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Halloween Pumpkin Straw DIY

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Virginie from That Cute Little Cake is here with a wonderfully creative paper straw craft, perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
With Halloween right around the corner I have been thinking of fun ways to decorate straws for a party, and since I love pumpkins, I created these super cute 3D pumpkin straw embellishments!

They look fabulous and yet they are super easy to make !!!

3D pumpkin straw supplies
  • Assortment of orange cardstock (I used textured, glittered, and patterned)
  • One sheet of green cardstock
  • Paper straws
  •  Glue, scissors, tape
  • Optional: Glitter

Download the pumpkin template here.

3D Pumpkin straw tutorial
Next step, make the stem.
3D pumpkin straw tutorial - stem
To finish off, wrap the pumpkin around the straw and secure by gluing the first shape to the last.
3D pumpkin straw tutorial - last step
To add a bit of sparkle... Before gluing the pumpkin around the straw, apply craft glue to the edges with a brush, and dip in glitter.
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I had a lot of fun experimenting with different papers (glittered, patterned...). You can certainly match any color scheme with your choice of paper, and either use a colorful palette for Halloween or a more rustic one for Thanksgiving.
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Thanks, Virginie, for showing us an easy way to make fall more festive and fun!  To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

4 Favorite Parties of the Week - Oct. 6th

I love seeing your fall/Halloween parties showing up on our site! Take a look at this incredibly fun pumpkin patch painting birthday! I've also got some other birthdays to show you... a beautiful Minnie Mouse party from South Africa, a creative Peppa Pig party with great cut-out characters, and a clever Zelda 10th birthday party based on the video game!

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Can't wait to see your creativity this week!


Our Awesome Halloween Shopping Guide

The party vendors on our site are the most creative, imaginative, inspired people I know (and yes, I'm biased). We've compiled a gallery of the Halloween products they sell to help you find unique items this season.

Plus, I had to show off my top ten Halloween picks!  Here they are in no particular order...

Mummy Pretzel Rods from Cocoa Confections

Halloween Soap Finger Set by Howard's Home

Zombie Gree Chocolate Skull by the Frosted Petticoat

Doggie Buggy Bumble Bee Headband Antennae from Whimsy Wendy

Printable Potion Favor Boxes from Piggy Bank Parties

 Wild Thing MAX Halloween Costume for Boys from BooBahBlue

Bat Lollipops from Sweetniks

Scary Eye Ball Cupcake and Cake Toppers from mimicafe Union

 Spooky Spoons from Titi's Tutu's

Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein Cookies from Lori's Place

Check out the whole Halloween shopping guide here:

For more Halloween inspiration, take a look at these great Halloween parties from our site. Also, see all our free Halloween party printables collections here.

REVIEW: My Cool New HP Printer

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 Printables from Mimi's Dollhouse

We're going dark and scary here at Catch My Party with this amazing set of FREE "Gothic" Halloween printables designed by Holly from Mimi's Dollhouse.

The collection includes invitations, party circles, drink flags, tented cards, party cones, cupcake wrappers, a "Happy Halloween" banner, and a word scramble game for the kids.

We're hoping with this collection, you can scare the pants off your guests! Happy haunting!!





Thank you Holly for this super spooky collection. To learn more about Holly and see all of her great designs, visit Mimi's Dollhouse!

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



This week's photo comes from Kori C's White Pumpkin Party.

When I read this sign Kori had on her beautiful dessert table, I thought what a great reminder to stay in gratitude. Thank you, Kori, for the sentiment, just perfect for this time of year.


Check out the rest of Kori's fabulous party, filled with lots of original ideas for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.

P.S. Kori, just let me know her sign is available as a free download. How great! Thanks, Kori.

The Winner of our FunFavors Halloween Party Package Giveaway is...

Daffny!!! Congrats, you were the 21st person to "like" FunFavors  on Facebook and won a Halloween Party Package worth $73!

Good luck with your party, Daffny, and please add it to our site so we can all see it after you throw it!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and please check out our newest giveaway where you could win 250 super professional business cards from UPrinting.

FREE Halloween Party Printables from B.Nute Productions

We're giving away a whole new collection of FREE "Little Witches" Halloween party printables designed by my friend, Betsy from B.Nute Productions. This collection has the cutest little witches and a retro feel that I just love.

And in addition to the invitation, party circles, "Bewitched" banner, goodie bag labels, and party labels Betsy designed, she also created this adorable "cootie catcher" fortune teller that will keep your kids entertained for hours.


Here are some photos of the collection in action...








The fabulously fun cootie catcher...


And if you don't know how to fold an cootie catcher, here's a video to help.

Thank you, Betsy for designing this adorable vintage collection. To learn more about Betsy and see all her festive designs, check out her company, B.Nute Productions.

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





Halloween Treats from our Favorite Vendors (Part 2)

As promised, here are more amazing Halloween treats from our favorite vendors. We've got creepy, we've got cute... take a look!

To learn more about the vendors or to buy some treats, just click on the link or the photo.

Mummy cake pops from Simply Posh


Chocolate Skeleton Cameo from The Frosted Petticoat


Halloween Skeleton Sugar Cookies from Sugar Sanctuary


Halloween Cake Pops from Mom's Killer Cakes & Cookies

vendor-moms-killer-cakes-halloween-cake-pops Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Fondant Cupcake Topper from Mimicafe Union


Halloween Ghost Gourmet Marshmallows from Madyson's Marshmallows


Halloween Oreo Pops From Half Baked Co.


Skull Lollipops from Sweetniks


Halloween Hello Kitty Chocolate Covered Oreo by Serena's Party Boutique


You vendors blow me away! To see all our vendors, check out our entire party vendor directory, and if you're looking for FREE Halloween printables, we've got them, and if you'd like to check out some Halloween parties, we've got those, too.

If you are one of our vendors and have a Halloween treat you’d like me to add to an upcoming, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.


Halloween Treats from our Favorite Vendors (Part 1)

If you haven't already checked out our new party vendor directory, you will be amazed at the talented people creating handmade party invitations, printables, decorations, and of course treats!

Since I love Halloween goodies, I thought I'd show off some of my favorites. To learn more about the vendors or to buy some treats, just click on the link or the photo.

Halloween haunted cookies from Charming Treats by Chelsea


Skeleton Witch Hand Chocolate Lollipop by FunFavors


Halloween cake pops from Sugar Parlour

Witch fondant cupcake topper from Lynlee's Petite Cakes


Ghost decorated cookies by Lori's Place


Sugar cupcake toppers from Modern Luxe Events


Chocolate eyeballs from Sugarbelly's Boutique


Halloween cookies from acookiejar


Amazing, right?! Stay tuned for Part 2 where I show off more fabulous treats and desserts from our vendors.

If you are one of our vendors and have a Halloween treat you'd like me to add, please email me at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

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