Sweet Treats for the Holidays Book

by Jillian Leslie on

Sweet Treats for the Holidays | CatchMyParty.com

Norene Cox from Party Pinching does some amazing desserts! I've been a fan of her holiday parties for some time.

Norene from  just came out with a new book, Sweet Treats for the Holidays! The book is filled with so many amazing treat ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more!

Below you can see some examples of what she does and what's in the book, and there's also a cute marshmallow hot cocoa mug recipe at the end of the post, perfect for your winter parties.

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And here's Norene's Martha Stewart approved:

Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Cookies Recipe

According to Norene, "It’s kind of surreal when Martha Stewart actually says what you made is 'adorable.' My hot cocoa marshmallow mug cookies won her over and believe me, it is 'a good thing.'"

Hot cocoa marshmallow cookies | CatchMyParty.com

  • Approximately ¼ cup of white candy coating
  • 4 mini candy canes
  • 4 large marshmallows
  • 1 (16-oz.) can chocolate frosting
  • 12 Jet-Puffed mallow bits
  • 1 (7-oz.) pouch store-bought white cookie icing
  • 4 store-bought tea cookies
  • 40 small tree sprinkles
  • 4 large tree sprinkles
Melt candy coating in small microwave-safe bowl according to package instructions.

Cut candy cane at the curve. Dip ends into melted candy coating and push into side of marshmallow. Hold in place until it hardens and is secure.

Using a small knife spread a small amount of chocolate frosting on top of marshmallow leaving a small rim. Top with 3 mallow bits.

Frost cookie with white icing. Place marshmallow in the middle of cookie.

Place 10 small tree sprinkles around the perimeter of cookie.

Attach large tree sprinkle to front of marshmallow using candy coating.

Makes 4 cookies.

You can find Norene at Party Pinching, on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter .

Cute Gift Card Holder DIY

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Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Every year at the holidays, I give gift cards to my daughter's teachers and a few other people in our community. I know they appreciate them, but to me, the gift cards always feels a little impersonal. That's why I was excited when Target asked me to come up with a gift card holder DIY to find a way to make giving a Target GiftCard® more meaningful.

My first goal was to incorporate this rule: candy + gift card = awesome! Then I wanted to make sure it was easy to do, cute and festive, and inexpensive.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

So I pulled out some mason jars and my Painters Paint Markers.

I wrote "Happy Holidays" on the jars and drew on a few holly leaves. The best thing about paint markers is you can wipe off the wet paint if you don't like it. This took me about three tries, but it was still quite quick and the possibilities are endless.

Plus, what a great activity to do with your kids. In fact, this year, I'm going to ask Lainey to decorate her teachers' mason jars.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Next, using a green piece of scrapbooking paper, I traced the mason jar lid and cut it out to use as my top.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Then I tied on a ribbon and filled the jar with holiday Hershey's Kisses.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I placed my Target GiftCard® inside!

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

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And here's my finished product... they were easy to do, cute and festive, inexpensive, and awesome! I know I'll feel much better giving my gift cards this year because they'll finally have my personal touch.

If you're thinking of giving aTarget GiftCard® this year, head to Target.

Gift card holder DIY | CatchMyParty.com

We partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign.

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

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables from Printabelle

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Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Ugly sweater parties are my newest favorite theme for holiday parties. To be honest, I have not been invited to one yet, but I'm thrilled to be sharing this full set of free Ugly Sweater party printables from Printabelle.

Just ask your guests to dress in their ugliest Christmas sweaters, then use these free printables to decorate your party. We've even included award printables, so you can even ask your guests to vote on their favorite sweaters at the party, then reward your guests at the end of the night.

This collection includes: a welcome sign, a "Happy Ugly Holidays" banner, cupcake toppers, invitations, water bottle wrappers, menu cards, and my favorite party... ugly sweater awards.

Download the free Ugly Sweater Party Printables here:

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Invitations | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Awards | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Cupcake Toppers | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printables | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Straw flags | CatchMyParty.com

Free Ugly Sweater Party Printable Banner | CatchMyParty.com

And remember, if you’d like any of the printables personalized, Michelle will do it starting at $3 per file!

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

For more inspirations, check out these amazing Christmas parties on our site and all our collections of free Christmas printables.

A Starbucks Party and more!

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A Starbucks Party and more! | CatchMyParty.com

A Starbucks party and more! You must take a look at my four favorite parties this week. I picked out some real pretty ones with some incredible cakes and desserts.

In more detail, there's a fantastic farm girl birthday party, an amazing Starbucks themed dessert and coffee bar party, a Disney themed party with all of the fun characters and a dreamy, magical Alice in Wonderland tea party.

Clockwise from top left:

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving with friends and family! We celebrated in San Francisco with my in laws and had a wonderful time. Plus my husband and I got to have a night just the two of us in SF. What a treat!

Now comes the crunch until Christmas. I wish you lots of sanity and a sense of humor during this crazy time! What's the best gift you're giving this year?

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Jillian Leslie on

Happy Thanksgiving from Jillian and CatchMyParty.com

This year, I've been working on cultivating gratitude in my everyday life. I've found that when things feel tough, it brings a little bit of softening to my worries, and creates a little more space in those times of discomfort.

And when I get frustrated because there's so much more I want to do... to accomplish... to have... it's like a little reminder that says, "It's okay, Jill, it's really all okay, there's enough."

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. May your hearts be open, and may you, too, feel like there's "abundance" in the world!

Giving Back While Shopping This Christmas

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As I had mentioned in my previous TOMS for Target post, TOMS and Target have teamed up this holiday season so that for every #TOMSForTarget gift you buy, they're giving away shoes, a blanket, or a meal to someone in need. I think that's such a great way to be giving back while shopping this Christmas.

As part of this campaign I got to go to Target and purchase some of those special items. To help me show them off is Lainey...

Here she is in her cute new TOMS tee shirt and hoodie. Sparkly gold is everything to a seven-year-old, so the tee shirt was a big hit, and she really liked the pink and black designs on the hoodie.

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Here she's examining her new zippered clutch, which is the new home to her special calligraphy pens.

How to Give Back at the Holidays | CatchMyParty.com

And finally something for me. My new "everything" bag. I always have one on me. This is my go-to bag to carry groceries, random purchases, swim clothes, ballet clothes, workout clothes, etc. Every mom needs one. And while I don't usually like to wear labels, because I believe so strongly in TOMS' mission, I feel happy to carry this bag.

How to Give Back at the Holidays | CatchMyParty.com

There were other items from the collection I was eyeing, but when I went to my local Target, they were sold out, so if you're thinking of getting TOMS for Target items, act fast. The collection will be gone before you know it.

I also had to share the clever way TOMS+Target launched their campaign. In the mail, I received their "together sweater" a two-headed sweater to represent their partnership. How cool is this!

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And here Lainey and I are wearing it. It's warm and cozy and definitely brings us together. Thanks #TOMSForTarget.

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TOMS For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we're (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget

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Thanksgiving Kids' Table Ideas

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Last-Minute Kids' Table Thanksgiving Ideas |CatchMyParty.com

Today we have some fun, last-minute Thanksgiving kids' table ideas from Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party!

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! We love the time that is spent with family. And this year, our family has grown. So if your family is big like ours, and you're thinking about setting up a kid’s table, here is some inspiration to get you started!

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Make sure you save a designated area for the kiddies: This could be a small area in your dining room, or even a spot outside. Here in California, we end up doing a lot of outdoor dining, even in November.

Thanksgiving Kids Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Make your kid tablescape fun & inviting: You can add a placemat that has games & coloring options. Or you can set out a few coloring books for each guest. I also made sure their table had easy access to cupcakes & turkey shaped suckers.

I found the suckers at Tai Pan Trading. They were displayed in a darling mason jar from Just Add Glitter. Marla creates such beautiful jars - I love using them in all of my parties!

Thanksgiving Kids' Table Ideas Turkey Pops | CatchMyParty.com

Set out smaller & easy to handle cups & dishes: There are lots of kid-friendly dining options, and cute plates are one of them! I scooped up these plastic raccoon shaped plates, and matching cups from Walmart. The placemat is from Hobby Lobby. My no-fuss table cover was nothing more than a couple yards of burlap that I found at JoAnn Fabrics.

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Embellish a few things with festive printables: I came across a darling Thanksgiving themed printable set from DimplePrints. They were offering a huge printable set as a free download on their site. Lots of fun items to choose from! I added the circle toppers to our cupcakes, and wrapped them with their printable wraps. The turkey straw flags were a hit on the polka dotted straws from Target.

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas Straw Flag | CatchMyParty.com

In addition to the kid’s table that was filled with treats & coloring books, we brought out our mini covered wagon! I added a bushel of fake vegetables, a fall wreath, and a gorgeous ‘Be Thankful’ banner. The banner is beautifully hand crafted with burlap, and festive die cut pieces. Rina from Mothership Scrapbook Gal did a fantastic job on it!

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Not only will the covered wagon serve as a neat backdrop for our little guests’ area, but the kids will have a blast playing inside, and letting their imaginations soar. And when you mix imaginations, kids, family, and great food, you’ve created a recipe for a memorable event! It doesn't get much better than that!

Thanksgiving Kid's Table Ideas Dessert Table | CatchMyParty.com

Wishing you & your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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

 

Last Minute Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

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Last-Minute Delicious Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

If you are looking for last-minute and delicious Thanksgiving dessert ideas, we've got them! Here are 9 of my favorite desserts to give you some ideas beyond the usual fare.

I've created each recipe myself, so I know they how easy and tasty each one is, I promise you won't be disappointed. And if you make one of these =, please email me a photo to jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see how yours turned out!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe

Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

Apple Crumble Cake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Mini Cranberry Apple Pie Recipe

Mini Cranberry Apple Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Zesty Lemon Cake Recipe

Zesty Lemon Cake Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Pumpkin Pie Blondie Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Blondie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares Recipe

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake Squares Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, please check out these awesome Thanksgiving parties for more inspiration. Also, we have a ton of free Thanksgiving printables to decorate your dinners, so please check them out.

A Rustic Thanksgiving Dinner and more!

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A Rustic Thanksgiving Dinner and more! | CatchMyParty.com

A rustic Thanksgiving dinner and more! With the holidays upon us, we are seeing so many fantastic parties and I'm sharing four of my very favorites from this week, including two Thanksgiving themed parties and two Christmas ones, including one with the Grinch!

A turquoise and orange Pilgrims and Indians Thanksgiving party, a rustic Thanksgiving party held outdoors, a fun green and red Grinch themed Christmas party and a festive and rustic backyard Christmas party!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! My gratitude list is very long, hope yours is too.

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe

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Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe perfect for Thanksgiving breakfast! | CatchMyParty.com

Today we're sharing a delicious cranberry orange scone recipe  from Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine. How yummy would these be on Thanksgiving morning!

There is just something about this cranberry orange scones recipe that I love. Well, scones period. Perfect for breakfast, warmed with a dab of butter. I could eat an entire batch!

The best part is they aren’t too sweet. The tartness of the fresh cranberries and citrus of the orange, make these scones a delicious holiday treat!

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Ingredients:

  • 3⁄4 -1 cup fresh cranberries (whole or chopped)
  • Orange zest from one large orange
  • 1-2 tablespoons juice from orange
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1⁄3 cup whole milk or cream
  • 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter, chilled cut into pieces
  • 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
Directions:

Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl. Whisk together. Cut butter into small cubes. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour until it resembles small pea like pieces.

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Fold in orange zest. I like to use this zester on my orange.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Using a fork, slightly beat egg.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Add egg and milk to flour mixture. It will be sticky.

Fold wet ingredients in until a dough ball begins to form. Add in whole or chopped cranberries.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Continue to work dough with hands until a nice round dough ball forms. You can apply a little flour to your hands if dough becomes too sticky, but don’t add too much.

On a floured surface press dough out with hands until you get your desired thickness. You can also use a rolling pin. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out scones.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Cranberry Orange Scone Dough | CatchMyParty.com

Cranberry Orange Scone Dough | CatchMyParty.com

 

Place scones on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Time will depend on size of cookie cutter you use.

Note: grease a baking sheet and add a layer of parchment paper on top. The butter helps the parchment paper stick!

Cranberry Orange Scone Dough | CatchMyParty.com

Cool scones on wire rack. Place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper underneath scones before you add glaze.

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Measure out 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar. Using a whisk, add one tablespoon of fresh orange juice.

Whisk. Add more juice for a thinner glaze or less for a thicker glaze. I prefer mine to be a little thicker.

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Allow scones to dry. Eat and enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Scone Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

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

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!

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