Trendy Ombre DIY Pinata

by Jillian Leslie on

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs are back with another DIY... this stylish pinata tutorial that will add a touch of whimsy and class to your next party!

What says "party!" better than a pinata?! Pinatas are back in a chic and fun new way -- making their way from children's parties to even the trendiest of adult occasions. This contemporary take on the classic pinata is a fun and easy way to add a little extra style to your next event, and the best part is, you can make one yourself!

Supplies:

  • Paper Mache letter
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Candy!

Supplies to make a trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Select a paper mache letter or a shape for your pinata (we found ours at Jo-ann Fabric. Cut a small hole in the base of your letter and fill it up with your favorite candy. We chose pink shimmer gumballs from Sweet Works and added some sequins to the mix for a little extra sparkle! Once you have filled your letter with the desired amount of candy, seal it up with a bit of glue.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Gather your tissue paper. We chose an ombre pattern, but you can choose any color combination you like.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Fold your tissue paper in half, leaving the folded seam at the top. Carefully cut a 2-3 inch strip of the paper

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Take your 2-3 inch strip of paper and cut strips vertically, being careful to leave a bit of space at the top of the tissue paper. This will make it easier to adhere the paper to your letter.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

With a hot glue gun, adhere the first color of the fringed paper to the letter, starting at the bottom.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Repeat step 4, adding each layer so that it slightly overlaps the previous color/layer.

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Trim off any overhanging strands of fringe and display your pinata!

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Impress your guests by using your beautiful new pinata as a fun centerpiece or break it open and enjoy the sweets inside!

Learn to make this trendy ombre DIY pinata! | CatchMyParty.com

Thanks, Missy & Kristen, I love your modern spin on an old party favorite!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - May 25th

by Jillian Leslie on

Here are my favorite parties for the week...

So many amazing details at this pretty, pink butterfly birthday party, a magical mint and peach under the sea mermaid party, an adorable dollhouse themed first birthday party, and lots of glow-in-the-dark fun at this neon party.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week May 25 | CatchMyParty.com

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Wishing you all an fantastic Memorial Day weekend! We just got back from the pool!

Summer Fun Parties, Airplane Parties and Movie Night Party Ideas

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I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Summer is almost here, check out these awesome summer party ideas to help you have fun in the sun! Summer Party | CatchMyParty.com Get some amazing ideas for food and decorations for an airplane birthday party!

Airplane Party Ideas | Gather family and friends for a fun movie night party with these cool ideas!

Movie Night Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Free Red SOLO Cup BBQ Party Printables

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Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Since nothing says "summer BBQ" like red SOLO cups, we thought it would be fun to give away a set of SOLO cup party printables just in time for your Memorial Day parties. All you need to do is download the files (links below), print them out, cut them out, and decorate! The best part about party printables is you can print as many as you like.

The collection was designed by Michelle at Printabelle exclusively for us! I think the "party" banner is my favorite item, talking about setting a fun mood... :)

The collection includes: cupcake toppers, SOLO cup "party" banner, BBQ welcome sign, straw flags (that will look great in your SOLO cups), and menu/place cards.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING HERE

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Now take a look at the whole collection...

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ party printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Free SOLO cup inspired BBQ printable decorations! | CatchMyParty.com

Have fun this summer with all your cookouts and BBQs, and if you use our SOLO cup printables, please add your party to our site. I'd love to see what you do!

This is a sponsored post by SOLO cups, but all ideas are mine!  To learn more about SOLO cups and see other great ideas, head to the SOLO cups Facebook page.

Planning My Summer Dinner Party

by Jillian Leslie on

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

I have a feeling this is going to be my favorite blog series of the summer... throwing a summer dinner party with the help of Pier 1 and Spotify.

The first step... my shopping spree.

I headed to Pier 1 and looked at their whole outdoor collection. I found some amazing stuff. I honestly felt like I was on one of those interior design reality shows. Even the salespeople were getting into it, as I was putting together items to see what went with what.

I'm a visual thinker and I love to iterate. So I always start by stacking. This was the initial inspiration for my party decor -- a wrought iron table in red and some damask serving dishes in chartreuse and navy. Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

I'm all about "casual" for summer. I also like to play with bold colors and bold patterns, and add a little touch of bohemian. Based on these initial pieces, I decided to let the rest of the party planning speak to me as I went a long.

So I excitedly took all my goodies home. Then I looked out at my back patio, and, ugh, my patio looked so drab and dirty and messy, with bikes and boxes strewn everywhere. We moved last November, and cleaning up our patio is one of the last items on our to-do list. Just looking around, I knew why we haven't had the guts to tackle it.

I got a pit in my stomach and thought, how will I ever make this space work for a party? With so much work ahead, I felt no inspiration. summer-party-style-decor-ideas-5

But then I placed this lone quatrefoil outdoor pillow on one my gray patio chairs and things started to change, I could see my back patio springing to life.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

I unpacked my rot iron table, which gave the gray patio a big pop of color.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

And I started to lay everything out, to get a sense of how it would all look in my backyard.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

And then I knew, I wanted to do it up Mexican style... I think it was the colors, the patterns, and the warm spring breeze. I could imagine sitting out there with a clean patio, paper lanterns casting soft light on the space, eating warm carne asada tacos, spicy roasted corn with cojita, strawberry arugula salad, and something chocolate-ly for dessert.

I love when inspiration strikes and the ideas are endless.

I was also asked to put together a Spotify playlist for my summer party. So I took my laptop outside to my patio, sat amongst my mess and my new pieces, Mexican flavors in my head, and got to work listening to songs. I wanted to put together a playlist that was upbeat, interesting with a touch of whimsy, but could also work as background to what will hopefully be lots of laughter and fun conversation.

Want to hear what will be playing at my party? Take a listen...

Summer Dinner Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

And stay tuned for my next two posts where I share how the whole thing turns out. Until then... rubber gloves and 409!

Find what speaks to you.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pier 1 via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pier 1.

Free 2014 Graduation Party Printables by Unlimited Party Themes

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Free Printables for a 2014 Graduation Party | CatchMyParty.comLast year, we posted these free graduation party printables designed by Shana of Unlimited Party Themes. This year, we got a lot of requests for an updated version. I'm so excited to be posting this new set for 2014! Thank you, Shana, for updating your fun and "collegiate" printable set.

This graduation collection is loaded with everything you'll need to throw a fabulous party: "Congrats Grad" banner, pennant flags and banner, bottle wraps, large and small candy wraps, Hershey Kiss stickers, cupcake wraps, party flags, favor boxes, food labels, party circles, 8x10 welcome sign.

Plus there is an editable invitation. Just open the file in Adobe Reader and edit the highlighted fields. Your invitations will look incredible!!

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING

Free Printables for a 2014 Graduation Party | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printables for a 2014 Graduation Party | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printables for a 2014 Graduation Party | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printables for a 2014 Graduation Party | CatchMyParty.com

Free Printables for a 2014 Graduation Party | CatchMyParty.com

Thank you, Shana, for updating your fantastic collection! To learn more about Unlimited Party Themesplease check out their blog and visit them on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest. Label provided by WorldLabel.com

Handmade Father's Day Gift Ideas

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Father's Day Gift Ideas and Party Supplies | CatchMyParty.com

Father's Day is in less than four weeks, so if you want to buy something handmade, here are my favorite Father's Day gifts sold by our talented Catch My Party vendors! I featured some yummy treats, fun gifts for Dad and Grandpa, and my favorite... a "my daddy rocks" t-shirt!

Father's Day Mad Libs

Father's Day Mad Libs | CatchMyParty.com

Father's Day Children's Handprint Finger Paint Tree Gift

 Father's Day Children's Handprint Finger Paint Tree Gift | CatchMyParty.com

Father's Day Fill-in Poem Gift for Grandpa

Father's Day Fill in Poem Gift for GRANDPA | CatchMyParty.com

Sports Lovers Chocolate Covered Oreos

Sport Lovers Chocolate Covered Oreos | CatchMyParty.com

Favorite Spider-Killer Father's Day Card

Favorite Spider-Killer Father's Day Card | CatchMyParty.com

My Daddy Rocks T-Shirt

My Daddy Rocks T Shirt | CatchMyParty.com

Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Truffles

Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Truffles for Father's Day | CatchMyParty.com

Father's Day Wooden Photobooth Prop

Father's Day Wooden Photobooth Prop | CatchMyParty.com

To see more Father's Day gifts and party supplies from our party vendors, click on this image... Father's Day Gift Ideas and Party Supplies | CatchMyParty.com

 For more inspiration, check out these Father's Day party ideas and free Father's Day printables from our site!

If you have a party shop, please add your listing to our free vendor directory.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - May 18th

by Jillian Leslie on

Here are my favorite parties for the week...

A Harry Potter birthday party with a magician and potion class, a Hawaiian luau complete with cool tiki bar, a sweet shoppe birthday party with decadent treats like ice cream, cupcakes, and bubble gum, and an amazing green and gold Ninjago boy birthday party.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week May 18 | CatchMyParty.com

Clockwise from top left:

Yesterday, I went to the Maker Faire in San Mateo and, boy, was I inspired. I love the whole maker movement, and I love all the talented makers on our site.

Win an iPad Air and Canon Camera in this Spring Fling Giveaway

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I'm so excited to be part of this Spring Fling Giveaway! And what's even better ... the winner gets to pick 2 awesome prizes from the choices above! Woo hoo! We're doing this giveaway with Pretty My Party and some great businesses and blogs. Here are some of them:

Cupcake With CharacterPlay Party PinFreebie Finding MomDanya Carey PhotographyOne Inspired PartyCupcake DiariesCatch My PartyCloudy With A Chance of WineBird's PartyMom SparkYesterday on TuesdayDime Party DivasPrints For EventsDesign DazzlePunk n Pie CoutureAn Alli EventB. Lovely Events

SPRING FLING GIVEAWAY
May 16, 2014 at 12 a.m. EST to May 24, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Open Worldwide

Prize: 1 winner will choose 2 prizes: Canon Digital Camera, iPad Air, Wooden Swing Set or $300 PayPal cash.

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For rules, restrictions, and conditions, head here.

The more entries you complete on the Rafflecopter form, the higher your chances are of winning. If you don’t have time to fill out all of the entries you may come back and complete any entries that you may have missed. Good luck!

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