PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

by Jillian Leslie on

This week's photo comes from Kori C's White Pumpkin Party.

When I read this sign Kori had on her beautiful dessert table, I thought what a great reminder to stay in gratitude. Thank you, Kori, for the sentiment, just perfect for this time of year.

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Check out the rest of Kori's fabulous party, filled with lots of original ideas for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.

P.S. Kori, just let me know her sign is available as a free download. How great! Thanks, Kori.

The Winner of our FunFavors Halloween Party Package Giveaway is...

by Jillian Leslie on

Daffny!!! Congrats, you were the 21st person to "like" FunFavors  on Facebook and won a Halloween Party Package worth $73!

Good luck with your party, Daffny, and please add it to our site so we can all see it after you throw it!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and please check out our newest giveaway where you could win 250 super professional business cards from UPrinting.

FREE PRINTABLES: Allergy Dessert Tags from Lollipops & Paper

by Jillian Leslie on

Ces from Lollipops and Paper contacted me about giving away these allergy dessert tags she created to let guests know what is in desserts, and I thought this was a fabulous idea.

There is one child at my daughter's  preschool with a serious peanut allergy so I understand how important this information is.

Ces designed 3 different tags: "contains nuts," "nut free," and "gluten free" to help use to classify your treats. Thank you, Ces for letting us give these away!

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING

 

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Nut Free

 

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Contains nuts

 

 

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Gluten free

Thank you, Ces, for letting us give these important labels away.

GIVEAWAY: Win 250 Business Cards from UPrinting Worth $60

by Jillian Leslie on

Since many of you are small business owners, I'm really excited to offer this giveaway from UPrinting, where you could win 250 free business cards worth $60. 

If you remember, I used UPrinting for my business cards because my graphic designer thought they were the best. (That was the first time I'd ever heard of them.)

Okay, so what do you win?

  • 250 Die Cut Business Cards
  • 1.75” x 3.5”, 2” x 3.5”, or 2” x 2”; 2.5” Diameter (Circle)
  • Rounded Corners, Leaf, Rounded Single-Corner, Half-Circle Side, or Circle
  • Double sides printing
  • 14pt Cardstock Gloss / Matte / High Gloss (UV), or 13pt Cardstock Uncoated
  • 6 Business Days Turnaround
  • Free shipping in the US
I personally recommend rounded corners and matte (which is what I did for mine and they look great).

Also, if you don't have a design for your card, UPrinting has a business card design area on their site where you can easily create one.

So how do you enter?

Just “like” UPrinting on Facebook, then leave a comment saying you did just that. Easy!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Thursday, October 13th 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. This giveaway is limited to US residents 18 years and older.

This giveaway is a paid post sponsored by UPrinting. 

FREE Halloween Party Printables from B.Nute Productions

by Jillian Leslie on

We're giving away a whole new collection of FREE "Little Witches" Halloween party printables designed by my friend, Betsy from B.Nute Productions. This collection has the cutest little witches and a retro feel that I just love.

And in addition to the invitation, party circles, "Bewitched" banner, goodie bag labels, and party labels Betsy designed, she also created this adorable "cootie catcher" fortune teller that will keep your kids entertained for hours.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING:

Here are some photos of the collection in action...

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The fabulously fun cootie catcher...

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And if you don't know how to fold an cootie catcher, here's a video to help.

Thank you, Betsy for designing this adorable vintage collection. To learn more about Betsy and see all her festive designs, check out her company, B.Nute Productions.

Need more inspiration? Check out all of our free Halloween printables and Halloween parties on our site.

 

 

 

 

Halloween Treats from our Favorite Vendors (Part 2)

by Jillian Leslie on

As promised, here are more amazing Halloween treats from our favorite vendors. We've got creepy, we've got cute... take a look!

To learn more about the vendors or to buy some treats, just click on the link or the photo.

Mummy cake pops from Simply Posh

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Chocolate Skeleton Cameo from The Frosted Petticoat

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Halloween Skeleton Sugar Cookies from Sugar Sanctuary

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Halloween Cake Pops from Mom's Killer Cakes & Cookies

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Halloween Ghost Gourmet Marshmallows from Madyson's Marshmallows

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Halloween Oreo Pops From Half Baked Co.

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Skull Lollipops from Sweetniks

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Halloween Hello Kitty Chocolate Covered Oreo by Serena's Party Boutique

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You vendors blow me away! To see all our vendors, check out our entire party vendor directory, and if you're looking for FREE Halloween printables, we've got them, and if you'd like to check out some Halloween parties, we've got those, too.

If you are one of our vendors and have a Halloween treat you’d like me to add to an upcoming, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

 

Halloween Treats from our Favorite Vendors (Part 1)

by Jillian Leslie on

If you haven't already checked out our new party vendor directory, you will be amazed at the talented people creating handmade party invitations, printables, decorations, and of course treats!

Since I love Halloween goodies, I thought I'd show off some of my favorites. To learn more about the vendors or to buy some treats, just click on the link or the photo.

Halloween haunted cookies from Charming Treats by Chelsea

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Skeleton Witch Hand Chocolate Lollipop by FunFavors

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Halloween cake pops from Sugar Parlour

Witch fondant cupcake topper from Lynlee's Petite Cakes

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Ghost decorated cookies by Lori's Place

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Sugar cupcake toppers from Modern Luxe Events

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Chocolate eyeballs from Sugarbelly's Boutique

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Halloween cookies from acookiejar

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Amazing, right?! Stay tuned for Part 2 where I show off more fabulous treats and desserts from our vendors.

If you are one of our vendors and have a Halloween treat you'd like me to add, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make Party Decorations with Festooning

by Jillian Leslie on

Have you heard of festooning? It's one of my new favorite party craft decorations. I first learned about it when I saw this photo on Jen Smith's Jilly Bean Kids Facebook page.

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In case you don't know, festooning is crepe paper fringed garlands that comes in 25' rolls in all these colors.

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So you can see why it's so great for decorating and crafting!

Now back to the craft... Jen had decorated a Styrofoam ball with festooning, and I needed to know how she did it, so she kindly put together this tutorial for us. Thank you, Jen!

Supplies:

  • Festooning 1 roll
  • Styrofoam ball or ring or anything else that can easily be wrapped (and be creative here, I didn’t have a Styrofoam ball the size I wanted so I used a round twig ornament I use for decor in my home)
  • Glue gun or Glue Dots (could even use straight pins)
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If you have worked with festooning before then you know it has a front and back. This is great for crafting.  The photo shows both the front and the back side.  The back side or working side of festooning, has a flat spine like look to it.  This is so helpful when attaching it to objects.  The fringe pieces from the front get in the way sometimes but just fluff, squeeze, or shape the festooning after you are done.

Now that we have our working side, find the beginning of your festooning garland roll. Apply your Glue Dots (2-4) to the back flat spine of the festooning roll.  Firmly apply the Glue Dots to the bottom of the Styrofoam ring. Now start winding the festooning around the Styrofoam ring.  This task is much easier if you do not unravel the roll of festooning. Keep it in the roll and just unwind as you go.

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Continue winding around shaping, aligning, fluffing and checking to make sure you have good coverage as you go.  Looking back, I would have used less festooning if my styrofoam ring was white instead of green, but again I love using items I have on hand and really loved the end results.

When your reach your starting point, double check your work.  Make sure you have the coverage you want before you cut your garland.  If you are happy with your results, cut your garland and apply (2-4) Glue Dots to the back flat spine of your festooning and firmly apply to the bottom of the Styrofoam ring.

Ta-da! We have created a beautiful centerpiece in minutes and under $5.00.  I have used this festooning centerpiece as a cake pop stand and have even glued photos of the birthday girl/boy on sucker sticks placed them in the Styrofoam ring for an easy and economical personalized photo center piece.

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Remember the round twig ornament from the first photo?  I covered it with festooning using the same method.  I was thrilled how it turned out.

You can even cover an inexpensive paper lantern.

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Festooning is my favorite decorating material, and so underused.  It is inexpensive, re-useable, easy to store and work with and comes in nearly any color you can think of.

Thank you for taking a moment to read my tutorial, I hope you have learned a little about festooning, and plan on making it a part of your next event. Trust me, you'll be hooked.

Also, to Jillian from Catch my Party, thank you for the opportunity and inspiration behind this tutorial....You have helped put festooning on the map!

Thank you, Jen!! If you'd like to try your hand at festooning some crafts, Jen sells it in her store Jilly Bean Kids for $3.45 a roll. Not bad...

And if you make something with it, please send photos, I'd love to show it off!!

GIVEAWAY: Win a $73 Halloween Party Package from Fun Favors

by Jillian Leslie on

Just in time for Halloween, my friend Dulce from FunFavors is giving away this amazing Halloween party package worth $73 to use at your upcoming Halloween party.

Here's what the party package includes: a dozen candy corn custom sugar cookies (winner gets to choose colors), a mini Halloween cake banner, and a "trick or treat" banner to hang over your sweets station (plus free shipping).


One dozen candy corn custom sugar cookies (winner can choose colors)

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A Halloween cake banner

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A "Trick or Treat" banner to hang over your sweets station

How impressed would your guests be at your fun Halloween party decor! Thanks, Dulce, for doing this giveaway with us.

To enter the giveaway, just “like” FunFavors on Facebook, then leave a comment at the end of this post saying you did it. Nice and easy!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Thursday, October 6th 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.

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