FREE Christmas Party Printables from Serendipity Soiree

by Jillian Leslie on

I'm really excited to be giving away this "Jingle All the Way" Christmas printables collection designed by Catherine at Serendipity Soiree. They've got a old-fashioned storybook feel that I just love.

The collections includes:  invitations (2 styles and colors), a "Jingle" banner, thank you tags, blank gift tags, dessert labels, party circles, drink wrappers, and a letter to Santa in a variety of sizes and colors.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING

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How adorable are these letters to Santa?!

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Thank you, Catherine for creating such a retro and adorable collection. To learn more about Catherine and see all her beautiful designs, check out her company, Serendipity Soiree.

And for more inspiration, take a look at all our free Christmas printables and check out these holiday parties

 

 

FREE Spanish Christmas Party Printables from Love Party Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

I'm so excited to be giving away the entire "little children" Christmas printable in Spanish. Thank you, Ana, of Love Party Printables for creating this "Feliz Navidad" collection.

This set includes everything you'll find in Ana's original collection: invitations, straw flags, cupcake toppers, napkin rings, a “Feliz Navidad” banner, water bottle labels, tented cards, favor tags, labels, mini cake bunting, gift tags, and kids' coloring sheets.

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To learn more about Ana, please visit her at Love Party Printables.

And for more inspiration, take a look at all our free Christmas printables and check out these holiday parties

DIY: My Paper Ornaments

by Jillian Leslie on

Whenever I get crafty, I feel like a kid! So yesterday, I had a great day making homemade ornaments for our tree using my handy HP Printer (go here for our current HP printer giveaway) and some free downloads from the HP Creative Studio.

Take a look at what I made... (For the downloads, click on the photos.)

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This paper snowball is my favorite. If you're going to make one, this is definitely the one to try.

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Since we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah at our house, I had to make this cute dreidel for my daughter (It actually works).

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These were really easy to do. I just needed some glossy brochure paper, a pair of good scissors, a glue stick, a hole punch, and some ribbon. If you're looking for some fun ornaments, holiday cards, and decoration, check out the HP Creative Studio. There's a lot to explore.

TRENDS: Holiday Party Hot Cocoa Bars

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I'm so into hot cocoa bars this year because they're warm, tasty, inexpensive, and best of all... unexpected. Stealing from the traditional ice cream bar idea, a hot cocoa bar is where you set out cups of hot cocoa (or a carafe) and a selection of toppings and let your guests go to town.

For kids, I recommend putting out a variety of candy toppings (flavored marshmallows, crushed peppermint, M&Ms, etc.), and for adults, you can kick it up a notch by putting out some delicious liqueurs. Take a look at some of these fantastic ideas we've seen.

Paula from Frog Prince Paperie puts an elegant spin on her hot cocoa bar with an assortment of hot chocolates on a stick.

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Kori from Paper & Pigtails calls her hot cocoa, "snowman's soup," and creates a whole party around it, including giving out snowman's soup hot cocoa as party favors.

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Amanda from Shindig Parties to Go creates this hot cocoa bar for her Candy Christmas Party with a lot of DIY details including that dapper snowman.

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Smita from The Party Wall creates a Winter Warmer Party in hues of blue and silver with a  hot cocoa bar featuring flavored vanilla and hazelnut syrups. Yum.

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I hope to show off more of your hot cocoa bars this winter. Stay warm and have fun!

FREE Christmas Kids' Activity Sheets and Coloring Sheets

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This Christmas, I asked a few of our designers, as part of their free Christmas printables collections, to create some kids' activity sheets and coloring sheets to keep your kids busy during the holidays. These sheets would work great at a party, a restaurant, on a trip, or even on a snowy afternoon.

Please print these out and have some free fun with your kids (or maybe even use them to steal a few minutes for yourself).

Click on the image to take you to the link to download.

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Thank you Party NV, Bird's Party, and Love Party Printables for your adorable designs. Also, if you're looking for free Christmas printables for your celebrations, look no further.

 

My Favorite Crafty Food Tutorials from our Link Up Party

by Jillian Leslie on

Thanks to everyone who so far has linked up their tutorials, recipes, and free printables to our holiday link party! I'll be showing off more of your work, so please add your links.

Here are my favorite crafty food tutorials, all these brought to you by the Dollhouse Bake Shop. How cute are these holiday pops!

Candy Bar Penguin Pops

Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Pops

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Candy Bar Reindeer Pops

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To see even more fun and festive holiday treat tutorials, check out the Dollhouse Bake Shop.

For Etsy Shop Owners: Making Tags & Descriptions Work for You

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I’m excited to bring you Part 3 in our series directed at Etsy Shop owners.  This is another guest post from Natalie Gowen, a marketing expert who focusing on helping Etsy shop owners increase sales and visibility.

If you haven't already checked out her Part 1 on How to Charm the Etsy Search Engine and Part 2 on Tips and Tricks for Discovering the Right Keywords, you might want to read those first.

And now, we get to learn about tags and descriptions, and how to make them work for you... Take it away Natalie!

Now that you have your keyword down pat and your listing title is brimming with them, it’s time to move on to your item description and your tags.

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The description is mostly for your viewers, to help them fully understand what their money will get them. However, sprinkling in a few of the primary keywords and a few secondary ones will help you come up in the search results – if not on Etsy, definitely on Google.

And hey, who wouldn’t love a little bit of love from Google!

But really, as far as the Etsy results go, descriptions don’t really boost your results – so here’s your chance to really write for the people rather than the robots.

Give them what they want to know before parting with their money.

  • Be thorough, try to give people an understanding of the product as if they were holding it in their hand.
  • Put yourself in their shoes – what questions would you want answered?
  • List any exclusions or limitations
  • Describe the materials used
  • Give ideas for coordinating products in your shop
TAG -- YOU'RE IT!

Tags on the other hand are not at all important for Google, but they are very important for the Etsy results.

Remember that list of keywords? You picked the most important one and put it in your title. But there are plenty of other keywords and phrases that are relevant to your item. They tap into the “long tail” results of a keyword search.

The long tail is marketing speak for all the people who don’t search by the most popular keyword or phrase. If 35 percent of people looking for a bunting banner type in “bunting banner” there’s still a large share of the market that uses other terms like flag banner, party banner, fabric banner, etc.

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To make sure you don't lose this larger share of the market, fill your tags with these outlying phrases.

Here’s a few helpful tips for getting it right:

  • Because the bots are looking for exact matches, use short phrases – two to three words at the most.
  • Use as many of your keywords as you can.
  • Add in descriptive words – texture, color, size, style
Also – check out the Etsy Seller’s Handbook. There are strict rules about making sure your tagging is relevant. They’re mostly for people trying to trick the system into pulling up their listings.

If you’re not trying to be sneaky, you’ll be just fine in most cases – but it’s always wise to be up to date on those policies.

Thank you once again for all your insights and knowledge, Natalie!

Natalie is a craft-a-holic with a wickedly nerdy marketing streak. Her blog, MoxieTonic.com 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 Etsy team, please do so! We will be announcing our second Design Challenge just in time for Valentine's Day. Did you see our first one?

 

 

 

 

 

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