FREE Easter Printables from Green Beansie Cards

by Jillian Leslie on

Check out these "Mod Easter Bunny" printables Wendy from Green Beansie Cards designed exclusively for us. Aren't they fabulous? They've got a cool Jonathan Adler look about them that I love!

The collection includes: a welcome sign, small flags, blank labels, 3 different patterned papers, party circles, cupcake wrappers, gift tags, drink wrappers and a "Happy Easter" banner.

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Thank you, Wendy, for such a chic collection! To learn more about Wendy and see all of her designs, check out her Etsy shop, Green Beansie Ink.

Also, for more Easter inspiration, check out all our free Easter printables and all the great Easter parties on our site.

 

{RECIPE} Chinese Chicken Salad in Pretty Wonton Cups

by Jillian Leslie on

Here's another recipe we created for the launch of Foodie.com. This is our special Chinese chicken salad served in pretty wonton cups.  Wouldn't these look great on a buffet table adding a nice splash of color?

The salad is tangy and crisp, made with shredded chicken, napa cabbage, radicchio, romaine, and carrots.

We baked the wonton cups in muffin tins (but if you want to be more decadent, you can always fry them).

To finish off the cups, we garnished them with cilantro and baked wonton strips.

Not only are they yummy, but I thought they were beautiful to look at.

To see the full recipe, head here to Foodie.com.

If you make them yourself, please email me a photo at jillian(at)catchmyparty(d0t)com. I'd love to see how yours turned out.

FREE Easter Printables from MJ Paperie

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Meredith at MJ Paperie designed these exclusive "Hoppy Easter" printables for us and I'm so excited to give them away! These printables are so versatile, they'll work great at a traditional Easter celebration or a kid-friendly egg-dying party.

The collection includes: an invitation, party circles, favor tags, cupcake wrappers, blank tented cards, food tented cards, a menu card, and a "Hoppy Easter" banner.

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Thank you again, Meredith, for such an adorable collection! To learn more about Meredith and check out her designs, take a look at her shop,  MJ Paperie.

Also, for more Easter inspiration, check out all our free Easter printables and all the great Easter parties on our site.

{RECIPE} Steel Cut Oatmeal Scones with Dried Plums... Yum!

by Jillian Leslie on

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to share our favorite Irish scone recipe.

What's great about these scones is they are made with steel cut oats so they have a rich nutty flavor and a springy texture, almost like al dente pasta.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried plums (or any other fruit you'd like)
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream
  • sanding sugar
Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl, stir the oats and buttermilk together. Let stand for 25 minutes. (If you want extra oat flavor, before combining, toast the oats in a skillet on low heat until they brown, or in an oven for 30 minutes at 300 degrees.)

In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and dried plums.

Add the butter and with a pastry blender or your fingers, work in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in the oats and buttermilk. Don't overmix.

Pat the dough into a round flat circle about 8 inches in diameter.

Mix the egg and teaspoon of cream together in a small bowl. Then using a pastry (or basting) brush, coat the top of the dough.

Sprinkle sanding sugar over the top. I like a lot of sugar, but it's up to you.

Cut into 8 slices and place on cookie sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops start to brown.

Serve them warm with cream, butter, and jam. Enjoy! (You can see my daughter did!)

If you make some, please take photos and send them to me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see how yours turned out.

 

 

Some of My Favorite Snack Foods

by Jillian Leslie on

I have to admit... I am a snacker. I spend a lot of time either sitting in front of my computer or in my car driving my daughter to school, so it's rare when I actually sit down for lunch.

I was asked by the people at Activia Harvest Picks to write about my favorite snack foods, and I was happy to do it.  Plus, I thought this would give me a great opportunity to work on my food photography skills with my new Canon DSLR.

I live in Santa Monica, CA, and there is the most incredible farmer's market right down the street. This is what it looks like, just two blocks from the beach. My husband or I go once a week.

Yesterday, I took my camera with me (it was 75 degrees outside and a little hazy) and I photographed all the foods I love to snack on.

Berries -- Any and all kinds of berries, my favorite being blackberries and strawberries.  The only place I've had better berries is on my mother's farm in North Carolina. Otherwise, these are the best.

Raw almonds -- I can eat them by the handful. This is my snack when I want something filling and satisfying.

Satsuma Mandarins -- I like my sweet with a big dose of tangy and that's exactly what these taste like, plus they're super easy to peel and very portable. I just pop them in my bag as I'm heading out the door.

Heirloom carrots -- I like my carrots in a variety of colors (I find the purple ones to be extra sweet). I just peel them and eat them... a lot of them. I wonder if I was a rabbit in a previous life. They are just so crunchy and have such a delicious earthy taste.

Pink Lady apples -- Not only do I like the name, but again it's got that great balance of sweet and acid, plus they taste great with a spoonful of peanut butter.

Haas avocados -- I just cut them in half, sprinkle them with kosher salt, maybe a dash of lemon, grab a spoon, and go to town. This is another filling snack for me.

And finally my downfall... These are dark chocolate cakes with chocolate ganache. I could seriously live on chocolate alone and need a piece (or two or three) every day. It's my major Achilles heel. I don't know how I could ever live without it. Or why I'd ever want to.

Hope you enjoyed the photos. I'd love to hear what your favorite snacks are.

New Activia Harvest Picks is a deliciously fruity and silky smooth yogurt. You will enjoy a Harvest of real fruit in every silky spoonful.

Compensation was provided by Activia via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Activia.

RECIPE: Yummy and Easy Lemon Garlic Shrimp

by Jillian Leslie on

We were invited to be one of the first 100 food bloggers to join Foodie.com, a great new recipes and food site.

This is by far our favorite shrimp recipe. It’s got a great burst of flavor garlic butter without feeling heavy and takes about 10 minutes from start to finish.

What we’ve learned is that with shrimp, if you keep it simple, use fresh ingredients, cook the shrimp quickly and on high heat, you end up with something delicate and delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 lbs peeled shrimp (size: 21/25)
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP Italian parsley
  • 1/8 tsp salt
DIRECTIONS: 

Chop 2 tablespoons of Italian parsley, and mix into 3 tablespoons of butter with a fork.

Add 2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Set aside until shrimp is cooked.

Put the shrimp in a bowl, and toss in salt, sugar, and black pepper.

Heat a sauté pan on high heat with 1 tablespoon oil. Add shrimp, and cook one minute per side (don’t overcook here, you’ll see one minute is perfect). Cook in multiple batches so that each shrimp has full contact with the pan.

When all the shrimp are cooked, add them back into the pan with the garlic lemon butter and stir until the butter is melted and shrimp are coated.

Whenever we make this dish we’re always surprised how incredibly succulent it turns out. It’s one of those dishes you eat and can’t help but say, “Mmmmm.” Plus it tastes great cold (for breakfast) in the morning. To see the whole recipe, head to our Foodie page.

Of course I had to use these free printables from our site to dress up the dish. :)

 

My Favorite Handmade St. Patrick's Day Party Supplies

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For every holiday we put together a shopping guide filled with handmade party supplies from our vendors with Etsy shops. I love to look at all the creative products. Here are my favorite party supplies from our current St. Patrick's Day guide.

Four Leaf Clover of Love Water Bottle by Sassy Alice Designs

 

St. Patrick's Day Gift Tags by Fresh Lemon Blossoms

Fondant Beer Mug with Shamrock by GoodiesByMelissa

St. Patrick's Day Printable Party Circles by Posh Pixels Design Studio

Girl Leprechaun Baby One Piece Shirt by personaliTEE shop

Shamrock Sugar Cookie Bites by The Cookie Maven

Hand Appliqued Bunting by Little Kitten Homemade

Modern Celtic Wedding Invitation by Paper Impressions

Gourmet Marshmallow Shamrock Dipped Fluffs by Maddyson's Marshmallows

Lucky Leprechaun Mini Top Hat Headband by Cutie Patootie Designz

Happy St. Patty's Day Vintage Gift Cards by SongbirdGreetings

St. Patrick's Day Party Favor Bags By Inchworm Goody Bags

To see all the amazing items from our Etsy vendors, check out our St. Patrick's Day guide of handmade party supplies.

DIY: Learn to Make This Pretty St. Patrick's Day Wreath

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Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations designed this incredible St. Patrick's Day wreath that I had to share. What I love about it is how she incorporated the neutral grays to give it a more sophisticated look.

Plus, it's not hard to do. All you need is:

  • 12" styrofoam circle
  • 5 felt sheets (gray)
  • 5 felt sheets (dark gray)
  • 1 felt sheet (green)
  • 5" of ribbon
  • Yarn (white)
  • Any St. Patrick's decoration (You can find in any craft or dollar store, I bought my shamrocks at Joann)
  • 3" circle template
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pins

How lovely would this be for your St. Patrick's Day celebration or just to decorate your door. To see the whole tutorial check out Wanessa Carolina Creations.

Plus if you need free St. Patrick's Day printables we've got them and if you're looking to be inspired, check out these St. Patrick's Day parties from our site.

More FREE St. Patrick's Day Printables

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Here are a few more free St. Patrick's Day printables sent in by our readers. To go to the printable, just click on the image or the link.

Free St. Patrick's Day Subway Art by Eye Candy Event Details

St. Patrick's Day Playing Card Size Favor Box by Sweet Pop Studio

St. Patrick's Day Playing Card size Favor Box

Free St. Patrick's Day Banners and DIY T-Shirt Templates by Wanessa Carolina Creations

For more St. Patrick's Day inspiration, check out theses great St. Patrick's Day parties on our site and our free collections of St. Patrick's Day printables.

Some of My Favorite Grown Up Party Themes

by Jillian Leslie on

I spend a lot of time writing about kids' parties, so I thought it was only right to show off some of my favorite grown up parties. Check out how original and creative these are!

Creative Girl Productions' Hip Hop 80's Party -- The money backdrop is so perfect and the birthday boy looks totally authentic in that photo.

Shaira P's Flappers Birthday Party -- I love when adults dress up and really go for it.

Holly T's Swing into 60 -- Dancing at parties is one of my favorite things to do, so I had to show off this swing dancing party.

Crystal F's Pac Man Birthday -- My husband is a huge Pac Man fan so he would have killed me if I hadn't shown this off.

Christine D's 40th Birthday Funeral Party -- A party with a sense of humor that coincides with Halloween... great planning.

Stefani K's Garage Sale 30th Birthday -- Who knew you could create a whole party around a garage sale?

Alexandra D's 33rd Birthday Slumber Party -- You're never too old for an all-girl slumber party!

Xanny V's How we Will Look in our 80s Party -- Again, another party with a sense of humor. This party makes me wonder how I'm going to look when I'm 80.

I have a lot more grown up parties to show off, this is just the tip of the iceberg. This was such a fun post to put together... You people know how to have a good time!

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