TRENDS: Angry Birds Parties on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

A new trend we're seeing on our site is Angry Birds parties. If you are a fan of the game (or a six-year-old boy), this could be the theme for you!

Take a look at all these creative ideas, especially the out-of-this-world cakes...

Abby C's Lorcan Birthday Party

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 Eleanor T's Happy Angry Birdsday to You

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Junita N's Shava's 1st Birthday

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Jackie T's Brayden's 6th Birthday

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Check out all the fantastic Angry Birds parties on our site for even more inspiration.

Some of My Favorite New Year's Eve Party Ideas...

by Jillian Leslie on

If you're looking for some creative and exciting ideas to bring to your New Year's Eve party, here are my favorites (Click on the images to see more)...

CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES

How impressed would your guests be if you served them champagne cupcakes! If you're looking for a great recipe check this one out from Sprinkle Bakes, and for the easy version, take a look at what Betty Crocker has baked up.

BLACK AND WHITE DAMASK

An easy way to make a statement and add some style, is to use black and white damask. How about buying some cheap black and white damask fabric and using it as a table cloth, a table runner, or as part of a backdrop...

Plus, add these free damask printables to finish off the look.

GOLD AND SILVER

Add a few pieces of gold and silver to pump up the glam and to let people know that this is no small celebration (even if it is a small celebration :)).

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RETRO ELEMENTS

Adding tuxedos and top hats will add a touch of sophistication and whimsy to your party.

Here are some free retro printables that will add a festive 1920's feel to your party.

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FREE PRINTABLE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION CARDS

How about asking your guests to write down their New Year's resolutions? Just print these cards out and pass them around. Good conversation starter, don't you think?

To get more ideas and inspiration, check out these great New Year’s parties on our site and these free printable collections

DIY: How to Apply Glitter Tattoos (So Much Cooler Than Regular Temporary Tattoos)

by Jillian Leslie on


My daughter feeling like a real model.

I first saw glitter tattoos at the Egyptology 8th Birthday Nicole W threw for her daughterFor party favors, Nicole applied glitter tattoos to her guests. I thought they looked cool, but didn't quite get how they worked.

Then I read Nicole's blog post, where she described the process and explained where to buy everything. So to try it out, I ordered this set from Glimmer Body Art for my daughter for Christmas.

Well, yesterday was Christmas, and those glitter tattoos were such a hit. By the end of the day, my daughter had two tattoos, I had one, her aunt had one, and even her grandmother had one. They look amazing, and are easy to apply.

So in case you're wondering how to do it, here's a simple tutorial.

HOW TO APPLY A GLITTER TATTOO

STEP 1

Pick out your self-adhesive stencil (this one came in the kit I bought, but you can buy them in every possible theme from Glimmer Body Art or Faketoos). Remove the backing so it's sticky, and place it where you'd like the tattoo.

STEP 2

Apply the body glue.

STEP 3

Let the glue dry until it's almost clear, then remove the stencil.

 STEP 4

Using a small brush, apply the glitter generously over where you placed the glue. It's easy to use a variety of colors, they blend nicely.

 Step 5

Use a big brush (like a blush brush) to remove the extra glitter.

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Step 6

And what you are left with is an awesome sparkly glitter tattoo!

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You can tell she likes them. :)

Here's what the Glimmer Body Art kit looks like that I ordered.

The kit comes with: 12 self-adhesive stencils, 4 containers of glitter, two brushes, and a bottle of body glue.

If I were buying glitter tattoos to do at a party (which I think it a fantastic idea!), I would definitely buy the pieces separately like Nicole did, but since we were just starting out, a kit was perfect. In fact, this will be my go-to birthday gift for all of my daughter's friends.

BONUS GIVEAWAY: Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Beau-coup

by Jillian Leslie on

Our $100 gift certificate giveaway was such a success, Beau-coup offered us a bonus $50 giveaway. Thank you, Beau-coup!

Beau-coup has one of the widest selection of unique party favors, party supplies, decorations, and gifts online.

They will be giving one of our lucky readers a $50 gift certificate, and they are also offering all our readers 10% off purchases of $75 or more valid until December 31, 2011. Just type in the coupon code: CMP10.

So how do you enter? Just head to Beau-coup, find the item you like the most, and tell us in a comment. That's it!

Again, here are some of my favorite items from their site. Click on the photo for all the details...

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We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, December 30rd at 10:00PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify you by email. 

Good luck!

 

Thank You Lori's Place

by Jillian Leslie on

Lori from Lori's Place, baker of some of the most beautiful decorated sugar cookies, just sent me the most adorable box of holiday treats. Thank you, Lori! I'm trying to save them until tomorrow, but my five-year-old daughter has other plans. We'll see how much willpower I have. :)

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If you need beautiful decorated cookies, definitely check out Lori's Place.  She does beautiful work that I am continually showing off. Her shop is on vacation for the holidays, so definitely check back after the New Year.

FREE New Year's Party Printables from B. Nute Productions

by Jillian Leslie on

We've got more New Year's party printables to share with you. If you need to add a little vintage flair to your party, this "fun and fancy" set designed by Betsy from B.Nute Productions is for you!

The collection includes: invitations, "Happy New Year" banner, tented cards, party circles, and party labels.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILE FOR PRINTING

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Thank you, Betsy for designing such a whimsical collection for us. To learn more about Betsy and see all her festive designs, check out her company, B.Nute Productions.

And to get inspired for New Years, check out these great New Year’s parties on our site and these free printables...

My Favorite New Year's Items on Etsy

by Jillian Leslie on

New Year's is right around the corner, so I thought I'd highlight some of my favorite New Year's items from our vendors on Etsy. I love the New Year because I'm always excited about what's to come.

Check out these wonderful items by such talented people...

Fondant champagne bottle by GoodiesByMelissa

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Printable New Years party invitation by PrintYourHeartOut

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"Ring in the New Year" banner garland by Bekah Jennings

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Happy New Year 2012 muslin favor gift bags by Bags by Jen

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Glitter tassel garland by Pom Flair

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Printable New Year's Eve party set by The Homespun Hostess

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Snowball sugared winter wedding cake pops by Simply Divine Desserts

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 New Years Eve Glamour Hat by Two Little Monkeys Bowtique

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Check out more New Year's items for our vendors on Etsy. And for more inspiration, take a look at our free New Years printables and check out these amazing New Year's parties

DIY: Poinsettia Gift Box Favors

by Jillian Leslie on

I love how sweet these poinsettia gift box favors look and how they can work as both a favor and place card at your Christmas dinner.

Rebekah from Twinkle and Twine, put together this easy tutorial, so thank you, Rebekah!

christmas-poinsettia-gift-box-tutorialHere are the materials you need (not a lot):

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Check out the whole tutorial here. They're so easy to make, you still have time before Christmas.

To learn more about Rebekah and see all of her great tutorials, check out Twinkle and Twine.

FREE Mickey & Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Printables from Printabelle

by Jillian Leslie on

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse parties are some of our most popular, so how fantastic that Michelle from Printabelle designed this set of FREE Mickey & Minnie Mouse party printables just for us. Now if you're thinking of throwing a Mickey or Minnie party you'll have everything you need to make your party extra special.

The collection includes: invitations, party circles, welcome signs, a "Celebrate" banner (small and large), menu and thank you cards, water bottle labels, favor tags, favor bag toppers, and mini chocolate bar wrappers.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING

Here's the whole collection...

Here are the individual printable files...

Thanks, Michelle, for designing this set. I have a feeling they will be very popular!

And remember, if you’d like any of the printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

Also, for further inspiration, check out all these fantastic Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse parties on our site!

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