FREE Thanksgiving Party Printables from Cupcake Express

by Jillian Leslie on

Here's our first collection of free Thanksgiving printables designed by Ashley from Cupcake Express. I'm calling this collection our "turkey" collection and I'm sure you can see why. What I love about it is that it's both traditional and modern.

This collection includes: an invitation, party circles, cupcake wrappers, food labels, favor tags, drink flags, and a Happy Thanksgiving sign.


thanksgiving sample package

Here's a sample of some of the printables up




thanksgiving-Thank-you-TagThank you, Ashley for designing this cute and fun collection for us. To learn more about Ashley and see her designs, check her out at Cupcake Express.

Last Minute FREE Halloween Printables from our Members

by Jillian Leslie on

If you are looking for some last minute Halloween decorations, take a look at these FREE Halloween printable decorations submitted by our members. Thanks to everyone who submitted one!

Free Halloween subway art from Eye Candy Event Details


Halloween signs from Simply Creative Insanity

keep calm and SCARE ON


keep calm and spook on

"You've been BOO'd" printables from Party NV

Weve Been Boo_Boo Collection

 Free treat box and cupcake wrappers from Nina Designs


 Free Halloween party printables from Tara Elheddeny (as seen in Better Homes & Gardens)


Free printable banner from Poofy Cheeks

And if you are in need of some full collections of Halloween printables, check out our free printable page.


Beautiful Grown Up Halloween Dessert Tables on Catch My Party

by Jillian Leslie on

I couldn't resist showing off these incredibly beautiful Halloween dessert tables. Who knew Halloween could be so stylish?

Marisol F's Spooky Chic Halloween Dessert Table


Anna and Blue Paperie's Haute Halloween


Lindi H's A Haunting Halloween


Pamela S's Hanging with My Witches


Elise B's Vintage Style Adult Halloween Party


Nancy P's Dying to Party


Joellyn's Kindergarten Class Parents' Night


Gorgeous, right? Stay tuned for my favorite kids' Halloween dessert tables...



FREE Football Tailgater Printables from 9 to 5 Mom

by Jillian Leslie on

We interrupt Halloween to bring you this cute set of free football tailgater printables from Brady from 9 to 5 Mom.

Now you can easily (and cheaply) add some style to your next football party. The collection includes: party circles, cupcake toppers, tented cards, and a "touchdown" banner. Thank you, Brady for this fun collection.











To learn more about Brady, and see more of her designs please check out 9 to 5 Mom.

DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make a Halloween Spider out of Pom Poms

by Jillian Leslie on

Check out these adorable and easy Halloween pom pom spiders Candy from The Party Bakery emailed me. If you are looking for some not-too-scary DIY Halloween decorations, these could be it.




See the whole tutorial here.

Thank you, Candy, for sharing!

If you have a DIY you'd like me to consider posting, please email me jillian(at)catchymyparty(dot)com.


REVIEW: My Cool New HP Printer

by Jillian Leslie on

HP is the new sponsor of our free printables page and we're excited.

What this means for you is we will be rolling out new collections of free printables sponsored by HP for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and beyond. Plus we'll be doing HP printer giveaways!

And what this means for me is HP sent me an HP Officejet 7500A and I got to try it out for my most recent printables project.

My friend, Debby, is throwing a birthday party on Halloween for her son, Zachary, and I volunteered to put together the decorations. Since they wanted scary and creepy I chose our "Gothic" printables collection created by Mimi's Dollhouse.

So for the last couple of days I've been using my spiffy new printer with the HP glossy brochure paper they also sent me, and how do I feel about it? I love it!

Here's a picture of my new printer.

Now to be fair, before this I was using a junky printer ready for the e-waste bin, so anything would be an upgrade, but this printer has definitely exceeded my expectations.

Here's what I like about it:

  • It's easy to use. So far I've been able to figure out everything myself. (Disclaimer: my husband, David, did the initial set-up.)
  • Everything I print looks incredibly professional -- the printables came out perfect, as did the photos I printed. I'd never used glossy brochure paper before for printables, but I'm now a convert.
  • The printer can print documents  and photos in a variety of sizes from 3 x 5 to 13 x 19 inches. I've been trying this out by printing different photo sizes but I have not yet ventured into the 13x19 inch territory.
  • The printer has a cool feature where I can take a photo with my iPhone, email it to an address I set up on the HP site, and the printer will automatically print it. I'm talking with my friend Debby about possibly bringing the printer over to her house the night of her Halloween party, so as guests take photos with their phones, they can email them to the printer and walk away with instant prints - self-serve photo printing in a snap, interesting idea, right?
  • The printer has built in apps where I can download and print files like Disney coloring sheets. I've just started to explore this feature, but since my daughter is a huge Ariel fan, you have no idea how useful this is at giving her something to do when I'm trying to cut out printables, and she wants to be my "helper." :)
Here are the printables I created for the party.




Very soon we will be giving away an HP Officejet 7500A just like mine. I know you will love it. Stay tuned...




FREE Halloween Party Printables from Serendipity Soiree

by Jillian Leslie on

Want something "vintagey" for your Halloween party this year? Then check out these FREE "Witches Brew" party printables from Catherine at Serendipity Soiree. Don't they look like they stepped out of another time?

The collection includes: an invitation, two types of labels, and party circles.







free-halloween-printables-labelsIf you use these for your party, please add it to our site so I can show it off.

Thank you, Catherine for contacting me about giving away these old-fashioned printables. To learn more about Catherine and see all her beautiful designs, check out her company, Serendipity Soiree.

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

For Etsy Shop Owners: How to Charm the Etsy Search Engine

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I met Natalie Gowen at Bloggy Bootcamp Denver. She is an a marketing expert who focusing on helping Etsy shop owners increase sales and visibility.

I asked Natalie if she would do a few guest posts directed at our Etsy shop owners on how to get your listings on the front page of Etsy. Here's what she had to say...


It stands for search engine optimization. And it’s so boring it can put you to sleep before you even get to the end of the sentence. But changes to the way Etsy displays search results has suddenly made understanding SEO the only way to keep your listings in front of buyers.

Even buying ads requires a little SEO knowledge. The shops that get it, end up on the first page of search results. The shops that don’t, are watching their business dwindle.


Every search engine – whether it’s Google or Etsy – relies on little robots to comb the Internet and catalog all the pages. It’s not a small job. There are lots of little bots scurrying from site to site and from page to page trying to make sense of it all.

When an Etsy robot views a new product listing, it doesn’t look at the page the same way we do. Our eyes immediately focus in on the fabulous product photos that show us color and size. and tell us immediately what we are looking at. This is what you see from The Things I Sell on Etsy.

This is what you see

This is what a search engine bot sees:

What the search engine bot sees

Your web browser translates this mess of letters and numbers into rows and columns, separating words from pictures and rendering a pretty web page. But all the search engine bot cares about is a few key indicators that tell it what the listing is.

By placing words and phrases in key places within the code you help the bot identify and catalog the listing. The next time someone searches for something using the keywords in your listing – the little bot says – “Oh! I’ve got the perfect match” and pops your product on the front page.


Lucky for us, Etsy takes all the hard work of SEO off your plate and leaves you with the easiest bits.

The words you enter into your listing titles and product tags are placed in the code right where the bots will look. All you need to do is load the title (especially the title) and the tags with tons keywords that buyers use in their search.


Finding the right keywords is going to make all the difference – if you miss the mark you won’t get found. So it’s worth it to spend some time researching your keywords.

There are lots of technical ways to come up with keywords but the first step is to brainstorm. Start with a pen and paper (and maybe even a thesaurus):

  •  Write down as many adjectives as you can think of to describe your product: color, texture, materials, alternate product names
  • Ask a friend to help you – go through the same exercise with them
  •  Check out your competitors – what keywords are they using in their listings?
  •  Get someone totally unfamiliar with your craft or product to describe it
Most importantly, stop thinking like a seller and try and crawl inside the mind of a buyer. Which elements would become most important to you when searching for a product?

This list is the first step in determining the right keywords to use in your titles and tags. Next week we’ll talk about how to decide which ones are going to get you the best results.

Thank you, Natalie!

Natalie is a craft-a-holic with a wickedly nerdy marketing streak. Her blog, is the love child of her two passions - educating, enlightening and empowering Etsy-shops owners towards greater success through tried and true business practices. Check out the blog or follow her on Facebook.

Also, if you are an Etsy shop owner and haven't joined our Catch My Party Stuff Etsy team, please do so! We have a lot of great stuff planned.



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