Posts Tagged ‘Art Party’

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week

I love the variety of favorites this week... from a Frida Kahlo inspired art party, to a Disney Cars 2 party with amazing desserts, to a "Wheels on the Bus" birthday for a boy in love with buses, to a Nerf Wars party this knock your socks off!


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PARTY ON A BUDGET: Aly's "I Love Art" Party for $100

Pamela S from Party Starters throws the most beautiful parties. I was super excited when she added her newest, Aly's "I Love Art" Party, to our site . Gorgeous, right?

Then yesterday, I'm browsing through the photos saying lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" (which I honestly do -- out loud -- when I see parties I love), and all of a sudden my eyes stumble upon the number "$100" next to the budget. What?! No way. Definitely a typo.

I emailed Pamela, and guess what... no typo. She really threw this party for $100.

Well, of course I had to learn her secrets. So here are Pamela's top 5 money saving tips for throwing a kickass party...

HOMEMADE PARTY FAVORS - I made the play dough, water color paints, and crayons myself using inexpensive containers I found on clearance. (You're kidding me?!)

HOMEMADE DESSERTS - I made my own cupcakes (including the chocolate artist palette toppers) and cakepops with ingredients we already had on hand. Even if you use box mixes it is still less then having a bakery make these items for you.

VENUE -Having the party at a local park or at home saves a ton of money! You don't have to rent out an art studio to have a successful art party.

DECORATIONS -I was able to save money by creating my own decorations such as the printable labels and favor boxes. While I offer both finished and printable versions of Party Shapes in my shop, I suggest the printable version to save money.

Purchase one file and you can print as many labels as you need, blow them up and make larger circles for banners or signs. They work great not only for cupcake toppers, but also napkin rings, tags and favor embellishments.  You can make a $9 printable file go a long way!

ACTIVITIES - Find inexpensive activities like foam shape kits for large groups. I purchased a finger puppet kit meant for a classroom of kids on sale for only $5.

You can also use everyday items you have at home to create activities, like making paper plate artist pallets or paper bag puppets. The least expensive activity was simply being at the park and being able to play at the playground. Our friends were well entertained for more then 2 hours.

Pamela, thank you for all the tips. I threw my daughter's fourth birthday at a park and I thought it was so easy, and so much fun for the kids, I'll probably do it again for her fifth.

And I'm very impressed that you made your own art supply favors. Brilliant idea!

To learn more about Pamela, please visit her blog, Party Starters, and her Etsy shop. Plus, do take a look at the amazing parties she's added to our site. I promise, you will be impressed.

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:


  • 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  I’d love to show it off!)

TRENDS: "Back to School" Parties on Catch My Party

It's definitely that time of year again when summer winds down, and everyone starts back to school.

To get you in the mood, here are some of the great "back to school" parties we recently seen on our site.  I don't know about you, but it makes me want to buy a new pack of pencils.

Staci G's Back to School Bash

Rachael L's Back to School Carnival

Kate P's Art Party

Dawn S's Back to School Bash

Destini H's 1st Day of School

Pinklejinx Joy
Lollipop Ink
Pink Paper Trail
MyGrafico Digitals
A Little Treasure
DK DeleKtables
Piggy Bank Parties
So Sweet Party Shop
Spiral Sage
Great Graphics


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