inch hole pinch but you can use any size!

DIY Paint Swatch Banner Tutorial |

2. Cut your ribbon to the length you need, we cut ours to 5 feet.

DIY Paint Swatch Banner Tutorial |

3. Next gather your paint swatches. We chose large Panatone squares to accommodate our 2 inch punch.

DIY Paint Swatch Banner Tutorial |

4. Begin punching your swatches, being careful to steer clear of any wording on the front of the swatch.

DIY Paint Swatch Banner Tutorial |

5. Be sure to punch 2 swatches for each circle you'd like to include on your banner as there will be a front and a back to each circle. This should leave you will plenty of punched swatches for your banner!

DIY Paint Swatch Banner Tutorial |

6. Next, turn one of your punched swatches over and secure your ribbon with a dab of hot glue.

DIY Paint Swatch Banner Tutorial |

7. Now, add another punched swatch to the other side of the circle, leaving it colored on both sides.

DIY Paint Swatch Banner Tutorial |

8. Repeat step 7 until you have the desired amount of paint sample circles on your banner.

DIY Paint Swatch Banner Tutorial |

Voila! You now have an inexpensive, custom and simple piece of decor to display at your next event! This could easily be done in holiday colors or even white for a wedding! Enjoy your brand new banner!

Paint Swatch Banner DIY |

Circle garlands are such a trend right now, so thanks Missy and Kristen for this easy and customizable tutorial. To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

Also, check out all the creative party DIYs Missy and Kristen have created for Catch My Party.

Pumpkin Pie Blondie Recipe

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Pumpkin Pie Blondie Recipe |

We love putting new spins on classic dishes, and when Safeway asked us to do it for a traditional Thanksgiving recipe, we were excited, and came up with this pumpkin pie blondie recipe.

I think these blondies give traditional pumpkin pie a run for its money. They've got a delicious rich, moist, pumpkin-y flavor, lots of cinnamon and spice, plus, they're easy to serve, perfect for a potluck or to give as a gift!

We're hoping these inspire you to shake up your Thanksgiving with some new ideas.


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground (or freshly grated) nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8 inch square baking pan with butter, or lightly coat with cooking spray.

Whisk the dry ingredients: flour, salt, and ground spices, in a large mixing bowl, then set aside.

Add the melted butter (if it is hot to the touch, let it cool before you add the other ingredients), egg, brown sugar, pumpkin puree, and vanilla to a second mixing bowl. Mix by hand until ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Add the dry ingredients (you can do it in one batch), and mix until combined.


Pour the batter into your greased pan, and smooth the top with a spatula.


Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges just start to brown.

Pumpkin Pie Blondies |

Pumpkin Pie Blondies |

Here I added a dollop of whipped cream just to give it a little extra creamy smoothness.

Pumpkin Pie Blondie Recipe |

Looking at these photos makes me want to eat one right now!

Pumpkin Pie Blondies |

Visit your nearest Safeway, Vons, Randalls, or Tom Thumb store this holiday season to make your holiday shopping easy and affordable.

Compensation was provided by Safeway, Vons, Randalls and Tom Thumb stores via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Safeway, Vons, Randalls and Tom Thumb stores.

Cranberry Orange Spice Stove Top Potpourri DIY

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Cranberry Orange Spice Stove Top Potpourri DIY |

Here is a gorgeous cranberry orange spice stove top potpourri DIY from Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine to make your house smell spicy and delicious for the holidays!

There is just something special about the smell of Christmas. Christmas smells of cinnamon spice, tart cranberries, and citrus orange, all the ingredients I used in the potpourri. Plus, I added in fresh rosemary to give it a bit more earthiness.

Make this as a housewarming gift or add to your holiday gift baskets. This stove top potpourri will make your house so welcoming for the holidays. And your guests will be asking you how you made it!

Cranberry Orange Spice Stove Top Potpourri DIY |

Cranberry Orange Spice Stove Top Potpourri DIY

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
If you plan to use it immediately:

Place all ingredients in small pot and fill about halfway full. Bring to a simmer and let the aroma begin! Do this about 30 minutes prior to having guests.

Cranberry Orange Spice Stove Top Potpourri |

Cranberry Orange Spice Stove Top Potpourri |

If you plan to store and give as a gift:

Place mixture in mason jars and seal. Refrigerate until use. Use within one week of placing in jars.

Cranberry Orange Spice Stove Top Potpourri |

Cranberry Orange Spice Stove Top Potpourri DIY |

Add a fabric top and ribbon to make the potpourri a gift! See the how-to in my cookie jar favors tutorial here on Catch My Party.

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

Catch My Party Trend Report: Fabric Garlands

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Party trend for November: Fabric Garlands |

Since we see so much on our site in the world of parties, once a month I'm going to highlight a popular trend in party styling we're witnessing. This month, it's fabric garlands. They are everywhere!

What's great about fabric garlands is they're simple to make -- they're just strips of fabric tied to a long ribbon.

You can use them to decorate your party in variety of ways: as dessert table decor (in front of the table or as a backdrop), as a wall decoration, as a way to style a high chair for a first birthday, or even to accentuate a printed banner.

While we typically think of fabric garlands as feminine and "shabby chic," they don't have to be. It all depends on the ribbons you choose. Fabric garlands are a great way to your party a punch of color and a touch of whimsy.

Below are some examples (click on the photo to see more photos from the party). Here are the beautiful, shabby chic fabric garlands...

Shabby chic fabric garland |

Shabby chic fabric garland at a tribal 1st birthday |

Fabric garland decoration at a baby shower |

Shabby chic fabric garland at a girl baby shower |

Fabric garland high chair decoration |

Shabby chic fabric garland |

Shabby chic fabric garland at a vintage baby shower |

But I love how this fabric garland is incorporated into the birthday banner, frames it, and makes it pop with color.

Fabric garland at a Snow White birthday party |

And here's a bright Mickey Mouse 1st birthday fabric banner to give the birthday boy's high chair some matching style.

Fabric garland at a Mickey Mouse birthday party |

And colors galore at this Kate Spade inspired baby shower!


And finally, because this fabric banner is made of gold and hot pink satin ribbons, it becomes a real statement piece and works perfectly at this Ever After High birthday.

Ever After High birthday party |

Stay tuned for next month's trend! And if you made a fabric banner for your party, I'd love to see it. Send me a photo at jillian(at)catchmyparty(d0t)com.

Free Printable Thanksgiving Bingo Cards

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Free printable Thanksgiving bingo cards! |

Want to keep your kids busy on Thanksgiving while they're waiting for dinner? How about printing out these free printable Thanksgiving bingo cards designed by Michelle at Printabelle, and playing a game of Thanksgiving bingo to keep everyone entertained (you might get some adults, too).

Download the Free Printable Thanksgiving Bingo Cards Here!

Free printable Thanksgiving bingo cards! |

All you do is print out the 10 cards and the instructions. Then call out items off the instruction sheet (in random order), and if the guests have that image or word on their cards, they cover it with a marker. Candy corn, candy pumpkins, or even pennies work great for markers.

The first one to cover an entire row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) yells "bingo" and you've got a winner!

For more inspiration, check out these  awesome Thanksgiving parties from our site, all our free Thanksgiving printables, and these Thanksgiving party supplies from our store!

To learn more about Michelle and see all her printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Twilight Zone Party and More!

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4 Favorite Parties Nov. 2 |

Happy Día de Muertos! I wanted to show off my four favorite parties from this week.

Of course I had to show off this vividly gorgeous Day of the Dead party, also a black and white classic Twilight Zone party, that will blow your mind because it feels like you're stepping into an old episode, a colorful Mickey Mouse Clubhouse birthday party (why does Mickey Mouse never gets old?), and a delightfully sweet Ice Cream Shoppe girl birthday party! Check them out below...

Clockwise from top left:

We had a super fun Halloween filled with three parties in the rain and lots of trick or treating! My daughter has been eating candy all weekend. Tomorrow a bunch of it secretly goes in the trash. Do you do the same thing?

Wishing you a peaceful and bright week ahead. I'm already looking forward to Thanksgiving.

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