Our Ribbon Wrapped Number DIY in Action Again...

I love posting these photos! Jamie M sent in this photo of the ribbon wrapped "5" she made for her daughter's birthday party using this tutorial from our blog put together by Stacy H.

Jamie said, "It turned out cute for our table decorations.  Now it's in my daughters room for fun."

Thank you so much, Jamie, for sending this in so I can show it off. Looks amazing!

If you make one of our DIYs, please send photos to jillian (at) catchmyparty.com. I'd love to post them!

How About this Dessert for Your Memorial Day BBQ?

I'm thinking about Memorial Day and what I'd like for dessert at my barbecue. I saw this Blueberry Crumble with Cornmeal-Almond Topping on Food Network and couldn't stop salivating.

It looks easy and only takes about an hour.

Ingredients

For the Topping:

  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the baking dish
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds
For the Filling:
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish  or eight 6-ounce ramekins (if you are using ramekins, double the filling).
  2. Make the topping: Whisk the cornmeal, flour, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Stir in the almonds. Work in the butter with your fingers until evenly moistened.
  3. Make the filling: Toss the blueberries, granulated sugar, flour and lemon juice in a bowl.
  4. Transfer the filling to the prepared dish or ramekins and dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Squeeze handfuls of the crumble mixture and scatter on top of the fruit. Bake until golden and bubbly, 40 to 45 minutes.
  5. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Top with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired. (Oh, I desire!)
What are you planning for your Memorial Day barbecue?

Also, if you need any fun free Memorial Day printables, check out these festive party circles.

 

 

DIY Tutorial From A Catch My Party Member -- How to Make a Balloon Topiary

I spotted these adorable balloon topiaries at Emily W's Audrey's Art Birthday Party and had to know how she made them. She kindly put this tutorial together, so a big thank you to you, Emily!

I saw the How Does She tutorial for a balloon wreath. It was adorable and figured it would be the perfect addition to my bright, art party decor. I made the wreath then started planning out the rest of the decor and realized I didn't have anywhere to hang it. I loved the balloons and wanted to use them, so I came up with making them in a topiary to use on each end of the food table. Here is how you make it:

Supplies

  • One 6" Terracotta pot or some other container
  • One Styrofoam block (cut to fit inside the container)
  • One 5" Styrofoam ball
  • One 18" wooden dowel (mine was longer and I had my husband cut it down to this size)
  • Two packs of greening pins. You really use about 1.5 packs but it's better to have more and not need them than be short.
  • 2 packs of small (around 2.25") multi colored balloons (around 72 qty)
  • 2 packs of larger (around 3") multi colored balloons (around 72 qty)
  • 1 pack of pipe cleaners cut in half
  • 1 pack of shredded tissue paper
  • Pencil
Cut your styrofoam block to fit inside the terracotta pot. Slide the dowel through the block and then into the ball to form the topiary shape.

Next it's time to add the balloons to the styrofoam ball. I tied one of the smaller balloons around the greening pin (yellow balloon) to help hide it. Behind the yellow balloon I placed one or two of the larger balloons. Push the greening pin into the ball. Do this over and over until the entire ball is covered in balloons.

To add extra texture cut the pipe cleaners in half. Wrap one end around the greening pin to hide the edge. Wrap the other end around a pencil or paintbrush. Pull the pipe cleaner off and stretch it out into the coil shape. Add these sparingly around the ball. You can also add balloons behind the pipe cleaner like in step 3. Continue covering the entire ball with balloons and pipe cleaners.

10. For added decoration tie some ribbon around the dowel at the base of the styrofoam ball.

11. To cover your styrofoam block add the shredded tissue on top of it and around the dowel.

12. Congratulations, you are done! These topiaries make great additions to any table because you can change them up by using different colored balloons to match a theme or holiday, paint the dowel and use interesting ribbons, or change up the containers. You can also just make the ball and hang them from a chandelier or the ceiling using coordinating ribbon. Have fun!

Emily, thank you. What an ingenious idea!

To learn more about Emily and her company, Magnolia Creative Co., which sells party and event invitations, stationery items, and hand painted ceramic and canvas gifts, take a look at her website and Etsy shop.

(Do you have a DIY project from one of your parties that you’d like to share?  Please email me at jillian@catchmyparty.com.  I’d love to show it off!)

Even More of Our Printables in Action...

I love these posts. Two people sent me photos of how they used our printables at their parties. I can't tell you how happy this makes me!

This photo was sent in by Rachel F who used our free graduation printables designed by Tea Party Designs. The polka dot cupcake liners are a nice touch.

This photo was sent in by Cook, Make and Laugh who used our free Memorial Day printables designed by Amy Mattes Designs. What pretty burgers. :)

Thank you for sending.

If you  use our free printables, please send photos so I can post them!

TRENDS: Minnie Mouse Parties on Catch My Party

We've gotten some amazing Mickey and Minnie Mouse parties on our main site. I've been meaning to show off the Minnie Mouse parties for a while.  What's great about these parties is they incorporate so many homemade touches. Here are some of my favorite ideas. Enjoy!

(To see what party a photo is from, click on the party link or the photo.)

Mikie M's Minnie's Bake Shop Birthday Party


Welcome sign on the door


The bake shop display


The invitation in the form of recipe cards


Minnie Mouse cupcakes


Aprons and hats for all the guests

Dani Z's Ashlee's 2nd Birthday


Minnie Mouse headbands


Party circles


Centerpiece


Cake


Favors

Love & Sugar Kisses Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday


Chocolate covered Oreos


Welcome sign


Cake


Minnie dress and DIY party hat

Mariana Ava Z's Lauren's 1st Birthday Party


Minnie Mouse topiary centerpieces


Minnie Mouse cake

Luana S's Minnie Pink


Happy Birthday sign


Dessert table


Cake

Stay tuned for Part 2 where I show off some fabulous Mickey Mouse parties...

Free Memorial Day Party Circles from Amy Mattes Designs

Memorial Day is right around the corner, so here are some free party circles Amy of Amy Mattes Designs designed for us in a jiffy to give away! Thank you, Amy!


Party circles

Download the high resolution party circles

These would work great at all your outdoor BBQs, decorating your burgers, hot dogs, cupcakes, treats... really anything. Get creative, and please send photos to jillian (at) catchmyparty.com.  I'd love to show off what you do.

 

What About Hosting an Oprah Last Show Viewing Party?

Oprah's last show is Wednesday (sob, sob).

In case you're thinking of hosting a last-minute viewing party, take a look at these adorable party printables from Catherine of Design Editor.

There's everything here to throw a fabulous party! The collection includes: an 8x10 inch sign, banner, party squares, bingo cards, and some coordinating paper! Go nuts, have fun. We'll miss you, Oprah.

To download the files, head over to Design Editor.

Our Kinder Kone Giveaway Winner is...

Sara Druck! Congratulations, Sara!!

You were the 9th person to leave a comment liking Celebrate TODAY… The Superchick Way and won yourself 24 customized Kinder Kones! When you have your party, please add it to our site. I'd love to show it off.

Thank you to everyone who entered. Please enter our current giveaway where we're giving away two beautiful 18" doll dresses from Vintage Couture, perfect for your daughter.

FREE Father's Day Printables from Love Party Printables

Okay, how adorable are these Father's Day printables from Ana at Love Party Printables?! They really make me smile!

This collection has everything you could ever want at your Father's Day celebration:  party tags, invitations, flags, tented cards, large tented cards, large labels, water bottle labels, napkin rings, favor tags, and the cutest "Happy Father's Day" banner you've ever seen!


Party tags


Invitations


Flags


Tented cards


Large tented cards


Large labels


Water bottle labels


Napkin rings


Favor tags


"Happy Father's Day" banner

Download the high resolution files for printing;

Father's Day party printables

Thank you, Ana, for this playful set! To learn more about Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.

If you use these for your party, please send photos to jillian (at) catchmyparty so I can post them.

Also, check out all of our free Father's Day printables.

 

 

 

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PARTY PHOTO OF THE WEEK

This week's party photo comes from Nicole W's Tykki Dyw is Turning Two party. This is a fondant cake Nicole made herself using over 200 fondant roses. Unbelievable!

Check out the rest of this gorgeous butterfly party. Also, check out Nicole's other amazing parties on our site.

 

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