Our First Catch My Party Etsy Team Designer Challenge... Snowflakes

by Jillian Leslie on

I just started a team on Etsy called Catch My Party. It's open to ANY Etsy shop owner who sells party related products AND  who joins the free Catch My Party vendor directory.

I'm also kicking off our first Etsy Team Designer Challenge for the holidays.  The theme is "snowflakes."

By entering and designing items that incorporate the theme, not only will you get a chance to show off your handmade "snowflake" holiday goods on our site, but you could also win an HP Officejet 7500A Printer.

So here's how you enter:

  • Have an Etsy shop
  • List yourself in our free Catch My Party vendor directory: catchmyparty.com/vendors (Click on the light blue link in the upper right-hand corner of the page that says "Add your listing to our vendor directory." If you're not a member, please join our site, then head back to the vendor page to fill in your info. Once you're done you should see your listing immediately on our vendor page.)
  • Add your handmade snowflake-themed items to your Etsy shop by midnight (PST) November 30th and tag them "CMPsnowflake."
  • You will automatically be entered into our HP Officejet 7500A Printer giveaway.
After the deadline, we will feature all your snowflake items on our site. I will also be posting my top 10 favorites.

Then I will do a random drawing on Thursday, December 1st to determine the winner of our printer giveaway!

Happy crafting! I can't wait to see what you come up with! And please share this challenge with all your Etsy teams and Etsy circles.

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 close...free-thanksgiving--printable-cupcake-toppers




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.

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